This new street art mural by artist Bradley Theodore just went up last week on the commissioned wall space at L’Asso in New York’s Lower East Side. The images show the colorful profiles of a skull-faced Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour literally facing off at legendary Chanel and Fendi fashion designer-photographer Karl Lagerfeld (she with the iconic bob haircut, he of the iconic white hair and ponytail). A heart symbol appears in the space between them. The images are simultaneously grotesque and playful.
The new commissioned “Choose Not To” street art mural at Rag & Bone’s flagship store in New York’s Lower East Side is by acclaimed artist Joe Wardwell. The painting consists entirely of words in the phrase “Choose to believe or not to believe” loudly painted in all caps. We continue to be impressed by the variety, curation and frequency of art Rag & Bone is commissioning for their space. Keep it up, dudes.
Pulino’s on the Bowery is our downtown go-to weekend spot for Italian-style brunches in New York City. The food and atmosphere are great. And its location at the corner of Bowery and Houston streets means it’s in a prime spot for taking a break during our usual weekly art circuit and close to the action. The Deitch Wall is across the street. The New Museum is a block away, as is Rag & Bone, Banksy’s recent “Grim Reaper” installation, and a few other often-changing commissioned street art spaces. A dozen or so of the nearly 100 galleries now in the Lower East Side are two or three minutes away on foot. Like so many restaurants these days, Pulinos delivers its check to your table with a postcard, which we love.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The street artist Hanksy strikes again in the Lower East Side of New York City. This time with a wheat-paste image of a pink-and-purple cat whose face is that of fictional news anchor Ron Burgundy as portrayed by actor Will Ferrell in the film “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” The location of this street art piece is perhaps not an accident. Hanksy often puts up work in the art-fashion “Below Delancey” neighborhood of New York’s Lower East Side, the area south of Delancey Street that has become a hub for art and fashion creators. This artwork continues that pattern, but with a twist: This “Will Ferrell Cat” is at 17 Allen Street and directly across the street from where the British artist Banksy (from whose name Hanksy is partly derived) put up the first of his stencil street artworks last week for his month-long show in New York. So is this Hanksy work a kind of response? (BTW, Hanksy has been reviewing Banky’s October “Better In Than Out” street art show on Gothamist.
Surfer wetsuits hanging out to dry on a sidewalk clothes rack on Orchard Street in front of Lost Weekend NYC, a surfing-themed cafe and shop in New York’s “Below Delancey” neighborhood of the Lower East Side (LES). The small cafe is a magnet for neighborhood regulars, surfers, and art-fashion-media and other creative folks living and working in the LES.
The “Sam Knows Best” street art message pops up fresh again in New York City’s Lower East Side (LES), this time with an American flag graphical theme on Ludlow Street, which is becoming what we here have dubbed “street art alley,” given the recent surge of street art on the three-block stretch south of Delancey Street to Canal Street in the “Below Delancey” area of the LES.
The artist known as Dain just put up a fresh wheat-paste streeet art piece on Ludlow Street (which is gradually becoming a kind of “street art alley”) in New York’s Lower East Side this past weekend. Great stuff from one of our favorite street art creators.
In our ongoing photo series What’s Outside the Window? is this image of a couple hugging on Orchard Street, as seen through the plate glass front wall of the Dressing Room Bar, in New York’s Lower East Side. The girl looks sleepy and affectionate, while the guy is checking his cellphone and seems to be texting.
The “cronut” is a culinary mash-up of the croissant and the donut that has become a foodie sensation in New York City in recent months, and, for that matter, around the globe wherever people care to find inspiration from these things or learn about them and create demand. New York street art hot shot du jour Hanksy has taken inspiration from this and created the “crownut,” an extension of the mash-up, by mixing the confection with a crow to create this piece of street art.
One of our favorite local hangouts near Global Graphica HQ in New York City’s Lower East Side is Barzinho, a Brazilian bar and restaurant that has a distinct favela-chic style that feels directly imported from Rio de Janeiro’s many hillside slums. The food here is breat, BTW! Check out these photos of the interior.
The esplanade along the East River in downtown New York City is not on the tourist map, and it’s less of a destination for most Manhattanites than other, more stylish waterfront hangouts along the West Side. But for those locals in the deepest, farthest, eastern-most reaches of the East Village and Chinatown especially, the long stretch of waterfront paths and parks is an oasis for families, cyclists, BBQers, weekend soccer players and even recreational fisherman. It’s a perfect and incredibly scenic place to learn how to ride a bicycle, complete with training wheels, as the picture above shows. By the way, that’s the Williamsburg Bridge in the distance. It’s 110 years old and one of three bridges connecting downtown Manhattan to Brooklyn.
This recent work by Hanksy (a portmanteau of Banksy x Hanks, as in Tom Hanks) on Orchard Street in New York’s Lower East Side is a mash-up of graphics and illustration featuring a bald eagle with the head of actor Bryan Cranston, the star of the American television series “Breaking Bad.”
The “Vandal” street art painting by influential and pioneering (he was an inspiration to Banksy) U.K. stencil artist Nick Walker on Eldridge Street, deep in New York’s Lower East Side-Chinatown interzone, has quickly become a neighborhood landmark. The artwork was put up in the summer of 2012. These fresh images show some recent additions to the work, namely a wheatie by the ubiquitous Cost layered on the front page of the newspaper depicted in Walker’s artwork.
One of our favorite haunts in New York City is the Bowery Ballroom, a live music venue in the Lower East Side. We often go to see bands perform there, but it’s also a great space to just to have a beer and enjoy the space, especially the the bar on the balcony. The bar is backed by a large window that faces Delancey Street and glitters with the light of passing cars on the street below bouncing off the glass panes and rows of liquor bottles. A beautiful black chandelier hangs above the space, adding a touch of dark downtown indie rock glamour and elegance.
This cheeky piece of graffiti art on Broome Street in New York’s Lower East Side reminds us of that short animation sequence in the film “Pulp Fiction” inthe scene where Uma Thurman says to John Travolta “Don’t be a square” and draws a square (it’s actually a rectangle) with her fingers.