When you live in a major city, it’s hard not to fancy yourself a kind of urban archaeologist. For better or worse, each facet of human behavior is distilled and on display, as you wield a special periscope into the underbelly of humankind. This is especially true of public transit, where all manner of distressing outbursts, tender intimacies, and gestures of generosity are played out like a play for commuters with a front row seat. Originally hailing from Paris and now residing in New York, Julie Curtiss is no stranger to cities and her new series of paintings explore imagery and themes that are distinctly NYC.

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