New York, New York

PingMag goes to New York! I just came back from four days of rushing around the big apple, trying to look at as many things as I could. Here are a few rough, unusual highlights:

The Statue of Liberty was the first thing I saw in the morning – on the garbage! Speaking of which, they had beautiful garbage cans all over the place. That is something Tokyo definitely lacks!

I actually found many similarities to Tokyo, but on the whole New York felt much more rough, cool and very un-cute in whatever they did: handwritten signs, real models in shop-windows who were posing and performing, real plants as design-elements, graffiti…..

My favorite street art piece was a big wall sprayed silver, with skulls of different shapes and expressions painted onto it. Each skull had a red banner with supposedly the person’s name (such as Nina Simone, Freddy Mercury, Allen Ginsburg, Warhol, …) as some kind of honorable hall of fame for the dead . It was a very recent work by Tabboo, who is part of the Brooklyn graffiti crew DYM.

Unfortunately, I missed the P.S.1 summer-splash by one week, where they open the museum also in the evenings combining art with music, DJs, pools and lots of fun to create a relaxing summer atmosphere. The P.S.1 (no, not Playstation!) is the contemporary art extension of the MoMA, and I kind of regret that I did not go there instead of MoMA…

When I went to sneak a peak at the Guggenheim Museum, they were just setting up for a big exhibition about Russian art. There seems to be some kind of Eastern European hype in New York at the moment, with lots of Russian food, Russian galleries, Bulgarian parties … maybe I should fly off to the East next.

Written by Uleshka

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