One More Reason to Love Bushwick: Amazing Street Art Murals

One More Reason to Love Bushwick: Amazing Street Art Murals

 

  • This past weekend’s trip to Bushwick for brunch at Carthage Must Be Destroyed also yielded a quick update on all the cool large scale street art murals in the neighborhood. I haven’t been out there in a while so not sure which are new (if any).
  • But, new or not, they are fabulous and definitely worth a trip. Almost any street you amble down will be awash in murals. And in reviewing my photos, I am clearly a fan of Kremen Art. He appears to specialize in wild animals – monkeys (above) as well as tigers and ostriches!
  • Streets I know we definitely hit up included Bogart near Ten Eyck and Meserole at Waterbury.
  • We could not make out the names of some of the artists. Should anybody reading this have correct names for attribution – let me know, I will definitely add.

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Top Five Art Shows To See In Chelsea Now

Top Five Art Shows To See In Chelsea Now

 

Galleries are closed for Memorial Day Weekend but these shows are all up through June, some even July. If you’re going to be in NYC, check them out – they’re absolutely stellar!

Raymond Pettibon
David Zwirner Gallery
519 West 19th Street (Garage Space)
Til June 24

This is one of my favorite artists and one of my favorite galleries. I especially love the garage space where this show is installed. The space also served as the studio for Pettibon to create much of this work.

Pettibon’s work embraces a wide spectrum of American high/low culture. His influences include the SoCal punk-rock scene of the late 1970s/80s and the DIY aesthetic of album covers, comics, concert flyers, and fanzines of the movement.

Read on below for additional shows as well as photos of the work.

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Want Your Business To Be Cool? Get A Commissioned Piece Of Street Art

Want Your Business To Be Cool? Get A Commissioned Piece Of Street Art

 

  • Got a look at the new mural by Fumero at the soon-to-be-opened Black Tap on Ludlow Street. Perfect collaboration. For those of you not familiar with Black Tap, they are famous (or infamous) for their outrageous and totally instagram-worthy $15 milkshakes (see photos here).
  • Another major mural started this week at the corner of Allen and Rivington Streets. It’s by LA-based kaNO kid Studio. His clients include Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers and Hasbro.
  • The kaNO project is sponsored by the new owners of the Allen Street Hotel in partnership with LISA (Little Italy Street Art) Project.
  • Two other recent examples include the Shepard Fairey mural at Daniel Humm’s new fast casual place, Made Nice, in NYC and the fabulous ESPO mural inside the La Colombe flagship cafe and roastery in Philadelphia’s Fishtown district.
  • And one final note on street art and its place in the world. This week a Jean-Michel Basquiat piece sold at auction for $110 Million – the highest price ever paid for an American artist. And the highest price ever for a work of art made after 1980.

See pics below of Fumero for Black Tap, the Allen Street Hotel/ kaNO kid mural, Shepard Fairey for Made Nice and the outstanding ESPO piece.

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Trend Alert: Gold Shoes and Stone-Washed Denim Are A Thing Now

Trend Alert: Gold Shoes and Stone-Washed Denim Are A Thing Now

 

Based on my rule of “see it three times” and it might just be a trend, I have to report that gold shoes (sneakers, boots, heels) and stone-washed denim (not necessarily worn together) are all the rage in NYC. Am not a big fan of either of these looks but have been spying them everywhere: The Lower East Side, La Guardia airport and even Ludlow House.

Here are some additional examples:

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Rei Kawakubo at The Met: A Knockout Show, Inspiring and Beautiful

Rei Kawakubo at The Met: A Knockout Show, Inspiring and Beautiful

 

Saw this show on opening day and have been thinking about it non-stop. This is one of my favorite designers – altho I don’t wear (and can’t afford) her clothes. However, there were many people at the opening paying homage by wearing her outfits.

Some were even attempting to do clandestine fashion shoots – and were quickly shut down.

For my eye, this exhibition is superior to the McQueen show although my fashion-savvy friends don’t agree. I do concede that it won’t be as popular as the McQueen show – it’s way too strange.

For those of you not familiar with Rei Kawakubo, she’s known for her avant-garde designs and her ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability.

  • The thematic show features 140 examples from the early 1980s to her most recent collection, many with heads and wigs created and styled by Julien d’Ys.
  • The galleries illustrate the designer’s revolutionary experiments in “in-betweenness” —the space between boundaries.
  • Objects are organized into nine aesthetic expressions of interstitiality: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes.

The show runs through September 4th.

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FRIEZE Was Major: A Flock Of DiCaprios, Epic Sales, Massive Flooding

FRIEZE Was Major: A Flock Of DiCaprios, Epic Sales, Massive Flooding

 

This year’s Frieze Art Fair was more of a crazy happening than I’ve experienced before. First, there was a torrential downpour of biblical proportions – 3 inches of rain over a couple of hours. Workers securing the fair tents caught everyone’s attention as did the rain buckets scattered around the booths protecting $100K works of art.

  • But my favorite art piece was created by Dora Budor. She recruited three Leo DiCaprio-lookalikes to roam the fair impersonating some of his most memorable characters: Jordan Belfort (The Wolf of Wall Street), Hugh Glass (The Revenant) and Frank Abagnale Jr. (Catch Me If You Can).
  • Budor’s performance piece, a commission for the fair’s Frieze Projects sector, is titled MANICOMIO!, which translated from Italian means “Madhouse!” according to Artnews.
  • I encountered “Catch Me If You Can” Leo first and thought it strange that a military officer was attending Frieze and being so smirky about it. Then I ran into the “Reverent”. I did not see “The Wolf Of Wall Street” in person.
  • Here’s what the artist told Artnews about the project: “I wanted to create the opportunity for unsuspecting visitors at the fair to experience a disjointed reality—believing that the actor Leonardo DiCaprio might be there, but seeing him, impossibly, many years younger and as characters he has played. He comes every year so that’s part of the idea: he becomes the fourth actor, as himself. It’s like the rings of Saturn, where all Leos orbit the central idea of the eternal Leo.”

Just love this concept!!

Read on below for my top 10 Frieze galleries and artists.

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10 Home Design Trends Emerging For 2017

10 Home Design Trends Emerging For 2017

 

Here’s what we will see much more of based on what I’ve been tracking from a wide range of sources including Houzz, Pinterest, Architectural Digest, the Property Brothers, and the British Institute of Interior Design:

1. Smart Home Technology (Source: Property Brothers)

2.Un-hygge your home with lagom (pronounced lar-gom)

  • Still Scandi but stripped back.
  • While hygge was all about cozying up under a mountain of blankets, lagom is luxurious in a “less is more” way.
  • Lagom is about keeping life simple and achieving more,” per Nina Kullberg, founder and creative director at NinaKullberg.com.Edit your color palette to just a few key colors, pare back accessories and add indoor plants. They offer an element of sustainability perfectly aligned with the lagom outlook.”

3. Warm Grays & Whites (Source: Houzz)

  • Gray is the most popular wall color with millennials (43% vs. 22% of baby boomers).
  • White cabinets top all age groups, but millennials are twice as likely to extend to the backsplash as well.

 4. Navy blue suddenly feels modern, edgy and fresh (Source: Standard UK)

  • “Navy has been creeping back into the interior consciousness for the past couple of years,” per Susie Rumbold, president of the British Institute of Interior Design.
  • Originally used only as an accent color, it’s started to become a main-event neutral.

Read on below for more on DIY projects, new home layouts and top Pinterest trends.

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Atlanta’s Alternative Art Scene Is First-Rate!

Atlanta’s Alternative Art Scene Is First-Rate!

 

Huge surprise to find so many great art destinations in ATL. You have to be willing to do a little digging around to figure out hours, locations, schedules for special events but totally worth it.

Here are my top recommendations:

Goat Farm Arts Center (1200 Foster St. NW)

My absolute favorite find of the weekend. Which is strange, because being greeted by a slew of signs warning us NOT to take photos or video, is normally not my thing. However, despite that less than warm welcome, the buildings and the art installations are sensational. And yes, there are real goats on premise, as well as llamas.

Highly recommend doing some research on open studios or available tours before you come. We just wandered in and it felt a bit like we were trespassing. Nevertheless, we saw amazing outdoor art installations including a file cabinet piece (upper left) by David Baerwalde.

The Goat Farm may look familiar to some of you. It has been used in the filming of The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The history of the buildings is fascinating. Link (here) for details on background and current status.

 

See below for Art On The Beltline and Hambidge Creative Hive.

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