The MTA’s 2011 Subway Art Cards Won’t Make You Miss Your Stop

02/04/2011 4:25 PM |

New MTA Art Cards by Duke Riley (top) and Takayo Noda (bottom).
  • New MTA Art Cards by Duke Riley (top) and Takayo Noda (bottom).

The MTA’s Art Cards program—you know, those long horizontal artworks above the bench on newer trains—has just begun its eleventh season, and the two new pieces above are hanging in select trains: a complex, submarine-filled riverscape by the excellent Duke Riley and a starry skyline by Takayo Noda.

As Subway Art Blog points out, neither quite compares to Béatrice Coron’s 2009 piece, or Tim Zeltner’s 2007 Coney Island homage. The Riley piece, though fascinatingly intricate up close, is virtually illegible from any distance. And the Noda collage is just not very good. Makes you miss Peter Sis’ Manhattan whale from 2001.