Mural Project @ 2 World Trade Center

 

 

BoogieRez for the Mural Project at Two World Trade, just opposite the Oculus

It all started with a casual conversation between a gallery owner/artist rep and a chief marketing officer of a formidable new building. That was a few years & a lot of paint cans ago. The gallery owner ~ Doug Smith, World Trade Gallery ~ on the other side of the conversation, Dara McQuillan, 4 World Trade Center, Silverstein Properties.

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Ride for Mongolia @ Made Hotel NYC

 

 

 

Ride to Mongolia
Ride to Mongolia on view at the Made Hotel NYC

Dozens of acclaimed artists have come together for the charitable exhibit, Ride for Mongolia, in an effort to raise funds for the production of the first skate park in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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An Artist Focuses on Endangered Animals ~ Sonny: To the Bone

 

 

We caught up with South African street artist, Sonny, on Eighth Street and Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village this week, finishing a mural as part of a worldwide mural tour, and prelude to his gallery exhibit this month.

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#100GatesProject + NHEMA in El Barrio

 

 

 


#100GatesProject East Harlem

During the summer of 2017, The 100 Gates Project and New Harlem East Merchant Association (NHEMA) teamed up to bring local artists together with local merchants, beautifying gates in and around East Harlem. The project, which also includes Staten Island, is part of the New York City Department of Small Business Service’s Neighborhood 360 grant opportunity program.

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Dream Street Park ~ East Harlem

 

 

 

Who wouldn’t want to live on ~ Dream Street.  Well, in this case, we’re on 124th Street between Second and Third Avenues ~ and the dreamy mural is a depiction of a multi-cultural city painted by local children, most of them homeless.

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Banksy Painting the Town ~ Today, The Bowery Wall

 

 

 

Image via Banksy on Instagram

The illusive, renowned street artist, Banksy has been painting the town. Yesterday, West 14th Street ~ today, The Bowery Wall.

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Banksy Pays a Visit to the West 14th Building that Was The Home of the Historic Julien Binford Murals

 

 


Banksy on Instagram

The mysterious, and much loved street artist, Banksy paid a visit to 101 West 14th Street – announcing his presence on his Instagram account.  Preservationists familiar with the building recognized it right away as the original home of the historic Julien Binford murals located at 101 West 14th Street.  Banksy’s latest addition  ~  a rat painted on the clock atop the entrance to the former bank building.  But less than a week later, the building owners removed Banksy’s clock. It will be placed in storage ~ future as yet undetermined.

Banksy on Instagram

……continuing to paint the town, Banksy at  ~  The Bowery Wall

The Bowery Wall, on corner of Houston Street, is a 70-foot protest mural displaying the plight of Turkish artist, Zehra Dogan, who was sentenced by a Turkish court to two years and nine months in prison for – painting a picture.

Below, read the history of the murals, and the great ‘save’ thanks to the efforts of Speaker Corey Johnson and Save Chelsea.

Mural located at 101 West 14th Street painted by Julien Binford in 1954

Update (February 28, 2018) Breaking News from Chelsea Now ~ Google NYC and Jamestown announced today that they will team up to help preserve the murals.  According to Chelsea Now, efforts by Save Chelsea, a preservation group, and Speaker Corey Johnson “bore fruit”:

“The effort bore fruit: Jamestown said it recently bought the mural from the developer, Gemini Rosemont, for $50,000, Michael Phillips, president of Jamestown, told Chelsea Now in a phone interview.”

Now ~ to find a home for the mural, with the hope of keeping it in the neighborhood. Under consideration, the Senior Center at Hudson Guild. Two other locations are also being considered. Stay tuned for updates, and read the history of the Julien Binford mural below.

Julien Binford (1909-1997) was an American Painter, known for his paintings and murals of rural settings in Virginia, where he lived.  In May of 1941, LIFE Magazine featured a four-page article on an art show at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts entitled The Eighth Exhibition of the Work of Virginia Artists in which Binford was one of 85 participating artists, whose average age was under 30.

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Honors Jesús “Tato” Laviera with new Mural at Taino Towers in El Barrio

 

 

Mural of Nuyorican poet Jesus ‘Tato’ Laviera by @donrimx at Taino Towers #ElBarrio

El Barrio’s Taino Towers celebrates the life of Nuyorican poet, author, playwright, and activist, Jesús “Tato” Laviera, with a mural created by well-known street artist Don Rimx.

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The Artist & Mentor: Deitch x Swoon at Pen + Brush Inc.

 

 

On the left, we have Swoon, classically trained (Pratt), well-known street artist specializing in life-size wheatpaste prints and paper cutouts of figures, often politically movitaved. She gained recognition after a solo show at Deitch’s SoHo gallery in 2005, attracting the attention of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her solo show “Submerged Motherlands” at the Brooklyn Museum in 2014 was the museum’s first exhibition dedicated to a living street artist.

On the right, we have Jeffrey Deitch of Coney Art Walls, Wynwood Walls and Art in the Streets exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., not to mention the author of several books on the subject, including a monograph on Keith Haring published by Rizzoli, and a partnershipwith the Goldman Group on The Bowery Art Wall.  Deitch Projects produced over 250 projects with artists from thirty-three countries ~ an impressive and lengthy list.

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#EducationIsNotACrime Celebrates Dizzy’s 100th in Harlem

 

 

The organization Education is Not A Crime has created campaigns through art in New York City over the years in an effort to bring the plight of those banned from teaching or studying in Iranian universities to the World. Once again, #NotACrime and the curator and producer of this project, Street Art Anarchy, have arrived in Harlem.

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The Public Art Initiative Presents the ~ #WhiteParkArtWall

 

 

Artists from L-R, Jeremy Vega @BadGarcia; Giannina Gutierrez @artbygia; and Ralph Serrano @ARTeoMuerto ~ The White Park Mural, East Harlem

Save the Date ~ October 15th from 3-5pm, Opening Reception for the Art Wall in White Park.

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The Brooklyn Glyphs Rise at 80 Flatbush

 

 

The two buildings that make up 80 Flatbush.  Photo taken November 7, 2017

Brooklyn-born artist, Katie Merz completed her Mural, The Brooklyn Glyphs, at 80 Flatbush

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Love, Loss and Longing: BD White Opening at Castle Fitzjohns

 

 

BD White, ‘Love, Loss and Longing’ Image via castlefitzjohns.com   September 7 to October 10, 2017

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Allouche Gallery Present ‘Paul Insect ~ Reflective Minds

 

 

Artist, Paul Insect.  All image courtesy of Allouche Gallery

Allouche Gallery will open its doors to the new exhibit, Paul Insect: Reflective Minds.

September 7 to October 8, 2017

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Quin Arts at The Quin Hotel on 57th Street

 

 



The Quin lobby 15-foot Video Wall, featuring interactive compositions created by Artists-in-Residence + other creative partners

Have you walked through the lobby of The Quin this month?  In addition to the hotel’s permanent collection, distributed throughout, the lobby and drawing room are  exhibiting  Soren Solkaer: Heart Beat City  which runs from top to bottom, enveloping the large, comfortable space in color. The Danish photographer, Solkaer, who is known for his distinctive portraits of musicians, currently has two seperate exhibits at The Quin.  In addition to Soren Solkaer: Heart Beat City, the exhibit SURFACE, taken from his fine art photography book by the same name, is also on view.  Below are a few photos of Quin Arts current exhibits, and several other pieces done by Artists-in-Residence, now part of a permanent collection.  I do believe we caught the curator, DK Johnston, on the couch to the right.

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The Guerrilla Wall in El Barrio Explores Rezoning & Gentrification

 

 

Image taken July 3, 2017

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Graffiti in the Sky at New Home of Spotify, 4 World Trade Center

 

 

 

“Optimistic Rebel” by artist, BoogieREZ

July 12, 2017, Spotify exercised an option to lease another 100,000 square feet at 4 World Trade Center, adding to the originally signed lease for the 378,000 square feet in February that includes the Graffiti in the Sky art installation curated by World Trade Gallery.  Spotify will occupy the 62nd through 72nd floors.

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Martha Cooper at Steven Kasher Gallery

Freshly Painted Wild Style Wall in Riverside Park, NYC, 1983, Martha Cooper. Image via Steven Kasher Gallery

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