This enormous mural on the side of the Mark Morris Dance Center near the Brooklyn Academy of Music showcases Barry McGee’s eye for vibrant colors and patterns. McGee, who was commissioned to create this mural by BAM, Vanity Fair and Cadillac, often depicts the tools of the trade, like spray paint cans, tagged signs, and more. Although he has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, he began his career as a graffiti artist in San Francisco in the late ’80s, where he focused on making politically engaged street art. (more…)
Os Gemeos, which means “the twins” in Portuguese, is the mastermind collective behind several huge murals, including one on the side of PS 11 in New York City and a gigantic mural in Boston’s Dewey Square. Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, twins from Brasil, started their first art tour in the United States back in 2010, after erecting a rather noticeable urban art mural right in the heart of Downtown Boston, close to South Station. Along with the Institute of Contemporary Art, where they had their first solo exhibit in the United States, these artists have brought their art to the world.
New York City wouldn’t be the same without the scores of statues that decorate its many parks, plazas and other public spaces. From Christopher Columbus at Columbus Circle to Atlas supporting the world on his shoulders at Rockefeller Center, New York City sculptures range in subject, size and style, from historic stone and bronze to brightly-colored modern and even post-modern sculptures. But every now and then, a statue stops you in your tracks as you wonder, what is that doing here? We’ve rounded up the quirkiest and most surprising statues in New York City, from a former communist leader to a giant bronze rat.
1. Vladimir Lenin atop a building in the East Village
Our favorite sculpture in Manhattan has to be this bronze replica of Communist leader Vladimir Lenin atop a building in the East Village. What could it possibly be doing there? It turns out the statue was originally a Soviet-commissioned work, but when the Soviet Union collapsed, it was never unveiled. Developer Michael Rosen, a former professor of radical sociology at NYU, wanted a sculpture of Lenin for Red Square, his luxury apartment building on East Houston Street between Avenues A and B. A team of art dealers found the sculpture in a dacha in Moscow and brought it back for Rosen. (more…)
In Paris, one is constantly bumping in to Keith Haring. Not the man himself–usually it’s just advertisements and posters about the well-recieved exhibit “Keith Haring: The Political Line” at the Musée d’Art Moderne and Centquatre. But Keith Haring’s work can also be found in some surprising places in Paris, from the church at St. Eustache to a hospital. (more…)
The first edition of the MURAL street art festival took place recently on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, in downtown Montreal. Already a street art hot spot, the boulevard, known here as The Main, went through a major transformation. Twenty street artists from all over the world were invited to create murals of various sizes and styles. (more…)
This summer, the High Line is offering tours of the third and final segment of the elevated railway to view the art exhibit Caterpillar, by the artist Carol Bove. The tour is not really a tour in the traditional sense. Tickets allows visitors to saunter over the section at any pace they would like, stopping to explore and photograph as they desire.
Entrance to the High Line tours begins at 34th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues. The area in its natural state is idyllic (though far more cleaned up than our last visit in 2011) and will hopefully be maintained that way when it opens to the public next year. The tree coverings provide tunnel though which the vanishing point of the third section is viewed.