Subway Art

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I became aware of the artist Nancy Spero first through her subway art.  Most of my New York residences have been somewhere on the #1 subway line, so I’m always passing through the Lincoln Center station.

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The MTA website says the mosaics at 66th street were installed in 2001, but I remember them appearing gradually over a period of many years, finishing only a few years ago.  At any rate, I saw them magically emerging and I wanted to know about the artist.

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Nancy Spero.  Never heard of her.

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Since that time, I’ve looked at a lot of her art, in books and online, and I also got to see a show a few years ago in Chelsea.  As is usually the case, the actual work is a revelation after seeing only reproductions.  Scale!  Hard to imagine from a small photo.

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But the subway mosaics have always been live for me.  They still never fail to delight.  A few weeks ago, I decided to photograph them all.

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In the 1970’s, Spero, who had always explored the role of women in her art, decided to make them her focus.  Using a group of stock characters from history, art, myth, and the news, she celebrated the power of  feminine creativity in the dance of life.

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These mosaics reflect that focus, but also rejoice in the performances that take place every day in Lincoln Center.

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2 responses to “Subway Art”

  1. memadtwo says :

    Lovely work. Doesn’t it make you want to try doing mosaics?


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