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50 Artists: Art on the Grid

50 Artists: Art on the Grid

About the Exhibition

50 artists’ reflections on the pandemic at 500+ locations citywide.

Public Art Fund is pleased to launch 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.

On view on 500 JCDecaux bus shelters and more than 1,700 LinkNYC kiosks across all five boroughs, these works serve as a reminder of the irrepressible creative spirit of New York City and transform the city into a free open-air art gallery this summer. In partnership with JCDecaux and NYC & Company, spaces typically reserved for advertising and public messaging serve as temporary canvases for 50 artists to showcase new works that encourage the public to re-engage with their communities.

For decades, Public Art Fund has presented timely collaborations with artists – from responses to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and projects with General Idea and Gran Fury, to the ongoing global refugee crisis and Ai Weiwei’s 2017 five-borough exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors. Art on the Grid enables the city’s rich artistic community to once again help shape the conversation about a traumatic collective experience.

The 50 artworks are being unveiled in two phases:
On June 29, the work of ten artists is on view on 100 JCDecaux bus shelters and across the LinkNYC network. On July 27, an additional 40 artworks will be unveiled on 400 bus shelters and across the LinkNYC network. These 50 artworks on 500+ platforms citywide will be on view through September 20, 2020.

Art on the Grid is curated by Public Art Fund Director & Chief Curator Nicholas Baume, Public Art Fund Curator Daniel S. Palmer, and Public Art Fund Assistant Curator Katerina Stathopoulou.

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020"

MYRTLE AVE BETWEEN ASHLAND PL & PRINCE ST (Directions)

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist.

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020"

CONEY ISLAND AVE BETWEEN FOSTER AVE & AVE H (Directions)

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020,” 2020. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist.

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem"

(Directions)

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem,” 2020. Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas. Courtesy Chase Hall Studio.

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail"

CONEY ISLAND AVE BETWEEN AVE Z & MANOR CT (Directions)

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail,” 2020. Ink on paper. Courtesy the artist and 56 HENRY, New York.

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem"

FOSTER AVE BETWEEN E 16 ST & MARLBOROUGH (Directions)

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem,” 2020. Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas. Courtesy Chase Hall Studio.

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem"

JAMAICA AVE BETWEEN EUCLID AVE & CYPRESS HILL ST,\ (Directions)

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem,” 2020. Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas. Courtesy Chase Hall Studio.

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail"

BUFFALO AVE & PROSPECT PL (Directions)

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail,” 2020. Ink on paper. Courtesy the artist and 56 HENRY, New York.

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020"

ROCKAWAY PWY BETWEEN AVE J & FLATLANDS AVE (Directions)

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020,” 2020. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist.

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us)"

DEAN ST BETWEEN FRANKLIN AVE & BEDFORD (Directions)

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us),” 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain:

JAMAICA AVE BETWEEN SHEPHERD AVE & HIGHLAND (Directions)

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York.

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar"

ADAMS ST & JORALEMON AVE (Directions)

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar,” 2020. Oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar"

UTICA AVE & AVENUE J (Directions)

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar,” 2020. Oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020"

FLATLANDS AVE & E 77 ST (Directions)

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist.

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us)"

NOSTRAND AVE & AVENUE H (Directions)

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us),” 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain"

149 AVE BETWEEN PROSPECT & UNION (Directions)

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York.

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail"

3RD AVE BETWEEN 153 ST & 154 ST (Directions)

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail,” 2020. Ink on paper. Courtesy the artist and 56 HENRY, New York.

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion)"

SOUTHERN BLVD BETWEEN E 163 ST & BARRETO AVE (Directions)

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion),” 2020. Scanned laser-print on paper, tape. Courtesy the artist.

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse"

MORRIS AVE BETWEEN E 143 & E 144 ST (Directions)

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse,” 2020. Oil on panel. Courtesy the artist.

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020"

GRAND CONCOURSE & E 158 ST (Directions)

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist.

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem"

MORRISON AVE & WESTCHESTER AVE (Directions)

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem,” 2020. Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas. Courtesy Chase Hall Studio.

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us)"

E 138 ST & ST ANNS AVE (Directions)

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us),” 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Emily Mae Smith, “Revenge of the Flowers"

MELROSE AVE & E 160 ST (Directions)

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 Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar"

WATSON AVE BETWEEN ROSEDALE & NOBLE AVE (Directions)

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar,” 2020. Oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020"

ST JAMES PL BETWEEN ROBERT WAGNER & PEARL (Directions)

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020,” 2020. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist.

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us)"

GRAND ST BETWEEN PITT ST & RIDGE ST (Directions)

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us),” 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Emily Mae Smith, “Revenge of the Flowers"

1ST AVE BETWEEN E 49 ST & E 50 ST (Directions)

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 Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar"

W 96 ST & AMSTERDAM AVE (Directions)

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar,” 2020. Oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020"

MADISON ST BETWEEN CLINTON ST & MONTGOMERY (Directions)

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist.

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020"

FT WASHINGTON AVE BETWEEN W 171 & W 172 ST (Directions)

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020,” 2020. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist.

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail"

BROADWAY BETWEEN W 82 & W 81 ST (Directions)

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail,” 2020. Ink on paper. Courtesy the artist and 56 HENRY, New York.

Emily Mae Smith, “Revenge of the Flowers"

MADISON ST & OLIVER ST (Directions)

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 Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem"

1ST AVE BETWEEN E 20 & E 21 ST (Directions)

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem,” 2020. Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas. Courtesy Chase Hall Studio.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain"

ADAM C POWELL JR BLVD BETWEEN W 135 ST & W 136 ST (Directions)

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York.

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion)"

BROADWAY BETWEEN W 91 ST & W 92 ST (Directions)

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion),” 2020. Scanned laser-print on paper, tape. Courtesy the artist.

Emily Mae Smith, “Revenge of the Flowers"

FT WASHINGTON AVE BETWEEN CABRINI BLVD & W 190 ST (Directions)

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 Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion)"

21 ST BETWEEN 35 & 36 AVE (Directions)

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion),” 2020. Scanned laser-print on paper, tape. Courtesy the artist.

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse"

NORTHERN BLVD BETWEEN 92 & 91 ST (Directions)

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse,” 2020. Oil on panel. Courtesy the artist.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain"

MYRTLE AVE BETWEEN 64 ST & CYPRESS HILLS (Directions)

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain"

COLLEGE PT BLVD BETWEEN 26 AVE & GRAHAM CT (Directions)

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York.

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us)"

NORTHERN BLVD BETWEEN 104 & 103 ST (Directions)

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us),” 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us)"

LINDEN BLVD BETWEEN 228 ST & 227 ST (Directions)

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us),” 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us)"

SPRINGFIELD BLVD BETWEEN 67 & 73 AV (Directions)

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us),” 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Emily Mae Smith, “Revenge of the Flowers"

HILLSIDE AVE BETWEEN 212 ST & HOLLIS CT (Directions)

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 Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion)"

MYRTLE AVE & CORNELIA AVE (Directions)

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion),” 2020. Scanned laser-print on paper, tape. Courtesy the artist.

Emily Mae Smith, “Revenge of the Flowers”

LIBERTY AVE BETWEEN 111 & 112 ST (Directions)

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 Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse"

164 ST BETWEEN 82 RD & GOETHALS AVE (Directions)

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse,” 2020. Oil on panel. Courtesy the artist.

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail"

CROSS BAY BLVD & PITKIN AVE (Directions)

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail,” 2020. Ink on paper. Courtesy the artist and 56 HENRY, New York.

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020"

235 ST & LINDEN BLVD (Directions)

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020,” 2020. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist.

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse"

150 ST & NORTHERN BLVD (Directions)

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse,” 2020. Oil on panel. Courtesy the artist.

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020"

NORTHERN BLVD BETWEEN 207 ST & CLEARVIEW EXPWAY (Directions)

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020,” 2020. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain"

EMMONS AVE BETWEEN E 28 & E 27 ST (Directions)

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York.

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar"

ROCKAWAY PWY BETWEEN AVE L & AVE M (Directions)

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar,” 2020. Oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse"

NEW YORK AVE & ATLANTIC AVE (Directions)

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse,” 2020. Oil on panel. Courtesy the artist.

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse"

AVE DBETWEEN E 48 ST & SCHENECTADY (Directions)

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse,” 2020. Oil on panel. Courtesy the artist.

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020"

60 ST BETWEEN BAY PKWY & 23 AVE (Directions)

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist.

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion)"

CONEY ISLAND AVE BETWEEN AVE Z & AVE Y (Directions)

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion),” 2020. Scanned laser-print on paper, tape. Courtesy the artist.

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse"

VANDALIA AVE & BETHEL LOOP (Directions)

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse,” 2020. Oil on panel. Courtesy the artist.

Emily Mae Smith, “Revenge of the Flowers"

RALPH AVE & BERGEN ST (Directions)

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 Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020"

WILSON AVE & GATES AVENUE (Directions)

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020,” 2020. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist.

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion)"

FLATLANDS AVE & E 76 ST (Directions)

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion),” 2020. Scanned laser-print on paper, tape. Courtesy the artist.

Emily Mae Smith, “Revenge of the Flowers"

JAMAICA AVE & CRESCENT ST (Directions)

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 Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.

Emily Mae Smith, “Revenge of the Flowers"

CONEY ISLAND AVE & NEWKIRK AVE (Directions)

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 Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020"

WILLIS AVE BETWEEN E 144 & E 143 ST (Directions)

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020,” 2020. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist.

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem"

BOSTON RD BETWEEN E 224 ST & WICKHAM AVE (Directions)

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem,” 2020. Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas. Courtesy Chase Hall Studio.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain"

CITY BLVD & CARVER LOOP (Directions)

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York.

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion)"

SEDGWICK AVE BETWEEN FT INDEPENDENCE & GILES PL (Directions)

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion),” 2020. Scanned laser-print on paper, tape. Courtesy the artist.

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar"

BOSTON RD BETWEEN GUN HILL RD & E 211 ST (Directions)

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar,” 2020. Oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us),” 2020.

BRUCKNER BLVD & WESTCHESTER AVE (Directions)

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us),” 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail"

LAFAYETTE AVE BETWEEN PUGSLEY AVE & STICKBALL BLVD (Directions)

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail,” 2020. Ink on paper. Courtesy the artist and 56 HENRY, New York.

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem"

MADISON ST BETWEEN JAMES ST & ST JAMES PL (Directions)

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem,” 2020. Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas. Courtesy Chase Hall Studio.

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion)"

1 AV & 45 ST (Directions)

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion),” 2020. Scanned laser-print on paper, tape. Courtesy the artist.

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail"

BROADWAY BETWEEN W 193 & HILLSIDE AVE (Directions)

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail,” 2020. Ink on paper. Courtesy the artist and 56 HENRY, New York.

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us)"

BROADWAY BETWEEN W 84 ST & W 85 ST (Directions)

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us),” 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse"

BROADWAY BETWEEN W 171 & W 170 ST (Directions)

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse,” 2020. Oil on panel. Courtesy the artist.

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020"

106 ST BETWEEN COLUMBUS AVE & MANHATTAN AVE (Directions)

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist.

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse"

2 AVE BETWEEN E 25 & E 24 ST (Directions)

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse,” 2020. Oil on panel. Courtesy the artist.

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem"

ADAM C POWELL JR BLVD BETWEEN W 138 & W 137 ST (Directions)

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem,” 2020. Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas. Courtesy Chase Hall Studio.

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail"

MADISON ST & CATHERINE ST (Directions)

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail,” 2020. Ink on paper. Courtesy the artist and 56 HENRY, New York.

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar"

GRAND ST & PITT ST (Directions)

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar,” 2020. Oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain"

42 ST BETWEEN 12 AV & 11 AVE (Directions)

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York.

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020"

AMSTERDAM AVE BETWEEN W 98 & W 99 ST (Directions)

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020,” 2020. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist.

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020"

LINDEN BLVD BETWEEN 225 & 224 ST (Directions)

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist.

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail"

HILLSIDE AVE BETWEEN SPRINGFIELD & 219 ST (Directions)

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail,” 2020. Ink on paper. Courtesy the artist and 56 HENRY, New York.

Emily Mae Smith, “Revenge of the Flowers"

HORACE HARDING EXWY BETWEEN 164 & 165 ST (Directions)

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 Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020"

QUEENS BLVD BETWEEN 38 & 37 ST (Directions)

Andre D. Wagner, “Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020,” 2020. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist.

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us)"

CROSS BAY BLVD BETWEEN DOVEY PL & SILVER RD (Directions)

Firelei Báez, “On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us),” 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail"

PARSONS BLVD BETWEEN UNION TPKE & GOETHALS AVE (Directions)

Cynthia Talmadge, “Lemon Tree And Household Mail,” 2020. Ink on paper. Courtesy the artist and 56 HENRY, New York.

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar"

HORACE HARDING EXWY BETWEEN 188 & 190 ST (Directions)

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar,” 2020. Oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion)"

20 AVE BETWEEN PETRACCA PL & 132 ST (Directions)

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion),” 2020. Scanned laser-print on paper, tape. Courtesy the artist.

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020"

90 ST BETWEEN 32 AV & NORTHERN BLVD (Directions)

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist.

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar"

UNION TPKE BETWEEN 175 & 176 ST (Directions)

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar,” 2020. Oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar"

35 AVE & 24 STREET (Directions)

Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar,” 2020. Oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020"

PARSONS BLVD & 20 AVENUE (Directions)

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist.

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem"

NORTHERN BLVD & 194 STREET (Directions)

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem,” 2020. Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas. Courtesy Chase Hall Studio.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain"

LEFFERTS BLVD BETWEEN LIBERTY AVE& 103 AVE (Directions)

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York.

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion)"

111 ST BETWEEN LIBERTY AVE & 107 ST (Directions)

Rafael Domenech, “Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion),” 2020. Scanned laser-print on paper, tape. Courtesy the artist.

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem"

RICHMOND TERR BETWEEN ST PETERS PL & NICHOLAS ST (Directions)

Chase Hall, “A Great Day in Harlem,” 2020. Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas. Courtesy Chase Hall Studio.

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020"

WILLOWBROOK RD BETWEEN GLORIA CT & HOUSTON ST (Directions)

Arielle Bobb-Willis, “West New York, 2020,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist.

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse"

HYLAN BLVD BETWEEN RICHARD AV & CUNNINGHAM RD (Directions)

Sharon Madanes, “Pulse,” 2020. Oil on panel. Courtesy the artist.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain"

HAMPTON GR & ARDEN AVE (Directions)

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., “Sound of the Rain,” 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York.

Artists

The first group of ten new artworks unveiled on June 29 are by Firelei Báez, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Rafael Domenech, Chase Hall, Doron Langberg, Sharon Madanes, Emily Mae Smith, Cynthia Talmadge, and Andre D. Wagner.

The second group of 40 new artworks to be unveiled on July 27 are by Nina Chanel Abney, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Kamrooz Aram, Leilah Babirye, Chloë Bass, María Berrío , Elizabeth Bick, Zach Bruder, Jordan Casteel, Sara Cwynar, Jeremy Dennis, Marley Freeman, Ivan Forde, Chitra Ganesh, Oto Gillen, Baris Gokturk, Lucia Hierro, Esteban Jefferson, Yifan Jiang, Cheyenne Julien, Adam Khalil, Baseera Khan, Andrew Kuo, Sophie Larrimore, Nate Lewis, Joiri Minaya, Willa Nasatir, Jordan Nassar, Madhini Nirmal, Stephen Obisanya, Danielle Orchard, Anna Ostoya, Anna Park, GaHee Park, Jamaal Peterman, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Adrienne Elise Tarver, Salman Toor, D’Angelo Lovell Williams, and Wong Kit Yi.

Image Gallery

Artist Statements

Firelei Báez (b. 1981, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic; lives and works in the Bronx, New York)
On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us), 2020
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York

This work is in reference to the 70,000 black women and girls in the United States currently missing. Who continue to be unnamed and uncared for, even though this should be a national crisis. The figure in this painting is inspired by an archival image of civil rights activist Freedom Riders sleeping in church pews taken by photographer Paul Schutzer circa 1961. It is a particularly tender inter-generational scene of women resting and supporting each other.  In this place of respite, I center the transformative actions that can show ways beyond the spaces in our culture where care, love, and beauty are not naturally and equitably given. 

Arielle Bobb-Willis (b. 1994, New York, New York; lives and works in Union City, New Jersey)
West New York, 2020, 2020
Digital photograph
Courtesy the artist

This year has been a test for everyone’s mental health to say the least. The countless killings of black men, women, and children, the carelessness of our government, and the virus are incredibly triggering. Having to adjust can be difficult. Although photography helps with my depression it isn’t a fix-all. My healing process is ever-evolving and I wanted to create something that captures the continuous effort needed to stay afloat. This work is just a reminder to all that we will never give up on the pursuit of peace and happiness.

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. (b. 1993, Baldwin, New York; lives and works in Queens, New York)
Sound of the Rain, 2020
Digital photograph
Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York

My photographs privilege the interiority of individuals and communing groups, often investing in how people tend to their space and less so how they become clear to others. Sound of the Rain is a new commission that abstracts a direct view of the Mount Morris Fire Watchtower in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. As such, it references the history of its official use and its current informal and sentimental roles.

The work is titled after a song by Solange, which includes an animated video by visual artist Jacolby Satterwhite. As I reflected on the various functions of the park, I recalled the video’s use of fire as a medium for growth. 

Rafael Domenech (b. 1989, Havana, Cuba; lives and works in Manhattan, New York)
Peripheral poem 68 (countermonument pavilion), 2020
Scanned laser-print on paper, tape
Courtesy the artist

I walked, I walk through the conurbated city to retrace his steps, to document the ecology of relationships that sustains this place. Time passed—time regained. And now, I construct a landscape through layers of images from the archive. The landscape is no longer that of Frederic Church, but a decentralized picture with no vast depth of field, no clarity. It is not a postcard, it is an amalgamating message.

Chase Hall (b. 1993, St. Paul, Minnesota; lives and works in New York, New York)
A Great Day in Harlem, 2020
Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas
Courtesy Chase Hall Studio

A Great Day in Harlem is a rendition of a photograph by Art Kane, made in 1958, of fifty-seven Jazz musicians gathered in front of a brownstone on 126th Street in Harlem. I was thirteen when this image served as my introduction to the humanity behind Jazz, not just the sound of humanity. The strokes of paint and coffee on cotton that I used in this work create representations that are coded in improvisation and empathy. Redefining colonial instruments and re-working their function, creating Jazz is a reminder of the malleability of sound, life and history.

Doron Langberg (b. 1985, Yokneam Moshava, Israel; lives and works in New York, New York)
Joe and Edgar, 2020
Oil on linen
Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Joe and Edgar captures a couple in tender repose, silhouetted by glowing afternoon light. The bold, atmospheric colors and expressive use of paint bring out the figures’ emotional world, highlighting their intimate connection. As we turn inwards as a society, I wanted to offer this moment that is both queer and relatable, as a source of solace and strength in the face of the unknown, focusing on our greatest asset – our love for one another.

Sharon Madanes (b. 1985, Chicago, Illinois; lives and works in New York, New York)
Pulse, 2020
Oil on panel
Courtesy the artist

I work both as a physician and an artist; my paintings explore the rituals, ethics, and aesthetics of medicine. I made Pulse in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and my experiences as a healthcare provider. When humans are veiled with layers of protective gear, moments of touch, regardless of their nature, are charged with heightened intimacy and poetic meaning.

Emily Mae Smith (b. 1979, Austin, Texas; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York)
Revenge of the Flowers, 2020
Digital collage of original oil and watercolor paintings
Courtesy of the artist and Simone Subal Gallery, Perrotin Gallery, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin

During quarantine I was awestruck by the flora and fauna transforming the city landscape. There were major drops in air pollution levels. Reports of rat adventures appeared in the newspapers. Grasses grew wildly to waist high in former dirt patches. Yellow dandelions dotted ball fields, then turned into snowy puffballs casting off their airborne heads to unknown destinations. In our natural world I found a small respite, a parable, a warning, and a blessing. 

Cynthia Talmadge (b. 1989, New York, New York; lives and works in New York, New York)
Lemon Tree And Household Mail, 2020
Ink on paper
Courtesy the artist and 56 HENRY, New York

Lemon Tree and Household Mail depicts a decorative metal lemon tree from my living room that I repurposed to air out potentially infectious household mail in the beginning of the pandemic. I noticed that perched among the branches were artifacts from systems in states of dysfunction: a stimulus check, the U.S. census, and a sample ballot for the cancelled (later reinstated) New York Democratic primary. Matches and a scratched tribute at the tree’s base foreshadow combustion.

Andre D. Wagner (b. 1986, Omaha, Nebraska; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York)
Old School, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY 2020, 2020
Gelatin silver print
Courtesy the artist

As the city starts to slowly open up, and I was thinking about the themes of reconnection and renewal, I wanted to make a work that felt uplifting. One day I was waiting at a bus stop in Brooklyn when I saw a man I know by the name of “Old School” spinning a basketball on his fingers. Basketball at the parks in the summer is a right of passage for Black boys and men, a way for us to escape and bond. So capturing this moment of joy was both nostalgic and about hope for the future. 

 

Nominators

In order to deepen connections with colleagues across the city and to ensure the participation of the broadest possible emerging talents, Public Art Fund’s curatorial team invited 32 nominators to propose up to three artists each for inclusion in the show. These nominators include artists and art and cultural luminaries from the worlds of academia, museums, and cultural non-profits.

Cecilia Alemani, Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art; Farah Al Qasimi, artist; Miguel Aragon, Assistant Professor, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York; Tauba Auerbach, artist; Jessica Bell Brown, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art; Isolde Brielmaier, Curator-at-Large, International Center of Photography (ICP); A.K. Burns, artist; Emma Enderby, Chief Curator, The Shed; Adriana Farmiga, artist; Andrea Geyer, artist; Jeffrey Gibson, artist; Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Hugh Hayden, artist; Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator, Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum; Matthew Higgs, Director, White Columns; Shanay Jhaveri, Assistant Curator, International Art, Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Ruba Katrib, Curator, MoMA PS1; Martin Kersels, Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture, Yale; Thomas Lax, Curator, Department of Media and Performance, Museum of Modern Art; Christopher Y. Lew, Nancy and Fred Poses Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; Jennifer McGregor, Senior Director of Arts, Education and Programs, Wave Hill; Alan Michelson, artist; Ugo Rondinone, artist; Walid Raad, artist; Xaviera Simmons, artist; Sarah Sze, artist; Kelly Taxter, Barnett and Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art, The Jewish Museum; Mickalene Thomas, artist; Mark Tribe, MFA Department Chair, SVA; Tomas Vu, Professor of Professional Practice, Discipline Director of Printmaking, Columbia; Jasmine Wahi, Holly Block Social Justice Curator, Bronx Museum of the Arts; Hank Willis Thomas, artist.