Monthly Archives: October 2013

In New York … Space Invader Hits the New Museum

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Here’s another of the new New York City-themed “Big Apple” Space Invader street art mosaics by pioneering French street artist Invader. This one is at the New Museum on the Bowery and is one of several that have popped up in downtown New York City, mostly in the Lower East Side, the past few days while the artist is in town for the screening of his new film “Art4Space.

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Fun with Chris Burden’s “1 Ton Crane Truck”

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We’ve been following the work of artist Chris Burden for a long time. We’re fans. Especially of some of his recent installation artwork like “Urban Light” LACMA and “Metropolis II” in Los Angeles, which we’ve posted about before. Burden has a new show at the New Museum in New York called “Extreme Measures,” and we’ve already gone to check it out a few times to re-experience the work (and have some photographic fun, too). The work pictured here is titled “1 Tone Crane Truck,” which is literally what you see.

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French Street Artist “Invader” Re-Invades NYC

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French street art suprstar Invader (a.k.a., Space Invader) is back in New York City, re-invading the Lower East Side where he’s been putting up some new mosaic artworks the past few days. We spotted this fresh New York-themed “Big Apple” Space Invader piece on a tenement building, above the entrance to the bar Marshall Stack, at the northwest corner of Allen and Rivington streets in the LES. Invader’s visit to NYC coincides with the screening of his new film  “Art4Space” and comes on the heels of British street art phenom Banksy’s month-long residency in the city.

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Gandalf x James Gandolfini = “Gandalfini” by Hanksy

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One of the most recent punny wheat-paste street art pieces by Hanksy (not Banksy) is this mash-up of illustrated depictions of late actor James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) and the Lord of the Rings character Gandlaf in New York’s Lower East Side. Hence the title of this street artwork: “Gandalfini.” (Get it? Of course, you did, as we knew you would.) The artwork can be found on Orchard Street, just south of Grand Street, if the art-fashion “South of Delancey” area of the Lower East Side.

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“Ideas” by Claw in NYC

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Here’s a massive “claw” graffiti art tag with the word “Ideas” on a parked shipping container in New York’s East Village. The graffiti art is by the graff writer Claw, a.k.a., Claw Money.

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“Where is My Passport?” … Street Art Regarding Ai Wei Wei

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Here are more of those “Where is My Passport?” sidewalk street art pieces that have been appearing all over New York City this year. Each of these painted questions is accompanied by a stencil image of controversial Chinese artist and social activist Ai Wei Wei. This one is in the Chelsea art gallery district, in front of the entrance to the famous Commes des Garcons concept store.

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On the Scene … The Mini-Mob at Day 24 of Banksy in NYC

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We just got back from a viewing of the most recent street art by British street artist Banksy as part of his “Better Out Than In” October residency in New York City. Banksy’s latest work was put up earlier today on a roller shutter covering the entrance to Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club & Lounge, a strip club in the NYC neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, on Manhattan’s west side. The street artwork is titled “Waiting in Vain at the Door of the Club.”

Today marks Banksy’s 24th Day in NYC, where he has released a new artwork every day of the month except for Wednesday October 23rd, when it was reported on his website Banksyny.com that that day’s street art event had been cancelled “due to police activity.”

There was a bit of a circus and mini-mob scene at the site of the strip club street art piece as dozens upon dozens of people angled themselves in a scrum of bodies and iPhones to get a view of the stencil street art piece and snap photos. A trio of bouncers stood by protecting the artwork (and/or the club property), and it wasn’t clear if they were affiliated with the club, the artist or both. At one point, one of the bouncers got really surly with a viewer who was clearly trying to overstep the bounds to get a close-up photo. Meanwhile a reporter and his crew shot a video report nearby. And down the block, a guy was selling what seemed like unofficial Banksy merchandise (Banksy magnets) out of a garage.

The location of this Banksy street art is the northeast corner of W. 51st Street and West Side Highway (a.k.a., 12th Avenue).

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Breaking … Awesome New Mural by Swoon Going Up at Deitch Wall NYC …

We were riding by the Deitch Wall in New York City Wednesday evening when we came across the artist Swoon hard at work on a massive new mural. The artwork looked to be about 90% complete and Swoon herself was working details with a brush from atop a hydraulic platform. We’ve been following Swoon’s work for years, starting with her sublime street art in the early 2000s. In fact, photos of Swoon’s artwork were among the very first series of posts to our blog way back in the day. We’ll be revisiting the Deitch Wall in the coming days so look for more pix and posts, and if you’re in NYC, stop by and see the art for yourself. The Deitch Wall is at the corner of Bowery and Houston Street in the Lower East Side.

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Video of Art Critic’s Impromptu Talk at Banksy’s UWS Painting

This is the kind of wonderful New York City moment we cherish. New York Magazine’s art critic Jerry Saltz offers and impromptu art talk about Banksy’s recent street art piece on New York City’s Upper West Side.

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Revisiting Banksy’s 9/11 Street Art …

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We revisited the site of the Banksy 9/11 street art stencil in TriBeCa, in New York City, this past weekend. There was again a crowd of between a half-dozen and a dozen people viewing the artwork and — yet again — another argument was unfolding between a visitor and a local resident.

Since our first visit the day Banksy put up the stencil artwork, a lot of other graffiti has gone up nearby and there have been attempts to deface the work. The artwork itself is a silhouette of the lower Manhattan skyline including a depiction of the iconic Twin Towers and one of the explosion fireballs on the building, represented by strategic placement of a fiery orange flower on one of the towers.

Somebody had installed a plexiglass cover over Banksy’s work to protect it from vandalism (ironic, right?), and residents in the apartment building across the narrow street were keeping a watchful, protective eye on the work. One of the residents admonished a viewer who was trying to remove the plexiglass and a heated argument between them ensued. The viewer argued that the plexiglass should be removed so that people can appreciate an unobstructed view of the work and see it as it was intended. The resident argued it should be protected and noted that already several people had tried to smash the cover by throwing bricks at it, hence the cracked plexiglass. Eventually the visitor walked off muttering that Banksy’s artwork “is just graffiti.”

Both people had a point. Their arguments underscore just how much of all of this is subject to debate given the circumstances and that the artwork is at once vandalism, illegal, ephemeral and of artistic, cultural significance.

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NYC Street Art … “Being Sexy is a Killa” by Cali Killa

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Some pix of recent wheat-paste-and-stencil street art piece titled “Being Sexy is a Killa” by the artist Cali Killa on Rivington Street in New York’s Lower East Side. We’ve haven’t seen fresh artwork by Cali Killa in a while, but regular readers may remember some of the artist’s previous NYC work posted on Global Graphica.

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Breaking in NYC … Banksy’s “Mobile Garden” Truck in Greenwich Village Tonight …

We just caught up with the first Banksy truck, the one with the “mobile” garden” (a diorama-like nature scene with waterfall, rainbows, etc.) installed in the back of the vehicle, parked at the comer of Bleecker and Thompson streets in New York’s Greenwich Village. The mobile garden truck rolled out on October 5th, Day 5 of Banksy’s month-long New York City street-art show “Better In Than Out.” More pix to follow shortly. Stay tuned.

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