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Chuck Close portraits of Lou Reed, Philip Glass & more featured on NYC’s new 2nd Ave Subway line

Lou Reed & Chuck Close portraits at the 86th St. W stop (photo courtesy The MTA)
Lou Reed & Chuck Close portraits at the 86th St. W stop (photo courtesy The MTA)

The MTA’s long-in-the-works Second Avenue Subway line opened on New Year’s Day – the system’s first major expansion in more than 50 years – with new Q stations open at 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets along 2nd Ave. The stations also include the largest permanent public art installations in state history. At the 85th St station are a series of 12 large scale portraits by Chuck Close, including Philip Glass, Zhang Huan, Kara Walker, Alex Katz, Cecily Brown, Cindy Sherman, Lou Reed, and two self-portraits; nine-foot-tall mosaic and ceramic tile interpretations of the Close’s painstakingly detailed photo-based portrait paintings. Have you visited the station yet? More pics from the 86th St station (and art from the other new stations) below.

Looking at 2017 like… #ChuckClose #2ndAve #SideEye

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