Showing posts with label street art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label street art. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Now people are stealing Invader's mosaics in the East Village and elsewhere

Art and plaque theft season continues in the East Village. (See here and here.) 

In recent weeks, two men have been removing Invader's mosaic tile art from around walls in NYC. 

The French street artist addressed it in an Instagram post on Monday:
For the past few weeks, some guys in New York have been destroying my work by trying to rip it off the walls, probably to resell it. Shame on them! Street art belongs to the street, and in my case, once ripped from the walls, it is nothing more than broken, unsigned tiles that you could find in any tile store. They will never be authenticated. 

Buyers should think twice of what they buy, not only are they being duped but they are also depriving other people of enjoying free art on the street. 
He followed up yesterday with a photo of a theft someone took, showing two men removing a classic invader above the signage at Ralph's Famous Italian Ices on the NW corner of Avenue A and Ninth Street...

 

We asked the folks at Ralph's about it. Unfortunately, they didn't see it happening, as the theft occurred after store hours. 

As Invader noted, the mosaics likely have little resale value. Plus, when he installed these, he reportedly used larger, thinner tiles that would chip apart upon contact with a tool. 

An array of mosaics arrived in NYC and the East Village, some in collaboration with the LISA Project, in 2015. A few were immediately vandalized, though there are still several around if you know where to look.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Saturday's parting shot

A Pride Month mural outside the Second Avenue F stop... art by David Puck. This is the seventh Pride mural curated by photographer-filmmaker Daniel "Dusty" Albanese.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Storefront renovations commence on the SW corner of the Bowery and Houston

Renovations are underway on the SW corner of the Bowery and Houston. Plywood arrived last week outside the long-vacant spaces at a building with multiple addresses (282-284 Bowery plus 87-91 E. Houston St.).
We don't know anything at the moment about what might be next here.

The last tenant at 284 Bowery was Cherche Midi, Keith McNally's French brasserie that closed in June 2018. (Before this, McNaly had unleased Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria.)

A for-lease sign arrived on the building in March 2023, only the second time we recall this space on the market in the past six years.  

This corner has also been a hot spot for street art these past six years. The construction plywood now covers the storefronts, obscuring murals that include the George Floyd tribute by @fumeroism that arrived in early June 2020.
There was also the recent arrival of this Marvin Gaye wheatpaste by @stikki_peaches...

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Sunday's opening shot

Knicks legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier as seen in First Street Green Art Park ... mural by @mcmaniphes

And the ol' do-or-die game 7 between the Knicks-Pacers is at 3:30 p.m. at MSG.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Thursday's parting shot

This week, a new mural arrived outside 50 Avenue A between Third Street and Fourth Street. It was created by L.A.-based artist Corie Mattie and curated by the Lisa Project NYC.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Some Cool pizza street art

As seen along St. Mark's Place.

Revisit our Cool archives here

Thanks to Eden for the photo!

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Frank Ape's bright ideas on Houston

Local artist Frank Ape (aka Brandon Sines) created a new mural this week outside the Ridge Hotel on Houston at Eldridge. 

As he wrote on Instagram, "This mural is all about bringing your ideas to life. Each colorful ape represents a new idea trying to break out." 

Previously on EV Grieve:

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

King Flaco outside the 2nd Avenue F stop

Here's the final Flaco tribute mural outside the Second Avenue F stop on Houston.

Nite Owl, an Oakland, Calif.-based artist known for his expressive murals of owls, created this King Flaco memorial mural. (Check out his work on Instagram.)

Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle-Owl, was found dead on Feb. 23 after apparently colliding with a building on the Upper West Side. As the Associated Press put it, "Flaco ... escaped from New York City's Central Park Zoo and became one of the city's most beloved celebrities as he flew around Manhattan." 

Flaco also spent eight days in the East Village and Lower East Side this past November. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

An East Village tribute to Flaco

Photos by Laura "Lulu" Reich 

Here's an in-progress look at a Flaco tribute mural going up outside the Second Avenue F stop on Houston.

The work is, appropriately enough, by Nite Owl, an Oakland, Calif.-based artist known for his expressive murals of owls. (Check out his work on Instagram.)
Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle-Owl, was found dead on Feb. 23 after apparently colliding with a building on the Upper West Side. As the Associated Press put it, "Flaco ... escaped from New York City's Central Park Zoo and became one of the city's most beloved celebrities as he flew around Manhattan." 

Flaco spent eight days in the East Village and Lower East Side this past November. Flaco was first spotted in the East Village on Nov. 6 at the Kenkeleba House Garden off Avenue B and Third Street. He was seen repeatedly over the next few days here and on the Lower East Side.

Updated 6/8: See the final mural here.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Sunday's opening shot

A new arrival this past week outside the Second Avenue F stop at Houston ... a Knicks tribute by Jappy Agoncillo

Apparently this will only be up through the weekend... and ahead of Game 1 between the Knicks and Pacers tomorrow evening. 

Check back later for our analysis on how the Knicks contain Tyrese Haliburton.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Saturday's opening shot

Fresh Flowers arrived this past week outside the Second Avenue F stop. 

Mural by Mort and Paolo Tolentino.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Monday's parting shots

A look at the recently completed mural on the NE corner of Avenue A and Sixth Street (alongside Offside)... the work is by LeCrue Eyebrows...

Friday, March 22, 2024

Friday's opening shot

Morning along St. Mark's Place. 

Also, Easter is next weekend. 

 The bunny art outside David's Cafe by @poieverywhere was completed this past November...

Sunday, March 10, 2024

NEKST Forever on 9th Street

Top photo last week by Steven 

We noted on Thursday the arrival of plywood over the entrance to the closed Little Man Parking garage (also known as LaSalle Parking) on Ninth Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue. 

There's no new development news, and the plywood is apparently here to keep people from squatting inside (thanks, Notorious!). 

Meanwhile, the first wheat-pastes showed up late Friday...
The backstory to this for anyone interested... last month, two graffiti artists filed a lawsuit against Guess for putting their tags directly onto a new line of "graffiti-inspired" clothing without consent. 

One of the parties to the lawsuit is Patrick Griffin, brother of Sean Griffin, brother of the artist Nekst, who "achieved a kind of remarkable underground ubiquity among followers of street art before he died in 2012," per Hyperallergic, who first reported on the legal action.

Someone has now taken two classic Guess ads — with Claudia Schiffer and Ann Nicole Smith — and added images of the late graffiti artist with "NEKST Forever." These wheat-paste tributes have been appearing around the city ... and elsewhere. 

Macy's, one of the many vendors in the lawsuit, reportedly pulled the product from their website, though the line is still available via various online merchants.

And given the short lifespan of wheat-paste ads, this one has likely already been covered.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Thursday's parting shot

As seen this week on Avenue C between Sixth Street and Seventh Street (thanks to Louise Segev for the photo!). 

The message reads: "Ana Paula do you want to be my girlfriend?" (Mickey and Minnie art by @hanisidewalkart.)

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Saturday's opening shot

New outside the Second Avenue F stop — "Put on the Power" for the month of March. 

Mural by @PhoebeNewYork...

Friday, January 5, 2024

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Wedneday's parting shot

Photo by Stacie Joy 

Chair art on the NE corner of Avenue A and Fifth Street...

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Thursday's parting shots

Photos by Stacie Joy

A new mural on the Sixth Street side of Sunny and Annie's at Avenue B courtesy of longtime East Village resident and artist EiLeen Doster...