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Did Starbucks Really Rip Off Maya Hayuk's Artwork?  

Image via Starbucks Every artist worth their salt has their own distinctive aesthetic, and that proves especially important for graffiti and street art, where artists compete directly in the public space, not only to catch the eye of the passerby but to build an instantly recognizable identity within their community. Graffiti, after all, is all about whose tag is "up" the most in a territory. Brooklyn-based Maya Hayuk works both in the streets and the studio and her aesthetic is ubiquitous. With it... [more]

20150703204857-13987670428_f1f2c6896f_o Love Locks vs. Street Art: On Self-Expression in Public Space   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 7/3/15

Romantics looking to express their love with a padlock on Les Pont des Arts over the Canal Saint Martin in Paris are in need to find another place to do it: the famed "love locks" bridge was finally deemed a safety hazard, due to the weight of the huge quantity of locks left there by lovers. At the beginning of June local officials put an end to the tradition, removing some 45 metric tonnes of locks off the bridge. But the public reactions surrounding the municipal action have generated a wider conver... [more]

20150627041030-cf8jlg-uoaevyf5 Coney Island's Art Walls: Conversation or Spectacle?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 6/26/15

Lying somewhere on the spectrum between an amusement park and seaside resort, Coney Island attracts tourists with its boardwalk, rides, and more. But the visiting spectator might not know so much about the residential community of nearly 60,000 people who live within this area. Hoping to add a cultural currency to the historic tourist spot, this summer Coney Art Walls presents more than 20 temporary walls painted by artists like Miss Van, Lady Pink, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Futura, and artist-in-r... [more]

20150113135053-7904531274_40d5a5328d Is Street Art Sexist?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 1/5/15

When a street piece catches your eye do you ever stop to think: was that done by a man or a woman? No survey has tallied the exact number of men versus women street artists, but since its beginning, the major names in New York graf were male. Taggers took on dangerous—often illegal—and arduous physical activities for the sake of getting their names on trains, billboards, and freeway underpasses. As graffiti evolved into street art, so did its expressions of rugged individualism and... [more]

20141205090803-___connie_fleming Queer Biennial I Opens During Art Basel Miami Beach   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 12/5/14

With a flurry of activity already under way in this year’s Miami Beach Art Basel, it’s no surprise that some artist groups are creating their own activities outside of the huge event. Described as “an unabashed exhibition of queerness,” the Queer Biennial I is taking place during Art Basel weekend at the Hôtel Gaythering. The Hotel is known as a meeting place for Miami’s LGBT locals and is the area’s only hotel that caters solely to this community. The space... [more]

20141020160106-aga_khan_museum_in_toronto_-_entrance-1 North America's First Museum of Islamic Art  

via The first Islamic museum in North America has opened to the public. Located in Toronto, the The Aga Khan museum was established by His Highness Prince Karim, also known as the fourth Aga Khan. The museum hopes to highlight Islamic work in the art world, but also in the realms of science and intellectual discussion. The museum houses objects collected by the Aga Khan’s family. According to the museum’s official website, this collection includes objects dating back from the... [more]

20140917002746-flyerfinalfront Honey, I Shrunk The Streets: 1AM Gallery Introduces a Miniature Street Art Show  
123Klan, Amuse, Apex, BASK, Blo, Mark Bode, Robert Bowen, Camer, Chek, 64 Colors, Christopher de Leon, Does, Duel, Estria, Goser, Monty Guy, Chad Hasegawa, Jesse Hernandez, HYDE, Hydro74, Joker ICP, Kan, Lango, Nate1, Optimist, Felipe Pantone, Pemex, Plantrees, Ratur, Rpes, Chris RWK, SATYR, Sen2, Slick, Rafael Sliks, Tenfold, Toro, Mike “BAM” Tyau, Vyal at 1AM Gallery 10/5/14

Street art thrives on large spaces — giving a huge wall to a street artist is like giving a little kid free range of an entire playground. On a sizable concrete wall, street artists can bring all sorts of artistic visions to life. So what happens when you make that surface considerable smaller? That’s the humorous take that “Honey, I Shrunk the Streets” will explore at 1AM Gallery. The show will feature mini billboards, brick walls, trucks and dumpsters courtesy of TY... [more]

20140831182037-_mg_3354 From Classic Painting to Graffuturism: Poesia, Reflexive, at the Shooting Gallery   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Poesia at Shooting Gallery August 16th, 2014 - September 6th, 2014
Posted 8/31/14

Beyond his individual work, artist Poesia has made a huge impact on the world of graffiti. As the founder of the site, the artist launched a movement that resulted in group shows everywhere from Los Angeles to Paris. In San Francisco, he recently curated the show A Major Minority, which showcased the work of more than 100 artists from more than 18 countries. In both his curatorial work and his style, the artist continues to inspire budding talents in the graffiti and street art spher... [more]

20140805130739-kamea Fresh from Hawaii: Defer and Kamea's Paradise Lost at 1AM Galler   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Defer, Kamea at 1AM Gallery August 7th, 2014 - August 29th, 2014
Posted 8/5/14

Taking inspiration from the canonical epic poem, "Paradise Lost" will present the work of Kamea Hadar and Defer. The artists currently live and work in Hawaii and echo the themes of “Paradise Lost” by depicting this current-day paradise in unexpected ways. Kamea's work alters the typical image of a beautiful woman with a flower in her hair; in one of his pieces, a girl looks out calmly at the viewer while a Hawaiian flower on her hair burns in orange and red flames. Defer's works sh... [more]

20140728172607-guerreroinstall_v4 Feels Like Home: Andres Guerrero Opens His Home as Art Gallery   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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, 2014 - August 23rd, 2014
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]

20140726171150-img_48022 Last Day: Thésis, Jesús Benítez   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Jesús Benítez at FIFTY24SF Gallery July 11th, 2014 - August 31st, 2014
Posted 7/26/14

A woman stands nonchalantly amongst creatures that look like a crocodile with giant teeth and a grasshopper with two heads. The other critters around her are less easily explained. One stands on its hind legs and seems to sport a flower with one eye as a head. This is the world of Mexican illustrator and muralist Jesús Benítez. Taking inspiration from science fiction — and the work of Moebius and Roger Dean — Benítez crafts scenes that explore the possibilities of... [more]

20140716053748-j Floating World: Part One: KEFE at Shooting Gallery   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Ferris Plock & Kelly Tunstall at Shooting Gallery July 12th, 2014 - August 9th, 2014
Posted 7/15/14

The Japanese art form ukiyo-e is centuries-old but today it still influences artists in various genres. Something about the colorful scenes and carefully rendered details inspired by this art form breathe new life into contemporary art, like that of art duo Kefe. Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock combine their knack for portraying characters like enigmatic female figures and fantastical creatures in acrylic painting, murals and more. The couple works both as a unit and individually. Kelly even painted a mur... [more]

20140709175126-sen2 No Edge of Canvas Remains Untouched: SEN2 at 1AM Gallery   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Sen2 at 1AM Gallery July 3rd, 2014 - August 1st, 2014
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]

20140425153450-china3 Made in China: Originals and Fakes   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Sinic, Xeme at 1AM Gallery April 18th, 2014 - May 17th, 2014
Posted 4/25/14

We know the names—Haring, Fairey, KAWS, Banksy, Murakami. Any street art or contemporary art lover could probably pick out the work of these artists in a lineup. 1AM’s current show “Made in China” features work by Hong Kong-based graffiti artist Xeme and Sinic that plays with—and to an extent subverts—the branded identities of these artists’ oeuvre by replicating their pieces with a few choice modifications. In an interesting twist, the show juxtaposes... [more]

20140410140234-major2 A Major Minority: Widening the Definition of Urban Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
108, 2501, ABCDEF, Xuan Alyfe, Amandalynn, Antistatik, ASKEW, Mike Bam, Basik, Alexander Becherer, Thomas Bestvina, Bezt, Blaqk, Blo, Boe, Bom.K, Borondo, Christopher Derek Bruno, Thomas Canto, Karlos Carcamo, Cain Caser, COL, Corn79, DAME, Ken Davis, Deams, Debens, Defer, Dem189, Demsky, Evgeniy Dikson, Dime, Djae, Does, EKG, Estria, Etnik, Franco Jaz Fasoli, FAUST, Gilbert1, Hellbent, Stephen Holding, INO, Jerry Inscoe, Jaw, Jurne, Kan, Katre, Kema, Kidghe, Alex Kuznetsov, Kwest, Legz, Arnaud TRBDSGN Liard, Alexey Luka, Mac1, Silvio Magaglio, Mags, Todd Mazer, Martina Merlini, Mes, Moneyless, Matt W. Moore, Morik, Nawer, Nelio, Nmph, O.Two, Alex One, LX One, See One, Jay Paavonpera, Felipe Pantone, Duncan Passmore, Pener, Petro, Poesia, Proembrion, Nibor Reiluos, Max Rippon, Clams Rockefeller, Scott La Rockwell, Samuel Rodriguez, Romi, Rubin, Sainer, Satone, Seikon, Sepe, Slicer, Slick, Rafael Sliks, Sowat, Spé, Stendec, Graphic Surgery, SWIZ, Tobe, Thiago Toes, Drew Tyndell, V3rbo, Collin van der Sluijs, Vesod, Wais, Wane, Dana Woulfe, Drew Young, Vincent Abadie Hafez Zepha at 1AM Gallery March 14th, 2014 - April 12th, 2014
Posted 4/10/14

In a relatively small, white-walled room, 1AM Gallery legitimately pushes the meaning of the phrase ‘group show.’ When visitors enter the current exhibit, entitled A Major Minority, they encounter walls full of pieces. Rows and rows of artworks cover each wall and showcase the talent of more than 100 artists from more than 18 countries. Many sections include multiple pieces by the same person, giving viewers more than a small taste of each artist’s work. At first, the sheer amount of... [more]

20140407114313-stop_telling_women_to_smile_-_wheatpaste__orignal_drawing__oil_on_wood_by_tatyana_fazlalizadeh Silencing the Catcalls: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's Stop Telling Women To Smile Project Makes an Impact   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh at Betti Ono March 7th, 2014 - May 2nd, 2014
Posted 4/7/14

When Tatyana Fazlalizadeh posted a wheatpaste portrait of herself with the words "Stop Telling Women to Smile," she wanted to make a statement. And in many ways, she succeeded. The artist posted her piece on a street in New York to tell street harassers that the cliché lines they yell at women need to stop. Instead of smiling and moving on, Fazlalizadeh chose to post a portrait of herself with her strong words; in the drawing she does not smile and instead keeps a locked jaw and defiant gaz... [more]

20140224075927-jet4 Jet Martinez: City of Eternal Springtime   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Jet Martinez at White Walls Gallery February 8th, 2014 - March 8th, 2014
Posted 2/24/14

No has cambiado. Te sigo queriendo. Pensando en ti. When translated from the Spanish, these phrases offer small clues to what seems like a poignant love story—you haven’t changed. I still love you. I’m thinking of you. Yet you would not immediately glean these meanings from the canvases of Jet Martinez. Even when some of the titles come with a translation (like No Has Cambiado/You Haven’t Changed), the artist hides any other hint to the overarching narrative. His curren... [more]

20140205012537-d_young_studio_session-026 New Work by D Young V, Eddie Colla and Hugh Leeman at 111 Minna   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Eddie Colla, Hugh Leeman, D Young V at 111 Minna Gallery February 7th, 2014 - March 29th, 2014
Posted 2/4/14

On February 7, 111 Minna Gallery will feature new work from D Young V, Hugh Leeman and Eddie Colla; the first two artists have previously collaborated with the third. All three boast a signature style that makes their art hard to miss. More about the artists: Eddie Colla, Ambition 3; Courtesy of the Artist and 111 Minna Gallery. Colla’s wheatpaste characters, gritty visual style and pithy sayings make him one of the most easily recognizable contemporary street artists. Recently em... [more]

20140111002027-rj2 Vandalog to Viral Art: An Interview with RJ Rushmore   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 1/9/14

RJ Rushmore runs the well-known street art blog Vandalog, which he created in 2008. A 20-something student currently residing in Philadelphia, Rushmore recently released an e-book entitled Viral Art, with the help of a Tri-Co Digital Humanities Research Fellowship. The book discusses communication technologies in relation with the changing nature of graffiti and street art. Rushmore has interviewed a number of prominent street artists and runs the blog while attending Haverford College. ArtSlant... [more]

20131128095747-herakut1 Refugees of Childhood: Herakut at Shooting Gallery   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Herakut at Shooting Gallery November 9th, 2013 - December 7th, 2013
Posted 11/28/13

On a drizzly evening in San Francisco, street art duo Herakut’s color palette fit right in with the city’s mood. Their subdued, muted colors come together in wispy lines and paint splatters to create whimsical, sometimes creepy characters. They seem to stare back at viewers with a life of their own. Hera and Akut’s unique aesthetic comes from these characters and the sometimes hopeful, oftentimes melancholic messages written in graceful cursive words near them. The German duo’... [more]

20131011194733-9036814745_45d5106602_o Prepping for Battle: Estria Foundation Hosts Spraycan Art Battle   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Codak, Cope2, Defer, Doves, Estria, Jesse Hernandez, Indie184, Like, Poesia, RISK, Angry Woebot at 1AM Gallery October 3rd, 2013 - October 26th, 2013
Posted 10/11/13

On a brisk night in San Francisco, a group of skateboarders laughs loudly outside of 1AM Gallery. Music floats from the inside, where people roam around and stand in circles with beers in hand. When you walk in, a huge wall of spray paint cans greet you. The Thursday night was dedicated to a pop-up print show featuring work by artists like RISK, Cope2 and Estria – the man behind this month-long series of events dedicated to spraycan and street art. Estria Miyashiro began making art in th... [more]

20130827070249-2 Being Hueman: Allison Torneros' New Mural in Los Angeles   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 8/27/13

Growing up in the Bay area and living near San Francisco, artist Allison Torneros saw a fair share of street art. She quickly started making her own art at a young age and eventually got her work into a number of galleries. But she always wanted to create something on a larger surface than a canvas. Now, Torneros works both inside and outside creating murals with spray paint, a medium she remembers as “love at first spray.” Her ethereal, dream-like style now embellishes some Los Angeles walls, m... [more]

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