Toe The Line for PS 132

March 18th, 2013 | By | No Comments »

Joe Iurato

Logan Hicks has organized an online auction to benefit the PTA at his son Sailor’s school, PS 132 in Brooklyn. Toe The Line includes contributions from Joe Iurato, Swoon,  Shepard Fairey, Chris Stain, Dabs and Myla, How and Nosm, Eric Haze, Faile, and others. Logan’s girlfriend and Sailor’s mother Kristen Zarcadoolas is the PTA president of PS 132, and they organized the auction after after yet another funding cut at the school.

“There is a lack of resources at every level within the public school system and I want to do all that I can to ensure that my son has a proper education,” says Hicks. “There is a moral responsibility to do everything possible to help support the public education.”

The auction went live just a few hours ago. You can see all the works and bid here.




Photos courtesy of Logan Hicks

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Joe Iurato at London’s Signal Gallery

February 23rd, 2013 | By | 1 Comment »
Persephones Gone

Persephones Gone

I love the way Joe Iurato’s aesthetic is continually evolving. His stencil art works beautifully not only in public spaces, but also in gallery settings. Currently on view at London’s Signal Gallery are some of his strongest pieces to date.



Developing a Pattern

Developing a Pattern

Before that Vanishing Place

Before that Vanishing Place

Images courtesy Joe Iurato

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Joe Iurato at Bushwick Five Points

December 19th, 2012 | By | No Comments »
Never Let Go

Never Let Go

Joe Iurato brought his splendid skills earlier today to Bushwick Five Points. Here are a few more images:

Joe Iurato at work

Joe Iurato at work on image of his son

Dedicated to Jo Montchausse, professional French climber

Dedicated to Jo Montchausse, professional French climber

Hanging onto LNY's moon -- with Gilf! and Alice Mizrachi

Hanging onto LNY’s moon — with Gilf! and Alice Mizrachi

Photos by Lenny Collado and Tara Murray

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Living Walls curates walls at Miami Art Basel

December 2nd, 2012 | By | No Comments »

In collaboration with Fountain Art Fair and Samson Contompasis’ The Marketplace Gallery, the people of Living Walls have been given 175 ft. of wall space to divvy out amongst artists at Fountain. From December 6 to the 9th, 22 street artists including Rone, LNY, Trek Mathews, Jaz, Ever, Dal East, Faith47, Pixel Pancho, Never 2501, Joe Iurato and more will be painting Fountain’s outdoor courtyard.

The rise in success of Living Walls over the last 3 years has been fascinating to watch. This is their second year at Miami Basel but their first year there curating walls. Indoors they’ll have a booth, showing the works of a few international artists like La Pandilla, Interesni Kazki, and some of the artists listed above, as well as a few Atlanta favorites. Definitely looking forward to seeing their contribution.

Video courtesy of Living Walls

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“Deep In The Cut” at Mighty Tanaka

August 13th, 2012 | By | No Comments »

Joe Iurato for Welling Court

Deep In The Cut, the two-man show with Joe Iurato and Chris Stain, opened last week at Mighty Tanaka in Brooklyn. It runs through September 7th.

As recently as June both artists worked within eyeshot of one another for the Welling Court mural project. With this familiarity, visitors may think that they’ve seen every iteration of the Stain/Iurato pairing. However, both artists have gone above and beyond the labor required for a typical gallery show and the results are astounding.

Chris Stain and Billy Mode at Welling Court

On the surface, Chris Stain and Joe Iurato appear to be tied together because of their stylistic choices. Both typically work in minimalistic color palettes, with the occasional pop of color thrown in for good measure. Both depict relatively realistic portraiture.

Chris Stain

However, when put side by side in a gallery instead of spread out over blocks, it is the outstanding differences of these artists that makes the work of Iurato and Stain that makes viewers’ knees buckle in awe. Stain is known for depicting the everyday man. Drawing upon his working class background, whether it is a former student of his or someone else from his life, the artist renders portraits of people that are highly relatable.

Joe Iurato

In contrast, Iurato takes what would look like your average person walking on the street and adds hints of the divine. Many of the pieces that the artist created for Deep In The Cut show his hooded modern day saints, emblazoned with halos. By placing modern day saints in conversation with working class hero, Mighty Tanaka has created a dialogue that has to be seen for the full impact to come across. As with many ethereal things, words cannot do it justice.

Photos by Rhiannon Platt

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Going to the gallery

August 9th, 2012 | By | No Comments »

There are a bunch of shows open now or opening in the next month that I’d like to mention, but there are only so many hours in the day. So here’s a bit of a round-up:

  • Détournement: Signs of the Times is a group show that just opened at Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC. It was curated by the legendary Carlo McCormick and features artists who “subvert consensus visual language so as to turn the expressions of capitalist culture against themselves.” Some of those artists in Détournement are Aiko, David Wojnarowicz, Ripo, Posterboy, Ron English, Shepard Fairey + Jamie Reid, Steve Powers, TrustoCorp and Zevs.
  • Chris Stain and Joe Iurato are showing together for a two-man show at NYC’s Mighty Tanaka. The show opens on Friday. These are two great and underrated stencil artists. I highly recommend checking out this show, particularly given the superb quality of Stain’s recent indoor work.
  • Sweet Toof has a solo show opening this week at High Roller Society a pop-up space in Hackney Wick, London.
  • Contemporary Wing’s (Washington, DC) latest group show, opening on the 16th, is an exhibit of secondary market work, but there should some nice stuff, including work by Shepard Fairey, WK Interact, Gaia, Faile and Blek le Rat. I must admit that I’ve included a piece in this show, but I’m not going to say which one (so if you want to help me out, just buy the entire show…).
  • Finally, Dabs and Myla have curated a show at LA’s Thinkspace Gallery which will open September 1st. In addition to their own paintings and installations, the show features 32 of their friends, plus a solo show in Thinkspace’s project room by Surge MDR. Those shows open September 1st.

Photo by Susan NYC

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Williamsburg murals

August 4th, 2012 | By | No Comments »


Gilf recently organized a legal spot for seven artists, including some of my favorites, at 229 North 10th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Here are the finished results:


Sofia Maldonado



Joe Iurato

Icy and Sot

Photos by Gilf

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Weekend link-o-rama

July 14th, 2012 | By | No Comments »

Mural by Eduardo Kobra. Photo by Lord Jim.

Let’s do this:

Photo by Lord Jim

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Welling Court Mural Project 2012 with Stormie Mills, Joe Iurato, Billy Mode and more

June 18th, 2012 | By | 4 Comments »

Stormie Mills

Dozens of artists and scores of folks — all of diverse backgrounds – came together Saturday to celebrate year three of  The Welling Court Mural Project, organized by Ad Hoc Art.  Here are some scenes from the day:

Joe Iurato

Flying Fortress


Billy Mode


Hell Bent

Kimyon Huggins

 Photos by Tara Murray

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Preview: Young New York auction

May 28th, 2012 | By | No Comments »


As Caroline mentioned earlier this month, the group Young New York is having a charity art auction this Tuesday at White Box Gallery in New York to raise money for their restorative justice art workshops with teenagers who have been put into the adult court system in New York.

Here are just a few of the dozens of artists with work in the auction: Steve Powers, NohjColey, Joe Iurato, Cake, Overunder, Gaia, Rudie Diaz, LNY, Blackmath, Mare139, Doodles, ND’A, Radical!, C215, Clown Soldier, Jill Cohen, Labrona and Luna Park. And here are a few of pieces that will be on offer:


Sean Lugo and Blacksmith

Radical and C215

Photos courtesy of Young New York

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