Grace Building Lobby
1114 Avenue of the Americas
(enter on 42nd Street)
In 2012 Brookfield Properties undertook the renovation of the Grace Building located on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street. After a selection process, which included numerous prominent artists, Caio Fonseca (American- born 1959) was chosen to create two murals for the newly renovated lobby. In his Manhattan studio, Fonseca painted two original murals based on his positive/negative works. With one measuring 17 feet and the other 12 feet, they are two of the largest examples of this style.
Executed by Fonseca in the Spring of 2012, Fifth Street C12.6 and Fifth Street C12.7, were documented in a 2 minutes 50 second short movie by Michael Gregory. Gregory also created a longer 15 minute documentary, which was recently on display at the MOMA. Permanently on display, the two murals are visible from the street, continuing Brookfield Properties commitment to public art projects. Fonseca's work can be seen in the permanent collection of numerous museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has had a solo show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C, and a retrospective at Instituto Valenciano De Arte Moderno (IVAM) in Valencia, Spain. His work is also part of private collections in the United States and Europe.