Patti Astor

Standing Tall with Curt Hoppe’s ‘Downtown Portraits’

Last modified May 8, 2019 at 8:42 pm

They’re larger than life. Literally and figuratively. “They” are the subjects of “Downtown Portraits,” a series of photographs and large-scale paintings by Curt Hoppe, which recently opened at both Howl! Happening and Bernarducci galleries. This nine-year project depicts artists, writers, musicians, activists and art entrepreneurs who Hoppe befriended when he first came to downtown New […]

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Clueless New Businesses ‘PYT’ and ‘Mr. Purple’ Pervert Lower East Side History

Last modified November 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm

There seems to be a new level of cluelessness in the neighborhood. It’s one thing to honor the past, or even nod to it in a cheeky or kitschy way. Such is life with “authentrification” as selling point. However, it’s another thing to reference the icons of the past, while completely missing the point. We […]

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Recap: Reliving Fashion Moda and the FUN Gallery at City Lore

Posted June 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

Long before street art was a respected genre, graffiti was considered a scourge on the city. In the late 70s and early 80s, only a few people had the vision to recognize graffiti as art, creating in the process a now-legendary scene mixing art, photography, film, performance and music. “Spray Cans in the Gallery: The […]

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