A2G’s Art Picks for New York in May 2015

Posted by The G on May 12, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos and words by G.  Art by Various Artists.

Spring has arrived in New York (thank god!) and now that you can leave your dwelling without wearing 10 layers and still freezing your ass off, take yourself on an art adventure!  Here’s a handful of exhibits you should see, According to G.

David Shrigley

David Shrigley

David Shrigley by David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, located at 532 West 20th Street.  Now showing through May 23, 2015.

Beau - Mechanical Shark Week

Beau – Mechanical Shark Week

“Mechanical Shark Week” by BEAU at Ami Li Projects, located at 66 Mott Street in Chinatown through June 3, 2015.

Cecily Brown at Maccarone

Cecily Brown at Maccarone

“The English Garden” by Cecily Brown at Maccarone, located at 98 Morton Street through June 20, 2015.

Ron English Mural Bowery and Houston

Ron English “Baby Hulk” Mural Bowery and Houston

Ron English’s “Baby Hulk” Mural at the corner of Bowery and Houston.  Ongoing (at least until June, 2015) and viewable 24/7.

Closeup of "Baby Hulk" by Ron English

Closeup of “Baby Hulk” by Ron English.  Click to enlarge!

Click on the photo to see all the awesome (and hilarious detail).

Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine

Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine (Chelsea exhibit pictured)

Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine.  Located at 531 West 24th Street in Manhattan and 25 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn.  Through June 20, 2015.

Yayoi Kusama - Give Me Love 5

Yayoi Kusama – Give Me Love

“Give Me Love” by Yayoi Kusama at David Zwirner, located at 519 & 525 West 19th Street through June 13, 2015.

Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin

Brancusi: Pioneer of American Minimalism (Featuring historically significant works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Ryman and Frank Stella), at Paul Kasmin Gallery located at 515 West 27th Street until July 10, 2015.

The Luminous Poem by Airan Kang

The Luminous Poem by Airan Kang

“The Luminous Poem” by Airan Kang at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, located at 505 West 24th Street through June 13, 2015.

The Whitney Museum.  Now Located in the Meat Packing District.

The Whitney Museum. Now Located in the Meat Packing District.  Photo by Gail Worley.

The Whitney Museum,  now located at 99 Gansevoort Street in New York.

Happy Spring!

Spring 2015 Tulips

Spring 2015 Tulips

 

Report: “Best of the Worst” by Hanksy

Posted by The G on March 30, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Most art by Hanksy (see captions for details).

Hanksy - Best of the Worst

Hanksy – Best of the Worst

On March 28 and 29 2015, street artist Hanksy threw one of the most fun pop-up exhibits in recent memory.  Located at 104 Delancey Street in Manhattan, the exhibit was called “Best of the Worst,” and it was housed in a vacant building on the Lower East Side.

Mile E. Coyote by Hanksy

Mile E. Coyote by Hanksy

Whereas a lot of street artists (and I’m not going to name names otherwise we’ll be here until next week) have tasted a tiny bit of success becoming Instagram-famous, their art started to suck (even more than it already did in some cases) while their egos exploded, I think Hanksy really kicked it up a notch and took it to the next level for “Best of the Worst.”

Fake It Till You Make It

Fake It Till You Can Fake It On A Larger Scale (Various Artists)

For those who need a primer on Hanksy, I first happened upon his art on the streets of New York in 2011, where he superimposed actor Tom Hanks’ face over a rat, an image made famous by the street artist collective Banksy.  It was extremely clever and I remember being delighted each time I ran into a new piece as he mixed street art, celebrity culture and puns in a way that I’d never seen before.

Kanye Brest (sic)

Kanye Brest (sic)

I wasn’t the only one to enjoy his art, and in less than one year, Hanksy was not only showing his art in the streets but also in galleries.  Flash forward to 2015, where Hanksy obtained a vacant space in the Lower East Side and turned it into Hanksy-world.  With lines around the block to get in for the duration of the 2 day event, once inside you were treated to quite a fun little scene.

TGIF / FML

TGIF / FML

The Gag-osian Gallery

The Gag-osian Gallery

There was art, not only by Hanksy, but by a host of hot street artists (such as Handed Wave, Frank Ape, Magda Love, Clint Mario, Gilf!, Hue, CB23, Don’t Fret, Lexi Belle, Nda, Elle, Roycer, Joseph Meloy, Beau, Claw Money, Tony Depew, and Col Walnuts) in a gallery within a gallery, appropriately called the ‘Gag-osian Gallery,’ but also, a DJ spun tunes, there was a photo booth, video games, a skateboarding ramp, a balloon artist who was making balloons shaped like penises for guests, free beer and dumplings!

Hanksy - Best of the Worst

Hanksy – Best of the Worst

Approximately 20 Hanksy originals were on display and very inexpensive prints were for sale as well.

Get Rich or Nye Tryin'

Get Rich or Nye Tryin’

Drake-O Malfoy

Drake-O Malfoy

Dicki Minaj

Dicki Minaj

Doing It For the Likes

Doing It For the Likes

Because Hanksy’s identity is not disclosed to the public, he was able to wander about the gallery anonymously to enjoy seeing the fruits of his labor without being mobbed for selfies.  He told me that it took about a week to set up and once the show is over, he has just a few days to take it all down. On the final day of the show, I was filming an Instagram video of the exhibit (“for 10 likes,” I joked, and as of press time, I was not wrong) and Hanksy reminded me that his suggestion to me via Twitter inspired me to sign up for an account.  So for all of my great and not so great Instagram pix, blame Hanksy!  Follow us both, just click on the links and hit follow!

Hamuel L. Jackson

Hamuel L. Jackson

To all the street artists out there that are just taking the most recognized images of famous icons and doing little to alter the image and then claiming the work as their own, “Best of the Worst” should serve as a nice little reminder of what bringing your A-Game looks like, or in this case – your H game.  Well done, Hanksy!

Rated H for Hanksy

Rated H for Hanksy

“It Will Only Get You In Trouble” at White Rabbit NYC

Posted by The G on July 19, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

BEAU

BEAU

New York!  Have a cocktail and check out some hot art at White Rabbit in the Lower East Side, where the exhibit “It Will Only Get You In Trouble” is on display.  The group show features the work of 3 New York street artists – BEAU, Elle Deadsex and Abel Macias and street art photographer Hughbert Burckhardt.

Click on images to enlarge.

Elle Deadsex

Elle Deadsex

Hughbert Burckhardt

Hughbert Burckhardt

Abel Macias

Abel Macias

BEAU

BEAU

There are many more artworks on display and the prices are extremely reasonable, so if you are looking to expand your art collection, head over to White Rabbit (located at 145 East Houston) in Manhattan before the end of July.

“Science Fiction Predicted Your Future” by BEAU at 395 Wythe

Posted by The G on June 26, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by BEAU.

Retina Scan by BEAU

Retina Scan by BEAU

One of the amazing things about BEAU is that he is a master of all styles.  His work is extremely varied and just when you thought you’ve seen all there is to see from BEAU, he changes it up on you! This quality is quite welcome, especially when so many artists (that shall not be named) have found a formula that works and they just repeat it in multicolors.  This is not the case with BEAU and when you see his latest exhibit “Science Fiction Predicted Your Future” at 395 Wythe in Brooklyn, you cannot help but be wowed!

Autonomous Android by BEAU

Autonomous Android vs. Biological Human by BEAU

In one of his most politically charged exhibits yet, “Science Fiction Predicted Your Future” features dozens of new works on stretched canvas (that are gigantic in scale) and each work features the juxtaposition of a seemingly common item with a phrase or a notion that leaves you thinking about robots/electronics versus humans, the simplicity of the past, the changing times and the role reversals that are affecting our present and future.

Heart Cookie By BEAU

Heart Cookie By BEAU

You can see more photos of the exhibit on Hugh Burckhardt’s site “More than Usual.”

“Science Fiction Predicted Your Future” by BEAU will be showing at 395 Wythe in Brooklyn through the end of July 2013, so don’t miss it!

Photos: “Quality of Life” at Poppington

Posted by The G on September 28, 2012 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

BEAU.

BEAU.

New York! You’ve seen the work of street artists Phil, BEAU, Womp, Sabio, Katsu, Pixote and Jim Joe on your daily travels throughout the city.  You can now see their chops in a gallery setting.  Damon Dash has opened Poppington, a new Lower East Side gallery space on 60 Orchard Street in Manhattan.  The inaugural exhibit is called “Quality of Life” and is curated by BEAU, David Barnett and David Chang.

Phil

Phil

Katsu

Katsu

Quality Of Life

Quality Of Life – Limited Edition T-shirts available at Poppington

 

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