The former DKNY mural on Houston Street became a New York City icon and unofficial entrance to the SoHo neighborhood from 1992 to 2008, capturing the spirit and the skyline of Manhattan. This summer, DKNY brings the iconic logo back completely reimagined with the #DKNYARTWORKS project. Ten commissioned artists in ten international cities were asked to create original artwork framed within the letters of the DKNY logo, reinterpreting the iconic SoHo wall through their own unique artistic perspective, inspired by New York City.
#DKNYARTWORKS is a global collection of outdoor art installations designed to connect DKNY, New York and art within ten cities around the world. Each original work captures an artistic expression of the New York City skyline within the frame of the DKNY logo, bringing New York to the world.
How & Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) are identical twin brothers known for their large scale graffiti based murals that adorn city walls around the world. The red, black, and white-based imagery is instantly recognizable and commands attention through the impressive size and the intricate detail. Initially the color palette was limited for practicality but instead has become a distinct calling card and formal choice that has allowed these artists to push spray paint to a new level. Born in Spain, German in heritage, and currently residing in New York, their influence appropriately extends internationally. Whether you visit South America, Europe, Asia, or cities around the U.S. you will be likely to encounter their work. Commissioned and facilitated, they have become sought after artists, an ironic progression, where the outsiders have become insiders and are currently redefining what constitutes graffiti and public art.
Times Square is a major commercial intersection and a neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the junction of Broadway (now converted into a pedestrian plaza) and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Times Square – iconified as "The Crossroads of the World", "The Center of the Universe", and the "The Great White Way"] – is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
Born in Berkeley, CA in 1974, Amy Gartrell attended the Cooper Union in NYC where she received her BFA. She has lived and worked in New York since 1992. Gartrell is a mixed-media artist who works with diverse materials. Gartrell’s use of varied media is a hallmark of her practice, from airbrush to ceramics, leaded glass and collage. Influenced by a wide variety of cultural productions and constructions, she has addressed popular culture, psychology, and various 20th century cultural and design movements. She has had solo exhibitions at the Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, La Panaderia, Mexico City, Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, P.S. 1, Queens and Greene-Naftali Gallery, New York. Gartrell’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including shows at the Whitney Museum at Altria, Mary Boone Gallery, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and the Contemporary Art Gallery at The University of Connecticut. Gartrell’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the New Museum, New York.Website
Yankee Stadium is a baseball venue located at The Bronx in New York City. It is the home ballpark for the New York Yankees, one of the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises.
John F. Kennedy International Airport is an international airport in the borough of Queens in New York City owned by the City of New York and leased to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, about 12 miles southeast of Lower Manhattan.
The DKNY Madison Avenue boutique is the New York Flagship boutique.
DKNY's SoHo store is the downtown counterpoint of the Madison Avenue boutique.
Born in 1982, London Based artist Roids began painting in the late 90’s and has spent the last ten years building a solid international reputation for innovation and technical skill. His constant evolution of the conventions of New York Subway graffiti has never stayed still and neither has he. After his sellout debut solo show in summer 2012 he is now working as a fine artist and creative director from his south London studio, continuing to influence and change the way people think about graffiti.Twitter Facebook
DKNY's London store was renovated in the summer of 2012 and offer's the New York brand's full collection.
The DKNY Manchester store eschews the energy and spirit of New York City in downtown Manchester.
Maurizio Galimberti was born in Como, Italy in 1956. He now lives and works in Milan. In his initial approach to the world of photography he used a Widelux rotating lens camera before making his radical, definitive commitment to Polaroids in 1983. His works are now found in some of the most important photography collections in the world. In 1991 he began collaborating with Polaroid Italia and soon became their official testimonial. He produced two major works for the cities of Paris and Lisbon. This marked the beginning of his thinking on the importance of being able to narrate the history, music and lived experience of places through images. During his first trip to New York, he began his research into light and energy, inspired by the city, which was new for the artist and became the ideal representation of the contemporary world. He also devoted another work to New York when he produced a large collection of Polaroids, both singles and mosaics. In this case he alternated details – stories of human intimacy – with images that lend themselves to the mathematically rigorous study of various compositional harmonies, expressed in powerful pictures of New York skyscrapers, skies, light and streets.Website Twitter Facebook
Located in downtown Milan near the Museo d'arte antico and Parco Sempione.
Based in Paris, France, Christophe Hamaide-Pierson is a multi-media artist. Best known for his work with the art collective assume vivid astro focus (or avaf), he is inspired by all things POP culture. Inviting viewer participation by combining music, video and digital technology with painting, drawing and photo, he and avaf create psychedelic sight specific installations to delight the senses. Career highlights from the colorful and vibrant artist include shows at the Tate Liverpool, MoCA, The New Museum, MoMA and P.S. 1. In September of 2010, Rizzoli released the first major avaf monograph documenting the collective’s impressive body of artwork.Website
Born in 1974 in Tehran, Nasernia is one of the modern calligraphy painters that emerged in the wake of the influence of Mohammad Ehsaie, Hosein Zendehroodi, Faramarz Pilaram and other prominent figures in this field. As a graphic artist, and like many others during that time, he started with digital typography under the influence of Reza Abedini at Azad Art University, Tehran where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and fine art. There, he absorbed an acute attention to form associated with modern typography and later developed a kind of vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the deformation of letters and of intersection between graphic, calligraphy and painting. Currently he works mainly on large sized acrylic paintings. He has had numerous solo and group shows in Tehran and Dubai. He currently lives and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Website Facebook
E 11 is a highway in the United Arab Emirates. The longest road in the UAE, E 11 stretches from Al Silah in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and ends in Ras Al Khaimah emirate at the Oman border, running roughly parallel to UAE's coastline along the Persian Gulf.
The Sama Tower (also known as Al Durrah Tower or Al Durrah Tower II) is a skyscraper along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The tower has 49 floors. Construction began in 2006 and was completed in late 2009
Born in 1974 in Tehran, Nasernia is one of the modern calligraphy painters that emerged in the wake of the influence of Mohammad Ehsaie, Hosein Zendehroodi, Faramarz Pilaram and other prominent figures in this field. As a graphic artist, and like many others during that time, he started with digital typography under the influence of Reza Abedini at Azad Art University, Tehran where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and fine art. There, he absorbed an acute attention to form associated with modern typography and later developed a kind of vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the deformation of letters and of intersection between graphic, calligraphy and painting. Currently he works mainly on large sized acrylic paintings. He has had numerous solo and group shows in Tehran and Dubai. He currently lives and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
360 Mall is a luxury mall. It has both a Donna Karan boutique and a DKNY store.
A multi-disciplined Australian artist and designer based in Hong Kong, Calvin Ho opened his own studio "Atomic Attack!" in 1996, specializing in the fashion, retail, TV and entertainment industries. His work of international clients has garnered much praise and success. Ho is best known for his innovative use of merging creative design and illustration. From special exclusive projects as an artist or global corporate branding design, marketing and advertising for high profile companies as a consultant creative director. Having the pleasure and privilege of working directly with dozens of top-level clients, Ho is a core member of the EDGE Creative Collective. Aside from commercial work for clients, Calvin creates gallery art and has exhibited at The West Berlin Gallery (Berlin), New York, Palais De Tokyo (Paris), Singapore (Connoisseurs Gallery) and The Space in Hong Kong his digital image making, ink drawings and paintings.Website Twitter Facebook
The Star Ferry, or The "Star" Ferry Company, is a passenger ferry service operator and tourist attraction in Hong Kong. Its principal routes carry passengers across Victoria Harbour, between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. It was founded in 1888 as the Kowloon Ferry Company, adopting its present name in 1898.
The DKNY Hong Kong store exudes the energy and spirit of New York City despite being halfway around the world.
Nod Young is a visual artist and graphic designer in Beijing. He expresses his unique artistic style by accurate contours, rhythmic layout and passionate colors. He has been striving to depict his world and the most subtle emotions within it by minimal but changeful artistic language. His visual art works have been exhibited in the UK, Italy, Spain, Finland, US, Japan, South Africa and China. Nod is a core member of the EDGE Creative Collective and has gained commercial success working with many international clients. Nod is planning to publish a portfolio book with the Tsinghua University Press in 2013.
Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai, China, and is one of the world's busiest shopping streets.
Graffiti artist Junkhouse was born and lives in Seoul, Korea. Her artworks are based on her concept of Organicism. In a nutshell, new life forms are born in the artist’s eye and imagination of inorganic objects. These inorganic objects may be something that the artist doodled, expressing rigid objects such as houses, buildings, images, or keywords within her subconscious, processed into the metaphysical realm and then finally born as a new and live organic image. These images do not just stay on the canvas. The artist would often take the images outside onto public walls, providing a new setting for them to proliferate. Junkhouse will continue to find, observe and show us materials and objects that co-exist although they may not be easily perceivable to the general public, transforming them through her unlimited imagination.Website Facebook
Find New York City style clothing designed to address your work to weekend needs at the DKNY Seoul store.
Yamaguchi Soichi was born in 1983 in Chiba, Japan, graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, marjoing in Fine Arts. He now lives and works in Ibaraki. Graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music as an outstanding student, Yamaguchi has successfully developed his own artistic theory and symbolic technique on magnifying his realm of creation. Discerning boundless potential in Yamaguchi Soichi, Takashi Murakami, the artistic genius, singled him out of hundreds of emerging artists and bestowed upon him the Gold Medal in the 9th Geisai Art Festival representing the future of Japanese art. He conjures a brand new world without constraint of denomination & meaning out of his psychedelic color through a talismanic Rorschach-like composition. The punchy & organic blend of natural & saccharine elements on the canvas intensifies human sensuality & inspiration by trapping viewers in the synthetic jigsaw of forms & shapes that are re-concocted by the artist’s own gifted power of imagination.Website
This train station is located in Shibuya, which is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan.
The DKNY Tokyo store shows customers how to create a wardrobe out of seven easy pieces with New York style.
Participating #DKNYARTWORKS artists have generously donated eight works of
art from the program that will be auctioned off to benefit Free Arts NYC,
which provides under-served children and families with educational arts and
mentoring programs. Bidding will be available through online auction house
Paddle8 starting on June 12th, ending June 29th with an auction event at
The Montauk Beach House in Montauk, NY.
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