| Denis Shelagin, the man accused of spraying the cryptic graffiti “Bird God” on Grand Army Plaza’s arch in Brooklyn, said in court that he was instructed to do so in a 1960 letter from his great-great-grandfather. Shelagin also claimed that he was trying to raise awareness about pigeon killings, the New York Post reported. In a court appearance on Monday, Shelagin said that he was worried that he would suffer harm if he didn’t fulfill his great-great-grandfather’s command. Read the full story here.
The graffiti writer was arrested after stealing a crane to tag the arch. The NYPD and the public are still puzzled about the meaning of it all.
Here are our favorite Brooklyn shows of 2019, brought to you by the writers and editors of Hyperallergic.
The artist’s new commission leaves much to contemplate simultaneously — mortality, desire, and the ways in which absence and longing are such a fundamental part of life.
With the artwork curated mostly by participating businesses, the biannual art crawl felt more like a tour of the Brooklyn neighborhood’s retail culture than a gallery night.
Author Luke O’Neil will read passages from his brutal new book Welcome to Hell World, a text that starkly explores grim current events in the United States.
While much of the work leaned heavily towards the commercial — from functional ceramics to jewelry and affordable prints — a group of standout artists investigated the personal by starting with the universal.
At the second iteration of Sunset Park Wide Open, artists displayed a collective need to challenge assumptions around materials and concepts.
During his lifetime, Bacon wrote the museum that “It was a throw-out and it depresses me […] that it has years later found its way onto the art market and I would prefer if it were not exhibited.”
In Relative Brightness the canvas transforms into a rippling, luminous field of ever-shifting optical sensations.
This event on October 19 is a biannual day-long learning exchange and magazine launch for creative changemakers to investigate the methods, ethics, challenges, and joys of practicing art that advances social justice.
Gowanus Open Studios will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, 12 to 6 pm. The weekend event is open and free to the public.