The legendary French graffiti and stencil artist Blek Le Rat was in town recently to do some press for his current solo exhibit in the Chelsea Gallery District. While he was here, he paid homage to one of his peers of the street art world with this stenciled likeness of the late Richard Hambleton in the First Street Green Art Park. Very cool!
While looking through my archives of street art photography, I noticed a few random photos that have dicks in them. This seemed funny to me, and I was ‘hard up’ (pun intended) for an idea, so I decided to make a post out of street art with dicks in it. I’ll add more pics of dicks to the post as time goes on. Because why not? There are more dicks out there waiting to be discovered; of this I am quite sure. I do not know the artist responsible for the banana-as-dick fetish-themed piece above (it might even be an ad), but when you’re feelin’ it, who gives a shit?
Not necessarily comprised of surrealist works, Sur-real is a bit of a mixed exhibit bag now showing at Woodward Gallery on the Lower East Side. Participating artists include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Thomas Buildmore, Deborah Claxton, Sybil Gibson, Richard Hambleton, Kosbe, David Larson, Mark Mastroianni, Margaret Morrison, NoseGo, Kenji Nakayama, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, stikman, Jeremy Szopinski, Francesco Tumbiolo, Jo Ellen Van Ouwerkerk, Cristina Vergano, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Andy Warhol, so there’s something for just about every taste in modern and contemporary art. Continue reading Sur-Real at Woodward Gallery
It’s always fun to discover cool new shops, restaurants and places to hang out in your own neighborhood, which was the case this past Saturday evening when we were introduced to the Dorian Grey Gallery, a hip art space located just west of Avenue A on 9th Street. Although Dorian Grey has apparently been open for close to two years, we had no idea it was there until we attended the opening night reception for the gallery’s currently exhibit, Group Graff. As you might have guessed from the name, and show “Tag” pictured above, this is a group showcase of various types of Graffiti and Street Art — a genre in which the gallery specializes.
Group Graff features works by New York artists such as Keith Haring, LA 2, Futura, Richard Hambleton, COPE 2 & CRASH, as well as International artists including Bansky and DOLK, and modern innovators XAM, SeeOne, Penn, Hanksy and AVone. Some of the pieces we had seen before but others were new discoveries. I’d say this a good exhibit to check out whether you are a seasoned fan of the Street Art or just want to get a bit of introductory exposure to this very hot creative movement.
Dorian Grey Gallery also seems to attract a fun and diverse clientele. We ran into a few old friends in the crowd as well as many local artists! We will definitely be keeping this place on our radar for future shows.
Group Graff is on Exhibit until May 16, 2012 at The Dorian Grey Gallery, located at 437 East 9th Street between 1st Ave and Ave A. in NYC’s East Village. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 12 Noon -7 PM.