Barton Lewis

wall cuts

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287-163, Flushing Ave., IND Crosstown Line
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162-373, 50th St., IND Eighth Ave. Line
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Coors Light, 135th St., IND Eighth Ave. Line
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287-135, Flushing Ave., IND Crosstown Line
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157-245, 96th St., IND Eighth Ave. Line
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in theaters, Elmhurst Ave., IND Queens Blvd. Line
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287-159, Flushing Ave., IND Crosstown Line


About wall cuts

Life imitates art. We love it when that happens, because it’s supposed to be the other way around. Artists create works that reimagine or mirror the world, or the world produces something that has the formal or aesthetic properties of a work of art, without human help.

The wall cuts on this site – panels in the New York City subway system where print advertising is displayed - were created by a combination of time passing, the forces of nature, and, to a greater or lesser extent, people. Left to deterioriate, paper, paint and glue mutate in striking and unexpected ways, and subway artists selectively peel paper to specific effect.

The result are incredibly dense, detail and color-rich images that resemble Abstract-Expressionist, Color Field, Pop Art, “found object” art, graffiti and collage. Bold and striking gestures, delicate, layered effects, and a full color palate create panels with a wide variety, range and effect, the more remarkable for the myriad forces which produced them.


I name panels after identifiable text or images appearing in the panel, but when neither are available, I use the unique 6-digit code below the wall cut on the subway tile, followed by the station name and subway line.


To see extreme detail in an image, browse by Color. Images in this category feature a magnifying tool on hover. These pages are not scalable so are best viewed on larger devices.

To see an image fill the page, browse by Size. Magnification is not available in this category.


I work with one of New York's top fine art printers to create museum-quality prints at custom sizes. Panels can be printed up to their actual height of 46" but varying in length. Most are available with a white subway tile border; all are offered "edge-cropped" (without a tile border). Images are displayed in either version randomly where both are available.

Please inquire if interested in purchasing a print.