By Abigail Yue Wang
If you’re around Time Square in New York City next time, have a close look at this America’s most vivid forest of billboards; you may find an Edward Hopper painting or a Mapplethorpe photograph seated gracefully among the boards of sales. In fact, 58 of America’s finest art works will make their grand appearance in Time Square from 4 August, and that is only the start.
Art Everywhere US is a charitable campaign that will exhibit paintings and photography by America’s artistic legends in public spaces: billboards, bus shelters, subway platforms, shopping malls and more. Out of their usual habitats – galleries and museums, the most celebrated legacy of American art will soon become a truly shared treasure in its light of day. Voted by the public, the dynamic selection is luxuriated in wide range of styles and time periods. Featuring John Singleton Copley’s grisly depiction Watson and the Shark (1778), William Michael Harnett’s tranquil The Old Violin (1886) and more, classical paintings can now be enjoyed by us modern souls out in the open in the most economical fashion.
Contemporary gems will also uplift your communal journeys. From Mark Rothko’s Expressionism, to Edward Ruscha’s iconic “Hollywood” prints, to Cindy Sherman’s self-portraits, Art Everywhere is not only a nationwide celebration of American art, but more importantly, a public reminder of how art has addressed the American identity, witnessed the nation’s history and shaped its values. With support of five leading art museums in the US, Art Everywhere’s displays will invite everyone to reflect on America’s footprint and give thoughts to a nation’s artistic future.