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Ai Weiwei ‘Good Fences’ Are Starting to Come Down

Posted February 16, 2018 at 5:03 am

Crews deployed across the city this week to depose of the months-long Ai Weiwei public art project, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.” Here on the Lower East Side, the decorative chain-link fences were removed from the rooftops of 248 Bowery and 189 Chrystie Street. However, the series of banners straddling the Essex Street Market remains […]

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Chinatown Rails Against Proposed ‘Dogman’ Sculpture Ahead of Lunar New Year

Last modified February 20, 2018 at 10:52 am

With the lunar Year of the Dog just a day out, some in the Chinatown community are incensed about the so-called “Dogman” sculpture planned for Kimlau Square. The proposal, designed by artists Gillie and Marc and backed by the Chinatown Partnership, calls for a 900-lb, bronze dapper dog holding an apple. Community Board 3 last […]

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Photographer Toyo Tsuchiya Memorialized at Howl! Arts Gallery Tonight

Posted February 12, 2018 at 9:39 am

Toyo Tsuchiya, the esteemed local artist and photographer who documented the Lower East Side art scene of the 1980s, died in his East Village residence on November 23. He was 69. Now three months later, the community is again coming together to memorialize the fallen icon. Howl! Arts is hosting an event later this evening […]

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After 5 Years, Muriel Guépin Gallery Trades Orchard Street for SoHo

Posted February 9, 2018 at 5:06 am

One of the longest running galleries on Orchard Street just left. The Muriel Guépin Gallery departed the saturated scene last week after five years at 83 Orchard Street. The showroom was packed up and vacated by the end of January and all evidence of its branding gone. REAL New York, landlord Samy Mahfar’s in-house real […]

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18th Annual ‘Mr. Lower East Side Pageant’ Announced, Remains in Exile

Posted February 8, 2018 at 5:15 am

The zany, always popular Mr. Lower East Side Pageant returns later this month for its eighteenth outing. Reverend Jen, who invented the contest, sent out a save-the-date to faithful followers. Mark Saturday, February 18 in your calendar. However, for the second year running, the festivities remain in exile. Not held in the namesake neighborhood, but […]

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The Lodge Gallery Calls it Quits After 5 Years on Chrystie Street

Posted February 2, 2018 at 5:12 am

The industrial-dominated block of Chrystie Street between Broome and Delancey is losing its artist in residence. Indeed, the Lodge Gallery is calling it quits after spending five years at 131 Chrystie Street. Its final exhibition – monster paintings by Tawan Wattuya – has been on view the last couple weeks, and will remain open through […]

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This Dapper ‘Dogman’ is Headed for Chinatown to Celebrate the Lunar Year of the Dog

Last modified January 31, 2018 at 7:17 am

It’s the year of the Dog…man. In honor of the Chinese New Year, the Chinatown Partnership has commissioned artists Gillie and Marc to create a half canine, half human sculpture to commemorate the Year of the Dog. In Chinese tradition, when a dog enters a home it symbolizes the coming of good luck. The aptly […]

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Lakwena’s Instagram Shill at the Bowery Mural Wall is Bombed

Posted January 24, 2018 at 5:11 am

London-based artist Lakwena teamed up with Instagram and Goldman Properties last summer to paint a “socially conscious” statement at the Bowery Mural Wall. Four months later, the kaleidescopic “KindComment” marketing stunt is receiving nothing of the kind. Since then, the space has pretty much devolved into disaster, as taggers galore made quick work. Over this […]

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Clayton’s Corner: At Samoa’s ‘Candy Coated Evil’ Opening [PHOTO]

Posted January 15, 2018 at 5:12 am

In a poisoned, jaded world, this show is a limitless panacea. Samoa’s vocabulary is so innately understandable by anyone with a heart that still beats. And loved by those of us who understand that art and music and performance can create change, rather than just swell our pockets or decorate our rooms. It’s art that […]

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Heavy Wind Detaches Ai Weiwei Installation from Essex Street Market

Posted January 5, 2018 at 9:43 am

The punishing winds from yesterday’s Nor’Easter were not kind to the Ai Weiwei art installation affixed to the Essex Street Market. By yesterday afternoon, the series of banners basically became a sails. Sheets to the wind, you might say. The section directly above Pizza Roma near Delancey Street is currently dislodged and sagging. The half-dozen […]

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