Last night, while I was looking for a place to eat with my family in the Greenwich Village, I came across several light posts that were beautifully covered with tiles and glass. This sparked my interest once again about the different types of Street Art around the City.
At the Library today, I came across a really good article in The New York Times titled “To the Trained Eye, Museum Pieces Lurk Everywhere,” by Seth Kugel, March 9, 2008. In it the author suggests for all of us to stop and see what is going on around us – “a rarer tactic, and one well worth trying for a weekend, is to focus exclusively on street art, the uncommissioned, uncommercial forms of expression that pop up on buildings, sidewalks and street signs and go way beyond traditional graffiti.”
He provides neighborhoods to visit “like Chelsea, SoHo and the Lower East Side in Manhattan, and Williamsburg and Dumbo — especially near the waterfront — in Brooklyn.” And where to look “on and around doors, on shuttered windows, above your head, near the ground, on poles and street signs and traffic signals and newspaper boxes and scaffolding…everywhere”.
This reminded me that several months ago a wall of graffiti was located within a historic Soho building. The mural contains “drawings by original graffiti subway artists Fab Five Freddy, Futura 2000 and some traces by Jean-Michel Basquiat.” From “Historic Graffiti Mural Discovered in Manhattan Building” by Ula Ilnytzky, December 12, 2007. The NY Times has a nice slide show at In New York, the Art Outside For additional information, check out the following links as well: Wooster Collective: www.woostercollective.com Streetsy: www.streetsy.com Jonathan LeVine Gallery: www.jonathanlevinegallery.com Ad Hoc Art: www.adhocart.org