art for the masses

G Washington PosterOn my way home the other day, I noticed a large poster of George Washington in my local bus shelter. Not an ad for this week’s movie release, or Shark Week, not even a cell phone company hawking their latest plan — but a larger than life poster of the first president of the United States of America as painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1821.

Living in Washington, DC the subject matter didn’t seem such an oddity but the fact there was no advertisement in this space did. Turns out, this bus shelter artwork is part of a nationwide program to bring artworks from 5 top American museums to bus shelters, billboards, subway posters and other OOH displays this summer. Kinda cool!

Here’s a sampling of the artworks you may find on display in your neck of the woods:

artwork 1artwork 2From top left:  The Child’s Bath by Mary Cassatt, 1893 | Magnolia Blossom by Imogen Cunningham, 1925 | American Gothic by Grant Wood, 1925 | Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, 1942 | Three Flags by Jasper Johns, 1958 | Campbell’s Soup Can by Andy Warhol, 1964 | Phil by Chuck Close, 1969 | Ocean Park No. 29 by Richard Diebenkorn, 1970

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