By Gustavo Solis HARLEM — The term “Harlem Renaissance,” which captured the social, cultural and artistic tidal wave that catapulted the area to international recognition in the 1930s was coined by Alain LeRoy Locke, a gay man who was not only a professor at Howard University but became the first African-American to be named a […]
By Gustavo Solis EAST HARLEM — A group of local artists have transformed a long-neglected wall at a stalled construction site into a public art gallery. The “Guerrilla Gallery” on East 116th Street between Second and Third avenues accepts art from any East Harlem artists on one condition: they have to be waterproof, said Kristy […]
Story by Gregg McQueen The Lovebomber is on the loose. But no need to panic — this sly photobomber only has good intentions. The Lovebomber is the nickname of uptowner Laura Pou, a Washington Heights resident who revels in taping the word “love” over street signs, advertisements, placards, subway notices and more, then photographing the […]
Documenting Hip Hop from Three Angles Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30pm The Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10029) Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper are three pioneering New York-based photographers who documented hip hop – DJ-ing, rapping, and breaking – from its early days on the streets […]
Story by Gregg McQueen Nelson Host Santiago spent years as a street graffiti artist, spreading his moniker “Host One” on murals and tags throughout the city. He now creates canvas paintings that incorporate the same elements of graffiti. “I use spray paints and paint markers for my canvasses,” said Santiago. “And my characters have a […]
By Lindsay Armstrong INWOOD — Friends and family gathered last week at the site of a new street memorial created to honor an Inwood man shot and killed by police in 2011. John Collado would have celebrated his 47th birthday on March 25. But instead of a party, Collado’s family and friends held a vigil outside […]
I ran out the door screaming Eyes closed and voice at the top of my lungs I could no longer breathe as I saw my life flash before me gush to my chest and vision blurred I could tell this would be the end I had to get out!
Salvador González Escalona is one of Cuba’s top artists with global recognition. His primary interest in in African cultural heritage in Cuba and the Americas. In the crisis-ridden 1990s, without any official assistance and with no money, he created what is today the most celebrated work of public art in Havana, in the neighborhood of […]
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By MATT A.V. CHABAN Among the beloved prints in John James Audubon’s “The Birds of North America” is plate No. 411, a Tundra Swan, Cygnus columbianus. The regal white bird paddles along on its huge, black, webbed feet, each tiny feather rippling with the water. Yellow lilies float before it, the swan’s graceful neck looped […]
A site-specific dance piece presented by the West Harlem Arts Fund as part of Harlem’s Festival of Lights for the third installment of the Under the Viaduct Tour series.
The neighborhood of Harlem, and West Harlem in particular, has a rich cultural history and has had a tremendous impact on the arts in all of New York City. The past five years have seen an increasingly rapid expansion of art, design and business in the community, and Harlem resident and artist Bentley Meeker has […]
We asked the people of the Bronx, if there is a difference between Street Art and Graffiti? The Bronx is the birthplace of Hip Hop, breakdancing and Graffiti “bombing” as documented in: Style Wars. We here at Project Bronx also asked Bronx residents if Street Art hurts or helps the community? Do art murals hold […]
All photos are by Jessica Stewart Renowned Italian street artist, Alicé Pasquini, was recently in town for a three-wall project in New York and New Jersey that tells a short story over the course of three murals. The first wall, painted on an abandoned pizza place in Rockaway Beach (Queens, New York), shows a girl […]
By Nigel Chiwaya INWOOD — Two Inwood elementary schools are about to get a taste of Italian street art. Muscota New School and Amistad Dual Language School will become a canvas for street artist Alice Pasquini later this month, as the hip-hop-inspired painter plans to install a mural for students and parents on Saturday, April […]
BY Jenni Ruiza (@RuizaJenni) RIP to 5-Pointz in Queens this week; there seems to be a shortage of what we grew up with – street art. The more you gentrify a neighborhood, the less character it seems to have, right? So, what does that mean for the Boogie Down? By comparison, we’re the least “touched” […]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) BY Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) I had the distinct pleasure and honor of attending the Uptown welcoming celebration for International Street Artist Ben Eine this past Monday. Even though Ben is reportedly the favorite artist of the wife of the current British Prime Minister and one of his works is owned by […]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Ket As quiet as it’s kept, internationally renowned street artist Ben Eine has been Uptown for the past week working his particular brand of magic on our beloved Uptown streets. For those that don’t know, Ben Eine turned a dreary block in east London into an outdoor art gallery […]
By M.Tony Peralta I finally got to check out Shepard Fairey’s May Day exhibit at Deitch Projects. I attempted to go last week for the opening reception but the line was ridiculously long. I opted out and went this weekend. The exhibit is amazing, I want to go back and soak it all in some more. Peep the […]