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Chinatown Art Brigade Protests Racially Insensitive ‘Poverty Porn’ at James Cohan Gallery

Posted October 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

A controversial show at the James Cohan Gallery that’s drawn local ire in the Chinatown community was the site of an invasive protest action yesterday. The Chinatown Art Brigade, known for its nighttime projections of “Chinatown is not for sale” onto building facades, organized the rally on Grand Street in response to the racially insensitive […]

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Here Are Ai Weiwei’s Lower East Side ‘Fences’ [PHOTOS]

Posted October 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

World renowned artist Ai Weiwei began installing works last week as part of the “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” endeavor. But today is the official start of the public art project. The Lower East Side features prominently in the campaign, too. Ai Weiwei installed four in the neighborhood proper, plus dozens of 2D banners on […]

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About Those Ai Weiwei Lamp Post Banners All Over

Posted October 9, 2017 at 5:10 am

Ai Weiwei continues the urban takeover. Aside from new installations last week, the dissident artist also imparted two hundred banners to line area light poles. As part of the “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” public art project, the two-dimensional, hole-punched banners that feature portraits of immigrants from different eras, among them historic images from Ellis Island […]

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Ai Weiwei’s First LES Installation is Now on Display at the Essex Street Market

Posted October 7, 2017 at 9:03 am

Ai Weiwei is taking the city by storm this month with his “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” public art project. While not technically launched, the dissident artist’s work is already going up around town. Indeed, installation began earlier this week at the marquee locations like the Washington Square Park Arch and Cooper Union. Some of the […]

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Instagram Jumpstarts ‘#KindComments’ Campaign at Bowery Wall with Lakwena’s Mural

Posted September 27, 2017 at 5:02 am

London-based artist Lakwena spent the last several days imparting the kaleidescopic mural onto the Bowery Wall. It reads, “Lift You Higher.” However, as it turns out, the art is really just a marketing stunt to promote Instagram’s #KindComments campaign in partnership with Goldman Properties. Stanchions were placed in front of the wall yesterday afternoon to […]

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New Museum Adds 2 Galleries this Week as Part of Expansion into 231 Bowery

Posted September 25, 2017 at 9:26 am

The forty-year-old New Museum, on the Bowery for eleven years already, is on course to renovate the adjacent property and increase its overall footprint. Starting this week – more than a year after first announcing the expansion – the ground level will be ready for a slate of art programming. “The expansion effort will ultimately enable the […]

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Essex Crossing Wants Your Ideas for a 200-Foot Mural at Site 5

Last modified September 25, 2017 at 10:22 am

Essex Crossing is soliciting artists for a massive mural to grace one of its new residential buildings on the Lower East Side. Last week, Delancey Street Associates, the consortium of developers behind the billion-dollar project, released a Request for Proposals last week for artists interested in painting a roughly seven-story-high mural as an homage to the […]

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LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival is Happening this Weekend

Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:19 am

The 6th Annual LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival is happening this weekend, and promises plenty of local entertainment and creative craftsmanship throughout more than 50 community gardens spread across Lower Manhattan. Just a few of the many highlights partaking in this year’s festival include fairy tale puppetry by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, a thought provoking look […]

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Lakwena Brings her Kaleidoscopic Vision to the Bowery Mural Wall

Posted September 21, 2017 at 5:08 am

The season is changing, which means another participant for the revolving door that is the Bowery Mural Wall. Earlier this week, contractors sanded then resurfaced the two-story canvas in preparation for the next artist on the docket. We are told that the latest is Lakwena, a London-based artist who specializes in colorful, “kaleidoscopic” patterns. She […]

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In Move from Midtown, ‘Ierimonti Gallery’ Readies 55 Delancey Showroom

Posted September 20, 2017 at 5:02 am

After Brennan & Griffin Gallery relocated to Norfolk Street last year, its former headquarters on Delancey Street remained vacant. The only action during its year-long dormancy was when Petee’s Pie used the space for its busy Thanksgiving rush last November. But now, more of the same is on the way. An art gallery from midtown […]

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