A new book and exhibition document Art in Ad Places, a recently completed and year-long project to replace New York City advertising with art.
An ad takeover helps a new wave of anti-billboard activists raise awareness about the value of public space.
This week … why are the Coptic churches of Egypt burning, Paul Goldberger is cynical of Rem Koolhaas, video of Alexander McQueen at the Met, profile of Cory Arcangel, tour of the 2011 Contemporary Furniture Fair, want to live on a houseboat on the Gowanus, Luna Park’s Berlin pics, an interview with the Met Opera’s conductor and 8 NYers are suing Baidu for censorship.
i call a moratorium on campbell’s tomato soup can related street art. enough is enough. not original anymore in the slightest. please stop.
Ok, we’re all Andy Warhol Campbell’s soup can’d out. We don’t care if he’s the only artist that you can cite in an art-related conversation or if he IS the art market anymore. We want people to stop riffing off his can paintings. Others are tired of hearing him mentioned at every turn (like at the Guggenheim) but we’re simply exhausted with the endless number of imitators on the streets of New York & everywhere else.
Last Saturday’s All City Block Party at Factory Fresh in Bushwick attracted street art fans and artists to cover the walls of the block-long Vandervoort Place with murals and art work by Brooklyn talents, including Chris Stain, Gaia, Skewville, Imminent Disaster and Tek33 and Dscreet of London’s Burning Candy crew.
Of course, photographer Luna Park has the goods at The Street Spot, and there are some more pics on Juxtapoz via Gaia, but I wanted to talk to Ali Ha, co-founder of Factory Fresh, about the project. I was dying to ask her what exactly is going on with Vandervoort Place and their dream of turning it into a street art park or more specifically an artist-run green space for the community.
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.
In two weeks, #TheSocialGraph will open at Outpost in Bushwick, Brooklyn and we’re incredibly excited. What is #TheSocialGraph? It is an evolving exploration of the burgeoning field of social media art and the relation of contemporary art with this populist tool as a medium, facilitator, and subject for art.
I am the curator of the project and I’ve pulled together a number of interesting artists, writers, social media mavens, and others to share ideas and explore possibilities presented by the intersection of visual art and social media. Some of the art in #TheSocialGraph will be about social media, some will use social media as an integral component of the finished project, and some will be more of an experiment so we’re not exactly sure what to call it.
Yesterday, Barneys installed 20 Eames plywood chairs in one of their world famous Madison Avenue store windows, but what made this display at the department store different was the mashup of high modernist 20th C. design icon with the brash individual style of some of the New York’s most active street art talents. Curated by artist Billi Kid and photographer Luna Park, Eames Inspiration is a charity auction that will benefit Operation Design’s New York Educational + Design initiative.