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All the people that ran away from the LES, "it sucks, it sold out, it's gentrified" blah blah, of course, they are right, and I agree to a great extent. But then there's this. It's just a wall mural, but to me, and to many, it's a connection to the 80's art scene, a time when NYC and the LES were second to none. I'm really missing Keith and Jean-Michel right at this moment. I guess maybe I'm just a nostolgic fool, but this mural has really made me happy. It's so anti-capitalism, so anti-commercialism, etc. It says "freedom" to me... "bend your own way, be your own person" as opposed to the cookie cutter kids of today, who all look exactly the same. And there it is, up on the wall, the first major art piece that I know I will say, 10 years from now: "Oh that? I was there, I saw that, you missed it..." instead of hearing it all the time myself! Thanks again Kenny Scharf!
Dear Grievous one, may I use the top photo for a blog post? I will credit you and link back and all that stuff...
@ C MerryOf course! Thanks for asking...
I used it on Coming to Life 115 on Happylolday :) and TLLT and hey look at that they have already linked themselves below clever wee posts! :) Thanks its a great photo!
Great post Shawn Chittle!
It's really alive and optimistic. I'm looking forward to passing that spot now just for the happy goose bumps I get when I see Scharf's work. Thanks for the early Xmas present!
I walked past it around 6:45 last night on my way home. I had to smile to myself because I felt, as a follower of this blog, that I was in on a little secret. For example, I am one of a lucky few who knows who the artist is, why the painting is there, and saw its progression in photos. I love this blog!Seeing the finished product is more impressive than I thought it'd be. It really is a stunner and I hope it stays up a while and the taggers pay it some respect and don't sully it. There are plenty of nearby walls for them to leave their mark.
Thanks @anon 6:25!
A great photo and a nice summation by Shawn Chittle. I don't live in the EV, but I visit often and it's nice to see something like this come alive there. I'm anxious to see it in person.
love u kenny.
I never hoyd of this Kenny Scharf, and I'm not really into visual art, but I'm impressed with his artistry. This really puts the previous mural to shame. It is colorful, imaginative and inventive. The old one was pointless, self-serving, crude, ham-fisted and flat-out depressing. To call it art is a stretch.
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