Art Will Soon Be Everywhere


The largest outdoor art show ever will take place this summer. Throughout the U.S., master works of art will soon be on display literally everywhere. Right now, people can help shape the show by voting for which paintings and other artworks are to be included.

Five major U.S. art museums have collaborated to put on an exhibit celebrating masterworks of American art. What is different about this exhibit? It will take place from sea to shining sea, literally. The art will be splayed over 50,000 billboards, subway stops, public transportation vehicles and other places across the country. Works like Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington, Grant Wood’s iconic American Gothic, and Andy Warhol’s best will dot the American landscape this summer for four weeks beginning August 4.

The concept was highly successful in the United Kingdom last year. So, a similar effort to celebrate the history of art in the U.S. was proposed. The Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Art, along with the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, the artists and/or their estates, and agencies to organize the rights, have collaborated on the massive undertaking.

Each museum has chosen works in its collection to be among the 100 nominated. Through voting online at the Art Everywhere Web US site, the public is asked to winnow down the selection. Voting began today on the Web site and through various social media options like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

The final 50 pieces will soon be reproduced in public spaces everywhere. This offers an unprecedented opportunity for millions of Americans and visitors this summer to get better acquainted with the best works of art created by U.S. artists.

The 100 artworks being voted on span the history of the United States, from classics to contemporary works. They include portraits from the Revolution War era, landscapes from the 19th century, scenes of daily life in the later 1800s, as well as still life images. Other selections depict the American West, show the emergence of abstract painting, commemorate the two World Wars, as well as showing the Abstract Expressions from the 1950s and the Pop Art of the 1960s.

The painting, photography, decorative objects and other works nominated represent a range of well-known gems and lesser known works. Some of the artists include John Singer Sargent, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, Fran Lloyd Wright, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer and John Singleton Copley.

The participating museums are hoping that the gigantic art show and opportunity for everyone to see masterworks will create greater interest in the arts. They would like it to inspire people to visit local museums or go see their favorites from the show in person elsewhere.

Art Everywhere US will soon be providing chance encounters across the American landscape with great works of art. Vote now to let them know pieces should be included in what promises to be the largest art exhibit ever.

By Dyanne Weiss

Art Everywhere US
Washington Post

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