Image by Geoffrey Dunbar

Times Square Mural–Roy Lichtenstein – Subway art 5

MTA Times Square Station Art

Installed in the space between three train lines, closest to the IRT Shuttle, it’s easiest seen when entering from the new head house in Times Square.

Brash, bright, lively, this mural of porcelain enamel is similar in its material to original subway directional signs, dark blue or black on white, some of which are still in place.

A NY Times critic wrote: “All this proves that [Lichenstein’s] Times Square mural is more than just a kitschy picture.” Okay. I guess there were those who thought it was a bit kitschy.

Try to imagine another city that could/would commission, in this day and age, such a wealth of art for just one of its stations. Granted, this is one that accommodates 65 million people each year.

There are five other installations in this station one each by Jacob Lawrence, Jane Dixon, Toby Buonagurio, Blackford and Fisher and Jack Beal and it is a challenge to find them all.

Lichtenstein was a New York native.

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191 West 42nd Street, New York

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24 hours daily
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)