In a Year of Art in Ad Places

Parker Day [photo for Art in Ad Places by Luna Park]
I last wrote about the Art in Ad Places project in February 2017, a few weeks into the year-long, anti-advertising marketing campaign. We’ve since completed our 52 week mission of replacing NYC phone booth ads with art. This Friday, we celebrate at Lucas Lucas with a show of my photographs of the project, each featured artist’s statement on why they participated, an installation from our friend Jordan Seiler, and a launch for the booklet we’re releasing about the project. Details of the show after some highlights below:

For Freedoms – Featuring Hank Willis Thomas [photo for Art in Ad Places by Luna Park]
Shepard Fairey [photo for Art in Ad Places by Luna Park]

Art in Ad Places | Exhibition, Book Launch, Celebration
January 26 – February 3, 2018
Opening: Friday, January 26, 7-10pm

Lucas Lucas
57 Conselyea Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Thursdays-Sundays 11am-7pm

L to Lorimer/G to Metropolitan

Hope to see you all there.

ALL BIG LETTERS at Haverford College

My new year is starting off with a flurry of activity, the first of which is my participation in the ALL BIG LETTERS group show curated by Vandalog‘s RJ Rushmore at Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. If you are in the Philadelphia area, I hope to see you at the opening on Friday, January 20.

The exhibition focuses on the tools & strategies of graffiti and features art, photos, tools, and ephemera from Adam VOID, Aric Kurzman, BLADE, Biancoshock, CURVE, DB Burkeman, Egg Shell Stickers, EKG, Evan Roth, FAUST, Fumakaka Crew, Jordan Seiler, Katherine “Luna Park” Lorimer, Lee George Quinones, Loiq, Martha Cooper, MOMO, NTEL, Smart Crew, Steve Weinik, stikman, and more.

My contribution are photographs of graffiti executed with rollers, extinguishers, mops and welds.

January 20–March 3, 2017
Opening: Friday, January 20, 4:30-7:30pm

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery
Whitehead Campus Center
Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041

Interview on Vice & Weekend Activities


Many thanks to the inimitable Ray Mock for this interview with me about my book on Vice: The Impossible Quest to Catalog a Decade of NYC Street Art. I’ve also updated the list of where to buy (Un)Sanctioned: The Art on New York Streets.

After you’ve read the interview, show Ray some love and pick up one of his zines.

Due to last minute changes, the Ad Hoc Art 10 Year Anniversary show is closing early. Please check Ad Hoc Art for more information.

Announcing… (Un)Sanctioned: The Art on New York Streets

Layout 1I’m very proud to announce my first book, (Un)Sanctioned: The Art on New York Streets, the culmination of a decade of obsessively keeping up with NYC graffiti and street art. (Un)Sanctioned presents a photographic overview of art found on NYC streets, covering a vast spectrum of styles, mediums and techniques, running the gamut from illicit handstyles to guerilla sculptural installations to full-blown production murals done with permission. The 192 page hardcover volume, published by the UK’s Carpet Bombing Culture, is set to be released October 28. (Un)Sanctioned includes an introduction by art critic Hrag Vartanian, an essay by yours truly, and contributions from artists Elbow-Toe, Leon Reid IV, Jordan Seiler, Garrison and Alison Buxton, and Fade.

big-adhoc-xA book launch and signing will take place in conjunction with the 10 Years of Ad Hoc Art anniversary exhibition at 17 Frost Gallery on October 22.

(Un)Sanctioned: The Art on New York Streets
Release date: October 28, 2016
Publisher: Carpet Bombing Culture
ISBN: 978-1-908211-33-0
Price: $29.95

Book Launch: October 22, 2016, 6:00-10:00pm
Location: 17 Frost Theater of the Arts, 17 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

MOMO Back in Brooklyn

MOMO at M. Carter Shop (photo by Luna Park)
MOMO at M. Carter Shop (photo by Luna Park)

After a long absence, MOMO returns to Brooklyn with a solo show at Greenpoint’s M. Carter Shop, a space the artist called home until 2010. The show features wooden sculptures, watercolors, and drawings. A zine will be available as well as a limited number of hats, bags, and shirts designed by MOMO for M. Carter.

MOMO at M. Carter Shop (photo by Luna Park)
MOMO at M. Carter Shop (photo by Luna Park)
MOMO at M. Carter Shop (photo by Luna Park)
MOMO at M. Carter Shop (photo by Luna Park)

MOMO at M. Carter
February 6 – 22, 2015
Opening: February 6, 6-8pm
Shop hours: Thurs-Sun 11ish to 7ish

M. Carter Shop
141 Engert Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

More MOMO on the Street Spot.

Concrete to Data at the Steinberg Museum of Art

Smells x Cash4 (photo by Luna Park)
Smells x Cash4 (photo by Luna Park)

I’m pleased to be exhibiting a series of rooftops photographed from the J/M/Z line at the upcoming Concrete to Data – An Evolution of Street Art & Graffiti in the Digital Age show, opening at the Steinberg Museum of Art on LIU’s Post campus on January 26th with a public reception scheduled for February 6th.

Curator Ryan Seslow writes, “The emphasis of this exhibition will celebrate the transcending techniques, styles, methods and contexts of generating street art and graffiti. The show will display works from the late 1970’s through today’s new media technologies. The works will range from ephemeral murals to site specific arrangements and installations. Techniques with aerosol paint, stencils, brush application, paste-ups, assemblage, sculpture, photography, video art, GIF animation, virtual reality, documentation and internet technologies are represented. A collaborative public open call for submissions will also be launched.” More info at

Contributors include: General Howe – Cake – Leon Reid IV – Chris Stain – Abe Lincoln Jr. – Luna Park – RJ Rushmore – Martha Cooper – John Fekner – Don Leight – Ryan Seslow – Herb Smith – Henry Chalfant – Monique Spier – ChrisRWK – Lady Pink – Gaia – Swoon – Sebs – Jaime Rojo – Jilly Ballistic – Col Wallnuts – Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter – Hrag Vartanian – Billy Mode – Inspire1 – Yoav Litvin – Katie Yamasaki – Garrison Buxton – Joe Iurato – Adam Void – Caroline Caldwell – EKG – Cash4 – Scott Tongue – Daniel Feral – Encrypted Fills.

Show dates: January 26 – March 21, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, February 6, 2015 – 6:00-9:00pm

Steinberg Museum of Art
LIU Post Campus
Hillwoood Commons, Second Floor
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548

Museum Spring Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:30 – 4:30
Wednesdays 9:30 – 8:00
Saturdays 11:00 – 3:00

Sweet Toof Rolls Into Pandemic

Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

Taking his inspiration from the storied US freight train, London’s Sweet Toof’s Derailed rolls into Pandemic Gallery this Friday night for his second New York solo show. Spanning the spectrum from traditional oil paintings on canvas to sculptural installations with salvaged train sets, the artist has transformed the gallery into a maniacally toothy and phantasmagorical homage to boxcar culture. Come out, you won’t be disappointed.

Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Sweet Toof @ Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

Opening Reception: December 12, 2014, 7-11pm
PANDEMIC gallery & event space
22 Waverly Avenue (btw Park Ave/Flushing Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Subway: Clinton/Washington stop on the G & C trains (15 min. walk)
Bus: B62 – Park Ave/Washington Ave (1 min. walk)
Car: BQE West, Exit 31 KENT/WYTHE – BQE East, Exit 30 FLUSHING AVE

Triple Play: Lister

Australian artist Anthony Lister’s been very busy in the weeks leading up to his solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, opening tomorrow night. It’s been a while since we last featured him here, but I’m glad to report he’s showing his former hometown some love by completing a number of murals in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Here are three of the five seven he’s done so far:




[Lister – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Lister is also the subject of the forthcoming Anthony Lister – Adventure Painter release from Gingko Press, authored by Roger Gastman and Tristan Manco.

Anthony Lister: Power Tripping
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street
9th Floor
New York, New York 10010

June 28—July 26, 2014
Opening: Saturday, June 28, 6—8pm

Michael Alan’s Living Installation

Living Installation (image courtesy Michael Alan)
Living Installation (image courtesy Michael Alan)

This Saturday, Greenpoint’s Succulent Studios welcomes Michael Alan’s Living Installation – in it’s 11th year! – on the occasion of the closing of the current PALABRA group show. “Alice in Wonderland XXX” is billed as an extraordinary 9-hour birthday extravaganza for Michael, featuring live models and a live musical soundscape by Michael and Tim Love Lee. Tickets ($20) are available here.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Succulent Studios
67 West Street
5th Floor, Room 522
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Greenpoint Avenue G

From Street to Art: Italian Street Art


Having traveled through Italy several times in recent years and witnessed the street art talent there in person, I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow’s opening of From Street to Art at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York. This overview of Italian Street Art curated by Simone Pallotta features work by Agostino Iacurci, Aris, BR1, Cyop&Kaf, Dem, Eron, Hitnes, Sten&Lex, Ufo5, 2501.

Opening: June 20 from 6:00PM
June 20 – August 20, 2014
On view Mondays through Fridays from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue (btw 68th & 69th Sts)
New York, NY 10065

[Dem for Fame Festival in Grottaglie, Italy – photo (c) Luna Park]