De la Haba shared an Instagram post on October 24th, 2023 featuring a new artwork that collages and composites six doors and entrance ways that still exist in some form around the five boroughs, all covered with years of tags, stickers, graffiti and other street detritus. As of this writing, the post has 109 comments, many of them from street artists-some quite salty, some pleasantly titillated. The debate concerns de la Haba creating a massive hi-res photographic print that blends and remixes 14 years of his own photographs of these various doors, some more iconic than others, like the door to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s famed studio at 57 Great Jones Street in Manhattan, where he died. Inciting further ire from several street artists whose work can be seen in the photo collage, is the fact that the large-scale print is actually indoors.
In May, two art fairs – Frieze and NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) showed up in Chelsea. Emma Riva examines the similarities and differences between them and what they might say about the high-end art market – from the perspective of an art critic who both gets up in the streets with graffiti writers and frequents fancy art fair.