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February 2015

All City Art Gallery and Pediatric Clinic Join Forces in Manhattan

All CityAll City, a graffiti art gallery and pediatric clinic, is located in the former Claremont Theater, a 22,500-square-foot landmark in Manhattanville. The organization’s executive directors, Hugo Martinez, a gallery owner, and Dr. Juan Tapia, a pediatrician, worked with Kaptein Roodnat, a Dutch architectural studio, on the $2.4 million renovation, whose design alludes to a town square and streets: the natural habitat of graffiti. (“All city” is the phrase graffiti artists use when they have painted all five boroughs of New York, including the rooftops, Mr. Martinez said.) The waiting area, above, includes gray cushions wrapped in colorful canvas straps. If visitors “don’t want to sit upright, they can sit any way they like,” said Marleen Kaptein, one of the architects. The first show, “Free Radicals,” is up through March. Framed art sells for $250 to $8,000; cotton-blend rugs start at $1,200. 3332 Broadway (West 135th Street). Information: 212-619-2149; Instagram:­ @martinezgallery.


Bangkok's Stonehenge - Remembered

Bangkok stonehengeFebruary 2015 marks the second anniversary of the destruction of the street art festooned Hopewell pillars in Bangkok Thailand.

According to Jon Fernquest, the purpose of the Hopewell Pillars was to help commuter transportation but fell to graft and inefficiency of the governemnt. And yet, as he writes, "On and around these structures, unknown artists - those who straddle the fine line between art and vandalism - have found their canvases. Cutting-edge graffiti artists have spray-painted comic images, satirical quotes and abstract patterns, and they help add a vibe of urban discontentment to these unfortunate ruins. Some of these images are professionally created, and even deserve a showcase in museums or art galleries.One of the lettered creations reads: "Carcasses of the cheating culture." The illegal nature of graffiti does its social service by reminding us of another, bigger, more detrimental illegality."

Bangkok's Stonehenge fell in early 2013. Let us mourn the loss of art.


Brooklyn Street Art Newsletter - February 2015

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.15.15 Editorz, 2015-02-15 04:02 Winter has been beating New York with a stick this week, but there’s still new Street Art

 
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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.15.15
Editorz, 2015-02-15 04:02

Winter has been beating New York with a stick this week, but there’s still new Street Art going up – you just might miss it because you are rushing home to get warm. Also we have a smattering of shots from other cities this week to give you an idea of what’s up. Here’s our […]

BSA Loves You More Every Day
Editorz, 2015-02-14 12:00

Happy Valentines Day to you from your friends at BSA. Single? together? under the weather? - we don’t mind, cause you’re just fine and we love you. Steve ESPO Powers. From Love Letter To Philadelphia. (Photo © Jaime Rojo) American Puppet (Photo © Jaime Rojo) Damon (Photo © Jaime Rojo)  London Kaye. (Photo © Jaime […]

BSA Film Friday: 02.13.15
Editorz, 2015-02-13 04:02

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. Now screening : 1. The Lurkers: “Bricks of Parmigiano” 2. India’s Largest Mural: Tribute to Dadasaheb Phalke 3. Rone goes to Hollywood 4. CERN: Updating Philosophies 5. General Howe Hijacks GI Joe: “Hector Delgado Has PTSD” 5. No Limit Street […]

NYC Subway Cars: From Rolling Canvasses to Rolling Billboards
Editorz, 2015-02-12 04:02

“If I had my way, I wouldn’t put in dogs, but wolves,” New York mayor Ed Koch suggested famously as a facetious proposal for loosing ferocious animals on graffiti writers in the train yards in the early 1980s.  For Koch and his two predecessors the graffiti on trains was a searingly hot focal point, a […]

Stikman and EKG: “Interference Eliminator”, a Scrolling Zine
Editorz, 2015-02-11 04:02

Stikman and EKG share a couple of traits besides both of them being very active on the streets. Neither are fans of big showy displays -both use small gestures, often cryptic, appearing in unusual places that poke out as you walk by. You’ll see the orange line-based “energy wave” signal of EKG tracking the pulse […]

Live Stenciling in Berlin with Street Artists for “Cut It Out”
Editorz, 2015-02-10 04:02

The stencil has been a steady presence on the street since the beginning of graffiti and Street Art. Possibly picked up from commercial or military methods of labeling shipments, machinery, signage, and weaponry – it has remained a foundational technique of creative expression since the early days of the modern graff scene even as it’s […]

Graffiti South Africa, The Book
Editorz, 2015-02-09 04:02

Graffiti South Africa by Cale Waddacor. (photo of book cover © Jaime Rojo) A big hardcover from South Africa arrived in the mail recently and we wanted to share it with you because we think you’ll like it. “I’ve tried to keep my text concise and simple, without burdening readers with copious historical details or […]

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.08.15
Editorz, 2015-02-08 04:02

This week MOMO is in town and we got to see him setting up for his mini show in a bodega, Concrete to Data opened in Steinberg Museum, a cable show about Street Art arrived and was dissed horribly, POW! Wow! began in Hawaii, Combo says he was attacked in Paris for putting up a […]

Sten & Lex in Rome for “Matrici Distrutte”
Editorz, 2015-02-07 10:00

Delving into the esoteric, nearly conceptual milieu of Street Art, Sten Lex (previous Sten & Lex) are best known for their systemically/randomly destroyed enormous black and white photographic portraits. Using a stencil technique we are pretty sure they pioneered, they have used the physicality of the discarded pieces of stencil for years, partially pealed and […]

BSA Film Friday: 02.06.15
Editorz, 2015-02-06 04:02

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. Now screening : 1. Tilt at Nuart and his Schizophrenic Bathroom 2. SURFACE by Søren Solkær 2. Tristan Eaton in DTLA 3. Graffiti Session: USE THEM (W)ALL BSA Special Feature: Tilt at Nuart French graffiti artist Tilt walked the sidewalks […]

DOT DOT DOT in LA Goes for a Gentle Laugh
Editorz, 2015-02-05 04:02

Norwegian street artist DOT DOT DOT is one of the artists from the mid 2000s who was quite influenced by the stencil work and sarcastic tone of Banksy and who faithfully stays true to the aesthetics and situational placement of his pieces, even though his roots are from the graffiti scene of Oslo. Not married […]

Capturing Energy and the Figurative Cosmos Acording To Dustin Yellin
Editorz, 2015-02-04 14:00

Countless elements pulling together into one form, directed by will, energy. Science tells us that we are matter, theologians say that we are spirit. Today we accept that humans are energy. Some innate ordered intelligence allows this energy to direct the laws of attraction/repulsion, commanding quarks and gluons to pull with and against; adding, arranging, […]

The Street To The Auction Hammer : Jim Prigoff Gets His Artcurial Catalogue
Editorz, 2015-02-03 12:00

Fine art by urban artists continues to gain interest by collectors worldwide and auctions dedicated to it are becoming more common. Artcurial has a selection of just under 200 works by mainly European and American artists who have practiced at one time (or currently) in the street, whether they have called themselves Street Artists or […]

Borondo Studio Visit Before “Animal” Solo Show
Editorz, 2015-02-02 12:00

Spanish Street Artist, expressionist, painter/multi-media explorer Borondo has been on a lot of people’s list lately because his wide-eyed and fearless inquisitions are taking him into many disciplines, and he’s doing most of them incredibly. He’s excited about his new solo show at Rex Romae Gallery in Shoreditch, London this Friday the 6th, and we’re […]


Street Art Throwdown on Oxygen

Street art on OxygenI guess a show on street art was bound to happen now that this art movement is mainstreaming. So the question becomes - what type of show should be created that will showcase the creation of street art that can match the dynamism of the actual creation of that art? Oxygen's answer is Street Art Throwdown which premiered this week.

I was not looking forward to viewing it but I decided that I must. I watched the first episode live (not sitting in my DVR for a few days to pass...) and when it was over I have to say that I was okay with it. Is this a great show? No. Is this a show that really gets to the core of street art? No. It is a contest involving wannabe LA based artists. 

Some art critics hated the show like Jerry Saltz. I say, lighten up.