On a mission to find public art in my Manhattan neighborhood, I hit Riverside Park yesterday afternoon. Here’s a sampling of what I found walking among the snow drifts — overlooking the Hudson River — from 72nd Street down to 59th Street:

Sukyung KimFlow 1 – Cascade

Sukyung Kim Flow1 Cascade NYC sculpture public art Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Kate Jansyn, Fragment of an Angel

Kate Jansyn Fragment of an Angel Public Art Sculpture NYC Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Paola Morales, Thrive

Paola Morales Thrive public art sculpture Riverside Park Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Lee Apt, Jubilation

Lee Apt Jubilation sculpture NYC Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Jubiliation, in its entirety from another angle

Lee Apt Jubilation public art sculpture NYC Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Ken Shih, Can Love Pervade Space? close-up of huge installation

Ken Shih Can Love Pervade Space public artsculpture close up NYC. Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Accidental art

Accidental Art Riverside Park NYC Searching for Public Art in Riverside Park on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon: Sukyung Kim, Kate Jansyn, Paola Morales, Lee Apt and Ken Shih

Note: Images 1-6  – of the Model to Monument Program (M2M) – represent a collaboration between the Art Students League of New York and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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This is the eighth in a series of occasional posts featuring some of the curious characters that surface on NYC streets:

Mike Lee in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

mike lee street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part VIII: Mike Lee, Werc, Elle with the London Police, Buff Monster, Binho and Esteban del Valle

Werc, close-up in Long Island City

werc close up street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part VIII: Mike Lee, Werc, Elle with the London Police, Buff Monster, Binho and Esteban del Valle

Elle and the London Police on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

elle and london police street art nyc 2 Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part VIII: Mike Lee, Werc, Elle with the London Police, Buff Monster, Binho and Esteban del Valle

Buff Monster at the Bushwick Collective

buff monster street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part VIII: Mike Lee, Werc, Elle with the London Police, Buff Monster, Binho and Esteban del Valle

Binho in Long Island City

binho street art nyc Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part VIII: Mike Lee, Werc, Elle with the London Police, Buff Monster, Binho and Esteban del Valle

Esteban del Valle at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

Esteban del valle welling court street art nyc  Curious Characters on NYC Streets, Part VIII: Mike Lee, Werc, Elle with the London Police, Buff Monster, Binho and Esteban del Valle

Photo credits: 1, 3 & 5 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2, 4 & 6 Lois Stavsky

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Juan Travieso street art Hialeah Miami In Hialeahs New Arts District with: Juan Travieso, Nicole Salgar, Reinier Gamboa, Ernesto Maranje and Diana Contreras aka Didi Rok

A vibrant art scene has begun to emerge in Miami’s largely industrial Hialeah neighborhood.  What follows are a few more murals — all painted by Miami-based artists — that greeted me there on my recent visit:

Nicole Salgar

nmsalgar street art Hialeah Miami In Hialeahs New Arts District with: Juan Travieso, Nicole Salgar, Reinier Gamboa, Ernesto Maranje and Diana Contreras aka Didi Rok

Reinier Gamboa

Reinier Gamboa street art Hialeah Miami In Hialeahs New Arts District with: Juan Travieso, Nicole Salgar, Reinier Gamboa, Ernesto Maranje and Diana Contreras aka Didi Rok

Ernesto Maranje

ernesto maranje street art Hialeah Miami In Hialeahs New Arts District with: Juan Travieso, Nicole Salgar, Reinier Gamboa, Ernesto Maranje and Diana Contreras aka Didi Rok

Miami-based Diana Contreras aka Didi Rok

Didi rok street art hialeah Miami In Hialeahs New Arts District with: Juan Travieso, Nicole Salgar, Reinier Gamboa, Ernesto Maranje and Diana Contreras aka Didi Rok

First image was painted by Juan Travieso

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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What follows are a few more images representative of the wonderfully diverse range of murals gracing Wynwood Walls:

Chinese-born DALeast

Daleast street art wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls, Part II: DALeast, Cryptik, Faith47, Gaia, Crash and Ernest Zacharevic

West Coast-based Cryptik

cryptik close up street art wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls, Part II: DALeast, Cryptik, Faith47, Gaia, Crash and Ernest Zacharevic

South African artist Faith47

faith47 street art wynwood walls1 At Wynwood Walls, Part II: DALeast, Cryptik, Faith47, Gaia, Crash and Ernest Zacharevic

Baltimore-based Gaia

Gaia street art at Wynwood Walls1 At Wynwood Walls, Part II: DALeast, Cryptik, Faith47, Gaia, Crash and Ernest Zacharevic

Bronx-based John Matos aka Crash

crash street art wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls, Part II: DALeast, Cryptik, Faith47, Gaia, Crash and Ernest Zacharevic

Lithuanian born Ernest Zacharevic

ernest zacharevic street art wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls, Part II: DALeast, Cryptik, Faith47, Gaia, Crash and Ernest Zacharevic

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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pichiavo street art mural wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls with PichiAvo, Inti, Alexis Diaz, el Seed, Case Maclaim and Logan Hicks

Since its inception in 2009, Wynwood Walls has served as a rotating canvas for a stunning array of street art and graffiti murals painted by outstanding artists from across the globe. Here is a sampling of what I captured last week:

Another segment from huge mural painted by Valencia, Spain natives Pichi & Avo

Pichiavo street art mural wynwood wallsJPG At Wynwood Walls with PichiAvo, Inti, Alexis Diaz, el Seed, Case Maclaim and Logan Hicks

Chilean artist Inti

Inti street art mural Wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls with PichiAvo, Inti, Alexis Diaz, el Seed, Case Maclaim and Logan Hicks

Puerto Rico-based Alexis Diaz

alexis diaz close up street art mural wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls with PichiAvo, Inti, Alexis Diaz, el Seed, Case Maclaim and Logan Hicks

French-Tunisian artist El Seed

el seed street art wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls with PichiAvo, Inti, Alexis Diaz, el Seed, Case Maclaim and Logan Hicks

German artist Case Maclaim, close-up

case maclaim street art wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls with PichiAvo, Inti, Alexis Diaz, el Seed, Case Maclaim and Logan Hicks

NYC-based Logan Hicks, close-up

Logan Hicks close up street art Wynwood walls At Wynwood Walls with PichiAvo, Inti, Alexis Diaz, el Seed, Case Maclaim and Logan Hicks

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Rimx street art wynwood miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

In collaboration with the Mana Urban Arts Project, the Bushwick Collective transformed Wynwood’s former RC Cola Factory into a Mecca of first-rate street art and graffiti. During Miami Art Week, celebrated artists from across the globe painted alongside local Miami and NYC-based artists. Here are a few more images from among the dozens of murals I saw last week while visiting Wynwood:

London-based James Cochran aka Jimmy C

Jimmy C street art wynwood miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

London-based Shok1

Shok1 street art wynwood miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

NYC-based Giz RIS

giz graffiti wynwood miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

NYC-based Lady Aiko

aiko wynwood street art miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

Dutch artist David Louf aka Mr June

Mr June street art wynwood The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

Miami-based Hoxxoh

hoxxoh street art wynwood miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

West Coast-based Christina Angelina

christina angelina wynwood street art miami The Bushwick Collective x Mana Urban Arts Project at Wynwoods RC Cola Factory with Rimx, Jimmy C, Shok1, Giz, Lady Aiko, Mr. June, Hoxxoh and Christina Angelina

First image is a close-up from a huge mural by David Sepulveda aka Rimx

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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tristan eaton street art wynwood miami At Wynwoods Space 52 Mural Project with: Tristan Eaton, Esao Andrews, Hauser, Drew Merritt, David Flores, Cyrcle and Askew One

A stylistically diverse series of portraits of musicians  — ranging from Beethoven to David Bowie, RIP — can be found on NW 22nd and 1st Avenue in Wynwood. Curated by Tristan Eaton for Space 52, this mural project was presented by B&A during Art Basel Miami. Here are a few more of the beautifully executed portraits:

West Coast-based Esao Andrews does Bob Dylan

esao Andrews street art wynwood miami At Wynwoods Space 52 Mural Project with: Tristan Eaton, Esao Andrews, Hauser, Drew Merritt, David Flores, Cyrcle and Askew One

West Coast-based Richard Henderson AKA Hauser does Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk

richard henderson street art Miami At Wynwoods Space 52 Mural Project with: Tristan Eaton, Esao Andrews, Hauser, Drew Merritt, David Flores, Cyrcle and Askew One

West Coast-based Drew Merritt does George Harrison 

drew merritt street art wynwood miami  At Wynwoods Space 52 Mural Project with: Tristan Eaton, Esao Andrews, Hauser, Drew Merritt, David Flores, Cyrcle and Askew One

West Coast-based David Flores does David Bowie

David Flores street art wynwood miami At Wynwoods Space 52 Mural Project with: Tristan Eaton, Esao Andrews, Hauser, Drew Merritt, David Flores, Cyrcle and Askew One

West Coast-based Cyrcle does Beethoven

cyrcle street art wynwood miami At Wynwoods Space 52 Mural Project with: Tristan Eaton, Esao Andrews, Hauser, Drew Merritt, David Flores, Cyrcle and Askew One

New Zealand-based Askew One does Billie Holiday

askewone street art wynwood miami At Wynwoods Space 52 Mural Project with: Tristan Eaton, Esao Andrews, Hauser, Drew Merritt, David Flores, Cyrcle and Askew One

Opening image: Project curator Tristan Eaton’s portrait of Afrika Bambaataa

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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swoon street art red hook NYC Guys on NYC Walls, Part VIII:  Swoon, JR, Sipros, Os Gemeos, Werc with Gera Luz, Rob Plater and Crash with Solus

This is the eighth in an occasional series featuring images of males who surface on NYC public spaces:

JR in Soho

jr street art soho NYC  Guys on NYC Walls, Part VIII:  Swoon, JR, Sipros, Os Gemeos, Werc with Gera Luz, Rob Plater and Crash with Solus

Sipros in Midtown Manhattan with the Bushwick Collective

Sipros street art manhattan nyc Guys on NYC Walls, Part VIII:  Swoon, JR, Sipros, Os Gemeos, Werc with Gera Luz, Rob Plater and Crash with Solus

Os Gemeos on the Lower East Side

os gemeos streeet art NYC Guys on NYC Walls, Part VIII:  Swoon, JR, Sipros, Os Gemeos, Werc with Gera Luz, Rob Plater and Crash with Solus

Werc and Gera Luz in LIC with the Welling Court Mural Project

werc and gera luz street art nyc Guys on NYC Walls, Part VIII:  Swoon, JR, Sipros, Os Gemeos, Werc with Gera Luz, Rob Plater and Crash with Solus

Rob Plater in Bushwick with JMZ Walls

tmo plater street art bushwick NYC Guys on NYC Walls, Part VIII:  Swoon, JR, Sipros, Os Gemeos, Werc with Gera Luz, Rob Plater and Crash with Solus

Crash and Solus with the Lisa Project in Noho

solus crash street art nyc Guys on NYC Walls, Part VIII:  Swoon, JR, Sipros, Os Gemeos, Werc with Gera Luz, Rob Plater and Crash with Solus

The first image features Swoon in Red Hook

Photo credits: 1, 5-7 Tara Murray; 2-4 Lois Stavsky

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Esteban del Valle looking for sediment art on panel Esteban del Valle on Contemporary Colonialism: <em>Displacing Waves</em> to Open January 9 at Superchief Gallery LA

Brooklyn-based artist Esteban del Valle has been busy! The culmination of seven months of travels throughout the United States, Displacing Waves, his upcoming exhibit, reflects on the artist’s role as a member of the “creative class” that creates new settlements, while displacing others. Esteban’s distinctly adroit mixed-media approach — blurring the lines between drawing and painting — brilliantly captures the anxiety, along with the comical irony, that the threat of gentrification poses to various communities, including the gentrifiers themselves.  Here is a sampling of Esteban’s painterly musings on contemporary colonialism that will be on exhibit at LA’s' Superchief Gallery opening this coming Saturday.

Appetite, Acrylic ink and collage on panel, 9″ x 12″

Esteban del Valle appetite art on panel Esteban del Valle on Contemporary Colonialism: <em>Displacing Waves</em> to Open January 9 at Superchief Gallery LA

Cocktails near the poor man’s riviera, Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 48″ x 60″

Esteban del Valle Esteban del Valle Cocktails near the poor mans riviera art on canvas Esteban del Valle on Contemporary Colonialism: <em>Displacing Waves</em> to Open January 9 at Superchief Gallery LA

We are running out of cities, Ink and collage on paper, 11″ x 8.5″

Esteban del Valle running out of cities ink and collage on paper Esteban del Valle on Contemporary Colonialism: <em>Displacing Waves</em> to Open January 9 at Superchief Gallery LA

And the artist at work at Superchief Gallery as he readies for his West Coat exhibit

Esteban del Valle process superchief LA Esteban del Valle on Contemporary Colonialism: <em>Displacing Waves</em> to Open January 9 at Superchief Gallery LA

Opening this coming Saturday, January 9, at Superchief Gallery, 739 Kohler Street, in Los Angeles, Displacing Waves remains on view through January 31.

Note: Opening image is Looking for sediment, Acrylic ink and collage on panel, 8″x 10″

All photos courtesy the artist

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el nino de las pinturas art hart house east harlem nyc Kristy McCarthy aka D Gale on HART: the Harlem Art Collective

A collective of artists based primarily in Harlem, HART has become an active force in the uptown arts scene. While visiting its space, I had the opportunity to speak to one of its founders, Kristy McCarthy aka D Gale.

Can you tell us something about HART’s mission?

Our mission is to use art as a tool to engage, educate and empower the members of our Harlem community.  We are especially interested in beautifying abandoned and neglected spaces.

lexi bella danielle mastrion d gale street art east harlem nyc Kristy McCarthy aka D Gale on HART: the Harlem Art Collective

When was the Harlem Art Collective first born?  And was anyone – besides you – involved in its conception?

It officially began last February. Gia Gutierrez and I had talked about starting some sort of Harlem-based artist organization. But as she didn’t have enough free time at that point to devote to launching it, Harold Baines and I organized the first few meetings with about 10 other artists and community members.

How did you get the word out?  And how many artists are currently involved?

We initially got the word out mostly via emails and through our personal networks. About 40 artists currently participate.

D Gale public art east harlem nyc Kristy McCarthy aka D Gale on HART: the Harlem Art Collective

Here at HART’s base, you provide space for local artists to live and free studio space for artists to create. In addition, you rent out two of the bedrooms to folks who are in NYC for short periods of time.  How did you come upon such an amazing 5-bedroom space in the heart of East Harlem?

We found out about it from the building’s landlord. And its size and location made it a perfect match for our needs.

Among your projects is the always-engaging Guerilla Gallery on 116th Street off 2nd Avenue. It has introduced us to many new artists, and it also showcases art by some of our all-time favorite ones. What other projects have you initiated? 

We have partnered with other community organizations — such as the East Harlem Block Nursery, Concrete Safaris and the Manatí Community Garden – to paint murals at block parties and community events. We worked with Urban Innovations to paint and install little free libraries in community gardens around Harlem, and we have hosted free art workshops at the HART house.

Guerrilla gallery street art east harlem nyc Kristy McCarthy aka D Gale on HART: the Harlem Art Collective

How can an artist join your collective?

We hold meetings twice a month. Anyone interested in attending and finding out more about HART can contact us via our Facebook page. We are also going to start a monthly newsletter this spring and, hopefully, add a community calendar to the Guerilla Gallery.

What’s ahead?

We are working on organizing a spring show that will feature artists from the collective and from the neighborhood. We are also working on starting other Guerrilla Galleries on abandoned construction walls around Harlem. And we are planning to paint more murals that directly involve the community. We have, also, recently formed a women’s caucus within the collective to organize projects specifically dedicated to women’s issues and female empowerment.

steve perez zerkoler bio tats cru street art east harlem nyc Kristy McCarthy aka D Gale on HART: the Harlem Art Collective

That sounds great! Good luck with it all. We are looking forward!

Images:

1. El Nino de las Pinturas, inside the Hart House

2. Lexi Bella, Danielle Mastrion and Kristy McCarthy in East Harlem

3. Kristy McCarthy in East Harlem

4. The Guerrilla Gallery in East Harlem, as seen earlier this year

5. Steve Perez, Zerk Oer and Bio,Tats Cru at the Guerrilla Gallery in East Harlem, as seen this past week on massive wall spelling out E-L  B-A-R-R-I-O

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

Interview by Lois Stavsky

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