A Midtown Al Fresco Art Break

Rockefeller Center’s captured the attention of passersby with some big statements: 16 sculptures, of various sizes, strategically placed around the 22-acre center. The public arts initiative “Frieze Sculpture” will be on display till June 28th, 2019. 

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Courtesy Frieze/ Timothy Schenck photo

The works of artists, including Jaume Plensa, Nick Cave, Kiki Smith and Paulo Nazareth, are in the gardens, lobbies, nooks and recesses to encourage exploration of the buildings and also  to bring context to the site’s environment. 

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Courtesy Frieze/ Timothy Schenck photo

For example, Mexican artist Pedro Reyes’ Jaguar and Seer are intentionally sited where a Diego Rivera mural once was. Rivera’s work was erased because it had an image of Vladimir Lenin. Frieze is the annual international art fair on Randall’s Island; Frieze Sculpture is a way to bring a small piece of that fair to Midtown.