Archive for October 8, 2013

Street Artist Banksy in New York City

In case you haven’t heard, Banksy the British street artist renown worldwide, is in New York City doing a type of residency. The artist has put up works all over the city, and many have been reworked or painted over by other graffiti artists. One has to think that much jealousy exists as well since Banksy is the Lebron James of his world. There will always be many haters of such world renown artist. Same with Warhol or PIcasso. It will be interesting to see how long he can keep his identity secret.

Even one hedge fund manager vowed to give $100,000 if Banksy would do a piece to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Via his website and Instagram account the artist has inspired people to look all over the walls and buildings of New York, a sort of game with a new piece every day!

Here is a link to Banksy’s website where he is posting a New York piece once a day:

Here is a link to see an audio guide the artist has posted with his New York works:

And my favorite work of his New York series, the dog relieving himself on the fire hydrant!

Even though I don’t like being around so many people, I wouldn’t mind visiting New York just to see a Banksy work of art in person before it was ruined!


Artist of the moment……Peter Morgan





Peter Morgan is a contemporary Inuit artists who works with birds as his main subject. Peter Morgan was born in the year 1951 in  the Quebec, Canada region.   Peter Morgan is a sculptor first and foremost, but also has produced stone cut lithograph works.

Part of his artist’s signature is to put two bird footprints of a small sparrow he was obsessed with as a child.

Morgan often works with caribou antlers for his medium of choice.

price range information: Works start at $400 and go up to $4,000.

Morgan began to carve at age twelve by watching his father. His father in law showed Morgan the art of printmaking. Peter Morgan is one of few Inuit artists to create a solo print collection. Morgan was first renown as a printmaker, and as the result of a studio he shared being destroyed, Morgan then took up sculpture.

Peter Morgan is based out of Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec, Canada.

A brother named Johnny is also an artist. Here is an example of Johnny Morgan’s style:



Love those artistic families1


Artist of the moment…..photographer Helen Levitt

Helen Levitt was an American photographer who was renown for her “street photography.” Levitt was renown for her photographs of the Big Apple, New York City. Helen Levitt was born in Besonhurst, Brooklyn, New York. At the age of eighteen she began to work for a company specializing in commercial photography and the portrait. The artist quit high school and decided she would teach herself the art of photography.

In the mid 1930s she would meet french photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Shortly after meeting the photographer Levitt switched to using the same type of camera Bresson had.

First photographs of Levitt were published in a magazine in 1939.

What I enjoy most about Levitt is the idea of capturing New York for the lower and middle class people that lived there. Especially intriguing are the shots of children at play. They seem so carefree and natural rather than posed. Another theme I love is she saw the value of street art in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Its awesome to be able to compare street artists from older times to the very impressive form and gallery level street are we see in the present day art world. Levitt enjoyed shooting art that was created by children.

Helen Levitt had a solo exhibition of her work in 1943. This was a show having to do with her photographs of children.

The artist also worked in the film industry. Levitt was a writer and head of cinematography.

Winner of two Guggenheim Fellowships.

In this clip a great montage of images by Helen Levitt:

Levitt passed away in 2009 at the age of 95 years old.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $55,000.