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All-City Express, a hugely impressive interactive art exhibitionmade its world premiere last weekend at Randall’s Island’s Panorama. Under the curatorial direction of 5Pointz Creates leaders Meres One and Marie Flageul, Lady Pink, Tkid 170Toofly, Meres One, Jerms, Topaz, and See tf painted live, covering digital subway cars with original artwork. Fusing graffiti’s underground roots with innovative video technology, the project was developed by Brooklyn-based AST Studios with Tangible Interaction. Here are a few images captured in the course of this three-day cutting-edge homage to traditional graffiti art.

Five of the 5Pointz Creates crew with Marie Flageul in foreground — on green screen

5pointz creates with marie <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

Lady Pink and Toofly at work on green screen

lady pink and toofly graffiti <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

And with completed piece as viewed on virtual subway train

lady Pink and Toofly graffiti production <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

See tf and Python with completed piece on green screen

see tf and python <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

Jerms and Topaz  as a mix of technologies brings them at work onto a NYC train in real time

Jerms graffiti projection <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

T-Kid with completed piece on green screen

T Kid graffiti <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

And as viewed on virtual train

T Kid Randalls <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

Meres One at work on green screen

meres paints graffiti <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

Digital tagging, made possible by PhaseSpace and 2D graffiti software by Tangible Interaction

5 pointz tags <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

And the trains roll by throughout NYC with AST Studios‘ life-like visual effects and editorial content by Possible Productions

graffiti trains <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

Photo credits: 1, 3-10 Nic Lyte and 2 Rachel Fawn; videos produced by AST Studios

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keith Haring city kids mural art copy <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

Coinciding with the Democratic National Convention, the non-profit Rock The Vote launched its Truth to Power campaign in Philadelphia earlier this week. Among its events was a three-day pop-up art exhibit featuring a varied range of socially and politically engaged works in different media. Among the artists who participated are many whose works have also surfaced in public spaces. Pictured above is Keith Haring with the City Kids Foundation. Here are several more:

Mear One, False Profits

Mear One political art <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

Beau Stanton, Elemental Crisis 

beau stanton political art <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

Shepard Fairey aka Obey

Obey political art <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

Lmnopi, Tehrir

lmnopi political art <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

Mata Ruda, How Can I Write My Own Future with My Hands Bound?

mata ruda political art <em>Truth to Power</em> Showcases Socially Engaged Art: Keith Haring, Mear One, Beau Stanton, Shepard Fairey, Lmnopi, Mata Ruda and more

Photo credits: 1-3, 5 & 6 Lois Stavsky; 4 Sara Ching Mozeson

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ApostropheNYC art exhibit subway platform NYC <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Transforms Subway Station into a Pop Up Gallery

Earlier this year we met up with the wonderfully talented and intrepid Apostrophe founders and curators — Sei and Ki Smith. Since, they’ve successfully hosted guerrilla pop-ups at The Whitney Museum  of American Art — from which they’ve been banned for life – and at MoMA PS1. This past Friday we attended Apostrophe‘s  Base 12 Subway Show, a pop-up exhibit at the Kosciuszko Street stop on the J Line featuring works from Apostrophe‘s 12 artists. And what fun it was!

Kolter

kolter art apostrophenyc nyc <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Transforms Subway Station into a Pop Up Gallery

The Love Child

the love child art apostrphenyc <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Transforms Subway Station into a Pop Up Gallery

Julia Powers

Julia powers art apostrophe nyc <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Transforms Subway Station into a Pop Up Gallery

James Reyes

James Reyes art apostrophenyc nyc <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Transforms Subway Station into a Pop Up Gallery

Sei Smith, curator and recently featured, along with his brother, in Time Out New York’s 10 NYC artists 35 and under you should know

sei smith art apostrophenyc nyc <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Transforms Subway Station into a Pop Up Gallery

Morell Cutler and artwork by James Rubio on right

Morell Cutler and James Rubio art Apostrophenyc subway station nyc <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Transforms Subway Station into a Pop Up Gallery

Alana Dee Haynes

alana dee Haynes art apostrophenyc subway platform nyc <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Transforms Subway Station into a Pop Up Gallery

And healthy non-alcoholic beverage — provided by Costa Brava — served at artists’ reception on subway platform!

apostrophe nyc reception <em>Apostrophe NYC</em> Transforms Subway Station into a Pop Up Gallery

Apostrophe‘s Base 12 Project will continue throughout the year with three pop-ups in city parks, three in European galleries, one more museum pop up and then finally a project retrospective at Mana Contemporary that will exhibit all 144 paintings from the 12 pop-ups.

Photo credits: 1-7 Lois Stavsky; 8 & 9 Tara Murray; additional photos on the Street Art NYC Instagram

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Icy and Sot flyer Icy and Sot Pop Up Exhibit and Book Signing at 51 Orchard Street

The newly released LET HER BE FREE documents Iranian brothers Icy and Sot‘s foray from skateboarding teens in Iran to politically-conscious, internationally acclaimed artists. To celebrate the launch of their book, the artists invite you to a pop-up exhibition of small and mid-scale stencil artworks that have been created exclusively for this book launch. Opening tomorrow evening. July 23 at 51 Orchard Street with a book signing, the exhibit continues through July 30.

Unity, spray paint on canvas

icy and sot Unity   30x36 inch   stencil spray paint on canvas  Icy and Sot Pop Up Exhibit and Book Signing at 51 Orchard Street

Justice, spray paint on cut-out wood

Icy and Sot Justice   30x24 inch   stencil spray paint on cut out wood  Icy and Sot Pop Up Exhibit and Book Signing at 51 Orchard Street

In Long Island City 

Icy and Sot street art long Island city BYC  Icy and Sot Pop Up Exhibit and Book Signing at 51 Orchard Street

And book cover

icy and sot let her be free book cover Icy and Sot Pop Up Exhibit and Book Signing at 51 Orchard Street

Published by Lebowsi Publishers with an introduction by filmmaker and poet Jess X Chen and an afterword by Brooklyn Street Art‘s Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington, the artists’ first collection of works features over 200 full color photos.

All images courtesy Icy and Sot

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Caps Matches Color HomeStyle HomeStyle    <em>Cap Matches Colors</em> First International Exhibit    to Open Tomorrow, July 22, at Bristols HANGFIRE Gallery

Celebrating the history of today’s spray paint culture, Bristol-based HANGFIRE has teamed up with U.S.- based spray brand collectors Cap Matches Color to present HomeStyle.  On display and for purchase will be a strong collection of spray paint memorabilia from the archives of  Cap Matches Color and U.K. based collector, Ticks. Also on exhibit will be limited edition photographic prints from worldwide traveller and photographer Mr. Yoshi and original artwork and limited prints from Cheo.

Cheo graffiti art HomeStyle    <em>Cap Matches Colors</em> First International Exhibit    to Open Tomorrow, July 22, at Bristols HANGFIRE Gallery

Copies of Two Decades of Digging will be available for purchase, along with limited edition silkscreened skate decks featuring vintage spray paint graphics of Marabu Buntlack, Krylon and Rust-Oleum by HANGFIRE.

cap matches color book HomeStyle    <em>Cap Matches Colors</em> First International Exhibit    to Open Tomorrow, July 22, at Bristols HANGFIRE Gallery

The exhibit opens at tomorrow — Friday evening — at 49 North Street, BS3 1EN Bristol, UK on the eve of Bristol’s famed Upfest Festival and continues through August 5th.

Home style exhibit HomeStyle    <em>Cap Matches Colors</em> First International Exhibit    to Open Tomorrow, July 22, at Bristols HANGFIRE Gallery

Images for this post courtesy HANGFIRE and Cap Matches Color; photo of Cap Matches Color by Lois Stavsky

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stik street art nyc STIK Book Signing at Strand Book Store Tomorrow, July 21, 6 8pm

We’ve been huge fans of Stik and his distinctively singular — now iconic — character since he first visited NYC several years ago. We are delighted that his first book that was released in the UK last year is now available here throughout the US.

stik book insert STIK Book Signing at Strand Book Store Tomorrow, July 21, 6 8pm

Featured in STIK are dozens of artworks ranging from unsanctioned pieces on the streets of East London — painted when the artist was homeless — to huge international murals across the globe. All are fashioned from six lines and two dots, the style Stik began when he had to paint quickly to evade the authorities.

stik 2004 STIK Book Signing at Strand Book Store Tomorrow, July 21, 6 8pm

Described by the artist as “a journal of the progression of the Stik Project,”  STIK is a fascinating journey into the artist’s consciousness and aesthetic. Stik’s strong social mindfulness and acute political awareness are evident in this first collection of his works, as he increasingly devotes his talents and energies to a range of causes, often working in collaboration with children and members of vulnerable communities.

Stik mural book STIK Book Signing at Strand Book Store Tomorrow, July 21, 6 8pm

With over 200 heavy gloss pages and an exclusive, limited edition print, the book — published by Penguin — has now made its way into bookstores across the globe.

Stik street art book STIK Book Signing at Strand Book Store Tomorrow, July 21, 6 8pm

You can meet Stik and purchase a signed copy of his book with an orange or teal print — exclusive to the first US edition of the book – tomorrow, Thursday evening from 6-8pm at Strand Books, 828 Broadway on the corner of 12th Street.

stik book penguin STIK Book Signing at Strand Book Store Tomorrow, July 21, 6 8pm

Anyone who buys a copy of STIK or brings in a pre-purchased copy of the book for Stik to sign at Strand Books is eligible to enter a lottery to win a pair of artist’s unfolded, card stock Stik posters, signed by Stik himself. The posters, one orange and one blue, are number one of only five artist’s proofs and depict the same image seen on the book’s cover.

All photos courtesy Stik and Penguin Press

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t kid graffiti hackensack new jersey Back to Hackensack with: T Kid, Jew, Part One, Rath, Pase, Flite and Abe

With their vibrant colors and seductive styles, the rotating walls in Hackensack’s Union Street Park tantalize.  Pictured above is T-Kid. Here are a few more captured yesterday:

Jew BT

jew graffiti Hackensack NJ Back to Hackensack with: T Kid, Jew, Part One, Rath, Pase, Flite and Abe

Part One TDS

part TDS Hackensack NJ Back to Hackensack with: T Kid, Jew, Part One, Rath, Pase, Flite and Abe

Rath

rath graffiti hackensack new jersey Back to Hackensack with: T Kid, Jew, Part One, Rath, Pase, Flite and Abe

Pase BT

pase bt graffiti NJ Back to Hackensack with: T Kid, Jew, Part One, Rath, Pase, Flite and Abe

 Flite TDS

flite graffiti hackensack new jersey Back to Hackensack with: T Kid, Jew, Part One, Rath, Pase, Flite and Abe

Abe BT

abe bronx team graffiti mural hackensack new jersey Back to Hackensack with: T Kid, Jew, Part One, Rath, Pase, Flite and Abe 
Photo credits: 1, 5 & 7 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2-4 & 6 Lois Stavsky

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JR Ellis Island street art tribeca NYC edited 1 JR’s “Unframed, Ellis Island” Installed at DDG’s 100 Franklin Street

DDG’s 100 Franklin Street in Tribeca is now the site of a new massive mural by JR, the internationally acclaimed Parisian artist. The image is an enlargement of a photo that was originally taken in Ellis Island in 1908 and was featured in JR,’s Unframed — Ellis Island exhibit.

Installation in progress

jr action tribeca street art nyc JR’s “Unframed, Ellis Island” Installed at DDG’s 100 Franklin Street

With assistant Joshua B. Geyer taking command

Josh Geyer assists JR street art Tribeca nyc JR’s “Unframed, Ellis Island” Installed at DDG’s 100 Franklin Street

The completed installation, as seen this past weekend

JR tribeca street art ellis island nyc edited 1 JR’s “Unframed, Ellis Island” Installed at DDG’s 100 Franklin Street

This same wall was the site of JR’s 100-foot ballerina, one of our favorite street art pieces of 2015. The following video by Jesse Whiles documents its transition:

We especially appreciate the new mural  – and its reminder that we are a nation of immigrants — at a time when so many are seeking refuge from catastrophic events throughout the globe.

Photo credits: 1 Courtesy DDG; 2-4 Tara Murray

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gera luz essex street market mural nyc Gera Lozano Refashions the Essex Street Market with a Flavorful Feast of Luscious Colors and Abstract Shapes

Few Lower East Side spots are as tantalizing as the Essex Street Market. With its rich array of delicacies, it’s been one of our favorite haunts for years. And now with Gera Lozano‘s artwork gracing both its exterior and interior, it’s even more inviting!  I recently met up with Lauren Margolis of the Lower East Side Partnership who gave me a bit of an update.

We love the the Essex Street Market‘s new look! What inspired the makeover?

With the development of the nearby Essex Crossing, the Essex Street Market was experiencing less foot traffic. Many people, in fact, didn’t realize that the Market was still open and functioning. We wanted to boost its visibility.

gera luz abstract mural art nyc Gera Lozano Refashions the Essex Street Market with a Flavorful Feast of Luscious Colors and Abstract Shapes

You certainly seem to have accomplished that! We street art aficionados were introduced to Gera Lozano‘s aesthetic largely through the murals she has painted with WERC in Brooklyn and Queens.  We are delighted to see her work surface here. How did you decide which artist to commission for this project?

Natalie Raben, who oversaw the 100 GATES Project, was familiar with Gera’s work, and suggested that we bring her abroad for this project. And Gera was quite excited about this project when we approached her.

gera luz exterior essex street market nyc edited 1 Gera Lozano Refashions the Essex Street Market with a Flavorful Feast of Luscious Colors and Abstract Shapes

What about the design? How was that decided? What considerations went into it?

We were seeking an attractive, eye-catching design that represents the range of vendors at the Essex Street Market.

gera luz interior design essex street market nyc Gera Lozano Refashions the Essex Street Market with a Flavorful Feast of Luscious Colors and Abstract Shapes

How have folks reacted to this transformation?

They love it. The response has been so positive. People have been commenting on it, posing in front of it and posting images it on Instagram!

gera luz mural essex street Market Gera Lozano Refashions the Essex Street Market with a Flavorful Feast of Luscious Colors and Abstract Shapes

What’s ahead for the Essex Street Market?

In 2018, it will be moving into the ground floor of Essex Crossing. All of the existing vendors will have a new home, and there will be space for additional vendors. Delancey Street Associates, the developer of Essex Crossing, will cover the cost of the move.

I’m glad we have Gera’s artwork in the meantime! And we look forward to seeing the art that is certain to surface there!

Note: The Essex Street Market is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00am to 7:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm. The Market also houses Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space that is open Tuesday – Sunday from 12-6pm.

Photo credits: 1 & 5 Tara Murray; 2-4 Lois Stavskyinterview with Lauren Margolis conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky

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This is the eleventh in a series of occasional posts featuring the art that has surfaced on NYC shutters:

Eelco on the Lower East Side 

Eelco Les street art shutter NYC Shutters – Part XI: Street Art and Graffiti by Eelco, Crash with Bio, Moody Mutz, Phetus and Jules Muck

Crash and Bio on the Lower East Side

 crash and bio graffiti nyc copy NYC Shutters – Part XI: Street Art and Graffiti by Eelco, Crash with Bio, Moody Mutz, Phetus and Jules Muck

Moody Mutz on the Lower East Side

Moody Mutz street art shutter nyc NYC Shutters – Part XI: Street Art and Graffiti by Eelco, Crash with Bio, Moody Mutz, Phetus and Jules Muck

Phetus at the Bushwick Collective

phetus street art NYC NYC Shutters – Part XI: Street Art and Graffiti by Eelco, Crash with Bio, Moody Mutz, Phetus and Jules Muck

Jules Muck aka MuckRock with the Welling Court Mural Project in Astoria, Queens

muck rock street art nyc NYC Shutters – Part XI: Street Art and Graffiti by Eelco, Crash with Bio, Moody Mutz, Phetus and Jules Muck

Photo credits: 1, 4 & 5 Tara Murray; 2 Dani Reyes Mozeson & 3 courtesy of John Woodward

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