I recently discovered that Ralph Fasanella’s 1950 painting “Subway Riders” is permanently on view near fare control of the Fifth Avenue/53rd Street Subway Station (E & M trains). How very cool!
Ralph Fasanella, “Subway Riders.” American Folk Art Museum. Image from: www.folkartmuseum.org.
Here’s the painting as seen from the station:
However, the other week when I was down there I noticed it was temporarily covered up :( Hopefully this was a short-term situation, and the Fasanella painting will soon again be viewable to all of those happy-go-lucky New York subway commuters.
Subway art that I see much more regularly and absolutely love are the glass tile mosaics at the 66th Lincoln Center station (1, 2 trains) by Nancy Spero.
Nancy Spero. Glass Mosaic. Image from: http://nyclovesnyc.blogspot.com/2009/11/subway-art-nancy-speros-glass-mosaic.html.
Makes the (joyful) subway treks that much more aesthetically pleasing!