Another Year, Another Armory Week In The Books

Another year, another Armory Week in the books. I missed last year and was heartbroken, so I was really looking forward to all the greatness I was going to see. And then it happened, The Armory Show disappointed me. How was that possible? So maybe disappointment is the wrong emotion to convey, perhaps underwhelmed is better. I had been looking forward to this for months, weeks and days and with its one less row and sparsity of art I was underwhelmed. Thankfully, Art on Paper, Volta and Scope all pulled up the rear and made my overall experience great!

Here are my Top 10 pieces in no particular order:

I had the pleasure of attending Art on Paper its first night as a VIP, because I roll with some awesome people (Hi, Paradigm Gallery+Studio) and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s artistry was the first capture by my trusty iPhone. She is called Olympia and was painted with Oil on canvas just last year.

My next selection found at the Armory Show focused on a common political theme I saw throughout the galleries. Mel Bochner’s “Eradicate” carried a thought I’m sure most considered in these past weeks and months.

I found a great deal of irony in my next piece, “Alternative Titles for Recent Exhibitions I’ve Seen”. Scott Reeder seemed to be picking at my brain in particular.

“Alternative Titles for Recent Exhibitions I’ve Seen”

I love it when I go to a show and the art reminds me of my childhood or just makes me giggle. Perfect example of this is Douglas Coupland’s “Towers”. A huge display of Legos, building structures and towers alike. Instantly I’m back in my younger brother’s room building some structure that architecturally will never work, but will take us hours to create.

The second display that made me giggle was an entire park of sorts by Yayoi Kusama named “Guidepost to the New World”. Who doesn’t like polka dots? You can’t help but smile and laugh when you discover this park in the middle of the Armory Show floor.

Nick Cave, Hustle Coat. Having recently moved to Atlanta makes me long for the strange variety of life displayed constantly in the streets of New York. Nick’s Hustle Coats, one in black the other in tan made me crave that variety of life even more.

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I always find that I look, search even for my favorite artist and when I find them I’m so very excited. With that being said…Kehinde Kehinde Kehinde!! I cannot shout this man’s name enough. Ladies and Gentlemen, the greatness known as Kehinde Wiley. If by chance I get the opportunity to own one of his pieces of work, I would be jealous of myself. They are real, vibrant, elegant and simply magnificent.

And now I find myself at Scope. Honestly I had never been a fan of Scope, but this year before I could fully get within the many gallery walls I was snapping pics and genuinely skipping to the next wall of fine art. On this brutally cold Saturday afternoon, I am warmed by the eyes from this painting by Roberta Coni. The boldness of her stare and the softness of colors welcomed me.

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And just like that I was not only smiling but dancing a bit too from reciting lyrical genius in my head. Mark Drew’s series of four paintings with Peanut characters and hip hop lyrics made me reminisce of simpler times.

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So I know I said that these were my Top 10 picks, but this series of painting genuinely blow my mind. No major complexity, no variety of color, just big black bold strokes of paint swirled around the canvas. I would put one in every room of my home and walk through it like my own personal gallery. James Austin Murray captivated me and believe me for a woman with several zillions of things running through my mind that is quite the feat.

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Lastly on this International Woman’s Day I wanted to choose something that displayed not only our strength but also or vulnerability. No matter how hard you knock us down, women will always rise again. Kim Byung Kwan’s Ghost Backup #002 depicts Wonder Woman down at her very lowest, but she will always rise.

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I can truly say that I enjoyed this weekend filled with art. Next year, let’s do it again!

Coney Island Art Walls Moves In

It’s a mini version of Wynwood Walls sitting out in Coney Island amidst the backdrop of amusement rides. MOCA Los Angeles director, Jeffrey Dietch’s art project “Coney Art Walls” has brought some additional color to a neighborhood already known for its flair. It’s finally open to the public now, this myriad of 30+ gated (yup, you read that. Some people just can’t behave) popular & cult fav artists murals.  Some celebrate Coney Culture, while others are indicative of the artists’ style. We love that the Bowery is now home to more than just Nathan’s (yes, I know technically Nathan’s is on Surf Ave, but the walls sit right behind it, so I’m using the reference anyway).

I love a good Nathan’s hotdog during my summer Coney stroll, but I fear I’m going to have to leave it behind in favor of the popular Williamsburg hipster food market Smorgasburg, a version of which is encased in the maze of walls – now I can knock back a beer and some grub while surrounded by visual candy.

Whether you want to call it street art or an open air contemporary art stroll, it’s great to see New York graffiti legends like Futura and Lady Pink sharing the same space as the activist art of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh or the flashy lettering from London artist, Ben Eine. There’s just so much going on, one can’t claim to be bored.

We visited Coney Art Walls last week, so enjoy some of our pictures until you can get out there and see it for yourself. We’ll spare you the pictures we took of our fried anchovies from our favorite Smorgasburg regular Bon Chovie … they are a work of art in themselves.

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Lady Aiko pays tribute to the Coney Island Mermaids

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How & Nosm for Coney Art Walls

How & Nosm for Coney Art Walls

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Ben Eine's RIOT

Ben Eine‘s RIOT

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“Gypsy with Stallions” by Miss Van

 

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Buff Monster with a View

Buff Monster with a View

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We think Ben Eine has been here!

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Amazing piece by ROA

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Space Candy & The Yok Collaboration

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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh makes an appearance at Coney Art Walls

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Brooklyn Based Artist Maya Hayuk

 

 

 

TATYANA FAZLALIZADEH: STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE

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It’s like having an activist on the streets – but then again I think of most street artist with a message as such. It’s just that I’ve never seen one geared towards women in this way.

Brooklyn based artist,Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is peddling social activism into the realm of public art, addressing gender based street harassment. The Stop Telling Women to Smile street art features black & white portraits of women from multiple cultures sport strong powerful eyes that look out at the viewer as if they were speaking the messages from the posters aloud. Fazalaizadeh says “the project attempts to take women’s voices and faces and put them in the street – creating a presence for women in an environment where women are a lot of times made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe – outside in the street. ” There are real women behind these drawings who humanize Fazlalizadeh’s campaign – that so far, to my knowledge has just been seen in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

But she’s on the move. With the successful funding of her recent KickStarter and the support of Hollaback and StopStreetHarassment.org: Baltimore, Atlanta, San Francisco, Miami, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Chicago stops are in the works.

If you can’t wait to see them in your neighborhood, you can look into participating in the campaign through the projects dedicated website.

 

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 *pic 1,3 (philly found) courtesy Ginger Rudolph. pic 2,4,5 (brooklyn found) via Tatyana Fazlalizadeh website.