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Special Edition: ArtSlant STREET #2
by ArtSlant Team

From Street to Sleek - The Changing Game of Street Art in Berlin

By Nicole Rodriguez

The negotiation between street artist and larger institution is deceptively simple. While there is a constant proliferation of artists and talents immediately visible on the streets, there is an equally large market and demand for the “cool” and the “hip”. How do you negotiate the two without losing some semblance of authenticity? Without selling out?...


New Interview: KLUB7

By Max Nesterak

Berlin: Since 1998, the Berlin-based street art and design collective KLUB7 has been showcasing their work--a mixture of pop art, street grunge, and childlike playfulness--on street fronts and in store fronts. True to their street art roots, they spend a lot of their time on free, public art projects, although they're also pragmatic enough to know they can't live off of creating free art.

However, instead of turning to the gallery, they choose to take on projects for businesses looking to bring a bit of street to their brands. They've customized everything from television sets to stairwells in posh hotels. While they could easily sell their street work too, they say they like creating original pieces for commercial businesses to intentionally keep their commercial and anti-commercial styles separate. It's a kind of code-switching...


In the Archive: LASER 3.14

By Athena Newton

Amsterdam: "What I love about graffiti is that it’s one of the only few art forms that did not originate from the elite. It’s something that just started with kids on the street, and then it had such a big global impact. That’s what I love about [graffiti]: it grew into this massive, very influential, global phenomenon. I like the idea that it wasn’t about this intellectual guy starting it up. It’s something that really came out from the people.

"To be honest I always saw myself as an artist; whether it’s a graffiti artist or a poet or as a painter, the creative process is all the same for me. It starts with this creative spark and it doesn’t matter in which way I execute it… I believe you have two kinds of graffiti artists: you have the ones that really like to vandalize…then you also have these graffiti writers who are really artists… For me both are part of graffiti and have the right to exist."


Street Art: Ephemera, Erasure, and Reality of Territory

By Jolene Torr

Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley in San Francisco’s Mission District are well-known for their high concentration of murals, for the diversity of color contained in one-block stretches of fences and residences with bustling commercial streets astride. Swoon, Andrew Schoultz, Sirron Norris, among many others, have added their signature styles, commissioned or not, to the famed narrow alleys. But it’s thanks to Intersection for the Arts in the Mid-Market for their exhibition programming that consistently explores, investigates, and expands on the ways in which people interact with art in public spaces...


Editor's Picks

Berlin - Circleculture


Jaybo Monk solo show... til September 8th.

London - StolenSpace


Group show... til July 29th.

Paris - Galerie Magda Danysz


Vhils solo show... til July 28th.



Broken Fingaz crew, til August 4th.

...More Editor's Picks

Posted by ArtSlant Team on 8/6/12

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