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Art: Group Show

Common Ground


May 25, 2012 – Nov 30, 2012




Public Art Fund (Venue Partner)

City Hall Park


Directions: 4, 5, 6, J, M, Z to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall A, C, E to Chambers Street R, W to City Hall 2, 3 to Park Place



Public Art Fund says…

 From the monuments of ancient Egypt to the Statue of Liberty, public art has traditionally been a means to represent a society’s beliefs, values, and ideals. However, in our own diverse culture, today we value art most highly as the expression of a unique individual vision. Common Ground brings together the work of ten international artists, each with a strikingly original artistic voice and a strong engagement with our contemporary culture.  Several works in the exhibition create a dialogue with the history of art, finding new metaphors in traditional forms. For example, there is a recurring interest in the classical statue and the use of stone-carved text. In Common Ground, the civic monument, once dominated by heroic representations of men, is reinvented through the use of abstraction, irony, and satire. Some of the works reflect on the public role of the artist, implying both the transience of life and the desire for timelessness in art. The exhibition also explores the notion of “common” space through language, objects, and performance. Together, all of the very different works in Common Ground remind us that contemporary art offers us both opportunities for personal reflection and shared moments of collective expression.  To see more info and artists feautured, click here.