Presented by Thor Equities and curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Joseph J. Sitt, Coney Art Walls is an outdoor museum of street art featuring the work of 34 celebrated artists including legends such as Lady Pink, Crash, Daze, Futura and Kenny Scharf, leading artists of the next generation including Shepard Fairey, Maya Hayuk and How and Nosm, and exciting emerging artists like Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Lauren Halsey. You can have a look at all 34 new pieces by a respectable range of artists spanning four decades and a lot of New York street culture history.
These are murals completed by artists who are street artists, graffiti writers, fine artists and contemporary artists. In the middle of an amusement park, these are commissioned works that respond in some way to their environment by 34 local and international heavy hitters, and a few new kids on the block, comprising a 40+ year span of expertise.
It should come as no surprise that it is the dealer, curator, perennially risk-taking showman Jeffrey Deitch who is the ringmaster of this circus, or that the genesis of this cultural adventure is perplexing to some who have greeted his newest vision with perplexity and derision.
These multicolored and monochromatic murals illustrate a wide and balanced smorgasborg of their own; examples of myriad styles are at play with some engaging in activism and local politics and Coney Island history. From original train writer Lady Pink to aerosol drone sprayer Katsu, from eL Seed’s lyrical Arabic calligraffiti to Retna‘s secret text language to graffitist-now-collagist Greg Lamarche, from Shepard Fairey‘s elegant Brooklyn salute to polluters and consumerism to Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s spotlight on current Coney Island neighbors, from urban naturalist ROA’s monochrome marginalized city animals to How & Nosm’s eye-punching and precise graphic metaphors, you are getting a dizzying example of the deep command Deitch has of this multi-headed contemporary category that is yet to settle on a moniker to call itself.
Los Angeles muralist and tattoo artist Mister Cartoon painted this contemplative mural while in New York City for Coney Art Walls. The wall addresses modern themes, as a 1920’s style keystone cop is chasing a man wearing a black hoodie, while the Grim Reaper looks down on them. In the other corner, a bikini-clad Angel holds her cell phone and snaps a ‘selfie’, uninterested in the chase below.
Coney Art Walls, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, will feature work by many established graffiti and street artists, including Swoon, How & Nosm, Miss Van and Daze. With more than 25 temporary walls, the installation will remain up in Coney Island, Brooklyn into September, with no announced end date.
Or old friend, Dylan Maddux, just sent us this video he completed of Mister Cartoon in Bangkok, Thailand. Maddux has been in southeast Asia for a few years now, and Los Angeles-based, SA Studios’ MIster Cartoon is one of the leading tattoo artists in the world.
Each are the biggest stars in their respected fields, and Jay-Z, Mister Cartoon, and Lebron James came out to the unveiling of Cartoon’s new mural at Lincoln Heights Boys & Girls Club. Jay and Lebron were in town for NBA All-Star Weekend, and came by to check out the LA tattoo and spray can legend’s newest piece.
Friend to Upper Playground and international superstar in the world of tattoo work, Mister Cartoon has a residency at the Marcel at Gramercy Hotel in NYC at the moment. It is gathering so much notice that the NY Times has even covered the LA-based artists stay in Manhattan. Stay at a chic hotel, get a tattoo, interesting move. Good for Cartoon . . .
We are currently locked out of the Times site, but just head to NYtimes.com and look it up.