Fourteen floors of new paintings, prints, photographs and works-on-paper by emerging New York City artists using landscape as a conceptual element in their work.
The title, Stand Here and Listen, plays off the phenomenon of ‘viewing spots’ that occur in popular tourist destinations: exact spots, labeled with signs, where visitors are encouraged to stand and look. In a similar way, the selected artwork allows viewers to stand and look, inviting visual exploration; however, the activity and composition of each work embodies thought, motion and sound, as much as sight.
The clearest connection between all the artists is the work itself. All the artists draw inspiration from the natural world and the idea of landscape, yet each has created their own language and style with their chosen media. Each artist selected for the permanent corridor collection has an active studio practice based in New York City and each has utilized the online Irving Sandler Artists File developed by the non-profit, Artists Space. The database connects artists to the outside world by providing a place where images of artwork and biographical information can be posted by artists and searched by anyone. Using the database exclusively was a way to connect with artists who are otherwise not connected to each other, to a single gallery or group, or by affiliations with any persons involved in the selection process. The collection is then based, as purely as possible, on the work itself.
Soho holds a major place in the history of New York City’s art world and for decades was the central district for artist studios. While Soho has changed dramatically over the years, this collection highlights the fact that New York City has retained this spirit of artistic production. Thankfully, there remain throughout the neighborhood, numerous arts organizations and venues, such as Artists Space, The Drawings Center, The Swiss Institute, Location One, De Maria’s Broken Kilometer, The Judd Center and numerous galleries that continue to draw visitors from around the world. The exhibition in the corridors and other works throughout The James allows this art experience to extend into a new space and allows new artists to gain exposure.