New York

“California Billboards”

New York City

“California Billboards,” sponsored by the Eyes and Ears Foundation in San Francisco, Fashion Moda, and the Public Art Fund in New York, consisted of seven billboards by artists, put up in different sections of New York with technical assistance from Foster and Kleiser Outdoor Advertising. All of the artists involved in the project are or have been based in California, and the painted canvases mounted on billboards around the city were originally commissioned by the Eyes and Ears Foundation for an outdoor exhibition on the West Coast. The artists were Karen Carson, Sri Chinmoy, Jack Frost, Masashi Matsumoto, Neon Park, Horace Washington, and Paul Whitehead.

Images range from abstract to representational, and subjects vary from artist to artist. What they all share is an ironic attitude toward commercial advertising. One image, for example, shows a creature from another planet riding through

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