Accession Number: C.2015.360.1
Dimensions: 39 in X 58 ½ in
Dimensions (Metric): 99.06 cm X 147.32 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Frank Dammers
Freedom New York
Framed painting titled Freedom New York, 2005 by Frank Dammers. The painting depicts the lower Manhattan skyline as seen from Brooklyn across the East River. In bright and bold colors, the painting features the Brooklyn Bridge on the right, Tower 1 of the new World Trade Center, Pier 17, and other landmark buildings of lower Manhattan.
Frank Dammers, an artist from the Netherlands, started painting in response to a series of traumatic events in his life. He began to explore the theme of 9/11 in his artwork in 2004 after he met a group of 9/11 survivors and a first responder who lost some of his colleagues in the attacks. Dammers identified with the emotional struggle these survivors faced when rebuilding their lives after a traumatic experience and was inspired to explore these deeply personal feelings through his art.
In 2005, Dammers painted Freedom New York, a large acrylic painting on cotton evoking the optimism of New York’s skyline, as seen from across the East River in Brooklyn. The new World Trade Center tower, commonly referred to as the “Freedom Tower,” is depicted in the skyline before its actual construction had begun. At this point in his artistic career, Dammers had honed his signature painting style, reminiscent of Piet Mondrian and Paul Klee, with a bold, primary color palette and clean lines that separate forms to comprise an expertly rendered, triumphant cityscape.