Introducing Graff Cal NYC

Writing this blog has turned me into an avid follower of graffiti and street art culture here in NYC. I enjoy checking out new work and meeting artists, so I try and make it to as many exhibitions and other events as I can. It’s not as easy as it sounds, though. As hard as I try to find out about them, I find myself missing things only because I never heard about them. There is no unified source of info about street art and graffiti events on the web. This is why I decided to create Graff Cal.

Graff Cal is a super simple website with a calendar of graffiti and street art-related event listings. It’s mission is to compile all of these into one place and we’ve teamed up with Fresh Paint NYC to make it happen.

The site is still a work in progress, so look for big updates soon. See you at an opening!

Home for the Holidays

This week is your last chance to check out Home for the Holidays, the inaugural exhibition of downtown’s Klughaus Gallery. With a focus on graffiti and identity, the group show features some well-established writers like FAUST and KATSU. Check out the official site for the full roster and visiting info. The show closes on the 31st, so don’t wait!

All photos by Subway Art Blog except the above by Making Deals Zine. Sadly this was sold and removed from the show the night of the opening. Continue reading “Home for the Holidays”

F Train Reveries

An exhibition called “F Train Reveries” opens tomorrow.

From the press release:

Featuring photography, illustrated volumes, video and mixed media installation by Golden Apple. This inaugural show will examine the appropriation of public space for private use in the NYC transit system.

Location: Fortissimo (63 Watts at Varick).
Dates: October 23 – November 6, 2010
Opening Reception: October 23rd  7-11pm
Wine and Beer provided by Sixpoint Brewery, featuring music by DJ Spindik.

Check back for a report from the opening!

Jeanne Verdoux at Muriel Guepin Gallery

Jeanne Verdoux’s subway life drawings first appeared on this site in February as part of our Artist’s Commute series. Ms. Verdoux is showing selections of her work at the Muriel Guepin in Brooklyn from September 25th – November 7th. The opening reception is tomorrow, the 25th from 6:30-9PM.

Muriel Guepin Gallery
47 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wed-Sat: 11AM-7PM
Sunday: 12PM-5PM
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Phillip Romano – Tile Series

Let’s get this out of the way now — you may have noticed that the artist I am speaking about in this post has the same last name as myself. This is because we are womb-mates.

My brother, Phillip Romano, is a young photographer finishing up an art degree at Harlem’s City College of New York. He is exhibiting work this week, called Tile Series, which I would be interested in talking about on Subway Art Blog even if we didn’t share genes.

In this work, subway tiles are the canvases and commuters are the artists. The drips, spills, scuffs and scrapes people make on the floors of subway stations become unintentional art. The photos seem to evoke Jackson Pollock’s action paintings, not only by appearance, but also their interest in the subconscious.

The way in which the images are displayed is worth noting as well. Phillip explains:

The tile series pieces each document single markings found on subway platforms. Each tile is photographed, printed, and mounted separately and then arranged in their original order on the wall.

You can find three pieces from this project at CCNY’s annual photography exhibition, open from May 3rd – May 14th, with an opening reception May 6th, 5-8pm. Details can be found on the event’s Facebook page. More of the tile series and other work by Phillip can be found on his portfolio site: Phillip Romano Photography.

1934: A New Deal for Artists

Lily Furedi, "Subway", 1934. Oil on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Before the economic stimulus package passed the House and Senate, some legislators balked at the bill because it included $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. A timely new show at The Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburg exhibits work from the first time the government allocated money for the arts. 1934: A New Deal for Artists includes 54 of the over 15,000 works created as a result of Roosevelt’s Public Works of Art Project.

The painting above is shown in the exhibition. From the Smithsonian website:

As always, New Yorkers of every class except the destitute and the very wealthy sat side by side in the subway, the subject of a painting by Lily Furedi; the tuxedoed man dozing in his seat turns out, on closer inspection, to be a musician on his way to or from a job, while a young white woman across the aisle sneaks a glance at the newspaper held by the black man sitting next to her. None of this would seem unfamiliar today, except for the complete absence of litter or graffiti in the subway car, but one wonders how legislators from below the Mason-Dixon line might have felt about supporting a racially progressive artwork with taxpayers’ money.

“Subway” and the rest of the works included in the exhibition will be on display from January 30th – April 25th, 2010 with an opening celebration the evening of January 29th.

Crash/Daze at Ad Hoc Gallery

Photos by Tuten Keser

This past Friday, The Subway Art Blog attended the opening of the Ad Hoc Gallery’s Crash/Daze exhibition.  The show features never before seen works by legendary street artists Crash and Daze, including some collaborative works.

From the Ad Hoc site:

A contemporary of Keith Haring and a modern-day master of this present day art form, CRASH has shot his metaphorica arrows and dizzying flashes into subway cars, walls, and galleries around the globe.  His work celebrates the movements of an ever-changing world and is a lavish gift to the eyes as well as a bold statement in time and space.

DAZE began painting New York City subway trains, the canvas of choice for the serious graffiti artist, in the late 1970’s. Since moving from subway trains to gallery walls, he has exhibited in Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo, Florence and many others. His work is in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum Ludwig in Aachen, Germany, and the Brooklyn Museum, where he was also featured in the 2006 “Graffiti” exhibition.

The show is open through June 14th.  We highly recommend checking it out.  This is a must-see for all you graffiti aficionados out there!

[Ad Hoc Art – Crash/Daze]