Posts in Art
Basquiat Returns to the East Village

Recently, a quietly seismic event occurred in the East Village. Located on an unremarkable block, an enormous 80 year old Con Edison substation has been transformed into a phenomenal cultural space. It opened early this month, presenting a comprehensive collection of one of the neighborhood's most prolific artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Leaving the incredible space, I had a deeper understanding of an artist who was truly a disruptive, influential pioneer in my neighborhood.

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Must See: Murakami at Galerie Perrotin

Most Saturdays you'll find me one of two places with my partner in crime. The first is exploring the city on our old school Schwinns ( #schwinnsinthecity). Second, is enjoying the insane art scene around the city. This weekend we were fortunate to find a master, TAKASHI MURAKAMI, right around the corner at Galerie Perrotin. Smiles abound.

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LES Art Installation Celebrating Mom and Pops Shops

Lower East Side photographers, James and Karla Murray, have been shooting mom and pop bodegas, newsstands and diners for years. As the city rapidly changes, they celebrate the mom and pops retail that defined downtown neighborhoods with their unique aesthetic character. 

The couple,  as part of the "Art in the Parks UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant Program" will create a structure the celebrates favorite shuttered shops including  the dearly departed lunch counter, Cup & Saucer

Check out their collection of independent business in their book Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York (2008) and the article here

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JR: Revealing Humanity One (Huge) Wall at a Time

After almost a decade in LA and another in NYC, celebrity sightings have become commonplace. While it can be fun to rub elbows, I'm rarely as excited as I was today.

Walking through Nolita, I spotted his signature fedora/sunglass-ed silhouette. It was renown French artist JR, whose striking images often capture the past to understand and focus the present. His work includes the faces and figures of children, dancers, athletes and immigrants to make oversized, timely and pointent statements on walls from Tribeca to Ellis Island to Rio and the West Bank. 

This week, the New York Times highlighted his latest and first work in Mexico, where he featured an image of a one year old gazing over the border wall to the US. Discussing the piece, he contemplated “I wonder, is this kid worrying about what will happen? What does he think? At one year old, you don’t see the frontier or which side is better.” 

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Gowanus "Bat Cave" will transform into an art space (instead of condos)

The Bate Cave, a former power station in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood, was decommissioned in the 1950 and became a sprawling canvas for graffiti. The building is now going to be renovated into an arts hum called the Powerhouse Workshop.  The space will be used to fabricate the metalwork, wood work, printing fiber and ceramics for artist. Starchitect firm, Herzog & de Meuron, whose breakout project was London's Tate Modern will be handling the project. 

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