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: EARLY SUNDAY MORNING IN HARLEM

125th Street, Harlem, 9am

125th Street, Harlem, 9am

Photo of the day: EARLY SUNDAY MORNING IN HARLEM – 125th Street, 9am. This church usherette in her nurses uniform ignores the sinful life of late night Harlem night clubbing portrayed by the great Harlem muralist Franco (Gaskin) the Great as she heads to volunteer at her local Baptist church. It has been a long standing tradition to have nurses serve as usherettes in gospel services just in case one of God’s flock feels the spirit to such a height that they may pass out and faint. Many of my European guests have been bemused by the sight of a nurse greeting you at a church’s entrance, kindly and warmly with a smile. “God bless this Sunday morning, right this way..”
“…I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God….” – Psalms 84: l0b
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Benjamin Franklin

Phot of the day: TWO DAYS TILL “WHITEWASH” April 5, 6-9pm !

TWO DAYS TILL

Photo of the day: TWO DAYS TILL WHITEWASH! – April 5, Saturday, 6-9pm. The Jeffrey Leder Gallery is 1/2 a block down from the Court Street Station on the 7 Train, one train stop away from Queensboro Plaza. I am inviting all my friends to come to see my photos and enjoy a unique New York experience!

Jeffrey Leder Gallery: 2137 45th Road, 2 blocks from 5 Pointz and PSI MOMA.
Long Island City, New York 11101

Gallery 212-924-8944


Photo of the day: THE LAST PICTURE SHOW – Sunday November 17, 2013, 8:24pm

LAST PHOTO©

Photo of the day: THE LAST PICTURE SHOW – Sunday November 17, 2013, 8:24pm is the last time I saw 5 Pointz as it was in it’s glory. In the night of November 18th, owner Jerry “I love graffiti” Wolkoff whitewashed the building to the horror of the art world. Well – we’re BACK with a vengeance! Come to the “Whitewash” art exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery to mourn the loss and celebrating the perseverance of art.
Curated by Marie Cecile-Flageul. April 5 – June 8, 2014
Opening reception April 5, 6-9pm! Come join me – you’re invited!!
Contributing Artists: Auks, Cortes, Hans Von Rittern, Jerms, Meres One, Orestes Gonzalez, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz, Zimad.

FIVE DAYS TO GO TILL 5 POINTZ EXHIBIT OPENING !
http://www.jeffreyledergallery.com/whitewash.php

You can currently catch my photos on exhibit at The Gold Coast Arts Center “PHO-TO-GRAFFS exhibit

Photo of the day: LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON 2011 AT 5 POINTZ – 6 DAYS STILL “WHITEWASH” EXHIBIT

LAZY SUNDAY AUGUST AFTERNOON 2011

Photo of the day: LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON 2011 AT 5 POINTZ – 6 DAYS STILL “WHITEWASH” EXHIBIT – Sundays was a day where people from all walks of life would meet a 5 Pointz and stroll around and marvel at phantasmagorical artwork, then go to the art deco dinner across the street enjoy brunch and then perhaps stroll to the waters edge. The waters edge is now built up with glass high rises and 5 Pointz is no more.
5 Pointz will be mourned and celebrated at the ‘Whitewash” exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery April 5, 2014. Contributing Artists: Auks, Cortes, Hans Von Rittern, Jerms, Meres One, Orestes Gonzalez, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz, Zimad.SIX DAYS TO GO TILL OPENING !
http://www.jeffreyledergallery.com/whitewash.php

You can currently catch my photos on exhibit at The Gold Coast Arts Center “PHO-TO-GRAFFS exhibit

Photo of the day: TOXIC – 7 days till “Whitewash”

TOXIC

Photo of the day:TOXIC From an oasis of creativity to one of the most (literally) toxic places in New York City, 5 Pointz will be mourned and celebrated at the ‘Whitewash” exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery April 5, 2014. Contributing Artists: Auks, Cortes, Hans Von Rittern, Jerms, Meres One, Orestes Gonzalez, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz, Zimad.
7 days to go!

http://www.jeffreyledergallery.com/whitewash.php


Photo of the day: GET READY TO GET ‘WHITEWASHED’!

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We’re getting ready for the Whitewash show opening April 5th 2014 #save5pointz #keepthelighton

 


Photo of the day: MERELY THE BEGINNING!! APRIL 5, 2014, Hans in “Whitewash” exhibit!

Jeffrey Leder Gallery    2137 45th Rd. Long Island City, NY 11101   jeffrey@jeffreyledergallery.com

Jeffrey Leder Gallery 2137 45th Rd. Long Island City, NY 11101 jeffrey@jeffreyledergallery.com

Photo of the day: MERELY THE BEGINNING! APRIL 5, 2014 – I am incredibly proud and joyful to announce I am one of 11 artists asked to be a part of this important exhibit here in Long Island City, New York!! The Jeffrey Leder Gallery (2 blocks from PS1 MOMA) will open with a unique exhibition featuring 9 Graffiti Artists and 2 photographers. These artists have created art that explores their strong reactions to 5 Pointz being whitewashed overnight.

Contributing Artists: Auks, Cortes, Hans Von Rittern, Jerms, Meres One, Orestes Gonzalez, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz, Zimad

Curated by Marie Cecile-Flageul
April 5 – June 8, 2014
Opening reception April 5, 6-9pm! Come join me – you’re invited!!
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“Whitewash, is an answer to the violent act of G&M realty on November 19th, 2013 in Long Island City Queens. Overnight thousands of murals adorning the building known as 5 Pointz were destroyed. It‘s a story of pain, sadness, and anger at times and reflection – An epic of an art community and its home coming apart under the pressure of economical trends and waves of gentrification.
Bringing together a cluster of resident graffiti artists and two Queens photographers, the exhibition enables the artists to express their true feelings and thought process since loosing their work to a white layer of paint, and their home to the pressing demands of real estate development. For the first time since the whitewash we will witness how affected this collective is by being eclipsed from their 11 years home.

The works in Whitewash aspire to such: Laying feelings on canvas, and letting go of the pain, the show brings together artworks that can be interpreted as confession, lessons, or reflection but also aspirations and hopes.

Whitewash is an obvious requiem for 5 Pointz the building but also maybe the beginning of a rebirth of 5 Pointz the community and its true core: the people.“
Marie-Cecile Flageul

http://www.jeffreyledergallery.com/whitewash.php


Photo of the day: “IT’S A VON RITTERN!”

IT'S A VON RITTERN!

Photo of the day: “IT’S A VON RITTERN!” – A very proud Ursula Von Rittern, aka “mom” points to the six photos exhibited in the “PHO-TO-GRAFFS” exhibit that opened this weekend at the Gold Coast Gallery! Great news: I sold some pieces and I am featured in the gallery’s store too!!
Mom checks out 'the Von Ritterns' for sale

Mom checks out ‘the Von Ritterns’ for sale

I’d like to extend my deepest thanks to Marie Flageul and Meres One without whom 5 Pointz would not have been what it is and to their treasured friendship. To Jude Amsel, gallery director of the Gold Coast Arts Center for her kind guidance. To two of my dearest friends who came out to support me, tour guide alums Deborah Blau and especially to Tom Orzo who took the time to drive a very proud and delighted Ursula Von Rittern (not bad for 88 years old, huh?) to her son’s gallery premier. I am a very lucky man.
Deborah Blau, Tom Orzo, Hans Von Rittern and Ursula Von Rittern

Deborah Blau, Tom Orzo, Hans Von Rittern and Ursula Von Rittern

PHO-TO-GRAFFS: March 16 – April 27, 2014 http://www.greatneckarts.org/


Photo of the day: HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY !

SHIRO ST PATS

Photo of the day: HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY !
Art courtesy of SHIRO (Shoko Mikami) of Japan.

Photo of the day: COME TO THE GOLD COAST TODAY !

MEET HANS ROOF

 

Photo of the day: TODAY IS THE DAY! – Opening reception of the PHO-TO-GRAFFS exhibit featuring 9 great photographers documenting the ethereal nature of street art. I am thrilled ot be a part of this exhibit amongst freinds. Come join in the celebration for the opening reception at 3pm today.Now most people think if you leave the 5 boroughs you need a passport – no you don’t. Just 20 minutes by LIRR to Great Neck, Long Island. Hey, it takes longer to get to Brooklyn!

GOLD COAST MAP

113 Great Neck Road. Telephone: 516-829-2570. Here are step by step instructions:

When you get off the train station walk approx. 5 blocks straight down the charming old Americana street of Middle Neck Road, till you get to Maple Drive.

 

Middle Neck Road, main street USA

Middle Neck Road, main street USA

At Maple Drive turn right

At Maple Drive turn right

 

At Maple Drive you make a right and you’ll see the parking lot of the Great Neck Arts Center.

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And viola – there it is!

The Gold Coast Arts Center

The Gold Coast Arts Center

SEE YOU THERE!