Owners reinvent lobbies as art spaces thaxton May 30, 2014 ART, DESIGN, EVENTS While office lobbies have always provided a showcase for artworks, several prominent developers are turning their lobbies and vacant retail spaces into revolving galleries. Currently, ABS Partners Real Estate has exhibits in three of their properties curated by Cindy Farkas Glanzrock’s Building Art Curatorial Program. Tenants and the public can walk into 29 W. 38th St. and check out edgy pieces by Keith Haring protégée LAII/LA Roc (a k a Angel Ortiz). Sen2’s pastel graffiti decorates 915 Broadway, while sculptures by Desire Obtain Cherish are on view at 1001 Sixth Ave. At 5 Bryant Park, the retail space was decorated by four graffiti artists before the retail tenant took over. The Equity Office-owned building used the graffiti as a way to rebrand the building and pump up its energy. Brooklyn-based Max Bode, Don Rimx (a k a Edwin David Sepulveda) of Puerto Rico, San Francisco artist Chor Boogie (a k a Jason Lamar Hailey) and Polish painter Natalia Rak collaborated on a 100-by-25-foot-tall wall over several nights as onlookers crowded around the window. The artists then participated in a 90-minute “Art Battle,” while each worked on their own large canvas with their initial collaboration in the background.