Eric Firestone Gallery opens its doors to FUTURA2000 | FUTURA 2020, the renowned American artists first solo exhibition in New York City in over thirty-years. Beginning artistic life in the world of illegal street art in the early 1970s, some of these very talented artists continued forward into legal public spaces ~ parks and commercial buildings, galleries, streetwear, and even museums. Leonard Hilton McGurr (c.1955) aka FUTURA2000, was among this elite group that moved from illegal to highly sought-after ~ creating artwork with a contemporary message ~ political, social, personal. Many of these artists are familiar to all of us and include the likes of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf to name just a few.
CITYarts, a not-for-profit that connects local youth with professional artists to collaborate on public art, recently began the restoration of their ‘Flowering Vine & Us’ in St. James Triangle Park, located in Chinatown. In keeping with social distancing measures, the painting is being done in small groups, masks required.
The landmarked 120 Broadway, also know as the Equitable Building, has undergone a two-year, $50 million renovation. We were pleased to be invited to take a look inside, from the historic Banker’s Club space on the 40th floor to the newly created mural project on the third floor, and beautifully restored lobby. Come along, as we take in the new, while reflecting on the old.
Allouche Gallery opened its doors to the solo exhibition, BÄST: Melmoth Confetti, a new body of work influenced by Oscar Wilde’s favored alias, Sebastian Melmoth. with an opening reception on October 17 from 6-9pm.
The Bowery Art Wall unveiled its 2019 canvas with #TatsCru. The canvas turned a page mid-year to #queenandreaone ~ today we watched as #tomokazumatsuyama and crew were putting what looked like finishing touches on a stunning new Bowery Wall.
Uptown Grand Central has stepped out from under the 125th Street viaduct along Park Avenue to transform fifteen hundred feet of construction fencing into a canvas for fifty artists.
We followed Carey King, Director of Uptown Grand Central and Project Organizer, Ayana Hosten, a veteran from the #100GatesProject in East Harlem, when the project began on August 3, 2019 with the artist Gera Lozano (@geraluz) and fellow-artists, WERC, Crow, Jill Folino and Kristy McCarthy, painting the entire south-west corner at Park Avenue and 125th Street.
Beginning Saturday, September 7th, the GrandScale Mural Project will kick-off the first of three weekends, transforming construction fencing on both sides of the 125th Street viaduct, to conclude in time for the annual East Harlem Event ~ Party on Park.
On Saturday, September 7th, painting will begin at 10am and continue to 7pm, with DJ Tedsmooth arriving at 3pm to begin celebrating the end of the day.
The dates include Saturday, September 7; Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 22nd during Party on Park.
Once a year, the who’s who in street art gather for two-days in August to paint and play. The music is loud, spirits are high, and incredible murals are created. 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, invites us to watch the magic.
Take a walk with us down the steps into the 2019, 39th Edition of The Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem, August 24-25th.
Times Square is the latest canvas of famed pop artist Domingo Zapata, as he embarks on his most ambitious work to date. From Monday, August 19 through Wednesday, August 21, the Spanish artist will complete a retrospective of his work across a 15-story vinyl canvas at One Times Square—a project he launched earlier this August.
A restoration of the historic, two-sided mural ‘Crack is Wack‘ by Keith Haring was underway on the East Harlem handball court located on Harlem River Drive at 128th Street (Second Avenue). It was inspired by the crack epidemic and its effect on the community.
NYC Parks and the Keith Haring Foundation are pleased to announce today that the restoration of Keith Haring’s “Crack is Wack” has been completed. The mural was refurbished and repainted by artists Louise Hunnicutt and William Tibbals, and the project was sponsored by the Keith Haring Foundation.
Uptown Grand Central has stepped out from under the viaduct to coordinate a colorful three-sided mural near Metro-North along 125th Street this summer. The project, which will begin on August 3rd, will transform 1,500 feet of green construction fencing on 125th Street/Park Avenue/124th Street, into a canvas.
The winners of the Seaport Community Mural Project were announced by Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer and the New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM), with the winning designs and artists names above and below.
HART: The Harlem Art Collective is the creative force behind The Guerrilla Gallery, located on 116th Street in El Barrio. In a community with a history of welcoming immigrants, local artists use the wall, located between second and Third Avenues, to address pressing issues of our times ~ local, national and international. This month, they had a lot to say.
Join us as we visit the Harlem Art Collective’s Summer Wall Exhibition.
The 12 foot x 24 foot Crochet mural, La Flor De Mi Madre by artist Naomi Lawrence, is being installed on the fence at Eugene McCabe Field in East Harlem. It represents the diverse community in which it is placed, in a colorful representation of national flowers.
MonumentArt2015 was the second installment of the International Mural Festival in East Harlem and the Bronx, sponsored by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, José Morales of La Marqueta Retoña and La Respuesta in Santurce, Puerto Rico, partnered with muralist Celso González to produce and curate the festival. Eleven internationally known artists created nine murals throughout El Barrio from 99th Street to 138th Street. Many of the murals focused on El Barrio’s rich culture and heritage. Let’s take a walk, as we watched the artists create in October, 2015.
They’re back! Remember the eleven Harlem students who created murals inside the new Shake Shack on 125th Street? Once again, partnering with Creative Art Works, the young artists completed the exterior work on the facade, which includes Fifth Avenue and 125th Street.
In celebration of the completed installation, Creative Art Works invites the Community to an official dedication of the exterior art on Thursday, May 23rd at 4:30pm. In addition, 25% of all proceeds on any purchase at Shake Shack that entire day will be donated to Creative Art Works IF the buyer mentions Creative Art Works (or CAW) at the register.
NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks ~ Creative Courts initiative, Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program (FB AIR Program), along with artist Saya Woolfalk, the non-profit Publicolor, and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance/Public Art Initiative have arrived at the basketball court on Madison Avenue near 122nd Street in Marcus Garvey Park. Watch as this work-in-progress takes shape over this next week.
El Barrio has a gorgeous new mural on the side of the building which is the home to Galeria Del Barrio. It is another in a series of community projects lead by artist Manny Vega, and is a mosaic mural, entitled Al Ritmo de La Paz.
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.
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
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.
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.
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, 2018 at Noon) to end of day on Sunday, August 25th. The 38th Edition of Graffiti Hall of Fame, El Barrio. Check it out.
A few years ago, the National Audubon Society and Gitler & __ Gallery collaborated to create The Audubon Mural Project. The project was inspired by the legacy of the American bird artist and ornithologist, John James Audubon, and the specific birds threatened by a warming climate. The gates were painted by local artists on the pull-down gates of local businesses from 133rd Street to 165th Street.
We were able to capture some of the images (below), and were inspired to re-post when we came across a Google Map of all of the gates in The Audubon Mural Project.
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.
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.
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.
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. The murals at the 14th street location appeared to still be intact. The building, a recently shuttered HSBC bank branch, was built in 1952, designed by Halsey, McCormack & Helmer. The website nysonglines states that the Binford murals at that location were painted in 1954, and can be seen from the street. What will become of the Binford murals, when new tenants occupy the space, is unknown. However we did learn that Council Member Corey Johnson’s office is looking to preserve the mural, now owned by Google, and securing a permanent home.
Below, read the history of the murals, and the great ‘save’ thanks to the efforts of Speaker Corey Johnson and Save Chelsea.
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 theStreets 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.
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.