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Could there be a more appropriate venue to showcase Brooklyn’s best new artists than the Nu Hotel?

Big shots in the borough’s art scene flocked to the posh Smith Street hotel last week for an opening gala that featured plenty of homegrown heroes, along with international artists that have settled here.

Among the works on display were paintings by Cobble Hill local and tattoo master Adam Suerte, whose art tends to examine the effects of gentrification on the neighborhoods where he grew up.

The works of Josh Goldstein, a photographer known for his mash-ups of bodegas, also garnered much attention from the well-dressed, cocktail-downing revelers at the opening earlier this month.

But the show mixed it up with a bit of international flare, as Denitza — a Bulgarian artist — showed off her surreal depictions of the city.

Canada-born Tim Okomura also proudly exhibited his striking graffiti-style piece now hanging in the lobby of the Downtown hotel.

The “Nu,” which opened just two years ago, has made an effort to fill its lobbies and rooms with artwork by Brooklyn artists. Of course, the hotel doesn’t just have art from up and comers, there are a few works by the legendary Jean-Michel Basquiat hanging on the walls — meaning the latest pieces are in good company.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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