NEW YORK, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), the leading non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the United States image abroad through American art, has collaborated with the U.S. Department of State and more than 50 of the country's leading artists to contribute a historic collection of American art to the new U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) in New York City. The building, which is responsible for carrying out the nation's participation in the world body, was designed by the late acclaimed architect Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects.
In 2007, the State Department approached FAPE about contributing art for the USUN Collection. Robert Storr, Chairman of FAPE's Professional Fine Arts Committee and Dean of the Yale School of Art, was the Curator. FAPE and Storr worked closely with the Department and Gwathmey Siegel to select locations for art, identifying more than 180 spaces throughout 19 floors for art.
Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said, "For 25 years, FAPE has worked with the U.S. Department of State to place American art in embassies around the world, representing the very best of American vision, dynamism, and culture."
FAPE's first site-specific contribution to USUN was Wall Drawing #832: A red spiral line on blue by Sol LeWitt. The work has been installed inside the 70-foot-high rotunda located on the 22nd floor representational space. On this same floor, stands FAPE's second site-specific commission, a sculpture by Ron Gorchov entitled Totem. Lynda Benglis also generously contributed a sculpture from her collection entitled D'Arrest, which has been installed on the 22nd floor as well. The third site-specific piece in the Collection is by Odili Donald Odita, who has completed two murals entitled Light and Vision. These works greet visitors in the lobby and on the second floor before entering the Press Conference Room. All of the site-specific commissions are gifts of the artists, and FAPE funded the fabrication and installation for each work.
Jo Carole Lauder, FAPE Chairman, said, "FAPE is proud to have collaborated with such accomplished artists for this historic contribution to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. We are extremely grateful to the State Department for giving us the opportunity to participate in this landmark project, and to Robert Storr for curating an extraordinary collection, which captures the diversity and richness of our country's unique culture."
More than 50 artists are represented in the Collection, and their work appears throughout the building, including: Josef Albers; Joe Andoe; Shahla Arbabi; Richard Artschwager; Jennifer Bartlett; Romare Bearden; Louisiana Bendolph; Mary Lee Bendolph; Lynda Benglis; Loretta Bennett; Christo; Chuck Close; Willie Cole; Robert Dash; Tom Downing: David Driskell; Richard Dupont; William Eggleston; Janet Fish; Tom Fitzharris; Ron Gorchov; Peter Halley; Jim Isermann; Yvonne Jacquette; Jasper Johns; Emilia and Ilya Kabakov; Alex Katz; Ellsworth Kelly; Andre Kertesz; Polly Kraft; Barbara Kruger; Rachel Lachowicz; Jacob Lawrence; Michael Lebron; Julian Lethbridge; Tom Levine; Sol LeWitt; Roy Lichtenstein; Inigo Manglano-Ovalle; Robert Mangold; Elizabeth Murray; Ken Noland; Odili Donald Odita; Catherine Opie; Loretta Pettway; Ellen Phelan; Martin Puryear; Robert Rauschenberg; Tim Rollins; James Rosenquist; Clifford Ross; Susan Rothenberg; Ed Ruscha; Joel Shapiro; Jack Shear; Laurie Simmons; Kiki Smith; Alan Sonfist; Frank Stella; Fred Tomaselli; Cy Twombly; Carrie Mae Weems; Terry Winters; and Jack Youngerman.
About the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies
The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the United States image abroad through American art. Founded as a public-private, non-partisan partnership in 1986, FAPE works with the U.S. Department of State to contribute fine art to U.S. embassies around the world. FAPE's donations include works by more than 200 preeminent American artists placed in over 140 countries. Headquartered in Washington D.C., FAPE has raised over $56 million in art and monetary contributions to date. For more information, please visit www.fapeglobal.org.
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