Monday, May 2, 2011

A Royal corner of the East Village

During the weekend, Chico worked on a new Kate-William mural on Houston at Avenue B. (See our pictures from Saturday here.)

Chico was finishing up the mural yesterday afternoon...

[Top photo by Bobby Williams]


As BoweryBoogie noted in his coverage yesterday, Harlem-based liquor depot Branson B. Champagne is sponsoring the mural, which will only be up for three weeks.


The new murals replaces the Loisaidas album art...


...which at least one person took issue with...


Fourteen years earlier, Chico memorialized William's mother here on the same corner...



...art that was eventually vandalized...

15 comments:

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

It looks like Prince William married Jennifer Lopez!

Larry Slade said...

I wish he would just stay in Florida.
There are only a billion better artists in this hood.
This piece is particularly disgusting politically and artistically.

Sammy said...

I totally miss that liquor store with the little old lady and all the dusty bottles and boxes piled up everywhere.

Anonymous said...

why would anyone want to celebrate that horrific family...sad & pathetic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnyC34ZpCcs

Jeremy said...

Sorry Chico - this is your worst piece yet.

Anonymous said...

Normally I hate vandalism but seriously, it could only improve this mural. It is ghastly.

Anonymous said...

Is the fugness a parody on colonization?

Cookiepuss said...

I like it because its absurd. It fits in with all of the current perversion of our neighborhood. They look like the type of couple that might take an apartment in our area. It wouldn't surprise me at all.

I've always liked this particular type of mural that Chico does where he depicts the most current, popular events through the use of portraiture. It's like a "Warhol" in some ways.

I wish that Andy would have brought more fucked up cultural figures into the gallery. The same for Chico. You know people like Bernie Madoff.

I guess Kate and William could qualify as fucked up figures. Maybe that's why I like it.

Anonymous said...

It's not an artistic style if the flaws look unintentional. I would rather look at 1000 Neckface tags than look at his grotesque attempts at basic anatomy or color. There are so many professional muralists out there that are actually talented, I don't understand why he gets as much work as he does.

David said...

this guy paints the most ugliest unreal faces.

Rocky Raccoon said...

I heard they were buying a pied - a -terre at the Copper Building. I wonder if you are royalty if you still have to wait in line for brunch at Prune or Westville?

Come to think of it I think I saw the princess Saturday night smoking a butt in front of Diablo wearing one of her goofy hats and that see through dress.

Jeremy said...

Made it onto the front page of Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/nikoguy1/spotted-in-nyc-the-royal-mural-5xy

Anonymous said...

I always thought his Obama mural on C was amateur until I heard it was an artistic blend of Obama and McCain. Now, I'm thinking that was a load of BS and he just doesn't have the chops.

Anonymous said...

Look, Chico usually memorializes iconic figures who have passed or wishes well iconic figures that are coming in. I see this as "congratulations" I hope you do something good for the world. Urban mural art has always been political representing social issues. William and Kate are representatives and they are here now. To the future. Wether you like his technique or not is a separate issue.

Anonymous said...

It looks like Bobby Kennedy is marrying Brooke Shields