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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

5 Pointz is gone...N.Y. Times article

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/nyregion/5pointz-a-graffiti-mecca-in-queens-is-wiped-clean-overnight.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=NY_FPA_20131119#comments

 

The headline should have read:
"MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF ART, AND DECADES OF A CULTURAL MOVEMENT WERE JUST LEGALLY DESTROYED."

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ARTICLE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES - NOVEMBER 19, 2013 issue.
5Pointz, a Graffiti Mecca in Queens, Is Wiped Clean Overnight

Usually, it is the street artists who work under the cover of darkness, hoping to evade police detection as they scrawl graffiti on property that is not their own. But before dawn on Tuesday, it was the owner of a building in Queens who used a crew of painters to work overnight and paint over graffiti on a warehouse in Long Island City, wiping clean a canvas that was used by thousands of artists over the years to transform an otherwise nondescript, abandoned brick building in a working-class neighborhood into 5Pointz, a mecca for street artists from around the world.
By morning, the work of some 1,500 artists had been wiped clean, the Brobdingnagian bubble letters and the colorful cartoons spray painted on the building’s brick walls all covered in a fresh coat of white paint. “We are supposed to be the vandals, but this is the biggest rag and disrespect in the history of graffiti,” said Marie Cecile Flageul, an unofficial curator for 5Pointz.
The plan to convert the three-acre site into a $400 million development project that will include two glass towers and 1,000 new luxury apartments had provoked opposition from artists and their supporters. But after months of public debate, court hearings and political maneuvering, opponents had little left in their arsenal.
In a last-ditch effort to stop the development, they were hoping to have the building designated as a landmark. That option is now likely gone as well. “I don’t know how you can erase 12 years of spectacular art,” said Hans Von Rittern, a guide who arrived with a busload of tourists, only to find the building’s art gone. “It’s cruel.” The warehouse is scheduled for demolition by the end of the year. The property has been owned by the Wolkoff family for over 40 years, and for most of that time they allowed artists to use the building’s facade as they liked. 
 
It was the 1970s when Jerry Wolkoff bought the warehouse. At the time, people who tagged storefronts, subway cars and street signs were widely viewed more as menace than artist.
Today, graffiti is more mainstream than outlaw, used in commercials, sold at auctions and stamped on clothing. The British street artist and presumable millionaire Bansky ended his recent monthlong residency in New York with the words “save 5Pointz.”
The Wolkoff family said they long planned to develop the site, but only in recent years has it become financially feasible.

As a concession to the artists, David Wolkoff, Jerry’s son, told the City Council in October that he would raise the number of affordable apartments to 210, from 75, and include 12,000 square feet for artists’ studios, up from 2,200 square feet. He said he was a fan of the work of the people who turned his building into a work of art. “The artwork is absolutely fabulous,” he said at the hearing. Jerry Wolkoff, 77, who bought the building in 1971 and has enjoyed the work of the artists who flocked to his building for more than two decades, could not help but get emotional Tuesday morning as his crews painted over the graffiti.
“I cried this morning, I swear to you,” he said. Still, the painting of the building – which started after midnight and finished around 7 a.m., according to witnesses — was met with anger and surprise. “Everyone was kind of shocked,” said Jeff Carrol, 33, who went to the building Tuesday morning only to find workers applying a final coat of paint.
Mr. Carrol said he moved to Williamsburg from Seattle in September, and, while he was not a street artist himself, 5Pointz “was on the list of cool things that I should see.”
He would return occasionally to check out what was new on the building, but he knew time was running out. Tuesday morning, he said, he was greeted by a police officer stationed at the warehouse and was told that if he caused any trouble he would be arrested.
The graffiti was painted over before it could be formally celebrated, and supporters said they would hold a vigil Tuesday night. Graffiti has long been ephemeral but Mr. Carrol said he had hoped that 5Pointz would be granted a “stay of execution.” “I guess I got to see it just in the nick of time,” he said.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FLASHBACK...STAY TUNED....

  
FLASHES BACK TO 2009...
 

A NEAT ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON!!
PEACE.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

ERIBERTO ORIOL :: Photographer/ Artist/Sculptor

 
'America's Most Wanted'
(Photo by: Eriberto Oriol)
 
Eriberto Oriol's photographs have been exhibited in Los Angeles and New York and are in several private, prominent collections throughout the world. In addition to being a critically acclaimed, published photographer, Eriberto is also a fine artist.  He began painting before taking up photography, and has shifted focus to this art form. His first solo art exhibition will be held in Fall of 2013.Click here be redirected to limited edition original prints for sale.




Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A JOSEPH ARTHUR RETROSPECTIVE (Art) EXHIBITION


JOSEPH ARTHUR, RETURNS TO THE NAVARRO RESIDENCE
FOR A RETROSPECTIVE ART EXHIBITION ON FEBRUARY 16TH, 2013.

February 12, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) -- The Navarro Residence in Highland Park, CA, is proud to present: “A Joseph Arthur Retrospective (Art) Exhibition”, on Saturday, February 16th, from 6:00-10:00 pm. This will be the second exhibition of works created by the critically acclaimed artist, and virtuoso singer/songwriter/guitarist, curated by Navarro, at The Navarro Residence.

Arthur’s artwork has graced the sleeves of his entire discography; the sleeve design for his 1999 extended play Vacancy was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. Curator, Navarro, is also a longtime collector of Joseph’s art and owns several original pieces, including the mixed media work on canvas entitled: ‘Love Never Asks You To Lie’, drawn and painted live by Joseph, in his song video of the same title (link included.) Joseph’s first gallery exhibition was, MOMAR at Vertigo Gallery, in London, England, October 2006.    


Though Joseph Arthur’s first passion is the visual arts, he is better known for his musical talents after being discovered by Peter Gabriel in the mid-nineties. "When he was starting fifteen years ago, I was struck by the strength and visceral quality of Jo's paintings. They seem to connect to Expressionism, Art Brut, Basquiat and the Graffiti movement. I remember encouraging him to take the painting seriously and it has been great to watch its evolution. Jo is a really unusual, interesting and talented artist in music and art".  – Peter Gabriel


The Navarro Residence was established in 2012, with the purpose of offering a non-traditional exhibition space that promotes an atmosphere of experimentation via a personally curated art collection; along with an interactive opportunity for guests to experience what it is like “living with art.” Curator/Collector Navarro purchased her first piece of art in 2009. In addition to being an avid collector, she is also a television producer. Navarro’s collection also includes original works by: Cristian "SMEAR" Gheorghiu, Gregory Siff, Scott Michael Ackerman, Herakut, TMNK (The Me Nobody Knows), Evo Soria JR., Brady Smith, Leba, Neal Crosbie, Patrick Haemmerlein, David Hinnebusch, Bert Esenherz, K H Number Seven, and many more.

In May of 2013, exclusive new works by Joseph Arthur will be exhibited in a solo show at The Navarro Residence. The Navarro Residence is located at: 5704 Baltimore Street, Highland Park, CA 90042. To schedule an interview, or preview, please contact: Shawni D. at (213)255-0059, or by e-mail at: UrbanArtPR@gmail.com. Follow The Navarro Residence on Twitter: @NavResidence / #TheNavarroResidence or, Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/The-Navarro-Residence.




                               YOUTUBE LINK TO 'LOVE NEVER ASKS YOU TO LIE'




DOWNLOADABLE JOSEPH ARTHUR BIO/CV

“A Joseph Arthur Retrospective (Art) Exhibition”
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Saturday, February 16th, 2013
6:00-10:00 pm
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Winter/Spring Exhibition Calendar:
Joseph Arthur Retrospective, Saturday, February 16, 2013
Brady Smith, Saturday, March 9th, 2013
David Hinnebusch, Saturday April 13th, 2013
Joseph Arthur (New Works), May 2013 (Date pending)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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