Ludlow Coffee Supply Pays Tribute to ‘Mail Art’ Artist Ed Higgins
A local coffee shop is paying tribute to an iconic Lower East Side artist.
Higgins, known as a pillar of the “Rivington School” movement in the 1980s, and for his unique “Mail Art,” died last month at the age of 72. He had lived, until his death, in the same rent stabilized Ludlow Street tenement since 1976. Forty-five years after moving from Colorado to the Lower East Side as a recent graduate.
You’ve probably seen him and his artwork around the neighborhood, but never thought twice about it. Namely, the “wingnut” illustration showing, you guessed it, a nut with wings.
But it was his “Mail Art” that gained wider recognition. Higgins created hyper-artistic postage stamps for what he called the Doo Da Post.
These colorful stamps are what now hang inside Ludlow Coffee Supply.