The Subway is a Center for NYC Artists

Posted on March 16th, 2010 by The SUBWAYblogger in Good lookin'

Samantha Lister from Tripbase.com shares some expert advice on Subway Art in this Guest Post on SUBWAYblogger.

If you’re bored, frustrated or just plain fed up with your daily journey on the subway to work and back, what better way to lift your spirits than with a little bit of art to muse over?

The MTA Arts for Transit commissions enable well-established and emerging artists across the United States to gain the attention of hundreds and thousands of city-dwellers and travelers, from unique light boxes to striking posters.

Why limit the showcasing of talented artists to boxed-in art galleries and fancy websites? Subway Art could just be the way forward as millions of people around the world are gagging for something to catch their eye to make their mundane journeys more exciting. The art designs could even give people something more to talk about than late running trains and the forever increasing fares.

Exhibitions across various locations, including the New York City Transit and Long Island Rail Road, include permanent art and rotating presentations. This gives a number of artists the opportunity to have their work displayed within some of the most visited areas across the country. It also means that subway users and staff can expect to see frequent visual changes to keep them on their toes.

What was once seen as graffiti plastered over the bare walls of subway and train stations, has now fast become a unique form of expression that provides something a little more interesting than mere advertisements splattered around.

Across the pond in cultural Europe, the London Underground has been commissioning art and design since 1908. Building on this tradition, a new legacy of art is presented across the Tube network. The large and small scale projects have provided much fascination to customers and staff alike, connecting the history of Transport for London with its ever-evolving future.

So, next time you’re sitting on the Subway, wondering what to have for dinner or why the guy next to you insists on playing his music so loud, take a look at the art around you; each commissioned piece is there for you to interpret in any way that you choose and is likely to give a different perspective each time you look at it.

Subway Art goes miles with you so why not give it a thought? Enhancing the way that we travel in a busy world, the art and design that you will see connects a whole series of themes, from contemporary interpretations of modern day living to decorative attempts to preserve the past.

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    aweeeesome

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  2. Cash Genie said on March 18th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    One never pays any attention to this art because there are so many other things to look at which are sometimes annoying, irritating and other times interesting.
    Though nice observation, I did not think about it in such a detail

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  3. Jet Airways India said on March 19th, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I like your point of not limiting the art of talented artist to galleries and museums. Subway art is a great option and I agree with you in this.

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    good to see you are writing again! welcome back ;-)

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    Like your posts, good to see you back. Keep up the good work :)

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  6. George said on April 6th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Yeah! I'm from London and it's true the journey to and fom work is ten times more interesting when you have interesting and fun art here and there to feast your eyes on. Or you're walking down passage between platforms and you come across some amazing live music performer. Mixing art with underground systems rules!

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  7. Umbro England said on April 28th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I'm sort of annoyed that the posters are essentially litter…I would be on board with them as advertisements, though.

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  8. Text UK said on June 2nd, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I wouldn't like my piece of work to be put in a tube..

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  9. Text UK said on June 3rd, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Totally agree.. these art works on the tube are put in a very bad taste..

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    Subway art is really a great way to encourage new artists and this is a great option for entertaining the people on their way to home.

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  14. PS3 said on June 26th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Subway art is awesome. You should have added some pictures to this post!

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  15. Domonic said on July 1st, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I just got back from a 2 week holiday in NYC. The subways were the best part of the whole trip. Graffiti art is still great and blooming.

    thx/dom

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  16. Eurostar to Paris said on July 5th, 2010 at 6:46 am

    This is really an interesting article. For some people this is really great but some people this is nothing. Work environment is depending upon the user's choice

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  17. Cash Genie said on July 13th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Is graffiti a part of subway art ?

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  18. used tires said on July 19th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    It's really awesome to see artists get such an opportunity!

    @Cash Genie, to some yes graffiti is an part, but to other's it is not, just depends who you talk to!

    Till then,

    Jean

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  19. Bidet said on July 24th, 2010 at 12:13 am

    There are so many artists in the subway, NYC is filled with artists trying to get well known.

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    The subway art can really be quite unique and invigorating. I think some are as good as artwork that fetches top dollar in exhibitions so its good to see them getting some proper recognition and opportunity.

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    Subway art is a great way to showcase art as so many people use it.

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    Subway art is really a good concept and it gives a great feel to the whole place.
    Waiting for your new post!

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  23. tires said on September 12th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I agree, subway art is a great way to hightlight local and national artists alike, and provides not only a great viewing experience for those walking/traveling by, but also encourages local artists and youth to pursue art. I think it is a great way to showcase art and I hope they start doing this in more places.

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    One never pays any attention to this art because there are so many other things to look at which are sometimes annoying, irritating and other times interesting.

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  25. Jamie said on November 27th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Here is a great music video about MTA New York City Transit.
    The video follows different subways throughout the boroughs of NYC. As a former New Yorker, I couldn’t help feeling a little nostalgic watching this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8-711zuV6Q

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  26. Komodo Dragon said on December 21st, 2010 at 9:01 am

    It's quite amazing how much talent exists all around us. Some of the work these people do could take center stage in any art gallery in the world.

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  27. sell my textbooks said on December 31st, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    That is a great way to look at it. It is quite the break from a busy and hectic day to just sit and ponder art. I find it strangely relaxing to ride the subway. I also love the musicians around the subway platforms. You almost miss them when you don't see them and wonder how they are and if they are ok.

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