For the past decade, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has been collecting art and commissioning new work for their patient facilities. Calling on New York art gallery Salon 94 for advice on this major art initiative, the hospital now has close to 400 works of art throughout its public spaces and patient areas. It recently unveiled two monumental works by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes, known for her colorful, playful abstract motifs.
Above the reception desk of the ambulatory-care center is Paquetá, a wall painting 30 feet high by 24 feet long. Before Milhazes headed off to London from Brazil, AD spoke with the artist about this ambitious commission. “I wanted to construct an imaginary landscape with horizontal lines to express different geometric landscape dreams. It is very detailed, despite the very large scale,” says Milhazes. “The title is the name of an island in the Rio de Janeiro Bay I used to visit as a child with my family – very romantic.”
Paquetá, a wall painting, hangs above the reception desk of the ambulatory-care center.