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Streets: Upfest 2017 (Bristol)

Last weekend saw 250 artists and an estimated 40,000 members of the public descend on Bristol’s Southville and Bedminster neighborhoods for Upfest. The event has grown into the largest annual painting festival in Europe since its inception in 2008 and this year’s installment included large-scale murals by Kobra, Eelus and Jody Thomas. Will Barras and Xenz collaborated on a new wall which is teeming with detail that draws the eye in and holds the viewer’s attention; utopian landscapes and opalescent butterflies are intertwined with timeless cosmonauts and […]

Showing: Rone – “The Omega Project” (Melbourne)

Recently in his hometown of Melbourne, Rone created a unique installation lasting only a few weeks at an abandoned 1900s weatherboard cottage. Entitled The Omega Project, the temporary showcase in the condemned house features the Australian street artists signature portraiture on the walls and interiors decorated by set designer Carly Spooner. The project is a homage a time past and is also the most extensive piece of art Rone has ever created in one space. Via Designboom. Discuss Rone here.

Overtime: July 31 – Aug 6

More stories from the week that ended Aug 6 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex da Corte’s Slow Graffiti at Vienna Secession. RIP: Harold M. Williams, who passed away at the age of 89. RIP: Concetto Pozzati, who passed away at the age of 81. Israeli authorities arrest five Palestinian antiquities dealers in Jerusalem connected to Hobby Lobby scandal. Skulptur Projekte Münster attracts repeat acts of thievery and vandalism. Police arrest 67-year-old woman accused of stealing Basquiat painting (of questionable authenticity). Anti-gentrification movement in Southern California spreads to South […]

Streets: Isaac Cordal // Nuart RAD (Norway)

Only a month ahead of the 17th edition of Nuart Festival in Stavanger, the Nuart team announced their latest public art project – Nuart RAD (River Arts District), which kicked off in Oslo last week with Isaac Cordal. Through this project, the team will be exploring the socio-economic and racial dividing line between east and west of the city by curating a series of public artworks along the length of the Akerselva river. To start things off, they chose to present the miniature works from the Spanish artist […]

Streets: Sebas Velasco x Iñigo Sesma, Bol (Croatia)

Spanish artists Sebas Velasco & Iñigo Sesma, recently took part in the refreshing Graffiti Na Gradele festival on the scenic island of Brac in Croaita. The two San Sebastian-based friends and studio mates painted a new collaborative piece titled Yugoslav riviera at the children park on the edge of the local harbor. Though fine art painters rather than street artists, Velasco and Sesma enjoy working in the urban environment and translating their painterly approach on a bigger scale in public. Coming without any preparation or sketches, […]

Streets: World Roundup (July 2017)

With the beginning of August upon us, It’s time to take a look back at some murals that caught our eye last month in this edition of Streets World Roundup, mostly painted in July. First up is this amazing makeover of a 19th century castle in the Loire Valley of central France by Okuda featuring his colorful and prismatic style (photo edited from ChopemDown Films). Entitled Skull in the Mirror, this project (part of the recent Label Valette Festival) by the Spanish artist is not the first time […]

Overtime: July 24 – July 30

More stories from the week that ended July 30 (click on bolded words for more information): Julian Schnabel’s work in permanent collection currently on view at Glass House. Artsy also has info and images. RIP: Cool “Disco” Dan, who passed away at the age of 47. RIP: Robert Loder (1934–2017). Breese Little gallery closing its doors. Three paintings on loan from the Louvre destroyed in fire on a French island of Tatihou. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí decries Dali exhumation, saying it is inappropriate and ungrounded. Jaime Botín faces prison and €100mil. […]

Openings: Festival Iminente (London)

Festival Iminente (previewed) opened recently and will bring two days of art and music to London’s Brick Lane. The festival serves as both a celebration of Portuguese and pan-European culture and a warning of what may be lost as a result of the UK’s exit from the European Union. Vhil‘s cast concrete sculpture is based upon a sketch which he drew on a previous trip to the capital. The portrait is surrounded and interwoven with fragments of a city as viewed from above and the crevices created by the metropolis’ roads […]

Releases: Pavement Licker 2003 – 2017 Book

Back in early 2000’s, when the internet was young, art blogs had not been invented and social networks weren’t even a concept yet. At this time, graphic artist James-Lee Duffy and writer Josh Jones came up with an idea to create a platform for alternative artists and writers to be published. Art zine Pavement Licker was first released in 2003 and it was a chance for young artists to share their vision with a wide audience interested in such works. The list of contributors included countless young, unpublished artists to internationally-known […]

Streets / Recap: North West Walls 2017

Last month, the 2017 edition of North West Walls (see 2016) wrapped up with new work from this year’s roster. Hoxxoh, Phlegm, Astro, Telmo Miel, Emmanuel Jarus, and Smates were invited in to painted stacked containers, a unique backdrop of the yearly summer rock festival in Belgium, Rock Werchter. Take a look at more in progress and completed photos of the murals in the photos below…