Brace yourself avid art lovers, even though 2014 is approaching its end, the arrival of the New Year is already promising original and exciting exhibitions throughout the city. These shows will range from photography, video, audio, and even bamboo sticks. However, before you begin marking up your calendars, let us revisit some of the best exhibits of 2014 for nostalgia’s sake. Disclaimer: This list will not discriminate between mainstream and underground events, hipsters beware!
With that being said, here are the editor’s top 5 picks for 2014:
This stunning exhibit showed a collection of stained glass from England’s famous Canterbury Cathedral. The art dated as far back as 1178. This display marked the first time that the six Romanesque windows were taken anywhere outside of the cathedral.
Adrian Lee Bermeo, 24, is an emerging young artist from the Jackson Heights neighborhood in Queens. He began to immerse himself in the arts at the tender age of 3, stating that his first pieces of works were drawings of characters such as Tom and Jerry.
After being heavily influenced by Hip Hop, jazz, and funk, he began to showcase his art through various mediums. One of these mediums is apparel design. Presently, Bermeo is the sole owner, creator, and main artist of his clothing company, SnipCiti. Starting in February as an idea, by April it was an official trademark.
Displayed below are a few of his designs, which he says is inspired by his own New-York based photography.
“It was different, it was rebellious, I mean it was everything.” Fernando Romero, 36, said, on the art of graffiti, as he lit his Marlboro Red cigarette. “It was a special breed back then, almost an organic cultivation,” Mike Baca, 30, interjected. Although their teen-age years as vandals were not easy, today, those endeavors have taken Baca (aka 2ESAE) and Romero (aka Ski) to great lengths.
Editor’s note: In light of the nearly one-year anniversary of the guerrilla white-washing of 5 Pointz, I am doing a special article on this.
It was almost one year ago that commotion broke out on 45-46 Davis Street, due to the guerrilla whitewash of the iconic 5Pointz building for the purposes of building a $400 million development project. This outdoor art exhibit lived a life of 12 years as the only legal aerosol outlet in New York City, displaying mural pieces all around the 200,000-square-foot factory building.