We all wanna be big, big stars

Claire Perry, from Babelgum Metropolis, an online TV channel dedicated to “art, urban culture and trends,” just sent an email announcing that they’re looking for “the globe’s best and edgiest artists” for a big art show in Times Square. Winners of the 2009 Metropolis Art Prize, chosen by arthouse fave Isabella Rossellini (have you seen … read more… “We all wanna be big, big stars”

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Hrag Vartanian on Brooklyn’s street art

In The Brooklyn Rail, Hrag writes that street artists are rebellious lawbreakers exerting their right to public space, but on the other hand they are the ultimate capitalists monetizing their talents into commodities that sell increasing well. “Free of the stigma of graffiti’s spray-painted scribbling, street art is a kinder, prettier, gentler, more intellectual evolution … read more… “Hrag Vartanian on Brooklyn’s street art”

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Brick Banksy on eBay

BBC News reports that online bidding for a wall painted on by graffiti artist Banksy has closed with a final bid of £208,100. However, neither auction site eBay nor seller Luti Fagbenle has confirmed if the bid has been accepted. The painting is on a wall on the side of a media production firm’s base … read more… “Brick Banksy on eBay”

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Art gallery project, mistaken for gang graffiti, removed by cleaning crew

“James Cauty – The Rize and Fall of the Portslade Massif,” Ink_d gallery, Brighton, England. Through Nov. 3. In The Argus, Ben Parsons reports: “Following in the footsteps of thinkers such as Immanuel Kant and Leo Tolstoy, a Brighton and Hove Council cleaning crew decided to make a small contribution to the debate. When they … read more… “Art gallery project, mistaken for gang graffiti, removed by cleaning crew”

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Seattle graffiti gang 3A: artists or assholes?

Jesse Edwards, leader of the 3A graffiti gang, has been profiled in both Seattle Magazine and the Seattle Post-Intelligncer. Some see him as a lovable scamp who refuses to play by artworld rules, but Jonah Spangenthal-Lee reports in The Stranger that others see Edwards as a vicious gang leader and bully. “‘3A is a bunch … read more… “Seattle graffiti gang 3A: artists or assholes?”

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Street art and mural news

Note to emerging artists, upstart galleries and other publicity seekers: street art and mural projects always generate more media coverage than gallery shows, although not necessarily from the art critics. Because of their public visibility, these projects are treated as “news,” and as we all know, news stories receive far more space than arts coverage. … read more… “Street art and mural news”

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Preserving the Berlin Wall puts murals at risk

Adam Williams at Reuters: “Politicians and artists urged Berlin’s authorities on Monday to let them rebuild the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall before it decays beyond recognition as a reminder of the city’s grim history. In the spring of 1990, when most of the city was itching to tear down its most hated … read more… “Preserving the Berlin Wall puts murals at risk”

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Muralists at work in Baghdad

Stephen Farrell in the NYTimes reports: “Dead blocks, they call them, the most visible legacy of the latest war in a city with a long history of wars. Many murals have focused on the glories of Iraq’s pre-Islamic civilizations in hopes of avoiding the ire, and bullets, of Islamist militants, who have killed or driven … read more… “Muralists at work in Baghdad”

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Pioneering modernist Helen Lundeberg’s WPA mural restored

The History of Transportation Mural Works Project Administration (WPA) Arts project, completed in 1940 and designed by Helen Lundeberg. Located in the Art Park at Manchester Blvd and Grevillea Avenue. Daniel Hernandez in the LA Weekly reports: “The mural represents a renewed sense of identity for Inglewood, which can’t seem to shake its reputation as … read more… “Pioneering modernist Helen Lundeberg’s WPA mural restored”

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Warhol vs. Banksy: celebrity, satire and voyeurism

“Warhol Vs Banksy,” The Hospital, London. Through Sept. 1. Louise Jury in the Evening Standard reports: “Duncan Cargill, The Hospital’s creative director, said: ‘Implicitly, Warhol is defending his title, but Banksy makes for a formidable challenger as he has received maximum exposure since 2000. As soon as we announced we were going to do this … read more… “Warhol vs. Banksy: celebrity, satire and voyeurism”

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