Art in the Parks
Through collaborations with a diverse group of arts organizations and artists, Parks brings to the public both experimental and traditional art in many park locations. Please browse our list of current exhibits below, explore our archives of past exhibits or read more about the Art in the Parks Program.
Celebrating 50 Years of Art in the Parks
Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Art in the Parks program! Visit more than 50 public artworks currently on view in our parks, and celebrate with us at our upcoming anniversary events!
Public Art Map and Guide
Find out which current exhibits are on display near you, and browse our permanent monument collection.
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Rafael Barrios, Rafael Barrios on Park Avenue
March 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012
51st Street - 67th Street
Park Avenue Malls, Manhattan
Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.
Venezuelan artist Rafael Barrios will exhibit nine monumental sculptures on Park Avenue. Many of these pieces will be exhibited for the first time, created from experimental works that Barrios has kept reserved.
The pieces range in form, shape, color and dimension and are all representational of Barrios’ forty-plus years of creating art that alters our perception and state of mind. Barrios experiments with volume and mass in his sculptures—at a distance they appear to have significant volume, but as you approach the pieces, they reveal their slimness. As Barrios states, the sculptures are about “dislocating our perception in such a way that our mind’s eye will insist that you are seeing something that you are not.”
This exhibition was made possible by Art Nouveau Gallery. Exhibitions on Park Avenue are presented under the auspices of New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation and The Fund for Park Avenue Sculpture Committee.