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5Pointz102814a5Pointz103114The LIC building that for 10+ years housed the 5 Pointz graffiti family is in the final stage of being demolished, after being whitewashed last November.

Each rip of the METRO equipment seems to gnash at the spirit and hopes of the artists (and community) — whose participation had made it special place.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

CalvaryCemetery2014CalvaryCemetery2014cCalvaryCemetery2014uCalvaryCemetery2014gOur memory of the past should help us live better in the present, while we yearn for eternity.

Photographs: Stephen Wise


ISIS-CIAA wall in Queens, NY, painted by Banksy last October, now has this message.

SaulLeiter (2)American photographer Saul Leiter (1923-2013) is being remembered with a show of his early black and white street photography, along with early color images, and painted photographs, at the Howard Greenberg Gallery through October 25, 2014.

A reception to launch Saul Leiter: Early Black and White (Steidl, 2014), was held at the gallery last evening. German book publisher Gerhard Steidl was on hand, along with Howard Greenberg — being photographed here by Hank O’Neal (former CIA man).

Top Photograph: Saul Leiter


Horst-StaleyWise2 (2)Horst-StaleyWise3Works by Horst P. Horst (1906-99), one of the great photographers of the 20th century, can be seen at Staley-Wise Gallery (560 Broadway) through Nov. 1, 2014.

From the show’s press release: “The subject of this exhibition is women, filtered through Horst’s use of shadow and light to achieve his unique dramatic effects.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise

JivaDance7JivaDance1Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance perform Mayura: Blue Peacock at the Chen Dance Center September 18-20, 2014.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

ManaContemporary2014fManaContemporary2014aManaContemporary2014g (2)Mana Contemporary, the Jersey City, NJ arts destination, is holding a public opening this Sunday Sept. 14 (1-7PM) for Francesco Clemente, George Condo, Chuck Connelly, Julio Galan & Daniel Lezama in the Pellizzi Family Collections.

Shuttle service is available from 450 W.15th St. RSVP here.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

ZachHorn-KidsTheseDays“My drawings are about my life, my memories, my messed-up psychology. I don’t plan them out. There is no order. the hardest part is not to filter. I have to trust that every stupid, off-beat, taboo idea bubbled up for a reason. I think it’s healthier for the drawings (and definitely therapeutic for me) to let it all out on the page. In the past they have called this inner voice, the muse, the subconscious, or the lizard brain. It’s all the same thing, trusting that little goblin in my head.” Zach Horn

New drawings by Zach Horn at Rare Art Properties, Inc., NYC, through Oct 9.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

HenrietteSimonPicker“We’re living in an upside down world.” Henriette Simon Picker

Artist Henriette Simon Picker, age 97, is not slowing down. In fact she’s speeding up — producing 70-80 paintings per year. After attending the Art Student League (1939-41), Mrs. Simon Picker went on to raise a family, and have a distinguish 45 year career designing shoes, with her painting back-burnered until she picked it up again at age 92. Her first solo show was three years later.

One of her latest works: Coney Island, 2014 is on display at Carter Burden Gallery in NYC, as part of a group show, through August 21, 2014.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

Golub2014lGolub2014q“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.” Allen Ginsberg, Howl, 1956

Artist Andy Golub is at it again — along with an army of artists he painted 40 nude models today in Columbus Circle. This year’s performance was sanctioned by the City. In the past he’s been arrested for his ‘art’.

Perhaps NYC officials wanted to distract the people away from the evil being perpetrated by the U.S. and Israeli governments, vis-a-vis Ukraine and Gaza.

Photographs: Stephen Wise


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