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The Street Museum of Art

The street museum of artCheck out the Street Museum of Art which is an international celebration of graffiti and street art.

 

City streets have become gallery walls for this urban museum.
Admission is always free and the hours are limitless.
SMoA is the first public art project to adopt the guerrilla tactics of street art & graffiti culture in a program of illegally curated exhibitions.


GUERRILLA CURATING FOR A RADICAL ART FORM.


The Street Museum of Art (SMoA) is the defining museum in street art, graffiti and contemporary muralism. SMoA supports and promotes public work within its original context like no other museum can: bringing vital conversations about these artists and their work to the street for a new level of appreciation and awareness. SMoA celebrates its ephemeral ethos from paste up to decay. This international project champions all things local by highlighting the diverse artists, styles and techniques found in each city that's reached by our program of traveling, illegal exhibitions.

Founded in 2012 around the streets of Brooklyn, The Street Museum of Art’s guerrilla curating initiatives re-evaluate the current model for contemporary art museums by exploring the unique relationship these artists share with their urban environments.


Street Artists Around the World Spread the Word about Coronavirus

Street artists are posting the message to stay at home from around the world.

Street Artists Around the World Are Spreading an Urgent Message: Stay Home. See Their Works (From Your Couch) Here

If you're stuck indoors, let us bring the outside world to you.

As countries around the world enter lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, street artists everywhere are responding, bringing a dose of humor—and urgent messaging—to a weary public.

In Miami, Jules Muck painted a cautionary mural of Anna Nicole Smith in a face mask just a few blocks from where the Playboy model died. But in an email to Artnet News, Muck stressed that now was not the time for selfishness.

“The hoarding and excessive fear-mongering that came with the pandemic [feel] self-serving and greedy,” she said.

Other artists around the world made references to everything from Gollum from The Lord of the Rings to Uncle Sam and The Simpsons. There was even a nod to the unfortunately named Corona beer.

Because your time outdoors may be limited these days, we’ve gathered a selection of the very best street art and graffiti from around the world for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own living room.

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Welcome the Museum of Graffiti in Miami!

This is one of the best reasons to go to Miami - the new Museum of Graffiti:

Museum of graffitiThe world's first museum exclusively dedicated to the evolution of the graffiti art form.

Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s in large cities all over the United States, children invented a new art form that started with writing their names on walls in their neighborhoods. Local governments launched cleaning campaigns and mandated that young writers be arrested for their vandalism, but the movement could not be stopped. Unrelenting young people forged ahead at a feverish pace with creative innovations and inspired generations of new practitioners.

In no time, the wall writings quickly developed to become more elaborate and decorative. Taking on unique and distinguishable signifiers like arrows, crowns and other innovations through design and color, this became the blueprint for tags, throw-ups, masterpieces, and the elaborate works seen today.

Fifty years later, the Museum of Graffiti was formed to preserve graffiti’s history and celebrate its emergence in design, fashion, advertising, and galleries. The Museum experience includes an indoor exhibition space, eleven exterior murals, a fine art gallery, and a world-class gift shop stocked with limited edition merchandise and exclusive items from the world’s most talented graffiti artists.

 

11am ‒ 7pm
Closed Tuesdays

Hours subject to change for holidays and special events.

 

Adults: $16 + tax/fees
Children under 13: Free

 

 


Breaking News-- Appeal Upheld in 5Pointz Artist Lawsuit

Great news--

 

Appeals court backs $6.7M award to Queens' 5 Pointz artists

 

 

Twenty-one graffiti artists are due $6.7 million under a court judgment upheld Thursday against a developer who destroyed their works at the famed 5Pointz art mecca in Queens. The artists sued developer Gerald Wolkoff, taking their case to an unprecedented trial arguing their work at the old Long Island City factory was work of “recognized stature” protected by the federal Visual Artists Rights Act, a federal law that took effect in 1990.

 


Graffitimundo, Argentina Walking Tour is a Must

Buenos Aries street artTravel writer Julia Hammond recommends that when in Buenos Aries, this walking tour is a must do:

Many cities on the planet have embraced street art and Buenos Aires is no exception. The vibrancy of former working class docks area La Boca is well known, but that’s not the only part of the Argentinian capital that should command your attention if you’re looking for urban color, passion, and creativity. The nonprofit Graffitimundo developed its tours in consultation with local artists. They focus on the neighborhoods of Colegiales, Chacarita, Villa Crespo, and Palermo and give visitors a unique insight into what makes Porteños tick.


Guerrilla Art Installation

Railroad-Eraser-Aaron-Asis-Queens-Decommisioned-Railroad-Corridor-NYC-005According to UntappedCities.com:

A recent guerrilla art installation in Queens is subtle, but raises important questions about the on-going cycle of building, abandonment, and redevelopment in the surrounding neighborhood and New York City as a whole. The piece by artist Aaron Asis, entitled Railroad Eraser, consists of painted white highlights along a decommissioned railroad corridor (hint: we have covered this location before on Untapped New York!). This temporary installation reminds us all of a familiar landscape but encourages us to appreciate the unique urban character hidden within our decommissioned landscapes, as places to encourage accidental discovery and share nuanced glimpses into our history — and as an alternative to large-scale erasure and redevelopment.

The title of the piece literally and figuratively challenges the ongoing erasure of the city’s developmental past and is intended to encourage an unrestricted interaction with art (and our city) that is not rooted in superficial nostalgia. The white color, also painted on the tracks themselves, is deliberate to provide clean contrast to the aesthetic of decommissioned infrastructure. But if one passes by the work serendipitously, it may not immediately alert them to the intervention. But seen in contrast to the paired track next to it, some questions might be raised.

Asis tells us that he is deliberately keeping the location unnamed, but it is on a section of rail that was commissioned earlier this decade (there is active rail line adjacent to this specific bridge, but the artwork is along the decommissioned stretch). Curious folks can certainly determine its location by these photographs. Workers who were there during Asis’ installation looked at him curiously but allowed him to continue. He tells us, “There is spirit which is being lost in our city and Railroad Eraser challenges any aspirations for the future that require us to circumvent the past or present…and questions any motivations to normalize our experiences in a city that prides itself on the opposite”

Next, check out other site-specific works by Aaron Asis in New York City.


Evanston Garage Door Gallery

I love this idea - as reported by AtlasObscura.

Mural_by_Teresa_Parod 5The murals have transformed a residential alley into a vibrant drive-through gallery.  

Original murals by artist Teresa Parod have transformed a residential alley in Evanston, Illinois into a vibrant drive-through gallery. The artist and educator has traveled widely and reimagines elements from a range of traditions in her paintings, collages, and textiles.

Parod uses garage doors as large-scale canvases, taking advantage of both the corrugated and flat textures. Her projects began after she painted a mural on her own garage door, and neighbors then asked her to paint their doors, too. 

Parod has exhibited throughout the United States and created public art including the Mardi Gras Bead Mosaic in New Orleans; the Wesley Kramer Memorial Mural in Evanston, Illinois, and an outdoor mosaic in Fusterlandia, a village near Havana, Cuba, where she will return in March 2020.

Entire communities have assisted in these works, which Parod often makes at her own expense and with donated materials. The projects transform neighborhoods with light, color, and creative energy.

 

Know Before You Go

The Evanston garage-door murals by Teresa Parod are located in the 2300 alleys between Thayer/Isabella and Thayer/Park. Visitors can drive through and are welcome to take photos and post with the hashtag #TeresaParodPublicArt.


Gripes - The Sequin Wall at Hudson Yards

Touted as a street art instagrammable wall in the Dubai-on-the-Hudson Hudson Yards Mall, this pathetic effort at cred leaves me cold. First they gentrify a neighborhood and chase all of the street artists out and then they construct a do-it-yourself "graf-wall" nicely situated among luxury retailers. Oh really?

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In my opinion, a better, more authentic wall would be similar to the gum wall in Seattle. Now that is art!

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Keith Haring's Crack is Wack is Back

Untapped Cities reports -

Crack-Is-Wack-Mural-Keith-Haring-Harlem-Handball-Court-Restored-NYCExciting news: Keith Haring‘s Crack is Wack mural on the handball courts in East Harlem is now fully restored. It’s been a while since New Yorkers have seen the mural — it was under protective covering for four years during road construction and had been undergoing a restoration since August. The beloved mural, which served as a warning to crack cocaine addiction, has undergone numerous paint overs and repaintings since it was first created by Haring in 1986. The first paint over came shortly after Haring finished the work, prompted by the Parks Department. Haring was fined, but later asked to recreate the mural. The mural has had several more repaintings since, most recently in 2012. This means the original mural the artist did was lying beneath layers and layers of paint.

A full restoration, sponsored by the Keith Haring Foundation began in August. Over the last few months, artists Louise Hunnicut and William Tibbals stripped the mural down on both sides of the wall, located parts of the original mural under multiple layers of paint, and precisely traced the original work. After, the wall was patched up and sealed, with several base coats of fixative applied on top and base coats of color-matched paint. And finally the mural was recreated, using both the tracings and historic photographs.

“The ‘Crack is Wack’ mural is a testament to the enduring power of Haring’s art, which arose first in public spaces,” said NYC Parks Director of Art & Antiquities Jonathan Kuhn. “We are grateful to the conservators and the Keith Haring Foundation for its continuing support to preserve this mural’s vibrancy and flair for all to see.”

 “We are thrilled that ‘Crack Is Wack’ has been restored to its original glory,” said Keith Haring Foundation Acting Director and President Gil Vazquez. “It is a huge source of pride for our city and a lasting reminder of Keith’s legacy and political activism. We’d like to thank the Parks Department for its stewardship of the mural and park as well as Louise Hunnicut and her team for the great work on the restoration.”

Keith Haring died in 1990, at 31 years old but left behind a visual legacy that continues to resonate today. His other large scale works in New York City include a mural at the Carmine Recreation Center pool in Soho, at the LGBT Community Center in Greenwich Village, and in Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn. 

Next, check out 8 places to see Keith Haring’s work in NYC.