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Images Of The Week: 11.24.13Editorz2013-11-24 04:45

  Here is our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Ainac, Bunny M, F. Caba, Kitty Kitty, Mgr Mors, Mr. Styles, Mr. Prvrt, Mr. Toll, Never, Owen Dippie, Reka, Sarah Rutherford, Veng RWK, and Zimer. Top Image >> Reka at The Bushwick Collective. If grasshoppers were invited to Burning Man we imagine this […]

Eye on London Street Art : Spencer Elzey in EuropeEditorz2013-11-23 16:36

For the first week-long “residency” on BSA, Spencer Elzey has been sharing his experiences and Street Art photos from his recent trip to Europe. Today we finish with London, a polished and presentable collection of some of the current scene from the streets. The city has long played host to a rolling panoply of urban […]

The “Aqueduct Murals” Are Off and Running!Editorz2013-11-22 17:33

“He’s pissed off. He’s like… he has an attitude. He’s ornery. In my work I’m always looking to relate my own feelings to the images that I see and try to express them through painting.” Chris Stain and Katherine Huala at work on their first collaborative piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Chris Stain is looking […]

BSA Film Friday: 11.22.13Editorz2013-11-22 04:04

  Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. Now screening from the cities we’re featuring all week as part of Spencer Elzey’s residency on BSA. It’s a short European tour from professionals and amateurs with video: 1. STREET ART: VITRY SUR SEINE 2. STREET ART: PARIS 3. […]

Unbridled Berlin Street Art : Spencer Elzey in EuropeEditorz2013-11-21 04:05

Berliners are hard to crack, they say, but probably not for New Yorkers. We “get” them because of their no-nonsense frankness, sometimes sharp tongues, and because their “creative types” are unhinged in a way that New Yorkers have been historically. When it comes to the volume and variety of art that is being loosed in […]

Towering Gallery Full of Art to Be Demolished : “La Tour Paris 13″Editorz2013-11-20 04:41

The numbers are astounding; 105 artists, 9 floors, 36 apartments, 30,000 visitors. One hour. That is how much time Street Art enthusiast Spencer Elzey had to himself inside the largest gallery of Street Artists and graffiti artists ever assembled specifically to transform a building for a public show. As he looked out a window to […]

Paris Street Art : Spencer Elzey in EuropeEditorz2013-11-19 04:05

As we continue our one week residency on BSA for Street Art fan Spencey Elzey, he takes you to Paris to see what is happening on the street there right now. If you were to try to characterize the nature of the work, you may say that it favors illustration, a clean defined line, and […]

Street Art in Vitry-sur-Seine (France) : Spencer Elzey in EuropeEditorz2013-11-18 05:01

BSA is lucky to be a clearinghouse for many people who participate in and celebrate the Street Art scene – artists, curators, designers, collectors, galleries, museums, researchers, academics, historians and fans. Because we have never taken advertising readers tend to trust our platform and people in the community give us great behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn […]

Images of The Week: 11.17.13Editorz2013-11-17 04:37

A beautiful week weather-wise in New York – a brisk and sunny week that was great for discovering your city without sweating like a hog. Before we all get clobbered by the holidays and start piling on pounds it has been stupendous just to wind through the streets and burn off the calories and see […]

Various & Gould Spark a Witch Hunt on Streets of BerlinEditorz2013-11-16 05:01

Witches are burned at the stake.  Or hanged, drowned, beheaded. Ask the American Puritans. Of course, demonizing and ostracizing and terrorizing never quite went out of style since those formative years of the US, and the global history of the race is rife with this inclination. From Salem to today, ignorance and fear can be […]

BSA Film Friday: 11.15.13 – Exclusive Premiere David Choe / AryzEditorz2013-11-15 04:58

  Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. Now screening: 1. David Choe/Aryz PREMIERE on BSA: Medvin Sobio’s “L. A. Nights” 2. Niels “Shoe” Meulman Calligraffit 3. Tom Herck aka Atek84 2012-2013 4. The End Of The Line Pt 2; NYC Train Lines by Janosch Delcker. 5. […]

Sr. X Makes an EscapeEditorz2013-11-14 04:20

Spain’s Sr. X has a good knack for placement with his realistic figures incorporated into the streetscape, whether peering out from a broken façade or up from the edges of a pothole. Sr. X “Bye” London, England. November, 2013. (photo © Sr. X) A guy who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders […]

Aerosol Texting: The Power Of Words on City WallsEditorz2013-11-13 04:05

Brief Analog Messages on Walls Ape Our Digit-driven Discourse Whether satire, slogan, or soliloquy, the anonymous street scribe shapes our experience while we walk through the city. Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo) Boffo or blustery, a piece of poetry can sling or sting your unsuspecting heart as you round the corner or look above […]

BSA’s Jaime Rojo at Swoon’s “Braddock Tiles” Fundraiser SaturdayEditorz2013-11-13 03:08

New York street photographer and co-founder of BrooklynStreetArt.com, Jaime Rojo, contributes an original gelatin print to Swoon’s Braddock Tile Fundraiser this Saturday alongside a stellar list of works by Street Artists like Swoon, ROA, Faile, C215, Retna, Chris Stain, CFYW, Joe Iurato and many others who support her efforts to convert a Pennsylvania church into […]

Alice Pasquini In South AsiaEditorz2013-11-12 16:37

Urban and fine artist Alice Pasquini just finished a three week trip through Southeast Asian which took her to Singapore, Yogyakarta, and Ho Chi Minh City and where she called forth her aquamarine palette of thoughtful women to walls in new environments while getting to know the local urban art scene and meeting local artists. […]

Gaia Is In Rome – Studies Architecture, Palazzos, CloudsEditorz2013-11-11 18:21

GAIA, il piccone demolitore e risanatore Here is a new piece from Street Artist Gaia in Rome, where he is studying again the built environment and it’s historical and cultural ramifications, then interpreting through painting in the public sphere. He says his new wall painting is inspired by Girgio De Chirico and represents the relationship […]

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The Art Law Journal Examines Street Art - Winning The Public Approval

IMG_1300Steve Schlackman, writing for the Art Law Journal, discussing the change in public perception of street art from crime to urban asset. In part he writes:

Whether graffiti is art or crime has an implication in protecting the integrity of a street artist’s work. If considered art, the creative works might be shielded under the Visual Arts Right Act (VARA). VARA protects the work of visual art, from intentional distortion, mutilation or other modification. As a crime, these works can be washed away without further consideration, as has been the fate of many.

Street artists across the country have been fighting back using the VARA argument. 5Pointz, an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, is considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca.” Since 1993, with the property owner’s permission, artists have been creating unique artistic works on numerous walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory.  5pointz has now become a tourist attraction, with hundreds visiting each week.  Now, the building is supposed to be razed to make way for a luxury apartment complex.  Sixteen artists have sued to preserve the space citing VARA.  They are currently seeking a temporary injunction.

Los Angeles, often on the forefront of intellectual property issues, recently passed a new murals ordinance making street art legal if you pay for a permit, get permission from the location, and publicly post your intentions. Shepard Fairey, best known for his Obama Hope poster and his Obey campaign, has teamed up with renowned graffiti artist, Risk to create a major piece in Skid Row. Another work will be painted in the Arts District by culture-jamming contemporary artist, Ron English.


I am very happy to see that lawyers and legal bodies are examining the value of street art rather than describing it as a crime. And it is my hope that VARA can be successfully used to stop the destruction of 5 Pointz and enable the art of the street to survive and thrive.


Is Street Art Losing Its Edge? Video on PBS

This is a subject that I have pondered for a while - what happens when street art goes mainstream? When it becomes acceptable and even encouraged? When the galleries and auction houses start pricing it? Does it lose its edge?

Some past posts:


The Big Boo Hoo on Street Art

The Beginning of the End of Street Art

NY Post - When Museums Start hailing Graffiti

I have been following street art for years. I have photos from Florence Italy in 1974 of graffiti (for that is what it was called in those days). The evolution of graffiti into street art has been gradual and exciting. And now, especially with Banksy's NYC installation month completed, street art is now in the forefront of the public's affection with art.

Is this good? I am ambivalent. On the one hand I am thrilled that street artists are getting the recognition they deserve. On the other hand I am concerned that street art will lose its edge, which is what makes it so exciting and attractive to me. Here is a video of a short special recently on PBS highlighting Banksy and interviewing Steven Harrington of the always great Brooklyn Street Art blog.


Project Neon!


Project Neon is a tumblr blog that celebrates old New York City neon signs. Beautiful glowing sentinals of the past, they are fast disappearing. Catch them here.

About Project Neon

Follow a girl as she follows the glow in search of New York's best neon signs. Every week I'll visit another one of New York City's neon-clad establishments and post a photo & story, and tell you more about why I'm traipsing around this metropolis in the cold & dark to visit pharmacies, shoe repair stores, and bars with good neon signs to buy cough syrup, get my shoes repaired or have a drink.

New York Neon

JESUS-02AJust discovered this great new blog which captures all the old New York neon signs left in the city. At once modern and retro, these signs are fast disappearing. It is nice that there is a place where they can be collected, admired and remembered.

Here is the link to NY Neon.

Brooklyn Street Art Newsletter - June 9, 2013


Images of the Week: 06.09.13

Big murals are proliferating at the moment but it is still the domain of the individual street artist to smack up smaller works, stickers, stencils, wheatpastes and the like. We’re featuring quite a few of these smaller personal pieces this week in the mix of some larger ones.
Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this ...

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Interactive Walls with Russia’s Concrete Jungle

Experimental Walls that React To Your Movement

Vladivostok-based Street Artists Feliks Mashkov and Vadim Gerasimenko have created a lot of graffiti and Street Art murals on city walls in the last few years, usually with aerosol. Just last year we got to watch them paint a wall right here in Brooklyn.
Like many young techno-savvy young ...

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BSA Film Friday: 06.07.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: Petro Wodkins Taking a P**s in Belgium, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada in Belgium, UnO in Italy, PROZAK in Poland, and Mr. Rogers Singing in Your Hood.
BSA Special Feature:
Art Culture Jamming with Petro Wodkins Taking a P**s in Belgium

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Judith Supine Update: Summer ’13

New Sublime Ladies Clawing For Your Eyes
The elusive transgendered Judith Supine has been very busy snipping away the flesh of many a model and archetype, then applying giant tubes of lipstick to their floooouuuurescent visages.
Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Its not any one thing in particular that drives a brain batty when Supine splashes across your ...

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QRST on the Streets; Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Goat Man Cometh

Street Artist QRST is back on Brooklyn streets with more modernly magnetic and captivatingly surreal work than before, and just as mired in the muck of human dynamics as ever. 
Emblematic of the new street art storytelling practice we have been highlighting for a few years now, these uniquely old-fangled pieces are one-off bits of mastery ...

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Hygienic Dress League Blings a Boarded Building in Cleveland

hygienic dress league (HDL) recently gold-plated an entire boarded up and neglected building in the Collinwood section of Cleveland as part of their ongoing conceptual branding art project. In the process, the destitute structure transformed into a solid block of bling.
Part Street Art, part culture jammer that brings to mind the Billboard Liberation Front, HDL ...

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JMR Escapes to Hong Kong

Street Artist JMR has travelled far east from Brooklyn, where we first started seeing his work on the street in the 2000s. Coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong, the geometry loving abstractionist had a solo show called “Escape” with Joyce Gallery that drew a lot of new fans to his line based work. The really ...

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Images Of The Week: 06.02.13

Stoop sales, hula hoops, fire hydrants, ladders and paint. Get me one of those ices from that guy with the cart on the corner, will ya?
Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring A1one, Chris Stain, Creepy, Elbow Toe, Essen, Foxx Face, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, Maya Hayuk, Mr. Toll, Rubin, Sexer, Werds, ...

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Entes, Pesimo and Conrad for “Noche De Los Museos” in Lima, Peru

Last Friday Lima had their 5th Annual “Night of the Museums,” where the city welcomes throngs of people to walk through and see art in this metropolis that boasts an appreciable number of museums including Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, Museum of Art of Lima, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum ...

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BSA Film Friday: 05.31.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: Las Calles Hablan : Street Art in Barcelona, RONZO Goes pre-historic with Skatersaurus, SAMO© by Aaron Rose and Thomas McMahan.
BSA Special Feature:
Las Calles Hablan : Street Art in Barcelona

“Las Calles Hablan is a story about discovering a ...

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All Female Power on the Bushwick Tip, Sis

We received a roaring response from BSA readers about yesterday’s post on Bushwick and the changing nature of the scene on the street and its relation to this artists neighborhood that feels like it is on the cusp of full-throttle gentrification. With all the factors implied for a maturing giant cultural moment years in the ...

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Bushwick Is Hot Now. Hurry!

Bushwick Open Studios is Paved With Street Art
Brooklyn’s already percolating artists neighborhood called Bushwick continues to thrive despite the circling of real estate agents, lifestyle brands and celebrity chefs. Born in the mid-late 2000s as it’s older sister Williamsburg to the West began to professionalize, this noisily industrial and dirty artists haven got a reprieve ...

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Royce Bannon, Alice Mizrachi, and Bluster One on Piano in NYC Streets

Street Artists Among those Painting Pianos for “Sing for Hope” this Year
Out in New York streets and parks and public places will be 88 pianos for you to play starting on Saturday, so it is time for you to practice your stunning rendition of “Chopsticks”, that Stevie Wonder jam in your head, or that sweeping ...

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Colorful Character Jim Avignon Paints in Peru and Brazil

Solo in Lima and with Carlos Dias in São Paulo
Today we have photos from two new projects by Berlin based Street Artist and fine artist and Renaissance man Jim Avignon that he just completed in the southern hemisphere.

São Paulo, Brazil
As part of a cultural exchange project for the Goethe Institute, Avignon and Brazilian graffiti/fine artist ...

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Brooklyn Street Art Newsletter


Images of the Week: 05.26.13

Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring Beau Stanton, Brett Flanigan, Cannon Dil, Cosbe, Creepy, Deeker, Gats, Icy & Sot, Invurt, Jaz, Keely, Nunca, Rubin, Sexer, Solus, Sonni, Zimad.
Top image > Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill at Bushwick Collective. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swinging Trunks – Cernesto Gets Elephantine in London

What ya gonna do with all that junk inside your trunk?
“I got to do two nice murals in London,” says Cern as he flies back to dirty old New York for the Memorial Day Weekend in time for the official start of Summer. It looks like there is a lot of elephant love going on ...

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BSA Film Friday: 05.24.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: Alice Pasquini in Italy, Rise and Fall of Street Art in Barcelona, Jaz “Cult to The Character”, and Enzo & Nio in New York.
BSA Special Feature:
Alice Pasquini at Memorie Urbane 2013 in Italy

Rise and Fall of Street ...

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First Time EVER – The Street Artist in Cleveland

A Hammer, Pliers, and Kaleidascopic Vision
Street Artist EVER was in Cleveland with Nick Marzullo from Pawn Works as Nick visited his hometown neighborhood of Collinwood a few weeks ago. While there the native Argentinian did this huge colorful and compelling mural in his surrealist style – perhaps it is a scene depicting a master of ...

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Don John Takes a Bite In Copenhagen

Using a Thick Marker to Ink Out His New “Bird With A Bite”
Street Artist Don John takes a monochromatic tip as he rocks his new illustration on in this clean wall in Copenhagen, where he hails from. Audacious and clean, the black marker lines morph the soaring and fierce together seamlessly and make the stuff ...

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Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill in Chicago

Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill just finished this huge mural in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood combining abstract black and white renderings of the animal world and bright popping abstracts wrapping forms from head to toe. On their way across the country from hometown Oakland they stopped off to see their buddies at Pawn Works for this ...

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Good Willow Hunting : Street Art Brothers Use Symbols from Their Rural Childhood

Today we look at Street Artist Willow and his bro Swil as they build a street mise en scene referencing the agrarian life of a huntsman with highly saturated wheat-pasted images. The two have been up around Brooklyn for the last couple of years, often working in tandem on handmade pieces but more often its ...

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Images of the Week: 05.19.13

Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring Andreco, Athens, Col Wallnuts, CrispyT, eL Seed, En Masse, Faile, Faust, Greg LaMarche, Henry Darger, James Rubio, JJ Veronis, Jon Hall, Katsu, Mr. Toll Phetus88, Rae BK, Reme821, Sure, and Toofly.
Top image > Toofly and Col Wallnuts at Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sure . Faust ...

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Mexican Street Artists Bring Kids Up the Ladder

Street Art as an Educational Instrument for Community
This spring a handful of some of Mexico’s top Street Art talent gave local youth a chance to envision themselves as artists. SEGO, SIAMÉS, 704, MINOS and NEWS gave their time and talent to conduct workshops and show how to create paintings and wall murals for roughly 300 ...

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BSA Film Friday: 05.17.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: DEBUT of BASK in Detroit: “D-bris”, “Fragmentos” by Vhils, Sheryo and The Yok: Pipe Dreams, and Sheryo and The Yok Make Ceramic Vases in Vietnam.
BSA Special Feature: Video DEBUT
BASK in Detroit: “D-bris” by Salvador Rodriguez
Detroit is crumbling, ya ...

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Heads Up! Swoon Says You Will Die

New show by Mike Snelle is about death, and Swoon Carves a Human Skull
Memento Mori in Latin translates as ‘remember that you will die’
Street Artist Swoon spoke to us yesterday about the 18th century skull of a woman that she spent weeks carving for a new show of Memento Mori inspired art for the Museum ...

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JR and José Parlá Show the Wrinkles in Havana at Bryce Wolkowitz

While in New York for his “Inside Out” project, French Street Artist and photographer JR joined with American artist José Parlá to exhibit photos and a couple of new pieces to celebrate their collaborations on walls in Cuba last year. “The Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba” at Bryce Wolkowitz continues in the route of ...

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JR Debuts on Broadway and You Were the Star on This Stage

In a New York minute, the Curtain Opens and Closes on “Inside Out”
The daily snaking lines of now famous fans occupying a slice of the Times Square footprint had their last chance at the Big Time in NYC as last weeks show rolled to a close, and the large eyeball van rolled away. For days ...

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Specter With Local Artists In Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Street Artist, teacher, and cultural emissary Specter just returned from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan where he was working with local artists in a project called  Global Art Lab to try their hand at painting walls, including these inside a crumbling theater building. The under-utilized Tashkent space is spare and open and analogous to the abandoned ...

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