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I am completely in awe of Paul Madonna‘s weekly illustrations entitled “All Over Coffee.”  Madonna captures San Francisco cityscapes, street corners, rooftops, with an incredible eye for detail, usually pairing these views with thoughtful words.  He occasionally diverges from the San Francisco theme, presenting the viewer with beautifully composed depictions of Buenos Aires, Paris, Tokyo, and other areas of the world.  Take a look at “All Over Coffee” on Madonna’s website and in the SF Chronicle.  It is unlike any weekly newspaper strip I’ve ever seen.

 

While out for a long walk in Manhattan last week, I came across an incredible art installation entitled “Walking Men Worldwide.”  Artist Maya Barkai collected images of 99 walking men from cities around the world and covered the walls surrounding a construction site with their life-size images.  I like to imagine all 99 of those figures coming to life and exploring New York with me!  The installation will remain at 99 Church Street until January 2010.

Found via a Tumblr follower, who linked to DesignBoom.  I can’t wait to get back to Manhattan later this week and check out the Guggenheim’s new exhibit, Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.  The exhibit, which runs until April 28th, celebrates the museum’s 50th anniversary by featuring various designers’ ideas for addressing the void of the Guggenheim’s rotunda.  I love this proposal, “Experiencing the Void,” by JDS Architects.  The orange reminds me a bit of another incredible New York installation piece, The Gates.

Speaking of street art, today’s New York Times features an article about artists setting up temporary galleries (“pop-up galleries”) in empty commercial spaces:

“As the recession drags on and storefronts across New York remain empty, commercial landlords are turning to an unlikely new class of tenants: artists, who in flusher times tend to get pushed out rather than lured in. … On terms that are cut-rate and usually temporary — a few weeks or months — the artist gets a gallery or studio, and the landlord gets a vibrant attraction that may deter crime and draw the next wave of paying tenants.”

Read the rest of the article here.