Street Art

A Massive Mural by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada On Child Labor in NYC

New York City is an uncontested center of art world at large, including street art in particular. However, the city’s bustling center, populated by its most iconic skyscrapers and monuments, is somewhat bereft of murals. Midtown and the neighborhoods bordering its North are so heavily trafficked, so infused with the money flowing throughout them on a daily basis, that any street art put up surreptitiously in the nigh is quickly removed to restore the tourist-scrubbed image. Furthermore, large-sc

One Blue Sky: An Art Intervention That Aims To Instill Within Children A Shared Humanity

Later this month, the end of May will not only usher in the summer season, but also the beginning of a new educational art endeavor brought to fruition with help from Samantha Robison, founder and director of aptART. One Blue Sky is a new project by Laura Rodgers, Director of The Good Works Foundation. The venture is founded and funded by the foundation, which “supports and promotes teaching kindness, caring and empathy to young children through books, games, media, group projects and activities

Documentary/Book Review: Sky’s The Limit.

“Murals, or cave or rock art, are as old as mankind itself,” begins Jérôme Thomas, in the introduction to his new book Sky’s The Limit. The sumptuously printed, handover compilation accompanies its author’s recent film documenting the tremendous undertakings of street artists in their quest to create large-scale murals. Thomas is a well-equipped authority on the subject. The preface to his book explains that he has “been involved with graffiti for a good twenty years, going from being a writer,

Jad El Khoury: An Artist Grappling With A Society In Denial

At this year’s annual Arte Laguna Prize in Venice (Italy), Nuart’s Martyn Reed convened a Land Art/Urban Art panel intended to explore the growing pervasiveness of street art in creating “museums without walls.” Populated by professionals including Dr. Susan Hansen of Nuart, independent curator Simone Pallotta, and Mattias Givell of Wanas Konst, the discussion “[reflected], from different perspectives, on the new tendencies and directions both in urban art and land art, offering a challenging di

Book Review: Street Art Las Vegas

On April 12th, 2019 William Shea and Patrick Lai released their joint project Street Art Las Vegas. The book, published by local outfit Smallworks Press, outlines the intricacies of the city’s evolving street art scene. With special thanks given to entities like Las Vegas Arts District and City of Las Vegas, the pages burst with hometown pride and helpful advice to the readers they will inspire to visit. This new compilation stands out for its vibrant photography, which illustrates a city housin

A Stunning Mural By Fintan Magee In Papeete, Tahiti

Australian street artist Fintan Magee recently traveled to Papeete, Tahiti to complete his newest mural “Strength of Memory”. The five-story project, found in French Polynesia’s capital city, was curated by ONO’U Tahiti, an organization that promotes public art on the island. ONO’U hosts a yearly graffiti festival and also hosts street art tours, in addition to their work curating interventions by famed international artists. With this partnership, Magee once again brings his emotionally artisti

A Mini Mural By Axel Void On Family Unity in Havana

Last month, Haitian-American-Spanish street artist Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs Aka Axel Void completed a small-scale mural in Havana, Cuba. In a press release for the project, the artist explains, “this image is based on a still from a short film I am working on. The film is based on a family living in the neighborhood of San Isidro, in Habana, Cuba. The area is a poor but a very lively place, where kids play endlessly in the streets and all the house doors are open to let the air and conversation

About This Town: A Mural By Artez In Madrid

March 3rd, 2019 concluded the third edition of Urvanity Art Fair, a relatively new urban art festival in Madrid, Spain. Urvanity’s manifesto emphasizes the importance of new trends in the manner with which art and cities interact, and the festival has dubbed itself “a platform for a New Contemporary Art.” Simultaneously though, Urvanity focuses on innovation through the lens of tradition as it relates to the festival’s setting, noting that “it is important not only to consider the work itself bu

2 Murals By Dulk In Costa Rica

Continuing what has already proved an exciting year, Spanish muralist Antonio Segura Donat, also known as Dulk, marked his first forays into Costa Rica with two recent murals in Jacó. Both murals were curated by Artify Jaco, a local entity which organizes street art initiatives to beautify the city. Situated on Costa RIca’s West coast and hailed for its surfing beaches, Jacó provided an ideal, lush location for the artist’s environmentally-minded works. Dulk first completed “Fragile” which ador

Legacy: A Mural By Dulk In Maui, Hawai’i for Seawalls

As polar temperatures plunged the nation into nearly unlivable tundra conditions, marine life in Hawai’i sprang to action with a frenzy seen only once a year. Humpback whales migrate to the area’s waters in droves for breeding season, which begins in January and crescendoes in February. To celebrate the momentous annual occasion, Spanish street artist Antonio Segura Donat aka Dulk ventured to Maui, and completed his latest mural titled “Legacy”. Dulk has visited the island state before, and his

Blek Le Rat Tours Texas and Tennessee

I am from coal country. Though I live in New York now, I still have a special affinity for middle American culture, for gas station with worn neon signs advertising showers for truckers. I swoon over cheap motels where couples likely rendezvoused in the seventies, and dive bars where smoking indoors is still legal. I have traveled forgotten towns between New York and Pensacola, and the entire length of Texas. My next ambition is to drive the length of highway I-10, thereby exploring Texas’s widt

Catching Up With Engy Al Garf, An Egyptian Artist based in NYC

I covered Engy Al Garf’s innovative heat map mural in Giza back in November, and impossibly drawn in by her thoughtful style, began following her career. When I learned through Instagram that she had recently moved to New York, I endeavored to meet the artist in person. She suggested the Upper East Side, an area I know intimately through my day job. Where would we meet? Sant Ambroeus is a favorite, I had seen Dustin Hoffman there just a few weeks before, but finding a table can be impossible. La

Is Urban History Repeating Itself In Lynn, MA?

As a symbol of artistic authenticity, the popularity of street art has given rise to festivals around the world. Depending on who is putting the festival together, its purpose might range from “social-bonding [or] place-making, [to] place-marketing.” The power of street art extends beyond its provocative messages, as the addition of a large-scale, powerful mural solidifies a location’s identity. These festivals can also change as dominant forces in their environment shift. This transformation is

Our Own Top 10 Murals Of 2018

Street art continued to take over the world in 2018, adorning cities around the globe with massive works of gigantic expression. As cultural revolutions change the way we consider economic, political and social systems, the most notable murals of the previous year found intuitive ways to express both dissent and hope. Beyond the art itself, the street art world stands apart from its cohorts with a focus on clout nearing cults of personalities. Though the themes were generally harmonious, the mos

“Let It Fly” By Artez In Izmir, Turkey

“The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself,” said John Wesley Powell, an American soldier, geologist, explorer and professor. Still, artists throughout history have continually sought to capture nature’s astounding beauty, perhaps paying tribute to the stunning gift it has provided us without expecting reciprocity. The Grand Canyon and the stunning landscape of Turkey’s Cappadocia look like they may have been cousins in a past lif

Our 2018 Top 20 Images on Facebook

2018 ushered in the continued growth of street art’s monumental importance to the wider cultural sphere. Banksy made international headlines when their work “Girl With Balloon” fetched a record-shattering $1.4 million at auction before self-destructing in a botched shredding prank. The work is now titled “Love Is In the Bin” and I personally posit that its notoriety will remain for ages to come. Street art asserted its rights this year with two key showdowns. In February, New York Times reporte

The 2018 Basel House Mural Festival

Amongst all the posturing and partying that takes place at an infamous institution like Art Basel, events like the sixth annual Basel House stay focused on the genuine passion for art that lies at the heart of it all. This year’s free event featured a 40,000-square foot mural festival that hosted fifty muralists from around the world in Miami’s Wynwood Art’s District, “centered around the iconic RC Cola Plant [and] curated by Pedro Amos of Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide and Stephanie Kassoy of Nekt

Murals By Dimitris Taxis & Sabotage Al Montaje Reflecting On The Sociological Aspect Of Lecce, Italy

In November 2018, urban arts laboratory 167B Street hosted their second edition of 167Art Project in Lecce, South Italy, where the organization is based. The painting event, which was staged “in the heart of the 167B district of Lecce and the football stadium area” reimagines the neighborhood’s various facades as blank canvasses, ripe for artists’ creative projections. This edition featured work by Dimitris Taxis from Athens, Greece and Sabotage Al Montaje of the Canary Islands, whose respective

Artez Tackles Gender Inequality In His Mural in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Some people like airplanes. Others like encyclopedias. But, for Serbian muralist Artez, a bike is the best place to see the world from. The artist’s prolific portfolio has brought him around the globe, and his murals typically depict diverse citizens traversing the world for themselves, whether on a bipedal locomotive device or in the pages of a juicy text. Each work by Artez shows his love for humanity and his passion for curiosity. In the press release for his most recent mural, titled “Ridin

5 Recent Murals steeped in Femininity By Hyuro

A woman can be so many things. She can be thoughtful and serene, like a placid lake. She can roar impetuous and ferocious like an ocean caught in turbulent gale winds. She can heal and provide nourishment in the vein of a babbling spring carrying water from mountain peaks down to the desert. A certain grace serves as the common thread throughout her shifting capacities. Argentinian-born street artist Hyuro carries this lesson throughout her work, which consistently features dreamlike women from
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