Temporarily permanent: New York street art

I finally watched Exit Through The Gift Shop. My immediate reaction: those Brainwash’ed Los Angelinos, snapping up that copycat art. On the flip side, the film helped me appreciate all the more that New York has gobs of good street art, as well as art on, of and from the street (and/or sidewalk). In honor of Banksy and his many East Coast contemporaries who make the city more interesting, here’s a roundup of a few favorites:

Ellis Gallagher is a Brooklyn-based artist who is best known for tracing shadows with chalk, evidence of which you can see on his Facebook page.

Here’s a profile of Gallagher in The New York Times and, below, a video interview he did with Friends We Love.


Sprinkle Brigade is as lowbrow as possible, but funny, detailed and creative. I gave their book to an ex-boyfriend who has a German Shepherd and therefore lots of the, uh, medium used by these artists. That picture book had better still be available for browsing in his loo.

NYC Garbage, also in the crap category/rubbish bin, is a clever experiment to prove that package design does matter, as my girl Claire Courtade can attest. He’s sold out of most New York cubes.

Paul Richard, a Brooklyn-based painter and street artist, is skilled at drizzling what looks to be tar.

Meta alert! Self-portrait in Richard's self-portrait in Williamsburg.


ROA's squirrel in Williamsburg.

I prefer this version and caption by Jonathan Percy:

If I'm still, nobody will see me.

ROA time-lapse video:


The side of this building in south Park Slope is a blank canvas begging to be covered in a wheatpaste masterpiece, or perhaps a chiseled and painted subtle face a la Vhils.

Paint me! (15th Street at 4th Avenue)

Callie Curry aka Swoon describes the origins of “Swoon,” the trickster’s belief in miracles and how to “create cracks in the facade of impossibility” in this effervescent TEDxBrooklyn talk.


A more kooky discovery is a blog called Abandoned Toys in Brooklyn, which is sidewalk art in its own right as a collection of items kicked to the curb, like this emo Elmo.

For a far more comprehensive look at street art, bookmark Brooklyn Street Art and Wooster Collective. Both are stellar sources.

More street art snaps:

Intense eyes in Billyburg

Lower East Side mermaid

Shephard Fairey's omnipresent Andre the Giant, seen here lording over Hamilton Avenue.

Yet another Andre, this one in Williamsburg.

I got no more. Egress through the Egress.
  1. Donny Claxton said:

    Very cool. Thank you for posting info like this that highlights talent that might not otherwise be seen. I mean, besides the outdoor canvases.

  2. cortney said:

    no one seems to know who made that mermaid wheat paste. looks like a xerox of an old illustration….

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