May Day, 2009: Between two driveways, a loading door and busy construction on 54th Street, Wayne Coe used black diamond sand to paint an homage to the legendary 55th Street Playhouse. Now the London New York Hotel, the venue served as the first showcase for Andy Warhol's X-rated art films Lonesome Cowboy and Flesh, creating a bridge between male exploitation pix and the burgeoning NY pop market. In the '60s, Warhol quickly turned pop art into pop culture, with all its economic and fashion connections. 40 years to the month from those first screenings, Wayne Coe incorporates contemporary artists, who continue to benefit from Warhol's market pioneering, into his Manhattan Sand Painting Project.

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