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January 2011

Street Art Benefit for Haiti at the Dorian Grey Gallery

Hearts for Haiti:

Graffiti Artist LA II creates dynamic limited edition to help the relief efforts of the American Red Cross in Haiti

 LA II -Heart

EAST VILLAGE, New York: To mark the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, the Dorian Grey Gallery and has launched a benefit effort called Hearts For Haiti.

Haiti, a severely impoverished nation, was further set back in early 2010 when a 7.0 magnitude quake shook the country and devastated the capital city of Port-au-Prince. But the people of Haiti are not alone and from every corner of the world volunteers and relief worker have poured in to help with the recovery efforts. However, the enormity of the task to provide even the most basic resource such as fresh water remains difficult to achieve.

To that end the Dorian Grey Gallery has partnered with renown New York graffiti artist: LA II, and together they will release a signed and numbered limited edition titled: Hearts for Haiti. The benefit project will help continue to raise awareness of the plight of the Haitian people and will raise much needed financial assistance for reconstruction. LA II and the Dorian Grey Gallery have agreed to donate 10% of the all proceeds from this project to the relief efforts of the American Red Cross in Haiti. Come and join us in this effort.

About LA II: Born & raised on the lower East side of New York, Angel Ortiz (Little Angel aka: LA II) was quick to learn the ways of the street artists and graffiti writers during the late 1970’s. Creating a unique signature style that combined both the “tag “ and intricate abstract patterns, LA II was eventually befriended by rising art icon Keith Haring. For a period of about 10 years they traveled around the world and collaborated on hundreds of projects. After Haring passed away LA II continued to develop his style and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. LAII has paintings in hundreds of private collections and museums throughout the world, including the Whitney Museum of Art, NY. In March 2011, the Dorian Grey Gallery will host a solo exhibition of his most recent paintings, including the original work on canvas for Hearts for Haiti.

About Dorian Grey Gallery: The Dorian Grey Gallery has become the East Village's hottest art attraction for emerging art. The gallery is a dynamic retail venue geared towards showcasing both established and emerging artists. With a keen eye focused on "street art" and the New York emerging art scene the Dorian Grey Gallery continues to be the premier exhibition space and “voice” for the numerous local undiscovered and rising artistic talents. Most exhibitions feature art where street and graffiti themed works are displayed alongside other pieces that represent a diverse selection of exemplary art offered in an intimate and informative environment. Recently, the Dorian Grey Gallery received some real street art credibility in the form of an unexpected visit by the artist Kenny Scharf, who spontaneously painted a mural on the gallery’s roll down gate. Scharf whose prolific work graced many walls in the city during the graffiti heyday of the 1980s, once lived across the street from the gallery’s current location. Dorian Grey Gallery is a joint venture between veteran art dealers Christopher Pusey & Luis Accorsi.


The Dorian Grey Gallery,  437 East 9th Street between 1st Ave and Ave A.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12a-7p.

Subway stop: #6 Astor Place. Free Admission.

CONTACT: Christopher Pusey, 516-244-4126, info@doriangreygallery.com , www.doriangreygallery.com  Facebook : Dorian Grey Gallery


Kenny Scharf Mural Defaced

The very nature of street art is that it is illegal and lawless. So it should come as no surprise that when you try and rein it in, there will be someone who will try to liberate it. Nothing on a public wall is sacred. So when a sanctioned street art mural that Kenny Scarf painted was suddenly defaced, I started to think "Well why not?"

(photo by Christian Johnston)

The wall is located on Houston Street in New York City on a wall that used to be a regular street art magnet and is now a commissioned "street art mural" site. Here is a report of the who what when and where of the Scarf mural defacement.

No Pants Subway Ride

Improv Everywhere is a troup that does site theater. Here is an account of their most recent effort in New York City - the 10th Annual No Pants Subway Ride. I think I did humanity a favor by not participating.

This year 3,500 people who came out to participate in New York and the thousands more participated in cities around the world.  Help Improv Everywhere spread the video by sharing it on twitter, facebook, etc. Here it is:

And they are looking for help - here is a post of an internship opening:

We're looking for an aspiring video editor based out of NYC for an unpaid post production intern position. Tasks would include showing up at our pranks, logging footage from a variety of our shoots as well as logging old prank footage that will be used in our upcoming documentary. You must have your own computer as you will be working from your own residence and you must have the willpower to get work done without having someone over your shoulder monitoring your progress. You should also know how to convert footage shot with a DSLR to Apple Pro Res 422.

Logging the prank footage from previous years for the documentary should be especially fun because we haven't seen much of it in forever and we're sure there are some really great moments that never made
their way into our YouTube videos. When we were going through a few tapes last month, we found so many great shots / moments and we are really looking forward to using them our documentary. Please email us at improveverywheredoc@gmail.com with your resume, some details about yourself, your experience as a filmmaker / student and why you'd be right for the position. References are a must. We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!!

If you documented your cities No Pants subway ride and didn't already send us video footage from your cities event, we'd love to see some of it. Please email us a downloadable link to your best three minutes of footage at improveverywheredoc@gmail.com.

We will most likely take the best footage and make a montage video of all the cities that participated or we may use it in our upcoming documentary.

If you don't have an FTP to upload your footage, there are quite a few sites that allow you to share large files. YouSend it and DropBox are both free and are simple to use.
YouSendit: https://www.yousendit.com/
DropBox: https://www.dropbox.com/home

By emailing us your footage, you are acknowledging that we can either use it on  our YouTube channel or our in upcoming documentary. We can't wait to see what happened in your city! Thanks!


Yoshitomo nara

The first issue of tasj for 2011 is now out!

in addition to our regular distribution, copies of tasj will be available at two great art fairs this week

Art Stage Singapore and photo l.a. + artLA projects

 tasj vol ii - issue iv

Our longest issue yet, it features:

an article on Yoshitomo Nara (our cover artist)

a conversation with Slinkachu (including collectible pull out center spread!)

reviews of Rachel Whiteread at Galerie Nelson-Freeman
John Baldessari at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sixeart at A.L.I.C.E. Gallery
Will Barras at StolenSpace Gallery
Massimo Vitali at M+B
and Block Party at Carmichael Gallery

backstage with Wendy Asher

a studio visit with Simon Haas

a postscript from Boogie

plus our regular auction, art fair, book, magazine, film, limited edition, product and unurth pages!

If you can't make it to the art fairs, you can subscribe to receive tasj in the mail for free here.

Bonhams Urban Art Auction

Wondering if we have finally gone off the slippery slope towards respectability and acceptance of street art. Auction house Bonhams, known for Old Masters and such is having an Urban Art Auction today - January 11, 2011. Artists like Shepard Fairey, Banksy and Blek Le Rat are represented.

On the one hand I am disturbed by the general acceptance of this outsider art form because I like the idea of graffiti being outside the acceptedart norm but on the other hand I am thrilled that street art is finally accepted as an important art form because artists do not live on air - they need to find ways to monetize their hard work. And street artists for the most part are living working artists. So they see the impact and valuation of their work in their lifetimes. So that is good.

What do you make of all of this....?