Wednesday, December 31, 2008

from "Chronic Hollow" by Ida Applebroog

While at MoMA today I discovered this eerie piece (a piece of a piece) by New York artist
Ida Applebroog.
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Monday, December 29, 2008

Doves @ Sole Food/close-up

I love these characters! It's a close-up from one of over a dozen canvases on display at Sole Food, a cool new sneaker gallery up the block from Pearl Paint's framing shop.

SoHo Installation

SoHo Installation
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'hadn't been to SoHo for a few weeks. There wasn't much that was new -- except for a number of installations and stencils with the "Fitschen" reference. I wonder what it means!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Skewville, "Watch Sale" @ Factory Fresh

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C215 in "Junk Store"

This piece is one of many in Chris's solo exhibit "Junk Store" at Ad Hoc Art. His installation is stunning. This may be my favorite exhibit of the year. It continues through 1/9.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

AIKO in "The Piece Process"

I generally avoid openings since it's difficult to focus on art among crowds. As I was already on the LES this evening, I stopped by the opening of "The Piece Process." I was drawn to a few pieces, including this one, but I'll have to return when I can really see what's there.

C215's God Bless America

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Kit Rank @ McKee Gallery

The KAWS exhibit motivated me to make my way to 57th Street. While there, I checked out a few other exhibits. Kit Rank's was a favorite; I was glad to discover her vibrantly interesting artwork.

Alexsandra Mir @ Mary Boone

This is a small section of a floor-to-ceiling installation of thousands of buttons designed by Alexsandra Mir.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Kaws @ Gering & López Gallery

Though almost too perfect in their execution, Kaws' pieces on exhibit at Gering & López Gallery are a visual feast. I don't see many exhibits by artists who are identified with graffiti in this part of town. The receptionist told me that it was this gallery's best-attended exhibit -- with thousands of people passing through. Impressive!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

LES Street Art

LES Street Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
I hadn't been down to the Lower East Side for a few months. I wasn't sure what to expect when I returned yesterday. But there weren't many new pieces to be found on the streets. This is one of the few.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Siloette in "Top of the Line"

This piece by Siloette is among those featured in Cope2's "Top of the Line." I had tried to stop by on opening night this past Thursday, but the line went down the block. This afternoon I had the space to myself. I loved the eclectic mix of artists that includes Cope2, Futura, Fafi, Revok, Shepard Fairey and Ron English. Sadly, the exhibit remains up for only two more days.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Graffiti: Spirit of an Age

Everything from this sculpture by Revs to pop surrealism by Ezo to wild-style by Sharp is in this intriguing tribute to graffiti at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, 450 Grand Concourse. Curated by Wippler, the exhibit continues through 2/7.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Bronx Memorial Wall

Off the Concourse in the 180's, these memorial walls seem to be everywhere.

Bronx Graffiti

Bronx Graffiti
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
I discovered a relatively new wall off Jerome Avenue today with vibrant colors, cool characters and stylish writing. It also features some of my favorite writers. This piece is my Deker.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Nothing But Tags and Throw-Ups

I went up to Washington Heights today with Isaac. As always I had my camera with me, but there was nothing but tags and throw-ups for blocks on end.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Suicide Bomber by Lisa van Noorden

Dutch artist Lisa van Noorden has created cuddly dolls of children soldiers, along with cuddly dolls of "lucky" children. Each child tells his or her own story. The remarkable series -- likely to appeal to children, as well as adults, -- is on exhibit at umbrage in Dumbo through 1/10. This image is of "Labeeb from Palestine."


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Saturday, November 29, 2008

URBAN IRAN Cover / A1one

This is the cover of the newly published URBAN IRAN (Mark Batty, NYC). A1one, clearly a legend in the Middle East, is among the artists featured.

Jef Aerosol in Dumbo

Dumbo Street Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
'went into Dumbo mainly to seek out Jef Aerosol's recent work. This was the only piece that I could locate. It's wonderful. But I wonder what happened to the others.

The Fabulous Mefisto

I was so glad to meet Mefisto and see his amazing artwork. Here he is in his home with a dissident newspaper that publishes his work. His art on the streets in Bogota is among the best.

Bogota Street Artist With Sketch for Wall Art

Juan Carlos Mejia aka Jcos shows me a sketch for a wall he is about to begin.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Onesto in Bogota

Bogota Street Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
I'm so glad Leonardo told me about this particular Onesto piece. I would have otherwise missed it last night in the dark!

Bogota Political Stencil Art

Bogota Stencil Art
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Susan tells me that in this context hp stands for "hijo de puta"! Clever!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bogota Street Art Creatures

Bogota Street Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
What an amazing array of creatures on the streets of Bogota! I have not seen anything like this in any other city.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bogota Street Art

Bogota Street Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
This piece is from a wall we visited earlier today. Each piece seemed freshly painted and each is interesting, vibrant and appealing. Susan thinks that the entire space -- which stretches for blocks -- was commissioned by Bogota's mayor.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Bogota Street Art's UbiquitousCharacter

Bogota Street Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
I love the way Stinkfish's characters pop up everywhere -- especially in Bogota's most despairing neighborhoods.

Bogota Street Art

Bogota Street Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
The walls of Bogota continue to enthrall. I love everything about this piece...its colors, its shapes, its flow.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Bogota Street Art

Bogota Street Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
I love the juxtaposition of these stencils against this background. What a flow! And there`s a message here, as well.

Bogota Street Art/Characters

Bogota Street Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
There are lots of wonderful characters on the walls in Bogota. These are among my favorite.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

From C215 in Morocco

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

from Gringolandia @ Honey Space

There's always something interesting and off-beat happening at Honey Space (148 11th Avenue, between 21st and 22nd streets). This time the entire space was transformed by Mickey Western into a wacky space-age adventure that celebrates the outlaw spirit. It continues through 11/22.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Zak Smith @ Fredericks & Freiser

I discovered Zak Smith's zany graphics in a magazine that he and his friends self-published a number of years ago. Since, I've seen Zak's work in a number of venues including the 2004 Whitney Biennial. I passed this new exhibit of his work and collaborations by chance today and stopped in to see it. This piece is from a huge installation of dozens of graphics. Each one captivates.

Doze Green @ Jonathan LeVine

I'm so glad I got to see this exhibit of Doze Green's recent works before it closed. I loved his juxtaposition of forms, shapes, colors, notions, textures and materials. Each piece is a marvel.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Sessions by Native and Zen Two

When I met Native and Zen Two in Paris three years ago, they told me about a book they were working on together. What a surprise to find their book of intriguing calligraphy/drawing in Strands this afternoon!

from The Sessions by Native & Zen Two

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Sti(c)kman in Philly

Lots of Sti(c)kmen in Philly, including some -- like this one -- that I haven't seen in NYC.

From Julio Rolle in Berlin

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