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Yeji Cho reflection art Third Annual <em>Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</em> Exhibit Continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through May 29

Currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education is a special exhibition featuring more than 600 original works of art and writing from NYC-based Gold Key recipients in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Previous Scholastic Art Award recipients  include such noted artists as Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Kay Walking Stick and Luis Jiménez. Pictured above is Reflection by 16-year old Hunter College High School student Yeji Cho. Here are several more Gold Key-awarded artworks that reflect a contemporary urban sensibility:

Iris Khim, The Wall, age 14, Fiorella H LaGuardia High School

Iris Khim the wall Third Annual <em>Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</em> Exhibit Continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through May 29

Yerke Abouva, Life of Food, age 15, Professional Children’s School

Yerke Abouva Life of Food art Third Annual <em>Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</em> Exhibit Continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through May 29

Anastasia Uraleva, Winter Night, age 17, Edward R Murrow High School

anastasia Uraleva winter night art Third Annual <em>Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</em> Exhibit Continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through May 29

Shelly Chung, I’m Going Bananas for Grandpa, age 17, Francis Lewis High School

Shelley Chung art scholastic award Third Annual <em>Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</em> Exhibit Continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through May 29

YuQing Gu, Self-Portrait with Skull, age 18, the Windsor School

YuQing Gu self portrait with skull art Third Annual <em>Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</em> Exhibit Continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through May 29

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. You can view the talents of the NYC-based Gold Key recipients at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through May 29 during regular museum hours.

Photos of images: 1, 3, 4 & 5 Tara Murray; 2 & 6 Lois Stavsky

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Richard hambleton woodward gallery windows nyc  Richard Hambleton: <em>I Only Have Eyes for You</em> Continues Through May 5 at Woodward Gallery on Manhattans Lower East Side

A contemporary of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel BasquiatRichard Hambleton, the Godfather of Street Art, began making his mark on the streets of his native Vancouver in the mid-70′s. His Image Mass Murder Art — a recreation of crime sceneshit the streets of 15 major cities throughout Canada and the US from 1976 through 1979. In the 80′s, his iconic Shadowman paintings surfaced across NYC and through Europe, including the Berlin Wall. He has since attained legendary, though infamous, status. To coincide with the highly anticipated World Documentary Premiere of SHADOWMAN by Oscar-nominated director Oren Jacoby, a historical selection of paintings by Artist Richard Hambleton his now on view at Woodward Gallery.

 Woodward Gallery Windows, Shadow Jumper, center with Shadow Head portraits to the right and left

Richard Hambleton Art woodward gallery  Richard Hambleton: <em>I Only Have Eyes for You</em> Continues Through May 5 at Woodward Gallery on Manhattans Lower East Side

Dancing Shadowman

Richard hambleton shadow man woodward gallery nyc  Richard Hambleton: <em>I Only Have Eyes for You</em> Continues Through May 5 at Woodward Gallery on Manhattans Lower East Side

Wide view, as seen through Woodward Gallery windows,  featuring the Marlboro Man to the left of Shadow Man portraits on paper 

Richard Hambleton artworks Woodward Gallery NYC  Richard Hambleton: <em>I Only Have Eyes for You</em> Continues Through May 5 at Woodward Gallery on Manhattans Lower East Side

Another variation of the Marlboro Man as seen from the outside

woodward gallery nyc  Richard Hambleton: <em>I Only Have Eyes for You</em> Continues Through May 5 at Woodward Gallery on Manhattans Lower East Side

At the Tribeca Film Festival

shadowman  Richard Hambleton: <em>I Only Have Eyes for You</em> Continues Through May 5 at Woodward Gallery on Manhattans Lower East Side

With a rare public appearance by the elusive Richard Hambleton

hambleton at tribeca film festival  Richard Hambleton: <em>I Only Have Eyes for You</em> Continues Through May 5 at Woodward Gallery on Manhattans Lower East Side

Woodward Gallery is located at 132A Eldridge Street off Delancey on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Visitors are invited to observe Richard Hambleton’s works from the outside and through gallery windows, as Hambleton intended in his vision. Special viewings are available by appointment. The artworks remain on view through May 5th.

Images courtesy Woodward Gallery

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Louie KR.ONE Gasparro kolorstorm book Louie KR.One Gasparro on: DON1, the Production of <em>KOLORSTORM</em>, His Upcoming Exhibit at the Urban Foundation Gallery and more

Born in East Harlem and raised in Astoria, Queens, Louie “KR.One” Gasparro has been sharing his vast creative talents — both as an artist and as musician — with us for decades.  ”Louie was an original,” Sacha Jenkins writes in the introduction to the recently-released KOLORSTORM: The Art of Louie “KR.One” Gasparro. “KR was a master of paint at a time in graffiti when there were more court jesters than kings, more tags and throw ups than masterpieces.”  Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to catch up with the impassioned artist while visiting his studio.

Louie KR.ONE Gasparro with graffiti Louie KR.One Gasparro on: DON1, the Production of <em>KOLORSTORM</em>, His Upcoming Exhibit at the Urban Foundation Gallery and more

It’s been almost three years now since your first book Don1: The King from Queens was launched with a panel discussion at the Museum of the City of New York. How has the response to that book been?

The response has been overwhelming. I put a light on a NYC graffiti master who had been forgotten.  He had influenced so many of us, but was living in obscurity. I was determined to uncover his story and share it with others. I spent nine years doing that. But my persistence paid off.  I had folks from Italy writing to me after the book was released.

Louie KR.ONE Gasparro the lost art of the tag graffiti Louie KR.One Gasparro on: DON1, the Production of <em>KOLORSTORM</em>, His Upcoming Exhibit at the Urban Foundation Gallery and more

And what about your current book? It’s quite impressive! How did that come about?

While working on Don1: The King from QueensI developed a relationship with its publisher, Schiffer Books. And when I proposed a book of my own works, I was encouraged to see it through.

I love the way your new book is organized into distinct chapters on different themes — such as The Early Days, Black Books, Model Trains, Abstracts, Walls and more. There is such an amazing variety of works and styles represented here, as well as a documentation of your journey as an artist — from subway graffiti pieces dating back to the early 80′s to contemporary urban art. How long did it take you to get it all together?

I spent two years working on it.  The greatest challenge was deciding which works to include. Originally, I had 600 images. I then had to cut that down to 400.

Louie KR.ONE Gasparro subway graffiti Martha Cooper Louie KR.One Gasparro on: DON1, the Production of <em>KOLORSTORM</em>, His Upcoming Exhibit at the Urban Foundation Gallery and more

louie gasparro abstract art Louie KR.One Gasparro on: DON1, the Production of <em>KOLORSTORM</em>, His Upcoming Exhibit at the Urban Foundation Gallery and more

Kolorstorm is also an amazing foray into your inspirations and passions.  Can you tell us something about your influences?

There are many. Comic books, cartoons, graffiti art, rock & roll, heavy metal…

Who were some of your favorite musicians back then?

Among them are: Jimi Hendrix, Rush, Yes… For me — and for many of us — graffiti was never related to hip-hop. The connection was largely an illusion that was accepted by many as “fact.” Graffiti transcends all concepts of race, religion, culture and class. That’s what makes it so great.

Louie KR.ONE Gasparro illustration band member Louie KR.One Gasparro on: DON1, the Production of <em>KOLORSTORM</em>, His Upcoming Exhibit at the Urban Foundation Gallery and more

In what ways has your work evolved through the past few years?

The entire process has become easier. My artwork is more detailed, and my line works are better.

Your Abstrakts are on a whole different level! What inspired them?

I was just experimenting with colors and shapes. The Abstrakts evolved from the experimentation. I’ve been told that they are “informed by graffiti.” And so they may be!

Louie KR.ONE Gasparro ART AS AN ANSWER exhibit nyc Louie KR.One Gasparro on: DON1, the Production of <em>KOLORSTORM</em>, His Upcoming Exhibit at the Urban Foundation Gallery and more

What’s ahead?

More art, of course! And opening Saturday (tomorrow) night is Art As An Answer, a one night only pop-up show with new works, presented by The Astoria Boyz and The Urban Foundation Gallery, at 208 East 73rd Street in Manhattan.

Congratulations!  It’s certain to be wonderful!

Images:

1. Cover of KOLORSTORM: The Art of Louie “KR.One” Gasparro, published by Schiffer Books

2. Louie “KR.One” Gasparro in his studio

3Louie “KR.One” Gasparro, The Lost Art of the Tag, True York

4. KR.One and Fome 1, IRT #2 Line, Bronx, 1982, Photo © Martha Cooper

5. Louie “KR.One” Gasparro, Abstract, Greyburst3

6Louie “KR.One” Gasparro, Band Member, Keyboardist

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; images 1, 4, 5 & 7 courtesy of the artist; 2, 3 & 6 photographed by Lois Stavsky in Louie’s studio

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Hydeon and sticky monger public art centrefuge NYC Centre fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 22: Hydeon, Stickymonger, Jenna Krypell, John Exit, Grimace NYC and Lamkat

The once-dreary trailer on East First Street — where the Lower East Side meets the East Village — has again been redesigned under the curatorial direction of Jonathan Neville, Joshua Geyer and Matthew Denton Burrows. And we love it! Pictured above are Hydeon and Sticky Monger at work. What follows are several more images — some of the artists captured in progress and others of the completed pieces.

Ian Ferguson aka Hydeon and Stickymonger, as seen this past week

Hydeon and sticky monger public aart nyc Centre fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 22: Hydeon, Stickymonger, Jenna Krypell, John Exit, Grimace NYC and Lamkat

Jenna Krypell

Jena Krypell painting nyc Centre fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 22: Hydeon, Stickymonger, Jenna Krypell, John Exit, Grimace NYC and Lamkat

John Exit aka scrambledeggsit at work

John exit live painting NYC Centre fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 22: Hydeon, Stickymonger, Jenna Krypell, John Exit, Grimace NYC and Lamkat

John Exit aka scrambledeggsit, as seen this past week

John Exit public art East Village NYC Centre fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 22: Hydeon, Stickymonger, Jenna Krypell, John Exit, Grimace NYC and Lamkat

Grimace NYC at work

Grimace NYC public art centrefuge Centre fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 22: Hydeon, Stickymonger, Jenna Krypell, John Exit, Grimace NYC and Lamkat

Grimace NYC, as seen in the bright sun this past week

IMG 8227 Centre fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 22: Hydeon, Stickymonger, Jenna Krypell, John Exit, Grimace NYC and Lamkat

Kat Lam aka Lamkat

lamkat public art east village nyc Centre fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 22: Hydeon, Stickymonger, Jenna Krypell, John Exit, Grimace NYC and Lamkat

Photo credits: 1, 4, 6 & 8 Tara Murray;  2, 3, 5 & 7 Lois Stavsky

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T Kid graffiti nyc Celebrating <em>International Hip Hop Day</em> at First Street Green Park: T Kid, Jerms, Doves, Lady K Fever, Andres Correa, Kool Kito, Marcelo Ment, La Femme Cheri, Ree, Resa Piece and more

Last Tuesday, First Street Green Park — on the corner of Houston Street and 2nd Avenue — was home to a buoyant celebration of International Hip-Hop Day. Hosted by PeepThis and organized by Anthony Bowman and Kate Storch, the event featured legendary graffiti artists, along with hip-hop and DJing pioneers. The mural pictured above was painted by T-Kid. Here are several more images we captured:

Jerms

Jerms graffiti first green park nyc Celebrating <em>International Hip Hop Day</em> at First Street Green Park: T Kid, Jerms, Doves, Lady K Fever, Andres Correa, Kool Kito, Marcelo Ment, La Femme Cheri, Ree, Resa Piece and more

Doves

doves graffiti nyc Celebrating <em>International Hip Hop Day</em> at First Street Green Park: T Kid, Jerms, Doves, Lady K Fever, Andres Correa, Kool Kito, Marcelo Ment, La Femme Cheri, Ree, Resa Piece and more

Lady K Fever at work

lady k fever graffiti nyc Celebrating <em>International Hip Hop Day</em> at First Street Green Park: T Kid, Jerms, Doves, Lady K Fever, Andres Correa, Kool Kito, Marcelo Ment, La Femme Cheri, Ree, Resa Piece and more

Andres Correa at work, to the left of Kool Kito

andres correa street art first green park nyc Celebrating <em>International Hip Hop Day</em> at First Street Green Park: T Kid, Jerms, Doves, Lady K Fever, Andres Correa, Kool Kito, Marcelo Ment, La Femme Cheri, Ree, Resa Piece and more

Marcelo Ment — in from Brazil

marcelo ment first green park nyc Celebrating <em>International Hip Hop Day</em> at First Street Green Park: T Kid, Jerms, Doves, Lady K Fever, Andres Correa, Kool Kito, Marcelo Ment, La Femme Cheri, Ree, Resa Piece and more

La Femme Cheri, Ree and Theresa Kim aka Resa Piece

Cheri ree and resa piece graffiti art nyc1 Celebrating <em>International Hip Hop Day</em> at First Street Green Park: T Kid, Jerms, Doves, Lady K Fever, Andres Correa, Kool Kito, Marcelo Ment, La Femme Cheri, Ree, Resa Piece and more

The crew

Hip Hop International Day artists Celebrating <em>International Hip Hop Day</em> at First Street Green Park: T Kid, Jerms, Doves, Lady K Fever, Andres Correa, Kool Kito, Marcelo Ment, La Femme Cheri, Ree, Resa Piece and more

Other featured New York graffiti and street art legends included: Will Power, Flint 707, Nic 707, Keo, Omni and Frank Wore Croce. The hip-hop music — featuring DJ Grand Wizard Theodore and DJJS1 – was broadcast live on Damatrix Studios.

Photo credits: 1-4 & 7  Lois Stavsky 5 & 6 Tara Murray & 8 Karin du Maire

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Julieta XLF street art valencia spain On the Streets of Valencia, Spain: Julieta XLF, Disney Lexya, Benuz, Laguna, Thiago Goms, Emilio Cerezo, Deih and David de Limón

The walls of the historical district of El Carmen,Valencia brim with stirring street art and graffiti. Pictured above is by Valencia-native Julieta XLF. Here are several more I captured last week while visiting Spain:

Disney Lexya

disney lexya street art valencia On the Streets of Valencia, Spain: Julieta XLF, Disney Lexya, Benuz, Laguna, Thiago Goms, Emilio Cerezo, Deih and David de Limón

Benuz and Laguna

benuz and laguna street art valencia spain On the Streets of Valencia, Spain: Julieta XLF, Disney Lexya, Benuz, Laguna, Thiago Goms, Emilio Cerezo, Deih and David de Limón

Thiago Goms, Laguna and Emilio Cerezo

Thiago goms laguna and emiliocrezo street art valencia On the Streets of Valencia, Spain: Julieta XLF, Disney Lexya, Benuz, Laguna, Thiago Goms, Emilio Cerezo, Deih and David de Limón

Deih

deih street art valencia spain On the Streets of Valencia, Spain: Julieta XLF, Disney Lexya, Benuz, Laguna, Thiago Goms, Emilio Cerezo, Deih and David de Limón

The ubiquitous David de Limon

david delimon street art valencia spain On the Streets of Valencia, Spain: Julieta XLF, Disney Lexya, Benuz, Laguna, Thiago Goms, Emilio Cerezo, Deih and David de Limón

 Photos by Lois Stavsky

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taki 183 and cornbread graffiti Riding NYC Subway Trains: Taki 183, Cornbread, Flint, Praxis, Nic 707, Spar One,  Steven Cogle, Gabriel Camacho, Stavro & David Lyman

Nic 707’s InstaFame Phantom Art movement continues to hit the NYC subway trains with classic graffiti along with contemporary urban art. Pictured above are graffiti pioneers: Taki 183 and Cornbread. Here are several more featured on recent rides heading Downtown:

Classic graffiti writer Flint

flint subway art Riding NYC Subway Trains: Taki 183, Cornbread, Flint, Praxis, Nic 707, Spar One,  Steven Cogle, Gabriel Camacho, Stavro & David Lyman

Colombian artist Praxis with a message

Praxis art Riding NYC Subway Trains: Taki 183, Cornbread, Flint, Praxis, Nic 707, Spar One,  Steven Cogle, Gabriel Camacho, Stavro & David Lyman

Veteran writer and founder of the InstaFame Phantom Art Movement Nic 707

nic 707 abstract art Riding NYC Subway Trains: Taki 183, Cornbread, Flint, Praxis, Nic 707, Spar One,  Steven Cogle, Gabriel Camacho, Stavro & David Lyman

Veteran writer Spar One

spar one Riding NYC Subway Trains: Taki 183, Cornbread, Flint, Praxis, Nic 707, Spar One,  Steven Cogle, Gabriel Camacho, Stavro & David Lyman

Steven Cogle and Gabriel Camacho

steve cogle and gabriel camacho art Riding NYC Subway Trains: Taki 183, Cornbread, Flint, Praxis, Nic 707, Spar One,  Steven Cogle, Gabriel Camacho, Stavro & David Lyman

Canadian artist Stavro

matthew stavro subway art Riding NYC Subway Trains: Taki 183, Cornbread, Flint, Praxis, Nic 707, Spar One,  Steven Cogle, Gabriel Camacho, Stavro & David Lyman

Abstract urban artist David Lyman 

david lyman art Riding NYC Subway Trains: Taki 183, Cornbread, Flint, Praxis, Nic 707, Spar One,  Steven Cogle, Gabriel Camacho, Stavro & David Lyman

Photo credits: 1, 5, 6 & 8 Lois Stavsky; 2-4 & 7 courtesy Nic 707

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Lady pink painting <em>Fem is in</em> Continues Through Next Saturday at Fat Free Art with: Lady Pink, Alice Mizrachi, Queen Andrea, Jane Dickson, Swoon & more

Curated by Alice Mizrachi, Fem-is-in is an homage to the female spirit in this time of female-led activism.  Featuring a diverse range of work by female artists who have forged their distinct paths, Fem-is-in engages and entices.  The artwork pictured above is by the legendary Lady Pink. What follows is a small sampling of works that can be seen at Fat Free Art through next Saturday.

Alice Mizrachi

Alice Mizrachi art <em>Fem is in</em> Continues Through Next Saturday at Fat Free Art with: Lady Pink, Alice Mizrachi, Queen Andrea, Jane Dickson, Swoon & more

Queen Andrea

queen andrea typography art <em>Fem is in</em> Continues Through Next Saturday at Fat Free Art with: Lady Pink, Alice Mizrachi, Queen Andrea, Jane Dickson, Swoon & more

Jane Dickson

jane dickson art <em>Fem is in</em> Continues Through Next Saturday at Fat Free Art with: Lady Pink, Alice Mizrachi, Queen Andrea, Jane Dickson, Swoon & more

Swoon, close-up

swoon <em>Fem is in</em> Continues Through Next Saturday at Fat Free Art with: Lady Pink, Alice Mizrachi, Queen Andrea, Jane Dickson, Swoon & more

Also featured in Fem-is-in are works by: Lady Aiko, Diane McClure, Ann Lewis aka Gilf!, Janette Beckman and Martha Cooper.

Located at 102 Allen Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side,  Fat Free Art is open Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-7PM and Sunday 12PM-5PM.

Photos of images: 1, 4 & 5 Lois Stavsky; 2 & 3 Tara Murray

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Pantone interferences Felipe Pantone at GR Gallery on the Bowery and on the Streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and more

Within the past year, we came upon Felipe Pantone‘s mesmerizing vision on the streets of Miami, Montreal, Atlanta, NYC and Valencia, Spain. And recently we viewed his distinctly bold, infectious aesthetic in a gallery setting here in NYC. Until Sunday, April 16 several of the artist’s studio works remain on view in the brilliantly alluring group exhibit, Interferences: Contemporary Op and Kinetic Art, at GR Gallery, 255 Bowery. Pictured above is OPTICHROMIE 85, enamel on wood panel. What follows are two more of Felipe Pantone‘s works on exhibit at GR Gallery.

CHROMADYNAMICA 16, Enamel on wood panel

Felipe Pantone Interferences Felipe Pantone at GR Gallery on the Bowery and on the Streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and more

SCROLL PANORAMA 11, Enamel spray paint on aluminum and acrylic

pantone scroll Felipe Pantone at GR Gallery on the Bowery and on the Streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and more

And while here for the opening of Interferences: Contemporary Op and Kinetic Art, Felipe Pantone shared his talents with us on the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn

felipe pantone street art NYC Felipe Pantone at GR Gallery on the Bowery and on the Streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and more

Several other of his works we sighted outdoors these past few months include:

In Atlanta, Georgia  for the Outer Space Project

Felipe pantone atlanta street art Felipe Pantone at GR Gallery on the Bowery and on the Streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and more

In Montreal, Canada for the Mural Festival

felipe pantone mural art montreal Felipe Pantone at GR Gallery on the Bowery and on the Streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and more

And spotted this past weekend in Valencia, Spain, where the Argentine artist is based 

pantone valencia Felipe Pantone at GR Gallery on the Bowery and on the Streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and more

Featured along with Felipe Pantone at GR Gallery are Gilbert Hsiao, Nadia Costantini, and Sandi Renko, whose innovative works “investigate and advance the discourse around pattern, optical and perceptual abstract painting.” Located at 255 Bowery — between Houston & Stanton —  GR Gallery is open Tue- Sat 12:00pm – 7:00pm.

Photo credits: 1 – 3 Courtesy GR Gallery; 4-6 Tara Murray & 7 Lois Stavsky

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brazilian art at andrew freedman 1 <em>Synopsis of an Urban Memoir</em>: An Homage to Brazilian Street Art Continues at Andrew Freedman Home through April 14

A sumptuous selection of artworks by Brazilian street artists is currently on exhibit at the historic Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx. This past Sunday, we had the opportunity to speak to the lovely Larissa Ferreira, one of the exhibit’s curators.

What an exhilarating exhibit! What inspired it? Any significance to its timing — as it opened on March 26th?

It is an homage to Brazil’s rich street art and graffiti tradition. And, yes, the date is significant! Brazil’s “National Day of Graffiti” on March 27th was established in 1987 after the death of the artist Alex Vallauri (1949-1987), one of the pioneers of contemporary urban art in the country.

Fefe Romanova lady siren and the seahorse 1 <em>Synopsis of an Urban Memoir</em>: An Homage to Brazilian Street Art Continues at Andrew Freedman Home through April 14

What, exactly, was your role in producing this exhibit? 

I curated it in collaboration with Ligia Coelho Martins of Duetto Arts and Roberta Prado of Urban Walls Brazil in partnership with Andrew Freedman Home and CUFA – Central Única das Favelas.

bugre family 1 <em>Synopsis of an Urban Memoir</em>: An Homage to Brazilian Street Art Continues at Andrew Freedman Home through April 14

How many of these artists are currently based in NYC?

Just three: Henrique BeloittiFefa Românova and Camila Crivelenti. The others are based in Brazil, but several will be traveling here to NYC in the months ahead.

HENRIQUE BELOTTI 1 <em>Synopsis of an Urban Memoir</em>: An Homage to Brazilian Street Art Continues at Andrew Freedman Home through April 14

What — would you say — is the mission of Synopsis of an Urban Memoir?

In recent months, we have witnessed the disappearance of art on the streets of my hometown, São Paulo. This exhibit is our way of paying homage to urban art as an artistic and social movement.

goms zoomorphia urbana 1 <em>Synopsis of an Urban Memoir</em>: An Homage to Brazilian Street Art Continues at Andrew Freedman Home through April 14

What were some of a the challenges involved in producing an exhibit of this nature? 

Finding the right site for the exhibition and selecting the artists.

mateus bailon Arauto do Outono <em>Synopsis of an Urban Memoir</em>: An Homage to Brazilian Street Art Continues at Andrew Freedman Home through April 14

How did you go about selecting the artists?

With difficulty! We originally wanted to include 10-13 artists. We ended up showcasing the words of 19: Alto*Contraste, Branco, Bugre, Camila Crivelenti, Ciro Schu, Combone, Criola, Fefa Românova, Goms, Henrique Beloitti, Ju Violeta, Júlio Vieira, Mag Magrela, Mateus Bailon, Panmela Castro, Pecci, Siss, Tikka and Vermelho. Each of these artists represents a distinct style and sensibility.

vermeoho Gula <em>Synopsis of an Urban Memoir</em>: An Homage to Brazilian Street Art Continues at Andrew Freedman Home through April 14

How did the opening of the show go?

It was wonderful! So much enthusiasm, spirit and great music!

ciro shu circuit seris 1 <em>Synopsis of an Urban Memoir</em>: An Homage to Brazilian Street Art Continues at Andrew Freedman Home through April 14

How can folks see this exhibit? It’s a definite must-see!

It remains on exhibit here at the Andrew Freedman Home – 1125 Grand Concourse, directly across from the Bronx Museum of the Arts – through April 14. Hours are: Mon – Thu, 9am – 7pm; Fri: 9am – 5pm and Sat: 10am – 5:30pm.

Images of artworks

1. Wide view of segment of the exhibit

2. Fefa Românova, The Return of the Wild Woman

3.  Bugre, Family

4. Henrique Beloitti, Raios de Oya

5.  Goms,  Zoomorfia Urbana

6. Mateus Bailon, O Portador das Flores

7. Vermelho, Gula

8. Ciro Schu, from Circuit Series

Photo credits: 1, 2 & 8 Houda Lazrak, 3-7, Lois Stavsky; interview conducted by Lois Stavsky with Houda Lazrak and edited by Lois Stavsky

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