Robert De Niro Sr. Prize Given To Joyce Pensato At Reception

Last week TFI hosted a reception for 2012 Robert De Niro Sr. Prize winner Joyce Pensato. Pensato, a Brooklyn-based artist, who was awarded a $25,000 award by Robert De Niro, co-founder of the Institute.

The annual award honors outstanding mid-career American painters.

“We’ve always given away an artist prize as well as a cash prize at the [Tribeca] film festival, and it just felt natural to be able to recognize Bob Sr. and recognize mid-career artists,” Institute co-founder Jane Rosenthal told Vanity Fair at the event.

Guests also included Stanley Whitney, Al Kresch, Paul Resika, Grace Hightower, Laurie Simmons and Eric Parker.

[Photo credit (top-bottom): Portrait courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York. Joyce Pensato, 2012 Batman, 
2012, Enamel on linen, 80 x 80 inches, 203.2 x 203.2 cm, Signed, titled and dated verso, PEN 12/006; Robert De Niro with Joyce Pensato; Laurie Simmons.]