04/10/14 10:00am

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This guy sure as hell is not as pretty as Marilyn Monroe. In 1964, the man pictured above, along with twelve other unfortunate souls who happened to be at the end of an NYPD mugshot camera, became the inspiration for an installation by a then up and coming artist named Andy Warhol.

Fifty years ago, before he became one of the world’s most influential and polarizing artists, Warhol sparked a small controversy during the construction of the 1964 NYC World’s Fair. On the exterior of the New York State Pavilion in Queens, Warhol installed enlarged mugshots of the man pictured above and twelve others; all taken from an NYPD booklet, featuring the most wanted criminals of 1962. The piece, titled 13 Most Wanted Men was put on display in April of 1964. While it was one of the many art displays commissioned for the fair, it was deemed offensive and was covered up with sliver paint before the fair opened. (more…)

04/08/14 10:00am

This year on the Park Avenue Mall is Alice Aycock’s ‘Park Avenue Paper Chase’

There are more then daffodils popping up in our parks and public spaces.  Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite public art pieces so far this season that we think you should check out this month!

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04/07/14 2:00pm
The new entrance to The Urban Garden Center as they reopen

The Urban Garden Center opening weekend of April 5th after the explosion in East Harlem

New Yorkers love their markets. They pop up in every borough in every form, from the greenmarkets to the flea markets, and they are a large part of our history. Last June, Untapped Cities wrote of a market that celebrated East Harlem’s past.  Located under the overhead tracks and running from 111th Street to 117th Street along Park Avenue, La Marqueta, Flea Marqueta and The Urban Garden Center have brought back the spirit of Fiorello LaGuardia’s original 1936 plan conceived as an informal gathering place–a place for pushcart vendors and other merchants to sell their produce.  Unfortunately the market slowly declined in the 1970′s and several attempts to bring it back failed.  (more…)

04/07/14 12:00pm

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The weather is getting better finally in NYC. Isn’t it time you checked out some of our curated picks of the week? 

Monday April 7th

Start off the week by heading over to the Scandinavia House on 58 Park Avenue. The Nordic Center in America is playing host to an interesting dance-noir created by The Danise Lumière Dance Company, who mix dance, music and theater, to bring literary adaptations to the stage. The work the Dance Company will be paying tribute to is the poetry of 2011 Noble Prize winner  Tomas Tranströmer. Tickets and more information can be found here.

Also don’t miss the street art exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery in Long Island City that just opened Saturday. Members of the graffiti community have come together to respond to the whitewashing of 5 Pointz through art.
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04/07/14 10:00am
Detail of a painting by Meres One

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.

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04/07/14 9:00am

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After a brutal winter, the sun was finally shining brightly over New York City. Soft and fluffy clouds scattered across a deep blue sky on a lazy Saturday afternoon. And then there were pillows! Just the perfect setting to celebrate the 2014 International Pillow Fight Day.

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