If you’re planning on sending anything through the mail this holiday season, pick up some of the beautiful Poinsettia Forever® stamps created by artist William Low. AFT commissioned Low to design our 2007 poster, Greeting the Dawn, as well as a faceted glass permanent artwork A Day in Parkchester at the NYCT Parkchester station on the 6 Line. Get these gorgeous stamps here!
Exhibition Tuesday! If you’re planning on staying in or around NYC for this Thanksgiving weekend, stop by the Queens Museum or Wave Hill in the Bronx to see two awesome AFT artists’ work!
Ben Snead created Departures and Arrivals, a mosaic artwork at the Jay Street- Metro Tech station in Brooklyn. Snead’s work is featured in a group show, Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology at the Glyndor Gallery at Wave Hill. This great exhibition closes Sunday, so get there soon!
Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao is one of our accomplished Lightbox artists, whose photography series, Greetings from Coney Island is currently installed at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays station in Brooklyn. His series, New York City Building Time Lapse, 2009-2013 documented the Queens Museum expansion and will be on view there until January 19, 2014.
Images: Ben Snead, Departures and Arrivals, 2009.
Ben Snead, Family of the Old and New World, 2007.
Jeff Liao, Blue Scaffolding, 5/7/10.
Jeff Liao, Greetings from Coney Island, 2013.
Exhibition Tuesday! Today we highlight two AFT artists who will be speaking about their public projects over the next few days:
Christopher Russell created Bees for Sunset Park at the 9th Avenue station on the D line in Brooklyn. Russell will be speaking about his project at the Young Lions Forum: Public Space, Above and Below at the New York Public Library tonight! Here for more info!
Shinique Smith recently finished one of our largest mosaic and glass projects, Mother Clara’s Garden at the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot in Harlem. Smith will speak at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum tomorrow night, on the Harlem Focus/ MTA Harlem: Architecture, the Artist, and Decorative Design. To register for this event, go here!
Images: 1-2 Christopher Russell, Bees for Sunset Park, 2012.
3-4 Shinique Smith, Mother Clara’s Garden, 2013.
#ExhibitionTuesday. Today we highlight a very special exhibition featuring the late Jack Beal. Using classical mythology as inspiration, Beal created two glass mosaic artworks for the Times Square-42nd Street station. The Return of Spring and The Onset of Winter are among the most beloved works in our AFT collection. George Adams Gallery 525-531 West 26th Street in NYC is honoring the life and work of Jack Beal in the new exhibition Jack Beal: Paintings 1963-2011 which includes a study painting of his Times Square- 42nd Street mosaic project as well as the last portrait he painted.The exhibition is on view until December 21, 2013.
Exhibition Tuesday! Today we have two of our AFT commissioned artists whose permanent work is still in fabrication!
Xenobia Bailey is currently working on her permanent mosaic artwork for the 7 Line extension at the 34th Street and 11th Avenue station. Entitled Funktional Vibrations, this artwork will be one of the largest in our collection when completed, and it includes a mosaic domed ceiling. Currently, Bailey featured in an exhibition in Dubai, Chaos into Clarity: Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia, on view at the SAF Art Spaces until January 26, 2014.
Ray King is also working on a permanent metal artwork for the Rockaway Boulevard station on the A line. Fabricated in metal and laminated glass, the work will be placed within the windscreens in the elevated station. In addition, King has just completed a permanent glass sculpture, Twin Waves, at the Union Depot in St.Paul, Minnesota.
Images: Xenobia Bailey, Funktional Vibrations proposal.
2-3. Xenobia Bailey, Chaos into Clarity: Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia, 2013.
4-6. Ray King, Twin Waves, 2013.
Ray King, Rockaway Boulevard proposal.
In honor of Halloween, we wanted to share our scariest piece! Well, it’s not thaaaat scary, but it has a certain Hitchcockian feeling to it (Remember Hitchcock’s seminal 1963 film The Birds!... Scared now!?…. Didn’t think so, but we are trying here.) Anyway, on your way to the Halloween parade tonight, stop off at Canal Street on the A,C,E Line, to see Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz piece, A Gathering, consisting of 174 grackles and blackbirds, in a number of different poses, and seven crows, all cast in bronze and given a glossy black patina. They are seen roosting on railings and perched in groups, like people waiting for the train, watching, lost in thought, or chatting. Birds, the artists note, are very social creatures - just like New Yorkers, and riders may find echoes of themselves and other subway riders in their lively expressions. Canal Street is a busy commercial thoroughfare, devoid of nature. A Gathering compensates for this by enlivening the space and providing respite from the dense traffic and bustling commercialism above. So… Boo! And Happy Halloween!
Exhibition Tuesday! Today we highlight two of our AFT artists who are featured in shows right here in New York!
Peter Sis, an artist who created a poster way back in 1997, the beloved “Whale” artcard, and Happy City, permanent mosaic artwork at the 86th street station and was recently featured in ON TIME/Grand Central at 100 is currently featured in a group show, Pushing the Line; Drawing in an Age of Anxiety at the Arts Westchester, on view until November 30, 2013.
Duke Riley designed an art card in 2010 and installed a permanent art project, Be Good or Be Gone, at the Beach 96th Street station in the Rockaways. Opening on Friday, November 1, Duke’s recent work will be featured in See you at the Finish Line, at Magnan Metz Gallery, on view until January 11, 2014.
Images: Peter Sis, Whale artcard detail, 2001.
Duke Riley, The U-Line artcard detail, 2010.
Exhibition Tuesday! If you’re heading upstate to see the last few days of the stunning North Eastern fall foliage, stop by the Albany International Airport Gallery to see two AFT artists included in a great group show!
Both artists are featured in the exhibition Second Nature, an exhibition exploring artists whose work centers on the interpretation of nature, on view in the Albany International Airport Gallery until March 9, 2014.
Image 1&2: Jason Middlebrook, Brooklyn Seeds, 2011.
Image 3&4: Jill Parisi, Coom Barooom, 2011.
Our newest exhibition is now on view!! On Paper/Grand Central at 100 features 4 amazing paper-cut artists — Laura Cooperman, Rob Ryan, Xin Song and Thomas Witte – who created original black and white paper-cuts inspired by Grand Central Terminal. The work is showcased in our Lightboxes at Grand Central Terminal (Dining Concourse, lower level), and will be on view until September 2014. Please check out this great video, “Cutting Shadows,” created by Antonio Rosario about artist Thomas Witte’s process for this project!
Throw Back Thursday! With Grand Central Terminal’s centennial still in full swing, here is a great photo at the Terminal from the early 1950s by photographer Boris Y. Klapwald, which was originally featured in our GCT dinning concourse Lightbox exhibition, Meet Me at Grand Central back in 2007. Come and see our newest Lightbox exhibition, On Paper/Grand Central at 100 showcasing some amazing black and white original papercuts!