A detail of Mickalene Thomas’s vinyl mural of Brooklyn’s cityscape.(Photo: Lehmann Maupin, New York)

The Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, is now also the site of a few ambitious art projects that include a giant vinyl mural of Brooklyn’s cityscape by Mickalene Thomas (part of which is shown above) and a 70-foot-long painting by the local artist José Parlá. A collaboration of three digital artists — Marc Downie, Shelley Eshkar and Paul Kaiser — who call themselves OpenEndedGroup, will also get prime placement on the center’s 3,000-square-foot, 360-degree LED marquee outside the main entrance. “The works by Mickalene Thomas, José Parlá and OpenEndedGroup are just the beginning,” Bruce Ratner, a co-owner of the center, said. Arnold L. Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum, and Eugenie Tsai, a curator of contemporary art there, are serving as advisers for the center’s arts program.

Meanwhile, the artists Barry McGee is currently working on a 96-by-67-foot mural on an exterior wall of the nearby Mark Morris Dance Center. The mural, “Untitled 2012,” was commissioned by Vanity Fair in partnership with Cadillac, and expected to be finished on Sunday.

Patricia Cohen
New York Times

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