The Subway Soiree Analysis

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Times Square is a cultural playground for people all over the world. It is one of the most culturally exquisite places in all of America. It can accommodate throngs of people of all types of ethnic backgrounds. There is no surprise why Times Square is nicknamed The Crossroad of the World. It is almost impossible to capture the atmosphere of such an eclectic city into a single word, phrase, or picture. Yet, artist Gregory Christie captures such tone like no other. Christie’s picture “The Subway Soiree” is a cultural reflection on the way music unites people of different races. Music is a universal language that is know by know all different groups of people. Using Time Square as the setting highlights a cultural convergence that is united under …show more content…
To people who are not familiar with the subway, the letters and numbers at the top of the painting mean nothing. However, the specific letter and number combination reveals that this painting is about Times Square. Even though many of the letters and numbers are cut off, the audience is able to fill in the blanks. One thing is certain, this train station is in the center of a very populated area. Base on the painting, there is three different layers in the staion. There is a layer that leads out to the street, there is another layer that has people walking around, and the last layer is where the musicians are playing. Times Square is a special place because there is stores within the subway. That explains for the layer where people are walking around. For this painting to have a signifcanr meaning, the setting has to be Times …show more content…
Because music is universal, each cultures is able to share that commonality. Music is heard with the soul and not the ears, that’s what makes it so great. When people hear music, they are naturally attracted to listen. When people see such a colorful and vibrant painting, it has the same effect as hearing the musician play aloud. The colors encapsulates a sense of vigiour and helps the audience hear the music. Without words, paintings tell a specific story. This painting reveals Christie’s story to thousands of people

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