Watch Street Artists Give Old Master Paintings a Downtown Makeover for Sotheby’s

Artists from the downtown gallery Fat Free Art reinterpreted a selection of 15th and 16th century paintings.

The billion-dollar sales may be over, but the season for art viewing is still in bloom. On the occasion of the Sotheby’s Master Painting sale on June 8, the auction house is bringing Old Master paintings to the streets—literally. The auction house is collaborating with an international array of street artists from the downtown gallery Fat Free Art, to reinterpret a selection of 15th and 16th century paintings in a contemporary context. A video showing the artists re-working the original paintings also features Old Master painting specialist David Pollack, who says the project was created with “the aim of juxtaposing two sectors of the art world that rarely, if ever, meet.”

The resulting works that are on display at “Street Masters” take the conceit of the Renaissance to a new level—using innovative methods and ideas to create a new generation of masters.

Fat Free Art gallery is located at 102 Allen Street; “Street Masters” is on display from June 2–12. 

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