There are innumerable perks and benefits to finding a suitable NYC rental apartment and settling down in this, the best place on the planet. Here’s one: the vast amounts of incredible art, geared toward every taste imaginable, in galleries all over town.
You’ve got your museum-quality shows at the rich, glittering galleries of Chelsea and the Upper East Side, art exhibitions which many cities in this country would KILL to be able to host just once a year, and that the likes of Gagosian, Pace, David Zwirner, Paula Cooper, et al., trot out again and again each season, offering it up to us for free. Remarkable.
Just as amazing–and in some ways much more vital–are all of the hundreds of small art galleries, in places such as the Lower East Side, Bushwick, the East Village, Long Island City, and Williamsburg, where the creativity and artistic expression just explodes.
Like everything else, when visiting these more “edgy” and “street” NYC art galleries, individual results may vary. But one of my consistent favorites in the category is Pandemic, which happens to have a terrific show currently on display, Believe the Hype!.
Pandemic is located in Williamsburg, on Broadway between Wythe and Kent, down the street from Andrew Tarlow and Sean Rembold’s excellent pair of restaurants, Marlowe and Sons and Diner. It’s a tiny, scruffy place; a storefront stripped of its racks and goods, nothing redesigned, the original architectural curves and quirks of the space still readily apparent. All of which 1) looks awesome, and 2) totally fits the preferred aesthetic here at Pandemic Gallery, graffiti and street art.
Believe the Hype! is a classic Pandemic show: basically, a bunch of first-rate street artists came into the space, and tagged, sprayed, and wheatpasted murals on the walls.
So you have, to list just a few examples of what you’ll find at Pandemic’s Believe the Hype! exhibition, Swampy’s signature weirdly-horned skull girl, getting attacked by some of Deeker’s freaky, germy creations; a couple of UFO’s spaceship/octopus/alien creatures; a cool Gods of War! piece by Matt Siren and some nice black-and-whites by Sheryo and The Yok; a great plaided-up Dark Clouds mural on the back wall; and a whole lot of Cost all over everywhere, including a nod or two to recently-deceased Taki 149 and The Saint.
I loved this, but I understand that it’s not for everyone. Just like all art. Which, of course, is what makes the fantastic diversity of NYC’s art scene so welcome.
Believe the Hype! will be at the Pandemic gallery until September 9th.
If you can’t make it by then, you should get on their mailing list for the next show (they have pretty fun and rowdy openings). Pandemic is located in Williamsburg, on Broadway between Kent and Wythe, and is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on the weekends from 11:00 until 7:00. Closed Monday. More info on their website.
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