Brooklyn-based artist Kimou “Grotesk” Meyer, Victory Journal, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Times Square Arts collaborate on a special pop up installation right in the middle of the tourist hive of Times Square. Deemed the “T.SQ Newsstand”, the little shack on Broadway between 44th and 45th street is an artful reminder of New York City’s support of artists and printed publications. These little newsstands used to be the hub of the current days news before the Internet had made publishing an irrelevant media channel. T.SQ Newsstand is a quirky and nostalgic reflection on the gritty New York scene.
T.SQ Newsstand will offer a roster of hand-picked art and culture magazines, including Juxtapoz, Victory Journal and a limited edition publication featuring Charlie Ahearn, Daniel Arnold, Barbara Kruger, and more. Some of New York’s most respected graffiti writers were invited to add their own personal touch to the structure. To emulate the New York he idealized, Grotesk added wooden items, including fake cigarette packs, pigeons and more.
“When I arrived in New York from Switzerland in 1999, I was trying to find a French newspaper in Midtown. I found one in a very small newsstand on 23rd Street and was immediately fascinated by the raw beauty of the little shack; the feeling that it had been there for 50 years. To follow up on the 2009 Juxtapoz cover illustration of the urban relic, we built a fictionalized newsstand to scale and dropped in the middle of the SCOPE art fair. As a busy, vibrant structure with lots of color, it was a total anomaly in a gallery that normally featured a lot of white space. With the disappearance of the newsstands in NYC, it’s a great opportunity to bring the newsstand to the middle of Times Square, reminding people of the New York that existed not so long ago.” – Grotesk
The T.SQ Newsstand runs from October 9 – October 18, 2015.