The exhibition, the largest ever hosted in Italy, is totally dedicated to the historic photographer of graffiti and hip hop movement, and it’s split into three different locations: CAMERA, the Courtyard of the Rectory and the Library of the University of the Studies of Turin.
It is conceived as a path that follows the artistic evolution of Martha Cooper who has been a guest at CAMERA on Wednesday the 21st of March, in front of a huge crowd of fans, artists and friends.
The first part of the show is set up at CAMERA and it hosts about forty-five black-and-white photographs from the mid-Seventies taken at the beginning of the author’s career, when, as a young reporter from the New York Post, she described NYC with her images. That was the moment before the advent of hip hop, when she started to devote herself to the metropolitan landscape and, above all, to the street games of the very young people.
“Martha focuses her work on New York’s life. In her shots there are the toothless smiles of kids in the rubble of the Bronx. ‘Carrie’,’Super Fly’ and ‘Saturday Night Fever’ runs in cinemas. Her subjects seem to fly and to skip one puddle without gettin dirty shoes. They dive into the water, they launch from the fire escape stairs on a crumpled mattress; they do somersaults, they skating or they twirl from a rope used as a swing. Through the lens, Martha Cooper always looks for something vital, on the move. She looks for the beat, that ‘beat’, which exists for a moment and the moment after is gone. It’s the ephemeral that you breathe in every Cooper’s picture, leaving you with the feeling of looking at something that already not exists anymore.” – Curator, Enrico Bisi says
The show continues in the Rectory’s Courtyard with photographs taken between late Seventies and Eighties in the Bronx where, writers, rappers, DJs and breakers took their first steps in their respective disciplines. The images are becoming more and more spectacular surprisingly matched with the confidence that Martha Cooper manages to conquer in the environment initially hostile.
Little by little, in fact, the writers themselves begin to call the “Kodak Girl” to immortalize their graffitis as soon as they finish a new wall, before art works get overwritten by some rivals or destroyed by the solvents of the metropolitan police.
Ultimately, the third section, set up in the Library of the Rectory, presents photographs and slide show on mega screen with which Martha Cooper has continued to document graffiti and street art throughout the world from the late 1980s to present day.
If you are in Turin we really encourage you to visit “Martha Cooper: On the Street” exhibition. The entrance is free and it is located at Via delle Rosine 18, 10123 – Torino.
Check out some of the photographs featured in the exhibition below and stay tuned for more updates from Italy!
Monochrome style master and a good friend of ours, David de la Mano, has just finished a mural called “Dilemma” on the streets of Montevideo. The artwork was done for Festival de Arte Urbano de Montevideo II, and most of the walls painted during the festival were of the women’s prison in the neighbourhood of La Comercial, which is now closed.
Check out more detailed images of the mural below and stay tuned on StreetartNews for more updates from David de la Mano!
Australian contemporary artist Reka returns to his hometown of Melbourne to present ‘SCARLET’, his first new solo show in 4 years. A brooding mix of Berlin nightlife, Japanese Shibari rope bondage and post-cubist figurative studies, this is one of his most mature exhibitions to date.
Influenced by his graffiti background and techniques, as well as elements of pop-culture, cartoon and illustration, Reka’s form has evolved into something greater than the sum of its parts. At times bacchanalian, his figures are playful, yet dark, tortured, but ecstatic.
His canvases offer up the entrancing curvatures of the human body, captured on canvas in the way the ropes ensnare his figures. Echoing the lines and textures of his paintings are a new set of sculptural pieces, with a captivating new exploration of stonework – layers of tactile granite and marble set on steel solidify Reka’s well-deserved place in the collections of institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria and Berlin’s Urban Nation.
Referencing the words of Franz von Suppé, “Du bist verrückt, mein Kind, du musst nach Berlin” – You’re crazy, my child, you must go to Berlin – Reka explores the eroticism and hedonism of the German Capital. Blurring the lines between the luxury and underground lifestyles, he transports the viewer into a realm of techno music, sexual deviance and desire. Welcome to the world of SCARLET.
Reka’s “SCARLET” is open to the public Friday 23 March – Sunday 08 April at Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood, VIC, and is accompanied by a brand new print release, produced by Dangerfork.
Elusive British street artist Banksy just confirmed a new street piece that appeared a few days ago on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn.
Dubbed “The Whip” and as usual with Banksy, the stencil goes straight to the point. It shows a business-man whipping a group of people using a whip depicted as a stock-market graph. If you are in the area, we would recommend going to check it out quickly before it gets defaced.
Take a look at more images below and keep checking back with us for another new probable Banksy piece ( once its confirmed ) in New York City called “You Loot, We Shoot”.
French duo Monkeybird just wrapped up an impressive piece of work in Paris for a collaboration between Nanterre University and the Musée du Louvre…
This project born for the 50th anniversary of May 1968 (Nanterre University it’s was a crucial place for the philosophy of May 1968). The goal for this project was to use art piece from the Louvre. For this we used a lot of fragments of the statue from this museum (Venus de Milo, Hannibal, Les 4 Captifs…) and this is our representation about evolution of culture and the importance of the exchange between culture, this statue represents our collective memory, the top is the past and the bottom is our generation. Social challenges give rise to new cultural movements.
The piece measuring 20 by 7 meters was made using a stencil and the whole process is totally hand made.
Take a look at more images below and make sure to check back on StreetArtNews for more updates from Paris!
From the 17-24 MARCH 18 an old car workshop in Wilhelmsaue 32 in Wilmersdorf, Berlin, is being transformed by over 60 Berliners – a week before the demolition. With some of the proceeds, the AWO Kita Kinderwald day care center is being established for children.
ONUR / WENU / FINO / LOOMIT / 1UP / BERLIN KIDZ ÜF / DXTR / DAVE THE CHIMP / RAWS / BASE 23 / BOA1 / TOBO / BEN ONE / OUPS / TOY CREW / VIDAM / STEREOHEAT / STAN / NASCA UNO / WESR / BOA1 / AKTE ONE / KUZB 136 / ANNE BENGARD / HAGEN SCHÖNFELD / OSTAP SELFMADE CREW / YAT / BILL KNOSPI / SENOR SCHNU / CAROLINA AMAYA / JEROME GRAFF / HÜLPMAN / PARISUR PART / OLLY / POTATO / ILL. / STAN / MARINA ZUMI / KITRA / KISH / WANDBRAND / AIRBIOS / DRINK & DRAW / GOMES / CLAIRE CHAULET / 75SCON / PAIN / FARIBA LENZEN / SATO / SKENAR 73 / ZVENZVEN / DEJOE / TAPE FABIFA / SPOARE / CATHERINE LUPIS THOMAS / ROSKO / DUTER / SKALMO / TACK / RON MILLER / CANION. BERLIN / ANDREAS GEBALLER / RENZO BAYER / BEROL 377 / EMMA RYTOFT / LARA MINERVA / TOMEKK / RIOT1394 / THYM’ART / MR SASA / RISER / ALICE GREEN / AEROSOLICZ / COKYONE / C 0MPUTERJAN
Our friend Bikismo recently spent some time in the United Arab Emirate where he was invited to paint for the Dubai Canvas 2018 event.
The Puerto Rican muralist spent a few days working under the intense heat to create some of his signature imagery for the locals to enjoy. The end-result is once again very shinny, with this super cute and chubby Chrome Rabbit.
Based in San Juan, Bikismo developed his unique technique over several years of practice on the streets of Puerto Rico.
Take a look at more images below and if you are in the area, you’ll be able to find the piece at La Mer North in Jumeirah 1.
Argentinean muralist Pastel just sent us some images from his latest artwork which was just revealed somewhere on the streets of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Entitled “Grandma’s Garden”, Pastel brought to life some of his signature plant-based imagery for the locals to enjoy.
The idea of a garden-form, characteristic of housing typologies in residential neighbourhoods, that managed to capture the energy of the post-war European immigrants who came to root themselves in a new land. This garden-form constituted a wider spectrum of the boundary between private and public, oxygenating common spaces. The front garden acts as a space for contemplation, both for the owner and for anyone who passes it on the street. — Pastel
Take a look at more images below and if you are in the area, you’ll be able to find it around Villa Ballester.
It’s been a quiet couple of months from our good buddy Artez (probably because he’s preparing for his solo show in Italy quite soon!), but we just received couple of flicks from him straight from Muzaffarpur. Artwork painted for “Walk for Bihar” project was made with the help of handmade bamboo scaffolding and it took 3 days for the artist to complete the piece.
Composition of the piece was created under the influence of the building architecture, and the idea for the mural was promotion of positive values when it comes to the relationship between humans and animals.
Check out more in-progress pictures below and stay tuned on StreetArtNews for more updates from Artez!
Banksy is the latest artist to take over the iconic Houston Bowery wall, made famous in the 1980’s by artist Keith Haring. After a 5-year hiatus from New York City, the world’s most famous street artist Banksy is back with a mural depicting the controversial incarceration of Zehra Doğan, the Turkish Journalist who was jailed for simply painting a watercolor.
Banksy’s black and white mural resembles the jail that incarcerates Turkish artist, journalist and activist, Zehra Doğan, with her trapped behind bars. Doğan painted a watercolor of the town of Nasyabin, which was reduced to rubble following an attack by the Turkish Government’s armed forces. She shared her picture on social media, for which she was then arrested and sentenced to nearly three years in prison.
Banksy’s mural has been timed to coincide with the anniversary of Dogan’s first year in custody, and alongside the artwork is a call for her release. The tallies represent the number of days she has been incarcerated, and at night, above the mural itself, is an impactful projection of Doğan’s watercolor that landed her in jail.