G Meets Patti Astor

Posted by The G on July 6, 2010 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Patti Astor and G.

At the launch party for the amazing book Beyond The Street, I met the one and only Patti Astor.  Patti Astor is a New York legend whose credits include starring in Charlie Ahearn’s film “Wild Style,” the first film about hip-hop music, a movie that is considered to be one of the greatest music films of all time.  She co-founded the FUN Gallery in the 1980s, which showcased the work of at the time unknown artists such as Fab Five Freddy, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat!  During my brief encounter with this legend, she was extremely nice, as you can see from the above photo.  You can read an interesting interview with Patti Astor here. Thanks Patti!

G Meets Artist WK Interact

Posted by The G on June 22, 2010 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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WK Interact and G

At the book launch party for the ultimate Urban Art Bible, Beyond The Street, I met artist WK Interact.  WK Interact was born in France, but he now resides in New York.  His work is so great!  He started out as a street artist and before long, galleries worldwide were snatching up his work.  Most recently, he collaborated with Shepard Fairey in a graffiti face-off called “The East Vs. West Propaganda Project” which has shown in Tokyo and Paris.  He was super cool when I met him and I thank him for the photo op and for creating amazing work!

G Meets Artist Logan Hicks

Posted by The G on June 2, 2010 under Encounters with G | 2 Comments to Read

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Logan Hicks and G.

At the final event at Deitch Projects in New York, the launch party for the amazing book Beyond The Street, I met artist Logan Hicks.  His latest work was recently shown at the Opera Gallery and I loved the exhibit.  You can’t see the detail in the photos, but Logan Hicks used spray paint on those amazing paintings!  In addition to being super talented, Logan Hicks was also super nice.  Thanks again for creating great works of art and for being a cool guy!

G Meets Photographer Martha Cooper

Posted by The G on June 1, 2010 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Martha Cooper and G

I’ll be writing about the book launch of Beyond The Street by Patrick Nguyen and Stuart Mackenzie for the next few days.  I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I was lucky enough to be a part of this historic night.  It was the last event ever held at the legendary Deitch Projects in New York and many of the most prominent figures in the Urban Art movement were on hand to send off the gallery in style.  Martha Cooper is a photojournalist who specializes in anthropology and graffiti.  If you’ve seen any of the iconic images of New York graffiti from the 1980s, the chances are high that the photos were taken by Martha Cooper.  When I met her, she was extremely nice.  Martha, being the fabulous photographer that she is, was concerned if the photo I took of us came out ok and if you click here, you can see us reviewing the image.  I’d like to thank Martha Cooper for being extremely nice and for taking a lot of photos that have enriched my life.  You can see many more of Martha’s fabulous photos here.

Beyond the Street – Book Launch

Posted by The G on May 28, 2010 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | 11 Comments to Read

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Beyond the Street by Patrick Nguyen and Stuart Mackenzie - Out now!

May 27, 2010 will go down in art as a historic night.  It was the final event ever to be held at Deitch Projects in New York (which closes on May 31, 2010) and it was also the celebration of the launch of the most excellent book Beyond The Street by Patrick Nguyen and Stuart Mackenzie.  Beyond The Street is not just a book – it’s an encyclopedia.  It profiles the 100 most significant people in the urban art movement, many of whom were in attendance last night, and I met them ALL!  The guest list included Logan Hicks, Jonathan Levine, Faile, Elbow Toe, WK Interact, Saber, Gaia, DZine, Jose Parla, Momo, Charming Baker, Mr. Brainwash, Ron English, Sweet Toof, Martha Cooper, Pedro Alonzo, Patti Astor, Charlie Ahearn, the Wooster Collective and documentarian Morgan Spurlock. In the coming days, I’ll be writing about my encounters with these artists, ALL of whom were super cool! A few people on the list are known anonymously in the public sector as the “moral majority” considers their art to be graffiti.  I would never break the confidence that was entrusted to me by these great artists so I’ll only be posting images that will not get people into trouble.  I’d like to thank the Happy Famous Artists for getting me on the guest list of this once in a lifetime event, which will now be referred to as “the Woodstock of Urban Art,” and I’d like to thank Patrick Nguyen for his role in this amazing book and for throwing one of the greatest parties I’ve ever been to, and of course thanks to all the artists I got to meet who have made my life a brighter place with their great art!

See a picture of Morgan Spurlock and Ron English (OMG!), Mr. Brainwash, Beyond The Street co-author Patrick Nguyen and spot the artists in a crowd shot – after the jump.

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