tagged: graffiti/street-art

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

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

Solidarity, Visibility, and Tactical Activism: Responding to Police Brutality with Art on the Street

by Samantha Redles
“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.” —William S. Burroughs It is usually the first question pondered and the most difficult to answer. The Sandtown/Winchester communities are still in the process of healing over three months after what the media has named the Baltimore Riots. Both neighborhood residents and Baltimoreans citywide have been attempting to make sense of the complex and multilayered... [more]
Posted by Samantha Redles on 8/8/15

Love Locks vs. Street Art: On Self-Expression in Public Space

by Eva Recinos
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... [more]
Posted by Eva Recinos on 7/3/15

The Tour de France: The Art of Le Grand Départ

by Andrea Alessi
The small Dutch city of Utrecht is receiving worldwide attention this weekend as its charming canals and cobbled corridors play host to Le Grand Départ: the launch of the Tour de France, which hits the road on Saturday. As with any major sporting event, the rights to host Le Grand Départ are as much rights to major commercial and tourism opportunities as they are to the Majesty of Sport. Naturally, Tour merch abounds and nearly every shop in town has a decorated Peugeot racer, sleek fixie,... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 7/2/15