One morning last fall, American graffiti artist Cope2 (real name: Fernando Carlo) walked up the Rue Oberkampf in Paris to a bare wall abutting the century-old Café Charbon. A bald, thickset man dressed in a black T-shirt, jeans and work boots, he contemplated the surface while a crew of helpers tested a ladder for weight and unpacked bags of spray paint. Donning a protective mask, the 45-year-old practitioner of New York’s so-called Wildstyle shook the day’s first aerosol can and confidently began a billboard-sized composition consisting of the word Cope rendered repeatedly in blue and green balloon letters outlined in black.
Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1943 Thanksgiving scene, “Freedom From Want,” vies for attention with a giant portrait of Mitt Romney by contemporary artist Richard Phillips in a new exhibition space in Chelsea.
Blackstone Group Chairman and Chief Executive Steve Schwarzman stood out in the crowd of models and artists at Phillips de Pury & Co. Friday night to celebrate the opening of a Richard Hambleton retrospective.