Showing posts with label murals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label murals. Show all posts

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Jorit Agoch brings photorealistic murals of Malcolm X and KRS-One to the East Village

Jorit Agoch, the Italian street artist, has created two of his hyper-realistic murals in the neighborhood. 

Above, Malcolm X in First Street Green Art Park

And below, a work in progress of KRS-One on Second Street at First Avenue (via East Village Walls) ...
And a photo of the artist by Stacie Joy...
Per Wide Open Walls
Jorit has started to mark his portraits with two red lines or scars on the cheek that refer to ancient African rituals, like scarification. This ritual indicates the passing from childhood to adult age. Jorit is firmly convinced that the differences of race, gender, religion and social class do not mean anything with respect to the characteristics that are similar in all human beings, and give us our shared humanity. 
H/T Steven for the initial KRS-One mural pic

Sunday, January 8, 2023

The Duck With the Pearl Earring

New work, as of yesterday, by Jim Tozzi (seen below) outside the Second Avenue F stop...
Thanks to Steven for the photo!

Monday, January 2, 2023

A happy birthday mural for Ray on Avenue A

Photos by Stacie Joy 

In honor of Ray’s 90th birthday this month, the folks behind the East Village-based Lisa Project surprised the proprietor of Ray's Candy Store today with this colorful new mural by Peach Tao outside 50 Avenue A between Third Street and Fourth Street.

Later, Ray was brought from the shop to check out the new artwork in person...
In 2019, Tao updated the Ray's sign outside the shop at 113 Avenue A at Seventh Street.

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."

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Bye Bye Blondie; hello Bad Brains?

After five-plus years on Bleecker at the Bowery, the Blondie mural is no more... a worker painted over the space yesterday (by the newish J Crew). 

Our friend Alex took this photo (be sure to check out his site Flaming Pablum) ...
Shepard Fairy — in connection with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC — created this mural in August 2017, replacing the two-year-old Joey Ramone/CBGB mural.

Word is the space will give way to another CBGB favorite — Bad Brains

By the way, CBGB debuted on Dec. 10, 1973, across the way at 315 Bowery.

And now to 1982 with Bad Brains live at CBGB ...


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

This is no dream. This is really happening!

There's a great new Halloween-themed mural by BKFoxx up on the Third Street side of The Bean, 54 Second Ave. ... showing Mia Farrow from a scene in the 1968 horror classic "Rosemary's Baby." 

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Woman, Life, Freedom

New (completed this past Monday) in First Street Green Art Park... a tribute mural of Mahsa Amini by Lexi Bella

The 22-year-old Amini died last month after she was taken into custody by Iran's morality police for reportedly not wearing her hijab properly. 

You can read more about the mural here

Iranian security forces killed at least 23 children in the ensuing protests this past month, Amnesty International reports.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Saturday's opening shot

A recent arrival outside the Second Avenue F stop — "There's no crying in street art" ... a take on the Tom Hanks' quote from "A League of Their Own" — "There’s no crying in baseball." 

Mural by @sacsix

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Wednesday's parting shot

New work in First Street Green Art Park... a collaboration between stencil-art legend Blek le Rat (@blekleratoriginal) and Tkid Alegend (@tkid170) ...

Blek has a new show at West Chelsea Contemporary on 10th Avenue through Sept. 25. 

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Thursday's parting shots

Stencil-art legend Blek le Rat (@blekleratoriginal) created this tribute to his favorite artist, the "Shadow Man," Richard Hambleton, outside 50 Avenue A between Third Street and Fourth Street...
Blek has a new show starting tomorrow at West Chelsea Contemporary on 10th Avenue ... 

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Sunday's opening shots

Photos by Stacie Joy

In-progress shots of a new mural by Bianca Romero at the Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union on Avenue B at Third Street ... it will be finished soon... 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Pride outside the 2nd Avenue F stop

There's a new Pride Month mural — "Queer AF: Do Not Tread On Me" — outside the Second Avenue F stop... art by Rose Cory via @dustyrebel aka Daniel Albanese. Read more about his Queer Street Art documentary here.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

A look at the just-finished mural 'Ukraine: A History in Solidarity'

Photos by Steven

Yesterday, Ukrainian-born artist 
Misha Tyutyunik finished his mural at the Citizens Bank branch on Ninth Street and Second Avenue.

Here's a look at the final work...
He started the piece, titled "Ukraine: A History in Solidarity," on Saturday... which included a public participation segment. Read our previous post for more details.  

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Saturday's parting shots

Photos by Mike Krautter

As reported earlier todayUkrainian-born artist Misha Tyutyunik (above, right) started painting a large-scale mural at the Citizens Bank branch on Ninth Street and Second Avenue.

The piece is titled "Ukraine: A History in Solidarity." From noon to 2, there was a public participation portion ...
In addition to the mural, Citizens is matching $25,000 in funds donated directly to the East Village-based Ukrainian National Women's League of America (UNWLA). 

Tyutyunik is expected to finish the mural tomorrow. 

H/T Steven!

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

A look at '340 E. 9th Street' on 2nd Avenue

You likely noticed the new mural going up on the north-facing portion of 128 Second Ave. just south of St. Mark's Place several weeks back.

At first glance, we figured it would be some sort of ad.

However, this turns out to be the first commission of this space by the Swiss Institute next door at 38 St. Mark's Place ...
The work is titled "340 E. 9th Street" by East Village-based artist Megan Marrin. 

Here's more via the Swiss Institute:
"340 E. 9th Street" is a painting of a photograph that accompanies an article published in the April 29, 1968 issue of New York magazine about the spread of public art across New York City. In the image, the building located at the titular address is shown in profile, adorned on its windowless side with a mural by pop-surrealist Allan D'Arcangelo (1930-1998). D'Arcangelo's untitled mural, completed in 1967, precipitated the formation of City Walls: a nonprofit, artist-led, city-spanning public arts initiative established in New York later that year. 

Facilitated by urban planner David Bromberg, City Walls murals came to fruition through direct conversations with building owners, who supplied participating artists with paint and access to walls. 
The resultant murals, made by artists including Richard Anuszkiewicz, Tania, Jason Crum and Knox Martin, in addition to D'Arcangelo and several others, share a vibrant color palette across playful, occasionally psychedelic, abstractions. As of January 2022, one mural produced by City Walls remains intact [on West Third Street W. between Mercer and Broadway]. 

Marrin is interested in the shifting intentions behind public murals in New York City, often questioning for whom these images and messages are created. D'Arcangelo's 1967 commission, a vertical roadway featuring plants, clouds and directional signage, is a quiet yet consequential entry into this history of public art. 
In 340 E. 9th Street, Marrin resurrects and recasts D'Arcangelo's work as a hybrid of what she considers the two predominant modes of contemporary mural making to now be: memorials and advertisements. 
The mural will be on display here until Sept. 1.

Top photo via the Swiss Institute. Allan D'Arcangelo’s 1967 mural appears courtesy of the Estate of Allan D'Arcangelo, licensed by VAGA and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Monday's parting shot

This holiday mural — an interpretation of Will Ferrell in "Elf" — went up over the weekend outside the Second Avenue F stop... work b@paolo_tolentino and @turtlecaps.

Flashback to last year's mural here.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

9/11 and beyond on the Bowery

Adrian Wilson (@planndalism) created this mural earlier in the week on the gate at 262 Bowery near Stanton Street. 

He invited members of FDNY Ladder 20/Division 1 on Lafayette Street to add finishing touches to the mural. This Instagram post has more background. 

Mural space curated by the East Village-based Lisa Project.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Remembering Biz Markie

There's a new memorial in place for the late Biz Markie outside the Second Avenue F stop at East Houston. 

Will Power created the mural over the weekend for Markie, the legendary beatboxer, DJ and rapper who died on July 16 at age 57

Services for Markie, who was born in Harlem, were held this afternoon

The mural is expected to be up here for the next two weeks.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

A new work of fart on the Bowery

New on the gate at 246 Bowery (near Stanton): "Concept'yall Fart" by Mousel D'ohchamp ... Work by @plannedalism on space curated by the East Village-based Lisa Project. Pic by @catscoffeecreativity!

Monday, June 21, 2021

Monday's parting shot

Pro skateboarder Brian Anderson has finished his mural outside 50 Avenue A between Third Street and Fourth Street... this Pride Month work coincides with his first board release (via Clown Skateboards) ... with proceeds going to the LISA Project.

Our previous post has more details. 

Photo today by Stacie Joy!