Alex Katz Mural to be Unveiled Opposite Future Whitney

Art Press Release from United States. Published by anonymous on Tuesday 29 July 2014.

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In celebration of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s forthcoming move to its new Renzo Piano–designed building in the Meatpacking District, the Museum has partnered with TF Cornerstone and High Line Art on a series of public art installations.

Unfolding over the course of the next five years, the Museum will mount a succession of works by key American artists on the facade of TF Cornerstone’s building at 95 Horatio Street directly across Gansevoort Street from the southern end of the High Line and the future Whitney, which will open to the public in spring 2015. The first installation, Katherine and Elizabeth, 2014, by the New York–based artist Alex Katz, is expected to be unveiled in September.

Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director, remarked, “As the Whitney transitions to its new downtown home, we are delighted that TF Cornerstone has offered the Museum such a highly visible space to share great works of American art with a public audience. I am also thrilled that we will inaugurate this partnership by presenting an important new work by Alex Katz, an artist with whom the Whitney has a long-standing relationship. We hope that the project will herald the Museum’s presence downtown and continue to engage visitors to the High Line and our new building."

Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art, stated, “We are excited to collaborate with the Whitney on this series of billboards and to have them as our new neighbor. The addition of their new home only strengthens the cultural bridge that the High Line has created between the Meatpacking, Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen neighborhoods.”

The women depicted in Katherine and Elizabeth are friends and familiar subjects for Katz, who is known for his bright palette, graphic sensibility, and cinematic cropping. He made several studies in Maine in 2012 before completing the final work on which this 17-by-29-foot digital print on vinyl is based.

This installation is the latest of several public art projects the Whitney has been involved in organizing near its future home, underscoring its commitment to the surrounding neighborhood. In 2010, the Museum launched Whitney on Site: New Commissions Downtown, which mounted site-specific works by Tauba Auerbach, Guyton\Walker (a collaboration between Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker), and Barbara Kruger at the construction site. In 2011, the Museum tapped choreographer Elizabeth Streb to debut an original piece at the May groundbreaking ceremony for the new building, as well as the new work, ASCENSION, presented in Gansevoort Plaza in July. In 2012, the Whitney collaborated with DDG Partners to wrap the construction site on the building at 345 West 14th Street in Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Trees, and it worked with High Line Art for the installation of Richard Artschwager’s Blps along the High Line and on neighborhood structures. Both projects were pegged to retrospectives of the artists at the Whitney.