On June 29, 2020 Public Art Fund launched Art on the Grid, a multi-platform exhibition of new work by a group of 50 New York-based, emerging artists. The exhibition was conceived in the spring of 2020 in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As it developed, the parallel epidemic of systemic racism came into sharp and painful focus. Both crises now set the backdrop for the exhibition. The city, country, and world will emerge changed by these events, and the exhibition’s focus on reconnection and renewal have become even more urgent. Works in the exhibition are united around a number of themes including healing and loss; community and isolation; intimacy and solitude; and the creation of a future that is more just, inclusive, and equitable.
As part of New York’s vision for a world-class airport at LaGuardia, Terminal B unveiled spectacular new permanent artworks by world-renowned artists, Jeppe Hein, Sabine Hornig, Laura Owens and Sarah Sze. The project is a partnership with the leading New York-based nonprofit Public Art Fundto bring inspirational, large-scale art installations to the new LaGuardia Airport.
Pope.L: Instigation, Aspiration, Perspiration, is a trio of exhibitions organized by The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Public Art Fund. Utilizing both public and private spaces, the expansive presentation addresses many elements of the artist’s oeuvre, from singular early works to a monumental new installation and a new large-scale performative work inspired by the artist’s iconic crawl series on the streets of New York City. Let’s begin there, with the Public Art Fund and Pope. L: conquest on September 21, 2019.
Jean-Marie Appriou: The Horses arrived on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza this month, following Mark Manders: Tilted Head. Curated by Public Art Fund Curator, Daniel S. Palmer, the massive equine sculptures stand like surreal sentinels at the entrance to Central Park.
Public Art Fund launched a multi-work installation, extending through 100 sites across New York City. The installation, sun to sun, is the work of photographer Ellie Pérez, and consists of a suite of sixteen new photographic works displayed on bus shelters in over thirteen neighborhoods citywide. We caught some of the images along 125th Street in Harlem, and one along Madison Avenue in El Barrio ~ sharing below.
The Public Art Fund unveiled the installation, Estructuras Monumentales by the well-know, Cuban-born, New York artist, Carmen Herrera in City Hall Park. This significant body of work is Herrera’s first major outdoor sculpture exhibition ~ having spent more than 70 years as an abstract painter. It is also significant that Ms. Herrera is 104 years of age.
The Public Art Fund has a lot going on this year, on the heals of the opening of Siah Armajani in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Coinciding with Met Breuer’s Siah Armajani: Follow This Line, it will unveil Mark Manders: Tilted Head at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, on the southern end of Central Park at Fifth Avenue.
The Iranian-born, American sculpture artist, Siah Armajani is best known for his works of public art in bridges, gazebos, gardens, and reading rooms across the United States and Europe.
The artist has arrived in New York with a two-pronged installation and exhibition. The outdoor component will be featured by The Public Art Fund in Brooklyn Bridge Park with the installation Bridge Over Tree (1970), which was first exhibited as a temporary installation at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis nearly fifty years ago (1970). It consists of a 91-foot-long walkway with open, trussed sides and a shingled roof, with a set of stairs at the midpoint that climb and descend over a small evergreen tree. The installation is located on the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn at Brooklyn Bridge Park between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree is curated by The Public Art Fund Director and Chief Curator Nicholas Baume.
The original concept and installation by Armajani was created as an outdoor, site-specific piece for the Walker Art Center’s 9 Artists/9 Spaces exhibition. Coinciding with The Public Art Fund installation, Siah Armajani: Follow This Line is on view at The Met Breuer. Featuring nearly one hundred works made over the past 60 years, Siah Armajani: Follow This Line is the first major U.S. retrospective of the preeminent Iranian-American artist Siah Armajani (b. 1939).
Here, we explore both the indoor and outdoor components, beginning at Met Breuer, and moving to Brooklyn Bridge Park with the MET and the Public Art Fund.
The 1930s-era, John J. Harvey Fireboat has had a lengthy history, including pumping water to firefighters at the World Trade Center after the September 11 attacks. The Public Art Fund exhibition, Tauba Auerbach: Flow Separation will create a new look in World War I-era camouflage, just in time for the 100th Anniversary year of the end of World War 1.
As if blowing in the wind, the art installation, Yinka Shonibare MBE: Wind Sculpture (SG) I is the new installation beautifying the Doris C. Freedman Plaza via Public Art fund. If you haven’t been to see this graceful new sculpture, you have time. It will be on view to mid October, 2018. And below are a few photo’s from the unveiling on March 6th.