Brazilian Artist Mag Magrela at Galeria Tonight


Tonight at Galeria on Clinton Street, there will be a live performance by Brazilian street artist Mag Magrela at the opening of her new Lower East Side exhibition.

Magrela is part of a feature-length documentary film called Street Heroines, which is telling the story of female graffiti and street artists from around the world.

It’s the second time Magrela has come to New York to paint the streets. Galeria, a combo art gallery/cafe, is located at 43 Clinton St. Tonight’s show takes place from 6-9 p.m., although we’re told you might see the art performance taking shape sometime after 3 p.m.

On Stanton Street: Celebrating the Cultures of the Lower East Side and Balvanera

New Mural at Verlaine Highlights Nelson Mandela’s Message of Love

Photos courtesy of Verlaine.

Photos courtesy of Verlaine.

The national and international news headlines this summer have been pretty grim. The Michael Brown shooting in Missouri, the Staten Island police brutality controversy and the war in Gaza are just some of the events weighing heavily on many people. Gary Weingarten, co-owner of Lower East Side bar Verlaine, decided to make a statement about what’s happening on the roll-down great outside his 13-year old Rivington Street establishment.

Banksy’s Allen Street Work is Removed (Updated 8:29 a.m.)

Social media exploded this afternoon after it was discovered that Banksy had kicked off a month-long New York City exhibition on the side of a building at 18 Allen St., near Canal.  It only took a few hours before someone had messed with the mysterious artist’s new work.

German Artist Henrick Beikirch Completes Stanton Street Mural

Maischa by ECB (Hendrik Beikirch)

German artist Hendrik Beikirch created this mural on Stanton Street. Photos by Tim Schreier.

Over the weekend, Tim Schreier checked in on German artist Hendrik Beikirch, who was finishing up a new mural on Stanton Street (near Attorney Street).

Vandalizing the “Heart Vandal”

Delancey and Ludlow streets. Photo by Jereme Taylor.

Someone doesn’t “heart” Nick Walker’s “Heart Vandal,” which went up at Delancey and Ludlow streets this past summer. Jereme Taylor sent us this photo a little while ago.


Street Art Group Says Little Italy Mural Painted Over By “Grinch”

If you walked past 118 Mulberry Street (where Umberto’s Clam House is located) over the weekend, you might have noticed  this creation, “Christmasaurus,” from Philly street artist NoseGo.  It was part of a larger collaboration between the Little Italy Merchants’ Association and the Little Italy Street Art Project.  But the mural did not last long.  It’s now been crudely painted over.

Faith47 Creates New Mural on East 2nd Street

Faith47 hard at work at 22 East 2nd Street. Photo by Tim Schreier.

South African artist Faith47 transformed a section of East 2nd Street, near the Bowery yesterday.  It’s the latest project from MaNY and Fourth Arts Block (FAB).  Photographer Tim Schreier stopped by, as Faith47 was working on the mural, titled, “The Weight of Air.”   It’s part of an ongoing series curated by FAB’s Keith Schweitzer focused on creating temporary installations “in atypical locations” throughout the Lower East Side. Meanwhile, street artist Dal, Faith 47’s husband, was working on a project of his own yesterday outside the Rag and Bone store at Bowery and Elizabeth Street. Click through for more a couple more photos.

Timeshare Backyard Gets New Look for New Season

Brooklyn-based street artist Never works on the walls of the Timeshare Backyard on Ludlow Street. Photo by Tim Schreier.

As we noted last week, the Timeshare Backyard at 145 Ludlow Street is back for a second summer, and it celebrated the start of its season with some fresh coats of paint last Friday. The grassy lot between Orchard and Rivington streets welcomed the public to watch four street artists go to work on the brick walls surrounding the yard, already home to some distinctive graffiti.

“We tried to be really respectful of what was there,” said Jessica Resler, one of the founders of the Participation Agency, the group that runs the Backyard. “There’s definitely a lot that’s existing. But it’s great that a lot of people got to see this street art being made. People were saying, ‘It’s amazing someone can do that with a paint can.’”

Essex Street Mural Part of Global, Participatory Project

You’ve probably noticed the new wheat-paste mural adorning the facade of 133 Essex Street, formerly the home of the rowdy (and defunct) bar, Mason Dixon. It’s the work of the semi-anonymous street artist JR, who’s the recipient of the prestigious 2011 TED Prize.

The image is part of Inside Out, JR’s ambitious international project meant to “transform messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work.” In the past few days, JR uploaded a trailer to YouTube explaining what Inside Out is all about: