Red Bull Curates is one of the few corporately sponsored art events I really enjoy attending. The massive amounts of free artisanal pizza and Tito’s Vodka mixed with blueberry flavored Red Bull probably account for a lot of that, but it’s also fun to mix and mingle with the street artists.
Judges walked around with clipboards and took notes, and the audience also had a vote, which they could text in their favorite artist. The winners would be invited to Scope in Miami Basel, where they would be given a booth. I wandered around taking pictures of the Red Bull coolers which the artists had painted / postered / and stenciled onto a week before, as well as any of the artists I could find or stumble into.
Of course a bunch of street artists like to be incognito, which I FUCKING DETEST, I don’t like taking pictures of Halloween masks and bandana faces- maybe it’s just me.
Digital Media Strategist at Women’s Wear Daily, Cassie Leventhal.
Associate Producer of Fountain Art Fair Rhoni Blankenhorn.
Rhoni Blankenhorn, and Cassie Leventhal
Artist Brian Kirhagis (BK).
Brooklyn Street Art Photographer & Red Bull Curates Judge for the night Jamie Rojo.
Artist Sofia Maldonado, curator Frankie Velez, and street artist Whisbe.
DJ Mic J. Gatsby.
Brian Kirhagis’ painted Red Bull cooler.
UR New York’s painted Red Bull cooler.
Zimad’s painted Red Bull cooler.
Hanksy’s painted Red Bull cooler.
Beau Stanton’s painted Red Bull cooler.
My girlfriend Molly Roberson sporting some Red Bull.
Molly and the can almost match.
Cope2’s painted Red Bull cooler.
Steve Wasterval’s painted Red Bull cooler.
David M. Cook’s painted Red Bull cooler.
Toofly NYC’s painted Red Bull cooler.
The other side of Toofly NYC’s cooler.
Indy 184’s painted Red Bull cooler.
Col_Wallnuts’ painted Red Bull cooler.
Phetus’ painted Red Bull cooler.
National project manager for Red Bull Curates, Tom Roche, and Secret Walls creator Vance De Fusco.
Twerps! aka Greg Mishka’s painted Red Bull cooler.
Jerkface’s painted Red Bull cooler.
Tanja Vulin’s painted Red Bull cooler.
The other side of Tanja Vulin’s cooler.
MRS’ painted Red Bull cooler.
Molly and photographer Teddy Adolphe.
Painter and W. Magazine Senior Designer Amanda de Souza.
Owner and curator of Dumbo’s Mighty Tanaka Gallery, Alex Emmart.
Cassie Leventhal and Women’s Wear Daily Jr. Digital Planner Lucy Thompson.
Designer and Pizza Goddess Jenny Olbrich, with the portable La Stada Cafe & Pizzeria oven.
Jerkface, wearing a Jerkface mask even though I’ve shot him multiple times without it.
Filmmaker Christopher Lee Inoa.
Warhol Factory icon Bibbe Hansen.
Painter Leah Matthews.
An hour in and the line was still to the end of the block.
Half of the warehouse space was indoors, and half was outdoors. This was the walkway down to the pizza oven and 1st bar. The Bushwick party scene on HBO’s Girls was filmed here, where the chick threw the glass off the roof or whatever, that’s the roof.
Artist Kenny Hardwork.
Artists SinXero and one of the winners, ICY Stencils.
Canadian singer Christen Latham, and artist Fernando Romero.
Artist Peter Yip.
Molly and painter Laura West.
Nick and Judy Bodor, owners of Cake Shop NYC and Library Bar with Molly.
Molly and Amanda.
Art Snapper’s Cris Valbuena.
Canvas cooler product manager Marc Gerin.
Art Battles champ Lexi Bella, and painter Danielle Mastrion.
Artist Michael Cuomo aka Mike Mc , with his football friend.
Artist Danny Intro.
Artist See One.
Leah Matthews and Roxanne River Bockius.
Icy and Fumero.
Buff Monster with a pizza.
Buff Monster and me, Cojo “Art Juggernaut.”
Amanda, Kenny Hardwork, BK, Yolanda Alamo, John Bravo DeMicoli, and Molly
Joseph Meloy and SinXero.
I guess mirrors don’t have spell check. Cooler art by Whisbe.
Molly gets chomped on by Red Ramirez.
Jenn Proctor, Meghan Crowley, and DJ AnaMated.
Audrey Aybar and a friiend.
Painters Danielle Mastrion, Amanda de Souza, and photographer Teddy Adolphe.
Danny Intro, See One, Nathaly Riveros, and Brian Faro.
A street artist and Nathaly Riveros.
Jerkface, Phetus, and James Early.
Molly getting ready to call it a night, calling a car.
Red Ramirez, Lauren Muller, Cris Valbuena, Teddy Adolphe, and Ela Ferra.
Badder Israel and Kenny Hardwork.
DJ AnaMated and Joseph Meloy.
Mandy Richardson from Too Good Triangles.
Phetus being interviewed.
Artist Natasha Quam.
Veronika Hoglund and Emma Apicelli.
Girlfriend of one of the winners of the contest, collage artist Michael Anderson.
Icy and Sot’s winning painted Red Bull cooler.
Michael Anderson’s winning painted Red Bull cooler.
ART NEWS UPDATE: A little over a week after winning with the cooler above, artist Michael Anderson fell off a roof and broke his back. We broke the story on ArtSucks.com’s daily blog Artiholics.com (read it here).