Subways have been a prominent subject in both graffiti art and pop art. In graffiti art, subways have been used as a canvas for artists to showcase their skills and leave their mark. In the 1970s and 80s, New York City subways became a popular place for graffiti writers to create large, colorful murals and tags. The subway cars became moving galleries, and the art was seen by thousands of commuters every day. Graffiti artists developed unique styles and techniques to create intricate designs, and the subways became a symbol of urban culture. Pop art also incorporated subways as a subject in its artwork. Pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg used subway imagery in their work, often depicting the hustle and bustle of commuters in bright colors and bold lines. Warhol's "Subway" series, created in the 1980s, featured images of subway entrances and platforms in his signature pop art style. Both graffiti art and pop art have helped to elevate the subway from a simple means of transportation to a cultural icon. The imagery of subways in these art forms has come to represent the energy and vibrancy of urban life. In addition to graffiti art and pop art, subways have also been featured in other art forms such as photography and film. Many photographers have captured the beauty and grittiness of subways, from the people and the architecture to the graffiti and the lighting. Photographers like Bruce Davidson and Walker Evans have documented the subways of New York City, while others like Edouard Boubat have captured the subways of Paris. Subways have also been featured in films, both as a setting and as a subject. Films like "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" and "The Warriors" showcased the subways of New York City in the 1970s, while more recent films like "Subway" and "Metro Manila" have explored the subways of other cities around the world. The subways have become an important part of urban culture, and their imagery has been celebrated in various forms of art. Whether it's through the bold and colorful designs of graffiti artists or the vibrant and energetic pop art of Andy Warhol, the subways have left their mark on the art world and continue to inspire artists to this day.
Cope2- Fernando Carlo New York City Subway Maps IV HPM Archival Print by Cope2- Fernando Carlo