Mad. Sq. Art is the free contemporary art program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, presenting exhibitions of newly-commissioned work each year in a wide variety of media, by artists ranging from emerging to internationally renowned.
Following critical accolades for past exhibitions, Mad. Sq. Art’s “museum without walls” is now recognized worldwide as a preeminent presenter of public art, and is a destination for art lovers from around the world. Watch an overview of the program’s past exhibits.
MAD. SQ. ART 2013
GIUSEPPE PENONE: IDEAS OF STONE (IDEE DI PIETRA)
September 26, 2013 – February 9, 2014
Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in the Park.
Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera group, artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic. [READ MORE]
Previously presented artists include: Bill Beirne, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Mark di Suvero, Kota Ezawa, Bill Fontana, Ernie Gehr, Orly Genger, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, Antony Gormley, Jene Highstein, Tadashi Kawamata, Mel Kendrick, Sol LeWitt, Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, Charles Long, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jacco Olivier, Roxy Paine, Jaume Plensa, Shannon Plumb, Alison Saar, Jessica Stockholder, Leo Villareal, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and William Wegman.
From 2000-2003, exhibitions in Madison Square Park were presented by the Public Art Fund on behalf of the Campaign for the New Madison Square Park. These artists included Tony Oursler, Dan Graham and Mark Dion among others. Click here to learn more about this series of exhibitions.
Major support for Mad. Sq. Art is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund, Liane Ginsberg, Agnes Gund, Toby Devan Lewis, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Sorgente Group of America, Tiffany & Co., and Anonymous. Substantial support is provided by the Irving Harris Foundation, The Sol LeWitt Fund for Artist Work, the Henry Luce Foundation, Danny and Audrey Meyer, Melissa S. Meyer, Ronald A. Pizzuti, The Rudin Family, the Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust, John L. Thomson, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and Tishman Speyer.
Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of Mad. Sq. Art. Ace Hotel New York is the Official Hotel Partner of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. Mad. Sq. Art is supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. The Madison Square Park Conservancy is a public/private partnership with New York City Parks & Recreation.