April 27, 2016 - High Line Art - Spring 2016 commissions
April 27, 2016

High Line Art

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Blind Idealism Is…), 2016. Photo: Timothy Schenck. Courtesy of Friends of the High Line. 

Spring 2016 commissions

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Barbara Kruger
Untitled (Blind Idealism Is…), 2016
Adjacent to the High Line at West 22nd Street
March 2016–March 2017
Barbara Kruger presents a new work realized as a large-scale, hand-painted mural on a building adjacent to the High Line. Continuing her unabashed criticism of culture and power, the mural features the slogan “BLIND IDEALISM IS DEADLY,” an adaptation of a quote from Afro-Caribbean philosopher and revolutionary thinker Frantz Fanon, which has appeared in multiple works by the artist.

Featuring Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Valentin Carron, Iman Issa, Matt Johnson, Marie Lorenz, Tony Matelli, Paulo Nazareth, Mike Nelson, Roman Ondak, Susan Philipsz, Rayyane Tabet
Various locations on the High Line
April 2016–March 2017
An outdoor group exhibition that explores the themes of walking, journeys, and pilgrimages, Wanderlust is inspired by the High Line as an ambulatory space experienced most naturally in motion. The exhibition extends the tradition of Conceptual art wherein the act of walking served as an inspiration for many artists who explored life both in the urban context and in an ambivalent confrontation with nature.

Nari Ward
Smart Tree, 2016
On the High Line at West 23rd Street
April 2016–March 2017
Inspired by a childhood memory, Nari Ward presents a Smart car covered in tire treads and propped up on cinder blocks, with an apple tree sprouting from its roof. With the car’s cinderblock base representing stasis, and its coating of tire treads suggesting perpetual movement, Ward’s Smart Tree holds up a mirror to the flux surrounding the High Line itself and reminds viewers of the High Line’s history as a major transportation artery in Manhattan.

Kathryn Andrews
Sunbathers I & II, 2016
On the High Line at West 18th Street
On the High Line under The Standard, High Line
May 2016–March 2017
The artist’s first public commission, Sunbathers I & II comprise two large aluminum sculptures silkscreened with images inspired by the park. The images respond to two contrasting aspects of the elevated park: its relationship to nearby billboards and to the natural landscape.

Wanderlust is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kathryn Andrews, Sunbathers I & II, is supported, in part, by Christen and Derek Wilson, VIA Art Fund, and HFZ Capital Group.

Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston. Additional funding is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Dorothy Lichtenstein. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

About High Line Art
Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art commissions and produces public art projects on and around the High Line. Founded in 2009, High Line Art presents a wide array of artwork including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs, and a series of billboard interventions. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, and produced by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture, history, and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.

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