Happy Holidays! We’re celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next by thanking BSA readers, friends, and family for all of your support in 2022. We have selected some of our favorite shots by our Editor of Photography, Jaime Rojo, and we’re sharing a new one every day to celebrate all our good times together, our hope for the future, and our love for the street.
She is the kind of artist whom you would also like as a babysitter. Entertaining and playfully absurd, her installation art is imaginative and within reach of a daydream. Here is a polar bear behind an executive’s desk with his legs crossed and hands folded behind his head; here is a huge plane – a skewered readymade if you will; the rotating Piper Seneca rolling forward slowly above people’s heads in the middle of a midtown sidewalk.
This summer Paola Pivi’s You know who I am presented a large-scale cast bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty on the Highline wearing a series of cartoon-like masks that were changed over the course of the installation. She described the characters as “stylized portraits of individuals whose personal experiences of freedom are directly connected to the United States.”
We don’t know who this kid is, but he looks familiar. Perhaps the idea is that the Statue of Liberty could have been anyone – we all want and need the same things.
Like 8 million other people every year, we walk with you today to look at art and flowers along the High Line. A mile and a half long, this elevated linear park, greenway, and rail trail converted a New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City into a calming, serene, generous natural hideaway above many streets.
The public art program features a rotating supply of general audience works and you are never quite sure what you will find. More impressive perhaps is the botanical aspect of this experience, which grounds visitors, assuring us somehow that all that crazy stuff we experience on the streets is just one aspect of our beautiful city. Don’t take it all too seriously. Knowing that this park is open and available to all New Yorkers is one of Manhattan’s greatest gifts.
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: 1. Damien Hirst: The Currency and Burning Art 2. Paola Pivi: Statue of Liberty at The Highline Park in NYC 3. Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada: “Outsight
BSA Special Feature: Damien Hirst: The Currency and Burning Art
Love me or hate me, please don’t stop talking about me. Just in time for currencies like the dollar and the pound to reduce to little more than colored paper: This cultural currency of this modern contemporary artist who is best known for colorful dots, sharks, and Banksy rumours is placed before you, courtesy Stephen Fry. To hear the marketing that goes into this release feels rather stunt-like, and just the kind of thing that the kids will adore. But they must make a choice of what kind of Damian Hirst artwork they would like…
Damien Hirst – The Currency and Burning Art
Paola Pivi: Statue of Liberty at The Highline Park in NYC
Possibly the oddest pairing of musical soundtrack and rapid fire documentation to accompany the making of a sculpture, this Emoji-faced statue of Liberty will surely confuse passersby as well.
Happy Easter! Sameach Pesach! Ramadan Mubarak! It’s a rare year when all three of these holidays are happening at the same time. It’s a religious trifecta that you can see playing out on the streets of New York. What a rich tapestry we wrap ourselves with in this beautiful city.
Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Rambo, Winston Tseng, JJ Veronis, Bastard Bot, Sam Durant, Paoli Pivi, Curb Your Ego, Guerra Paint, and WASP.
Here’s our first collection for 2013 from BSA’s ongoing interview with the street, this week featuring 907, Smells, Bast, Bunny M, Captain Baby, Droid, Enzo & Nio, Jilly Ballistic, Mr. Toll, Paolo Pivi, Shin Shin, and The Migra.