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Trump As The Grim Reaper Mural By Pure Genius

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Photo By Gail Worley

Yes, that is in fact Dump as the Grim Reaper himself in this expansive mural from street artist Pure.Genius. The Dump Reaper’s ignorant declaration, “Don’t be afraid of Covid,” perfectly distills his administration’s campaign of propaganda and misinformation that has lead to hundreds of thousand of needless deaths in this country to date.

dont be afraid of covid mural photo by gail worley

Thank Christ he’ll be gone soon, though not soon enough. This mural is painted near the southeast corner of Houston and Bowery in NYC.

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Christmas-time, The Blodgett Family By Eastman Johnson

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Photo By Gail

Jonathan Eastman Johnson (18241906) was an American painter and co-founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this painting from 1864, Johnson depicts merchant William Tilden Blodgett and his family in the parlor of their Manhattan home. Painted toward the end of the Civil War, the serene interior only hints at the urgent issue of Black emancipation through a kinetic toy seen on the table (click the image to enlarge for detail). Suggestive of a minstrel figure and outfitted as a Union recruit, its presence underlines Blodgett’s abolitionist sympathies and the complexity of racial stereotyping at this time. Along with Johnson, Blodgett would later serve as a trustee of The Met, securing funds for the purchase of the 174 European pantings in 1871, which included works by Anthony van Dyck and Francesco Giardi.

Photographed as Part of the Exhibition, Making the Met, 1870-2020, a Celebration of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150 Year Anniversary.

Classic Maxell Tape Ad Recreated on LES Security Gate Mural

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Photos By Gail

Folks of a certain age will recall this now-iconic Maxell Tape Commercial (and its print counterpart) which first aired in 1979 and continued to resurface at random intervals for years. Widely known in the pop culture vernacular as the Blown-Away Guy, the ad’s featured-character is rather accurately depicted in this security gate mural by street artist Chris Weller.

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The storefront is home to the Marshall Stack Bar, which appears to still be open despite Covid. Good for them.

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Visit the mural and the bar at 66 Rivington Street, at the northwest corner of Rivington and Allen Streets.  The mural faces Allen Street.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Paul Signac, Opus 217 (Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon)

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Photo By Gail

Known for his meticulous dress and unusual goatee, French art critic Félix Fénéon gained a reputation as a dandy among his peers. In this painting, whose full title is Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones and Tinits, Portrait of M Félix Fénéon in 1890, Paul Signac set the critic’s static profile against a swirling background– a kaleidoscopic reference to optical theorist Charles Henry’s recently published color wheel. The wordy title is a spoof on the exceedingly long titles that Henry and his fellow scientists gave to their studies. Though Fénéon professed to dislike it, he kept the portrait for the rest of his life.

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Pink Thing of The Day: B-Side Bar Pink Neon Sign

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Photos By Gail

I haven’t been inside a bar since March, or probably before that, but I pass the B-Side Bar, located at 204 Avenue B located between 12th and 13th Streets, many times each week on my walks. I always love to see this Pink Neon Sign glowing day or night, and I finally stopped to snap a pic, because it was way overdue to be featured as a Pink Thing.

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I took the photo from two angles, trying to avoid as much street reflection as possible, although I do love the reflection of the sign itself against the glass! B-Side has curbside seating, if you feel like stopping by for a cocktail!

New Buff Monster Mural Goes Up On Allen Street

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All Photos By Gail

Oh, what pure joy it was to stumble upon this fantastic mural by the great Buff Monster while I was walking home from an already wildly successful Street Art Safari in Freeman Alley. Featuring the artist’s beloved and iconic Mister Melty character, the mural is located just inside a gated parking lot (visible and fully accessible from the street, as seen in the photo below) on Allen Street just below Houston.

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According to Buff Monster’s Instagram, this piece went up in late October and is just his second outside project painted all year! Because 2020 has sucked that hard!

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I love the artist’s pristine attention to detail, which includes painting the mural over the metal guardrail, instead of restricting his canvas to just the wall behind it.

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It’s beautiful!

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Vasily Kandinsky, Picture With An Archer

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Photo By Gail

The vibrant colors of Vasily Kandinsky’s Picture With An Archer (1909) almost obscure its subject. At lower right, an archer on horseback leaps through a radiant landscape of towering trees and rock formations. Men in Russian dress stand in the left foreground; behind them is a group of buildings with onion-shaped domes. This folkloric scene evokes Kandinsky’s native Russia, and it also bears the influence of Murnau, the southern German town where the artist lived when he made this work: the black outlines enclosing bright colors recall reverse glass painting, a local craft. “Color,” Kandinsky wrote a year later, “is a power which directly influences the soul.”

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Christmas Trees!

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Photos By Gail

I did my research and it appears that somehow, although many pink trees have been in the mix, during the 17 years I’ve been writing this blog I have never posted a Christmas-themed story specifically entitled “Pink Christmas Tree/s.” I couldn’t believe it either. So, to everyone who was holding your breath for that post, here you go.

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These festive Pink Christmas Trees were spotted decorating the entryway to NYC’s Museum of Ice Cream (located at 558 Broadway) as part of its Pinkmas (yes, I just typed that) celebration.  The museum is currently running a promotion where buying one admission gets you a second admission for free, but this just applies to visits reserved for Thursday, otherwise tickets are $38 each.  Reserve your tickets to visit the museum at This Link and use the code THURSDAYFUN to receive the buy-one-get-one offer. Remember that this BOGO offer applies to Thursdays only, and is good through December 31st. Hours are 12 Noon – 8:00 PM, Wednesday through Sunday. Pinkmas will be celebrated through February 28th, 2021.

“Bye, Don” Security Gate Mural on Avenue B

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Photo By Gail

Ugh, gross. I hate looking at Dump’s hideous face but, thank god, he is on his way out. I don’t know the artist who painted this mural on the security gate of a vacant storefront, but I love how they captured the essence of his idiotic, extra-long, red tie by painting it out onto the sidewalk. Also, what a facial likeness, right?

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Good riddance!

This piece is located next to the Lucky Bar, 168 Avenue B in the East Village. (Update 12/15/20: I passed by today and this mural has been defaced so is no longer visible. Sadness.) 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mural Goes Up at First Avenue and 11th Street!

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All Photos By Gail

The late Supreme Court Justice and champion of women’s rights, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has been honored with a gorgeous collage mural depicting her face among vibrantly-colored,  iconic images that reflect her wildly-accomplished career. Created by street artist Elle over a period of about ten-days in the first two weeks of November, the mural’s location at the southwest corner of First Avenue and 11th Street was formerly home to this mural by Shepard Fairey, which was completed in October of 2016. With the way this year has been going, we needed a fresh and inspiring new artwork in this space, and Elle really delivered.

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The mural is close enough to my home that I was able to visit the site at various stages of completion; my very first sighting occurring on November 13th, during one of my twilight-time walks. What luck to also capture this very colorful graffiti box truck, which was parked on First Avenue at the time.

See More Photos of Elle’s RBG Memorial Mural After The Jump!

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