Travel With Fazzino to New York City!

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TRAVEL WITH FAZZINO: NEW YORK CITY

Image of the line art of Fazzino's pop art piece, 'Its a Small World' with New York highlighted with color

New York City is smack dab in the middle of the “It’s a Small World Mural” and that’s with good reason. Fazzino is most famous for painting the City that Never Sleeps. From Lower East Side in the 1970’s to the evolution of Broadway, and even the horror of 9-11, Fazzino has documented it all. When considered all together, his collection represents one of the most complete visual histories of New York City in the late 20th and early 21st centuries in existence.  Some of his earliest works are of the lower east side of New York City. As a student at the New York School of Visual Arts, Fazzino spent a lot of time down there…particularly eating at all the wonderful delis.

Here is a limited edition from 1994, entitled: ”From Fishes to Knishes.”

Limited edition pop art from 1994, entitled: "From Fishes to Knishes."
Food is a favorite Fazzino New York theme as evidenced by releases such as “Un Piatto di Pasta” (2006)

New York City food inspired pop art painting with hot dogs, pizza, and meatballs.

A Walk Down Broadway with Charles Fazzino

Fazzino’s Broadway collection is a subset of his New York City body of work, but it stands alone in terms of its fan base and historical significance. You can journey through the history of Broadway since the 1970′s with Charles Fazzino. First it was “Steppin’ Out on Broadway (1993):

Colorful and detailed pop art drawing of Broadway by Charles Fazzino

Then it was”Broadway and Beyond”:

Very colorful and exciting rendering of Broadway at an aerial view

Today, it’s “Bright Lights, Big City, Broadway“:

Extremely detailed pop art rendering of New York City's Broadway buildings, excitement and happenings

Remembering 9/11

Then came 9-11 and Charles was so saddened by the tragedy that he locked himself in his studio and painted this. His work is usually whimsical and fun and full of joy. He told us that he couldn’t paint anything joyful anymore until he got this out of his system. After painting this, he never put the twin towers in another limited edition until the release of Hot Town Summer in the City, the collaborative work with the Tats Cru that reflects on 1970′s NYC.

Fazzino's rendering of the tragedies of 9/11 in NYC

The Big Apple

Because NYC is also known around the world as The Big Apple, Fazzino has often turned to the apple as a visual icon in his work. In fact, apples, hearts, butterflies, and hot air balloons are the icons that are often the most identifiable in his works. “In the Center of the Apple” and “Broadway’s Big Apple Night” are two currently available images that feature the Apple shape.

New York City on a big apple in Charles Fazzino pop art style
Image of Broadway landmark, and famous characters from plays on a big red apple

New York City Inspires Fazzino’s Pop Art Again and Again

Thirty years into his painting career, Charles Fazzino still returns to his favorite theme – New York City – over and over again. “It never gets old,” says Fazzino. “New York City is magical. It’s full of life and energy and is always morphing and changing. It’s an artist’s dream subject.”

Finally, here are a few original paintings of New York City. We’d love to hear from you about your favorite parts of NYC. Share some pictures of yourself in the big apple near any of the landmarks Fazzino has rendered. Enjoy!

An Fazzino pop art painting of Broadway landmarks on a big green apple

Image of New York City black and white pop art by Charles Fazzino

Share Your Thoughts and Photos of New York City

We’d love to hear from you about your favorite parts of NYC. Share some pictures of yourself in the big apple near any of the landmarks Fazzino has rendered. And be sure to stop by for our next edition of Travel with Fazzino!

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4 Responses to “Travel With Fazzino to New York City!”

  1. Steve says:

    When are you coming back to Chicago??

    • julie says:

      Not sure Steve. The Wentworth Gallery in Schaumburg is now closed…so we aren’t sure when Charles will be back to Chicago. Hopefully soon!

  2. Pete Kalison says:

    My wife and I have 12 of your wonderful pieces, many of your great NYCity
    interpretations. After all, we were born in Brooklyn!

    I have written of this before, but I still believe a Fazzino depicting the
    great clipper ship days, the port, and Manhattan of the 19th century would be a popular a much-needed addition to your history of the City. It could feature the Lower East Side, the buy port, the wonderful sailing ships,mustached police, Delmonico’s. the Fitfh Avenue mansions, brass bands,old-time baseball players, all the horses and carriages, old fire engines,the various immigrants, the swells, the old theaters, food shops, old-time bicycles,etc., etc.

    An instant all-time Fazzino favorite I would think. How about it?
    Just save one for me.

    Pete Kalison
    Williamsburg, VA
    pkalison1@verizon.net

    p.s. Colonial Williamsburg with ancient William & Mary College would be
    another prime future project.

    • julie says:

      Thanks for your suggestion Pete…we’ll run that by Charles….i know he thinks it’s a good idea too just hasn’t put it on the radar screen yet.

      Stay Tuned! :-)

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