This morning, workmen dismantled the clock at the corner of 14th Street and Sixth Avenue that generated headlines last week when the British street artist Banksy graced it with one of his distinctive rat stencils. Hyperallergic contributor Melissa Stern spotted the workers using a lift at the site around 10:20am.
“There were four workers outside the building and I think two inside — they had to dismantle the clock motor and mechanism from the interior, which was very difficult,” Stern told Hyperallergic. “A foreman told me that the owner had decided to send the clock to auction before the building comes down in demolition. He didn’t know any other details, he would not say who owned the property.”
Stern says the crowd at the scene shifted during the time she stood watching the workers. “At its height, I would say there about 50 people just standing on the corner. In the course of the 50 minutes that I was there, several hundred passed through the intersection. There was a general air of disgust that the owner was auctioning off the clock,” she said, adding that the workers were very freely and candidly telling everyone what was going on. “One ‘protester’ was [standing on a nearby traffic island and] playing the trumpet and reciting ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ with altered lyrics. He declined to give me his name. [There was also] another fairly unhinged woman screaming about gentrification and how it’s destroying NYC. It was a very lively scene, to say the least.”
The building was already slated to be demolished, and when it finally comes down a 45-unit condo designed by ODA Architecture for owners Gemini Rosemont will replace the single-story former bank and post office building.
A total of 24 board members stepped down from their posts after the art center’s parent company allegedly attempted to terminate 12 of their colleagues.
A group of artists and writers denounced the center for hosting Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the country’s former dictator.
This new kunsthaus in Potsdam shows modern and contemporary works of art from East Germany in what was once a terrace restaurant.
Xenobia Bailey, Jeffrey Gan, Elizabeth G. Greenlee and N.E. Brown, Siera Hyte, Maru López, and Olivia Quintanilla will contribute to a Hyperallergic Special Issue on underrepresented craft histories in 2023.
An investigation by Forensic Architecture and Al-Haq into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh looked at previously unseen footage and unpublished autopsy reports, among other evidence.
The Philadelphia organization offers artists on-site access to recovered materials, studio space, construction equipment, a $1,000 stipend, and more.
This week, a Keith Haring drawing from his bedroom, reflecting on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, you’re not descended from Vikings, the death of cursive, and more
Eros Rising at New York’s Institute for Studies on Latin American Art demonstrates that eroticism might be closer to the cosmic than to the terrestrial in its infinite manifestations.
Drawn to Life at the Ackland in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, showcases 17th-century Dutch drawings of landscapes, portraits, preparatory studies, and biblical and historical scenes.
I was curious to see Casteel’s first exhibition since her New Museum show. I was not disappointed.
Stephanie Syjuco’s exhibition Double Vision points to the role that museums play in perpetuating narratives about the people, places, and events of the American West.
This is what happens when boozed-up patrons party next to priceless mosaics, statues, and vases.