Jorge Palacios: Link
August 16, 2018 – November 6, 2018
Complementing the exhibition Jorge Palacios at The Noguchi Museum (September 26, 2018–January 20, 2019), the monumental accoya wood sculpture Link (2018) by Jorge Palacios (b. 1979, Spain) is installed at Flatiron Plaza North, adjacent to Madison Square Park in Manhattan. Inspired by Isamu Noguchi’s public works, Palacios explores the relationship between scale and civic life.
Jorge Palacios’s sculptures have been widely shown in public spaces, including in SoHo, New York City, where he exhibited Sketch in the Air (2015); in front of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid; in the “Torres de Colón,” in Madrid, and, as part of an exhibition of his urban sculptures in the streets of Toledo, at that city’s Floridablanca Sculpture Gardens, Sun Gate, Bisagra Gate, and Santa Cruz Art Museum. His work has also been exhibited in numerous museums, including the Santa Cruz Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts of Guadalajara, and the Mirador Hall of the Thyssen-Bornemisza, in Madrid, and it may be found in public and private collections in Canada, Switzerland, Spain, and the United States. Palacios divides his time between his studio in New York City and his workshop in Spain. jorgepalacios.us
Launched in 2008, the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program invigorates the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. The Program partners with community-based organizations and artists to present murals, sculptures, projections and performances on plazas, fences, barriers, bridges and sidewalks for up to 11 months. Projects are presented within four program tracks: Arterventions, Barrier Beautification, Community Commissions and Art Display Case. nyc.gov/dotart
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District, formed in 2006, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the area’s reputation as one of New York’s most vital and exciting neighborhoods. This is accomplished by maintaining a clean and safe environment for the district’s businesses, residents and visitors; by spearheading area improvement projects; and by marketing the diverse business and retail options in this vibrant and historic neighborhood. flatirondistrict.nyc
The installation of the sculpture Link is made possible thanks to the collaboration of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership. Jorge Palacios at The Noguchi Museum is supported by Porcelanosa and the Consulate General of Spain in New York. The exhibition is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.