In 2020 Art on the Underground will present major site-specific commissions by Lucy McKenzie, Vivian Suter, and Helen Johnson alongside two Pocket Tube map covers by Elisabeth Wild and Phyllida Barlow. 2020 marks Art on the Underground’s 20th anniversary, a key milestone celebrating its history of working with prominent contemporary artists as a leading commissioner of public art.
In an oversaturated world of 24/7 connectivity and the fleeting nature of digital media, the 2020 programme seeks to create space for quiet contemplation, reflection and solitude. Acting as a rebuttal against the constant commodification of our attention the programme prizes time, space and material to reimagine how we interact not just with each other but the world around us.
Bringing leading international artists to London, Art on the Underground’s programme invites the public to step out of their daily routine and observe our civic spaces anew. Major commissions situated across London include:
- For her first UK public commission, Lucy McKenzie will take over the iconic Art Deco Sudbury Town station
- Vivian Suter will create her first public commission in the UK comprised of over 120 new paintings at Stratford station
- Helen Johnson’s intricate painting marks the fourth commission in the Brixton series using local murals from the 1980s as inspiration
- For the spring pocket Tube map, Elisabeth Wild will create a new collage inspired by London Underground architecture in colours that recall the luscious landscape of her home in Guatemala
- Phyllida Barlow will use her daily practice of drawing to create a unique composition for the autumn pocket Tube map
Eleanor Pinfield, Head of Art on the Underground, commented: “Bringing leading international artists to the spaces of London Underground, the 2020 programme invites a focus on our individual experience of the physical environment. These major new artworks create rich, reflective encounters that re-cast the Tube as a site of leisure and reflection, giving millions of Londoners space for contemplation amidst our ‘always on’ culture.”