250 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
This artwork is not open to the public
From the series The City, which was completed during 1995-1999, Mitch Epstein's Untitled, New York (Oranges, Blue Curtain) explores the marriage of public and private life in New York. In the foreground, a bowl of ripe oranges sits on a windowsill, contrasted by a transparent blue curtain through which we see the silhouettes of skyscrapers, passing cars and a bright, cloud-filled sky. The image captures many of the contradictions of urban life, interior versus exterior spaces, chaos versus stasis and the natural versus the man-made, all of which Epstein aims to expose in his work.
Mitch Epstein is a photographer who helped pioneer fine-art color photography in the 1970s. His photographs are in numerous major museum collections, including New York's Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art; The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Tate Modern in London.