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chalfant graffiti photography Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All City Graffiti Archive through Thursday  with Closing Event Sat. 12/20 at City Lore

Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All-City Graffiti Archive, a mosaic of 850 wall images of subway graffiti photographed by Chalfant – along with a series of Martha Cooper’s artist portraits — continues through this Thursday, December 18 at 4pm.  A homage to the boundless creativity of the graffiti artists whose talents and passions paved the way to the global street art movement, Moving Murals is the first exhibit to grace the City Lore Gallery at 56 East 1st Street.

Another close-up from Henry Chalfant collage, featuring the legendary Iz the Wiz

Henry Chalfant subway graffiti City Lore Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All City Graffiti Archive through Thursday  with Closing Event Sat. 12/20 at City Lore

Martha Cooper’s portraits

Martha cooper Moving Murals City Lore Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All City Graffiti Archive through Thursday  with Closing Event Sat. 12/20 at City Lore

Including such contemporaries as Lady Aiko (top left)

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And next Saturday, December 20, 12pm – 6pm, you will have the opportunity to take home one of Henry Chalfant’s graffiti train prints as City Lore will be offering Chalfant’s train photographs from the Moving Murals exhibit with each membership purchased. Membership begins at $35. Hot cider and a variety of gifts by local NYC artists will also be available for sale at the City Lore Store

City Lore Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All City Graffiti Archive through Thursday  with Closing Event Sat. 12/20 at City Lore

Moving Murals City Lore Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All City Graffiti Archive through Thursday  with Closing Event Sat. 12/20 at City Lore

Final photo courtesy of City Lore; photos of Henry Chalfant’s installation by Lois Stavsky; of Martha Cooper’s by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Hi Arts alice Mizrachi JR street art  Hi ARTS Presents JRs Inside Out Mi Gente / Oyáte kiŋ Photo Art Project    opening this evening in East Harlem

Opening this evening from 6-9pm at the Hi-Arts Gallery on 304 East 100th Street is JR’s Inside Out Mi Gente/ Oyáte kiŋ Art Project — focusing on and uniting two communities: NYC’s East Harlem and South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. Here are a few images captured yesterday while visiting the exhibit, curated by Carlos Mare:

JR Inside Out Mi Gente Oyate Kin  Hi ARTS Presents JRs Inside Out Mi Gente / Oyáte kiŋ Photo Art Project    opening this evening in East Harlem

Closer-up

JR east harlem hi arts  Hi ARTS Presents JRs Inside Out Mi Gente / Oyáte kiŋ Photo Art Project    opening this evening in East Harlem

And more

Inside Out hi arts jr photos east harlem  Hi ARTS Presents JRs Inside Out Mi Gente / Oyáte kiŋ Photo Art Project    opening this evening in East Harlem

And outside with murals by Alice Mizrachi and Part One

hi arts  Hi ARTS Presents JRs Inside Out Mi Gente / Oyáte kiŋ Photo Art Project    opening this evening in East Harlem

 Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Craig Anthony Miller paints Inside the Studio: Live Art with Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu Senbanjo at the pdn PhotoPlus Expo

Amidst the cameras, printers and sundry photography gear at this year’s pdn PhotoPlus Expo, we discovered DUMBO’s Craig Anthony Miller aka CAM at work, along with the Nigerian artist and musician, Laolu Senbanjo.  Here are a few more images that we captured yesterday at the remarkable installation, Inside the Studio, presented by Nikon at the Javits Center.

Another image of Craig Anthony Miller aka CAM at work

CAM creates art Inside the Studio: Live Art with Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu Senbanjo at the pdn PhotoPlus Expo

Laolu Senbanjo at work

Laolu Senbanjo art at PDN photoplus expo Inside the Studio: Live Art with Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu Senbanjo at the pdn PhotoPlus Expo

Collaborative artwork by Craig Anthony Miller aka CAM and Laolu Senbanjo

Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu Senbanjo collaboration Inside the Studio: Live Art with Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu Senbanjo at the pdn PhotoPlus Expo

And a huge fragment of another collaborative piece

Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu senbanjo art Inside the Studio: Live Art with Craig Anthony Miller and Laolu Senbanjo at the pdn PhotoPlus Expo

The pdn PhotoPlus Expo continues through today, Saturday.

Photos 1, 2, and 3 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 4 and 5 by Lois Stavsky

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Earlier this week, FIT students and alumni took to sharing their skills with the public outside FIT’s buildings on Seventh Avenue between 27 and 28 Streets. Here’s a sampling of what went down:

Angel Garcia with Darien Merriett at work to his left

Darien Merriett Angel Garcia Chalk Art FIT NYC FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Jhowee Chiang — work in progress — to the right of unidentified artist at work

FIT action jhowee chiang FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Victor Saint-Hilaire, close-up

Victor A. Saint Hilaire FIT Chalk Art Character FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Daisy Ruiz

Daisy Ruiz chalk art FIT FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Anita Stevens Rundles

Anita Stevrun chalk art FIT NYC FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Chase Michaelis — segment — to the left of artists to be identified

Chase Michaelis Danny Scanno fit chalk art FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Meagan Meli to the left of artists at work

Megan Meli Chalk Art FIT NYC FIT Students and Alumni Take to the Street with Chalk

Photos by FIT alumnus Dani Reyes Mozeson

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With new murals outside and an array of artworks inside, Be Electric Studios on 1298 Willoughby Avenue is the site of a new exhibit featuring over 20 street muralists.  Here are a few images captured hours before it opened last night.

Chris & Veng RWK and Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett

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Nicholai Khan at work, FumeroRaquel EchaniqueChris & Veng RWK and Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett

 street murals bushwick nyc STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Magda Love at work

Magda love fumero mural STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Sonni

sonni art exhibit STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Joseph Meloy

Meloy art  STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Cernesto

Cern art on exhibit edited 1 STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

And Esteban del Valle adding some finishing touches to his indoor mural

Esteban Delvalle nural art  STREET MURALS at Bushwicks Be Electric with Chris & Veng RWK, Nicole Salgar & Chuck Berrett, Fumero, Raquel Echanique, Magda Love, Sonni, Joseph Meloy, Cern, Esteban del Valle and more

Curated by Kevin Michael, the exhibit continues through Monday, 12 – 11pm.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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WK collagewith paint WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

A pop-up exhibit — celebrating the release of WK‘s fourth book WK/ACT4 (DRAGO) and the launch of his partnership with KLINIK – opened on Tuesday evening at The Garage in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.  A huge range of work — from mixed-media installations to huge murals — is featured. Here’s a sampling:

WK Installations WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

WK Interact mural book launch party WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

Close-up from huge mural featuring locations and images of WK‘s works in NYC public spaces

WK map close up WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

And the book

WK act 4 WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

WK signs book WK Interact Pop Up Exhibit Celebrates Book Release of WK/ACT4 and 25 Years of Art

The exhibit continues until Wednesday at 22 Little West 12th Street.  It remains open from 12 – 6pm.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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This past Saturday, the LISA Project celebrated its second anniversary party with a spirited Secret Walls battle in the now-famous parking lot on Little Italy’s Mulberry Street. Team Lowbrow’s Bishop 203MastroZimad, and Steiner competed against Team Supreme’s Lamour SupremeJeremyville, Boy Kong, and Nick Gazin. Here are a few images:

Bishop 203 and Zimad (R)

Zimad and bishop203 street art and graffiti NYC Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

Mastro

mastro street art graffiti secret walls NYC Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

Lamour Supreme at work

supreme team Secret walls Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

Jeremyville‘s draft 

team supreme mural sketch jeremyville Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

The illustrious judges: Sean Corcoran, Martha Cooper, Terror 161 and Carlo McCormick

Sean corcoran Martha Cooper Terror161 and Carlo McCormick LISA Project Secret Walls Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

The winning Team LowBrow members with LISA Project founder and director Wayne Rada

Lisa Project street art NYC Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

And the beloved “Taggers Delight” wall with NYC-based illustrator Sashalyn leaving her mark – to the left of Stikki Peaches

Sashalyn. stikki peaches street art Team LowBrow vs Team Supreme in Secret Walls Battle for the LISA Project’s Second Anniversary Party

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery1 The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery, a new outdoor public art space located in the courtyard of Gustiamo at 1715 West Farms Road, officially opens tomorrow, Saturday, October 18, 1-5pm.  Committed to preserving and celebrating the culture of graffiti in NYC, its first exhibit features works by such Bronx legends as Ces, Kingbee, and Tats Cru, along with artwork by its curators, Lady K Fever and Scratch.

Here’s a sampling of what’s been going down:

Tats Cru‘s Bio, BG 183 and Nicer

bio bg183 nicer tatscru graffiti Bronx NYC The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

Ces

ces graffiti Bronx NYC The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

Kingbee

kingbee graffiti street art Bronx NYC The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

Lady K Fever

lady k fever graffiti nyc The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

BG 183 and Scratch

scratch bg183 graffiti street art Bronx NYC The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery to Open Tomorrow with Tats Cru, Ces, Kingbee, Lady K Fever, Scratch and more

Hush Tours will provide free transportation from Manhattan to tomorrow’s event. For further information, contact Hush Tours at 212-714-3527.

All photos courtesy Scratch.

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Crisp John Paul Praxis street art Grove Alley NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

The Grove Alley Paint Nite, produced by the Gowanus Nite Market — in coordination with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership — took place last month, once again transforming Grove Alley into a intriguing open-air gallery.  John Paul O’Grodnick, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1 were among the local artists joined by Bogota-based Praxis and Crisp for this year’s event in Downtown Brooklyn, off Fulton Mall. Here are some more photos captured soon after the event that had attracted close to 2,000 people:

Praxis

Praxis Grove Alley street art NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

Crisp and John Paul O’Grodnick

Crisp JPO street art Grove Alley Brooklyn NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

JC and Sole Rebel

JC and Sols street art Grove Alley Brooklyn NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

JC, close-up

JC street art grove alley Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

Stencil1

Stencil1 Ed Roth grove alley stencils Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

 And still there from last year’s event —  See One and Rimx

See One Rimx graffiti street art Brooklyn Grove Alley NYC Downtown Brooklyns Grove Alley Transformed: Crisp, John Paul O’Grodnick, Praxis, JC, Sole Rebel and Stencil1

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Rappin Max Robot cover Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

Legendary for his collaborative artwork with Keith Haring on the NYC subways, Bronx-based artist and designer Eric Orr also produced the first-ever hip-hop comic book.  I recently had the opportunity to find out more about this multi-faceted artist who will be participating tomorrow – Friday – evening at the New York Comic Con panel discussion Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining, presented by Depth of Field.

You were one of the first graff artists to develop a distinct icon. Your “robot head” has since appeared on a wide range of surfaces – from T-shirts to record labels to international fine art exhibits. It has even made its way into Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses and catalogues. Can you tell us something about it?

It was inspired by the space age and the robotics era. I grew up in the age of Star Wars, Space Odyssey and the Robot Dance. And as tagging on walls and traditional graff didn’t do that much for me, my robot actually made it to the streets of the South Bronx where I grew up.

Orr meets Keith Haring NYC subway graffiti character Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

You may well be best-known for your collabs with Keith Haring that surfaced on the 6 Pelham Bay and the 4 and 5 NYC subways lines 30 years ago. You are, in fact, the only artist who ever collaborated with Keith in the subway system. How did you two first meet up?

Keith, it seems, had been eyeing my work for a while.  But we actually met, by chance, one day at a Swatch watch completion. I was wearing my hand-painted robot head shirt when Keith Haring approached me and invited me to collaborate with him on a series of artworks on the black panel spaces of the NYC subway system.

And these became a legendary part of NYC’s subway history! You also played a huge role in the hip-hop scene back in the day, producing work for Afrika Bambaataa and such hip-hop artists as Jazzy Jay, along with the brand logo for the Strong City Record label.  Can you tell us something about that? What exactly was the relationship between graffiti and hip-hop?  And was there one?

Yes! The same energy from the streets of the South Bronx that created the graffiti there in the late 70’s created hip-hop. Writers would go straight from getting up in the streets to hanging out at park jams and clubs. And it was largely the graffiti artists who designed the flyers for the hip-hop events.

Eric Orr hip hop character on comic Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

What about the relationship between hip-hop and comics? You produced the first-ever hip-hop comic and will be speaking about the two cultures at the  tomorrow – Friday.

From the beginning graffiti artists, MC’s and break-dancers adapted elements from the comic book culture. Just about everything — from our names to our fantastical identities to the flyers we designed — had comic elements in it. But only someone from the inside could have produced an authentic hip-hop comic.  My original “Maxwell Robot” strip ran in Rap Masters magazine.

Do you have a formal art education?

I studied art at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League.

Was it worthwhile?

Yes, it inspired me to take my work to a commercial level.

Cosmonaut Label Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

How do you feel about the interplay between graffiti/street art and the commercial world?

I have mixed feelings. It’s great for me and others to get paid to do the things we love. But it’s also easy for artists to be exploited — if their art is used to market a product and they are not getting paid for their artwork or sharing in the company’s profits.

You’ve done workshops with kids in New Zealand – to which you originally traveled to create a design for Serato — and recently here up in the Bronx. Can you tell us something about that?

Having grown up in the South Bronx, I understand just how important it is for kids to have positive experiences that nurture their creativity in productive ways. My most recent venture was with Sienide, working with youth to design a mural on 172nd Street and Southern Boulevard for the Children’s Aid Society’s.

erik Orr robot for childrens aid society Eric Orr on Graffiti, Keith Haring, Hip Hop, the South Bronx, Comic Art, the New York Comic Con and more

What’s ahead?

Cornell University recently approached me about purchasing the original source material for Rappin’ Max Robot for its hip-hop collection of rare books and manuscripts. I am currently working on an a piece for an upcoming train show at Grand Central, scheduled to open on November 22. And tomorrow evening, I will be participating in the New York Comic Con panel discussion Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining.

Congratulations! It all sounds great! 

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; all images courtesy of Eric Orr; final photo by Lois Stavsky

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