The mafia graveyard also known as the East River will now have more for New Yorkers to gaze at than snitches and trash. Artist Olafur Eliasson is set to install four waterfalls (one under the Brooklyn Bride) that will start gushing as soon as July 2008. The projects $15 million price tag was privately funded through donations to the New York Public Art Fund. The city is expecting to make a little loot (good ol’ tourist dollars) from this project to the tune of $55 million, hoping to repeat the financial success of Christo’s and Jean Claude’s “The Gates” in Central Park back in 2005. These waterfalls will accompany the artists retrospective show named “Take Your Time” being held at MoMA and PS1 during the same time. I really hope these things have filters, because the last thing I want to see is the contents of the East River being shot out of a 60 foot tower.
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This week in NYC a commemorative mural was painted on Houston and Bowery in remembrance of legendary pop/street artist Keith Haring. This Sunday May 4th, would of been the artists 50th birthday and to honor him, Deitch Projects and the Keith Haring Foundation recreated a mural that was originally painted by Haring in the exact same spot in 1982. Due to photo archives and paint samples that were recovered by scraping away the layers on the wall until the original piece was found, the mural has been reproduced to the exact specifications to which Haring had painted it. The mural will remain on the wall until December 21st and will be officially unveiled this Sunday with a dedication ceremony.
At the ripe old age of 26, Sylvia Ji open a show title “Por Vida” at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. Ji’s latest works of acrylic on wood, depict hauntingly beautiful woman with painted faces resembling those seen in the Mexican holiday, The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos). With evident sexual provocation mixed with trepidation, represented by the insects and face paint, mixed in with the vibrant colors, it gives the on-looker a sense of an alluring uneasiness. To put it simply, “Yo…this girl can paint!” For some added emphasis you can say “This girl can paayynnt” as not to lose any street credibility when interprating art. To see some more of her work from this sold out show click on the “read the rest of the entry” link right HERE: (more…)
Street art superstar Shepard Fairey continued his politikin’ pilgrimage by going big for Barack Obama when he unveiled a billboard yesterday on the Obama campaign headquarters in Los Angeles. Previous to this recent display, on Jan. 25th, Shep stated on his website, “I believe with great conviction that Barack Obama should be the next President. I have been paying close attention to him since the Democratic convention in 2004. I feel that he is more a statesman than a politician.” He paired this declaration with the release of campaign posters designed by the artist himself adorned with the words “Hope” and “Progress”. Shortly after the release of the posters, Fairey combined forces with The 008 and Upper Playground to create t-shirts mirroring the campaign posters. A statement on Upper Playground’s website said “We at Upper Playground are pleased to announce our support of Barack Obama in 2008. For too long we have been plagued by mediocrity and incompetence at the Executive level. As an international company, we feel that it is time to support a candidate that truly embodies the American spirit in both his campaign and his ideologies. We believe that Barack Obama is that candidate.” On Feb. 25th, 1,000 t-shirts and over 10,000 posters were sent to Obama supporters in Ohio and Texas to promote Obama’s candidacy in their upcoming primaries. Shepard Fairey and Upper Playground are releasing the same t-shirts at the Upper Playground stores and through www.UpperPlayground.com. All proceeds from the sales of the collaborative Obama shirt will go to creating more campaign t-shirts, posters and stickers by Shep along with other artists in support of Obama’s run for President. The t-shirts will be ready for purchase on February 27th. To see what the campaign posters looks like, click that link right HERE: (more…)
White Walls Gallery gave FIFTY24SF a run for their proverbial urban art cash flow and put their foot down in the Bay Area art scene with a collab show between Deviant Decorum’s own hometown boy Mike Giant and another D.D. favorite, Usugrow. With the heavy graf and tattoo influences already present in their work and Mike’s upbringing in the southwest mixing with Usugrow’s Japanese roots, the artists black and white styles seamlessly melded together to create one of the best shows we missed this year. Damn. To see some more pics of their work, click that link right HERE: (more…)