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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 29, 2004
No. 108
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BY POPULAR DEMAND, TOM OTTERNESS ON BROADWAY, BROADWAY MALLS' LARGEST EXHIBITION IN HISTORY, EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 18, 2005

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, The Broadway Mall Association and Marlborough Gallery today announced the extension of Tom Otterness on Broadway, an exhibition of 25 sculptures by New York City sculptor Tom Otterness, through March 18, 2005.

Tom Otterness on Broadway stretches from Columbus Circle to Washington Heights along Broadway, between 60th and 168th Streets. Spanning over five miles, the exhibition represents the largest display of temporary public art on the Broadway Malls.

Considered one of the premier public artists working in the United States, Tom Otterness has exhibited widely and completed commissions in this country and abroad. His stylized bronze figures combine into sculptural ensembles that explore the range of human experience, from grand ambition to common foibles, plucking imagery and themes from popular culture and subtly transforming them into humorous commentary.

Otterness’ art has been exhibited in communities around the globe. In addition to work in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, public commissions include installations at the United

States Courthouses in Minneapolis and Sacramento. In New York City, he has installations at the Carl Sagan Discovery Center at Montefiore Children’s Hospital in the Bronx; mounted on piers in the East River; at the Little Red School at the corner of 6th Avenue and Houston; at Metrotech; at

P.S.234 in Manhattan; in Nelson Rockefeller State Park in Battery Park City; in the A/C/E/L subway station at 14th Street; and at the entrance to the Hilton Times Square Hotel. He is currently completing a major public commission for Museum Beelden aan Zee in The Netherlands. Otterness, a New York resident since the 1970s, works from a studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

This show includes Marriage of Real Estate and Money, as well as more recent works that draw characters from fairy tale and myth. Reflecting the artist’s use of scale to establish complex relationships between his sculpture and their surroundings, the work featured in Tom Otterness on Broadway ranges in size from Boy and Dog, which measures a mere 20 inches tall, to Escaping Leg, standing over 20 feet tall. All of these works will continue to be on view through March 18, with the exception of See No Evil at 60th Street, which will be removed by mid-January so that construction can move ahead at Columbus Circle.

Parks & Recreation’s temporary public art program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in City parks. Committed to the exhibition of art by emerging and established artists, Parks & Recreation has supported projects ranging from international exhibitions in flagship parks to local, community works in neighborhood parks and traffic islands.

Recent revitalization of the Broadway Malls has been made possible through the support of the Lincoln Square BID, Columbia University, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, The Broadway Mall Association, the Borough President and City Council, and volunteer organizations such as the Jewish Community Center and the L.D. Brandeis High School/Evergreen House. Fabrication, installation, maintenance and removal of the artwork for this show have been paid for by Marlborough Gallery and Tom Otterness Studio.

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