Thursday, May 27, 2010

Eames Inspiration

Eames Inspiration
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
After Sara and I visited the Whitney Bienniel -- largely disappointing -- we walked down Madison to check out the Barney's window installation curated by Billi Kid and Luna Park. We loved it! It was also interesting to note how many passers-by stopped to admire and photograph it. And it's all for a good cause. Check out

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Doing My Thing!

Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
Endi caught me here! I'm endlessly fascinated by it all!

Monday, May 24, 2010


Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
I'm so glad that my son was able to get over to 5Pointz this weekend and capture some of the action. I would have loved to be there -- but his photos are as close as I'm getting. Thanks, Dani!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

M-City @ Brooklynite

I discovered M-City's astounding stencil-work on a huge wall in Berlin. It was one of the most impressive pieces I'd seen anywhere. It's somewhat strange to see his particular genius confined to a canvas. But it is still fun!

What Still Remains Intact

'returned yesterday to the site of Shepard Fairey's mural on the Bowery and Houston and was horrified by the vandalism. I heard half a dozen justifications for it and not one satisfies me. It plays on people's worst prejudices against street art and graffiti art. Ironically, the only segment that remains intact is that by Cope, indie and Ewok.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dolk @ Brooklynite

I saw this stencil in an impoverished semi-desolate area just outside Barcelona in early 2008. I never forgot it, and I never expected to see it elsewhere -- least of all in a Brooklyn gallery! 'so cool of Brooklynite to bring this over here!

Friday, May 21, 2010

In the Meatpacking District

'spent a few hours yesterday evening searching for a Banksy -- as I'd heard he had made his presence here (or, at least, his art did.) I had no luck at all. But I did find tons of new pieces by MBW all over the Meatpacking District and some "Stop MBW" graffiti!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bushwick Graffiti

Bushwick Graffiti
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
The name Peeta has come up in so many discussions I've had with young writers about their favorite graf artists. Now I can see why! He is quite astounding. Thanks, Tara, for capturing this in Bushwick!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Spotted in Williamsburg

I was loving the way these colors and shapes work together. It took me a few moments, though, to notice Celso's girl in the light bulb. 'very cool!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Faust on Willoughby St.

This may have been the first time I've seen Faust in a legal setting. It's quite stunning, but I appreciate his superb calligraphy most when it unexpectadly appears. (As it did quite a few times while I was walking on Smith Street earlier today!)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Cern and Cekis in Bushwick

In Bushwick
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
While in Bushwick on Friday, I came upon some of the best graffiti/street art walls I've seen anywhere. Among them was a stunning mural by Cern and Cekis. I will definitely have to return to this one in better light -- when it's not raining!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Charming Baker @ NYSG

As I was already on the Lower East Side (and encouraged to do so by Endi), I decided to check out the opening reception to "Stupid Has a New Hero," new paintings by Charming Baker. I was not familiar with his work, and I was not able to tell from the few images that had been sent to me just how brilliant he is! But am I glad we checked it out! We were thoroughly charmed by his work. His titles are as darkly humorous as his skillful paintings. This one is entitled: "Just One of the Many Gods I Don't Believe In." My favorite title is "Love Is Never Putting All Your Eggs into One Bastard." The exhibit continues through the end of this month at NYSG 154 Suffolk.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Found in Baltimore

Found in Baltimore
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
Thank you so much, Eric, for tracking this down! I never get to see anything like this in NYC.

Cekis in Baltimore

Cekis in Baltimore
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
The last time I saw this mural was over two years ago while Cekis was on a ladder creating it. It is stunning!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Gaia in Washington DC

I always associate Gaia with his white paste-ups that I discovered about three years ago all over the city. This is probably the first one I've seen in color. It is astoundingly beautiful! I spotted it in back of Irvine Contemporary on 14th St NW in Washington DC.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

NYC Truck Art

NYC Truck Art
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
I spotted this truck earlier as I was walking across 14th Street. I wish there were more of these. 'makes me think of Paris where just about every truck is a work of art.

Shepard Fairey Does Keith Haring

I waited until today to see Shepard Fairey's "May Day" so that I could avoid crowds and focus on the art. (Even today, a few days after the opening, there was a steady stream of visitors both inside and outside Deitch.) Anyway, the exhibit was breathtaking. Conceptually and aesthetically, it was Fairey's greatest achievement. And as much as I liked his solo retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston last year, it was nowhere as impressive as "May Day." Here he captures the radical spirit that creates change -- in every realm of our lives. The exhibit also embodies the spirit of street art -- as I like to think of it -- as a revolutionary force. And what a way for Deitch to go out! "May Day" continues through May 29th at 18 Wooster Street.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Stenciled in Williamsburg

Even when somewhat marred, C215's stencils are still stunning. I almost missed this one and maybe even trespassed to capture it!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

On the Upper West Side

For blocks and blocks today along Broadway, every sticker on eye level was blacked out. (I had noticed this a few weeks back along certain blocks in mid-town.) Anyway, the only stickers intact were those out of reach like these.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pasted in Williamsburg

On Friday, Moriah took me on a tour of her favorite street art spots in Williamsburg. I was startled by the difference between what's going on there and what's happening here in Manhattan. The pulse of the people has clearly moved to Brooklyn, but with all the sterile luxury condos taking over the landscape, I don't know just how long it can stay there.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Obey Pop-Up Store

Obey Pop-Up Store
Originally uploaded by LoisInWonderland
As I was reading Thursday's New York Times Styles section on my way down to the LES today, I noticed mention of an Obey Clothing Pop-Up Store on Orchard Street. Curious to check it out, Tara and I walked over there from Hamilton Fish. Outside was a long line! (And so we just looked through the window). I can't quite reconcile Obey's often radical, always socially-aware, messages with consumerism. But that's the paradox of much of this blurring of the lines between street art and merchandising.