Since the the 2011 reactor-meltdown disaster at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, we’ve seen a lot of anti-nuke street art pop up in Tokyo, especially around Shibuya and Naka-Meguro. Often the artwork is in the form of a large sticker that features the line-drawing image of a little girl and the international nuclear symbol.
We’ve been seeing more variety and more graphical exploration in the street art of artist WhIsBe in recent weeks. These photos below show one such recent work in SoHo. This New York x Boston wheat-paste poster is on Thompson Street, on the back courtyard wall of the now closed Barolo restaurant. The New York Yankees and Boston Redsox professional baseball team logos are a visual shorthand for the cities. The logos had been widely used in various media to represent the two cities’ solidarity in the face of tragedy, and in spite of an historically pronounced sporting rivalry. The image of the new Freedom Tower helps connects the tragic events of 9/11 and Boston, and the oft-used slogans (“united we stand) as Twitter hashtags are further unifying messages of the poster.
“F— You Sunset” is a crotcheted art work by Turkish artist Servet Kocyigit – Artist Bio and was recently on show by Rampa Gallery of Istanbul at the 2013 Frieze Art Fair NY.
We really love this large piece of wheat-paste street art by the intensely prolific and ambitious French artist JR. An extension of his global Inside Out Project, the eye is a recurring image of JR’s work and his various projects. Usually his street artworks show a pair of eyes, but this one is just a single eye. This one is on Thompson Street near Grand Street in SoHo, in downtown New York.
The spire was finally added to the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site in New York City last week. The photos below show the Tower, with its newly added spire, as seen from SoHo. The addition of the spire was a momentous occasion, a milestone charged with the symbolism — the building is now 1,776 feet tall, which is an important date in America’s history of independence. The event makes the Freedom Tower the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
Invader (a.k.a., Space Invader), the French international super-duper street-art star, put up another of his iconic mosaics on the Bowery in NoHo, in downtown New York City. We just noticed this work, but it looks slightly worn already, like it’s been around for awhile. And we’re wondering — if it has been around for a while — how we missed it, since we walk or ride by this spot a couple of times a week.
We’re at the second annual Frieze Art Fair in New York City today, an ambitious event started by influential U.K. art magazine Frieze. Below are some pictures of the venue, including pix of the dramatic entrance to the long, snaking tenets that house the event, which we got to via a ferry up the East River, and our Fair Map.
We were in Paris a few months ago when some ad agency friends in the French capital turned us on to a new and ground-breaking food magazine and restaurants guide that is blowing up in France at the moment. The magazine is called “Fooding,” and it’s providing a fresh approach — in historically conservative culinary France, at least — to how people think and write about restaurants, dining and food. Its timing coincides with a generational and cultural shift in France (a rebellion, some might say) in how food is prepared and presented within the restaurant dining experience. It’s a big deal because classic French cuisine is amazing, but firmly established and thus, until recently, relatively strict, rigid in its ways, hidebound to traditional methods. Though primarily in French, Fooding (or “Le Fooding”) has a lot of reviews translated in English. We really like the look of the magazine, its layout, design, photography, illustrations and graphics, as the photos from the 2013 edition of the guide below show. And we really appreciate the craft and design of an actual printed magazine, especially now, at a time when so many us consume magazine content online or digitally and — seemingly almost as a reaction to that — he art of the the small-run print magazine is showing a resurgence.
The “Love Me” graffiti art message has spread like wildfire globally in the past few years and become an icon, if not a brand, in and of itself adopted by other brands and designers, such as Saturday’s Surf clothing store and Bear Pond Espresso shops in Tokyo. Pictured here is a big, bold graffiti takeover of a billboard next to a segment of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (or BQE) in Williamsburg, Brookyn, in New York.
America’s premier professional soccer league, Major League Soccer (or “the MLS”) started its 2013 season this month. Billboard ads and wild-posting ads for New York’s team, the Red Bulls, have been appearing throughout the city promoting the club’s stars and schedule, as pictured below. As many readers of Global Graphica know, we’re big “football” or soccer fans here, though mostly of the European teams and leagues, especially the Champions League and English Premier League. By comparison, the caliber of MLS soccer is of a lower standard that what you see in Europe and we don’t follow the MLS. But we’ve been to a few Red Bulls matches at their shiny, sparkly and well-organized stadium, the Red Bulls Arena across the Hudson River from Manhattan in Harrison, New Jersey, and we’ve always had a superb, rollicking good time. Not too mention we’ve had the chance to see International French soccer legend Thierry Henry play every time. He joined the club in 2010. That alone has been worth the price of admission.
We got a nice laugh out of this piece of graffiti we found one of those metal sidewalk basement doors one sees all over New York City. This one is on Orchard Street, between Broome and Grand streets, in the art-fashion part of the Lower East Side. The words “Skim” and “Milk,” as in “skim milk” are written on the edge frame of the doors in pink paint.
Another one of those “Grampa” wheat-paste street art pieces we see mostly around SoHo. The image always reminds of of Alfred Hitchcock. Usually these are in color and signed by the artist. This one is unusual insofar that it’s a black-and-white line drawing and has “Soho” written on it. We found this one in a doorway on Spring Street in Nolita / Lower East Side.