Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is not a fan of famed graffiti artist Banksy’s latest work.
Mr. Diaz Jr. fired off a statement today chastising the British artist for one of his latest piece, which depicts a child scrawling “Ghetto 4 Life” on a wall in the South Bronx as a butler ironically stands by.
It may be the city’s latest art craze, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg is having none of Bansky.
While the famed, pseudonymous British graffiti artist’s creations often fetch six figures at auctions, the mayor–who has long railed against graffiti–said today his work on city buildings was against the law.
Words of Wisdom
Software engineer and illustrator Chris Howard created this map of the presidential election results adjusted by population density to produce a map that shows a far different picture of the country than we normally see in the simple red and blue electoral map. Mr. Howard posted his map on Facebook this weekend with a note explaining that “most of the country is some shade of purple, a varied blend of Democrat blue and Republican.”
“America really looks like this,” wrote Mr. Howard. “What really stands out is how red the nation seems to be when you do not take the voting population into account; when you do so many of those vast red mid-west blocks fade into pale pink and lavender (very low population).”
From The Archives
Former President George W. Bush returned to the White House today for the unveiling of his official portrait. At the ceremony, Mr. Bush encouraged First Lady Michelle Obama to protect his portrait and gave some advice to President Barack Obama.
“When the British burned the White House … in 1814, Dolley Madison famously saved this portrait of the first George W. Now, Michelle, if anything happens there’s your man,” Mr. Bush said. “I am also pleased, Mr. President, that when you are wandering these halls as you wrestle with tough decisions, you will now be able to gaze at this portrait and ask, what would George do?”
Last week, a Super PAC’s plan to paint President Barack Obama as a “metrosexual black Abe Lincoln” dominated the news cycle. Here is the Observer‘s rendition of what that might look like drawn by artist Victor Juhasz for this paper’s cover in November 2008.
Mitt Romney’s family has been a prominent presence in business, politics and Mormonism, since the mid-19th century, but the first famous Romney rose to prominence in the art world. George Romney, Mr. Romney’s great great great great grandfather, was a renowned British portraitist whose work hangs in museums around the world including the Louvre and the Met.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind was not happy with the new Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition of Gertrude Stein’s art collection. Mr. Hikind, a leader in the Orthodox Jewish community, has been harping on the Met to modify the exhibit with a note explaining it “was owned and collected by fascist/Nazi-collaborator Gertrude Stein.” After teaming up with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to raise the issue at a meeting with museum officials this morning, Mr. Hikind said he was able to convince the Met to add a note about Stein’s relationship to the Nazis.
“Visitors have the right to know that this collection exists because Gertrude Stein sold her soul; that she lived in comfort, aiding the Nazi cause while her fellow Jews were being robbed, tortured and murdered,” Mr. Hikind said in a statement. “I am grateful to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for accepting the historical accountability of full disclosure. I also want to thank Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for joining me in correcting this glaring omission.”
Governor Cuomo is worried the the Supercommittee won’t be so super for New Yorkers.
Sarah Palin has a bone to pick with Congress.
The story behind the bat signal-style light projections that appeared on the side of the Verizon building during the Occupy Wall Street march across the Brooklyn Bridge.