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The legendary Bronx-based graffiti artist John Matos aka Crash has been busy these days — with work on the streets, on exhibit and on Ferrari cars.  Here’s a sampling:

At work on the Lower East Side last month for the Lisa Project

crash paints in NYC The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

Recently-completed mural up in the Bronx for TAG Public Arts Project

crash graffiti Bronx The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

At opening of Broken English at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Crash at opening The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

With spray paint on canvas in Broken English at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Wrapped in My Own Existence

Wrapped in my own existence The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

On exhibit in City as Canvas at the Museum of the City of New York, acrylic on canvas, 1986

Crash city as canvas The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

For the Crash Ferrari Art Project, a collaborative venture with Joe “MAC” of Martino Auto Concepts and the Dorian Grey Gallery, on exhibit beginning today, July 24, through July 28 at Art Southampton

Matos art on Ferrari The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

Matos paints auto The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

Matos and Martino Auto concepts The Legendary John Matos aka Crash    on the Streets, on Exhibit and on Ferrari Cars

Photos: 1, 3 and 5 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; photo 2 by Lois Stavsky; photo 4 courtesy of the artist and photos 6-8, courtesy Bettina Cataldi

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Keo xmen graffiti NYC Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

On exhibit through this week at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village is Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip-Hop. Among its many highlights are: memorabilia featuring personal narratives and archives of hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa;  hip-hop party flyers and clothing designed by the late Buddy Esquire; original cells from the animated sequences of Charlie Ahearn’s film Wild Style and prints of Joe Conzo’s photographs of the early days of hip hop.

Here is a sampling of what greeted us when we visited this past Tuesday:

On the exterior of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

Afrika Bambaataa Born in the Bronx NYC Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

U.K.- based Paul Insect‘s portrait of Afrika Bambaataa

Paul Insect street art NYC Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

And inside the gallery — noted DJ, producer and poet Rich Medina going though the bins of duplicates from Afrika Bambaataa‘s record collection

Rich Medina DJ Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

 Close-up from installation of Buddy Esquire‘s clothing and flyer designs

Buddy Esquire installation Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

Afrika Bambaataa fashioned from Bambaataa’s records by Paul Insect and Bäst

Bast recycled records Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

Selections from Joe Conzo’s’s seminal Born in the Bronx

Joe Conzo Photos Born in the Bronx Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

Joe Conzo and Charlie Ahearn

Joe Conzo Charlie Ahearn Born in the Bronx Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

The pioneering MC and hip-hop historian Grandmaster Caz

Grandmaster Caz Born in the Bronx Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

And legendary b-boy Crazy Legs

Crazy Legs Spinning Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

With Charlie Ahearn

Charlie ahearn and crazy legs Born in the Bronx:  A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

Exhibited by Boo-Hooray and curated by Johan Kugelberg, Born in the Bronx is an extraordinary tribute to hip-hop’s early days and its everlasting influence. And if you can get over there tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon — between 1-3pm — you will be treated to a Born In The Bronx Hot Platter Lunch DJ Session with DJ Jazzy Jay and DJ Rockin Rob. The gallery is located at 620 Greenwich Street at the corner of Leroy Street in the Village.

Photos 1-4, 7, 8 & 10 by Lois Stavsky;  5, 6 & 9 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; photo 1 features mural by Keo X-men

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gallery nine5 will host a block party this evening — from 6-8pm — to celebrate the transformation of its gallery walls into a vibrant, magical public sphere. Here are a few recently captured images:

Vor138‘s completed piece with TATS CRU on the left and Bisco Smith to the right

Tats Cru andVor138 and Bisco Smith graffiti and street art gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

Vor138

Vor 138 graffiti gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

Shiro at work

Shiro paints gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

And her completed piece

Shiro graffiti characters Gallery Nine5 gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

Ket – who has been transforming his original piece with political references and names of victims of violence and war; it’s certain to look different this evening from the close-up captured here!

Ket political graffiti gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

And the always-wonderful Rubin415 at work on Monday

Rubin415 paints abstract graffiiti gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

gallery nine5 is located at 24 Spring Street, and if you can’t make it this evening, you can check out the site-specific exhibit through July 30.

group Ink gallery nine5 to Host Group Ink Block Party This Evening with Tats Cru, Vor138, Bisco Smith, Shiro, Ket and Rubin415

Photos: 1-4 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 5-6 by Lois Stavsky

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Presented by No Longer Empty in partnership with Broadway Housing Communities, If You Build It features a range of artwork in different media by more than twenty local, national, and international artists. Located at 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Sugar Hill on a site designed by architect David Adjaye, the exhibit — along with an impressive array of events and programs – continues through August 10. Here is a sampling of the artworks that can be seen on the site’s grounds and in future apartments:

Rául Ayala, A Blaze of Glory

Raul Ayala mural no longer empty No Longer Empty Brings If You Build It to Sugar Hill, Harlem with Rául Ayala, Moses Ros Suárez, Carlos Mare, Radcliffe Bailey, Scherezade García, Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels and more

Moses Ros-Suárezseated on sculpture he fashioned — one of four structural models of bridges

Moses Ros Suarez No Longer Empty Brings If You Build It to Sugar Hill, Harlem with Rául Ayala, Moses Ros Suárez, Carlos Mare, Radcliffe Bailey, Scherezade García, Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels and more

Carlos Mare aka Mare1398th FreeStyle Archityper

Carlos Mare graffiti sculpture if you build it1 No Longer Empty Brings If You Build It to Sugar Hill, Harlem with Rául Ayala, Moses Ros Suárez, Carlos Mare, Radcliffe Bailey, Scherezade García, Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels and more

 Radcliffe Bailey, From the Cabinet: Fire Music — fashioned with recycled piano keys

Radcliffe Bailey storm at Sea installation No Longer Empty If You Build It No Longer Empty Brings If You Build It to Sugar Hill, Harlem with Rául Ayala, Moses Ros Suárez, Carlos Mare, Radcliffe Bailey, Scherezade García, Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels and more

Scherezade GarcíaCathedral/Catedral, made up of stacked inner tubes/life savers ‘dipped’ in gold paint “so as to resemble a temporary alter or monument to immigrants and their aspirations”

Scherezade Garcia art inatallation No Longer Empty No Longer Empty Brings If You Build It to Sugar Hill, Harlem with Rául Ayala, Moses Ros Suárez, Carlos Mare, Radcliffe Bailey, Scherezade García, Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels and more

Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels, Sugar Metropolis – composed with half a million sugar cubes

Brendan Jamison Mark Revels Sugar Metropolis No Longer Empty Brings If You Build It to Sugar Hill, Harlem with Rául Ayala, Moses Ros Suárez, Carlos Mare, Radcliffe Bailey, Scherezade García, Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels and more

The exhibit is open Thursday–Friday 3–7pm & Saturday–Sunday 1–6pm & Wednesday by appointment. 

Photo of Rául Ayala by Lois Stavsky; all others by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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BG183 graffiti character group ink gallery nine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

The transformation of SoHo-based gallery nine5’s walls from “a private space into a public sphere” has begun with expressive murals — from the playful to the political —  by TATS CRU, Ket and Bisco Smith.  Here’s a sampling of what’s been happening:

TATS CRU‘s BG183 at work to the right of Bio and Nicer

BG183 paints Gallerynine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

BG183 tats cru gallery nine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

Tats Cru gallery nine5 group ink TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

Ket installs dozens of newspaper articles illustrating human sufferings, largely the result of wars

Ket installs for Group Ink TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

And paints over them 

Alan Ket installation gallerynine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

With quote from historian and social activist Howard Zinn

Ket installation Howard Zinn Gallery nine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

And Bisco Smith – in from the West Coast — graces the wall with his distinct aesthetic 

Bisco Smith installation close up gallerynine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

Bisco Smith mural gallery nine5 TATS CRU, KET and Bisco Smith Begin SoHo Based gallery nine5s Transformation in GROUP INK

The public is invited to observe, explore and join the conversation as Vor138, Shiro and Rubin415 contribute to the further transitory makeover of gallery nine5. Keep posted to StreetArtNYC for updates and, if you are in town, be sure to check out the opening reception on July 17, 6-8pm. gallery nine5 is located at 24 Spring Street in SoHo.

Action photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson; others by Lois Stavsky

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Following are a few more images from Ad Hoc Art’‘s wonderful Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project, along with a brief interview with its director, Garrison Buxton.

cern street art welling court mural project astoria queens NYC Ad Hoc Art’s Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project — Part II:  Cern, R. Robot, KR One, Ryan Seslow & Cake, Mr. Prvrt and See One

Can you tell us something about the birth of the Welling Court Mural Project? When and how did it all begin?

Jonathan Ellis, a Welling Court resident, came up with the idea for the project over five years ago. He had his wife, Georgiana, were looking to improve their block.  We were introduced through a mutual friend who suggested they contact me.

R Robot street art welling court nyc Ad Hoc Art’s Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project — Part II:  Cern, R. Robot, KR One, Ryan Seslow & Cake, Mr. Prvrt and See One

What was the first mural to go up? And when was the first festival held?

While visiting from Poland in 2009, M-City painted Welling Court’s first mural.  The first festival was held in June 2009.

KR 1 graffiti art Ad Hoc Art’s Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project — Part II:  Cern, R. Robot, KR One, Ryan Seslow & Cake, Mr. Prvrt and See One

What was the community’s response to it?

The response was wonderful. The entire community participated and loved it. Just about everyone prepared food to share and loved how the artists transformed their neighborhood.

ryan seslow and cake street art welling court nyc Ad Hoc Art’s Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project — Part II:  Cern, R. Robot, KR One, Ryan Seslow & Cake, Mr. Prvrt and See One

And now five years later, it’s even more wonderful than ever.

Yes, when we first began, 44 artists participated. This year there are over twice as many, including members of the community. We’ve continued to keep it grassroots.

Mr. PRVRT street art welling court mural project nyc Ad Hoc Art’s Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project — Part II:  Cern, R. Robot, KR One, Ryan Seslow & Cake, Mr. Prvrt and See One

How far in advance do you begin organizing each year’s festival?

We usually start in February, but we want to begin planning earlier.

see one street art welling court nyc Ad Hoc Art’s Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project — Part II:  Cern, R. Robot, KR One, Ryan Seslow & Cake, Mr. Prvrt and See One

What would you say is your greatest challenge?

The mere organization and the delegation of the different responsibilities.

The vibe here is wonderful. What a great model you are for other communities! 

Yes! It’s about the power of art to create positive social change.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

1. Cern  

2. R. Nicholas Kuszyk aka R. Robot 

3. Louie “KR.ONE” Gasparro 

4. Ryan Seslow and Jennifer Caviola aka Cake

5. Mr. Prvrt

6. See One

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Opening tomorrow evening, June 20, at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, 686 Park Avenue, is an exhibit of artwork by 10 of Italy’s best contemporary artists who, also, maintain a huge presence on the streets. Curated by Simone Pallotta, it is the first collective exhibit of work by Italian street artists here in NYC.

Here is a sampling of the art on the streets:

BR1

BR1 street art FROM STREET TO ART to Open Tomorrow, June 20, at Italian Cultural Institute of New York with BR1, Agostino Iacurci, Sten&Lex and more

Agostino Iacurci

Agostino Iacurci street art FROM STREET TO ART to Open Tomorrow, June 20, at Italian Cultural Institute of New York with BR1, Agostino Iacurci, Sten&Lex and more

Sten&Lex

StenLex street art FROM STREET TO ART to Open Tomorrow, June 20, at Italian Cultural Institute of New York with BR1, Agostino Iacurci, Sten&Lex and more

Dem

Dem street art  FROM STREET TO ART to Open Tomorrow, June 20, at Italian Cultural Institute of New York with BR1, Agostino Iacurci, Sten&Lex and more

From street to art FROM STREET TO ART to Open Tomorrow, June 20, at Italian Cultural Institute of New York with BR1, Agostino Iacurci, Sten&Lex and more

Also featured are works by ArisCyop&KafEronHitnesUfo5 and 2501FROM STREET TO ART opens at 6pm tomorrow at 686 Park Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and continues through August 20, 2014.

All images courtesy Simone Pallotta

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Cekis street art Welling Court NYC Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

Engaging a diverse array of artists, along with local residents —  including dozens of children — the Welling Court Mural Project represents the best of the street art fests.  Here are a few more images captured yesterday, as it celebrated its fifth year at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens:

Alice Mizrachi aka AM

alice mizrachi street art welling court Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

Making Art

5th Annual welling court mural project Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

John Ahearn with a temporary addition to mural created earlier by Dennis McNett

John Ahearn sculpture Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

Icy and Sot

icy and sot stencil art welling court Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

icy and sot stencil art nyc 2 Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

LMNOP

LMNOP welling court Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

LMNOP Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

The Royal KingBee

King Bee street art mural welling court Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

Toofly

Toofly street art welling court 2 Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

Check back here later in the week for Part II of this post and a brief interview with Ad Hoc Art’s director, Garrison Buxton.

First image is of Nelson Rivas aka Cekis at work; photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

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Opening Friday evening are two concurrent exhibits curated by Icy and Sot. Artworks of 35 NYC street artists will be on exhibit in Tehran, while we New Yorkers will be treated to a gallery show of 10 Iranian artists at 58 South Sixth Street in Brooklyn through Monday. Here is a sampling from this groundbreaking cultural exchange:

El Sol 25 in Tehran

NYC to tehran elsol25 Icy and Sot Take NYC to Tehran and Bring Tehran to NYC

CK1 in NYC

tehran to nyc CK1    Icy and Sot Take NYC to Tehran and Bring Tehran to NYC

Alice Mizrachi in Tehran

NYC to tehran alice mizrachi Icy and Sot Take NYC to Tehran and Bring Tehran to NYC

 

NYC to Tehran Tehran to NYC Icy and Sot Take NYC to Tehran and Bring Tehran to NYC

Mad in NYC

Tehran to nyc mad  Icy and Sot Take NYC to Tehran and Bring Tehran to NYC

LNY in Tehran

NYC to Tehran   LNY Icy and Sot Take NYC to Tehran and Bring Tehran to NYC

FRZ in NYC

tehran to nyc FRZ 2 Icy and Sot Take NYC to Tehran and Bring Tehran to NYC

Images courtesy of Icy and Sot 

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Ben Mosley Design for McDonalds and the World Cup close up McDonalds World Cup Launch Party Features Live Art by UK based Ben Mosley and more

In celebration of the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil, McDonald’s has reinvented its French fry packaging. Twelve artists from around the world — many who are active on the streets — were chosen to create the special new designs to celebrate the game.

Among those selected from the 500 artists who submitted designs was UK-based Ben Mosley, who descibes his piece, Fans of the World (close-up pictured above), as a homage to the World Cup.  ”I believe the World Cup brings people together in celebration from all walks of life and backgrounds,” he explains, “so calling my piece Fans Of The World makes sense to me because it represents everything that I believe to be good about the game.” And at McDonald’s World Cup Launch Party held last night in Midtown Manhattan, we had the opportunity to meet the talented artist and watch him paint.

Ben Mosley Live Painting McDonalds World Cup Launch Party Features Live Art by UK based Ben Mosley and more

Also on view at last night’s party were original designs, along with the final products, of the other 11 artists whose works were selected to package McDonald’s fries. Here’s a sampling of what was seen:

São Paulo-based artist Eduardo Kobra – whose wondrous aesthetic has graced Chelsea for the past two years

Kobra Design for McDonalds and the World Cup McDonalds World Cup Launch Party Features Live Art by UK based Ben Mosley and more

 Hua Tunan, a graffiti artist and painter, based in Foshan, China

Hua Tunan World of Victory Design for McDonalds and the World Cup McDonalds World Cup Launch Party Features Live Art by UK based Ben Mosley and more

And representing the U.S., Tampa, Florida – based graphic designer and street artist Tes One

Tes one formations Design for McDonalds and the World Cup McDonalds World Cup Launch Party Features Live Art by UK based Ben Mosley and more

Other featured artists include: David Spencer, Australia; Mügluck, Canada; Skwak, France; Roman Klonek, Germany; Doppel, Japan; Egor Koshelev, Russia; Adele Bantjes, South Africa and Martin Satí, Spain.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson 

Note: This post was created in partnership with McDonald’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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