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Lee Quinones

Lee Quinones adding a poetic message on the wall of his current solo show                                         Photo: Nicole Klagsbrun

New Yorkers who date back to the mid 1970s will remember the birth of subway graffiti art and Lee Quinones as a prominent figure in this movement. Well known for painting entire subway cars, and credited with painting about 125 cars all together, the Puerto Rico-born New Yorker was part of the respected writing crew The Fabulous 5 (Fab 5). Now, forty years later, Quinones has long since moved out of the subway and into the mainstream–in galleries, museums and private collections all over the world. You may recognize our previous coverage of Quinones within the Museum of the City of New York exhibition, City as Canvas  

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In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels. 

As the flowers start blooming, so do the walls of New York (and Jersey) City. April was a big month in the street art and graffiti community with some big names in their respective forms putting up unique and challenging works, like JR’s Walking New York pieces which we’ve covered separately). There has been so much, it was really difficult picking just five pieces to highlight this month. But, after some deliberation, pieces were chosen and arranged. This is a special one folks, here are the top five pieces of April 2015.  (more…)

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In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels. 

The cold of winter is finally behind us. Spring is returning to New York City and that means more art can be found on the streets. Goodbye big heavy coats and hello galleries and murals. Some of you may be rusty because you’ve been inside all winter, but the artists featured here kept working during the unpredictable weather this month. Here are five pieces of extraordinary art from some of NYC’s most popular graffiti and street artists, all waiting to be found and Instagrammed.  (more…)

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No, you didn’t read that wrong. AINT WET is a guerrilla marketing campaign for the rather bizarre clothing company of the same name run by one Abraham El Makaw. Over the last few months, we’ve come across a few of the signage he’s posted all over the city. His Instagram account, also the official AINT WET account, has a penchant for dead birds, dead fish, roaches, dead rats and marsupials, often smoking cigarettes amidst found trash. Nothing is beyond the limit, with two bottles of pee photographed to mark his 24 hours spent underground.

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In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels. To see last month’s list, click here 

A brutally cold February in New York City has delivered record cold temperatures and has frozen much of the Hudson River. This isn’t ideal weather for artists and those of us who explore the city looking both high and low (and we mean really low) for great art. However, fortune favors the bold and those who battle the elements to paint out in the open or secretly somewhere in NYC’s many tunnels and abandoned locations should be praised. Respect also goes to the people who take their time to find and document the work of these artists, journeying to discover art free of censorship or approval from anyone but the artist themselves.

For those who need just a little more encouragement to go out and explore the city, looking for the best art in NYC, we are here to help. Here are the best street art and graffiti pieces for February 2015. (more…)

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Welcome to the first installment of our monthly showcase of the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels, an expansion of our popular semi-annual column, curated by Untapped Cities Street Art columnist, Christopher Inoa.

Lucky for us, the graffiti and street artists of New York are not taking a break just because it’s January. The temperature may be below freezing, but the men and women who pick up spray cans and paint brushes are not letting something like the cold stop them from making the streets just a bit more colorful. Fresh off a great 2014, the new year has already given us great murals to admire. To catch you up on what’s been going on in, here is the first of the monthly column. Happy hunting!

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