Graffiti Specialist Ulrich Blanché on Curating “ILLEGAL. Street Art Graffiti 1960 – 1995” at the Saar Historical Museum
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by lois
2d ago
Continuing through February 23, 2025 at the Saar Historical Museum in Saarbrücken, Germany, is “ILLEGAL. Street Art Graffiti 1960 – 1995,”  the first museum exhibition anywhere to focus solely on illegal graffiti.  I recently had the opportunity to pose a few questions to its curator, Dr. Ulrich Blanché, a Heidelberg University art historian who specializes in global graffiti and street art. When did you first become interested in illegal markings? And what ignited your interest at the time? Growing up in a house in the middle of nowhere in Bavaria with no neighbors within a kilomet ..read more
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Honoring Patti Astor, the Queen of the Downtown Scene: Meres, LA2, Dezo, Shiro, Al Ruiz, Stash, Delta2, Matthew A. Eller & More
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by lois
3w ago
On the weekend of June 15, First Street Green Art Park was home to dozens of legendary artists, first-rate photographers, and graffiti aficionados as they came together to pay tribute to Fun Gallery co-founder Patti Astor, who had passed away in April. The first art gallery in Manhattan’s East Village to feature the works of such noted artists as Futura 2000, Lady Pink, Lee Quinones, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fun Gallery ran out of a small storefront  but had enormous impact. The mural featured above was painted by 5POINTZ founder and the wonderfully versatile ..read more
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At the Bushwick Collective, Part II: Patrick Kane McGergor, Chris Haven, Nate Dee, Candy Kuo, Wade Indeed, Enzo, Robert Vargas & Corey Pane
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by lois
1M ago
The 13th Annual  Bushwick Collective Block Party brought a wonderfully diverse array of local, national and global artists to Brooklyn’s iconic outdoor gallery. The huge, beguiling dog featured above was painted by Denver-based Patrick Kane McGergor against a deftly-executed cityscape crafted by multidisciplinary artist Chris Haven. In this Part II of At the Bushwick Collective are several more images of artworks that have surfaced this month at the Bushwick Collective, curated by its founder, Joe Ficalora. Miami-based Nate Dee, “Brooklyn Trogon” Austin, Texas-based Taiwanese-Ameri ..read more
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At the Bushwick Collective, Part I: CP Won, Deps One, Never Satisfied, Sef, Sen2 and More
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by lois
1M ago
Last weekend — as the Bushwick Collective presented its 13th Annual Bushwick Collective Block Party — a wonderful array of local, national and international artists shared their talents and visions with us. The captivating image featured above was painted by the masterly Chilean native artist Claudio Picasso aka CP Won. Several more images that we captured follow: The delightfully versatile Carson DeYoung aka Deps One The ever-clever gifted nomadic artist and designer Never Satisfied The ingenious Peruvian native artist Sef Sef captured in action The legendary South Bronx-based Puerto Ric ..read more
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Boldly Stylish Graffiti in Getafe, Madrid: Tras, Rikams, Riser, Nak2, Rojas, Seka, Yenis, NKS, and Okas Oner
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by lois
2M ago
With their seductive colors and striking styles, the graffiti that surfaces in Gefafe, Madrid always tantalizes. The image featured above was fashioned by Tras, CZB. Several more images that I captured while graffiti-hunting in this southern Madrid city follow: Rikams and Riser Nak2, MKC  Rojas Seka and Rojas Yenis NKS Okas Oner Photos: Lois Stavsky ..read more
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Honoring the All-Too-Brief Life of Inbar Haiman: Dudi Shoval, Logikal, Tru Amta, Hami Art, Solomon Souza, Ladybug Art, Dina Segev & More
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by lois
2M ago
On October 7, 2023, 27-year-old Haifa-based art student and graffiti writer Inbar “Pink” Haiman aka The Pink Raven went down to the Nova Music Festival in southern Israel to serve as a volunteer. While there, she was kidnapped — along with dozens more partygoers — by Hamas terrorists riding motorcycles and armed with knives. On December 16, her family was informed that she was dead and that her body was still in Gaza. Approximately two weeks later, a huge group of artists celebrated her all-too-brief life in a painting session in Tel Aviv. The image featured above is a portrait of Inbar paint ..read more
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Bratislava, Slovakia Street Art and Graffiti: Fin DAC, Cart’1, Daor & Dano, TANKPETROL and More
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by lois
3M ago
While there are only a limited number of legal murals in Bratislava, the streets of the Slovakian city teem with unsanctioned tags, graffiti bombs and motley urban interventions. What follows is a small sampling of what we captured on our recent visit to this captivating city: Cork, Ireland native Fin DAC One of several stenciled messages French artist Cart’1, segment of larger mural Local artists Daor & Dano One of many several elegantly crafted tags Poland-born, UK-based TANKPETROL One of many distinctly stylish graffiti bombs Photos: Sara Ching Mozeson and Lois Stavsky ..read more
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Vienna’s Alluring Mural Art: Ledania, Ju Mu, Frau Isa, AlfAlfA, Mantra, The Weird Crew and Luogo Comune
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by lois
3M ago
Calle Libre, an urban art festival founded in 2014, has since brought dozens of luscious murals to the streets of Vienna, Austria. The brightly hued mural pictured above was painted by the Colombian artist Ledania for Calle Libre Festival 2023. Several more alluring murals painted for Calle Libre that we captured on our recent visit to Vienna follow: Berlin-based Ju Mu for Calle Libre Festival 2021 Vienna-based Frau Isa for Calle Libre Festival 2023 Uruguayan artist AlfAlfA for Calle Libre Festival 2017 French artist Mantra for Calle Libre Festival 2017 The Weird Crew — comprised of Germa ..read more
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On the Streets of Budapest: Okuda, Neopaint, Hegedűs Márton, Kemény György, VOID, Balogh Attila and qWeRT
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by lois
4M ago
The streets of Budapest’s seventh district teem with a huge range of urban art. The brightly-hued image featured above — painted by the Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel — is a tribute to the Spanish diplomat Ángel Sanz-Briz, who saved the lives of thousands of  Hungarian Jews during the Second World War. Several more images of public artworks we captured in Budapest follow: Neopaint‘s rendition of the Rubik Cube, invented by Hungarian native Ernő Rubik Mosaic mural titled “Hesztia” created by Budapest-based artist Hegedűs Márton A recreation by Szine Varos of the 50-year-old classic LGT ..read more
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Graffiti Hunting in Abandoned Property in Illescas, Spain
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by lois
5M ago
We returned last week to revisit the treasure trove of graffiti in an a Illescas, Spain abandoned lot that we’d discovered by chance last year. In addition to discovering some pieces that weren’t visible to us then, we came upon some newer pieces, including the one featured above. Several more follow: Pichação and more Color amidst the ruins Marian and more Burning in Illescas Raek and Soker Oca Rubinho, Raek and more Photos by Sara C. Mozeson and Lois Stavsky ..read more
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