Though it’s not quite as seasonally appropriate as the previous High Line billboard — Paola Pivi’s photograph of two zebras standing on a snowy tundra — the highly visible project space’s latest commission is a pleasantly bright installation of 18 posters by conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg titled “You & Me.”
“Allen Ruppersberg is a celebrated conceptual artist who plays with words, street signage, and poetry,” High Line Art director and curator Cecilia Alemani said in a statement. “For High Line Billboard, Ruppersberg creates a conversational poem set against the skyline of the city. It’s like an advertisement gone crazy.”
The billboard, which feature combinations of the words “me,” “you,” “or,” “and,” and “minus,” uses motifs that were featured in Ruppersberg’s poster works from the 1980s. The bold-colored and -typefaced installation was unveiled on February 1 and will be on view through the end of the month.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Photos by the author.)