Fun Friday 09.23.11

Fun-FridayWelcome to Fun Friday

1. Abstract Art on the Street
2. “Abstractions” open at Opera Gallery
3. “Contemporary Abstractions” at Mighty Tanaka
4. “Abstract Graffiti” – The Book
5. Art Show and Charity Auction at FUTURE TENSE (Dallas)
6. Please Support “Electric Projected” TODAY
7.MISSED the SHOW? See “Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories” in VIDEO
8. VIDEO -Street and fine Artist Peat Wollaeger
9. VIDEO Mr.Klevra Vs Omino71 – The Secret Spot 2011

“The more frightening the world becomes, the more art becomes abstract”~ Wassily Kandinsky

The street provides a forum from all dialogue and Street Artists can be sometimes divided into categories after you survey the expanse of expression. We’ve been tracking the geometry of  abstraction for the last decade as an aesthetic counterbalance to the more free form gestural markings that are it’s more prevalent neighbors.  The abstract direction continues to garner  attention and you can get a good look at it’s past and present at two New York shows opening today, and learn more about it’s global movement in a recently published book by Cedar Lewisohn.


“Black and Violet”, Kandinsky, 1923

“Abstractions” open at Opera Gallery

The Opera Gallery new show in Manhattan titled “Abstractions” opens today to the general public. This show will examine the abstract movement from the 1940s through present day with artists that range from Miro and Matta to Bast and Saber.


Image of Saber courtesy Opera Gallery

Abstractions will be open to the public starting on September 23 at 11:00 am
September 23 – October 16
Free admission: 11:00 – 7:00 daily

Opera Gallery
Further information on this show please click on the link below:

“Contemporary Abstractions” at Mighty Tanaka

Mighty Tanaka Gallery in Brooklyn continues the theme with some names familiar to BSA readers and a couple of new talents at their show “Contemporary Abstractions” tonight, with the opening reception at their temporary location in  the Power House Arena in DUMBO starting at 6:00 pm.


JMR image © Jaime Rojo

For more information regarding this show please click on the link below:

“Abstract Graffiti” – The Book

We’ve really been enjoying the schooling and the photography from Cedar Lewisohn in this new book “Abstract Graffiti” and can recommend it wholeheartedly. You’ll recognize a number of these artists from being on BSA, including MOMO on the back cover.


Art Show and Charity Auction at FUTURE TENSE (Dallas)

Saturday September 24 in Dallas, TX the Future Tense has curated and impressive line up of artists for a worthy cause. An Art Show and Charity Auction to benefit The MTV Staying Alive Foundation. Opening reception and live auction at the Goss-Michael Foundation starts at 7:00 PM.

brooklyn-street-art-mtv-redefine-future-tenseLee Baker, Shepard Fairey, Harland Miller, Adam Ball, Katrin Fridriks, Polly Morgan, Peter Blake, Christopher Gascoigne, Gerard Rancinan, Billy Childish, Pam Glew, Rankin, D*Face, Haroshi, Stuart Semple, Brian Adam Douglas, Pieter Henket, Jamel Shabazz, Elizabeth Eamer, Damien Hirst, Benjamin Shine, Ben Eine, Jeremy Kost, Gavin Turk, Tracey Emin, Joseph Loughborough, Dan Witz, Faile, James Marshall and Russell Young.

For more information regarding this event please click on the link below:

Please Support “Electric Projected” TODAY


And our friends at Open Space in Beacon New York are seeking your help to save their project “Electric Projected: Reboot”

Dan and Kalene have been on the Street Art scene for a decade, have opened many doors to and championed Street Artists with their Electric Windows project. Today we are asking you to pledge their “Electric Projected: REBOOT” Kickstarter page. They got seriously rained out last month for this exciting project in Beacon, New York – a huge projection show on the side of a factory building. With your help, they are going to do it right next weekend.


Jared Deal projects Big Foot (photo still © Courtesy of the gallery)

Dan and Kalene say:

“We still need your help to make Electric Projected REBOOT a reality. Since our last email (only 5 days ago) we have received over $2500 in pledges to our kickstarter campaign. Over 100 people have already contributed to this campaign and we are so grateful for this generosity and support. Not a day goes by without people telling us how excited they are for the REBOOT event on October 1st. We are excited for it too, but here is the reality of the situation. If we do not meet our kickstarter funding goal by Saturday Sept 24th at 6pm  Electric Projected REBOOT will not happen on October 1st.


Aaron Maurer projects Paper Monster (photo still © Courtesy of the gallery)

Please hurry and pledge. They are almost there for their $16,500 goal and your donation will help them reach the finish line. They only have until tomorrow Saturday September 24 at 6:00 pm.

Please click on the link below to go to their Kickstarter:


Jack Myeres projects Elia and Cern (photo still © Courtesy of the gallery)

MISSED the SHOW? See “Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories” in VIDEO

Fabio Cunha shot and edited a video at the opening of “Street Art Saved my Life: 39 New York Stories” in Venice, CA. All those cool LA people milling around … love love


Street and fine Artist Peat Wollaeger is out of work – a very modern affliction.

Mr.Klevra Vs Omino71 – The Secret Spot 2011


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Future Tense Presents: “MTV Re:Define” Benefit Art Exhibition and Auction (Dallas, TX)

Future Tense

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation today announced the final details of its RE:DEFINE benefit art exhibition and auction to mark the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the AIDS virus, including the full list of contributing artists. Event curators The Future Tense have assembled an eclectic roster of 30 original works valued at over $1m from some of the world’s most exciting, dynamic and sometimes controversial artists, including painting, photography, sculpture and a large-scale public installation in downtown Dallas by street artist Ben Eine. The 30 contributing artists are as follows:

Lee Baker, Shepard Fairey, Harland Miller, Adam Ball, Katrin Fridriks, Polly Morgan, Peter Blake, Christopher Gascoigne, Gerard Rancinan, Billy Childish, Pam Glew, Rankin, D*Face, Haroshi, Stuart Semple, Brian Adam Douglas, Pieter Henket, Jamel Shabazz, Elizabeth Eamer, Damien Hirst, Benjamin Shine, Ben Eine, Jeremy Kost, Gavin Turk, Tracey Emin, Joseph Loughborough, Dan Witz, Faile, James Marshall and Russell Young.

Hosted at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, MTV RE:DEFINE will be open to the public from September 16 – 23 with a live auction of all 30 works taking place at an exclusive reception on September 24, hosted by Simon de Pury, Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, which encourages, energizes and empowers young people who are involved in HIV and AIDS awareness, education and prevention campaigns. Simon de Pury, Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company said, “Phillips de Pury is thrilled to support the fabulous initiative of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and of the Goss-Michael Foundation and The Future Tense.”

The evening will culminate in a live performance by alt-rock phenom, The Boxer Rebellion who are due to begin a major 22-date tour of North America in October to promote their latest album, The Cold Still. Tennessee-born Nathan Nicholson, lead vocalist for The Boxer Rebellion said, “The Boxer Rebellion are proud to support the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and feel privileged to play at this ground-breaking RE:DEFINE benefit event. We take our social responsibilities very seriously, and to be part of an event with such immense social and artistic merit – aimed at empowering young people all over the world to fight HIV and AIDS – is a real honor for us.”

Collectors unable to attend the event in person will have a wide range of absentee bidding options, including the ability to both view and bid in real-time, simultaneous with the live event via the following link:

Full absentee bidding information can be found at:

The catalogue for the event can be found at:

Sponsors of MTV RE:DEFINE include Moet & Chandon, The Dallas Morning News, Neiman Marcus, Hotel Zaza, Ben E. Keith Beverage Company, Land Rover/Range Rover of Dallas, RP Valet and Crazy Water.

For further information please visit the official website at You can also follow the project on Twitter via @mtvredefine and on Facebook at

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Unseen Denver Presents: An Art Fundrasier for Arts Street ( Denver, CO)

Unseen Denver

brooklyn-street-art-bunny-m-jaime-rojo-03-11-webBunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Friday, October 7th 2011
Uncubed Warehouse
2762 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

This fundraiser event will be happening in Denver, CO on Friday October 7th.   There will be individual large scale mural installations by 3 different artists in a beautiful 6,000sq ft warehouse space in Denver’s River North Art District (inside the building Street Artist Square will be painting a mural live and Street Artist Theo will be doing a large stencil. Bunny M is currently working on an extremely large poster to install live that night on an outdoor wall measuring 48’x14′).  They are all contributing this effort to do something that is new here (a poster this size has never been put up in this town in my lifetime) and to provide funds gathered this evening to a local children’s charity that encourages at risk youth to experiment with art.

Money raised from sale of donated sketches that evening will benefit this charity:
Info about the artist Theo:
Info about the artist Square:
Info about bunny M:
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Pure Evil Gallery Art Auction and Fundraiser for ROBBO (London, UK)


We’ve just started putting up a few of the pieces handed in so far for the Preview of the ROBBO auction @ Pure Evil Gallery
The preview of the auction opens Thursday evening at 6pm but some images of the work donated so far is up already because we want to get on it straight away… so far we have already raised abut £25,000 selling paintings and prints which is going towards Robbo and his family… he has a baby who is 1 year and 8 months old and other children and we’re trying to help the family out.


The guy is in a coma still, but he seems to be responding to some commands… anyone who has speculated about his injury and what actually happened to put him in hospital heres the scoop : He fell outside his house and hit his head really badly on some stone steps and he has been in hospital ever since.

I dont care about the graffiti / street art politics behind Banksy vs Robbo thats just a falling out between 2 painters. In the bigger picture of things its meaningless . This is more important than all that, we’re just trying to help out a mate. He’s no angel but he’s had a hard knock (literally) and he needs our help.

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“Dithyrambalina” Swoon’s New Musical House in New Orleans

Brooklyn based Street Artist and fine artist Swoon continues her indefatigable exploration of public and private space, sculpture, and culture in her journey on this earth – now she’s in New Orleans with a new project along with a number of local artists and musicians – and you can be a part of it too.


Swoon with her team enjoying a good laugh in New Orleans (photo © courtesy Swoon)

“I have a project underway in New Orleans which is the creation of a musical house — a kind of larger than life music box which will also be a house, an art center, and a celebration of New Orleans — it’s rebuilding, and it’s musical culture. I’m totally excited about it.

brooklyn-street-art-swoon-Dithyrambalina-night-new-orleans-1 Swoon “Dithyrambalina” ; a working model for the “house” (photo © courtesy Swoon)

To see her vision come to completion she has teamed with The New Orleans Airlift, a multi-disciplinary arts organization that produces and facilitates innovative artistic opportunities for New Orleans-based artists locally and around the globe. The end result will be an interactive sculpture or a “house” that will also function as a musical instrument.

According to Delaney Martin, the director of New Orleans Airlift, Swoon’s latest project Dithyrambalina is a collaboration with a growing group of local and national sound artists and musicians. The project; a three-story, forty-two foot high house to be built in New Orleans will function as a permanent, interactive  sound sculpture.  Swoon is calling it “musical architecture”.


Swoon on the streets of New Orleans (photo © courtesy Swoon)

You can be a part of the project if you like by checking out Swoon’s Kickstarter page and giving a couple of bucks. BSA supports this innovative project and encourages you to consider it too.

Click on the link below to continue reading for complete information on this project  and to see more images of Swoon on the streets of New Orleans:

KICKSTARTER: Swoon needs help to complete this project. Please click on the kickstarter link below and donate:

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Fun Friday 03.25.11


GAIA in Chicago Tonight

If you blow into Chicago this weekend check out New York Street Artist GAIA’s solo show at Maxwell Colette Gallery, “Resplendent Semblance”


(photo courtesy © of the gallery)

To read more details about the show, time and location click on the link below:


Gaia at work on  “Resplendent Semblance” (photos courtesy © of the gallery)

Celebrate the Rockin Life of Liz Taylor

London Police and David Choe at Eatern District Tomorrow

VIDEO Show at Eastern District in Bushwick Saturday


And if you are in New York this Saturday head over to Eastern District for an Art and Video installation featuring original works by David Choe, The London Police, Franki Chan, Cherly Dunn, Gluekit, Matt Goldman, Cody Hudson & Jared Eberhardt, Mackie Osborne, Souther Salazar, and SSUR

Eastern District

Pop Plus Punk Sunday with Exit Art show at Littlefield in GOWANUS


This Sunday head over to Brooklyn’s Gowanus section for Exit Art’s Pop Art Explosion. A fun group show and punk music  featuring works by Street Artists Tip Toe and Pork among others.

Littlefield NY

Click on the link below to learn more details, time and location of the show;

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Scion Installation 7: Video Art Tour 2011 At Eastern District (Brooklyn, NY)

Art Tour
brooklyn-street-art-scion-installation-tour-eastern-district-gallerySCION INSTALLATION 7 – VIDEO ART TOUR – BROOKLYN
Opening Reception: Saturday March 26th, 7pm – 10pm
@ Eastern District
43 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Free with RSVP:

Featuring original work from: Franki Chan, David Choe, Cheryl Dunn, Gluekit, Matt Goldman, Cody Hudson & Jared Eberhardt, The London Police, Mackie Osborne, Souther Salazar and SSUR.

Now in its 7th installment, this revolutionary art tour kicks off 2011 in Los Angeles. Since its inception in 2003, Scion Installation has raised over $250,000 for art charities and non-profits. Building on the success of last year’s tour, Installation 7 again focuses on the video medium, which emerged in the 1960s and has since expanded galleries into more experimental, kinetic and interactive spaces. Installation 7: Video challenged 10 artists to create non-narrative video installations that will eventually transform five unique exhibitions in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Wichita, Minneapolis and Austin.

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Images of the Week 03.20.11

Images of the Week 03.20.11


As winter loosens it’s grip, the first signs of spring are popping up all over New York, with new buds of passion from  tender branches, construction walls, softened soil and industrial doorways. What this season will bring to the streets is anyone’s guess, but there are shoots and seedlings that we haven’t seen before, and a new crop is obviously taking shape.  Here is our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Adam Krueger, Andrew Poneros, Betten, Cash-Money, El Sol 25, Enzo, Kinog, Kriest, Mint & Serf, Pork, Shark Toof, and Wheat.

brooklyn-street-art-shark-toof-jaime-rojo-03-11-webShark Toof finished this piece quickly during the Armory week (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Betten “New Young City” could easily characterize the new fresh faced minions pushing further into off the path neighborhoods around the city.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


New growth springs from the most unexpected places. Cooper (photo © Jaime Rojo)


True dat, cat. Enzo & Nio “You’re still gonna die” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


El Sol 25 has quickly established his voice and vocabulary on the street, and here is a new example. We’ve been happy to chart the progress since the start of this new talent’s first appearance. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Photo © Jaime Rojo


Photo © Jaime Rojo


I’m sorry, the number you have reached was given to you when I was drunk last night. Kriest “Wrong Number” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kriest “Under” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


People will try anything to prevent bike theft. Chains also have been known to be a deterrent. Jesus “Bike” Christ (photo © Jaime Rojo)


There’s Jesus again, this time styled as the king of kings in the hood.  Jesus “Cash-Money” Christ (photo © Jaime Rojo)


This wall in Chelsea is in constant change, a barnstorm of ideas, influences, techniques that morphs weekly. This new torso may be a Magritte homage.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kinog’s small paper collages appeared in Williamsburg last week on the walls of a construction site gallery style. This one equates one of last falls’ gubernatorial candidates in New York with an unspeakable. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Kinog invokes militarism, power, death, outrage, protest. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Wheat’s new mural refers to an American history of conquest and war and the original citizens in North America  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Prince Charles ponders an eternal question “Why Him”? (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jaime Rojo. Untitled  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mint&Serf curated the show “Well Hung” The Chelsea Chapter at +aRT  gallery located at 540 West 28 Street in NYC. Well Hung runs until Sunday April 3rd.  A fundraiser to benefit the programs of Free Arts NYC . Below a few images of the art on the show:


Adam Krueger “Small Wonder” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Andrew Poneros AKA Pork (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mint & Serf (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Birdsong Invites You To Their Anniversary Party (Brooklyn, NY)


What: birdsong zine birthday party and benefit — celebrating 3 years of birdsong with a print show and sweet live music.

-art: featuring limited edition $20 prints by a group of artists who have contributed to, or who have been interviewed by, birdsong over the past three years: Blanco, Cara Fulmor, Cat Glennon, Elizabeth Hirsch, J. Morrison, Julia Norton, Joey Parlett, Danielle Rosa, Will Varner, and Michelle Yu

-bands: Sweet Tooth Nelson + Jess Paps, Baby Alpaca, Hunter, Little Victory

When: Friday, April 1st. Doors at 8pm, bands start at 9pm

Where: Brooklyn Fire Proof,119 Ingraham St @ Porter Ave, Brooklyn (Morgan L)

Why: $$$ goes to offset some of the cost of producing birdsong #15, a Brooklyn-based full color bi-annual lit/art/interview zine.

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Aid Japan, Artists Do Their Part

Our knowledge of human’s fragile existence is reinforced by the twin natural disasters of earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Our man made folly is compounded by the explosions at the nuclear power plant there – causing us to question the hundreds of nuclear plants around the world. It is times like this that our words have to match our actions, and if we say we want to alleviate suffering now is a good time to make certain that our collective efforts reach those that are desperate for help.

Our brothers and sisters in Japan are going to need help so, if you can, please pledge to the Red Cross:

Artists and designers have immediately jumped to task with these starkly stunning pieces below to get the word out about how to help. You can always count on creatives to use their tools and talents to lend a helping hand and respond in the best way that they know how.

Poster on Flickr by Twistedfork

From Artist Twistedfork: Love & Aid

“I thought I had to do my part. 🙂 A poster-ish illustration I made to inform people on how to donate.”

Donate to Red Cross in Facebook:

You can also donate through Paypal:

brooklyn-street-art-Stay-Strong-aid-Japan-Kent Ng

Stay Strong Japan! by Kent Ng

FatCap the web-based resource on grafitti and street art culture reached out to Japanese artist Suiko and asked some questions about the current situation in Japan as well as suggestions on how our community can help and send aid.


Suiko Image Courtesy of FatCap © Suiko

What has it been like for the past 4 days as the damage unveils itself?

My town has no damage because it’s far away from the epicenter. However, my friends who live in the stricken area are still in shelter. I hear that they’re living without electricity…

How have people in Tokyo been living their lives?

Also in Tokyo, the aftershock still continues and people can’t settle down their minds. I was going to go to work in Tokyo the day after tomorrow, but all schedules are postponed

Click on this link to go to FatCap site to continue reading this interview and to see more images…

London based Pure Evil Gallery released the print below “Hokusai Tsunami” available for purchase with the proceeds going to the relief efforts in Japan.


Click on the link below to purchase the print or just to donate


Ryan Hageman on Flickr


Miguel Michan

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AVOID PI: Street Art, Graff, Fine Art, and Pantheon

In a few weeks the former Donnell Library on 53rd Street across from MoMA will be host to a grassroots funded and curated historical view of New York’s art from the streets. That phrase is specifically chosen by the show’s curators, Joyce Manalo and Daniel Feral, as an inclusive term for all manner of public art on the streets here since the 70s including graffiti and Street Art.  A show visible through the giant windows from the street, Pantheon will feature live performance as well as installation, printed materials for you to read about history, guerilla librarians, and incognito street docents – a sparkling job description that sounds like a naughty librarian fantasy involving Julie Andrews.

Brooklyn-Street-Art-Copyright-AVOID-nowhereaction-CRAvoid “Nowhere Action” (photo © Chelsea Ragan)

We recently spoke with one of the exhibiting artists of Pantheon who goes by the name Adam Void (or AVOID pi) and who plumbs the murky depths between fine art, graffiti, and Street Art with no apparent desire to align himself with any one of them. An experimenter and explorer, a lot of his early stuff looks clearly like a small survey of graffiti’s modern vocabulary. Sometimes raw gestural markings with perhaps cryptic meaning, his love for symbolism, data, abstraction, wordplay, and a recently begun formal art education all are a swirl inside his head. Where it all settles will be a surprise to everyone, including him. This search also seems emblematic of the moment.


Avoid “Everything Small” (photo © Mike Sachse)

A wisenheimer of the highest order, he describes himself this way; “AVOID likes to take long walks on the beach, riding freight trains, and destroying the dominant paradigm.” We’ll just say that he’s a rebel inquisitively looking for a cause, making art along the way.


Avoid “Do I Have a Voice” (photo © Mike Sachse)

Mr. Void spoke with Brooklyn Street Art about labeling art movements and the current state of a very fluid story of art on the streets and in the galleries.

Brooklyn Street Art: As you look at the evolution of graffiti and street art some people have observed that there appears to be an erosion of once distinct practices. Where do you see these two going at the moment?
AVOID: The distinctions between the two genres are disappearing. Graffiti Artists are becoming multi-media with the inclusion of zines, posters, stickers, rollers and blasters into the already full table of tags, throws and pieces. Street Artists are experimenting with the use and importance of signatures as well as expanding into sculpture and video. Both groups have a dialogue on the streets and in their personal lives. Recently Graffiti and Street Artists have shown their fine art together with many big name art world’ers at big name galleries. This is an exciting time for the intermixing of worlds.


Avoid ADH (photo © Chelsea Ragan)

Brooklyn Street Art: Is it crucial to the understanding or appreciation of someone’s work to describe it as Graffiti or Street Art or Fine Art?
Often times the artist’s intentions are misunderstood. I personally enjoy the ability to make a painting either in the street or in a gallery and not have to explain the meaning, to have it remain an enigma. A word or phrase can be interpreted a million different ways by a million different viewers. Am I a Graffiti Writer, a Street Artist, a Fine Artist, a Musician, a Writer, a Filmmaker, or am I just an artist? This is decided by the context the work is seen and the viewer’s interpretation.


Adam Void, “Luckystrike”, a work in progress. Detail (photo © Avoid)

Brooklyn Street Art:What role does Street Art play in New York today?
Well, if anything, Street Art has allowed for the illumination of the giants of my personal history. Through shows like PANTHEON as well as 112 Greene St. and many others, the once unsung heroes of graffiti’s past are coming to light, thankfully while many of the writers are still alive to see it happen.


A rather painterly painting by Mr. Adam Void, “Seaside”; a brand new collaboration with Ryan Neely. Detail (photo © Avoid)

Brooklyn Street Art: How has your artwork changed in the last year?
AVOID: The literal “street” art of Brooklyn and NYC has been replaced by spotwork on Baltimore’s abandoned spaces, freight trains and track sides. I get more time to experiment as well as a chance to hang out and soak up some mental space. I am continuing to not categorize my work. I’m just making what I want, when I want, where I want.

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3 days left to Support Pantheon – if they don’t hit 5K, they lose it all. @pantheonnyc #streetart
Please help Daniel and Joyce, the curators of “Pantheon” by donating to the Kickstarter Campaign. They are very close to reach their goal and you can make this happen. With only less than three days left on the Kickstarter timer your involvement is crucial. Click on the link below and please give:

PANTHEON extends its gratitude to its Media Partner Brooklyn Street Art, it’s Media Sponsors , Hyperallergic, The Street Spot, Gothamist, Streetsy; the Exhibition Sponsors WM Dorvillier & Company, Inc.; Crescent ArtistsConveyor Arts. Special thanks to the Woodward Gallery, NYC for the loan of Richard Hambleton’s, Fountain of Youth, 1982.

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