Rachel is a photographer and author who documents street art and other New York City secrets. In addition to working on personal art projects, Rachel practices Art Therapy and Art Education with various high-needs populations. She recently adopted Baxter, the 5 Pointz cat. Please visit www.RachelFawnAlban.com for more information.
Art on the streets is a vital component of New York City culture, and it was never more prominent than in the late 1970s and early 80s – a period which is now regarded as the “Golden Age of Graffiti.” During that time, photographers Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper famously documented the subculture of the graffiti movement and its vibrant art works, which were spray painted on the trains and on the streets. These photographs are currently on view at City Lore‘s exhibition: Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All-City Graffiti Archive.
Detail of a painting by Meres One, who was curator and resident artist at 5 Pointz.
The iconic 5 Pointz building in Long Island City may have been painted over, but the artists can’t be silenced. In the Whitewash show at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery, members of the graffiti collective have voiced their thoughts and feelings after discovering that the beloved art center had been suddenly whitewashed overnight.
Exit Room is a unique gallery and cultural space in Bushwick, Brooklyn that showcases visual art, film productions, poetry and musical performances. Located at 270 Meserole Street, (two blocks from the L train’s Montrose Ave. stop), Exit Room occupies a portion of a former brewery which was built in 1856. It sits adjacent to The Well, a 16,000 square foot beer hall and garden. There is also a large outdoor area in the back. We spotted some great original architectural details on our stroll around the block. We also had a chance to chat with the Exit Room NY founders Dariel Mtz and Daniela Zoe about the gallery and the Exodus exhibition.
Chris “Daze” Ellis, in front of a site specific painting done for the exhibition
The Museum of City of New York’s upcoming City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection, is the first exhibition of the 1970s and ’80s graffiti art amassed by artist and pioneering collector Martin Wong. The exhibition, which opens Tuesday February 4, features important paintings and “black book” drawings by some of the earliest graffiti artists in New York City, including DONDI, DAZE, FUTURA 2000, Keith Haring, LA2, LADY PINK, LEE, SHARP, ZEPHYR, and many more. We had a chance to preview the exhibit and meet some of the artists.
Lady Pink, Death of Graffiti, acrylic on masonite, 1982.
The Museum of City of New York’s upcoming City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection, is the first exhibition of the 1970s and ’80s graffiti art amassed by artist and pioneering collector Martin Wong. The exhibition features important paintings and “black book” drawings by some of the earliest graffiti artists in New York City, including DONDI, DAZE, FUTURA 2000, Keith Haring, LA2, LADY PINK, LEE, SHARP, ZEPHYR, and many more. We recently had a chance to chat with Sean Corcoran, who curated the upcoming exhibition.
Untapped Cities: Tell us a little bit about the artwork in the exhibit.
Sean Corcoran: The exhibition will have about 130 objects from the collection. There will be a combination of works on canvas, works on paper, blackbook drawings, photographs and other media. There is even a painting on a refrigerator door by an artist named Quik!