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‘Post No Bills: Public Walls as Studio and Source’ Opens at the Neuberger Museum of Art

Robin Rhode, “A Day in May,” 2013. Single channel HD digital video, sound, 3:14 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong.

Works by Blu, Parla, JR, Rhode, Villeglé, Vhils, Dogançay, Martinat, and Bradford featured in this stunning exhibition on view through December 23

Work by nine internationally renowned artists who use the urban landscape as inspiration will be on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art in the multi-media group show Post No Bills: Public Walls as Studio and Source, opening September 11, 2016. Their subject matter revolves around the collective human experience, rooted in the people, culture, and physical environment of the cities in which they live.

There are twenty works on view by Blu (Bologna), Mark Bradford (Los Angeles), Burhan Dogançay (Istanbul), José Carlos Martinat (Lima, Peru), José Parla (Brooklyn), JR (Paris), Robin Rhode (Berlin and Johannesburg), Vhils a.k.a. Alexandre Farto (Lisbon), Jacque Villeglé (Paris), each of whom contributes to and captures the unique and public narrative.

This stunning, colorful exhibition explores a contemporary archaeological aesthetic, celebrating the marks made by anonymous hands and examining the evolving history of walls that have been layered over time with paint, posters, and narratives.

“Urban walls layered with graffiti, posters, messages, paintings, and drawings hold the history of a place,” explains Avis Larson, curator of the exhibition. “In our daily lives we often pass them by, barely noticing what appears on their surfaces. Yet these very walls contain a record of human existence that serves as an inspiration for this multi-generational group of artists, who share a humanistic philosophy and have a tremendous sense of social responsibility. In a sense, they archive society.”

Post No Bills: Public Walls as Studio and Source is on display at the Neuberger Museum of Art (735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York) from September 11 to December 23, 2016.