Monthly Archives: November 2009

International Center of Photography

We went to the International Center of Photography in New York City on Sunday to the “Dress Codes” exhibition. We love the entrance to the ICP School on Sixth Avenue  at 43rd Street in Midtown (BTW, 6th Ave. is officially called Avenue of the Americas, but nobody living in NYC calls it this).

The entrance is a small, elegant, glass-walled structure at the edge of a broad, marbled plaza adjacent to the a couple of tall office buildings. The ICP is essentially subterranean and the little building exists in the same way as a covered entrance to the subway, that is, as a means to be covered and protected by the elements and afford some beautiful space for reception.

Below is a pic we took using our cellphone camera.

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Nagel-esque

Does anyone remember Patrick Nagel? He was an illustrator and graphic artist who created an sexy, iconic graphical style of female portraits and figures. His work was a staple of Playboy magazine and grace album covers and sold widely and commercially in the 1980’s. This awesome wheat-paste street-art poster-work on a building in Tokyo, Japan looks a little like Nagel’s style, though it’s obviously not Nagel’s work. He died in 1984.

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Harajuku Graff

Here’s an image of a massive graffiti tag on a shop’s roller-shade in Tokyo, Japan. We like the color combination of red and mustard-yellow hues.

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Lafayette & Grand

The structures at the corner of Lafayette and Grand streets in SoHo, in downtown New York City, were recently torn down to make room for a new real estate development (probably another  luxury condo). Once the lot had been razed to the ground, some awesome graffiti and street art painting was exposed.

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Down to Earth

We love this wheat-paste street-art poster on Broome St. in SoHo. There’s a retro-Communist aesthetic evoked from this image of a cute baby astronaut in A.S.V.P.-branded helmet.

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Stage on Wheels

From our City Life file: We stumbled upon this portable stage — a kind of bandshell on wheels — parked at Grand and Orchard streets on the Lower East Side.  An indie band was playing the stage at the time — we wish we could remember their name. The stage and concert were part of the Apples on Orchard street festival, an annual event to mark the start of autumn in New York City.

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Lower East Side Ping Pong Club

From our Design and Cool Spaces file: The “Lower East Side Ping Pong Club” is a newly opended, temporary storefront table-tennis space in downtown New York City (on Grand Street, near Norfolk Street) that’s part of a collaboration with sneakers brand Puma and Grand Opening, an event-marketing agency that produces pop-ups stores. We love this!

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Obey Printing Press

Super-fresh work from Shepard Fairey (of Obama poster, Obey / Giant Has a Posse, and Swindle Magazine fame) on Ludlow Street, practically across the street from Global Graphica HQ in the heart of the old Lower East Side of Manhattan.

We haven’t seen anything from Fairey for a long time in the “Bel-Del” area (below Delancey St.) — which is a relatively quiet stretch of the LES. It’s nice to see that it’s an original piece of first-rate artwork instead of just the usual “Andre” poster.

We might be wrong, but the object in this image looks like an old-style printing press or factory machine from the Industrial Revolution.

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Primo Primo

Awesome recent wheat-paste street-art work by Primo on Crosby Street in downtown New York City. This street — a narrow, cobblestoned, five-block stretch in SoHo — is a popular posting location for this artist.

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