Showing posts with label Shepard Fairey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shepard Fairey. Show all posts

Sunday, October 8, 2023

A final look at the Beastie Boys mural on 14th Street and Avenue A

Photo by Jon Furlong 

Here's a last look at the completed 8-story mural of the Beastie Boys on 14th Street at Avenue A.

As previously noted, Shepard Fairey, in collaboration with the Lisa Project NYC, created this stories-high work from a photo by East Village-based photographer Glen E. Friedman

The mural is part of the ongoing celebration of 50 years of hip-hop.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Posse officially in Effect now with the Beastie Boys on 14th Street and Avenue A

Photos by Daniel Efram

Work is wrapping up at the new mural on 14th Street at Avenue A featuring the Beastie Boys (Posse in Effect).

As previously noted, Shepard Fairey (below), in collaboration with the Lisa Project NYC, created this stories-high work from a photo by East Village-based photographer Glen E. Friedman.
The mural is part of the ongoing celebration of 50 years of hip-hop.

This afternoon, there was a dedication ceremony featuring First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright and local City Councilmember Keith Powers ... and Lisa Project co-founders Wayne Rada and Rey Rosa (you can watch the broadcast here) ...
Last month, the city officially co-named the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Beastie Boys Square on the Lower East Side.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

On 14th Street and Avenue A, Posse in Effect with the Beastie Boys

Photo by Edmund John Dunn

Here's a day 2 work-in-progress look at Posse in Effect featuring the Beastie Boys, a new mural going up on the SW corner of 14th Street and Avenue A (on the east-facing wall of 436 E. 14th St.).

Shepard Fairey, in collaboration with the Lisa Project NYC, is working on the wall... from a photo by East Village-based photographer Glen E. Friedman. The work is part of the ongoing celebration of 50 years of hip hop.

Fairey, the Lisa Project and Friedman last joined forces on the Bad Brains mural last December on Bleecker at the Bowery. 

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Bad Brains on the Bowery with Shepard Fairey and Glen E. Friedman

Photos and reporting by Daniel Efram

Five-plus years after debuting the Blondie mural on Bleecker Street, Shepard Fairey, in collaboration with the Lisa Project NYC and Glen E. Friedman (below right), has completed a new mural in tribute to Bad Brains.
The mural, located directly across the street from CBGB at the Bowery and Bleecker, honors the D.C. band that broke new ground during the 1970s and 80s with its hard prototypical reggae-punk. 

Bad Brains also helped pay tribute to the club that championed its unique sounds by performing a trio of goodbye shows in 2006. Additionally, the location is special to Fairey as his first NYC solo art shows took place at the CBGB 313 Gallery, then curated by Jonathan Levine.

Friedman, the acclaimed East Village-based photographer known for his work with cultural icons, skaters and musicians, including some of Fairey's favorite artists, such as Public Enemy and Run-DMC, provided the photographs that Fairey compiled for the large-format piece.

"All of the photos in the collage were made at CBGB during the holidays in 1981 or 1982," Friedman says. "The Bad Brains annual Xmas matinees became a great thing for all us punks who didn't care or didn't have a place to be during the holidays. We'd all go and congregate there and see some of the best shows of our lives."

The mural's location was secured by the Lisa Project, a program dedicated to beautifying the community via mural art. Several members of the public had grown attached to the Blondie mural and wondered why it was being replaced. According to sources on the scene, the wall is supposed to be refreshed every three years but was delayed due to the COVID pandemic.

"After the Bad Brains left Washington, D.C., they moved to New York and were living here on the Lower East Side. They played CBGB a lot. In fact, their music came into its ultimate highest power when they were living and playing here," Fairey tells me about the project's roots in the East Village and Lower East Side community. 

"[They were] a defining band in terms of the sound of hardcore but a unique band in that they were all Black in a white genre," Fairey continues. "It's incredible to have Bad Brains get some love here because they have such a strong connection to NYC and CBGB. They recorded their first album at 171-A in Alphabet City." 

The four-person crew — (from the left) Fairey, Rob Zagula, Praxis and Osk — installed the mural on Monday and Tuesday ...
Here's a look at the elaborate work that took place this past week...
Daniel Efram is an East Village-based photographer-curator. He is the producer of "The Steve Keene Art Book."

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

4 years on, the Shepard Fairey mural is being chipped away on 1st Avenue and 11th Street

Thanks to the reader photos/tips about the southwest corner of First Avenue at 11th Street... where workers started removing the Shepard Fairey mural this past weekend  ... these photos are from yesterday...
This work arrived here in October 2016. Titled "Rise Above," the mural featured an image of Fairey's daughter when she was 3 years old. (She is now in her mid-teens.) 

In an Instagram post, the L.I.S.A. Project, the public art charity responsible for this wall, said that "an aged building with a NW exposure and a bad pipe burst has taken its toll" on the mural these past four years.

The mural's goal was "to supply some brightness and positivity for the locals wandering below — especially the children coming and going from neighboring P.S. 19."

The L.I.S.A. Project is promising a new mural on this space.

Meanwhile, at least one reader figured the Michael Jackson mural on the other side of the Avenue might be removed first...

Friday, August 25, 2017

From Joey Ramone to Debbie Harry on the Bowery

Back on Monday, a crew painted over the two-year-old Joey Ramone/CBGB mural on Bleecker at the Bowery...

In its place on Tuesday, Shepard Fairey (in connection with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC) created a mural in honor of Debbie Harry and Blondie...

..which wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon with a visit by Harry and Chris Stein. (Godlis has some photos here.)

Harry and Fairey previously collaborated on a project for his Obey fashion label coinciding with the 40-year anniversary of Blondie's debut album.

Updated 8:30 a.m.

Lola Sáenz notes this morning that, given the placement of the cardboard, it appears Debbie Harry has a new necklace...

Sunday, October 2, 2016

A look at Shepard Fairey's mural Rise Above, now complete on 11th Street at 1st Avenue

Shepard Fairey's mural on 11th Street at First Avenue is complete. (He started work on Wednesday.)

The L.I.S.A. Project's Wayne Rada told DNAinfo:

[T]he goal of the undertaking is to supply some brightness and positivity for the locals wandering below — especially the children coming and going from neighboring elementary school.P.S. 19.

The mural features an image of Fairey's daughter when she was 3 years old. (She is now 11.)

Photos by Steven

Friday, September 30, 2016

[Updated] Checking in on the Shepard Fairey mural on 11th Street and 1st Avenue

Here's how it's looking this morning, via a photo by EVG reader JG... Fairey started work on it Wednesday... it appears as if there's a little more to go, delayed by the rainy/windy weather.

Updated 3:30 p.m.

DNAinfo has more details on the mural, which is an image of Fairey's daughter when she was 3 years old. (She is now 11.)

"The title of the piece is 'Rise Above,' and its meant to be an uplifting image, a positive image to make people smile or to make New Yorkers look up," said Wayne Rada of the Little Italy Street Art (L.I.S.A.) Project.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Shepard Fairey creating a mural on 11th Street at 1st Avenue

[Photo by EVG reader Annabelle]

Shepard Fairey started work today on a mural above the former Schnitz space on 11th Street at First Avenue...

[Photo by Lola Sáenz]

The mural is his second collaboration with the L.I.S.A Project.

Back in the spring/summer of 2010, Fairey's May Day piece on the Bowery Mural wall was bombed and eventually destroyed.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Haters call Shep Fairey a 'buttmunch' on the Bowery

Make that a "commie buttmunch." The worst kind of buttmunch?

At Fourth Street.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

eBay seller dares people to bid on piece of Shepard Fairey's mural

More pieces from Shepard Fairey's "May Day" mural from Houston and the Bowery are turning up on eBay...

Per the seller:

Up for auction is a piece of a wall, I mean crap, I mean "ART" from Houston St. x Bowery St. in New York City. This is a portion of a Shepard Fairey wheat paste "STREET ART" wall that people kicked in and wrote all over because no one [in] New York City respected this. I saw that someone else listed another piece of the wall starting at $100 and there were actually some bids. This truly disgusted me. Therefore, I will be listing this piece at one cent to show that this is a worthless piece of crap. If people do happen to bid on this, it will show that I was wrong and he is actually a respectable arti$t. (Shepard Fairey fans please feel free to bid) I will then be happy getting the benefit for his so-called "ART."

If you win this auction, I will careully pack and deliver this piece in a zip lock bag so that it looks important.

Thanks for your time and good luck bidding... or not (Either way, I win.)

Previously on EV Grieve:
What a piece of Shepard Fairey's vandalized Deitch Wall mural is going for on eBay

Monday, January 24, 2011

What a piece of Shepard Fairey's vandalized Deitch Wall mural is going for on eBay

As you'll recall, vandals took to the Shepard Fairey mural on Houston and the Bowery last summer... Now a tipster passes along an item up for grabs on eBay: A genuine piece of the wall... And $100 for the starting bid!

Wonder how much more of the wall will turn up now... there are plenty of pieces to sell...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Shepard Fairey back up at Houston and the Bowery (sort of)

An addition to the Deitch wall where Barry McGee (aka Twist) is now holding forth...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Parting shots for Shepard Fairey on the Deitch Wall

Last night, while Twist and crew were working on the new mural on Houston and the Bowery... several images appeared on the wall.... like the one above... Via the Flickr page of *niCOle* ... you'll find some other messages from last night there... (Thanks to EV Grieve reader T.E.V.B. for the link...)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Four months in the tumultuous short life of the Shepard Fairey mural

As I reported yesterday, workers removed what was left of the Shepard Fairey mural on Houston and the Bowery... (The mural was to remain up until Dec. 31.)

Last night, our friend Bryan Waterman did a little detective work and concluded that the build-out remains over what was here before — the Os Gêmeos art...

So let us go back to the middle of April...

And, sometime during the weekend of April 16, someone removed the Os Gêmeos art...

Then, on April 20, Shepard Fairey arrived to start work...

April 21!

And the next day, the first tag appeared, as reported by Animal New York... graffiti writer NAW tried to add a little something ... which didn't go over well with the security guard on duty...

[Photo: ANIMALNewYork]

Per the Graffiti Friend of EV Grieve (GFOEVG) on April 22: "I suspect this piece gets dissed and fixed many times."

The week of April 26, Jeremiah discussed some of the ongoing vandalism issues with on the mural... (You can read those here, here and here.)

Then the kicking began!

Paul Richard added his mark on May 7...

By the week of May 10, cleanup crews were busy removing the tags...

On May 15 — the epic bombing.

Soon, it became a game of tag, clean, tag, clean...

Workers placed a plaque on the scene in June...nearly six weeks after the mural went up...

The holes and tags continued through June...

By the end of June, the mural was falling to pieces... people continued to pick and rip...

July 7

As Jeremiah first reported, workers covered up half the mural on July 9....

On July 12, the dicks arrived.

[Photo credit: DNAinfo]

And so it went...

July 17...

July 18

July 20

July 24...

Aug. 8...

Yesterday, it all came to an end...

Many other people covered the ongoing saga here...including, but not limited to:


Jeremiah's Vanishing New York


NYC the Blog

Animal NY

Awkword World View