May 4, 2017


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Bernar Venet GRIB 1, 3, 4 Unlike the Tony Smith, these original sculptures were actually loaned. For the installation of these pieces, the banisters in the open-sided hallway had to be removed.

Bernar Venet GRIB 1, 3, 4 

Step inside the world of Axe, the heavy loaded hedge fund manager – in our guide to the art in Billions.

Though we’re hesitant to admit we watch it, there’s no denying Billions caught us and there is quite something about “Axe”, the main character, a money loaded and power addicted hedge fund manager. The Showtime television show is all about law versus money, fused with power, sex, and the soul of New York in equal parts. What also stood out since Season 1, however, is the abundance of art in the hedge fund universe: it’s everywhere. From Edward Burtynsky to Carla Klein, Axe`s office is filled with serious art.

Carla Klein Series of works, Untitled (first image) Postcard 1 (second image)

Carla Klein, Untitled, Postcard 1

We checked all episodes of Season 2 to digg together everything contemporary. So without further ado, here’s our guide to the art of Billions.

Evan Trine Collapses (third image)

Evan Trine, Collapses

Information:
Culture Corps’ mission is to offer unrivaled access to art and cultural programming through art advising and tailor-made/site-specific activations for clients in hospitality, entertainment, corporate, and real estate industries. We are honored to have worked with Showtime to bring significant artworks to the set of Billions. Averaging approximately 1 million viewers per episode, Billions is an ideal platform to share great art with a wide and diverse audience.

Gregory Crewdson Untitled, from Beneath the Roses

Gregory Crewdson, Untitled

 

Edward Burtynsky Oil Fields #19ab, Begrudge, California, 2003

Edward Burtynsky, Oil Fields #19ab, Begrudge, California, 2003

Culture Corps’ founding partner Doreen Remen explains, “This is our second season working with Showtime on their series Billions. It is exciting to see how art was embraced and used as an element in the story telling to reflect a major change in the plot from Season 1. Whether or not viewers are aware of it, they have been given the opportunity to experience artworks by masters — such as Tony Smith and James Casebere — to emerging artists like Evan Trine. Aligning with the high level aspirations of the show, the art on set matches and transports people into the rarified world being portrayed, allowing viewers to benefit from what only culture can provide.”

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Tony Smith For P.C. (1969) 

Photo via Images courtesy of Culture Corps. Photo credit:©2017 N. Rivelli