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PETA Staged a Protest Against Mice Exhibit at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery on Orchard Street

Posted November 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

An exhibit on Orchard Street with live mice beneath the floor has PETA up in arms. For the last couple weeks, the popular four-year-old Castle Fitzjohns gallery at 98 Orchard Street has been showing “The Social Network,” an footpath installation showcasing live mice in the floor. It’s meant to explore notions of phobia. Per the […]

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Downtown Comes Uptown: Visiting the ‘Club 57’ Exhibit at MoMA

Last modified November 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm

The East Village of the late ’70s and early ’80s never ceases to fascinate. Maybe it’s because that was the era when downtown New York really felt like a separate city, filled with struggling artists and performers who were more interested in making their art than in getting famous. It was a time when people […]

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Cryptik Coats Facade of 324 Grand Street with New Mural

Posted November 6, 2017 at 5:12 am

The black coating of 324 Grand Street (east of Orchard) last week was not a final paint job, but rather the start of an art piece. The head-to-toe mural is the handiwork of street artist Cryptik, who has been sky high imparting his freestyle calligraphy to the masonry. In his own words, the Southern California-based […]

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This Artist is Live-Streaming His Life Inside a Vacant Allen Street Store [VIDEO]

Posted November 2, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s voyeurism upped a notch. Brooklyn-based street artist RAE just moved into an Allen Street storefront and wants you to observe his “mundane” lifestyle. The pseudo-anonymous creative will be living in the storefront of 130 Allen for the next four weeks, and hopes to pique interest with passersby. But the stunt – dubbed “The RAE […]

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By Annexing 68 Orchard Street, ‘Shin Gallery’ Rules the Corner of Orchard and Grand

Last modified November 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

The Shin Gallery just expanded again. This time one store over to complete its takeover of the former home of Sheila’s Decorating. Last week, the four-year-old showroom lifted the curtain another annex gallery – its second addition – at 68 Orchard Street. You’ll recall that this address had been under complete renovation since early-2015, resulting in […]

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Charles Bradley Memorial Mural Painted on Allen Street

Posted November 1, 2017 at 5:01 am

Late soul singer Charles Bradley is mourned on the Lower East Side with a new mural. Street artist Joe Miller painted the memorial on Allen Street a couple weeks ago, barely a month after the musician passed away from stomach cancer at 68. Miller’s piece is the latest entrant in The New Allen, that “art […]

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Artist Milton Resnick’s Synagogue Studio at 87 Eldridge Street Revamped for Exhibition Space in February

Posted October 27, 2017 at 5:16 am

Its subtle presence on the block spurred plenty of curiousity over the years. Always appearing empty. Not so. The 100-year-old former synagogue at 87 Eldridge Street – the onetime art studio of Milton Resnick – is undergoing an extensive renovation and will open to the public in four months. The timing is right, too, as […]

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Vitriolic Sendoff Planned Tomorrow to Mark Conclusion of Controversial Chinatown Gallery Exhibit

Posted October 27, 2017 at 5:11 am

“Decolonize this place,” the adhesive tape reads. Handbills stuck to the gates of 291 Grand Street alert the community to another action in opposition to a gallery exhibit that’s galvanized Chinatown. Capitalizing on momentum from recent press coverage, the Chinatown Art Brigade is again rallying the troops to protest Omer Fast’s exhibit on its final […]

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Five Years Later, Hanksy Pivots by Dropping the Puns

Last modified November 7, 2017 at 10:52 pm

That classic dichotomy of character and alter-ego is concluding for one of the more prolific downtown artists on the scene. Five years after his first Tom Hanks-inspired wheat-paste, street artist Hanksy is officially retiring the puns. Putting that sword back in the sheath to focus on “more meaningful” output. His own artwork as Adam Lucas. […]

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Controversial Chinatown Gallery Exhibit Forges on Despite Accusations of ‘Poverty Porn’

Posted October 24, 2017 at 5:06 am

The James Cohan Gallery is not deterred by the vociferous opposition to its latest exhibit, which transformed the showroom into a “Chinese storefront.” Artist Omer Fast’s August will run its course through the end of the week (October 29). Last week, a grassroots action by the Chinatown Art Brigade protested the installation – what they called […]

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