This stencil art of Audrey Hepburn holding a selfie stick is modeled after a famous shot of her with a long cigarette holder from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which you can see here. I am seeing this stencil all over the East Village lately and am not sure if it is just one person doing the stenciling, or not, as I can’t locate any identifying tag. If you know the name of the artist, please leave it in the comments, thanks!
My first exposure to Banksy — the pseudonymous British street artist (some say consortium) whose irreverent works of socio-political satire have appeared in site-specific locations across the globe — was a visit to his October, 2008 immersive Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill. Located in a Greenwich Village, NYC storefront and filled with surreal creations both familiar and exotic, the installation was designed to look like a typical pet store, but with a twist. While there was no actual Charcoal Grill serving food, rather than selling live animals, the store featured a variety of animatronic pets, including fish sticks swimming in a fish bowl, ‘chicken nugget’ baby chicks and a rabbit applying makeup before a mirrored vanity.
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!