Gaia in North Philly

It’s always great to come upon anything by Gaia anywhere. I came upon this huge paste-up yesterday outside the Girard Avenue L in North Philly.  As the neighborhood continues to change, street art is beginning to take up almost as much public space here as traditional graffiti does.

Photo by Lois Stavsky

Word To Mother among Featured Artists @ Mallick Williams & Co.

I discovered (and instantly fell in love with) Word To Mother when I was in London this past fall. I’m looking forward to Mallick Williams & Co.‘s upcoming Spectrum, a group show opening this Thursday, April 21, and continuing through June 3rd, 2011. Along with Word To Mother, featured artists include: Kiji McCafferty, Chor Boogie, Erik Otto,  Kate Pane and Lu Gold. The gallery — that recently featured the amazing Hueless exhibit — is located at 150 11th Avenue in Chelsea.

Image courtesy of Mallick Williams & Co.

Kosbe on the Streets of NYC and the Walls of the Carmichael Gallery

I’ve always loved Kosbe’s zany characters and somewhat esoteric messages. Mostly on stickers, they occasionally make their way onto wheatpastes, as this recent addition to NYC’s East Village.

Photo by Lois Stavsky

Yesterday, Kosbe shared with me — via his iPhone — a photo of his piece currently on exhibit in Martha Cooper’s “Remix” at the Carmichael Gallery in Culver City, CA. A recreation of Cooper’s iconic 1980 photo of Dondi sketching in his room with friends in East New York, Brooklyn, it uncovers another side of Kosbe’s flair.

Photo courtesy of Kosbe

Shepard Fairey Joins Forces with NYC Teens

When Shepard Fairey was in New York City last spring for his solo exhibit at Deitch Projects, he collaborated with Manhattan teens on a huge mural. Panels from this mural are currently on exhibit at Chelsea’s Icosahedron Gallery at 606 W. 26th Street. An April 28th auction is planned with all proceeds going to the non-profit youth organization, CityKids Foundation. I stopped by earlier this week and liked what I saw, as the works exude an arresting raw energy and spirit.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

Tats Cru with Revok on the Lower East Side

Members of the legendary Bronx-based Tats Cru have been painting legal murals on a huge wall off Avenue A and 2nd Street for the past few years. I haven’t loved all of them. The previous two were too cartoonish and gimmicky for me. But the latest one — that I passed today — is working. My favorite segments are those by How and Nosm and the tribute to Sace IRAK Irak painted by Revok who joined the Mural Kings for this wall.

How and Nosm of Tats Cru; photo by Lois Stavsky
Revok Pays Tribute to Sace IRAK, photo by Lois Stavsky

Installation Underway for PANTHEON: A history of art from the streets of NYC

As I passed by the former Donnell Library at 20 W. 53rd Street earlier today, the installation for tomorrow’s 5pm opening of PANTHEON: A history of art from the streets of NYC was underway. Huge pieces by Royce Bannon and Celso were beginning to capture the attention of the crowds across the street lined up for MoMA’s free Fridays. Joyce Manalo who curated the exhibit with Daniel Feral shared images of other featured artwork. Among these are the following pieces by Faro and Cake, photographed by Kat Amchentseva. This 24/7 windows exhibition of New York City street art — past and present — will continue through April 17.

Photo by Lois Stavsky
Faro, close up, photo by Kat Amchentseva
Cake, close-up, photo by Kat Amchentseva

SURE Lives

A prolific sticker bomber with an exceptional handstyle, SURE was already a legend in his short lifetime. Since his tragic death this past December, tributes to SURE continue to grace New York City’s landscape. The following two by Over Under and Baser are among over a dozen I spotted this afternoon in Chelsea.

Photo by Lois Stavsky
Photo by Lois Stavsky