Beauty, Tragedy and Loneliness: Don’t Miss “Angel in the Skyline” at 4 Flavors Art in Montclair

Holly Suzanne Rader, Je t’aime, 2019. Swarovski, glass beads, sequin, rhinestones on canvas
24 × 24 × 2”

Montclair, NJ – If you’ve walked around Montclair Center, you may already be familiar with the work of Holly Suzanne Rader; she was selected, along with other artists, to create murals in Montclair. Rader was also featured last year at the former Gallery L.

An exhibition of Rader’s new work opens Friday at 4 Flavors Art, a new dedicated exhibition space at 204 Bellevue Avenue in Upper Montclair. 4 Flavors Art presents “Angel in The Skyline”, highlighting a unique mural being created by Rader on the 79th floor of WTC Tower 3, featuring a portrait of Audrey Munson, “America’s first supermodel.”

Munson, nicknamed “Miss Manhattan,” was a muse and inspiration for more than 12 iconic statues in New York City, at locations such as the Manhattan Municipal Building, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, Manhattan Bridge, the main branch of the New York Public Library, and more.

Despite her fame and notoriety at the time, a love triangle and murder scandal, involving a lover rumored to murder his wife to be with Munson, led her to depression, schizophrenia, and attempted suicide. She was committed to a psychiatric facility for the remaining 65 years of her life, where she died at the age of 104, buried in an unmarked grave.

According to Rader, “this is my tribute to a dark beauty used and lost by tragedy and loneliness. She is now an angel in the skyline. It is about her beautifully sculpted profile and the evil that feeds on innocence represented by the black serpent in her hair.”

Holly Suzanne Rader in front of Miss Manhattan on the 79th floor of WTC Tower 3.

The 4 Flavors Art exhibition shares the story behind “Miss Manhattan,” while displaying new work by the artist, known for large mixed media collage paintings in her signature “graffiti glam” aesthetic. Rader fuses vintage portraiture of film and culture icons with striking neon swaths of paint, adorning her pieces with rich appliqué, including glitter, sequins, spikes, and found objects. Often including slogans and text, her work elevates these timeless subjects into modernity with a poignant feminist edge.

Specially scheduled private viewings of “Miss Manhattan,” on the 79th floor of WTC Tower 3, will be coordinated upon request throughout the run of the exhibition.

Special Events

Opening Reception
Friday, February 5, 6–9pm

Family Program: Collage with artist Holly Suzanne Rader
Sunday, February 15, 1–4pm
(collage kits available for purchase)

Exhibition Dates: February 5–March 14, 2021
Gallery: 4 Flavors Art, 204 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair
Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am–6pm; by appointment

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