JR joins the New York City Ballet Art Series

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The New York City Ballet is really upping the ante with their Art Series. Last year they collaborated with the NYC based Duo, FAILE – tickets for those performances sold out within days.

This year shouldn’t be any different now that they’ve released word of their partnership with the French Artist, JR. The sheer power of JR’s popularity and his broad influence on his social media following should make this project an instant hit.

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JR ARTSERIES NYC BALLET 2

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The special installation for the art series will be seen during the ballet performances on January 23rd, and February 7th & 13th. The advance tickets are gone, but keep checking the NYC Ballet website for updates. Don’t forget to link up with JR’s Instagram to see photos from the project as they’re released.

*photos via JR’s Instagram

REAL LIFE INSTAGRAM

Instagram cutouts with colorful cellophane filters have been found affixed to lampposts and walls all around popular London tourist spots – left there by Brazilian Artist, Bruno Riberio (aka. Nitchows).

Nitchow’s project, Real Life Instagram offers us two very unique viewpoints – most of us spend more time looking down at our phones and capturing special moments through the lens instead of soaking it in the old fashioned way, a life where we are constantly tethered to our phones.

Nitchow2 Nitchow5 Nitchow4 Nitchow3On the other hand, Instagram does give us a way to stay in touch with the world, teaching us to become more observant, to pay attention to details. It’s even turned some into amateur photographers.

But where do we draw the line? When do we let real life takeover? Nitchow is hoping that his Insta Instagrams will give people pause – make them take notice of the places and neighborhood the cutouts are highlighting. It’s great to be able to use Instagram as a vehicle to connect and share but how about we put those phones down for a second and enjoy the moment.

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*photos courtesy on Nitchow

5 Street Art Instagrammers You Should Follow

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  • Martha Cooper / Handle: Marthacoopergram – Legendary Graffiti Photographer, Martha Cooper is basically ‘have lens will travel’. Most recently she was in Puerto Rico capturing street artists: Vhils, Luis Perez, Monica Parada, NEPO, and Colectivo Fibra in action. You wanna stay in the know – follow Martha – her pictures come from the core of the inner circle. I mean, you did see the surprise mural put up for this graffiti darlings birthday at the Wall (Houston & Bowery) didn’t you?

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  • JR / Handle: JR – No one bounces around the globe quite like JR & his crew. This TED Talks street artist brings the faces of urban communities into the forefront with his large scale wheatpastes. It’s all so job fantasy camp, whether you’re viewing pics of their global meet-ups (parties) or looking at a aerial view of his work lacing the favelas of Brazil. Not to miss: snapshots of prideful smiles when JR revisits his muses.

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  • Os Gemeos / Handle: osgemeos – The Brazilian twins document their process extensively on their account. You’ll get to drop in on their murals in progress, see their sketches forming…though my favorite moments come when other street artists drop by their gallery shows to wish them luck and then show up in their feed.

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  • Jonathan LeVine Gallery / Handle: JonathanLevineGallery – The Gallery’s Instagram puts you in the thick of their shows: you can catch the artist preparing the gallery, see the install, pieces from the show, and drool over the after-party. The account should come with a tagline “We’ll make you wish you were here.”

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  • Seth GlobePainter / Handle: seth_globepainter – French Street Artist, Seth Globepainter is everywhere. You’ll globe trot with him via the colorful large scale murals he leaves behind. His Modus Operandi is achieving a culture vibe by taking a photo of a local in front of the mural once it’s completed. Gotta admit, It’s a pretty significant way to humanize a projects.