With the Summer Olympics opening this Friday, it was only a matter of time before Banksy put his thoughts on the event out there. Two new images (unknown locations as of yet but presumably in London) were just uploaded to Mr. B’s website – one showing a missile substituted in for the javelin throw and the other stencil placed perfectly next to a a barb wire fence featuring the pole vault. Keep your eyes out for more work from the elusive street artist if you are [...]
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Dzine has a show opening next Friday in London inspired by the “Szwaybar,” a phenomenon that is central to the youth of Curacao. Ed Ruscha steps down from MOCA board of trustees – last artist to leave. Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie’s resignation email letter to MOCA. Christopher Knight discusses Kruger and Opie’s resignations and the role of artists in MOCA’s board. More from MOCA and Ruscha regarding resignations of artists from board and the future of the institution. Which Way, L.A.? examines the situation [...]
The Picturin Torino Art Festival recently played host to artists Graphic Surgery, V3RBO, and 2501 as they were invited to paint murals in an area of the Italian city with old warehouses and factories. They were among a group of 30 artists from France, Holland, Bulgaria, Spain and Italy who were tasked with beautifying city landmarks – Parco Dora, Amedeo di Savoia Hospital, Hiroshima Mon Amour, schools and façades – and turning Torino into a big outdoor museum. Photo credit: Diego Fatone & Picturin Torino via Graffuturism.
After opening a duo of shows in Lisbon and Paris, where he also was able to make his mark on the city streets in those major metropolises, Vhils moves north to the much smaller town of Vardø. The relatively tiny Norwegian town is the site of Komafest, a street art festival which hopefully will help revitalize a region that has suffered from depopulation and the decay. The Portuguese artist applied his unique technique to a something we haven’t seen before, a wooden building – with a pretty sweet result [...]
Last we heard from Olek, she was in her home town of Katowice working her yarn-bombing magic on a couple of escavators for a street art festival. Now, the Polish knitter, who was recently named as one of the Smithsonian’s 40 under 40: Craft Futures artists, has surfaced in São Paulo, Brazil to do some work for SESC where she created “Crocheted Jacaré” for their playground, covering an alligator shaped installation designed by Marcia Maria Benevento. Photo credit: Lost Art (via Designboom). Discuss Olek here.
Way above the polar circle, a small Norwegian island community has kicked off a street art festival – Komafest. Stavanger-based street artist Pøbel has invited a quality lineup of artists up to Vardø, Norway to paint up the town including E. B. Itso, Conor Harrington, Steve “ESPO” Powers, Husk mit navn, Atle Østrem, Horfe, Roa, Remed, Vhils, Ken Sortais, and Claudio Ethos. One of the first to arrive and probably the one that had to travel the farthest was the Sao Paulo-based Ethos who promptly [...]
Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of watching How & Nosm as they completed a large wall on the LA Weekly building in Los Angeles. Now, the Spanish twins recently completed a new mural in Philadelphia (South 13th Street and Sansom Street) entitled Personal Melody. The New York-based duo initially used a 80′ boom lift that couldn’t reach the top, but with the delivery of a 125′ lift, the mural was able to be completed in just two days. Photos via Graffuturism. Discuss How & [...]
It looks like the 2012 edition of See No Evil has kicked off with this new piece from the Belgium-based ROA. Coinciding nicely with the Unnatrual-Natural History exhibition where he also threw up some public art, The prolific street muralist hit up Bristol with another piece featuring his signature imagery. The lineup this year for the festival looks as impressive as last year, with artists like Conor Harrington, Nychos, Flying Fortress, INSA, M-City, Remi Rough, Pixel Pancho, Eine, Nick Walker, Sickboy, among others scheduled to make an [...]
This weeks featured mural for our world roundup is from Liliwenn & Bom K (Da Mental Vaporz) in Brest, France for Crimes of Minds (photo by Kevin Perro). This is the last piece for the project to transform the city into an urban art museum. Look for videos and a book next year documenting the process. Other notable street work comes comes from Martin Ron – Argentina (source), Niels Post – London (source), Hyuro – Mexico, Vhils – Spain, Steve Locatelli – Belgium (source), Nychos [...]
Stories of the week: Warhol & Basquiat’s collaborative 1985 Olympic Rings painting at London’s Britannia St. Gagosian Gallery. Christopher Knight details the mess at MOCA and explains why the leadership’s thinking is flawed. The MOCA Four trustees disenchanted with Jeffrey Deitch – respond to Eli Broad and his vision for MOCA. John Baldessari becomes fifth MOCA board member to leave since February. Subsequently, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie resign leaving Ruscha as the only artist-trustee remaining. Nine year-old artist Kieron Williamson set to become millionaire after his [...]