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“Subway Therapy” Installation Provides Voice to New Yorkers Again

“Subway Therapy” Installation Provides Voice to New Yorkers Again

Public space is full of opportunities to shine like a star, bare your soul, set the record straight, and to make a fool of yourself with an audience. And really, what’s the point of doing it alone?

Graffiti writers are said to be communicating with their peers in public space. Street artists are talking to fans, or potential fans.

When you trudge through this dingy and dirty New York City subway hallway you also have the opportunity to have some communal therapy with the people you live here with.

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

When you see all these post-its art fans may be reminded of installations like Yoko Ono’s “My Mommy is Beautiful” – Hirshhorn Museum a few years back when they see the walls flooded with paper missives. Similarly those who were here in the weeks and months following 9/11 will remember memorials of post-its on subway walls – one in Union Square comes to mind here.

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

You may have caught this particular post-it therapy installation two years ago by Artist Mathew Chavez during the 2016 election – and most likely your life has never been the same since. One of New York’s financially bankrupt (six times) businessmen and morally bankrupt people had run for the country’s highest seat and he had won.

New Yorkers of all stripes wrote their frustrations and fears and shock and outrage here and posted them publicly as a way to share in a public way the deep emotions that were stirring in many.

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This week it appeared in the subway again as the mid-term elections took place across the country and many felt that the tons of dark money had stirred them into a frenzy. Commuters again flocked to the colorful sticky squares to pen their hopes, confessions, desires, opinions and secrets once again in a very private/public way.

Suffice to say that you never really know what the person next to you on the subway is thinking.

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Levee. “Subway Therapy” NYC subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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BSA “Images Of The Year” for 2017 (VIDEO)

BSA “Images Of The Year” for 2017 (VIDEO)

Of the thousands of images he took this year in places like New York, Berlin, Scotland, Hong Kong, Sweden, French Polynesia, Barcelona, and Mexico City, photographer Jaime Rojo found that Street Art and graffiti are more alive than every before. From aerosol to brush to wheat-paste to sculpture and installations, the individual acts of art on the street can be uniquely powerful – even if you don’t personally know where or who it is coming from. As you look at the faces and expressions it is significant to see a sense of unrest, anger, fear. We also see hope and determination.

Every Sunday on BrooklynStreetArt.com, we present “Images Of The Week”, our weekly interview with the street. Primarily New York based, BSA interviewed, shot, and displayed images from Street Artists from more than 100 cities over the last year, making the site a truly global resource for artists, fans, collectors, gallerists, museums, curators, academics, and others in the creative ecosystem. We are proud of the help we have given and thankful to the community for what you give back to us and we hope you enjoy this collection – some of the best from 2017.

Brooklyn Street Art 2017 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo includes the following artists;

Artists included in the video are: Suitswon, Curiot, Okuda, Astro, Sixe Paredes, Felipe Pantone, Hot Tea, Add Fuel, Hosh, Miss Van, Paola Delfin, Pantonio, Base23, R1, Jaune, Revok, Nick Walker, 1UP Crew, SotenOne, Phat1, Rime MSK, Martin Whatson, Alanis, Smells, UFO907, Kai, Tuts, Rambo, Martha Cooper, Lee Quinoes, Buster, Adam Fujita, Dirty Bandits, American Puppet, Disordered, Watchavato, Shepard Fairey, David Kramer, Yoko Ono, Dave The Chimp, Icy & Sot, Damien Mitchell, Molly Crabapple, Jerkface, Isaac Cordal, SacSix, Raf Urban, ATM Street Art, Stray Ones, Sony Sundancer, ROA, Telmo & Miel, Alexis Diaz, Space Invader, Nasca, BK Foxx, BordaloII, The Yok & Sheryo, Arty & Chikle, Daniel Buchsbaum, RIS Crew, Pichi & Avo, Lonac, Size Two, Cleon Peterson, Miquel Wert, Pyramid Oracle, Axe Colours, Swoon, Outings Project, Various & Gould, Alina Kiliwa, Tatiana Fazalalizadeh, Herakut, Jamal Shabaz, Seth, Vhils, KWets1, FinDac, Vinz Feel Free, Milamores & El Flaco, Alice Pasquini, Os Gemeos, Pixel Pancho, Kano Kid, Gutti Barrios, 3 x 3 x 3, Anonymouse, NeSpoon, Trashbird, M-city, ZoerOne, James Bullowgh, and 2501.

 

Cover image of Suits Won piece with Manhattan in the background, photo by Jaime Rojo.

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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.12.17

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.12.17

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Yoko Ono has been talking about and advocating peace for half a century and with her husband John Lennon she asked us first to imagine it.

Is it the absence of something, or the presence of it?

“Think Peace. Act Peace. Spread Peace. Imagine Peace.”

As the US commemorates Veterans Day this weekend, we lead this weeks BSA Images of the Week with Ms. Ono’s latest public art piece, a white banner flag flapping in New Yorks’ wild winds atop Creative Time’s headquarters. Part of a multi-city installation by ONO and Creative Time’s Pledges of Allegiance program, this flag and others like it will fly at museums and other educational/cultural institutions across the country.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Ai WeiWei, Buff Monster, Curb Your Ego, Damien Mitchell, Disordered, Don John, Ghost Beard, KLOPS, Mina Hamada, Sac Six, Patch Whisky, Squid Shop, Turtle Caps, Vinz Feel Free, VY, Yoko Ono, and Zosen.

Top image: Yoko Ono “Imagine Peace” for Creative Time #pledgesofallegiance (photo © Jaime Rojo) Thanks to RJ Rushmore for his help.

Yoko Ono “Imagine Peace” for Creative Time #pledgesofallegiance (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Disordered (photo © Jaime Rojo)

SacSix (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Best buddies (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ai Wei Wei for the Public Art Fund (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ai Wei Wei for the Public Art Fund (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Buff Monster (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

M.O. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

VY (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Patch Whisky . Ghost Beard (photo © Jaime Rojo)

SP (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Klops . Curb Your Ego and friends… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Zosen . Mina Hamada (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Zosen . Mina Hamada (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mind the heart project (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Turtle Caps (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Damien Mitchell (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Garabato Arte (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Vinz Feel Free (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Don John in Copenhagen. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Squid Shop (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. The Last Picture. NYC October 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


 

 

BED PEACE – John and Yoko

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Various & Gould Spark a Witch Hunt on Streets of Berlin

Various & Gould Spark a Witch Hunt on Streets of Berlin

Witches are burned at the stake.  Or hanged, drowned, beheaded. Ask the American Puritans.

Of course, demonizing and ostracizing and terrorizing never quite went out of style since those formative years of the US, and the global history of the race is rife with this inclination. From Salem to today, ignorance and fear can be stirred rapidly into hysteria, usually by an invisible hand. In a tumultuous period of finger pointing and fear mongering that is often laced with latent prejudice, it is possible to whip people into a fevered frenzy of sanctimonious vigilante vitriol to purge that evil that resides amongst us, and within us.

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Various & Gould. (photo © Various & Gould)

A riveting interactive witch hunt, complete with matches, candles, smart phones and QR codes, has just begun on the streets of Berlin – the creation of conceptual Street Artists Various & Gould.  Better yet, you know many of the 13 ‘witches’, as they are people from modern times who have suffered fates of being accused and depicted as evil.

“That these people might have been persecuted and burned as witches in earlier times is a mere speculation here,” say the two artists, whose project encourages you to strike a match across the face of their screen printed posters and light a candle at the base of it.  But whether or not these people would have been called witches in earlier days, there are other similarities V&G want to draw attention to. “They still have to fight for their ideas, their freedom, their dignity or in some cases even their lives today,” they say.

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Various & Gould. Yoko Ono and Malala Yousafzai (photo © Various & Gould)

Who are you talking about, you ask? Edward Snowden is one – currently a polarizing figure for revealing the extent of spying the US is doing on world citizens and governments – is alternately spoken of as a folk hero and an evil traitor.

Yoko Ono is another – once vilified, now celebrated, for the very same violations in art and cultural orthodoxy. Also she broke up the Beatles singlehandedly for Christs sake. Also she’s a peace activist, so that is upsetting. Now widely considered to have been ahead of her time,  Ms. Ono once felt the firey public disdain for her so adamantly that she wrote and performed a song in the 1970s entitled “Yes, I’m a Witch”.

V&G even had a little luck reaching out to some of their witches for the project and got some responses. “Yoko Ono said that she was touched by our mail, but was having an important event elsewhere, which was no surprise,” says Various.

Also, performance artist Marina Abramović is a witch, as well as Antony Johnson and a Pussy Rioter. The reasons for selecting the witches who include journalists, rappers, human rights activists, artists…. may be obvious to some, perplexing for others. Their controversial status is the space of the public mind in which they each hang.

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Various & Gould. Yoko Ono. (photo © Various & Gould)

Various explains, “In this respect, the witches series can be understood as a homage to the portrayed people and a reference to the intolerance of today’s apparently enlightened times.” Gould agrees, “Different-minded people are being scape-goated and demonized in the public just as they once were.”

Of the 13 witches you will see a variety of names and if you don’t recognize them you can use the QR code beneath it or go to the special website to read and hear audio giving biographical information in German and English.

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Anne Wizorek, a feminist blogger and one of the portrayed witches will even be on hand to introduce the gallery show entitled “Witches Wanted – Wanted Witches” at Open Walls this evening.

Speaking of the installation and the reactions they have received to the witch hunt that spreads across the city, Various says they had been afraid of negative reactions but thus far there have been none. “Somehow we were afraid someone would maybe get our intention wrong or be mad … but so far reactions are good.”

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 Various & Gould. Malala Yousafzai. (photo © Various & Gould)

In an increasingly polarized political atmosphere throughout the western world due to many factors, Gould says their imaginative project and execution of it hasn’t touched off controversy and has been really well received. “It was also very fulfilling for us to return to one of the portraits that we have in the street and to find some of the candles still burning!”

This witch-hunt in Berlin-Kreuzberg is not to be understood as a chase, but rather as an interactive scavenger hunt they say on www.witchhunt.eu/, where you can see the map locations and follow the hunt.

You can also follow the hashtag #WitchHuntBerlin on Twitter.

The full list of people portrayed as witches includes Marina Abramović, Mae Azango, Ameneh Bahrami, Antony Hegarty, Le1f, Yoko Ono, Nawal El Saadawi, Edward Snowden, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Anne Wizorek, Lana Wachowski, and Malala Yousafzai.

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 Various & Gould. Edward Snowden. (photo © Various & Gould)

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 Various & Gould. Edward Snowden . Amenem Bahrami . Le1f  (photo © Various & Gould)

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 Various & Gould. Le1f. (photo © Various & Gould)

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 Various & Gould. Lana Wachowski. (photo © Various & Gould)

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 Various & Gould. Mae Azango. (photo © Various & Gould)

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 Various & Gould. Aung San Suu Kyi . (photo © Various & Gould)

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 Various & Gould. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. (photo © Various & Gould)

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 Various & Gould. Nawal El Saadawi. (photo © Various & Gould)

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 Various & Gould. (photo © Various & Gould)

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 Various & Gould. (photo © Various & Gould)

 

 

Various & Gould “Witches Wanted – Wanted Witches” exhibition opens today in Berlin. Click HERE for more information.

 

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Images of the Week 05.13.12

Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers and our best wishes to you all on this special day.

Cool stuff on the street right now, and not what you’re always expecting. Here’s our weekly interview with the Street this week including Andrzej Urbanski, Armo, Army of One, Cake, El, Hot Tea, Indigo, Klub7, LNY, Miyok, Olek, Skullphone, Tazz, Vote Honky, and Yoko Ono.

Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A stencil of Yoko Ono by an unknown artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The kids from the German collective Klub7 are in NYC to work on their show at Pandemic this Friday. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Klub7 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tazz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Vote Honky roasts Republican bazillionaire Mittens Romney over the story about how he strapped his dog “Seamus” to the roof of his car for a long 12-hour drive even as the dog was nervous/sick and crapping itself. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Skullphone (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Olek (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Which way did he go? Miyok (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jason Woodside. In this new graphic abstraction street art fans may see a bit of MOMO, Maya Hayuk, Hellbent, and even Revok all playing along. Of course Woodside is taking it in his own direction. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Indigo x Andrzej Urbanski, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa. (photo © Indigo)

Hot Tea. Knitta Please and Aakash Nihilani had a baby and Hot Tea was born. Like those roofing guys say, it’s fantastic. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El gives the good old Bushwick shack a Spring make over as Bushwick spruces up for Open Studios in a few weeks. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Army Of One (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Armo “Love Pistol” in Los Angeles (photo © Armo)

We are not sure if this artist is Victor of the Sea. Do you know? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This week butterflies all seemed to arrive in New York at once – like they all took the same bus or something – to hang out in the flower beds in people’s yards. Untitled (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The Simple Street Art Stencil: Cut To the Truth

“All I want is the truth. Just give me some truth” – John Lennon

John Lennon, a guy who lived in the eye of a hurricane of hype for a major portion of his adult life once screamed at the top of his lungs for something called truth. At a time when we are condescendingly shouted at to give up our previous conceptions of personal privacy for security and cookies, naked air travelers and torture victims and spillcams and spreadsheets and state secrets are now streaming live via the world wide buffet and everybody is seeing more truth than they were ready for.

Amidst the data storm, something about the simple, uncluttered straight-forward real deal is straight-up appealing. Maybe that is why the one layer stencil, however ornate it can be sometimes, is an enduring favorite of street art fans and artists. Effective visual communication doesn’t have to be fussy, filigreed, or high-falutin’, and some would argue that it takes real courage to let one stencil do the simple truth-telling.

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C215 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Care (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nothing To See Here Sir Carry On (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bishop 203 (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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American Family With Red Son (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The Ghost of tax cuts past. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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GILF does Betty White? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Joe Franquinha Peace and Sport (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Silver Ghost (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Um, nice socks.  Olympia (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Look who’s on the TeeVee. Sunset Boulevard (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Poison Rabbit (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Walt Whiskers Alley Cats (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Reading under the learning T. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

On the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death in NYC… We love you John and Yoko.

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Fun Friday 02.19.10: Traffic, Weather, Yoko Ono Peace Tower, Faust, Dispatchwork & Darth Vader goes to the Cafeteria

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Projection Art for Yoko’s Birthday

She’s 77 and still believes in PEACE. Huh.

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STAR WAR IS OVER IF YOU WANT IT.

Last night The City of Reykjavik in Iceland illuminated the  IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in honor and celebration of Yoko Ono’s 77th birthday.

You can Twitter your birthday messages for Yoko to @yokoono

You can also Twitter your own personal wishes for peace to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER @IPTower or via email to email to wish@imaginepeace.com.

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The Calligraphic Hand Style of Faust

Amazing control and finesse with a fat marker.

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Rebuilding the World One Lego at a Time

Art Collective Dispatchwork travels the world with a color small scale constructive approach to Street Art.

Patching a Berlin Wall (Dispatchwork)
Patching a Berlin Wall (Dispatchwork)

Color Morter from Dispatchwork
Color Morter from Dispatchwork

Kids, don’t throw away those old Legos!  Yes, you’ve moved on to Maxus Dragonoid and Twilight action figures but you could also help Mom and Dad with some house repairs if you think about it….

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Dispatchwork is a travelling project that has so far been in Bocchiganano, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Amsterdam, Belgrade, Arnsber, St. Petersberg, Zurich, and Quito. Learn more by clicking on the logo above.

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Darth Goes Down to the Deathstar Cafeteria

“You’ll need a tray.”

“DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?”

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Pics from Jef Aerosol Opening

From photographer Vincent Cornelli comes this fun collection of images from last nights opening of “All Shook Up”, Jef Aerosol’s opening at Ad Hoc/Eastern District in Bushwick, Brooklyn, curated by Brooklyn Street Art.  A steady crowd carried through the evening to check out the new pieces and to meet the artist in person.

Jef strikes a pose in front of his giant canvas, a reprise of his mural of Jean-Michel Basquiat that he did on a rooftop in Brooklyn last week. Etched into Basquiat's eyebrow is the word "Brooklyn". (photo © Vincent Cornelli)

Jef strikes a pose in front of his giant canvas, a reprise of his mural of Jean-Michel Basquiat that he did on a rooftop in Brooklyn last week. Etched into Basquiat's eyebrow is the word "Brooklyn". (photo © Vincent Cornelli)

Classic muses of Jef's 30 year love affair with stencils were joined by Brooklyn-based icons like Jay-Z, a brand new one of M.I.A., graffiti legend Dondi White, and street art photographer Luna Park (who was in attendance). (photo © Vincent Cornelli)

Classic muses of Jef's 30 year love affair with stencils were infused with new blood by Brooklyn-based icons like Jay-Z and M.I.A., graffiti legend Dondi White, and street art photographer Luna Park (who was in attendance). A new piece on wood (the smiling boy) was a benefit for Haiti. (photo © Vincent Cornelli)

A man of the people, Aerosol made sure to include smaller affordable pieces for fans (in foreground) just in front of this New York Warhol Factory/ Punk scene grouping - including Iggy Pop, John Cage, Sid Vicious, Lou Reed, and the Ramones (photo © Vincent Cornelli)

A man of the people, Aerosol made sure to include smaller affordable pieces for fans (John Lee Hooker and Jimi Hendrix in foreground) just in front of this New York Warhol Factory/ Punk scene grouping - including Iggy Pop, John Cage, Sid Vicious, Lou Reed, and the Ramones. He also did a small 10 piece Basquiat edition for the show (think there are a few left). (photo © Vincent Cornelli)

A visitor with Joe Strummer of the Clash looking over his head (photo © Vincent Cornelli)

A visitor with Joe Strummer of the Clash looking over his head (photo © Vincent Cornelli)

Brigitte Bardot and Magpie at the end of the wall (photo © Vinny Cornelli)

Brigitte Bardot and Magpie at the end of the wall (photo © Vinny Cornelli)

Beauty was in attendance (photo © Vinny Cornelli)

Beauty was in attendance (photo © Vinny Cornelli)

Jef and fellow stencil artist Chris Stain (photo © Vinny Cornelli)

Jef and fellow stencil artist Chris Stain (photo © Vinny Cornelli)

Rocker and experimental music artist Andrew Hurst kept the garage inspired classic and obscure music coming, with a break for Louis, who played electric guitar with his amp in the middle of gallery for five songs. (photo © Vinny Cornelli)

Rocker and experimental music artist/producer Andrew Hurst kept the garage inspired classic and obscure music coming, with a break for Louis, who played and sang rock-n-roots inspired pieces accompanied by his electric guitar and amp in the middle of gallery for five songs. (photo © Vinny Cornelli)

Stéphane and Magli and Jean-Michel (photo © Vinny Cornelli)
Stéphane and Magli and Jean-Michel (photo © Vinny Cornelli)
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Detail of Jef Aerosol canvas (photo © Vinny Cornelli)

Detail of Jef Aerosol canvas (photo © Vinny Cornelli)


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Street Signals 09.12.09

Rome is about the have a “New York Minute”

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Uncrating the New York monsters at Macro Future.

NEW YORK MINUTE is opening in Rome September 19.  MACRO FUTURE, the former slaughterhouse that is part of the Museum of Contemporary Art, will  present sixty artists who live, work or gravitate around the city of New York. It’s a look at the drama, danger, speed and dynamism of our city’s diverse creative activities.

It is curated by Kathy Grayson with the support of DepART Foundation.

Artists include urban art names like Steve Powers, Barry McGee, Dash Snow, and AVAF (Assume Vivid Astro Focus)

Read More about the NEW YORK MINUTE SHOW here

Here’s a video by AVAF from a few years ago featuring the Yoko Ono song, “Walking on Thin Ice”

Walking On Thin Ice by Assume Vivid Astro Focus and Honeygun Labs, with Carla Machado.


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D*Face Opens Tonight at Jonathan Levine Gallery

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Ludovico Aversion Therapy: All Your Dreams Belong to Us (D*Face) (courtesy Drago and Jonathan Levine)

London street artist D*Face doesn’t get the big head that some artists do, and can’t be bothered by repetition – any medium is good and everything gets attacked in a fun cartoony way and images of superheroes, pop heros, dead presidents… all get the D*Face skullification.  For such dark symbols, the light-hearted feeling permeates the various permutations.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: unusualimage

Jonathan Levine Gallery

529 West 20th Street, 9th Fl

New York, NY 10011

Sep 12 thru Oct 10, 2009



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