nyc art scene

a carefully curated calendar & cumulative catalog of new york city's most interesting art exhibitions and events. hand picked by Arthur Seen & Team

coming this February:

City as Canvas
 Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection
 
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., NYC

The first time exhibition of works from the expansive street art collection of Martin Wong.

Martin Wong, an East Village artist and collector of graffiti art, amassed a treasure trove of hundreds of works on paper and canvas—in aerosol, ink, and other mediums. Wong, who died of AIDS in 1999, donated his collection to the City Museum in 1994. The artists, including Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, and FUTURA 2000, were seminal figures in an artistic movement that spawned a worldwide phenomenon, altering music, fashion, and popular visual culture. The exhibition also includes photographs of graffiti writing long erased from subways and buildings. runs from February 4th through August 24th, 2014.

artist opportunity for 2014:“FABLES: Open Call for Public Art” Fourth Arts BlockLINK: fabnyc.org/fables.phpSubmission Deadline: January 2nd, 2014a public art opportunity for artists to explore the Lower East Side’s living cultural heritage, rich historical legacies, and current issues in public storytelling through visual art. 5 artists (or artist teams) will be selected through an open call process by a panel of jurors, to produce artwork located in outdoor sites throughout the Lower East Side neighborhood. Each selected artist will receive between $1,500 to $2,500 as a combined artist fee and production budget. Applicant artists should live, work or have a strong connection to the LES (note: being a LES resident is not a requirement). Ideal applicants should be invested in a story collecting or investigative process that will delve deeply into the neighborhood’s legacy and/or current culture. Exhibits should contribute to community identity and sense of place, drawing on the stories of the LES and its residents. This may include memorable cultural experiences, local traditions and collaborations, vanished cultural traditions, new beginnings, or underground movements. Artwork proposals can include: murals, collages, wheat pastes or other flat medium. In some cases interactive new media or projections will be considered. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts/ Art Works. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in participation with The City Council.image: “Saints of the Lower East Side” by Tom Sanford, photo by Udom Surangsophon

artist opportunity for 2014:

FABLES: Open Call for Public Art
 Fourth Arts Block

LINK: fabnyc.org/fables.php

Submission Deadline: January 2nd, 2014

a public art opportunity for artists to explore the Lower East Side’s living cultural heritage, rich historical legacies, and current issues in public storytelling through visual art. 5 artists (or artist teams) will be selected through an open call process by a panel of jurors, to produce artwork located in outdoor sites throughout the Lower East Side neighborhood. Each selected artist will receive between $1,500 to $2,500 as a combined artist fee and production budget. Applicant artists should live, work or have a strong connection to the LES (note: being a LES resident is not a requirement). Ideal applicants should be invested in a story collecting or investigative process that will delve deeply into the neighborhood’s legacy and/or current culture. Exhibits should contribute to community identity and sense of place, drawing on the stories of the LES and its residents. This may include memorable cultural experiences, local traditions and collaborations, vanished cultural traditions, new beginnings, or underground movements. Artwork proposals can include: murals, collages, wheat pastes or other flat medium. In some cases interactive new media or projections will be considered. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts/ Art Works. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in participation with The City Council.

image: “Saints of the Lower East Side” by Tom Sanford, photo by Udom Surangsophon

Opens Tomorrow, Aug 8, 7-9p: “Détournement : Signs of the Times” curated by Carlo McCormickJonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC"This exhibition is meant to both celebrate the lineage of détournement and bring attention to some of its current practitioners who embody its continued vitality through their art. We live in a forest of signs that are meant to confuse, distract and numb us to the more dire consequences of the human condition as it is. We do not need to follow these signs, we need to make our own so as to find a way out of the mess we are in. I cannot thank these artists enough for their contributions towards helping us find another way." - Carlo McCormickArtists Include: AIKO, Dan Witz, David Wojnarowicz, Dylan Egon, Eine, Ilona Granet, Jack Pierson, John Law (Jack Napier), Leo Fitzpatrick, Mark Flood, Martin Wong, Max Rippon (RIPO), Mike Osterhout, Posterboy, Ron English, Shepard Fairey + Jamie Reid, Steve Powers (ESPO), TrustoCorp, Will Boone, Zevs

Opens Tomorrow, Aug 8, 7-9p:

Détournement : Signs of the Times
 curated by Carlo McCormick

Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC

"This exhibition is meant to both celebrate the lineage of détournement and bring attention to some of its current practitioners who embody its continued vitality through their art. We live in a forest of signs that are meant to confuse, distract and numb us to the more dire consequences of the human condition as it is. We do not need to follow these signs, we need to make our own so as to find a way out of the mess we are in. I cannot thank these artists enough for their contributions towards helping us find another way." - Carlo McCormick

Artists Include: AIKO, Dan Witz, David Wojnarowicz, Dylan Egon, Eine, Ilona Granet, Jack Pierson, John Law (Jack Napier), Leo Fitzpatrick, Mark Flood, Martin Wong, Max Rippon (RIPO), Mike Osterhout, Posterboy, Ron English, Shepard Fairey + Jamie Reid, Steve Powers (ESPO), TrustoCorp, Will Boone, Zevs

Artist Reception,  Tuesday, June 26, 6pm: “SAINTS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE”Tom SanfordFABnyc, 75 East 4th St., NYC (bt Bowery & 2nd Ave)An outdoor exhibition of paintings by artist Tom Sanford. This is the latest in a strong series of public artworks in Manhattan’s Cultural District, led by FABnyc’s recently appointed Director of Public Art, Keith Schweitzer (the same curator who brought us last year’s Coney Island Murals and helped to bring us this year’s celebrated “This Side of Paradise” exhibition in the Bronx).“For a few months, seven local cultural heroes (Martin Wong, Joey Ramone, Miguel Piñero, Ellen Stewart, Charlie Parker, WeeGee and Allen Ginsberg) will remind passersby that history was made here and it was awesome. Sandwiched between the Ellen Stewart Theater and the offices of La Mama etc., the spot is rich with local history and I have a feeling these large icon-like panels may just spark people’s interest into delving a little deeper into the history of this once cutting-edge neighborhood.” - Hyperallergic“I have always thought of the LES as a sort of cultural crucible, i guess that is how it is presented in fiction and the movies, so i thought about a way to show reverence for the artistic past of the neighborhood… these artists most epitomize the LES for me. It is the legends of the Lower East Side that inspire me. I could have chosen to paint Johnny Thunder, John Sex, David Wojnarowicz, Ornette Coleman or so many others, but these are the seven that I chose, and seven fit the space.” - artist Tom Sanford-thru Sept 5. photo: Udom Surangsophon

Artist Reception,  Tuesday, June 26, 6pm:

SAINTS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE
Tom Sanford

FABnyc, 75 East 4th St., NYC (bt Bowery & 2nd Ave)

An outdoor exhibition of paintings by artist Tom Sanford. This is the latest in a strong series of public artworks in Manhattan’s Cultural District, led by FABnyc’s recently appointed Director of Public Art, Keith Schweitzer (the same curator who brought us last year’s Coney Island Murals and helped to bring us this year’s celebrated “This Side of Paradise” exhibition in the Bronx).

“For a few months, seven local cultural heroes (Martin Wong, Joey Ramone, Miguel Piñero, Ellen Stewart, Charlie Parker, WeeGee and Allen Ginsberg) will remind passersby that history was made here and it was awesome. Sandwiched between the Ellen Stewart Theater and the offices of La Mama etc., the spot is rich with local history and I have a feeling these large icon-like panels may just spark people’s interest into delving a little deeper into the history of this once cutting-edge neighborhood.” - Hyperallergic

“I have always thought of the LES as a sort of cultural crucible, i guess that is how it is presented in fiction and the movies, so i thought about a way to show reverence for the artistic past of the neighborhood… these artists most epitomize the LES for me. It is the legends of the Lower East Side that inspire me. I could have chosen to paint Johnny Thunder, John Sex, David Wojnarowicz, Ornette Coleman or so many others, but these are the seven that I chose, and seven fit the space.” - artist Tom Sanford

-thru Sept 5. photo: Udom Surangsophon

(Source: nycartscene)

Artist Reception, Next Tuesday, June 26, 6pm: “SAINTS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE” Tom SanfordFABnyc, 75 East 4th St., NYC (bt Bowery & 2nd Ave)An outdoor exhibition of paintings by artist Tom Sanford. This is the latest in a strong series of public artworks in Manhattan’s Cultural District, led by FABnyc’s recently appointed Director of Public Art, Keith Schweitzer (the same curator who brought us last year’s Coney Island Murals and helped to bring us this year’s celebrated “This Side of Paradise" exhibition in the Bronx)."For a few months, seven local cultural heroes (Martin Wong, Joey Ramone, Miguel Piñero, Ellen Stewart, Charlie Parker, WeeGee and Allen Ginsberg) will remind passersby that history was made here and it was awesome. Sandwiched between the Ellen Stewart Theater and the offices of La Mama etc., the spot is rich with local history and I have a feeling these large icon-like panels may just spark people’s interest into delving a little deeper into the history of this once cutting-edge neighborhood.” - Hyperallergic"I have always thought of the LES as a sort of cultural crucible, i guess that is how it is presented in fiction and the movies, so i thought about a way to show reverence for the artistic past of the neighborhood… these artists most epitomize the LES for me. It is the legends of the Lower East Side that inspire me. I could have chosen to paint Johnny Thunder, John Sex, David Wojnarowicz, Ornette Coleman or so many others, but these are the seven that I chose, and seven fit the space." - artist Tom Sanford-thru Sept 5. photo: Udom Surangsophon

Artist Reception, Next Tuesday, June 26, 6pm:

SAINTS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE
 Tom Sanford

FABnyc, 75 East 4th St., NYC (bt Bowery & 2nd Ave)

An outdoor exhibition of paintings by artist Tom Sanford. This is the latest in a strong series of public artworks in Manhattan’s Cultural District, led by FABnyc’s recently appointed Director of Public Art, Keith Schweitzer (the same curator who brought us last year’s Coney Island Murals and helped to bring us this year’s celebrated “This Side of Paradise" exhibition in the Bronx).

"For a few months, seven local cultural heroes (Martin Wong, Joey Ramone, Miguel Piñero, Ellen Stewart, Charlie Parker, WeeGee and Allen Ginsberg) will remind passersby that history was made here and it was awesome. Sandwiched between the Ellen Stewart Theater and the offices of La Mama etc., the spot is rich with local history and I have a feeling these large icon-like panels may just spark people’s interest into delving a little deeper into the history of this once cutting-edge neighborhood.” - Hyperallergic

"I have always thought of the LES as a sort of cultural crucible, i guess that is how it is presented in fiction and the movies, so i thought about a way to show reverence for the artistic past of the neighborhood… these artists most epitomize the LES for me. It is the legends of the Lower East Side that inspire me. I could have chosen to paint Johnny Thunder, John Sex, David Wojnarowicz, Ornette Coleman or so many others, but these are the seven that I chose, and seven fit the space." - artist Tom Sanford

-thru Sept 5. photo: Udom Surangsophon