Al Diaz/SAMO @ Same Old Gallery ~57 Great Jones Street ~ Once Owned by Warhol & Studio of Basquiat




57 Great Jones Street, home/studio of Jean-Michel Basquiat and current exhibition of Al Diaz/SAMO

57 Great Jones, once owned by Andy Warhol, was the home and studio of Jean-Michel Basquiat. This month, the ground-floor space has been converted to a temporary gallery, inspired by the late artist ~ with an opening exhibition by Basquiat’s friend Al Diaz, also known as #SAMO, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Basquiat’s passing.

57 Great Jones Street is currently the headquarters for Atelier Jolie.

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The Graffiti Hall of Fame ~ 38th Edition ~ El Barrio 2018




Sunday, August 26, 2018

Buckle-up for a plethora of Holiday Events, outdoor art installation and exhibitions this month ~ from Tree Lightings and Markets to the new car-free Fifth Avenue, there is no end to the fun to be had this Holiday Season. Here are a few suggestions for the month of December.

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.

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Revisiting the Audubon Mural Project in Hamilton Heights




Audubon Mural Project ~ This wall is Swallow-tailed Kite (and others) by Lunar new Year, located at 575 West 155th Street

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.

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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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#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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Preserving The Historic Julien Binford Murals on West 14th Street in Chelsea




Mural entitled “A Memory of 14th Street and Sixth Avenue” located at 101 West 14th Street painted by Julien Binford in 1954

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. They were alerted to the murals by Andrew Cronson, who spotted the murals, but also noticed a demolition notice on the door. The murals at the 14th street location appeared to still be intact. The building, a 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 could gloriously be seen from the street.

Cronson’s alert took place in 2017, setting in motion a plethora of efforts by the non-profit organization Save Chelsea, the primary historic preservation advocate in that area. Council Member Corey Johnson’s office was also onboard, as was Jamestown, and soon after, a newcomer to the area ~ Google.

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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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#NotACrime 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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Katie Mertz: The Brooklyn Glyphs at 80 Flatbush




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

The Controversial project at 80 Flatbush received approval from the City Planning Commission, and demolition of the entire building will commence in the summer of 2019.

In the meantime, Brooklyn-born artist, Katie Merz was commissioned to create her signature glyphs across the entire facade at 80 Flatbush in 2017.  #BrooklynGlyphs in images we will remember.

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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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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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