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An Art-World Assault on the 21st Precinct

Photo by Lauren Elkies Schram

This weekend is the last chance to catch the art world’s invasion of a former New York police precinct.

For the past two months, 55 artists have been at work painting the interior of 327 East 22nd Street, the four-story building that once housed the 21st Precinct. The featured artists include Pesu Art, Giz, Ghost, Savior and Jay Carlos. Read More

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JR Grows Up: How a French Graffiti Artist Wheat-Pasted Himself Into the Heart of the Art World

A recent work at Mulberry and Prince.

On a weekday evening earlier this month, as the sun set over the Williamsburg bridge, passengers on the JMZ may have noticed an addition to one of the Brooklyn buildings that wasn’t there on their morning commute. Throughout the day, the French graffiti artist JR and his crew had pasted a giant black and white snapshot of an eyeball on the side of a seven-story building near the East River. Read More

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Retna Goes Up, A Little of Old Bowery Comes Down

Courtesy Rozalia Jovanovic

This week, the graffiti wall at Houston and Bowery was painted by Los Angeles artist Retna with a work entitled A Conversation With a Great Friend. With the help of two assistants, the new public artwork was completed on Monday. But the painting of the wall has coincided with the departure of a longtime resident of a spot on the same block, Billy’s Antiques & Props, which offers antique wares like school desks, wood-framed mirrors and signage from defunct gas stations that the store’s owner, Billy Leroy, would set up along the sidewalk on the north side of Houston Street along the tent that the shop occupies. Read More

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Help Save ‘Style Wars,’ the Classic Documentary About Street Art


If you’ve never seen Style Wars, the brilliant 1983 documentary about the rise of hip-hop in New York and its connections to the graffiti art and breakdancing movements of the early ’80s, you should probably stop what you’re doing and go watch it right now. It’s 69 minutes, edited down from about 30 hours of 16 mm film shot between 1981 and 1982.

Here’s the bad news. There are hours of outtakes that risk disappearing forever: the original footage is damaged and fading and in desperate need of being restored. Read More