Art Everywhere: A Very Very Big Art Show

American artists have long found inspiration in iconic locations such as Times Square, Sunset Boulevard, and Route 66. Starting on August 4, 2014, and continuing for four weeks, Art Everywhere US will transform these and other public spaces into free open-air galleries for American masterworks  in  the largest outdoor art  show ever conceived—and one curated with the help of the American people through an online vote.

The National Gallery of Art is collaborating with four other major museums and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) to present a nationwide celebration of America’s artistic legacy. The museums include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Approximately 50 popular masterpieces of American art from the museums’ collections will appear this summer on as many as 50,000 displays nationwide, including on static and digital billboards, subway platforms and trains, buses and bus shelters.

Artworks nominated by the five museums range in date from 1767 to 2008 and include paintings, photographs, works on paper, decorative objects and multimedia works. Examples include Grant Wood’s American Gothic (1930, Art Institute of Chicago), Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington (c. 1821, National Gallery of Art), John Singleton Copley’s Sarah Sherburne Langdon (1767, Dallas Museum of Art), Edward Hopper’s Early Sunday Morning (1930, Whitney Museum of American Art), and John Baldessari’s Wrong (1966-68, LACMA).

Other artists represented among the 100 nominated works are Romare Bearden, George Bellows, Mary Cassatt, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole, Imogen Cunningham, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Thomas Eakins, Philip Guston, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Jasper Johns, Jacob Lawrence, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Georgia O’Keeffe, Catherine Opie, Rembrandt Peale, Jackson Pollock, James Rosenquist, Mark Rothko, Ed Ruscha, John Singer Sargent, Cindy Sherman, Clyfford Still, Andy Warhol, James McNeill Whistler and Frank Lloyd Wright. The full list of nominated works is accessible at www.ArtEverywhereUS.org.

Art Everywhere US follows a similar initiative conducted in the United Kingdom in 2013 through a collaboration among the Art Fund, the Tate, Richard Reed, and the UK out-of-home advertising industry.

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    Charles Sheeler, American, 1883 - 1965Classic Landscape, 1931oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Barney A. Ebsworth, 2000.39.2

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    William Michael Harnett, American, 1848 - 1892The Old Violin, 1886oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mellon Scaife in honor of Paul Mellon , 1993.15.1

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    Thomas Cole, American, 1801 - 1848The Voyage of Life: Childhood, 1842oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1971.16.1

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    George Bellows, American, 1882 - 1925Both Members of This Club, 1909oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection, 1944.13.1

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    Winslow Homer, American, 1836 - 1910Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), 1873-1876oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington,Gift of the W. L. and May T. Mellon Foundation, 1943.13.1

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    Mary Cassatt, American, 1844 - 1926The Boating Party, 1893/1894oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection, 1963.10.94

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    John Singleton Copley, American, 1738 - 1815Watson and the Shark, 1778oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ferdinand Lammot Belin Fund, 1963.6.1

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    Thomas Moran, American, 1837 - 1926Green River Cliffs, Wyoming, 1881oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Milligan and Thomson Families, 2011.2.1

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    Rembrandt Peale, American, 1778 - 1860Rubens Peale with a Geranium, 1801oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Patrons' Permanent Fund, 1985.59.1

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    James McNeill Whistler, American, 1834 - 1903Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl, 1862oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Harris Whittemore Collection, 1943.6.2

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    Roy Lichtenstein, American, 1923 - 1997Look Mickey, 1961oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1990.41.1
    © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art

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    American 19th CenturyCat and Kittens, c. 1872/1883oil on millboard
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1958.9.8

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    Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916The Biglin Brothers Racing, 1872oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, 1953.7.1

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    Gilbert Stuart, American, 1755 - 1828The Skater (Portrait of William Grant), 1782oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1950.18.1

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    Childe Hassam, American, 1859 - 1935Allies Day, May 1917, 1917oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Ethelyn McKinney in memory of her brother, Glenn Ford McKinney, 1943.9.1

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    Fitz Henry Lane, American, 1804 - 1865Lumber Schooners at Evening on Penobscot Bay, 1863oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Francis W. Hatch, Sr., 1980.29.1

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    Gilbert Stuart, American, 1755 - 1828George Washington, c. 1821oil on wood
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge IV in memory of his great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, his grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge II, and his father, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge III, 1979.5.1

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    Martin Johnson Heade, American, 1819 - 1904Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth, c. 1890oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of The Circle of the National Gallery of Art in Commemoration of its 10th Anniversary, 1996.14.1

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    Jasper Francis Cropsey, American, 1823 - 1900Autumn - On the Hudson River, 1860oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Avalon Foundation, 1963.9.1

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    John Singer Sargent, American, 1856 - 1925Nonchaloir (Repose), 1911oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Curt H. Reisinger, 1948.16.

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Cast your vote now through May 7 at www.ArtEverywhereUS.org! The final list of some 50 Art Everywhere US works will be announced to the public on June 20.