THE NEW YORK TIMES: 2013
Ladies Who Launch
"THE MAIN GOAL OF THE ART PRODUCTION FUND, THE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION STARTED IN 2000 BY YVONNE FORCE VILLAREAL AND DOREEN REMEN, IS SIMPLY TO GET CONTEMPORARY ART TO AS WIDE AN AUDIENCE AS POSSIBLE."
This has resulted in a multitude of large- scale projects, including Rudolf Stingel’s wall-to-wall carpeting of the Vanderbilt Hall waiting room at Grand Central Station and Aaron Young’s motorcycle performance piece at the Park Avenue Armory in 2007. Meanwhile, on the lower-priced end, their ongoing project ‘‘Works on Whatever’’ (or WOW) makes things like beach towels by artists as eminent as Elizabeth Peyton, Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman.
‘‘We are really just at the tip of the iceberg on what public art can offer,’’ Villareal explains. ‘‘Is there enough public art? No. Do we have a lot of space for it? Yes.’’ Most recently, the team took over Rockefeller Center with Tim Noble and Sue Webster’s 3,390-bulb ‘‘Electric Fountain’’ and collaborated with the Whitney Biennial on 30 projects at the Park Avenue Armory by artists like Rita Ackermann, Agathe Snow, Gang Gang Dance, Olaf Breuning and Stephen Prina, which were, naturally, all free and open to the public."