Friday, August 07, 2009

Hot Time in the City: Art in the Streets and Beyond

For the second summer now, New York City will close off 7 miles of Manhattan streets to any cars or trucks or taxis or trucks or limousines or trucks or Hummers or trucks, providing a welcome, if somewhat surreal, opportunity to make your way from the Brooklyn Bridge up to Central Park via bike or roller blade or simply on foot. It happens three Saturdays in a row, and I have to say, it's lovely.

If you're out taking in the dance classes and musical performances that coincide with the traffic-free Saturdays, consider also taking advantage of a new map developed by the fine folks at ArtWeLove that highlights the best of fine art to be found for free in New York's streets. ArtWeLove Founder Laurence Lafforgue explains:
We took the much needed initiative to develop a street art map of New York City's most notable works: It's a great way for people to enjoy their city and experience (free) meaningful art first hand. The works we've singled out are by artists like Banksy, Os Gemeos, and Swoon, plus a few of Dash Snow's "Sacer" tags in memory of the late artist. Check it out [here.]

We'd like to make this map as lively and updated as possible, so we're soliciting everyone's contribution. If you know of any great pieces you think we're missing, email the name of the artist, the location, and a photo to We'd appreciate if you could pass this on to your readers. Contributors will get full credit for anything we add to the map.
One of the works highlighted in the ArtWeLove map, the Os Gêmeos mural at Houston and Bowery, recently received a love letter of a review from New York Times critic Roberta Smith:
With their first public artwork in Manhattan, which went up at the northwest corner of Houston Street and the Bowery on July 17, the Brazilian brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, who call themselves Os Gêmeos, bring graffiti art to its Rococo phase. Which is to say that their fantastic, epic mural, on a concrete wall about 17 feet high and about 51 feet long, is light and frothy, a dream of happiness with an underlying chord of melancholy. And everything in it is exquisitely fine-tuned and detailed, a dazzlement of effortless technique that sustains long bouts of close looking. It will remain up until March.
If your plans this weekend are taking you places north of the city, do consider stopping in to the opening reception at Morgan Lehman Gallery's Lakeville, CT, outpost, Saturday evening for their summer group exhibition Strangers in a Strange Land. Bambino and I will be there (now that's a freebie...don't waste it).

Photo: Os Gêmeos mural; Justin Maxon/The New York Times.

Labels: street art, summer posting


Blogger mm said...

What a great map from ArtWeLove! Another fun thing you could do tonight is wander over to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and be in the wacky mixed-virtuality happening group photo opp at Jack the Pelican Presents at 8PM ET

8/07/2009 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ED, When you mention things like this it makes me feel that I am completely wasting my life by living anywhere but New York.
I am always reconsidering a move out there, but I really wish I was born there. How can one not love New York?


8/07/2009 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Wow, that sounds amazing! I'm trying to imagine NYC without a single vehicle on the roads. It's kind of sci-fi.

8/09/2009 01:35:00 PM  

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