Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

The following are a few great works of art that can be found in New York City subway stations as one travels around NYC:

Inside 42nd Street Subway Station with Leichenstein's  Mural.
Mural by Roy Lichtenstein in the 42nd Street Subway Station

 

 

AlHeld2
Mural by Al Held at Lexington Avenue/53rd St. Station. [the girls are not part of the mural.  The art makes a nice background for photos.]
Elizabeth Murray
An Elizabeth Murray mosaic at the 23rd St. and Ely Ave. Station in Queens

 

More New York Subway Art

An Al Held painting in mosaic at the 53rd St. and Lexington Ave. Subway Station

(below) Mosaic that I found at the 86th St. and Lexington Subway station. I couldn’t find a plaque so I don’t know who they are by. It is based on the wheel of fortune motif.


Below: Mosaic’s from the #1 subway line at Houston Street in Greenwich Village.  These mosaics are from a series of 5 called “Platform Diving” (1994) by New York artist Deborah Brown.  They seem to equate being underground in the subway with being underwater.

Platform Diving–Notice how this is the #1 subway car and these mosaics are in the #1 subway station.

Platform Diving
Platform Diving

You might be interested in reading my post called “New York Subway Art,” which was the precursor to this post.

New York Subway Art

Tribeca Resident, Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007) (Photo copied from the NY Times Internet site) at 59th Street Subway Station in front of her Mural.

On flicker, where I put most of my photography, I’ve started a new set of photos that I named Subway Art. I’m trying to make a photo essay of the art that appears in New York Subway Stations, some of it by very famous artists like Roy Lichtenstein, whose mural in the Times Square subway station I presented in this blog on August 19, 2010. Today I visited the Elizabeth Murray mural in the subway station at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue.  It’s so huge, however, I could only photograph pieces of it.  As you can see, her art is very whimsical.  It’s all done in mosaic tile, as is all of the subway art that I’ve seen so far, because that’s what lasts.

Elizabeth Murray's Mural at 59th Street Subway Station
Elizabeth Murray’s Mural at 59th Street and Lexington Ave. Subway Station
Section of Mural by Elizabeth Murray in the Subway Station at 59th St. and Lexington Ave.
Section of Mural by Elizabeth Murray in 59th St. Subway Station
Elizabeth Murray
An Elizabeth Murray mosaic at the 23rd St. and Ely Ave. Station in Queens
Mosaic Mural by Al Held
Mural by Al Held at 53rd and Lexington St. Subway Station
One of Elizabeth Murray’s Teacups

Elizabeth Murray liked to use tea cups as an image in her work and is known for them. Because of that the 59th Street subway station has mosaic tea cups all over the place. tea cups with tea in them, which you can see that her tea cups has, because their is steam coming up, is a symbol of love and friendship.

Yesterday ran into another Elizabeth Murray at the Museum of Modern Art. I decided to put it in here even though it’s not in a subway. She also has one work of art at the Metropolitan.

Elizabeth Murray Painting at MOMA

You might be interested in reading my post called “More Subway Art,” which is rather a continuation of this post.