Miami

The Sinking of the Taj Mahal

Curated by Faena Art

For months, artist Peter Tunney has been carefully collecting giant pieces of the infamous Taj Mahal casino from Altantic City to convert these ruins into The Sinking of the Taj Mahal, a site specific installation at Faena Beach.

The artist’s access to the demolition of the casino led to an obsession with the monumental pieces from the façade and rooftop of the building, which created the illusion of the self-titled, “8th wonder of the world,” the Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino. Giant chandeliers, a two-ton ornate concrete elephant and towering letters will all emerge out of the sand. Tunney’s installation of metal, glass, gold, concrete and steel finds extreme beauty in ruins.

Peter Tunney’s work probes our culture by mining images from newspapers, magazines, and art books and reinterpreting them through his own unique perspective. His recent works, in which refreshingly optimistic phrases and quotes are colorfully painted over collaged headlines, serve as a subtle attack on our culture of fear and ennui. As our media sources relay stories of death, destruction, hysteria and greed, Peter whimsically overpowers them with his own headlines, such as “Don’t Panic,” “Believe,” “Gratitude” and “Change the way you see everything.”

After having a career on Wall Street, Tunney turned to art and opened his first gallery in New York in 1991. In 2010, he became the first tenant of the iconic Wynwood Walls when he opened the Peter Tunney Experience gallery.

About the artist
Peter Tunney is a Neo-Pop artist working with language and text. His large-scale paintings are created from collaged packing materials and newspapers. Drawing imagery and phrases from popular media sources, he created block-letter aphorisms such as “DON’T PANIC” and “THE TIME IS ALWAYS NOW.” This technique references the language-based works of both Christopher Wool and Mel Bochner. Born in 1961 in New York, NY, the former Wall Street executive, and friend of Peter Beard currently lives and works between New York, NY and Miami, FL

Calendar

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O Bicho Suspenso Na Paisagen

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Los Carpinteros

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Paraísos Desplegables

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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The Liminal Space Trilogy

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Estudio Jurídico Mercosur

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Fyodor's Performance Carousel

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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GPS / Geometría Poética Social

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Mendoza walking

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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ángeles veloces arcanos fugaces

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Once with Me (Preview)

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Forms from Life

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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A Sight To Behold

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Solar Light Geometry

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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ángeles veloces arcanos fugaces

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Return to Tomorrow

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Once with Me, Once without Me

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Graciela Hasper

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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No Permanent Address

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Alejandro Guzmán: Creative Misunderstandings

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Biennale of Moving Images

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Boris Mitić

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Karimah Ashadu

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Evangelia Kranioti

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Kerry Tribe

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Alessio Di Zio

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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About the curators of Biennale of Moving Images 2016

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Sophia Al Maria

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Jenna Hasse

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Bertille Bak

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Salomé Lamas

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Emily Wardill

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Wu Tsang

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Brian Bress

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Biennale of Moving Images

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Massimo D’Anolfi & Martina Parenti

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Yuri Ancarani

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Interview: Bodil Furu

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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About Biennale of Moving Images

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Biennale of Moving Images

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Biennale of Moving Images

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Biennale of Moving Images

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Cuerpo Lunfardo: Cecilia Bengolea, Jimena Croceri and Amalia Pica

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Ediacaran Mind

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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120 Degree Arc East-Southeast

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Miami Art Week 2017

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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Franchise Freedom

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015

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ángeles veloces arcanos fugaces

12 01, 2015 to 12 06, 2015