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February 8, 2024

Kate Mothes

Nancy Blum. Photo by Cathy Carver. All images © artists, courtesy of Phaidon, shared with permission.

British artist David Hockney quipped: “Art has to move you and design doesn’t, unless it’s a good design for a bus.” Contemporary Underground Art, A forthcoming book by Monacelli argues that these two facets of visual culture are a combination made to move us.

Written by Sandra Bloodworth, who has directed MTA Art & Design for more than 30 years, along with Deputy Director Cheryl Hageman, the volume showcases more than 100 permanent installations made between 2015 and 2023.

Parts Catalog and Parts Field Guide, Underground Contemporary Art emphasizes the power of visual art in the places we pass through every day. The selection highlights how the works of greats such as Alex Katz, Derrick Adams, Katherine Bradford and many more create a more enjoyable and stimulating civic experience, transforming the subway station network into a unique and highly accessible place. museum.

Some of the most recent additions to the MTA collection are two mosaics by Yayoi Kusama and Kiki Smith in Manhattan’s new Grand Central Madison station. In 2022, Nick Cave completed an immense mosaic and video installation in the Times Sq-42 St. subway titled “Each, All, Equal to All,” featuring dancing figures evoking the artist’s life. Sound suits. And at the busiest entrance to the Grand Central-42 St. station, commuters reflect on a colorful mirrored glass piece by Jim Hodges titled “I Dreamed a World and I Called It Love,” which spans the width of the hallway.

Underground Contemporary Art Its launch is scheduled for April 24. Reserve your copy now at Bookshop.

A mosaic of a deer in a desert by Kiki Smith at the Grand Central Madison train station.

Kiki Smith. Photo by Anthony Verde Photography

A colorful geometric mural of streets and buildings by Derrick Adams.

Derrick Adams. Photo by Emil Horowitz

Expansion of a book showing Derrick Adams' work on the New York City subway.

Two metallic silhouettes of Nefertiti and a black woman face to face on a bridge over railroad tracks.

Damian Davis. Photo by Etienne Frossard

Enlargement of a book showing artwork by Ololeken Jeyifous on the New York City subway.

A Kathering Bradford mosaic of a woman in a blue dress, arms outstretched, in a field of flowers and set against a night sky.

Katherine Bradford. Photo by Jason Mandela

A mural by Alex Katz in a New York subway station.

Alex Katz. Photo by Etienne Frossard

A detail from a Nick Cave mosaic of figures in colorful furry costumes dancing.

Nick Cueva. Photo by Photo by Trent Reeves

A book spread showing Nick Cave and his New York subway mosaic in progress.

A large glass mural above the escalators of a New York subway station.

Jim Hodges. Photo by Felipe Fontecilla

The cover of the book 'Contemporary Art Underground' showing an artwork by Nick Cave and red text on a blue background.

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