2017 marks a special year for the Public Art Fund as they celebrate 40 years of presenting impactful and ambitious works of contemporary art throughout New York City, with exhibitions that are emblematic of the organization’s mission and innovative history. Since Public Art Fund’s founding by Doris C. Freedman in 1977, the organization has worked to break down the inherent boundaries between audiences and institutions, by presenting work outside the confines of the traditional white cube. 40 years later, Public Art Fund continues to demonstrate the power and potential of public art to transform the urban environment, while encompassing experiences as diverse and wide-ranging as the artists who have imagined them.
UAP is proud to have collaborated with PAF and delivering the two iconic works, Gilded Cage and Arch, for Ai Weiwei’s city-wide exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors. Since its inception, the organization’s mission has revolved around providing public access to contemporary art, a goal that Director and Chief Curator Nicholas Baume said is more relevant than ever. In the past, PAF has organized projects like Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror and Ugo Rondinone’s Human Nature at the Rockefeller Center, Tatzu Nishi’s Discovering Colombus at Colombus Circle, Olafur Eliasson’s New York City Waterfall at the anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Congratulations and more power to Public Art Fund!