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This past Saturday outlaws and vandals partied inside a former police station in Gramercy. Robert Aloia along with Outlaw Arts, VNA Magazine, street artist Beau, Todd Masters, the NY st.Gallery and the real estate and business financial brokerage firm Suzuki Capital LLC, came together to pull off one of the most massive street art shows of the year. Almost 70 different artists brought their respective street art and graffiti styles to 327 E 22nd. Street, in a show that gave some of the artists free rein on rooms formerly used to hold criminals and teenage runaways.

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Meres One-5Pointz-Robin Williams-Untapped Cities-Brooklyn-Tribute-Mural-RIPTribute to Robin Williams (Meres One via Instagram)

Graffiti artists and former curator of the now gone Queens graffiti landmark 5 Pointz Meres One, collaborated with fellow graffiti artist SeeTF to paint this tribute to Robin Williams in Brooklyn. The actor, famous for his roles in Aladdin, Dead Poet’s Society, Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King, Good Morning Vietnam and more, passed away early Monday. The outpouring was immediate on social media, as fellow actors and fans expressed remorse over the passing of a comedian who made us laugh on television, and on film, for over thirty years.

The quote on the street art piece comes from Williams’ character on Dead Poet’s Society: “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

We expect more tributes to start popping up around the city and around the world. We will update them as they go up.

To see how far along his Robin Williams viewing marathon is going, contact the author @TatteredFedora

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Latin America’s most cosmopolitan city is a magnet for urban artists and art lovers from across the globe. Here in Buenos Aires graffiti art is not a clandestine activity, but a celebrated art form that turns talented graffiti artists into celebrities. Colourful, larger-than-life murals are painted freely on busy city streets, often with the approval of local porteños and money from the government. Found in barrios across the city, street art works range from small stencil images to grandiose displays of world-class artistic talent representing Argentina’s vibrant social and political culture.

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Banksy-Queens-Inflatable Throw-Up-NYC-Long Island Expressway-2Image via Banksy

Banksy’s 2013 NYC residency was 10 months ago and people are still talking about it. For 31 days this past October, the elusive, controversial and extremely polarizing British street artist Banksy took up shop in NYC for his latest art show/project/thing-to-piss-people-off titled Better Out Than In. Ten months removed from the madness and excitement (and constant debates) he caused in our fair city, renowned street art/graffiti photographer and independent publisher Ray Mock  is publishing the book Banksy in New York, which releases August 15th at noon EST at carnagenyc.com. The 120-page photography book and critique positions itself as ”the ultimate companion to the British’s artist month-long project on the streets of New York in October, 2013.” (more…)

Basketball players in front of Daniel Hauben's "Under the El," installed by the MTA on Freeman Street in 2005

Basketball players in front of Daniel Hauben’s “Under the El,” installed by the MTA on Freeman Street in 2005

When we headed up to Freeman Street in the Bronx to see the new Seis del Sur photo exhibit, Sin Límites, we were certainly surprised. This once discouraged-looking elevated stop is hopping with cultural draws. As you get off the train you’ll see elegant panels of colored faceted glass illustrating different subway scenes. Called “The El,” the six panels were created by artist Daniel Hauben, once dubbed the “Bruegel of the Bronx” by the New York Times, who was commissioned by the MTA’s Arts for Transit project in 2005.

Given that the original Seis del Sur exhibit, Dispatches from Home, documented some of the most dramatic and disturbing graffiti in the history of New York, visitors might be justifiably surprised to see the pristine condition of these public art works. Yet pristine they are—not a cracked piece of glass or ugly vandalism as far as the eye can see.

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"Audrey Hepburn" by Tristan Eaton, located at Caffe Roma on Mulberry and Broome St.

“Audrey Hepburn” by Tristan Eaton, located at Caffe Roma on Mulberry and Broome St.

For nearly 2 years,  the L.I.S.A. Project NYC has been bringing wonderful street art to Little Italy and the surrounding areas, to create downtown Manhattan’s first mural district.  A 501(c)3 non profit organization, The L.I.S.A. Project NYC works in collaboration with the Little Italy Merchants’ Association.  We recently had the pleasure of interviewing L.I.S.A. Project NYC founder and curator, Wayne Rada.

UC: How did the L.I.S.A. Project NYC get started?

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