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.
According to Jon Fernquest, the purpose of the Hopewell Pillars was to help commuter transportation but fell to graft and inefficiency of the governemnt. And yet, as he writes, "On and around these structures, unknown artists - those who straddle the fine line between art and vandalism - have found their canvases. Cutting-edge graffiti artists have spray-painted comic images, satirical quotes and abstract patterns, and they help add a vibe of urban discontentment to these unfortunate ruins. Some of these images are professionally created, and even deserve a showcase in museums or art galleries.One of the lettered creations reads: "Carcasses of the cheating culture." The illegal nature of graffiti does its social service by reminding us of another, bigger, more detrimental illegality."
Bangkok's Stonehenge fell in early 2013. Let us mourn the loss of art.
BSA Images Of The Week: 02.15.15 Editorz, 2015-02-15 04:02 Winter has been beating New York with a stick this week, but there’s still new Street Art
Head on down to Williamsburg to the SideShow Gallery on 319 Bedford Street. I have a photo in the group exhibition.
I guess a show on street art was bound to happen now that this art movement is mainstreaming. So the question becomes - what type of show should be created that will showcase the creation of street art that can match the dynamism of the actual creation of that art? Oxygen's answer is Street Art Throwdown which premiered this week.
I was not looking forward to viewing it but I decided that I must. I watched the first episode live (not sitting in my DVR for a few days to pass...) and when it was over I have to say that I was okay with it. Is this a great show? No. Is this a show that really gets to the core of street art? No. It is a contest involving wannabe LA based artists.
Some art critics hated the show like Jerry Saltz. I say, lighten up.
I captured this image on Jay Street in Dumbo in December 2014. Can anyone tell me about it? Artist?
Image by Charlene Weisler