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The Big Monkey…

Finished yesterday in about 12.5 months less time than it took to build the original, which still stands proud at 34th and Fifth Avenue. The Pride of the City. The Big Monkey. The ESB.

It will be for sale, too. I’m setting up a website called “Postcards from NY,” where I’ll either auction it off or sell it at a set price. More on that later. For now, ladies and gentleman, I give you…

THE BIG MONKEY!

(crowd cheers, flashbulbs pop, chains break, crowd gasps, etc….)

“The Big Monkey” J. Tebeau © 2011
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Day Five’s Bird (of 30): “Stork Delivering to Holiday Party in Sleet Storm”

"Stork Delivering to Holiday Party in a Sleet Storm"

Yesterday’s weather here in New York was thrilling, and generally, we have no option but to deal with it. In fact, I’d say New Yorkers are more in touch with the cycles of nature than most of car-centric America. So often (as I did before I lived here), you can choose to jump into your car in the garage, drive to another garage and jump out. The weather may make driving better or worse, but you’re not really IN IT. Here, you’re generally exposed to the elements when you get from A to B, even if you’re only walking to the subway or catching a cab. You still have to go out there and interact with the weather, good and bad. Yesterday, as I said, was a doozy: a sleet storm blew thru and we dealt with it. Things had to be DONE. Errands do not WAIT for a break in the weather. This delivery stork knows what it’s like, especially right before a big cocktail party. The show must go on and all that.

I’m doing an original work [almost] every day this month. 30 of ‘em in 31 days. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

An original piece every day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Any birds you’d like to see painted? Let me know! Recent suggestions include an American Kestrel, “the bird”, a siren (half-woman/half-bird mythical beast) and the legendary Phoenix.

Yesterday’s bird: “The Raven”

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“Blue Bird.” Day 2 of 30 Birds in 31 Days. (SOLD)

"Blue Bird"

Did you ever have a day when you felt like this poor devil? No? You’re lying. Or, maybe you don’t live in a big city and you’re healthy and well-adjusted. Bully for you. Bully, I say. This is how I felt today. And when you have the blues, you can piss and moan and drink, or turn it into art. I did all three today. The trifecta.

I’m doing an original work each day this month. 30 of ’em in 31 days. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

An original piece every day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Yesterday’s painting: “First Snow.”

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Art on the Streets of New York Part 1: Looks Good to Me

Not all art is just capital-a Art. Sometimes it’s how your see the world around you. Sometimes it must means looking. This is especially true in New York. There’s no way you can remember it all, either. The lesson is: carry a camera.

Here are a few things that caught my eye on the streets (and occasionally parks) of NYC. I snapped these pix to remember. The art is contained in the subjects of these pictures, not my technique/vision/etc. (See Kamau Ware’s site for what it means to really have a good eye.)

Some of these shots will undoubtedly be made into paintings. See any you think would look good on canvas?


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John & Yoko & Political Performance Art

Two of our all-time favorite New Yorkers and their best known piece of political performance art: the 4oth anniversary of the Bed-In for Peace, covered by NPR here.

My version:

(original in the Grabel Collection of New York)

"La Paix et L'Amour" (John and Yoko)

"La Paix et L'Amour" (John and Yoko)

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New York, David Byrne, Tutus, Rockettes

The Dadaist stage show master rocks Radio City Music Hall. Bertolt Brecht and Duchamp would be proud. This is transcending a genre.

Saw him do this same bit Monday at the Prospect Park  in Brooklyn. Larry, standing next to me, said it was “like getting a sun tan.” Yes it was.

Thanks, David! And the DANCERS, too! Holy moly.

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New York is Free Street Theater

New York Eye Candy

New York Eye Candy

Walk down a street in New York, and you’re surrounded by art. And it costs you nothing.

The whole city is like a movie set, first of all. Every neighborhood, landmark and street seem like you’ve seen them on the big (or small) screen at one time or another, and you probably have. On top of that, the signage, Times Square, the taxis, etc? Those are all pop art. Then of course there is actual art art: murals, statues and whatnot, out there in courtyards, in the parks and on the streets for all to enjoy.

But I’m talking about something different here. It’s what’s happening on the streets and other public places. People. People amusing people. All the time. Sometimes on purpose (buskers, breakdancers, goddamned mimes) and sometimes unintentionally (angry old women bitching at length about cold eggrolls to a Chinese waiter who’s been in the U.S. two weeks and speaks five words of English).

And then there are the stunts. This week David Pogue from the Times wrote about a group called Improv Everywhere. Their public antics (breaking into an elaborate musical in a food court, freezing in place at Grand Central) add to the richness of New York art, and we are better for it.

Read Pogue’s article here. And when in New York, keep your eyes open. Art is all around you, all the time.

Yeah, yeah, yeah... Chicago. Close enough.

Yeah, yeah, yeah... Chicago. Close enough.

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