Tag Archives: chelsea

On the Scene … Pix From the Epic Takashi Murakami Exhibition in NYC …

Artist Takashi Murakami is arguably the biggest Japanese contemporary artist in the world. In less than two decades he’s established a massive footprint in the global art scene. His latest show of new work at the Gagosian Gallery in New York is titled “In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow” and it marks a slight axis shift in the artist’s work.

Compared to much of the work he created in the late 1990s and early 2000s, “In the Land …” has less of the pristine, clinical and fantastical perfectionism of the sci-fi anime-inspired sculptures and kawaii characters of the artist’s “super flat”period. I

nstead Murakami’s new work is more complex and draws on more obvious, formal strands of Japanese classical arts and traditional symbolism. And it’s messy within bounds. It feels like barely contained seething chaos. It’s way more massive, more epic in scale. It’s stunning.

IMG_6022.JPG

IMG_6025.JPG

IMG_6030.JPG

IMG_6028.JPG

IMG_6032.JPG

IMG_6057.JPG

IMG_6084.JPG

IMG_6086.JPG

IMG_6099.JPG

IMG_6103.JPG

IMG_6023.JPG

IMG_6072.JPG

IMG_6093.JPG

Portrait of Lady Gaga by Photographer Martin Schoeller … New York

This framed image of pop superstar Lady Gaga pictured below is one of many such celebrity portraits by the accomplished photographer Martin Schoeller currently on view at the Hasted Kraeutler gallery in New York. (To the left of Gaga is portrait of artist Jeff Koons and on her right is one of actor-comedian Zach Galifinakis.)

IMG_6109.JPG

IMG_6110.JPG

On the Scene … At the Intelligentsia Coffee Truck in New York

We stopped by the recently minted New York City outpost of Intelligentsia Coffee in Chelsea, an NYC neighborhood that is home to the city’s largest art galleries and, as such, a global art-world hub. The new Intellgentsia is actually two distinct cafes: a smart, beautifully designed cafe in the lobby of the High Line Hotel, and a mobile espresso bar set up in a vintage Citroen truck parked in the garden courtyard in front of the hotel.The coffee is great, and the drinks menu includes the “Angeleno,” a agave-sweetened iced coffee based on a recipe created in Los Angeles as an alternative to the ubiquitous Starbucks frappuccinos. Perfect for summer. If you’re not an espresso freak, a visit is worth it if only to appreciate the decor and relax in the wonderfully-designed space.

20140708-215408-78848625.jpg

20140709-092408-33848013.jpg

20140709-092405-33845481.jpg

20140709-092400-33840952.jpg

20140709-095601-35761879.jpg

20140709-095734-35854850.jpg

20140709-095738-35858505.jpg

20140709-095848-35928308.jpg

20140709-095850-35930023.jpg

In NYC … Getty Gas Station Turned Into Sheep Meadow

20131122-134541.jpg

20131122-134610.jpg

20131122-134652.jpg

20131122-134723.jpg

20131122-134743.jpg

20131122-134810.jpg

20131122-134839.jpg

20131122-134916.jpg

20131122-134952.jpg

20131122-135022.jpg

20131122-135042.jpg

20131122-135115.jpg

20131122-135247.jpg

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

20131025-165117.jpg

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.

20131025-165133.jpg

20131025-165148.jpg

NYC Street Art … Selena Gomez “Sin Fronteras”

20131005-004441.jpg

Here’s another one of those street art wheat-paste-ups of actress and singer Selena Gomez.  There are a bunch of variations on the Gomez theme. This one has the Spanish words “Sin Fronteras” (English translation: “without limits”).

20131005-004504.jpg

20131005-004523.jpg

20131005-004549.jpg

20131005-004605.jpg

20131005-004637.jpg

On the Scene … NYC Commes des Garçons Store as Street Art Mecca

20131004-113644.jpg

The front of the pioneering Commes des Garcons concept store in New York’s Chelsea art-gallery district has become a mini-mecca for street art in recent years. Layer upon layer of wheat-pastes posters, stencils, graffiti, spray-can art, paint and stickers by various artists, graff writers, designers and creators cover the brick exterior and sidewalks on either side of the shop’s aluminum tunnel-like entrance on W. 22nd Street. The street art-bombed frontage is a beautiful contrast to the minimalist-futurist polish of the store’s architectural design, which looks as cool now as it did when it opened in 1999 on the site of the Heavenly Body Works auto-body shop (the sign is still there).

20131004-115026.jpg

20131004-115055.jpg

20131004-115153.jpg

20131004-115214.jpg

20131004-115234.jpg

20131004-115334.jpg

In New York … Street Art by “Pastey Whyte”

20130930-134109.jpg

Here’s some fresh wheat-paste street art by the artist “Pastey Whyte.” The “wheatie” covers an advertisement for the band Bastille on a building hoarding facing the West Side Highway in Chelsea art galleries district.

20130930-134140.jpg

20130930-134245.jpg

20130930-134224.jpg

20130930-134304.jpg

20130930-134205.jpg