Daily photographs by HANS VON RITTERN, with humorous, artistic and social commentary on life in the big city.

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Photo of the day: SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE COLORED

1968 Celestial Arts, Robert Lewis

1968 Celestial Arts, Robert Lewis

Photo of the day: SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE COLORED – I just scored this brilliant vintage 1968 blacklight poster by artist Robert Lewis on Ebay! The poster was produced by Celestial Arts, P.O. Box 1594, San Francisco, CA 94101. Poster #CA27, printed in the USA by Orbit. As a poster collector, this is now one of my favorites.
(It reminds me somewhat of the logo from the musical “Follies” and that wonderful pop art of the Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’ psychedelic era.)
FOLLIES

"Yellow Submarine"

“Yellow Submarine”

"Yellow Submarine"

“Yellow Submarine”


Photo of the day: DISCUSSION TODAY 6pm ‘THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC ART’ at JEFFREY LEDER GALLERY (5 Pointz)

5 POINTZ DISCUSSION

Photo of the day: DISCUSSION TODAY 6pm ‘THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC ART’ at JEFFREY LEDER GALLERY – Come join me and the artists of 5 Pointz to discuss the ever growing importance of public art in our cities and culture. ‘Street art’ gives our communities their identity, brightens blighted areas, gives pride and keeps the flavor of the neighborhood. Come join us! 6pm.
If you would like to hear more expressions by great artists tonight – come to the Jeffrey Leder Gallery tonight and view and hear the awesome artists: Auks, Cortes, Hans Von Rittern, Jerms, Just One, Meres One, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz, Zimad, all brilliantly curated by Marie Cecile Flageul!
The Jeffrey Leder Gallery: 2137 45th Road, L.I.C.
#7/G subway stop. One block away from 5 Pointz and PS1 Moma. Admission is free, open 6 to 9pm.
Leder Gallery: http://www.jeffreyledergallery.com/whitewash.php
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Photo of the day: HEAVY CONSCIENCE by AUKS/5 POINTZ

HEAVY CONSCIENCE AUKS

Photo of the day: HEAVY CONSCIENCE by AUKS/5 POINTZ – One of the thought inducing powerful photos part of the current ‘Whitewash” exhibit in memory of the vandalistic destruction of the great murals at 5 Pointz Graffiti and Street Art Museum. I am proud to say I have one of Auk’s amazing paintings in my home.
“Auks One” (Thomas Lucero), an artist who draws much of his inspiration from Chicano tattoo art, cartoons, skateboard graphics, and later Hip Hop culture and high Renaissance drawings. He is a self-taught artist who has worked diligently over the years to refine his skills in every form of artistic expression. He is best known for his graffiti inspired illustrations and murals and his work has inevitably spread to the gallery circuit.
If you would like to see more expressions by great artists on canvas and in photographs (mine included) this weekend – come to the Jeffrey Leder Gallery this weekend and view the brilliant art by artists: Auks, Cortes, Hans Von Rittern, Jerms, Just One, Meres One, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz, Zimad, all brilliantly curated by Marie Cecile Flageul!
The Jeffrey Leder Gallery: 2137 45th Road, L.I.C.
#7/G subway stop. One block away from 5 Pointz and PS1 Moma. Admission is free, open 12-6.
Leder Gallery: http://www.jeffreyledergallery.com/whitewash.php

Photo of the day: OMG! YOU KNOW YOU ARE OFFICIALLY OLD WHEN…PINE LAWN CEMETERIES SENDS YOU AN INVITE!

CEMETERY PINE LAWN border

Photo of the day: OMG! YOU KNOW YOU ARE OFFICIALLY OLD WHEN…PINE LAWN CEMETERIES SENDS YOU AN INVITE!– What happened to the days of one night club invitation after another!? Yesterday I was horrified to see someone has put me on the old/near death mailing list and thought I am in need of a cemetery plot! I won’t go!!!
(Although…for “as little as $40 a month” I can be happy for the rest of my dead life…)

Photo of the day: HAPPINESS IS HOLDING HANDS WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND

HAPPINESS IS...

Photo of the day: HAPPINESS IS HOLDING HANDS WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND – In this case my 13 year old sheep dog/terrier mix dog Noel, who we found on Christmas day.

Photo of the day: FRESHLY GROOMED ‘NOEL’ WAITS FOR HER CAR SERVICE

Our dog Noel - happy at last :)

Our dog Noel – happy at last 🙂

Photo of the day: FRESHLY GROOMED ‘NOEL’ WAITS FOR HER CAR SERVICE – Our dog Noel (a sheep dog-terrier mix), my mom Ursula and I would like to extend a special thanks to our friends Jude Amsel and Marie Flageul for turning us on to a really wonderful local Long Island City groomer “LIC Doghouse”. Mom and I have been through hell with Le Pitou II/Forest Hills dog groomers that would forget appointments then screaming at my 88 year old mom, shaving sores/cuts on Noel, Noel being returned to us in a frightened state, getting her toenail ripped off by a local Sunnyside groomer (yes you read that right!) and requiring emergency surgery, finding a car service that will take a large dog to far away groomers, let alone finding a groomer that will even take a 60lb dog.
Finally we found loving and gentle groomers at LIC Doghouse, they were so gentle and kind to Noel and my mom that they now have a new loyal customer. It is rare that Noel’s tail wags through the entire grooming process. Thank you again Jude and Marie, and a great big thanks to LIC Doghouse – Noel sends you lots of wet licks !

Photo of the day: EYES ON 5 POINTZ, TWELVE YEARS LATER

5 POINTZ 12 YEARS collage

Photo of the day: EYES ON 5 POINTZ, TWELVE YEARS LATER – This weekend would have been the re-opening of 5 Pointz for its 12th season. Seven months after the whitewash and the sad building is still standing, leaving Meres and us again with this question . . . why deprive the world and an entire community of the artwork, when obviously the demolition permits are not in place? Smh…
The art lives on! Currently at The Jeffrey Leder Gallery in form of the ‘Whitewash” exhibit, just one block over at 2137 45th Road in 5 Pointz, come pay your respects and enjoy!

Photo of the day: GRAFFITI ASCENSION, 5 POINTZ PAINTING BY CHRISTIAN CORTES

GRAFFITI ASCENSION - CORTES

Photo of the day: GRAFFITI ASCENSION, PAINTING BY CHRISTIAN CORTES – This painting is my mother’s favorite at the current ‘White Wash” exhibit. This powerful, haunting and emotional piece best describes artist Christian Cortes’ feelings of the destruction of 5 Pointz. Many of our visitors to the gallery seem to mesmerized by it and agree.
Christian Cortes is a Visual Artist working in New York City. He’s a freelance illustrator and a painter. Christian has worked mostly within the music and fashion industries. His commercial work is a mixture of hand drawn and computer illustrated techniques. Although Christian’s work can seem very clean and polished, he likes to keep a sense of the hand done techniques still present within his pieces. His gallery painting style developed out of his graffiti background. Christian has been exploring combinations of graffiti typography with surrealism, abstraction, South American iconography and New York culture.

If you would like to hire Christian Cortes for a commercial job or commission him for a custom project, he can be contacted at Christian@cortescreates.com. Please make sure to state clearly the details and budget of the project.

If you would like to see more expressions by great artists on canvas and in photographs (mine included) this weekend – come to the Jeffrey Leder Gallery this weekend and view the brilliant art by artists: Auks, Cortes, Hans Von Rittern, Jerms, Just One, Meres One,  Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz, Zimad, all brilliantly curated by Marie Cecile Flageul!
The Jeffrey Leder Gallery: 2137 45th Road, L.I.C.
#7/G subway stop. One block away from 5 Pointz and PS1 Moma. Admission is free, open 12-6.
Leder Gallery: http://www.jeffreyledergallery.com/whitewash.php

Christian Cortes: http://cortescreates.com/


Photo of the day: I FOUND I COULD SAY THINGS WITH COLOR…

by Meres One Cohen

by Meres One Cohen

Photo of the day: I FOUND I COULD SAY THINGS WITH COLOR… – “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way, things I had no words for” is a quote by famed American iconic painter Georgia O’Keefe (1887 – 1986) and used here in a painting by 5 Pointz curator and “Whitewash” artist Meres One Cohen. It is haunting to think that her words from a long ago generation would apply so well to today’s generation of street, graffiti and mural artists today.
If you would like to see more expressions by great artists on canvas and in photographs (mine included) come to the Jeffrey Leder Gallery this weekend and view the brilliant art brilliantly curated by Marie Cecile Flaguel!
The Jeffrey Leder Gallery: 2137 45th Road, L.I.C.
#7/G Court Street subway stop. One block away from 5 Pointz and PS1 Moma. Admission is free, open 12-6.

Photo of the day: WELCOME TO THE JET AGE

 

JET AGE

Photo of the day: WELCOME TO THE JET AGE – 1964 and the New York World’s Fair offers a look into the future! The marvels of microwave, the pleasures of plastics, amazing atomics, electrifying electronics, riveting rockets to the moon, mega cool monorails, the kaleidoscope of color television, video phones and computer pen pals! Golly gee wiz – it’s the greatest! Come to the New York World’s Fair fair and you’ll experience the marvels of the new jet age!