Graffiti vs. Advertising, a unique art show exploring the many benefits of graffiti, both the legal and illegal kind, runs through Feb 21 at The Lott Gallery of DriveIn24. The exhibit, whose theme is “Writers Strike,” reveals in stark relief what New York City would lose if graffiti disappeared tomorrow. The show displays all “illegal” work alongside and in comparison to blank walls, unadorned objects, intrusive advertisements and the boring paraphernalia of urban life—leaving the viewer to decide the value of the often persecuted art.
Now through Mar 3, The Center kicks off its 25th anniversary with a huge Community Art Exhibition celebrating the diversity and talent in our community. The Center invited artists of all backgrounds and disciplines to submit work for the project to offer an artistic cornucopia of the complexity and diversity of LGBT art. Over 70 artists’ works will be displayed, including Prinny Alaví’s acclaimed photographic works celebrating the female body, mind and spirit.
Artexpo New York, the world’s largest fine and popular art fair, turns 30 in 2008 and has some extra special events planned to celebrate. Of course it will still bring together hundreds of artists, galleries and publishers from around the world, selling their latest and greatest pieces in every medium and price range. But it will also unveil some new and exciting events, including a Hall of Fame and a public education series. More than 50,000 visitors, including trade buyers and consumer art enthusiasts, are expected to attend this highlight event, Mar 1–3 at the Javits Center.