Remembering ‘Seward Johnson in New York’ a Garment District Alliance Installation, 2015

 

 

 

Seward Johnson in New York: Selections from the Retrospective in The Garment District, June 2015

The Garment District Alliance has commissioned a plethora of beautiful outdoor art installations on the Garment District Plazas over the years. Today, we are taking a look-back at ‘Seward Johnson in New York‘, life-like sculptures that graced the Plazas from 36th to 41st Streets from mid-June to mid-September, 2015.

Seward Johnson, things to Do, in the Garment District, 2015

The installation featured eighteen of Seward Johnson’s sculptures, selected from three different collections ~ many paying homage to American society. The life-like sculptures range from the familiar to iconic figures like Abraham Lincoln and Marilyn Monroe!

Seward Johnson in New York in 2015

Within the five blocks of the mall, pedestrians will find selections from the artists’ different series, including Celebrating the Familiar (man on the street) works and the Beyond the Frame pieces from the impressionist-inspired collection. Marilyn Monroe and Grant Wood’s farmer’s from the Icons Revisited series.

Seward Johnson in New York in 2015

The life-sized sculptures blend in so seamlessly on the Plazas, that pedestrians often have to take a second look.

Seward Johnson in New York in 2015

The intricate pieces were placed among the many planters, overflowing with flowers, and tables and chairs overflowing with New Yorkers and tourists, who had great fun taking selfies that summer.

Seward Johnson from the Beyond the Frame series ~ Seward Johnson in New York in 2015

Above and below, from the Beyond the Frame series, Johnson created three-dimensional translations of 18th and 19th century paintings by Manet, Renoir and others.

Seward Johnson, from the Beyond the Frame series

The detailed and colorful sculpture pieces are the creation of artist Seward Johnson (1930-2020), grandson of Johnson & Johnson co-founder Robert Wood Johnson, and the founder of Grounds for Sculpture (GFS), a 42-acre park in Hamilton, New Jersey that features hundreds of large-scale contemporary sculptures.

Seward Johnson in New York in 2015

With Grounds for Sculpture, Johnson created a space which is open to the public, displaying his works and artworks by various other artists.

Seward Johnson in New York in 2015

In addition to beautifully manicured grounds and sculpture work (and home to peacocks), Grounds for Sculpture holds ever-changing exhibitions and public programs for families and kids, and teachers and their students, as well as membership for attending regular events.

Seward Johnson in The Garment District, 2015

There are several exhibitions currently on view including ‘That’s Worth Celebrating: The Life and Work of the Johnson Family‘; Bruce Beasley: Sixty Year Retrospective 1960-2020′; and ‘Rebirth: Kan Muxiang’ ~ an artist New Yorkers might remember from a 2018 installation, Rebirth: Kan Muxiang brought to The Garment District by Garment District Alliance.

Seward Johnson, Sidewalk Concert, in The Garment District, 2015

Below are a few more pictures from The Garment District 2015 installation, Seward Johnson in New York.

Seward Johnson, Sidewalk Concert in The Garment District, 2015

 

Seward Johnson in the Garment District, 2015

 

Seward Johnson in New York in 2015

 

Seward Johnson in New York in 2015

 

Seward Johnson in New York in 2015

New York City has a permanent Seward Johnson sculpture ~ Double Check, a 1982 sculpture, which was located in Zuccotti Park, and relocated in 2018 to the northwest corner of Broadway and Liberty.

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