July 9th, 2008, 12:36 PM #1
Lord & Taylor + TATS CRU "Art in Action" project
“Art in Action,” an exciting window art project that Lord & Taylor (NYC), America’s oldest department store and one of America’s premier retailers, is collaborating on with graffiti artists from TATS CRU Inc., a renowned Bronx-based organization composed of professional muralists.
“Art in Action” is L&T’s new exhibition on view from July 9th - July 27th in the store’s legendary Fifth Avenue windows and its first exhibition that will feature artwork created exclusively for L&T. Making the project truly exciting is that pedestrians can watch TATS CRU members BIO, NICER, BG 183, HOW and NOSM complete their works of art live at L&T’s NYC Flagship store. L&T is thrilled to work with TATS CRU, an organization whose celebrated work has been covered by the New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning News, BBC News, BET “Rap City” and more, on creating unique artwork for their windows.
Keep reading. Below is more information about TATS CRU and the exhibition.
Art in Action, an exhibition of the work of five celebrated New York graffiti artists will be on display at the Lord & Taylor’s flagship store July 9th through July 27th. And in keeping with the spontaneous nature of the medium, Wilfredo Feliciano, aka BIO, Hector Nazario, aka Nicer, Sotero Ortiz, aka BG 183 and the twins Raoul Perre, aka How, and David Perre, aka Nosm, will complete the installation of their murals LIVE in the Fifth Avenue windows of the New York landmark, July 9th.
‘We are excited to showcase the work of such talented practitioners of an emblematic New York art form this time of the year when there are so many visitors to our city from all over the world, “ says LaVelle Olexa, Senior Vice President, Public Relations. “Their colorful murals portray the free spirit of our city with all its characteristic exuberant energy,”
The murals displayed at the Lord & Taylor windows depict a dazzling mix of graffiti forms and fashion imagery in the brilliant colors typical of the attention grabbing style of the genre. The five artists are members of Bronx-based TATS CRU, a group of New York professional muralists whose work in aerosol has transformed graffiti into an art form as well as an advertising medium. What began as an adolescent hobby in the mid ’80s, has evolved into a powerful, expressive style that has spearheaded the battle to change people’s perception of graffiti as legitimate artistic expression. Their elaborate idiosyncratic work has received international recognition and is included in such prestigious collections as the Smithsonian, also adorning the walls of hospitals, museums, schools and businesses, while being used by many companies aiming to appeal to contemporary urban sensibilities. TATS CRU has been featured in such films as Sean Connery’s Finding Forester, Robert DeNiro’s City by the Sea, and Spike Lee’s Clockers, as well as in numerous documentaries, included TATS CRU: The Mural Kings, and Television programs as varied as “The View”, “CBS Sunday Morning”, “NBC Evening News”,“ BBC News”, and BET’s “Rap City”. The members of TATS CRU have been the subject of many newspaper, magazine and book articles. The group has appeared on National Public Radio and lectured at MIT.
Besides its world-famous Christmas windows, Lord & Taylor is committed to bring exciting exhibitions to Fifth Avenue. Past exhibitions have included sculptures by Thomas Beale, Chakaia Booker and Manolo Valdes and the paintings of Juan Genoves, Red Grooms, Thierry Despont, Richard Estes, Larry Rivers, and Mainland China’s Gu Gan, Guo Jin, Liu Kuo-Sung and Yang Yangping, among others. Lord & Taylor has also showcased the photographs of Gideon Lewin and Roberto Dutesco, as well as D. A. Pennebaker's groundbreaking short film, Daybreak Express shown alongside Andrew Garn's historical photographs from The New York Transit Museum. Last September, Lord & Taylor presented Kaleidoscope Katrina, to benefit the SweetArt Katrina Fund in support of artists from the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center who lost most of their work during the hurricane.
About Lord & Taylor
Lord & Taylor is an upscale specialty department store, with 12,000 employees in 47 stores in nine states and the District of Columbia. Lord & Taylor has built a reputation for attentive customer service and high-quality merchandise focused on apparel and accessories. Founded in 1826, Lord & Taylor is America’s oldest department store and one of America’s premier retailers.
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