tagged: graffiti/street-art

Marco Abisso Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Marco Abisso.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I do not try so much to communicate to others, the more I try to establish a communication with my interiority, to then interpret the signs later. As in everyday life, I commit good and bad actions, waiting to understand the implications, for trying to improve both personally and in relationship with... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 1/24/19

Clash of Political Visuals, Part Two

by Ali Fitzgerald
  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we forge the symbols and icons of resistance. Last week, during the March for Our Lives, images of Parkland High School student and gun control activist Emma Gonzalez circulated which recall older, lionizing posters of resistance fighters. In fact, her frontal, defiant pose resembles several wartime depictions of Joan of Arc. Like the recent marches, one of the first acts of resistance during the German occupation of France was carried... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 3/26/18

What’s Missing from the World’s Largest Street Art Museum? A Local Perspective

by Nadja Sayej
Since the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art opened in Berlin this fall, it has already seen thousands of visitors. Placed inside of a pre-war apartment building in the sleepy neighborhood of Schöneberg, the museum is easy to spot—it’s painted from top to bottom in colorful murals with the words “UNique, UNited, UNstoppable” wrapping around the front of the building. The museum currently hosts new artworks on canvas by some 100 artists, as well as digital prints and sculptures,... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 12/20/17

Christopher Tavares Silva Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I use the languages of visual art and sound because I’m attracted to their poetic and transformative potentials, and though I enjoy weaving in literal references and representations of things, I’m equally if not more interested in the ways that the pure physical energies of sound, color, and form communicate. It’s precisely because audio/visual languages operate more viscerally and strangely than words, that I continue to experiment... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 12/4/17

The 6th Marrakech Biennale Thinks Beyond the "New" with a Critical Look at the Present

by Nadja Sayej
Usually, art world press conferences avoid politics, but for the opening of the 6th Marrakech Biennale, events like the Syrian refugee crisis were used as a starting point to introduce the exhibition, which kicked off February 23 featuring 50 artists across several venues of the ancient city. “Art brings together people, not tears them apart,” said the Palestinian curator Reem Fadda, who is the Associate Curator of Middle Eastern Art for the Abu Dhabi Guggenheim. In her selection of artists... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 3/4/16

Bushwick Street Art: Community, Class, Politics and Crochetgate

by Jamie Keesling
A week from my deadline, I was regretting the assignment I’d asked for: an article about street art in Bushwick. The source of my slowly developing dread about the piece, apart from the challenge of avoiding the issue of gentrification as a central consideration, was my sense of inadequacy as a journalist. I tend to get distracted and lose sight of the angle, and I hate conducting ad hoc interviews. So instead of scheduling meetings and striking up convos with local residents, and with plenty... [more]
Posted by Jamie Keesling on 10/7/15

Art on the Streets of Havana: Public Art and Politics from Ché to Today

by Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska
I lived in Havana as a child, and still visit frequently. Returning is always marked by relatives, friends, and of course a dose of tourist bliss—rum, beaches, and ruin lust. [1] Ruin lust comes in large doses in Havana. It seems that after 1959 (Castro’s Socialist Revolution), time only began performing in one direction, aging and tearing apart the physical fabric of the city. Familiar images of Havana show vintage American cars that still (as if by miracle!) keep running; photogenic colonial... [more]
Posted by Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska on 10/20/15

The Icon Machine and the Deadly Domestication of Graffiti

by Edo Dijksterhuis
The Mona Lisa, Vermeer’s Milkmaid, Fabritius’ Goldfinch. At the time of their creation they were considered exceptional works, no doubt. But only by a limited audience. These works hung in private homes or palaces, exclusively on display for their owners and the occasional visitor. This changed dramatically with the advent of the museum in the eighteenth century and even more so with the museum’s transformation into a fully-fledged public institution two centuries later. At the Louvre,... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 10/1/15

The Best Public Art Installations & Murals Around the World This Season

by Char Jansen
One of the best things I read about the status of art in the public space this year was written by Edo Dijksterhuis, covering Taturo Atzu's rooftop intervention on Amsterdam's oldest church: "It becomes like urban furniture, not something people notice. No one seems to care about monuments or how they’re perceived, whether they’re perceived at all. It takes a conscious effort to really see them again." This really made me think: public art is a huge commitment, but it's true—it rarely has the... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 9/3/15

Copyright Contention Continued: Another Graffiti Artist Sues Fashion House

by Kimberly B. Johnson
May’s Met Gala saw many dubious fashion statements but few as controversial as Katy Perry's Moschino dress designed by Jeremy Scott, who wore a matched ensemble. Perry walked the red carpet in an off-the-runway dress from Moschino’s Fall 2015 collection, which incorporates illustrated printed elements that bear a striking similarity to a 2012 mural piece by New York artist, RIME. The mural, titled was painted legally in Detroit, according to the subsequent lawsuit filed by RIME, who is... [more]
Posted by Kimberly B. Johnson on 8/16/15
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