Monthly Archives: August 2009

Aung San Suu Kyi Street Art

Large wheat-paste street art by artist Shepard Fairey (Obey / Swindle / Giant Has a Posse) on Broome Street, between Elizabeth and Bowery streets, in the Lower East Side / Chinatown / Nolita area of downtown New York City. The woman in the image is Burmese politician and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was elected prime minister of Burma (Myanmar) in 1990. Shortly after the election, Kyi was prevented from taking office by the military junta that rules the country, and she has been formerly under government detention, mainly in the form of house arrest, for the past 14 years.

The art work appears to have been put up in two wheat-pasted strips that are slightly misaligned.(A sign, perhaps, of the work being put up in haste and the darkness of night so as to avoid detection by NYC police, we presume?) The work is a timely political statement in the wake of Kyi’s recent trial in Rangoon.








Guitar Dude

Crosby Street in SoHo, in New York City, is a virtual gallery of street art unto itself. This life-size painted paste-up of a man holding an acoustic guitar is on the narrow cobblestone lane. Thing of beauty. F-ing love it!!!






Ludlow Angst

It was a brilliant surprise on a recent morning to find this freshly thrown up black-and-white wheatpaste street art as we walked down Ludlow Street, not far from Global Graphica HQ.

Usually this stretch of wall between Grand and Hester streets, is painted more-or-less solid black, which is the way the owner of the building likes to keep it. Occasionally it’s covered in hastily sprayed and unfinished crappy graffiti tags, which are often thrown up late at night. Very soon thereafter, it’s painted over. If you look at the images carefully, you’ll see the various rectangles of recently painted over graff.

Given this situation, it was nice to see some actually carefully-crafted and drawn art work on the wall. The image itself is of a mans face in the throes of anger or pain (?). The work is vaguely similar to that of artist WK Interact, but we doubt it’s his work as he usually works on a larger scale or repeatedly and quickly wheat pastes a neighborhood with life-size images of people. (WK Interact has been quiet lately on the streets of downtown New York City.)

In any case, this art work too was eventually painted over earlier this month.





Os Gemeos

The Brazilian street-art superstars Os Gemeos, “The Twins,” recently painted this massive mural in Nolita / NoHo / Lower East Side, in downtown New York City. The work occupies the space on a wall at the corner of Houston Street and Bowery where a famous Keith Haring reproduction was painted. The space is sponsored by influential and innovative New York art gallery Deitch Projects. This latest Os Gemeos work is a masterpiece. The duo’s art was featured in the last year’s watershed street art exhibition at the Tate Modern, in London.






DUMBO Street Art – Dain v Supine?

Beautiful wheat-paste street art in DUMBO, in Brooklyn, by either Dain or Judith Supine (or someone else). This work looks a lot like recent work by Dain we’ve been seeing during the past year elsewhere in New York City, especially in SoHo, but the color (green) and collage-like qualities remind us of work by the prolific artist Supine.





Smart Anarchy

Pix of a cool tag-painted van parked in Chinatown, in New York City. “Smart” is painted as graffiti on its rear doors. The “A” in smart is written with circle around it, like the symbol for anarchy but as if the circle is really another letterform altogether ( a “G” with an “A” in it). The style of this tag is distinct for graffiti-covered vans and trucks, hundreds if not thousands of which roam the street of NYC, many with unremarkable graff.



Nolita Abstract

These color-and-shape abstract wheat-paste street-art posters have been popping up all over lower Manhattan again in the past couple of months. We think they’re great. There’s even one on the second-floor-level wall of the apartment building a couple of doors down from Global Graphica HQ in the Lower East Side. The art work pictured here is on a building scaffolding on Elizabeth Street, between Spring and Prince streets, in Nolita / LES.