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Graffiti in Galleries: Why Do They Still Not Get It?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 9/15/14

Last week the ASS editorial team was in Paris for our AGM, where we got a special tour of the LASCO project at the Palais De Tokyo. A very amiable and informative guide took us down the basement/security exit—normally closed to the public—that for the last two years has housed a new initiative to bring graffiti into the public gallery: two French artists, Lek and Sowat, have been inviting other artists from their scene to paint the walls of this cavernous underground maze. The proble... [more]

Epic Battle: Secret Walls Pits Local Artists Against Each Other in Live Art Performance   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at The Fringe Club September 8th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 9/2/14

Billing itself as “the World’s premier live art battle”, Secret Walls recently kicked off its second series in Hong Kong at the city’s iconic Fringe Club. Created in 2006 by Terry Guy at a bar in London, each event features two white walls side by side, 90 minutes on the clock, booze, a live DJ and two artists with the mighty black marker for battle. The winner is chosen based on a 3 point system, with input coming from judges and the all-important crowd vote, scientifically m... [more]

Buy a Print, Buy a Pint: Common Bar, Manchester   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 8/28/14

Buy a print from a rising artist and still have change for a pint: at Common Bar, the venue and bar central to Manchester’s creative scene. Situated at the beating heart of Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter—an area where a Banksy has been lovingly preserved with a Perspex box (only for that to be covered in stickers and fresh street art), Space Invader aliens loom over you from the red brick of buildings, and Manchester heroes (including the city’s own appointed Creative Direc... [more]

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez  
Posted 2/5/10

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. Obra del pintor español Alejandro Cabeza Nació en Valencia el 29 de enero de 1867. Hijo de Ramona Ibáñez y del comerciante Gaspar Blasco. Cursó los estudios de derecho, en la Universitat de València, licenciándose en 1888, a pesar de que prácticamente no ejerció dicha carrera. Dividió su vida entre la política, la literatura y el amor a las mujeres, de las que era un admir... [more]

Language of the Wall: Istanbul’s first exhibition on graffiti and street art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
COPE 2, C215, Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, Craig Costello (aka KR), EVOL, Funk, FUTURA, Gaia, Herakut, Logan Hicks, Hugh Holland, JonOne, No More Lies, Carlos Mare, MIST, PSYCKOZE, Suiko, Tabone, Tilt, Turbo, Wyne at Pera Museum August 13th - October 5th
Posted 8/20/14

Graffiti and Street Art in a museum setting have a new audience, at the Pera Museum in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul. Curated by the museum’s Roxane Ayral, “Language of the Wall” is the first exhibition of its kind in Turkey to bring graffiti indoors in an academic setting, taking over three floors of the private museum. For its introduction, Ayral has chosen an impressive roster of international artists as well as familiar locals to educate the Istanbul art connoisseur, including... [more]

Give in to the Dream: OSGEMEOS Moon Opera   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
OsGemeos at Galeria Fortes Vilaça June 29th - August 16th
Posted 8/18/14

The new project of OSGEMEOS in the Fortes Vilaça Gallery in São Paulo is an experience of vertigo that leads directly to the unconscious. Entering the first room of the exhibition one is faced with dozens of their iconic yellow people – their signature image – plus a variety of other characters, spread through countless paintings, sculptures and installations, assembled next to each other to form an immersive environment. In the center of the room a vortex made out of d... [more]

It's a Cruel Cruel Summer at Jonathan LeVine Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Mike Ballard, BLADE, Mark Bode, Tim Conlon, Cope, Shepard Fairey, Finok, FREEDOM, Sam Friedman, Mike Giant, Maya Hayuk, Eric Haze, Horfé, HuskMitNavn, Dabs Myla, Caleb Neelon, NIagar, Cleon Peterson, Pose, Recok, Victor Reyes, Rime, RISK, ben venom at Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 557C West 23rd August 6th - August 23rd
Posted 8/13/14

People say galleries get slow in the summer in New York, but there is nothing lacklustre or mundane about the group exhibition Cruel Summer at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Curated by collector and graffiti historian Roger Gastman, the exhibition’s title is derived from the popular song featured in the original Karate Kid film by Bananarama. The music video portrays the three female band members causing trouble and dancing throughout New York City – including a Dukes of Hazard-esque... [more]

The Sickboy Effect   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
SICKBOY at The Outsiders London July 25th - August 30th
Posted 8/11/14

Down a street off Soho Square a booze-soaked, rambunctious crowd piled out on the street. It was one of those rare summer evenings in London – somewhere between sweaty and balmy. Squeeze past the well-pruned bloggers, pogonophiles and the members of the banksy-forum cult, into the airless gallery, where the hundred-odd guests had impregnated the air with the scent of their sweaty-balmy bodies. This is the Sickboy effect – bringing a bit of griminess and a glaze of stickiness to mak... [more]

Hand-Painted Signature: Sign Painters Review   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 8/7/14

It’s not common to see a sign painting shop anymore, but across the country sign painters continue to work and make hand-painted signs in the age of information. Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, is a documentary comprised of interviews and footage of this surviving profession. As technological developments occur in graphic design and advertising, there are those that maintain their artisan traditions while educating a new generation. The film makes it clear that althou... [more]

Thrashbird: Inside Hollywood   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 8/5/14

The corner of Hollywood and St. Andrews Place, which lies in the environs that inspired Charles Bukowski and retains vestiges of the boozy, broken-pavement working class milieu the poet embraced, isn’t popular with tourists. Not like the storied intersection at Vine Street is, a mile or so west on the boulevard. But there’s a longstanding garbage-heaped lot here bounded by an expanse of plywood partitions, which has long been popular with street artists, and it’s now slated fo... [more]

WAT-AAH! Better Habits Through Branding   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 7/30/14

On February 20, 2014, WAT-AAH water bottles launched their Taking Back the Streets campaign in an effort to convince kids that drinking water can in fact be “cool”. Endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama and her Partnership for a Healthier America initiative, WAT-AAH launched to a fanfare of parental approval at the New Museum in New York City. For its inaugural exhibition the water bottle company organized a group show featuring the work of 13 prominent street artists—including... [more]

Feels Like Home: Andres Guerrero Opens His Home as Art Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Richard Colman, Ken Davis, Frohawk Two Feathers, Alex Lukas, Husk mit Navn, Steve Powers, Victor Reyes, Erin M. Riley, Lucien Shapiro at Guerrero Gallery July 26th - August 23rd
Posted 7/28/14

In a residential neighborhood on a particularly sunny day in Bayview, you wouldn’t suspect that 1401 Thomas Ave was hosting an art opening. The one telltale sign: a bouncer at the door who asks for your name before you walk in. As he marks your name off, you walk up a staircase and find yourself in what looks like someone’s home. In fact, the space belongs to Andres Guerrero and he’s invited quite a few art lovers to walk through his rooms. The space definitely feels like a ho... [more]

The Miami Marine Stadium Mural Project: Using Street Art for Architectural Change   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 7/23/14

The long abandoned Miami Marine Stadium in Key Biscayne has been a favorite hot spot for local and international street artists since it closed after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Because of the ever-changing murals, the site has become an unexpected open-air gallery, adding incredible color to the secluded inlet once used for speed boat racing. Recognizing this renewed interest, the city of Miami, along with the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium and the National Trust, are planning to revamp the stad... [more]

2501: “Nomadic Experiment Anatomy of Restlessness”   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
2501 at Soze Gallery June 27th - July 17th
Posted 7/14/14

Italian born artist 2501 recently graced the LA scene with his latest exhibition, “Nomadic Experiment Anatomy of Restlessness.” The cryptic title is all too fitting for a man with a fair bit of mystery surrounding his persona. From the gallery to the streets—hitting display cases to stucco walls—2501 has kept manically busy in his creative efforts ever since hopping on the scene. The man never stops; mural campaigns, major art exhibitions to endless design projects, he&... [more]

Banksy did it for nothing then we sold it for thousands: Julien's Street Art Auction Beverly Hills   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 7/11/14

Any doubts about the broad appeal and ongoing vitality of street art were wiped out by the pre-auction scene at Julien’s last Thursday: more Palm Springs than Park Avenue. A fashionable crowd brought an exuberance, only partially fueled by a collective anticipation for six figure Banksy sales. An auction of nearly 100 pieces of street art featuring an array of Banksy works, which drew bidders from 15 nations and which had a high estimated value of one million dollars, fell far short of that... [more]

No Edge of Canvas Remains Untouched: SEN2 at 1AM Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Sen2 at 1AM Gallery July 3rd - August 1st
Posted 7/9/14

Neighborhoods might be imaginary divisions based on street names, but they hold a real effect over our lives. If we stay in one neighborhood during our entire childhood, it ultimately shapes our world views. If we travel to a new one, we might come back with a shifted perspective. Out of all art forms, graffiti and street art especially emphasize place and space. For graffiti writers tagging trains in New York in the 1980s, the rush was knowing other neighborhoods would see your tag. You didn... [more]

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