Beautiful Decay: NYC’s withering wheatpastes

My favorite wheatpastes rarely lose their beauty. They just continue to evolve until they, sadly, wither away. Here are a few:

Imminent Disaster in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Imminent Disaster in Bushwick, Brooklyn — 2013
Swoon in Gowanus, Brooklyn
Swoon in Gowanus, Brooklyn — 2012
Swoon, close-up, in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Swoon, close-up, in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn — 2013
Cake in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Cake in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2010

Photos by Dani Mozeson, Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky

The Affordably Fun Art Fair Arrives in Bushwick

Youth Waste
Youth Waste

I love the notion of an affordable art fair that features works by artists whose visions also surface on our streets. The Affordably Fun Art Fair, opening tonight, Friday,  6-10pm at 330 Ellery Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn does just that — presenting over 40 such artists who are selling their works for $150 or less. While visiting, I was struck by the incredible range of works for sale — from the starkly elegant to the boldly comical. Here’s a small sampling:

Tony Depew
Tony Depew
Billy Mode, close-up
Billy Mode, close-up

Conceived and coordinated by Rhiannon Platt, the fair continues from 1-6pm tomorrow, Saturday.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

Up on the Roof: Ever, Sonni and ND’A


For the last week, Argentinian artists Ever and Sonni, along with Brooklyn-based ND’A, have been at work on a Williamsburg, Brooklyn rooftop. I’m loving the results. Here are a few more images I captured yesterday evening:

ND'A at work
ND’A at work
ND'A, Sonni and Ever
ND’A, Sonni and Ever
ND'A completed
ND’A completed piece — later in the evening

Photos by Lois Stavsky

Zero Cents in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Close-up of Zero Cents in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Zero Cents‘ distinctly disfigured – often disturbing — characters have been part of Israel’s visual landscape for years. It was quite a thrill to see his work this past week in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Zero Cents with Know Hope in Haifa, Israel, fall, 2010

Photos of Zero Cents in Bushwick by Tara Murray; photo with Know Hope in Haifa by Lois Stavsky

Wild in Williamsburg: Hef, KA, Cern, Phetus, Vers and more

Phetus and Vers

While so much of the graffiti and street art in Brooklyn has moved to Bushwick, there are still a number of vibrant walls to be found in North Williamsburg. We came upon this wall in progress yesterday:

Hef — at work — and KA
Hef close-up
Cern at work

Photos by Sara Mozeson & Lois Stavsky

New in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn: RAE, Gaia and Lelo

We don’t visit Bedford-Stuyvesant as often as we should, as its walls are among the most interesting – and least documented – around town.  But we did get over there earlier this week, where we discovered new work by RAE and Gaia and found a huge mural — overlooking a community garden — by Lelo, a street artist from Rio de Janeiro.

Close-up of huge mural by RAE
We love the way RAE has integrated the tree into his most recent public piece
Huge Gaia paste-up
Gaia goes green
Lelo close-up

Photos by Tara Murray & Lois Stavsky

Tristan Eaton at work in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

One of our favorite walls in Williamsburg is the one fashioned by Tristan Eaton on Fillmore Street off Roebling. For the past few days, he’s been back on Roebling bringing his stylish visual rhythms once more to NYC before leaving for the West Coast. Lenny Collado – my fellow street art and graffiti aficionado – has been busily documenting the work in progress:

And here’s a close-up of Eaton’s riveting rendition of Mickey Mouse spray-painted onto a board that will surface soon in Brooklyn:

Photos by Lenny Collado