Luna Park’s 2014 Favorites

As 2014 winds down, here’s a look back at some of my favorite art and images from the past year – shot in New York, Berlin, Munich and Washington, DC.

Featuring work by:

ADEK, WOLFTITS, ELBOW-TOE, FADE AA/EKGLABS, MOSA/CURVE/ESSO PAL, ELSOL25, MAYA HAYUK, BERLIN KIDZ, GRAFRO, MARTHA COOPER, DCEVE/SNOEMAN, STIKMAN, SHOK1, SKI/TOUCH, STEVE POWERS, DAN WITZ, SWOON, RUBIN415, JUST, CHRIS STAIN/BILLY MODE, ENX/COST, KUMA, JOE IURATO, UFO 907, TEXAS/GANE, SPONE/WANE/TRAP, ANDREW PONEROS, PIXOTE/RAMBO, PIXELPANCHO, CASH4, VTS, FALSE/PEAR, POSTER BOY, SOBER/NOXER, BARE/HERT/GABLE, RUSK/KATSU, NEVER, AMNY, YOU GO GIRL/JANZ/NEKST, KASHINK, KRIPOE, NESO, SATONE, RIPO, HOUSE OF HADES, JJ VERONIS, CLINT MARIO/ME_NEWYORK, GADSE, SMELLS/DROID 907, GIZ/GHOST/MARVEL, REVS, SPECTER, CEKIS/CERN, ELMS, HOODRICH, SWEET TOOF/DARKCLOUD, REKA, MOMO, TOP DOGS, JEFFREY GAMBLERO/SMART

My gratitude to those of you working in the public space.
Much love to anyone who lost a loved one this year…
#ripafri #ripdg #ripkorn #rip├╝zit

Triple Play: Chris Stain & Billy Mode

Artists Chris Stain and Billy Mode extended their long-standing collaboration to include 13 youths from creative-arts youth development organization Cre8tive YouTH*ink in their process. The result? Sign Language, a stunning mural on the side of 267 Pacific Street (at Smith Street), based on a photograph by legendary street photographer Martha Cooper.

chris stain x billy mode x cre8tive youth*ink x martha cooper

billy mode x chris stain

chris stain x billy mode

Billy Mode has just dropped Omni, a series of small edition, hand-sprayed, hand-cut, multi-layer, stencil prints available via Freshly Baked.

[Chris Stain & Billy Mode for Cre8tive YouTH*ink, Bushwick Collective & Welling Court – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Impressions from 2012 Welling Court

Olek for Welling Court 2012 (photo by Luna Park)

This past weekend’s third iteration of the Welling Court block party, organized by the tireless Alison and Garrison Buxton, was a huge success. The total number of walls now painted in this corner of Astoria has almost reached 100! Here’s a small taste of what went down on Saturday…

Toofly (photo by Luna Park)
Sheryo in action (photo by Luna Park)
Never and The Yok pieces in progress (photo by Luna Park)
Score and Flying Fortress in progress (photo by Luna Park)
Skewville piece in progress (photo by Luna Park)
Chris RWK in action (photo by Luna Park)
Veng in action (photo by Luna Park)
John Fekner & Don Leicht (photo by Luna Park)
Ellis G in the foreground w/Sinned in progress (photo by Luna Park)
Fumero in action (photo by Luna Park)
Taking in Joe Iurato’s finished piece (photo by Luna Park)
SpOne (photo by Luna Park)
Cost, Darkcloud and Keely (photo by Luna Park)
Admiring Chris Stain and Billy Mode’s work (photo by Luna Park)
Cekis (photo by Luna Park)
URNewYork in action (photo by Luna Park)
Cern’s balloons (photo by Luna Park)
Score by night (photo by Luna Park)

Click through for The Street Spot’s coverage of Welling Court in 2011 and 2010.

Chris Stain Book Launch

Chris Stain (photo by Luna Park)

Artist, teacher, father and all-around nice guy Chris Stain debuts his new book, Long Story Short: A Collection of Inspiration, published by Drago, this Wednesday at the Wooster St. Social Club. Aside from the book launch, the evening will also feature an exhibition of Stain’s work, live music, printmaking, and a slideshow talk by artist, activist and Justseeds founder Josh Macphee on the history of art on the streets. Details can be found on the flyer below.

Chris Stain (photo by Luna Park)
Chris Stain (photo by Luna Park)

Preview of H. Veng Smith’s New Work for CAVE Gallery in LA

"A Past Memory of Delft" by H. Veng Smith (photo by Becki Fuller)

On February 11th, New York City based street artists H. Veng Smith and Chris Stain’s new three person show with Taka Sudo will open in LA’s CAVE Gallery. In preparation for the opening, I met with Veng to get a sneak preview of his new works for this show, as well as to find out exactly what is going on in the fantastical scenes depicted on his canvases:

“For my new work in Alternative Occupancy, I’m working with concepts of nature, abstract living spaces and the mix and match of people and animals. ┬áThe techniques for my work are more classic then the ideas. The bottom layer is started in a rough opaque manner to build the shadows and lights. Each layer after this is more oily and thinner creating a subtle sense of depth. All my work is painted with oil paint.”

"From the Low to the High" by H. Veng Smith (photo by Becki Fuller)

” ‘From the low to the high’ shows a man holding atop his head an animal from the waters to the sky,showing what one could consider the complex and sometimes ┬ástrenuous relationship between man and nature.”

"From the Low to the High" detail by H. Veng Smith (photo by Becki Fuller)
"The Hunters Patience" by H. Veng Smith (photo by Becki Fuller)

“‘The Hunter’s Patience┬áshows a crane searching for food ┬áby fly fishing, adapting techniques from people showing the strength of nature to persevere. At the bottom I’m showing the same surreal suggestion with homes under the water where a new habitat for people could start”.

"The Hunters Patience" detail, by H. Veng Smith (photo by Becki Fuller)
"Fishcatcher" by H. Veng Smith (photo by Becki Fuller)

To see a preview of Chris Stain’s work, check out Brooklyn Street Art’s feature here.

In The Dream: Chris Stain, Billy Mode & Voke mural in Bushwick

“In The Dream” mural by Chris Stain, Billy Mode, Pat Voke (photo by Becki Fuller)

During the final steamy days of July, artists Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Pat Voke braved the heat and humidity of NYC to paint the┬áFactory Fresh┬ácurated┬áBushwick Art Park on Vandervoort Place. Together these childhood friends conquered the seemingly endless┬á25ÔÇÖ x 200ÔÇÖ wall, which had most recently been painted by Veng RWK. ┬áFor more pictures and information, go to their website at www.inthedream.org┬á(which has apparently been scientifically proven not to be full of horseshit, so there you go!).

“In The Dream” mural by Chris Stain, Billy Mode, Pat Voke (photo by Becki Fuller)
Chris Stain, Billy Mode, Pat Voke mural detail (photo by Becki Fuller)
Chris Stain, Billy Mode, Pat Voke mural detail (photo by Becki Fuller)
"In The Dream" mural detail (photo by Becki Fuller)
INTHEDREAM.ORG (photo by Becki Fuller)

Welling Court Mural Project 2011

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In addition to John Ahearn’s life casting (which I covered in yesterday’s post), Welling Court was frenzy of painting activity on Saturday afternoon, with the number of artists participating in the Welling Court Mural Project over doubeling from last year! Here is a little slice of some of the walls and people that could be seen:

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Leon Reid IV, Peat Wollagear, Tristan Eaton (photo by Becki Fuller)


joe

Joe Iurato (photo by Becki Fuller)


chris stain

Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)


alice

El Kamino, Alice Mizrachi (photo by Becki Fuller)


Dan Witz

Dan Witz (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Cycle, Lady Pink, Free Five (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

cern

Cern (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Fumero (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Kati Yamansaki and Caleb Neelon, Beau Stanton, Dark Clouds and Celso (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Ezra Li Eismont and Bunnie Reiss (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Ezra Li Eismont and Bunnie Reiss (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

Lopi

Lopi (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Never (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Jessie Jones, Sinned (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Veng RWK, Over Under, Sophia Maldonado and ROA (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

 

Brooklyn Madness: Crest Fest 2011 and Northside

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Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)

It was a busy weekend here in Williamsburg & Greenpoint, with the opening of the Crest Hardware Art Show (C.H.A.S.), Northside Open Studios, and the India Street Art Festival. Highlights included the Brooklyn Street Art curated Skewville mural “Last Exit to Skewville”, Jon Burgarman’s “Racing Lines”, Veng’s reworking of the “Welcome to Greenpoint” mural, and Olek’s crocheted performers.

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Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Jon Burgerman (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Jon Burgerman (photo by Becki Fuller)


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The handsome and charming Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art is a lovely accent to Jon Burgerman’s work (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Aakash Nilhalani (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Aakash Nilhalani (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Aakash Nilhalani (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Veng RWK (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Zachary Armstrong, You Byun, and Jon Burgerman (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Mike Graves (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Mike Graves (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Haze (photo by Becki Fuller)


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Leon Reid IV (photo by Becki Fuller)


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el Celso and FDLM (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Skewville (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Skewville (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Skewville (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

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Veng RWK, Skewville, Chris Stain and Logan Hicks (photo by Becki Fuller)

 

 

Becki Fuller’s 2010 Top 40

2010 has been yet another crazy year, filled with lots of change, adventure, and as always, fun. The highlight for me was the adoption of my dog Ava, who I consider to be New York’s #1 pit bull street art model. I was also very fortunate in getting to meet and spend time with some really fantastic people, such as ECB, Jef Aerosol, Sweet Toof, Ludo, and Roa, during their stays in the city. My trips to Oaxaca, Art Basel Miami, and getting to see Steve Powers bring his Love Letter project to my hometown of Syracuse were a great way to rounded out the year. After taking a look back on this year, I would like to share some of my favorite photos, people, art & events from 2010 (see Luna Park’s list here).

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Photos include work of: El Mac, Retna, How, Nosm, Aryz, Veng, Themo, Deem, ECB, “Sugar Junkie”, Specter, Sweet Toof, The Dude Company, Ludo, Skewville, C215, Dolk, MOMO, Faile, Swoon, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Lapiztola, Dan Witz, Gaia, Elbow Toe, Sofia Maldonado, Shepard Fairey, Steve Powers, Over Under, N D’A, Broken Crow, Cern, Cekis, Jef Aerosol, Cash4, Smells, Rambo, Trusto Corp, White Cocoa, Rime, Swampy, Celso, Nekst, Paul Richard, Goya, Faro, Darkcloud, Sadue, Gen2, UFO, Roa, Cahil Muraghu, Tati, and Kid Acne

I’m in Miami Bitch! Photos From Art Basel, 2010

Going over my pictures from Miami and trying to decide what to post has been almost as challenging (and impossible) as it was to shoot everything that was going on during Art Basel in the first place! But for all that I missed (Burning Candy! London Police! Kid Acne!), I really had a fantastic time and felt like I never stopped moving, running into friends from all over the world and their artwork every step of the way. So, in no particular order, here are some of my favorites from Art Basel, Miami, 2010:

Miami Art Basel: Roa (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Roa (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Os Gemeos x Nina (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Os Gemeos x Nina (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Jeff Soto (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Jeff Soto (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Wynwood Walls (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Wynwood Walls (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Skewville x Fumero (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Skewville x Fumero (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Shepard Fairey (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Shepard Fairey (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Shepard Fairey (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Shepard Fairey (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Scribe (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Scribe (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Kenny Scharf (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Kenny Scharf (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: David Cooper (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: David Cooper (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Remed (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Remed (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Michael DeFeo (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Michael DeFeo (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: SugarJunkie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: SugarJunkie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: SugarJunkie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: SugarJunkie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: SugarJunkie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: SugarJunkie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: SugarJunkie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: SugarJunkie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Hello Kitty x Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Hello Kitty x Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: How & Nosm (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: How & Nosm (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Noh J Coley (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Noh J Coley (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Chor Boogie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Chor Boogie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Ron English (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Ron English (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Jeff Soto (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Jeff Soto (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Nunca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Nunca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Boxi (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Boxi (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Aiko (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Aiko (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Invader x Sharktoof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Invader x Sharktoof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Aiko (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Aiko (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: AlexOne (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: AlexOne (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: AlterEgo x TesOne (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: AlterEgo x TesOne (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Joe Iurato x Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Joe Iurato x Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: El Mac x Retna (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: El Mac x Retna (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: El Mac x Retna (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: El Mac x Retna (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: CFYW (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: CFYW (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: AlexOne (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: AlexOne (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: AlterEgo x TesOne (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: AlterEgo x TesOne (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Joe Iurato x Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Joe Iurato x Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: El Mac x Retna (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: El Mac x Retna (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: El Mac x Retna (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: El Mac x Retna (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: CFYW (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: CFYW (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Aiko (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Aiko (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Invader x Sharktoof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Invader x Sharktoof (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Aiko (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Aiko (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Boxi (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Boxi (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Nunca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Nunca (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Jeff Soto (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Jeff Soto (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Ron English (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Ron English (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Chor Boogie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Chor Boogie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Noh J Coley (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Noh J Coley (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Gaia (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: How & Nosm (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: How & Nosm (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Hello Kitty x Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Hello Kitty x Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: SugarJunkie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: SugarJunkie (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Michael DeFeo (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Michael DeFeo (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Remed (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Remed (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: David Cooper (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: David Cooper (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Kenny Scharf (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Kenny Scharf (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel: Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)
Miami Art Basel (photo by Becki Fuller)