Artists recall 11 September

Artists recall 11 September

Added Sep 10, 2021 - 2 minutes read

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, artists pay tribute to the victims, and in their own way evoke this dramatic event which shocked the whole world

America's life was forever changed by the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 in New York City and Washington, DC. The terrorist attacks had long-lasting consequences for America's national security and politics. In October 2001, the US invaded Afghanistan because the Taliban refused the Taliban leaders to surrender to them. These events elicited art responses that continue to resonate to this day.


© Marie Perony TRIBUTE TO 9/11 (2020)

An estimated $110 million in art was lost during the September 11th attacks: an amount equal to the yearly revenue of New York City's museums. Much of that art was not insured for the full value. In September 2021, a spokesperson for art insurance experts AXA Art said that the attacks were "the largest single disaster ever to impact the art market". Since then, artists have been working hard to put together a plan that will compensate for the losses. This includes raising funds for artist associations and gallery spaces, and producing insurance policies that specifically cover art investments. A number of artists have lost their jobs and some are unable to return to work while funding is being established for these associations and spaces.

© Omkara 11SEPTEMBER


911 - SE RELEVER (2001) by Francesca

The attacks severely damaged the Lower East Side of Manhattan, particularly at close proximity to the World Trade Center. Many of the buildings and storefronts were seriously damaged, and many of the public art pieces were severely damaged beyond repair. In addition to seeing destroyed art, many people saw injured people, many of whom were still alive. Many were hurt so severely that they had to be hospitalized. In all, the attacks killed almost three hundred people and injured another thirteen hundred.



Many officials are using the attacks to spur support for a new campaign to rebuild Lower Manhattan, which many people saw after the twin towers collapsed. By surrounding the affected area with seven public art galleries and museums, officials hope to raise enough funds to drastically improve conditions for pedestrians and businesses in the area. The reduced foot traffic and damaged buildings are making it difficult to open new businesses and rental units, but officials believe that the increased foot traffic generated by the temporary memorial will help raise the neighborhood's profile.


NEW YORK MANHATTAN 911 GHOSTS (2016) by Wabyanko


Header: Keith Mayerson’s 9-11 was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s exhibition, America Is Hard to See, in 2015, which was visited by then President Barack Obama Official White House; Photo: Pete Souza.

Jean Dubreil Portrait By Jean Dubreil


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