Shortly after Thanksgiving my family gave me an early Christmas present: an all-expenses-paid trip to Brooklyn. Thanks to their generosity I spent 4 days late last week photographing street art in and around Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan.
There I discovered a veritable cornucopia of new and recent street art: graffiti, murals and wheatpastes. I was particularly pleased with the quality and quantity of wheatpastes I encountered. It is fascinating how these art pieces often hide in plain sight and then wallop the viewer with eye-catching color, witty humor, and timely commentary.
About five years ago, other media and forms of expressions captured the interest of Baltimore artists. As a result, wheatpastes began to dwindle in number and nowadays only a few appear each year in Baltimore. Thus, I am sure you will be equally pleased to see these incredible paste-ups from Brooklyn … and a little melancholic to discover what has been sorely missing in our city.
City Kitty is a prolific artist whose cartoon characters and critters can be found all around NYC and the boroughs.
Sacsix is a NYC artist who creates colorful paste-ups of such iconic figures as you see here.
French artist Thomas Chedeville (@tomadee) recently posted two new pieces in Brooklyn:
Dr Scott (@drsc0) is a skull-ful artist:
#whoisdirk (@dirkartnyc) is an intriguing NYC artist:
I particularly enjoy the wheatpastes by Lmnopi @lmnopimaize):
Politics, social commentary and humor play a key role in the imaginative wheatpastes by Myth*GDS (@mythny):
Wow, somehow I had not seen any artwork by phoebenewyork prior to this latest trip:
I have yet to find a wheatpaste by Dee Dee (@deedeewashere) that was undamaged or not dissed by some toy:
Wheatpastes by Sophie Lambda (@sophielambda) are a real treat and a true delight to see.
The iconic figures in the wheatpastes by artist JC (@jcbknyc) often seem close to flipping their lids – no matter how dope the hat.
Often, the artwork by bunny M (@thebunnym) is a riot of dazzling color and stunning detail:
One comes across delightful Lego figures by RAD (@raddingtonfalls) all across NYC:
Intergalactic artwork by Voxx Romana (#voxxromana) is outta this world:
This eclectic collection rounds out the gallery of wheatpastes Charm City Streets encountered on its most recent visit to NYC and Brooklyn:
Check back in a few days to read the reports on the graffiti and murals Charm City Streets encountered over a long weekend in Brooklyn.
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