9/11 Art

The sculpture, Tumbling Woman, by Eric Fisch

“Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11” is a collection of artwork by 13 artists and their reactions to the terror attacks.

Ranging in media from paintings and sculpture to works on paper and video, these pieces will be displayed together for the first time in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

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Pedro Lasch on the challenges artists faced following the 9/11 attacks

A week after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, Pedro Lasch emerged from a Manhattan subway station, looked skyward, spied the familiar World Trade Center towers and continued on his way.

It wasn’t until later that day that Lasch realized he’d seen something that wasn’t actually there. Rather, he had a moment familiar to many New Yorkers in the days and weeks after the attacks. He was so accustomed to seeing the twin towers accenting the city skyline that, from his familiar vantage point at the top of those subway station steps, they appeared in his mind’s eye even after they’d been destroyed. (Read More…)

The Prescient Work of an Artist Killed on 9/11

Michael Richards, “Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian” (1999) (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted)

The Michael Richards exhibition on Governors Island, curated by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin, proves what an astonishing loss it was when the artist was killed on 9/11. Richards had spent the night in his World Views studio as part of his Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) residency; when a hijacked plane crashed into the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, it killed him. Rumors quickly swirled that he had foreshadowed his own death with the sculpture “Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian” (1999), for which he had used his own body as a model. Photos of the work showed a fleet of mini airplanes piercing a Tuskegee Airman’s body, the jets uncannily similar to the one that destroyed Richards’s own body in the disaster. (Read More…)

Artistic responses to the 9/11 terrorist attacks – in pictures

Photograph: Todd Stone

On the 15th anniversary of the attacks, the 9/11 Memorial Museum is hosting a major exhibition of art inspired by events that day, ranging from paintings to sculpture and video. Rendering the Unthinkable shows the deep influence of 9/11 on American culture and provides a human response to the attacks. The exhibition opens on 12 September (Read More…)

From Bothell to New York City, finding peace on 9/11 anniversary

This artwork by Donna Grethen relates to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Muslims, with their religion of peace, didn’t crash those planes into the twin towers on Sept. 11. It was terrorists, filled with hate.

By Suzanne G. BeyerSpecial to The Times

IN our Bothell community is a vibrant neighborhood of Indian Sikhs. They gather at a brand-new temple four blocks from our home. On my morning walks, we wave and greet each other; me dressed in sweats and a T-shirt, the Indian women in flowing colorful saris. But, one day I noticed bright red graffiti scrawled on their sparkling white temple.

“Muslims Get Out!”

Suzanne G. Beyer

I was shocked and embarrassed that our friendly neighborhood would treat anyone in such a malicious way. What bothered me, too, was that these haters didn’t even know this was a Sikh temple and not a Muslim mosque.

This unsettling event reminded me of Sept. 11, 2001, and my own reaction at that time. (Read More…)


Rescuing the Lost Art of 9/11

How 9/11 spawned one of the most unusual art preservation efforts of the modern era.Jared KellerUpdated 07.12.17 8:14PM ET / Published 09.11.16 12:00AM ET 

The Three Shades have been to hell and back.

In Dante Alighieri’s legendary Divine Comedy, the souls of the dead (or ‘shades’ in the original Italian) stand before the gates of the underworld, their presence a precursor to the warning inscribed below: “abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” It’s these spectral harbingers that inspired Auguste Rodin’s eponymous The Three Shades, the massive sculpture Rodin worked on for 37 years until his death in 1917. Tortured and tormented, a trio of sentries stood atop The Gates of Hell, lamenting their damnation in the fire and brimstone.

Nearly 100 years later, a bronze cast of The Three Shades was plunged into another inferno. According to a report painstakingly assembled by the recently dissolved Heritage Emergency National Task Force, in the weeks and months after the World Trade Center collapsed during the September 11th terrorist attacks, the art world experienced a cataclysmic loss. Works by artists like Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, and Le Corbusier graced the walls of the Twin Towers, and were obliterated in the tragedy; a sprawling tapestry by Joan Miro that hung in the lobby of 2 World Trade Center was demolished when the building came down around it. Cantor Fitzgerald, the brokerage firm which lost some 650 employees that day, was home to a vast collection of Rodin’s works; from the artist’s drawings to the original Three Shades, which welcomed visitors to the firm’s lobby on the 105th floor of the North Tower. The task force estimated that a staggering $100 million in art from private collections, and an additional $10 million worth of public art was lost in the tragedy. (Read More…)