About that Mammoth Matador Mural on Allen Street

Posted on: July 23rd, 2019 at 5:09 am by

Muralist Conor Harrington returned to the Lower East Side two weeks ago to impart one of the larger murals in the neighborhood.

The five-story artwork, located on the Allen Street facade of 266 Broome – outside the Emma Peel Room – is striking and hard to miss.

What appears to be a matador in stance is not. The UK-based Harrington explains otherwise, but appreciates the similarities drawn.

I liked the way a lot of passersby thought this was a painting of a matador, something I have toyed with in the past. Although not strictly true, I like the assumption.

In this piece there are 2 protagonists, each wearing red and blue like in all my work recently, and each using their flags as a matador’s muleta to taunt and tease their opponent. I couldn’t get Wu Tang’s lyric ‘Neighbourhood Spiderman’ out of my head while I was painting, I think its the way the red and white flag seems to explode from his sleeve like Spidey’s web-shooter, completely covering his adversary, and of course there’s also the superhero associations for some people when it comes to fighting with flags.

The massive mural was commissioned by the Little Italy Street Art Project, and definitely encroaches on territory largely curated by The New Allen.

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New piece finished in NY. I liked the way a lot of passersby thought this was a painting of a matador, something I have toyed with in the past. Although not strictly true, I like the assumption. . . In this piece there are 2 protagonists, each wearing red and blue like in all my work recently, and each using their flags as a matador’s muleta to taunt and tease their opponent. I couldn’t get Wu Tang’s lyric ‘Neighbourhood Spiderman’ out of my head while I was painting, I think its the way the red and white flag seems to explode from his sleeve like Spidey’s web-shooter, completely covering his adversary, and of course there’s also the superhero associations for some people when it comes to fighting with flags. Maaaasive thanks to @thelisaprojectnyc for making this happen and to @thedrif, @miishab and Sherilyn for all their help. . . Special shout-out to my man Eddie for dropping by the wall everyday with nothing but positivity. There’s something so beautiful about a grown man shouting ‘I love you’ everyday 💚 . . (📸 by @thedrif )

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