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Monday, May 26, 2008


One of the great things about New York is that each neighbourhood (in some cases, every block) has a story.  On the way to work, I frequently walk past the scene above - it’s some unused structure that links the subway to the street and some artist called Paul Richard has slapped a card on it to transform it into art.

I thought nothing more of it until I saw another one of these cards on a piece of the subway in Williamsburg and then another in Green Point.  This piqued my interest (but not enough to search The Google) and I was happy to read a few weeks later an article on the guy in the Brooklyn Rail.

In an article, “1000 Manhattan Avenue”, they explore his connection to a piece of scaffolding and then talk about his art.  The man is a complete paranoiac and deluded that his art is unique - to the point that he claims multiple galleries have ripped him off.  For example, the MoCA ran this in 2001 - and he’s still feuding with them:

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