We start this month’s survey of street art with this sweet new piece from El Mac painted on what looks to be the side of a train car. The LA-based artist painted the portrait as a tribute to his friend and gifted photographer Estevan Oriol. Coincidentally, we shared a portrait of photographer Martha Cooper with you painted by Os Gemeos only earlier today. Other worthy walls featured this week come from M-City – India, Mar – California, ROA – Argentina (source), Sokram – Spain (source), Waone […]
Overtime stories of the week: Impossible Architecture, a series of works utilizing digital collaging technique & real photos from Filip Dujardin. Nigeria seeking return of art from Britain, which they say looted works from them more than a century ago. Workers uncover six murals by Otto Dix behind a bookshelf in the artist’s former home during renovations. The story of how Peru High School in Peru Indiana acquired its multimillion dollar art collection. William Cole criticizes today’s art market and wonders aloud if we are in a […]
It’s a brand new year and the Patrick’s (aka FAILE) are leading things off with a special project that’s been under wraps for quite a while. Earlier in the year when we visited Faile’s studio while they were working on their trip to Mongolia, we were excited to learn about an upcoming collaborative endeavor with the New York City Ballet, but we were asked to keep this project air tight. The time has come now to share with you information about the large-scale exhibition at the Lincoln Center that will feature the many […]
It appears cold weather hasn’t deterred the skills and intentions of street miniaturist Slinkachu. The London-based artist continues to hit up major metropolitan areas around the world (the theme of his last solo show) – this time in Gorky Park (Moscow, Russia). Looks like his tiny people sculptures should watch out for giants aka humans. Discuss Slinkachu here.
After a four year long wait, the LA-based James Jean (interviewed) makes his return to New York City with a solo at the Tilton Gallery. Entitled Parallel Lives, JJ created a fresh series of works for fans in the city where he completed his training (SVA) and started his journey in the arts. The highly anticipated exhibition will kick off on January 9th and we’ll bring you all a look at the opening action, but until then enjoy this inside look into James’ studio as he prepared for the show […]
After recently working on a mural in Miami (covered), MOMO headed to Besancon, France where he collaborated with Eltono on a series of public installations they entitled Impropbables. Sharing a penchant for geometric shapes and color theory, the two artists created a series of street interventions in 52 different locations with found materials, a hand saw, and a rubber mallet. Those interested in looking deeper into this series of works may be interested in purchasing a zine they published on the project here. Via Graffuturism. Discuss Momo here.
For the new years holiday, we decided to explore the work of the great American artist J.C. Leyendecker. Known in the early 20th century as one of the pre-eminent illustrators, he was a predecessor and idol of the great Norman Rockwell. Perhaps one of his most famous series of works, and the reason why we are featuring him today, is his covers for the The Saturday Evening Post where he popularized his iconic New Year’s Baby (the last from him being in 1943). Enjoy more examples of the traditional […]
This week’s Rewind summary article of videos features a wide range of subjects. Leading things off is some behind-the-scenes footage of body artist Emma Hack’s depiction of a car crash with the help of painted human bodies (via Juxtapoz). The project was commissioned by the Motor Accident Commission road safety campaign in Australia and involved 17 people. Other worthy videos include: Wheatpaste.Doc – a Brazilian documentary about wheat paste. Pharrell Williams Interviews David Salle & KAWS. An interview with Sarah Joncas about her show at Last Rites Gallery. […]
Another week, another selection of great public art from around the world. This week’s Streets World Roundup, the last of 2012, is headlined by a new piece from Martin Ron (in collaboration with Frederico Ron) entitled Lujuan Pedro and His Dog (source). The mural was painted for the Meeting of Styles event in Buenos Aires, held in the Barracas district. Other notable work this week comes from Phlegm – UK, Gaia x Freddy Sam – South Africa, Escif – Spain, Shepard Fairey – Miami, Pixel Pancho x […]
Stories from the week that just ended: The Guardian chooses the best photographs of 2012. Above: Bombs over Aleppo – photograph: Maysun/EPA LA Times’ list of notable deaths (including Kinkade, Kelley, Price, Benjamin) in art and culture in 2012. Proposal to sell photograph by Edvard Munch in Oslo museum to Centre Pompidou, Paris stirs controversy. BBC’s art controversies of 2012 – in pictures. L.A. City Council prohibits food trucks from parking on Wilshire, in front of LACMA between 9am and 4pm. Battle over estate of […]
After sharing with you something we quite liked from Aakash Nihalani that he did for the Nuart Festival earlier this year, we were pleased to see that he has expanded on that piece in a series of works. Entitled Sum Times, the carefully executed pieces take advantage of existing urban elements and creatively applies the concepts of mathematics to them. Continuing to push the limits of the geometric forms that grew from the street placement of his original medium of choice – tape – Nihalani has introduced a new exciting facet in […]
Taking risks is certainly part of every graffiti artist’s job description, but here is an example that even some seasoned writers may have a problem with – especially if they have a fear of heights. Braving a narrow ledge on the side of highest railroad bridge in North America (430 feet high), some young guns have recently tagged the Metlac Bridge in Veracruz, Mexico to make their names known. If these photos are enough or if you have questions about their authenticity, head over here to […]