This Friday: BuskNY Presents SHOWTIME

I’m very excited about this Subway-themed art show opening on Friday. Several subway art veterans are in the show including Edwin Class and Joan Iaconetti.

Subway arts organization BuskNY presents a night of subway artist advocacy amid the NYPD’s much publicized “crackdown” on subway performers.

As the ‘Broken Windows’ policies of NYPD Commissioner William Bratton have led to ejections, tickets, and arrests of performers in contradiction of the MTA’s own laws on artistic performance, BuskNY has led efforts to record these interactions and bring them to the public, and worked to draw attention to the consequences of an attack on one of the last public spaces where music and dance can be shared with millions of members of the public for free.

In this exhibition, SHOWTIME, BuskNY turns the spotlight to a less-remarked subject: the visual art created about and within the New York City subway system. SHOWTIME features some of the best-known freelance visual artists to have used the subway in their work, including Steven Bartoo, Yehuda Blum, Edwin “EQ” Class, David Everitt-Carlson, Joan Iaconetti, Ming Liang Lu, Ron Richter, Marina Ross, Michah Saperstein, Kalan Sherrard, Rie Shimamura, Lorena Toyos, Milo Wissig, Chris Wright, and Heidi Younger.

The opening will also feature live performances by award-winning subway performers, including New York Times-featured sculptor Ming Liang Lu, dance crew Waffle Life, and violinist Filip Pogady. Together, these performers will showcase the diverse achievements of artists working in transit spaces, and give a voice to all of those who face ejection and ticketing. There will also be an interactive painting workshop by High Line artist David Everitt-Carlson.

Friday, October 3rd, 7-11pm

(with live music and dance performance, refreshments, and garden party)

Additional gallery hours:
Saturday, October 4 from 12-6pm
Wednesday, October 8 from 3-9pm
Saturday, October 11 from 12-6pm
Also available by appointment–contact Armature Art Space to schedule.

316 Weirfield Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237


Apostrophe Holds Guerrilla Art Show On J Train Platform

Katie Killary for Bushwick Daily

An unauthorized art show took place on the Kosciuszko Street J train platform this past Friday. The exhibition was organized by a group called Apostrophe, who previously ran an art space in Brooklyn. Check out Bushwick Daily for more photos and the full story!

Don’t Miss These Two Subway Art Openings!

Nina Boesch


Nina’s amazing collages are made entirely on MTA MetroCards, transformed into NYC’s most iconic images.

Opens Wednesday, May 7th 6pm-8pm
350 Bleecker Lobby Gallery
New York, New York

Joan Iaconetti

Manhattan watercolorist Joan Iaconetti’s first solo exhibit at The New School imagines the mundane, post-graffiti subway as a dark, deliciously sinister world full of vertiginous angles, dripping platforms, swarming riders, all done in layer upon layer of monochromatic watercolor. Her large-scale watercolors made their first appearance here, and were later called “evocative neo-noir” by the Curbed.NY architecture blog.

Opens Tuesday, May 20th 6pm-8pm
The New School
66 West 12 Street between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Bridge Gallery, fourth floor; sign in at security desk

Exhibit runs May 20 – June 2; open 10am – 6pm, Mon. through Sat.

Seth Tane’s Above and Below

Seth Tane

Subway artist Seth Tane is showing 40 of his latest paintings now through April 25th. All the info below!

The exhibition can be seen at the architecture firm of Deborah Berke Partners located at 220 5th avenue. The building is located at the NW corner of 5th avenue and 26th street in the Flatiron District of Manhattan opposite Madison Square Park. Viewing hours are 9AM – 6PM Monday – Friday. Phone: (212) 229-9211

On The Grid – Closing Reception This Friday!


You might be wondering why I haven’t been posting very often lately. Well, here is one of the reasons! I helped curate a show at Outlet gallery in Bushwick. Several Subway Art Blog artists were included in the show such as Jilly Ballistic, A City of Children, Jason Eppink, Matthew Silver and Enrico Miguel Thomas. Also being shown at the show are both issues of my zine SubCulture.

At the closing reception, Outlet is raffling off a canvas by A City of Children and advance tickets are available exclusively on the Subway Art Shop for only $3. The piece is valued at $300, so this is your chance!

On The Grid closes Friday night, so come check out all of this awesome artwork before its too late! Also keep an eye on Subway Art Blog over the next few weeks for a few more announcements about awesome projects I’m involved in.

Subway Art Blog’s 4th Birthday Celebration

Believe it or not, Subway Art Blog turns 4 this month. To celebrate, we are having a party in conjunction with Goodbye Hello, a photography exhibition by Mike Ion and release of Carnage zine #3. I will also be releasing two zines: my own SubCulture #2 and NOXER DOD’s first zine, No Love.

I will be giving away limited edition posters to the first 25 people that stop by the event and mention Subway Art Blog, so come visit, have a beer, buy some awesome zines and check out some great photography!

Graff Cal has all the details.

SubCulture 2 Available Early at the NY Art Book Fair

I’m happy to announce that the second issue of SubCulture will be available early this weekend at the New York Art Book Fair. The followup issue focuses on etch and scratch tags in the subway. Click here for all the details!

A limited amount of the first SubCulture zine “Can It” will also be available.

Along with me at the Pantheon Projects table in the zine tent will be some of my favorite NYC graffiti zine makers. Ray Mock of Carnage zine will be selling issue 2 of Grilled, his zine about NYC graffiti doors, and issue 1 of Stuck, his sticker-focused zine. Making Deals will also be there selling all issues of their zine.

Also available at the table will be new zines by: The Old New York, AVOID, DROID 907 and more. If you are a fan of graffiti, you can’t miss this!

The Art Book Fair runs all weekend at MoMa’s PS1 in Long Island City. Come visit!

Check out the official site for all the details!

Subway Inspired Art at UR New York’s Cause & Effect Popup

The guys at UR New York have outdone themselves once again.  With their new exhibition, Cause & Effect, 2ESAE and SKI are taking on the roll of curators for the first time. Over 20 artists are in the show, including many big names in graffiti and street art like COPE2, Sofia Maldonado, BISHOP 203 and more.

Several of the pieces in the show reference the subway in various ways. One of my favorites is entitled “Talking Trash” by KA. At first glance the piece looked like some sort of digital print based on a subway ad. Upon closer observation, I realized it an actual copy of the ad, but refined with paint, stickers and more. The piece does a wonderful job paying homage to the stickering that goes on in subway stations.

Cause & Effect has been extended to August 22. Keep an eye on Graff Cal for an announcement about the closing party.

Moustache Man: Confessions of a NYC Graffiti Artist

It’s been just over one year since we posted our exclusive interview with the elusive Moustache Man. A lot has happened since then—he’s been arrested, tried and has had a court-mandated gag order for several months. The whole ordeal is finally over and he is ready to talk about a standup show!

His first performance is on Wednesday, June 13th at 6:30pm at the UCB Theatre.

Moustache Man: Confessions of a NYC Graffiti Artist
Written by and starring Patrick Waldo
Directed by Nate Dern

Make your reservations on the UCB site and check out Graff Cal for more details about the show!

The Artist’s Commute – Peter Bulow

Sketching people on the subway shouldn’t be a foreign idea to readers of Subway Art Blog. Artist and psychiatrist Peter Bulow takes this concept to the next level. Dr. Bulow makes clay sculptures based on people he sees on his commute.

In an interview with NY1, he describes his experiences sculpting on the subway:

It’s thrilling. I feel like I’m connecting with people somehow, but also really calm within myself,” says Bulow. “It takes a lot of concentration. You have to get their expression, it has to be beautiful, it has to look like them. It has to be three-dimensional all the way around, has to be a composition. You have to do all that in a minute or five minutes or whatever you have. It’s like riding a roller coaster. You have something forever, of a person you once saw.

To date, Dr. Bulow has created over 400 of these mini portraits. A small selection of these works are being shown at Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan through June 30th.

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