A Visit to a Pediatric Clinic inside an Art Gallery in Harlem




Martinez Gallery located on the corner of 135th Street and Broadway in Harlem

Is it a pediatric clinic inside an art gallery or an art gallery inside a pediatric clinic?  Either way, it’s a fun and colorful way for kids and artists of all ages. Follow us inside……

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#TatsCru on The Bowery Wall




#TatsCru highlights New York with a pictorial history

The well-known street artists known as #TatsCru just finished a colorful ode to New York, its street art and Lower East Side history, remembering the man who created the canvas we know today as the Bowery Wall, Tony Goldman, and Keith Haring, the first to create on the wall (1982). Let’s take a closer look.

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Quick! It’s the Most Illegal Art Show ~ Lower East Side




More than 50 of our favorite street artists will be wheatpasting the walls of this pop-up gallery from January 28th through February 3rd, celebrating the illegal street artists that “risk arrest and jail to have their work seen.”

Art Party, Thursday night, January 31st from 6-9pm, music by @djicflo from 9-11:30pm. and Film Screening on Saturday night, February 2nd.

The (Most) Illegal Art (Show) ~ Wheatpaste Edition will take place at 198 Allen Street, curated by SacSix.  Follow SacSix on Instagram

Walk over to Bowery Wall & check out #TatsCru

Persue: Liminal Space at GR Gallery




Dave Persue, Bunny Kitty,.. Image courtesy GR Gallery

GR Gallery will open its doors to the first solo exhibition by West Coast graffiti and urban culture pioneer, Dave Persue, with the exhibition Persue: Liminal Space. The work highlights Persue’s signature artwork, including the iconic Bunny Kitty and Wet Paint paintings, taking viewers through the artist’s career, and revealing a new body of work that will include 20 new pieces created specifically for this exhibition, along with a mural painting on the walls of the gallery.

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Stickymonger ~ at AFA Gallery in Soho




Stickymonger ~ Image via afanyc.com

AFA Gallery will open its doors to a collection of new works by vinyl artist, painter, and muralist Stickymonger. This exhibition of 15 paintings on canvas is a departure from the artist’s pre- vious monumental vinyl works, which have been the hallmarkof her public art installations in New York City ~ such as her stunning work in a group exhibit we call Graffiti in the Sky on the 69th floor of 4 World Trade, and her very visible work opposite The Oculus, entitled The Mural Project.

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‘Concrete Jungle’ by John ‘CASH’ Matos at JoAnne Artman Gallery




John ‘CASH’ Matos. Pinup Collage (Triptych), Spray Paint on Canvas 36 x 48 in. Image courtesy JoAnne Artman Gallery

Throughout his almost four decade career, John ‘CRASH‘ Matos’ work has engaged with urban environments on a huge scale – ranging from his early murals on the sides of NYC subway trains in the 70’s, to more recent projects such as a large mural commission at Miami’s Hard Rock Football Stadium. This November, a new body of work will be on view, continuing the conversation around the scope, scale, and environment, through a continued exploration of the spray paint medium, in the exhibition Concrete Jungle at JoAnne Artman Gallery.

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Kenny Scharf + Malia Scharf = the Scharftees Pop-Up at Allouche Gallery!




Love wearable art? Get ready for Scharftees ~ when Kenny Starf and his daughter, Malia will hold a pop-up at Allouche Gallery from October 25-27.

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The Graffiti Hall of Fame ~ 38th Edition ~ El Barrio



Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Graffiti Hall of Fame stretches between 106th and 107th Streets, alongside the elevated Metro North train on Park Avenue in El Barrio. Known to Street Artists since 1980,  and now a tourist destination, it is rarely open (except by private tour) to the public. But once a year, James Top, Executive Director of this iconic Wall, selects a theme and invites artists for a two-day emersion. This year’s theme ~ The Subway Edition, with artists from the 1980s subway era.

We were there from start (Saturday, August 24th at Noon) to end of day on Sunday, August 25th.  The 38th Edition of Graffiti Hall of Fame, El Barrio. Check it out.

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The Mural Project @ NYC’s World Trade Centers




Stickymonger in the window of 3WTC

We’ve been following the Downtown ‘Mural Project‘ in and around the 2WTC and 3WTC construction lots, now surrounded by a number of gorgeous new murals. With the Oculus in the background, the large-scale mural project takes viewers from Vesey and Greenwich Streets, down Church and Dey Streets to Cortlandt Street.

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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 2017-2018




andre trenier at sisters caribbean cuisine in 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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The Historic Julien Binford Murals on West 14th Street got a Visit from Banksy




Image of the murals in the bank lobby, via midcenturymundane.wordpress.com. 101 West 14th Street. This HSBC bank branch, now closed.

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
Banksy on Instagram

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 (November 5, 2018) As of this date, the historic murals remain in storage, still in search of a permanent home.

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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