The Classic NYC Newsstand Returns to Times Square Starting This Friday the 9th! October 7, 2015 22:20
New York, NY – October 1, 2015 – Brooklyn-based and Swiss born artist Kimou “Grotesk” Meyer, Victory Journal, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Times Square Arts bring the T.SQ Newsstand, a new take on the iconic NYC newsstand of yesterday, to the Broadway plaza between 44th and 45th Street from October 9 - October 18, 2015. An unveiling will take place on Friday October 9th at 11:00 am.
The T.SQ Newsstand is an artful reminder of New York City’s support of artists and printed publications. It will offer a roster of hand-picked art and culture magazines, including Juxtapoz, Brooklyn’s own Victory Journal and a limited edition publication featuring Charlie Ahearn, Daniel Arnold, Barbara Kruger, and more.
In June 2009, Juxtapoz Magazine commissioned a cover illustration from Grotesk. The result was an idiosyncratic update of the newsstand, the New York staple that represented a classic version of the city we know and love. In 2014, Grotesk brought the illustration to life, designing, painting and constructing a pop-up installation at the SCOPE Miami Art Show.
The T.SQ Newsstand now arrives in Times Square with a fresh face: the 4 x 8 x 8.25 plywood and aluminum structure is now waterproof, all of the signs—as well as the marquee—are redone by classically trained sign painters Matt Wright and Mike Langley of Sky High Murals. Some of New York’s most respected graffiti writers were invited to add their own personal touch to the structure. To emulate the New York he idealized, Grotesk built wooden items, including fake cigarette packs, pigeons and more.
The T.SQ Newsstand will also feature surprise visits from some of the publication’s contributing artists, including Jason Polan, Jean Jullien, Cheryl Dunn and more. The artists will be on-hand to sign their work, sell limited edition prints, books, and rare pieces from their personal archives. Artist residency announcement will happen the day of their appearance.
Sherry Dobbin, Times Square Arts Director, said, “Once I saw the installation in Miami, I knew it could perfectly merge the gritty days of old New York with the contemporary edge of newly created works. Is it real? What can you buy? What is it when the artists seize back a piece of history?”
The T.SQ Newsstand, backed by Converse, will be on view October 9 - October 18, 2015 on the Broadway Plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets. It will be up and running during Open House New York weekend (www.ohny.org).
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