Title: New York's Underground Art Museum: MTA Arts ...
Publisher: The Monacelli Press, New York
Publication Date: 2014
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: First edition.
Square quarto. Profusely illustrated. Original cloth; original printed dust jacket. INSCRIBED by the author, Sandra Bloodworth to the artist Anita Thacher, whose contribution to the underground museum is illustrated on page 229. Thacher's piece is located in Greenpoint Station, MTA Long Island Railroad. Inscribed: "For Anita, Whose wisdom, eye, and foresight is greatly respected. Thank you for your support in adding a great work to our underground art museum.". A few tiny bumps, generally fine. Bookseller Inventory # 400512
Synopsis: Initiated in 1985, the MTA Arts & Design collection of public art now encompasses more than 250 projects, creating a dynamic underground museum of contemporary art that spans the entire city and its immediate environs. Since the program was founded, a diverse group of artists?including Elizabeth Murray, Faith Ringgold, Eric Fischl, Romare Bearden, Acconci Studio, and many others?has created works in mosaic, terra-cotta, bronze, and glass for the stations of the New York City Subways and Buses, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road, and Bridges and Tunnels.
An update of the classic Along the Way, this expanded edition features nearly 100 new works installed in stations since 2006, including Sol LeWitt?s Whirls and twirls (MTA) at Columbus Circle, Doug and Mike Starn?s See it split, see it change at South Ferry, and the James Carpenter/ Grimshaw/Arup Sky Reflector-Net at Fulton Center. The book illustrates how the program has taken to heart its original mandate: that the subways be ?designed, constructed, and maintained with a view to the beauty of their appearance, as well as to their efficiency.? MTA Arts & Design is committed to preserving and restoring the original ornament of the system and to commissioning new works that exemplify the principles of vibrant public art, relating directly to the places where they are located and to the community around them.
The definitive guide to works commissioned by MTA Arts & Design, a reference for riders who have wondered about an artist or the meaning behind the art they?ve seen, as well as a memento for visitors, New York?s Underground Art Museum provides 300 color illustrations and insightful descriptions sure to infuse any future trip or viewing with a fresh appreciation and understanding of this historic enterprise.
About the Author:
Sandra Bloodworth is director of MTA Arts & Design at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She received the Fund for the City of New York?s 2005 Sloan Public Service Award in recognition of her work in the field of public art.
William Ayres is an independent curator specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art and editor of 19th Century, the magazine of the Victorian Society in America.
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