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Eva Crockcroft's Homage to Seurat La Grande Jatte in Harlem 5

On the facade of 115 Hamilton Place in Harlem is a mural that looks like Seurat’s famous pointillist painting La Grande Jatte. But look closely and you’ll see it’s a ode to the original by Eva Crockcoft, entitled Homage to Seurat: La Grande Jatte in Harlem. Untapped readers may remember our guide to the real La Grande Jatte just outside Paris, which gives an overview of the many famous Impressionist paintings done on the island.

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One Wall Street — Former Banking Room Irving Trust Building. Source: CMG Digital

The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière by Catherine Coleman Brawer and Kathleen Murphy Skolnik is an enlightening and desperately needed book. Most people today have never head of Meière, though millions walk by her work every day. This book and the recent exhibit on Meière’s work at the Museum of Biblical Art represent a new day for artists whose work pervades the streetscape though they have been forgotten, most recently Rafael Guastavino. Hildreth Meière was a distinguished Art Deco muralist, mosaicist, painter and decorative artist and on top of that was one of the few women in her field.  (more…)

Keith Haring pop shop Soho NYC Untapped CitiesKeith Haring in the Pop Shop. Photo via the Keith Haring Foundation

Even now, more than twenty years after his death, Keith Haring remains a symbol of New York City’s street art scene. Haring came to New York to study at the School of Visual Arts in 1978 and quickly immersed himself in the city’s alternative art scene, befriending Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf and Andy Warhol. While he experimented with video, installation, collage and performance art, his true talent lay in his line paintings.

Over time, he came to be known for his distinctive style using bold, heavy lines, simple shapes and figures, and bright colors. In the ’80s, Haring gained international recognition, but he never stopped giving back to the community, creating many public murals around the world. Since Sunday, May 4 is his birthday, we’re looking at the work Haring left behind for New Yorkers to enjoy. Had he lived, he would have been turning 56 years old.

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1-Sherry Netherland Ben Murphy IThe recently uncovered ceiling mural at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel (photo by Ben Murphy)

The decadent Sherry-Netherland Hotel located in Midtown East is known for its opulent walls and floors; however, its ceiling has been plain white for much of its recent history. This all changed with the recent uncovering and restoration of the 1927 Beaux-Arts mural. Here are 8 other murals around NYC that have been either uncovered or face preservation controversy. (more…)

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A veteran of the street art scene in London, Stik leaves androgynous “stik people” wherever he visits. His work strives to capture the importance of body language in human interaction, with large success. Not long ago, he left this mural called “Liberty” in the the East Village, on the corner of E 9th Street and Avenue A. “This deceptively simple stick figure raises one arm in a plaintive gesture of solidarity to the artists, activists and outsiders who have occupied Tompkins Square over the years,” according to Dorian Gray Gallery, which commissioned the work. The gallery will hold a reception for Stik’s Liberty Project on December 12. (more…)

Bushwick Collective the yok mural Bushwick Brooklyn NYC Untapped CitiesThis mural includes work by Buff Monster and The Yok.

In addition to Five Pointz in Long Island City, Bushwick is one of NYC’s major street art hubs, with an outdoor art gallery known as the Bushwick Collective. Over the past two years, Joe Ficalora, a Bushwick native, has taken the lead as the Bushwick Collective’s curator. Ficalora told the New York Times that commissioning these murals is a way to help him reclaim a neighborhood full of painful memories, including his father’s murder in 1991 and his mother’s recent death. He simply began googling street artists and inviting them to come paint. Business owners donate their wall space and the artists contribute their time and pay for their own supplies.

Today there are over fifty murals lining the buildings on Troutman Street and that number is constantly growing. We’re taking you on a street art tour beginning on Jefferson Street, up Wyckoff Avenue and continuing on Troutman Street towards Saint Nicholas Avenue.  (more…)