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Make Art Now Ask Questions Later

By Natalie Hegert

Art in the street is unapologetically decorative, consumed with style, fiercely DIY, ideologically messy, and very difficult to define. Jeffrey Deitch’s bold claim, that graffiti is “arguably the most influential art movement since Pop,” was meant to rile people up...

...For all its faults (and it had many), MoCA's Art in the Streets was a positive step for graffiti and street art in that it opened up a much-needed room for critical discourse and inquiry. All of its shortcomings and omissions are simply opportunities for further discussion.

With this inaugural edition of ArtSlant Street, we propose to continue this conversation...

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New Interview: Pablo Delgado

By Charlotte Jansen

London: Pablo Delgado is a relative newcome whose work has been quietly emerging on London's streets, if you can spot it. His scattered miniature people paste-ups depicting all kinds of scenes from the everyday to the surreal, have become well-documented on the web. Reconfiguring images taken from the net, Delgado's figures, only a few inches high, are something like Alice in Wonderland interloping with the Borrowers, living in a parallel world existing alongside our own. Not meant to shock or offend, Delgado's creations work instead on the experience of childlike surprise.

Though he might not have grown up with street art, coming out of a more traditional artistic background in Mexico, Delgado’s style is nonetheless...Read more...

In the Archive: Shepard Fairey

By Abraham Ritchie

Chicago: "Some people in graffiti and street art say, 'That’s not cool because graffiti is all about rebellion; we don’t want to be co-opted.' That’s fine for them. But a lot of people just want to get their work out there in a way that is immediate and they’ve been building towards opportunities that they’ve been creating for themselves.

"Of course [an art exhibition of graffiti] is a polarizing thing in the graffiti community. But I don’t think it’s particularly healthy for the loudmouths in graffiti or street art to try to shut conversation down, or for the loudmouths in public policy to say that all street art is vandalism or gang-related. They’re both very narrow-minded mentalities"...Read more...

Mural Painting Project of the New Countryside Laboratory

By Edward Sanderson

The unannounced appearance one day of a sign painter covering a Chinese villager’s wall with an advert for the state telco, China Mobile, inspired Lijiang Studio, an arts organisation located in a small farming community in the South West of China, to think about how public space was used in the village and led to the development of their Mural Painting Project as part of their “New Countryside Laboratory"...

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Editor's Picks

Los Angeles - Merry Karnowski

PRINTWORKS PAST AND PRESENT

Group show... til July 28th.

San Francisco - White Walls

TRUTH IN MYTH

MEGGS solo show... til August 4th.

New York - Weldon Arts

FOUR BOROUGH

Cassius Fouler solo show... til August 11th.

Boston - ICA

OS GEMEOS

Opens August 1st, til November 25th.

...More Editor's Picks



Posted by ArtSlant Team on 8/6/12

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