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20140212224046-4 Remembering Mandela from Soweto to Sowebo   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/12/14

On December 5th Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. Like Siddhartha Gautama, Mandela was born into royalty and used his status to help those around him, transforming the lives of citizens through his anti-apartheid activism, and after nearly three decades in jail, he was elected President of South Africa and saw the end of racial division in the country. These facts only begin to scratch the surface of what one man accomplished in his time on Earth and the lasting philosophies he left behin... [more]

20140121025547-4127993712_7f80e539a0_b Monikers: The Freedom of Freight Trains   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/20/14

CSX trucks run the tracks along the East Coast, reaching many cities untouched by graffiti. Each train runs between innumerable areas, bringing with it tags from scattered areas. These freights act as moving billboards for not only graffiti writers along the paths, but to those who call the open road home. The range of individuals taking to these mobile canvases makes it an ever evolving medium, with a lower buff-rate than your average city wall. Here's a look at the development, symbolism and hist... [more]

20140114150228-lush Viral Art: An Academic Look at the Internet and Its Effects on Public Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/14/14

What does the Internet mean for graffiti? In founding Vandalog, RJ Rushmore has been an active part in the world that he is discussing, disseminating images from around the world through what Hector “Nicer” Nazario of Tats Cru terms the “global track.” Rushmore explores these ideas at length in his first major release, Viral Art. In keeping with the philosophical ideas presented in the text, Rushmore released the tome to the mass public free of charge starting December 16th, 201... [more]

20131225135450-photo_1 Unforgettable Zines: The Nomadic Travels of NGC   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/25/13

No Gods Crew. North Goddamn Caroline. Notoriously Giant Cocks. Never Gonna Care. New Gold Chain. The three simple letters reflect the give-‘em-hell attitude of East Coast-based NGC crew. Composed primarily of Fisho, MTN, and Zono, the most epic partnership in the world was born when train hopper and roller king Droid 907 linked up with the group. Since then, the group has been influenced by the New York writer’s give-no-fucks-and-watch-the-world-burn attitude. These ideologies have seen N... [more]

20131207054017-snubnoseother Brooklynite Gallery Is Back with the Snub-Nose Owner’s Workshop Manual   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/7/13

Bed-Stuy-based Brooklynite Gallery were early proponents of street artists that are now considered mainstays: Stinkfish, Sten and Lex, and Gaia to name a few. Each opening was a sight to behold as the space was transformed by music, chosen by the artist, and elaborate installations, including one that transformed the space into a speakeasy. The Snub-Nose print series, made in small print runs at prices that are actually affordable, is a prime example of the Brooklyn gallery's innovative attitude. Pict... [more]

20131201191936-jordan1 Inhabiting Home: The Public Interventions of Jordan Seiler   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/1/13

Minimalism integrates itself through Jordan Seiler’s aesthetics, down to his ubiquitous all black wardrobe. When I visited the artist in his studio, rows of keys were neatly lined up with similar precision, alternating his signature color with an overly saturated neon pink. Initially these visuals guided the artist’s work, who adopted an adbusting approach to covering advertisements. Seiler says: My first interventions were selfishly motivated aesthetic decisions. I put up work becau... [more]

20131128104712-never In New York, the Reaction to 5Pointz Whitewashing: Never’s Biting Response to Wolkoff   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/28/13

Last week, as news came of 5 Pointz being whitewashed, artist Never was painting a mural in Brooklyn. Previously, Meres and other 5 Pointz artists attempted to save the building by filing a complaint under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), claiming that the demolition of the building would damage work essential to their careers. In response, owner Jerry Wolkoff had the vast majority of the building buffed with white paint, ranging from ground level to several of the rooftops, before six in the mor... [more]

20131121000324-i-21 New Video: Gaia's installation for Rice University in Houston   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Gaia at Rice Gallery September 26th, 2013 - December 8th, 2013
Posted 11/21/13

Gaia: MARSHLAND from Walley Films on Vimeo. Following on the heels of his first museum exhibition, Rice University invited Gaia to create an installation-based exhibition on the campus. Marshland aims to reflect the diversity of the college and Houston as a whole. In the documentary short produced by Wally Films, the artist states, “I am currently very much dedicated to going to a place with an open mind and therein deciding what will happen.” Through a series of interviews, photogra... [more]

Gaia’s Marshland for Rice University in Review   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/20/13

Gaia: MARSHLAND from Walley Films on Vimeo. Following on the heels his first museum exhibition, Rice University invited Gaia to create an installation-based exhibition on the campus. Marshland aims to reflect the diversity of the college and Houston as a whole. In the documentary short produced by Wally Films, the artist states, “I am currently very much dedicated to going to a place with an open mind and therein deciding what will happen.” Through a series of interviews, photogr... [more]

20131119014908-31st-oct_-image-01-popup Banksy’s Fuck You to New York: Community and Appropriation in His New York Residency   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/18/13

The month of October British street artist Banksy initiated an uncommissioned residency in New York. Nearly every day (with one taken off because of “police activity”), new pieces in various mediums appeared throughout the five boroughs. The artist utilized locations not usually known for tourist traffic, from Hunt’s Point in the Bronx to Staten Island; his fans followed along to each obscure site. New sources were inundated with daily updates on the latest artworks and the inev... [more]

20131111075810-groundswelldetail Recovery Diaspora: Reflecting on Community with Swoon and Groundswell   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/11/13

The word community is often thrown around haphazardly when discussing legal murals. Grant proposals and press releases flaunting this theme make artists feel good about themselves, while boosting their careers and securing hefty grants. Articles inevitably extol these endeavors for giving back to the poor desolate groups of people who are somehow bettered by having an artist’s pre-existing aesthetics forced upon them. How these individuals choose to bend the definition of “community” to their... [more]

20131017143706-sheryo_and_the_yok The Yok and Sheryo: “Propa Stuff” and the White Canvas Project   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/17/13

After their first New York solo show, duo the Yok and Sheryo set off to paint their way throughout Europe and Southeast Asia. The expansive list of places included London, Singapore, Bali, Yogyakarta, Hong Kong, and Perth. In each city the artists left behind several reminders of their time there, with murals in London being accompanied by video footage. The artists participated in the “Propa Stuff" event in Cambridge and the White Canvas Project in London, depicting their adventures along the way. The humor in their wor... [more]

20130819222811-background Calligraffiti: An Outsider's Perspective   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Carla Accardi, Etel Adnan, YASMINA ALAOUI, Ayad Alkadhi, Massoud Arabshahi, ASSURBANIPAL BABILLA, Jean-Michel Basquiat, William Baziotes, TEE BEE, Ben, Zigi Ben-Haim, JULIEN “KAALAM” BRETON, Jean Degottex, Jean Dubuffet, MOHAMMED EHSAI, Ghasem Hajizadeh, Keith Haring, Hans Hartung, Nir Hod, Shirazeh Houshiary, Isidore Isou, Bill Jensen, Pouran Jinchi, Y.Z. Kami, Franz Kline, Rachid Koraichi, Lee Krasner, la2, Farideh Lashai, Eugene Lemay, L’ATLAS, REZA MAFI, Andre Masson, Hassan Massoudy, Ahmed Mater, Georges Mathieu, NIELS “SHOE” MEULMAN, Henri Michaux, Farhad Moshiri, Shirin Neshat, Alfonso Ossorio, Leila Pazooki, FARAMARZ PILARAM, Jackson Pollock, MEHDI QOTBI, RAMELLZEE, Retna, Rostarr, Roland Sabatier, Behjat Sadr, NASSER AL SALEM, Alain Satié, Kenny Scharf, Lola Schnabel, eL SEED, Hadieh Shafie, ESRAFIL SHIRCHI, Pierre Soulages, Pat Steir, Parviz Tanavoli, Mark Tobey, Cy Twombly, Rob Wynne, CHARLES HOSSEIN ZENDEROUDI at Leila Heller Gallery - Chelsea September 5th, 2013 - October 5th, 2013
Posted 10/14/13

Calligraffiti: 1984-2013 placed Leila Heller Gallery at the forefront of art news when it announced a reimagination of Jeffrey Deitch’s popular 1984 exhibition by the same name. The gallery penned press releases touting the former MOCA curator’s return to the New York art scene, underscoring his assistance in the compiling of Calligraffiti’s 2013 reboot. An introductory quotation by Deitch asserts the importance of this artistic thread, stating that, “A calligraphic impu... [more]

20130819222811-background Calligraffiti: An Outsider's Perspective   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Carla Accardi, Etel Adnan, YASMINA ALAOUI, Ayad Alkadhi, Massoud Arabshahi, ASSURBANIPAL BABILLA, Jean-Michel Basquiat, William Baziotes, TEE BEE, Ben, Zigi Ben-Haim, JULIEN “KAALAM” BRETON, Jean Degottex, Jean Dubuffet, MOHAMMED EHSAI, Ghasem Hajizadeh, Keith Haring, Hans Hartung, Nir Hod, Shirazeh Houshiary, Isidore Isou, Bill Jensen, Pouran Jinchi, Y.Z. Kami, Franz Kline, Rachid Koraichi, Lee Krasner, la2, Farideh Lashai, Eugene Lemay, L’ATLAS, REZA MAFI, Andre Masson, Hassan Massoudy, Ahmed Mater, Georges Mathieu, NIELS “SHOE” MEULMAN, Henri Michaux, Farhad Moshiri, Shirin Neshat, Alfonso Ossorio, Leila Pazooki, FARAMARZ PILARAM, Jackson Pollock, MEHDI QOTBI, RAMELLZEE, Retna, Rostarr, Roland Sabatier, Behjat Sadr, NASSER AL SALEM, Alain Satié, Kenny Scharf, Lola Schnabel, eL SEED, Hadieh Shafie, ESRAFIL SHIRCHI, Pierre Soulages, Pat Steir, Parviz Tanavoli, Mark Tobey, Cy Twombly, Rob Wynne, CHARLES HOSSEIN ZENDEROUDI at Leila Heller Gallery - Chelsea September 5th, 2013 - October 5th, 2013
Posted 10/14/13

Calligraffiti: 1984-2013 placed Leila Heller Gallery at the forefront of art news when it announced a reimagination of Jeffrey Deitch’s popular 1984 exhibition by the same name. The gallery penned press releases touting the former MOCA curator’s return to the New York art scene, underscoring his assistance in the compiling of Calligraffiti’s 2013 reboot. An introductory quotation by Deitch asserts the importance of this artistic thread, stating that, “A calligraphic impu... [more]

20131011090641-image1 Farewell to 5 Pointz: The Institute for Higher Burnin’   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/11/13

5 Pointz holds New York City’s graffiti roots together. Both international and local writers have gathered at the Long Island City mecca to mark the infamous building. Providing legal walls for writers as well as nurturing the community have been central aspects to the space since its foundation. 5 Pointz was the first to give New York’s now darling artist Sheryo her first wall stateside, as well as many artists before her. But after years of speculation, the building is now slated for... [more]

20131009165358-banksyspencerlz British Invasion: Banksy’s New York Residency   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/9/13

Cult icon Banksy landed in New York at the beginning of the month to start his “residency,” Better Out Than In. Eight days into his residency and the artist has garnered extreme reactions of both obsessive devotion and extreme distaste. Obsessive fans have created a mad race to spot pieces lasting anywhere from a few hours to days. The most evident example occurred when the artist announced that a box truck installation, Mobile Waterfall, was set up in an anonymous location. Specula... [more]

20131002214838-skewville2 Sucks Either Way: A Look into the Sardonic Skewville   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Skewville at Mighty Tanaka September 13th, 2013 - October 4th, 2013
Posted 10/2/13

An early proponent of the arts in Brooklyn, Ad Deville aka Skewville canvassed the neighborhood surrounding his gallery, Factory Fresh, from telephone lines to the walls around every corner. Sucks Either Way, Skewville's new exhibition at Mighty Tanaka, pays homage to these stomping grounds with a fresh body of work befitting his return to New York. The stage had been set for Ad Deville to make his 2013 debut in New York as the fall gallery season began, returning after a successful show at San... [more]

20131002214838-skewville2 ArtSlant STREET: Sucks Either Way: A Look into the Sardonic Skewville   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Skewville at Mighty Tanaka September 13th, 2013 - October 4th, 2013
Posted 9/30/13

An early proponent of the arts in Brooklyn, Ad Deville aka Skewville canvassed the neighborhood surrounding his gallery, Factory Fresh, from telephone lines to the walls around every corner. Sucks Either Way, Skewville's new exhibition at Mighty Tanaka, pays homage to these stomping grounds with a fresh body of work befitting his return to New York. The stage had been set for Ad Deville to make his 2013 debut in New York as the fall gallery season began, returning after a successful show at San... [more]

20130910121508-img_2381 Ever Honest: Inside the Work of Nicholás Romero   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/10/13

Growing up, the artist’s parents worked for the Brazilian embassy in Argentina. They were ardent communists in a time where many individuals were punished with death for such beliefs. During our studio visit, he shared the story of how his parents drove to the water with their trunk of their car filled with books that had been deemed as contraband. Under the guise of a couple driving to spend time alone near the picturesque scenery, in actuality his parents unloaded the books into the riv... [more]

20130816193751-la_foto_4 Reflecting Contact: Jaz Interprets Occupy Gezi   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/16/13

Three days prior to when Franco Fasoli, aka Jaz, was set to arrive in Istanbul to paint for the Kadiköy Festival protests erupted throughout the city. Originally incited to protect one of the remaining green spaces in the city, Taksim Gezi Park, the demonstrations quickly escalated to become a larger critique of Turkey’s government. Watching from afar while preparing sketches for the mural, Jaz created four different ideas, taking into account his imagery in the context of the surround... [more]

20130812144041-hellbent1 Hellbent: A Decade Living with Lace   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/12/13

A transplant to New York from the South, Hellbent began utilizing the decorative motifs of lace fabrics as a means to push the limits of stenciling. Prior to this move, the artist honed his graffiti skills as a punk kid living in the urban abandonment of Atlanta. Drawing on punk’s anti-commercialist ethos, the lacework that has come to dominate his recent series initially acted as a backdrop for a monochrome jawbone that was the artist’s proverbial middle finger to the commodification of skull... [more]

20130809181400-img_3795 Productions to Geometry: Tracing the Roots of Col Wallnuts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/9/13

Blocks beyond the train, running along 21st Street and the adjacent intersections, blockbuster murals depict fights between imaginary characters. Drawing upon pop culture heroes and cartoons as well as graphic design, Col makes up one part of the mural crew Wallnuts. Consisting of Muse, Free5, Been3, Soco, Phyme, Col, Met, Ree2, Chester, Dos, Riot, Kern, MadC, Zest, Mad, Detone, and Scane, the group has graced the cityscape with stylized large-scale pieces for over two decades. These pieces, that... [more]

20130805205353-seeone1 See One and Shards: Abstraction Layered Through Past and Present   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/5/13

With no formal training, artist See One began illustrating based on his love for Japanese animation and comic books. Over the years, these interests have been honed down to depict the adventures of a singular character, Miru. This little blue dragon has made appearances in the artist’s public work through wheatpastes, stickers, and murals. His toothy grin, red stripe, and tiny wings peek around New York City’s darkened corners, brightening the day for those who encounter the cartoon.... [more]

20130802195908-ekg1 Decoding Symbology: The Work of EKG   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/2/13

Omnipresent and yet simultaneously aloof, the mysterious persona that is EKG lurks around the twists and turns of most neighborhoods. Behind the shadows of each night, the artist’s anonymous nature transforms their tag into a symbol of the city rather than put a face to the association. In a zine-published essay, the artist refers to their purpose as: this intention, contained in and transmitted from the core of all illegal public aesthetic manifestations, inherently questions the dominant system... [more]

20130729204712-img_2481 Rubin: Typography Through Abstraction   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/29/13

A transplant from Sweden, Rubin has spent nearly three decades searching for his niche within the urban art aesthetic. The path to the development of his the smooth curves and sharp intersections of his abstract pieces find their roots in his Nordic past. Through stories of racking paint, loss, and an impoverished upbringing help to trace the artist’s trajectory to assuming his current vision, a combination of traditional graffiti and contemporary abstract imagery. Since his youth in Gothenburg, Rub... [more]

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