All City, a graffiti art gallery and pediatric clinic, is located in the former Claremont Theater, a 22,500-square-foot landmark in Manhattanville. The organization’s executive directors, Hugo Martinez, a gallery owner, and Dr. Juan Tapia, a pediatrician, worked with Kaptein Roodnat, a Dutch architectural studio, on the $2.4 million renovation, whose design alludes to a town square and streets: the natural habitat of graffiti. (“All city” is the phrase graffiti artists use when they have painted all five boroughs of New York, including the rooftops, Mr. Martinez said.) The waiting area, above, includes gray cushions wrapped in colorful canvas straps. If visitors “don’t want to sit upright, they can sit any way they like,” said Marleen Kaptein, one of the architects. The first show, “Free Radicals,” is up through March. Framed art sells for $250 to $8,000; cotton-blend rugs start at $1,200. 3332 Broadway (West 135th Street). Information: 212-619-2149; Instagram: @martinezgallery.
Wall-m(Art) is a new company that lets the public purchase street graffiti from the walls of the city. Fine art or vandalism – whatever you choose to call it – that covers subways, urban walls and street corners is officially available to anyone who wants to stake their claim as one of the lucky firsts to own the one-of-a-kind work.
The potentially illegal concept stemmed from a simple idea: New York public space boasts some of the most unique and “badass” street art around the globe. Now, Wall-m(Art) wants to make it profitable. All you have to do it purchase the desired artwork and wait 3-4 weeks for a shiny gold frame to hang around it in its urban location. A plaque with your name on it will ensure that all passerbys know about your new art real estate.
A picture of the framed artwork acts as a receipt, with no exception for exchange or return. You can think of it as a way to share an art collection with neighbors and the greater of Manhattan, a museum that everyone can appreciate.
If you’ve always wanted to own your own hard work/art/vandalism created by a New York artist, you can officially browse the collection online or customize your own. The first few have already been purchased and hang proudly throughout Brooklyn. Warning: you must be 18 years or older to purchase, or have your parents’ permission.
Since street art changes minute by minute, I am not sure if waiting for the frame is a good idea since your art might be gone by the time the frame is hung. So if you want a street art canvas that you can really take home and hand on your wall, check out my portfolio.
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Tonja Torgerson and her Girls in Troy, New York
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If you are in New York City and are interested in the history of New York graffiti, check out the Museum of the City of New York and the City as Canvas exhibit.
The exhibit is from the collection of Martin Wong who saw the beauty and the value of graffiti and collected amazing artifact and art from that era and bequethed it to the museum. The exhibit showcases original art, sketch books, jackets and other types of memorabilia. A must see for graffiti fans.
I was there last night for a panel on New York subway graffiti in the 1970s and fondly recall that time when our subway cars showcased some of the most beautiful graffiti ever. The first era of subway graffiti was dubbed "Broadway" because it started on the IRT Broadway line (the number 1 train) and around 1972-73, it moved to the 23456 lines (also IRT) in the Bronx. I remember all those trains and how beautiful they looked. I traveled the 1 train every day to school in those years. The most beautiful stations were 145th and 157th streets where graffiti covered the walls from floor to ceiling. I am so happy that this is being recognized for its artistic value and stature in the art world as a movement.
Now we just have to get back 5 Pointz.
The exhibit is open from February 4 - June 27, 2014. Plenty of time to get there. There is also a great companion book called City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti From the Martin Wong Collection which you can order online.
This just in from PSFK. While I was staying in from the severe cold, street art marched on!
While much of New York City was hunkering down in the midst of the Polar Vortex, street artist Hanksy took to an abandoned building in the East Village last week to prep for a special one-night show.
Dubbed “Surplus Candy,” this unauthorized event was a continuation of another Hanksy-held art show in the same building in late December. This time, however, Hanksy invited about three dozen other artists to grace the space with even more amazing art work.
The walls, staircases, toilets, sinks, and pretty much every other surface inside the building were beautified by popular names in the street-art scene like Glif, Foxx Face, Juicy, Icy and Sot, Wizardskull, and more.
Artist Joe Sola will exhibit his microscopic paintings inside of gallerist Tif Sigfrids’ ear, placing the six tiny oil portraits in her ear canal gap while seated at a desk in the middle of an empty space.“Portraits: An Exhibition in Tif Sigfrids’ Ear” places the focus on the gallerist, namely that visitors should (metaphorically) look inside the mind of the gallerist in order to see the art.
Sola is known for his atypical approach to his profession. In 2005 his Studio Visit project saw him jump out of a second-story studio unexpectedly during a meeting, only to gage the audience’s reactions, thus creating on-the-spot art. This theme of pushing the body to its limits is seen, in many different adaptations, in the majority of his works.
Soa explains, ‘I like this idea of [it being] inward-looking. It’s as if you have to look into the head (mind) of the gallerist to see/experience the art.’
The project is being exhibited at Sigrids’ new gallery in Hollywood showing from October 12th -November 9th.
Street art isn’t something that can only appear in abandoned buildings, as proven by RAE’s ”Word Of Mouth” piece in the East Village that takes over an everyday bodega and transforms it into a living piece of art. Alongside everyday items such as bread, beans and lotto tickets, you can find a huge variety of drawings, paintings, stickers, and sculptures that cover the walls and other surfaces in the store.
So when you buy your morning cup of coffee on 12th Street and Avenue C in New York City, pick up a piece of street art as well.
This is a subject that I have pondered for a while - what happens when street art goes mainstream? When it becomes acceptable and even encouraged? When the galleries and auction houses start pricing it? Does it lose its edge?
Some past posts:
NY Post - When Museums Start hailing Graffiti
I have been following street art for years. I have photos from Florence Italy in 1974 of graffiti (for that is what it was called in those days). The evolution of graffiti into street art has been gradual and exciting. And now, especially with Banksy's NYC installation month completed, street art is now in the forefront of the public's affection with art.
Is this good? I am ambivalent. On the one hand I am thrilled that street artists are getting the recognition they deserve. On the other hand I am concerned that street art will lose its edge, which is what makes it so exciting and attractive to me. Here is a video of a short special recently on PBS highlighting Banksy and interviewing Steven Harrington of the always great Brooklyn Street Art blog.