The Public Art Fund Launches Art on the Grid

 

 

 

Emily Mae Smith, ‘Revenge of the Flowers,’ 2020, Digital collage of original oil and watercolor paintings. Courtesy of the artist and Simone Subal Gallery, Perrotin Gallery, Galerie Rodophe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin

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.

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