tagged: Street Critique

Graffiti in Galleries: Why Do They Still Not Get It?

by Char Jansen
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 problem is, like... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 9/15/14

Epic Battle: Secret Walls Pits Local Artists Against Each Other in Live Art Performance

by Peter Augustus
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 measured by a... [more]
Posted by Peter Augustus on 9/2/14

Buy a Print, Buy a Pint: Common Bar, Manchester

by Laura Havlin
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 Director, the famed... [more]
Posted by Laura Havlin on 8/28/14

Language of the Wall: Istanbul’s first exhibition on graffiti and street art

by Lori Zimmer
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 Futura,... [more]
Posted by Lori Zimmer on 8/20/14

Give in to the Dream: OSGEMEOS Moon Opera

by Vivian Mocellin
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 doors of all sizes seems... [more]
Posted by Vivian Mocellin on 8/18/14

It's a Cruel Cruel Summer at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

by Matthew Keeshin
People say galleries get slow in the summer in New York, but there is nothing lacklustre or mundane about the group exhibition 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 car chase that involves... [more]
Posted by Matthew Keeshin on 8/13/14

The Sickboy Effect

by Char Jansen
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 make everything... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 8/11/14

Hand-Painted Signature: Sign Painters Review

by Matthew Keeshin
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. , 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 although the... [more]
Posted by Matthew Keeshin on 8/7/14

Thrashbird: Inside Hollywood

by Howie Stier
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 for a hotel... [more]
Posted by Howie Stier on 8/5/14

WAT-AAH! Better Habits Through Branding

by Allyson Parker
On February 20, 2014, WAT-AAH water bottles launched their 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 Kenny Scharf, Maya Hayuk, Swoon and Lady... [more]
Posted by Allyson Parker on 7/30/14
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