Post image for A Giant Prayer Wheel in the Heart of Times Square

A giant, beautifully hand-carved, wooden prayer wheel has appeared in the heart of Times Square, courtesy of Brooklyn-based artist duo FAILE.

Continue Reading →


The Best Art-cade in South Beach

by Hrag Vartanian on December 2, 2013

Post image for The Best Art-cade in South Beach

MIAMI BEACH — Faile’s Deluxx Fluxx is an artist-designed video arcade that taps the rich memories of childhoods spent communing with 8-bit graphics and quirky adventures.

Continue Reading →


Les Ballets De #FAIL

by Curly on February 8, 2013

Post image for Les Ballets De #FAIL

Alternatively, “You vultures are not supposed to steal this thing! Are you stupid or just greedy? Sit and watch the dancing,” but that might have been too long.

Continue Reading →


What Happened at Les Ballets de Faile?

by Hrag Vartanian on February 4, 2013

Post image for What Happened at Les Ballets de Faile?

Last Friday’s launch of the New York City Ballet Art Series was a confusing affair. I was not the only person to arrive at Lincoln Center expecting that art collective Faile’s “collaboration” with the New York City Ballet would be more than lobby art.

Continue Reading →
Post image for New Faile Mural Lands in Williamsburg

Attention street art aficionados: a new public work by Faile has landed in Williamsburg! The piece, helpfully titled “104 N. 7th,” departs from the pop-art collage aesthetic the duo’s best known for and features instead thousands of hand-painted, sculpted ceramic tiles covering the facade of a commercial building. The project seems like a descendent of “Temple,” an arresting and meticulously designed modern-day ruin that Faile built two years ago for the Portugal Arte 10 Festival.

Continue Reading →


Sleepy Time for Faile at Perry Rubenstein

by Hrag Vartanian on December 27, 2010

Post image for Sleepy Time for Faile at Perry Rubenstein

The Brooklyn street art collective Faile is so hot and cold that I’m starting to wonder if they have some type of artistic condition that borders on the bipolar. After showing some renewed promise in a slew of street art pieces around New York earlier this year their Bedtime Stories show at Perry Rubenstein Gallery was a dud.

Continue Reading →
Post image for The Underbelly Project Wants to Create an “Underground”

Unbeknown to the vast majority of New Yorkers, a street art project has quietly been taking place under the streets of our fair city, artist by artist and flashlight by flashlight. The Underbelly Project is a reaction against the overwhelming commercialization of street art. Project organizers Workhorse and PAC called the fad for ripping off street objects “commercialism at its worst.” To rectify this supposed “commercial” situation being faced by street artists, Underbelly “safeguards” street art’s “integrity” by placing it where only the select few can get at it: in an abandoned, unused subway stations somewhere underneath the teeming pavement.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Aiko’s “Blog Post of an Exhibition” in Shanghai

Aiko’s recent exhibition at Andrew James Fine Art in Shanghai was actually made entirely in that Chinese city while she participated in the gallery’s residency program. This locality lends the work a different significance, a home-grown quality that’s reflected in the mix-in of Shanghai street signs and graphic elements. What we see is not so much a heroic, tragic artist struggling to produce a masterpiece, but a practicing artist reflecting the time and the place she occupies.

Continue Reading →


New York Street Art: Alive & Kicking

by Hrag Vartanian on September 9, 2010

Post image for New York Street Art: Alive & Kicking

2010 has begun with some fascinating street art, including works by Bansky, Shepard Fairey, Kid Acne, Ema, El Sol 25, TrustCorp …

Continue Reading →


Art World Ikeas

by Kyle Chayka on April 14, 2010

Post image for Art World Ikeas

A new generation of websites selling prints by contemporary artists are emerging as the Ikeas of the art world — they sell editions, from large to small runs, of different kinds of work, from traditional prints to paintings and drawings. At high volume and low prices, these sites make the most of their populist position: buying art need not be hard!

Continue Reading →