New York has been doing a lot recently to bring some culture to its beaches, long known for their overcrowding, filth, and lack of amenities. There is the new Riis Park Beach Bazaar, a Kickstarter to bring modern dance to the Rockaways, and now a street art initiative for Coney Island.
Conceived and curated by Jeffrey Deitch, prominent art dealer and director of MoCA LA, Coney Art Walls comprises nearly 30 outdoor pieces painted on temporary walls inside the Coney Island amusement park. The roster of artists runs the gamut – local and international alike, contemporary graffiti artists as well legends from the New York of the 70s and 80s.
Deitch has long been a champion for street art, as an early supporter of artists like Keith Haring and Kehinde Wiley. So the next time you’re headed to the beach, be sure to check out his selection of graffiti artists spanning 40 years of work.