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FUTURA Paints The Bowery Wall in NYC

It was an amazing three days at the Bowery/Houston wall in Soho, NYC last weekend watching the legendary art and graffiti master Futura as he graced the giant, block long wall maintained by Goldman Properties.

The wall was first painted by Keith Haring in 1982. The crowds assembled as the days went on bringing out almost everyone from ‘back in the day’ to newly established artists looking forward to seeing him work in action.  He is primarily known as a graffiti artist, beginning on trains in the early 70’s and progressed throughout the New York art scene with Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf in the 80’s.   Futura is also famous for his work as a graphic designer and illustrator of record sleeves, first becoming involved with The Clash; producing a sleeve for their “This IS Radio Clash” 7″ single and handwriting the sleeve notes and lyrics sheet for their album Combat Rock.

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During the 1990s he was involved with clothing companies such as GFS, Subware and Project Dragon. More recently much of Futura’s artwork has evolved into the production of highly collectible toys, sneakers; and a diverse range of creative media, working with Recon, Nike, The North FaceMedicom Toy, Undercover, Supreme.

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The WEIRD CREW Paint a Block Long Mural in Brooklyn, NYC!

A few finished shots and in progress photos from the Weird Crew who visited Bushwick, Brooklyn (NYC) very recently.  The Crew (five of them visiting included Dxtr, Cone, HRVB, Vidam and Look), from Germany painted a mega, block long, tribute to New York that took over five days to complete in scorching heat and humidity.  It was worth all of their efforts as this special piece is attracting visitors from all over the area with rave reviews.   The undertaking was organized by Italian art curator Zoe at Exit Room NY, located at 240 Meserole St. around the block, where they also held a stellar show of canvas paintings and drawings during their visit.  Below you’ll see the finished in a few detailed shots followed by a few in progress shots.  Enjoy the WEIRD NYC!

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NEW Os Gemeos Mural Art Goes up in New York City!

Brazilian twins Os Gemeos graced the New York City streets last week on their two-week stay with a larger than life piece (as they do so perfectly), in the East Village/Soho area.  Braving the heat and humidity, this mural went up in under four days with a few breaks from fellow artist friends visiting such as Doze Green, Martha Cooper, Pixel Pancho, JonOne from Paris and many more.  It was a great time had by all and a treat to watch them work.  Have a look at the in progress and finished photos….

Brazilian Twins Os Gemeos Give a Mega Mural to NYC!

Brazilian Twins Os Gemeos Give a Mega Mural to NYC!

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With Doze Green (center, above/below) and Martha Cooper….

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If you are in the New York City area stop by the corner of 2nd Ave. & 1 st St. off Houston St. – you can’t miss it.  Swing by and see the details for yourself!  (Hint: great photo opp from the Whole Foods windows across the street.)  Enjoy!

–For more info on the author/photographer visit @leannav on Instagram or www.theartsalonnyc.com.

Lee Quinones Brings Back The Decades With a Pop Up Gallery Downtown, NYC!

Legendary graffiti artist Lee Quinones debuted a stellar pop-up gallery show at Nicole Kladsbrun Pop Up Gallery of early, never seen before drawings presented alongside a range of new works, which collectively span 1975 to the present and establish the dynamic lineage of his art over the years.

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This exhibit which centers on the dichotomy of the old and new as well as turbulence and calm, also highlights the literal marks of “street art.”  These elements provide the link to Quinones’ current studio practice as well as to the debut of a site-specific wall piece at the gallery that is inspired by the rich history established by his works on paper.  This dynamic show is running now through June 7, 2015, not to miss!
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The gallery is located at
291 Grand St., (ground floor), Chinatown, New York City, USA.
Visit: @leequinones on Instagram

Art at the Beach – Coney Island Art Walls in Progress, Welcome To Summer 2015!

New York City: One of the best parts of summer 2015 will be the Coney Island Art Walls. Coney may be a tad far even for New Yorkers’ but it’s worth the hour plus train ride for us to see some of the best street and graffiti artists in the world. Legends! If you are in the area be sure to put this on your list.

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Famed curator, art advisor and “Art In The Streets” book and exhibit front-man Jeffrey Deitch and Joseph J. Sitt have curated a fabulous public art walls project via Thor Equities in the middle of Coney Island, Brooklyn steps from the boardwalk and behind Nathans’ Famous Hot Dogs at 1320 Bowery Street. The project will feature the debut of Smorgasburg Coney Island, with 12 diverse food vendors presented by the founders of the popular food market.

Deitch, a leading art advisor and former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and Sitt, CEO of Thor Equities, are gathering some of the most prominent street artists in the world to create more than 20 wall murals for Coney Art Walls.

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Artists who have completed pieces (see photos below), include (in order so far), How and Nosm, Daze, Crash, Lady Pink, Jesse Ward, Futura, IRAK, Skewville and a Shepard Fairey wheat paste. Also this week/weekend expect Ben Eine, Lady Aiko and Lee Quinones. Approx. 20+ more are on the way including Kennny Scharf, Icy Signs, Miss Van, Buff Monster Kashink and many more.

Make the trip and see what all the fuss is about, and have a look here in the meantime from day one…

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Alexis Diaz Paints Stunning New Mural at Rag & Bone in Soho, NYC!

If you are in or visiting New York City in the near future stop by the Rag & Bone shop on E. Houston & Elizabeth Street and see this beautiful, new piece by Alexi Diaz.  The mural took close to five days to complete as it’s mainly all done by a small brush.  Everyone passing by and us art photographers were stunned at his continuous attention to detail and perfection. Have a look at the work in progress and finished shots…

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“Tempertot” by Ron English Hits The Bowery Houston Wall in New York City!

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The first artist to grace the new Bowery/Houston wall in NYC since it was re-done over the past months is none there than Ron English. The wall was first graced by Keith Haring in 1982, and since then we have seen Crash, How & Hosm, Cope, Swoon and many more street art and graffiti greats. If your in the city, head over to have a look and see all Ron’s greatest pieces collaged in with the popular “Tempertot” and his neon pink spray glow.

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“Tools of the Trade” by Damien Mitchell – All the Graffiti & Street Artist Needs! Brooklyn , NY USA

Recently a new wall went up outside of Low Brow Artique in Brooklyn, NYC by native Australian artist Damien Mitchell.  This wall coincided with his solo exhibit at the gallery properly entitled “Tools of the Trade,” focusing on all of the tools graffiti writers and street artists needs to get the job done.  We start outside with the simplicity of this giant cap taking shape then head inside to the exhibit. All of the pieces were done in black, white and grey tones which is especially nice.

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A New Hendrik Beikirch Portrait in Brooklyn, NYC!

German artist Hendrik Beikirch recently painted a new, mega portrait in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York in less than two days which stops traffic daily.  This piece portrays a barber from his portrait series in Morocco of traders in danger of extinction.  You most likely have seen his monumental scale murals throughout the world and we are thrilled to have another in Brooklyn.  We hope to see him more in the states throughout 2015.  A bit of work in progress finishing up…

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“Naughty but Nicer” Solo Exhibit at WALLWORKS Gallery In The Bronx, NY

Last weekend, WALLWORKS presented the gallery’s first solo exhibition from Nicer of TATS Cru entitled “Naughty but Nicer,” a pin-up inspired extravaganza from the graffiti legend. You’ll notice quickly from a few of the photos the rich attention to detail in the figures with layers of spray paint and tags in the background.  Nicer beautifully took the idea of the traditional “pin-up” updating it to reference today’s ideas of beauty.

Hector “Nicer” Nazario began painting in the graffiti era of New York City / The Bronx in the 1970’s and 80’s making huge contributions to the art form.  He is known well as a top graffiti legend and in 1996 joined two other artists (Bio and BG183, to make up the first graffiti company, TATS CRU.  Since then they have been continuing to show the universe the importance of graffiti working on countless gallery exhibits and big projects throughout NYC and worldwide.

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Hector "Nicer" Nazario

Hector “Nicer” Nazario

You can catch the show through March 25, 2015 at 39 Bruckner Blvd., a few short blocks from the 6 Train/3rd Ave/138th St., The Bronx, NY, USA.

Visit http://www.wallworksny.com for more information and here: http://tatscru.net to learn more about Nicer and TATS CRU.