Category Archives: Art

Futura has always been an artist able to elevate his work above what can simply be dismissed as graffiti despite continuing to use many of the same tools. As he’s gotten older his work has gained an impressive craft and complexity that has saved him from the pitfalls often associated with the term “graffiti artist”. This new mural on NYC’s Bowery and Houston is the latest example.

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hurvin_anderson_imperial

I recently discovered British painter Hurvin Anderson as part of a group show at PAMM. Good painters are increasingly hard to find in the current landscape of modern art. His brushwork is subtle yet confident but I was even more impressed by his eye for the beauty in the world around us. I’m excited to learn more about his work.

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James Little Darwin's Dilemma

Excited to see new work by my very talented friend James Little. He has new paintings on display at the June Kelly Gallery in Soho starting tomorrow through June 23. It’s well worth passing by if you’re in NYC as his work reveals an added dimension when you see it in person.

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This is another brilliant project from French artist JR in partnership with the New York Times. JR has gone from a so-called street artist, really only because his work appeared mostly in the streets instead of in the confines of a gallery, to one of our most important and visionary thinkers. This guy never seems to run out of good ideas and doesn’t mind that most of them are inevitably temporary.

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Chairs at OAM

A pair of dream chairs I saw at one of my favorite stores in Brooklyn – Open Air Modern.

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Super Morrissey

Artist Butcher Billy combines his love for post-punk heroes and classic comic books in this surprisingly well-done two part series.

Joy Division Batman

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Tapies Infinit

Grabbing lunch at their delicious cafe is all the incentive I need to visit the Perez Art Museum Miami but I was very happy to catch their recent retrospective of one of my favorite artists Antoni Tapies. I first discovered Tapies at the foundation in Barcelona dedicated to his work when traveling there in 1999. I responded immediately to the raw energy in his work that incorporates common elements to add depth and texture to each piece. His most famous, and in my opinion best, work is abstract and purposely messy but you can easily detect the skills of a highly trained painter in his use of space, color and texture. This is also art with a social conscious, always more concerned with its place within the streets he walked each day than the pristine walls of an expensive art gallery. Tapies’ aesthetic philosophy is one I share and he’s been an influence on my own writing since my first encounter with his work. Seeing the painting Infinit (pictured above) for the first time only reinforced that feeling.

PAMM Swing

As an added bonus I got to rock my son Jack to sleep on the outdoor swings the museum recently installed. Few things beat escaping a New York winter to relax in a soothing back and forth motion while you’re softly brushed by a tropical breeze and can finally let your busy mind wander. These are an excellent addition to this already beautiful facility.

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Charles Hinman

Legendary NYC artist Charles Hinman is doing a beautiful series of limited edition prints for the Ghostly Store. He talks about his process, relationship to New York and this new series in a short feature for the NY Times’ T Magazine.

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