Paul Richard Urges You to Respect the Vandalism at 190 Bowery

Posted August 4, 2010 at 6:26 am

Artist Jay Maisel’s residence at the Germania Bank Building is probably the most street-friendly structure in the whole city.  Together, each graffito, paster, and sticker creates one huge piece of artwork that has continued to evolve over the years.  It also represents one of the last bastions of near-free vandalism in the neighborhood.  So Paul […]

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ShyMob Shrine on Rivington Gives Hope and Discussion

Posted July 23, 2010 at 6:14 am

Five days later, ShyMob’s Hope shrine on Rivington Street has become an organic discussion board for neighborhood passersby.  He began the thread with, “I hope this shrine stays here a long time and is used every day.”  Well, it is.  The cardboard backing is now completely sheathed in random tags, street wisdom, and drawings.

Update: Collective Hardware Artwork

Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:18 am

In response to our post last Thursday, owner Stuart Braunstein wrote in to allay artists’ fears regarding retrieval of hostage artwork from the recently-shuttered Collective Hardware at 169 Bowery. It appears the artists will be permitted to grab their work from the five-story gallery space.

Collective Hardware Artists Worried About Their Artwork

Last modified January 17, 2013 at 12:05 am

A concerned reader wrote in last night following news that Collective Hardware might be evicted from 169 Bowery.  Based on the email, it appears that numerous artists currently have their work trapped behind the freshly-padlocked doors.

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Early Edition: May 14

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:05 am

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The Big Dick Visits the New Museum [Video]

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 2:19 am

Last night, we received a hilarious email from a local artist named David Livingston.  He wrote: Artist David Livingston has been performing his absurdist art piece Big Dick in the city for the past sever months. He wears a 6′ long flaccid felt penis that he sewed and stuffed with sofa upholstery. All of his […]

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New Lower East Side Photography Exhibit at Gallery Bar

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:18 am

Starting tonight, Gallery Bar at 120 Orchard Street will be hosting an exhibition of photography entitled Sampling and Revisions: The LES Deframed.  The neighborhood-centric showcase will feature archival stills from the Tenement Museum collection alongside more contemporary work.  Opening reception is at 7 pm, but the event itself will run through March 24. [Photo via […]

Late Night Artist at 38 Delancey

Posted October 7, 2009 at 6:18 am

Late Saturday night, a man wearing a blue dress and donning strange bunny ears was busy painting a message of peace on the plywood of future condoplex 38 Delancey.  The artist remained dutifully crouched beside a satchel of paints, as drunken revelers ambled past in utter confusion. Nevertheless, his work soon became legible, “Free Peace […]

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Astor Cube Artist Tony Rosenthal, RIP

Last modified December 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm

[Photo via Betty Blade] Over the weekend, Tony Rosenthal, the artist who designed the Astor Place Cube (nicknamed Alamo), passed away at the age of 94.  The cube is an East Village icon, and still remains a magnet for stickers, post-ups, and other assorted graffiti.  However, the unique rotating sculpture is not exclusive to New York. […]

Vandalized Voice Box

Last modified December 5, 2010 at 8:32 pm

On Stuyvesant Street near St. Marks Bookshop sits this uniquely decorated Village Voice distribution box. Apparently, the artist responsible feels the weekly rag paper is the “young adult’s guide to ritual sacrifice.” Duly noted.