The High Line’s great, no question, with its award-winning landscape design, well-curated public art, first-rate food vendors, excellent people watching, and just an overall slightly adventurous feeling of being somewhere a little different than everywhere else. Yes, even now, with the mile-long park non-stop packed with tourists. But what was it like up here on [...]
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We’ve known for a while that the days are numbered for Long Island City’s fantastic street-art mecca, 5Pointz. Called the “Aerosol Art Center” by current curator Meres One, this massive old warehouse has for some 20 years now been covered in a constantly-changing collection of pieces by the world’s best graffiti artists. And though this [...]
I’ve been a big fan of French artist JR for a lot of years now, ever since I first came across his soon-to-be-signature massive photographs of people’s faces wheatpasted onto, first, the bridges of Paris, then favela shacks in Rio (below), then decrepit trains in Nairobi. In 2011, after winning the TED Prize, JR launched [...]
We spend a lot of time here in New York City on trains. Mostly subways of course, which is awesome, because they’re cheap(ish) and fast and abundant… plus while you’re getting from one place to the next you can read, play games, listen to music, close your eyes for a bit, develop a crush on [...]
The Cuban-born artist Alexandre Arrechea has long been fascinated with taking solid, familiar objects–a basketball hoop, a piano, security cameras–and, by adding or subtracting (though usually adding), playfully transforming them into something a little weird, something a lot delightful. Now, under the auspices of the Magnan Metz Gallery, and working in conjunction with New York [...]
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