Gentrification and new building developments are rampant in the city of Toronto, which has given way to a very exciting (while tragic) opportunity for art activations in these defunct and scheduled to be demolished sites. This summer we saw the Luminato festival at the abandoned Hearn Generating Station, and now Toronto for Everyone – a 4 day arts festival hosted in the iconic Honest Ed’s department store. Toronto For Everyone, an initiative by the Centre for Social Innovation, invited artists to build out […]
Doel is a small village just outside of Antwerp – once a thriving town where the inhabitants serviced the local powerplant, now has become an massive graffiti haven. In 2008 Doel supposed to be demolished to make room for the expansion of the Port of Antwerp. With some 200 inhabitants refusing to leave, and the eventual economic crisis in 2008, the plans were stalled and Doel became an erie ghost town. The empty, boarded up houses became the perfect canvas […]
French street artist JR has been selected to replace KennySharf’s vividly illustrated grafitti wall with a somber massive black and white wheatpaste. In an ironic contrast – caused by post huricane Irene water damage, JR’s paper began to weaken showing Sharf’s mural through the background.
This exhibition of punk posters from the 70s and 80s created by the most infamous and reknown graphic artists of the day, such as Peter Saville, Malcolm Garrett, Barney Bubbles, Gee Vaucher, Linder Sterling, Keith Haring, Robert Williams, and, Jamie Reid.
With the hype around the The Museum of Contemporary Art launching the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art, I have seen this stencil piece all over the city. An elogy to Andy Warhol’s soup cans and a ribbing to Stephen Cobert’s political satires and current involvement in the art market with an Obey discretely stamped on the bottom…. I would be delighted if New York was next on the Art in the Street‘s […]
Street art and grafitti has proliferated in Australia with support of the arts councils and city support, especially in Melbourne.A spectacular presentation of Australia’s street arts showcased at the Space Invaders show at the National Gallery of Art in Canberra.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is a non collecting museum in scenic Ridgefield Connecticut. The Aldrich is featuring grafitti artist Brian Donnelly a.k.a Kaws first solo museum show. The survey highlights the ambiguity of grafitti art and artist in the museum world. How illegal tagging has risen in the esteem of the establishment and the commodification of art transgressed into the profitablity of merchandise. Featuring original paintings, sculptures in scale from museum large to pocketsized merchandise, Kaws presents pop culture […]
Up went Shepard Fairey’s MayDay mural over the Os Gemeos. Apparently causing much noise amongst local grafitti artists, who have tagged up the Fairey. ArtJetSet heard a very interesting criticism about Jeffrey Deitch’s final New York gallery show featuring Fairey’s works on paper, and including this mural. As Luhring Augustine celebrated their 25th aniversairy with an amazing group show celebrating the artists that they represent…. Deitch should have done the same, instead of this highly criticized Fairey show.
Gawker Arts presents Mom & Pop:ism To celebrate the release of James and Karla Murray’s book Store Front: The Disappearing face of New York, Gawker.com invited 28 Street and Graffiti artists to collaborate on their rooftop installation of New York city streets.
On East Houston, between Billy’s Antiques and Bowery stood the recreated mural by famous NY grafitti artist and AIDS awareness advocate Keith Haring (framed by the contemporary grafitti artist Mr. Brainwash) The weekend of July 4th, these two walls were whitewashed, and a new mural is on its way up. In other East Houston news, the scandal that broke around this threesome Calvin Klein ad created such a stir, that it was taken down and replaced by blond model in […]
Famed British grafitti artist Banksy lands in New York with an obscure exhibition at the West Village Pet Shop and Charcoal Grill. Some of the highlights were Chicken nuggets feeding off of sauce in chicken coups. Typical Banksy rats in the city began popping up all over as well.
When refused a handshake, French President Nicolas Sarkozy angrily responded “Casse-toi Pauvre Con”. Shortly after, the non-French speaking world asked “what is the translation of Casse-toi, and the french newspaper Le Monde responded in a hilarious article of how this phrase was translated by newspapers around the world. The Herald Tribune wrote “Then piss off you bloody idiot” and the AFT as “Then get lost, you stupid bastard.” French profanity at its best, Casse-toi Pauvre Con in the ruelles of […]