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basquiat <em>Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s</em> at the Whitney Through May 14: Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Martin Wong, Kenny Scharf & more

Among the diverse works on display in Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s at the Whitney Museum are several by artists whose contributions to the graffiti and street art movement have been monumental. Pictured above is LNAPRK by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Here are several more:

Keith Haring, Untitled, Fiber-tipped pen on synthetic leather

haring <em>Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s</em> at the Whitney Through May 14: Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Martin Wong, Kenny Scharf & more

 Martin Wong, Closed, Acrylic on canvas; the artist’s extensive graffiti collection was the subject of City as Canvas at the Museum of the City of  New York in 2014

Martin Wong painting Whitney <em>Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s</em> at the Whitney Through May 14: Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Martin Wong, Kenny Scharf & more

Kenny Scharf, When the Worlds Collide, Oil and spray paint on canvas against wallpaper adapted from Keith Haring mural at the Pop Shop

 kenny scharf and keith haring painting <em>Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s</em> at the Whitney Through May 14: Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Martin Wong, Kenny Scharf & more

Kenny Scharf, close-up 

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Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s continues through May 14 at the Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street in the Meat Packing District. Check here for hours. Admission is Pay-What-You-Wish on Friday’s, 7-10 pm.

Photos by 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 

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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

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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

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Kat Lam aka Lamkat

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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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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

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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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pablo power Gay science and joyous wisdom Pablo Power & Schoolly D, <em>Philly VS New York: A Declaration of Co Independence</em> at Okay Space in Williamsburg

Currently on view at Okay Space at 281 North 7th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is Philly VS New York: A Declaration of Co-Independence. Featuring works — fashioned both individually and collaboratively — by legendary Philly rapper Schoolly D and New York-based multi-disciplinary visual artist Pablo Power, this exhibit is a follow-up to their 2013 exhibition, Am I Black Enough?  Presented by Okay Space and Black Swan Projekt, Philly VS New York: A Declaration of Co-Independence continues through April 1. Pictured above is Gay Science and Joyous Wisdom by Pablo Power. What follows are several more images on display:

Schoolly D, Smoke Some Kill, Ink on paper

schoollyD smoke some kill original album art Pablo Power & Schoolly D, <em>Philly VS New York: A Declaration of Co Independence</em> at Okay Space in Williamsburg

 Pablo Power, Crack Another 40, A Birthday on Chrystie, Mixed media

Crack another 40 Pablo Power Pablo Power & Schoolly D, <em>Philly VS New York: A Declaration of Co Independence</em> at Okay Space in Williamsburg

 Pablo Power, Dekalb Didactic, Mixed media

Pablo Power Dekalb Didactic Pablo Power & Schoolly D, <em>Philly VS New York: A Declaration of Co Independence</em> at Okay Space in Williamsburg

Schoolly D,  Cheeba, Cheeba, Mixed media

schoolly Cheeba cheeba Pablo Power & Schoolly D, <em>Philly VS New York: A Declaration of Co Independence</em> at Okay Space in Williamsburg

Schoolly D and Pablo Power, Philly Vs New York, Giclée Prints, edition of 30. Release and Exhibit Reception Tonight

pablo power and schoolly D collabo Pablo Power & Schoolly D, <em>Philly VS New York: A Declaration of Co Independence</em> at Okay Space in Williamsburg

And on this coming Wednesday evening, a series of short films will be screened:

okay space films Pablo Power & Schoolly D, <em>Philly VS New York: A Declaration of Co Independence</em> at Okay Space in Williamsburg

 Photos of images 1-5 by Tara Murray

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Michael alan ink An Artist and His Studio: With Michael Alan in Bushwick

Ranging from the mischievous to the mystical, Michael Alan‘s ever-evolving body of artwork always entices.  We recently had the opportunity to visit the prodigious artist’s studio and find out a bit about it and its role in his life.

What a great space in such an ideal building! How long have you been here?

I’ve been in this building for two years. I first began sharing a studio here with Nick Greenwald, an illustrator. That was soon after I had lost my previous space to a flood at my home in Staten Island. And when Ashley Azelinskie – who oversees this building — saw his much work I was doing, she provided me with this studio.

Your studio has such a warm vibe. It is so welcoming.

Yes! I have tried to duplicate the aesthetics of my home. I want to work in a place that is relaxed and motivating.

Michael alan varied figures An Artist and His Studio: With Michael Alan in Bushwick

How did you decide what to transport here to keep you company?

I chose to bring over the artwork, books, magazines and toy sculptures that matter the most to me.

Yes! I’ve noticed baseball cards — that you’ve refashioned — that must have been with you since your childhood. And your black books date back years! What about the logistics of moving everything here and setting it up?

I had put an ad on my Instagram – “Help me move, and we can draw,” — and 40 people showed up.  Then once I was here, Michael Kronenberg, a formerly homeless friend of mine — who’d been released from Bellevue after trying to harm himself — helped me curate the space. The studio is a place — for not just me — to create positivity. I wanted him to have a space he could work with me on, and not end up in a bad space again. He had landed in Bellevue after losing hope in art and ever attaining success. He is a talented artist, and I wanted to encourage him not to let others take him down. And my friend, Janna, helped me turn it into a home. It took about two to three weeks.

michael alan works in studio An Artist and His Studio: With Michael Alan in Bushwick

What role does this studio play in your life?

It is my life. My sanctuary. A constant show for myself. I’d always been hesitant to look at my stuff. But now I do. I even put a book together here.

Can you tell us something about what has gone down here — in addition to what you paint, draw and endlessly create?

We host weekly performances and drawing groups that have attracted folks ranging in age from 18 – 70. People of all styles and skill levels are welcome. The next one will be held this coming Saturday evening, March 25th beginning at 8pm. Tickets and more information are available here.   Musicians have performed here, including Ramsey Jones of the Wu Tang Clan. Alan Ket has been here filming a documentary in which I am one of the featured artists. And I give tours to college kids and collectors here.

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How do you feel about this neighborhood — Bushwick?

These days I spend most of my life here. I like this building, and I like the people in it. But Bushwick is not my neighborhood. I find the gentrification here distasteful. The friends I grew up with couldn’t afford to live here. But I’m happy to have a studio here, as so many studios in NYC are infested with drugs, roaches and rats, along with people you don’t want to be around. I’ve been in studios where things were stolen from me and where my mother got robbed.

It’s great that you have this now. What’s ahead for you — in addition to everything that is happening in this space? 

I’m preparing for a solo show in a new, huge gallery, Space 42, in Jacksonville, Florida. It will open on Friday, April 28th at 7pm.

Michael alan face An Artist and His Studio: With Michael Alan in Bushwick

 Good luck!  It all sounds great!

Photos of images: 1-3 Lois Stavsky; 4 Tara Murray & 5 Michael Alan

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