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Centre-fuge to Present ‘Heroines of the Lower East Side’ as Part of Inaugural LES History Month

Posted April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

Centre-fuge just released information regarding the forthcoming mural to grace the mid-block DOT trailer on East First Street. Unlike previous installations, though, Cycle 13 will be a solo effort by project alumna Lexi Bella. She is the first artist to do so. Timed to coincide with the inaugural Lower East Side History Month (annually in […]

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In Which Biggie Stands Guard on Monroe Street

Last modified April 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

If you walk eastward on Monroe Street near the Manhattan Bridge, you’ll see it. A 22′ x 16′ banner billboard with an eye-grabbing photo of the Notorious B.I.G. with Twin Towers in the background. The image – shot by Chi Modu – was installed back in November as part of the ongoing “Uncategorized” street campaign […]

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Celebrity Tattoo Artist Bang Bang Closes Clinton Street Studio

Posted April 14, 2014 at 6:05 am

Bang, bang. It looks to be over. Tattooist for the stars, the venerable Bang Bang (aka Keith McCurdy), appears to have shuttered his two-year-old studio at 26 Clinton Street. The security gates are mostly closed and locked these days, and the storefront menu box is empty. Phone calls go unanswered, and the outgoing message reveals nothing […]

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Photo: Ann Messner

‘The Real Estate Show, What Next: 2014′ Debuts at Cuchifritos Gallery in Essex Market

Last modified April 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is hosting an exhibit with particular relevance to the current real estate ongoings on the LES. In the wake of SPURA and other controversial neighborhood developments, The Real Estate Show, What Next: 2014 sparks discussion of these matters and rallies the community through art and other visual provocation. It serves […]

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Have You Seen this Guy Taping Eclectic Artwork Around the Neighborhood?

Last modified April 10, 2014 at 7:54 am

Perhaps you’ve seen him post artwork around the streets of the Lower East Side. Dude throws up his scribbly artwork with masking tape, and just hangs out. It’s usually a quick show, and then the eclectic posters are removed. We’ve spotted the man in and around the Bowery, including the Chase Bank at East First […]

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Here Are the Urs Fischer Sculptures Inside the Old Chase Bank Branch on Delancey [PHOTOS]

Posted April 8, 2014 at 6:07 am

The former Chase Bank at 104 Delancey has been shuttered for two years. Now a derelict mess, you wouldn’t necessarily know to enter. And that “secret” cache is what Gagosian Gallery was probably after with its high-profile Urs Fischer sculpture installation. The month-long pop-up is right there for the taking, but most would be deterred […]

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

City Lore Gallery Inaugurates New East Village Space with ‘Moving Murals’ Exhibit

Posted April 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

City Lore, a local organization that champions NYC’s grassroots cultures, has often been described as “New York City’s museum without walls.” This non-museum has now opened an actual gallery in the East Village, at 56 East First Street. The inaugural exhibit, “Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All-City Graffiti Archive” kicked off last week. […]

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Shebeen Chic Commissions Centre-fuge to Decorate Its East Houston Plywood

Posted April 7, 2014 at 6:03 am

The forthcoming Shebeen Chic is tapping into the local street art movement to help create a larger splash for its eventual opening at 159 East Houston. Its plywood shed will host murals for the next six to eight weeks, courtesy of a collaboration with the Centre-fuge public art project. First up is artist Ben Angotti. […]

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Artsy Faberge Eggs Around the Lower East Side as Part of ‘The Big Egg Hunt’

Posted April 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

Sunday afternoon, we saw a few handymen lugging a large egg on Essex Street. It was a WTF moment until we realized the piece is part of “The Big Egg Hunt,” a citywide Easter charity event that runs through the end of the month. Faberge is lead sponsor of the Hunt, and released 275 artfully […]

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Nick Walker is Painting a Vandal Mural Outside Epstein’s Bar on Allen Street

Posted April 3, 2014 at 6:04 am

Nick Walker is back in action on the Lower East Side after a notable absence. This time around, he is imparting some trademark dapper “vandalism” to the Allen Street facade of Epstein’s. The Bristol-based graffiti artist spent the last couple days stenciling over the Icy & Sot mural that lived here for the last few […]

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