Keith Haring's 'Silent Partner' Speaks: Angel Ortiz Reworks NY Mural

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 15, 2009
“The Keith Haring mural that has stood at Houston and Bowery streets since April is a tribute, an anniversary gift, and a historical re-creation,” writes Erica Orden of The NY Sun. “As of last week, it is also a battleground.” Why a battleground, you ask? “Last Friday, under the late morning sunshine, an artist named Angel Ortiz added thickets of graphic black lines in the spaces between Haring's original green and black figurines. His was no random act of vandalism,” continues Orden. “Mr. Ortiz, who goes by the nickname LA II, was an early collaborator of Haring's, working closely with the artist between 1980 and 1986. He has been credited by Haring in John Gruen's Keith Haring: The Authorized Biography with advancing the Pop artist's creative development, and has been called Haring's "silent partner. “In recent years, however, Mr. Ortiz has broken his silence. Mr. Ortiz's additions to the East Village mural are now the latest chapter in a nearly 20-year dispute over artistic license, credit, and propriety.” The image below is of work that LAII installed at Woodward Gallery's Project Space on Eldridge Street in New York a few days ago. Sweet. Intrigued? You should be. Read the entire story online here.  

"After Everything: Gay Directions in New Art"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Like the Spice is pleased to present After Everything: Gay Directions in New Art an exhibition examining the art of gay artists in the post-everything society. Curated by Dylan Peet, the show features a diverse selection of works by eight artists: Joseph Heidecker, Clarke Jackson, Sean M. Johnson, Darren Lee Miller, Ian O’Phelan, Jesse Finley Reed (work shown,) Christopher Schulz, and Steed Taylor. A queer sensibility has run through much of contemporary art since the end of abstract expressionism. Gay artists such as Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring and John Waters have had major effects on the art and pop-cultural landscape. While their art is hardly restricted to gay subject matter, a queer sensibility sits at the bedrock of their production. From pop’s cool fabulousness to John Waters’ polymorphically perverse outsider’s take on everything to artists coping with the massive scope of the AIDS crisis, gay issues have been at the center of art history since the fifties. Recently there is a seismic shift in what it means to be gay. Factors driving this change are the internet’s inherent capacity for social networking and increasing visibility, legal protections and acceptance of gay men. The era of a hermetically sealed gay culture, hiding in the closet or in gay bars is over. Now gay men interact with a much broader range of society and in a greatly expanded context, they also interact with men from across the world online. There is a new generation of gay men who came out at 16, took their boyfriends to the prom without hassle and hardly see the point of going to a gay bar. This exhibition examines some of the ways artists are expressing, reacting to and using these new conditions and remembering the old ones in their work. After Everything opens June 20th and will remain on view thru July 6th. Details at

Made in New York

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 27, 2008
The Opera Gallery in New York is pleased to announce an upcoming group exhibition titled Made in New York, featuring works by Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Lori Earley, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Ron English, and more. Opening Friday, April 4th, Made in New York will remain on view thru April 25th. While we’re on the topic of Lori Earley, we’re happy to announce that the thief responsible for stealing not one, but two of Earley’s drawings has been caught! The thief, Mikel Lemoine, 35, from the Rockaways, was arrested last week and charged with grand larceny after ripping off five other art galleries! Unfortunately, the two pieces still remain missing. We have to admit, Mr Lemoine has good taste, but hey, at least Lemoine got what was coming to him. Details at

Behind The Seen Photos

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Ad Hoc Art's Andrew Michael Ford sent us the link to his pics from the reception for Behind The Seen which opened in Brooklyn on December 13th. The show is a retrospective of various artists' work prior to what they are more well-known for now. Participating artists include Aiko, Blek le Rat, Caleb Neelon, Dan Witz, Don Leicht, Elbow Toe, ELC, Ellis G., Eltono, Flying Fortress, G, Ian Stevenson, Jace, Jean Faucheur, jm rizzi, John Fekner, Judith Supine, Keith Haring, Lady Pink, L'Atlas, Lee Qui

Peat Wollaeger's Tribute to Keith Haring

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 17, 2007
This video shows St. Louis-based artist Peat Wollaeger's tribute to his first artistic inspiration: Keith Haring. As part of the Primary Flight installation at this year's Art Basel Miami, Wollaeger's stencil and video work pay homage to Haring's life, as well as call for awareness in the fight against AIDS and the effort to find a cure.

Preview: "Behind The Seen" at Ad Hoc Art

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Ad Hoc Art sent us a preview of their upcoming show, Behind The Seen, which opens tomorrow, December 13th, at their gallery in Brooklyn, NY. "Assembling a group of well known street artists from around the world, fellow street artist Michael De Feo invited the participants to showcase work they're not typically recognized for. Behind the Seen includes personal projects, works in different mediums or styles and pieces not necessarily intended for view on the streets. The mediums include paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures by over 30 artists from around the world." More...

Dan Witz - Interview

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Our UK art show photographer Chris Osburn orchestrated an interview with Dan Witz before his show at StolenSpace in London on April 5th. Talking points: the smell of piss, cops, Giuliani, mosh pits, souls, and getting a black eye from a rough incident with a camera.

Dan Witz - Interview

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Our UK art show photographer Chris Osburn orchestrated an interview with Dan Witz before his show at StolenSpace in London on April 5th. Talking points: the smell of piss, cops, Giuliani, mosh pits, souls, and getting a black eye from a rough incident with a camera.
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