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This exhibition space, tucked inside the looming Equitable Tower, surprises visitors with an aesthetically eclectic program bolstered by a staggering collection. Although sponsored by AXA Financial, AXA Gallery's staff is granted curatorial independence when it comes to mounting high-quality—and sometimes, high-tech—installations in its sunny, 3,000-sq. ft. atrium. Shows range from the historical ("A Times Square Centennial") to the genre-based ("The Impressionists' New York") and from the crowd-pleasing ("Masterworks from the Museum of Modern Art") to the highly specialized ("Thomas Jefferson and the Design of Monticello"). As for the institution's permanent collection of 3,000 works, only a fraction is ever on view, and rarely in the gallery. One major acquisition, Roy Lichtenstein's busy Mural with Blue Brushstroke (1984-5) overwhelms the viewer in the lobby, and Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawing: Bands of Lines in Four Colors and Four Directions, Separated by Gray Bands (1984-5) brightens a connective corridor. Its status as an offshoot of the Whitney Museum may have ended in 1992, but AXA has maintained its place on the art world map via shows capable of enticing Times Square's tourists, in-house financiers, and uptown's blue chip gallery-goers.Extra
Lounge on Scott Burton's Atrium Furnishment (1984-5) and Pair of Urban Plazas (1985-6) in the Equitable Center.