Washington Square; All images courtesy of the Whitney Museum of Art
On Monday, the Whitney Museum launched an interactive digital map marking 20 locations across New York City that legendary artist Edward Hopper painted during his career. The map provides a side-by-side comparison of Hopper’s portrayal and a photo of the location as it looks today taken from the same perspective, including places like the Manhattan Bridge, Washington Square Park, and Roosevelt Island. All of the paintings featured on the map are currently on display at the museum as part of the new exhibition, Edward Hopper’s New York, which explores the life and work of the artist through his relationship with the city.
A side-by-side of the Macombs Dam Bridge painted by Hopper and a photo of the bridge as it looks today
During his career in New York, Hopper called Greenwich Village home for over 50 years and was heavily inspired by the area’s architecture.
He captured the evolution of the city over the course of his work, creating distinctive representations of locations like Washington Square Park, Blackwell’s Island (now Roosevelt Island), the East River, and more.
“One of my hopes is that visitors walk out of the exhibition with a newfound curiosity for the city around them, and perhaps an openness to those Hopper moments that can surprise and delight in the most unexpected ways, in the most ordinary places,” Kim Conaty, the Whitney’s Curator of Drawings and Paintings and curator of the Edward Hopper’s New York exhibit, said.
“Hopper had his New York, and we all have our own distinctive New Yorks, forged through daily experiences, infused with memories, and built on the histories of the city before us. And there’s always so much more to explore, if we remember to look.”
The Whitney’s Edward Hopper’s New York exhibition includes a collection of more than 200 paintings, watercolors, prints, and drawings by Hopper. The exhibition is on view at the Whitney until March 5, 2023.
As 6sqft previously reported, the exhibition is organized by “thematic chapters” of Hopper’s life The installation begins with Hopper’s early sketches and drawings from when he was commuting to the city from Nyack, New York to when he first moved to the apartment at 3 Washington Square North in Greenwich Village.
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