For a second consecutive year, Show Media is collaborating with Art Production Fund to bring public art to NYC. Throughout the month of January, 500 taxi tops donated by Show Media will display art instead of ads. Art Adds 2011 – a city wide, one month, public art campaign – features work by CHUCK CLOSE and KEHINDE WILEY.
Last year, president John Amato created Art Adds as a way of giving back to the city. (Video WPIX coverage from last year) “Art is a great passion of mine, and I am very fortunate to be in a place in my life where I can do this as my annual holiday gift not just to myself, but to everyone who enjoys seeing the art as it travels around New York City’s streets.”
Chuck Close, an American artist internationally recognized for profoundly changing modern portraiture, first gained fame for his photorealist images in the early 1970s. Today he’s known for his hyper-realistic daguerreotype portraits depicting famous icons and celebrities.
Kehinde Wiley, a New York based painter from Los Angeles, is widely known for juxtaposing contemporary and traditional art influences in his work. By depicting men from a variety of cultures and nationalities in decorative French Rococo, posing in the powerful, spiritual manner of Renaissance masters such as Titan, he highlights the prejudices and idiosyncrasies of our past and poses questions for our present.
Photos courtesy of Michael Bucher