Thursday, October 24, 2013

DC, Washington: Nov 2-30, 2013: Above the Radar







Thanks and Mice

Above the Radar III

Original works by 25 urban artists from Los Angeles, New York, UK, Italy, and more will be on display in Washington, DC for a month-long exhibition that opens November 2, 2013 at The Fridge.

Above the Radar III is curated by Luna George, a Los Angeles based Urban Art Curator, and will bring together a hybrid of realism, street art, abstract art, graffuturism, 3-d  work, typography, illustration, collaborative artwork, surrealism, and traditional graffiti.

Above the Radar III encourages the viewer to examine intricate lines, brightly hued & vibrant colors that infuse the urban painting aesthetic.

Mark Bode

The exhibit includes:

Installation focusing on contrast and bursts of color painted by Col (New York) featuring hand-built wood pieces with abstract silhouettes of letters that work their way throughout the wall.

Original work by Mark Bode, protégé of Vaughn Bode, whose characters  continue the legacy of his father's Cheech Wizard and friends, all of which have become a quintessential part of graffiti.

3-dimensional work from Italy and Los Angeles, the collaborative painting of a maniacal character by Mice of Millions (LA) on top of an insanely intricate, hyper abstract Photo of Defer by PhotoJenInc, an explosion of color painted by Thanks One (LA), the lovely illustrative styles of UK's Inkie, explosive graffuturism by Defer and Kofie from LA, and original works by the many other exhibiting artists.

A gift shop with selected merchandise by exhibiting artists, as well as a special release of DC Graffiti snapbacks by Graffiti the City made exclusively for the DC exhibit will also be available during the exhibition.

Artists exhibiting work are: Cale, Cat Cult, Col, Dcypher, Defer, Dytch66, Eric Skotnes, Heaven, Hex, Inkie, Jesse Smith, Kofie, Kopye, Marcel "Sel" Blanco, Mark Bode, Mice of Millions, Michael Pizarro, Peeta, Pyro, Ree, Robots Will Kill, Teck, Tewsr, Thanks, and Xist.

With so many sought-after and celebrated artists showing in this international exhibition, collectors should seek previews. For an online catalog for the exhibition, images, bios of exhibiting artists or questions, please contact Luna George at

Opening and artist reception:

Nov. 2, 2013  
7 - 11 pm

The Fridge
516 1⁄2 8th Street SE
Washington DC 20003

Gallery hours:
Thursday – Saturday: 12pm–8pm
Sunday: 12pm–5pm

The Fridge has presented magicians, performance artists, hip-hop, blues, folk and rock concerts, comedians, acrobatics and sideshows.

We're invested in the success of DC's slam poetry and storytelling communities, and are home to the DC Beltway Poetry Slam Team, which performs the last Tuesday of each month at The Fridge.

About the Curator:

The former assistant director at Crewest Gallery in Los Angeles for nearly half a decade, Luna George tirelessly promotes the urban art community through her passion and eye for great talent.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

New Book: Gods of Graffiti by Fuzz One

FL, Miami: Oct 17, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014: Concrete Paradise

Alexandre Arrechea
Nereida Garcia Ferraz
Aramis Gutierrez
Jane Krupp
Marie Lorenz
Gustavo Oviedo
Matt Stock
Edgar Velasquez

Opening October 17, 2013, the Coral Gables Museum will present Concrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium, an original exhibition devoted to Miami Marine Stadium’s flashy past, its edgy present, and its spectacular proposed comeback as a world-class sports and performance venue. Curated by renowned author and architectural conservator, Rosa Lowinger, this interactive exhibit will bring the glory days of Miami’s most daringly modern structure back to life through stunning video footage, rare photos and keepsakes, original art installations, photo murals of the stadium’s infamous graffiti, and an antique hydroplane.

The exhibit will feature images of the extraordinary graffiti that constantly evolves on the walls of the stadium and works by contemporary artists who have been inspired by the building itself. These latter works-- which include sculpture, painting, video and photography-- demonstrate the profound influence the stadium and its environs have had on visual artists at a national level.

Throughout its run at the museum, a full schedule of special events, tours, and lectures will be offered to the general public, allowing visitors to learn more about one of Miami’s most fascinating historic landmarks. 

Call 305-603-8067 or visit

Additional support for the exhibition is being provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Friends of the Marine Stadium.

IL, Chicago: Oct 19 2013 - Jan 12, 2014: Paint Paste Sticker

Paint Paste Sticker: Chicago Street Art
    5:30PM - 7:30PM
    CHICAGO, IL 60602

NYC: Oct. 19 - Nov. 23, 2013: Write of Passage - exhibition, films, panels

Write of Passage Exhibit
on display every Saturday starting October 19.


Write of Passage Exhibit 

The Red Bull Studios New York
218 W. 18th Street

Open Every Saturday, from October 19th – November 23rd, 1-5pm.

Workshops & Screenings start promptly at 3pm

October 19 – Video Graf with Director Carl Weston

October 26 – “Wall Writers: Graffiti In Its Innocence” Screening & Panel Discussion with Mike 171

November 2 – “Cops & Writers” A conversation with Steve Mona & Special Guests

November 9 – “Style Wars” Screening & Panel Discussion

November 16 – Chino: My life in graffiti through the lens of photography

November 23 – Handselecta: A conversation about the evolution of tagging

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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OR, Portland: Nov 7 - 30, 2013: Augustine Kofie / Jerry Joker Inscoe / Christopher Derek Bruno

Three The Hard Way:
Augustine Kofie / Jerry Joker Inscoe / Christopher Derek Bruno

Three-person exhibition curated by Sven Davis

Breeze Block Gallery Portland OR.
7 November – 30 November 2013 (opens First Thursday)

For the month of November, Breeze Block Gallery is very proud to present Three The Hard Way; a three-person exhibition featuring Augustine Kofie, Jerry Joker Inscoe and Christopher Derek Bruno.

All three artists come from a graffiti background, and are firmly established members of the pioneering Transcend graffiti collective. These highly versatile artists are equally known for their large-scale mural projects, as well as their own very individual voices in a gallery setting. Traditional letterforms are abstracted into geometric configurations within their work; and dimension, form and space are considered and explored within their dynamic compositions.

Their collective approach to art-making is steeped in academic discourse, and whilst retaining the vibrancy of their graffiti backgrounds, traditional art movements such as Futurism, Abstract Expressionism and Precisionism are also embraced by the visual vocabulary imbued within their work.

The exhibition title itself is a literal reference to the historical terminology Hard-Edge painting; which was first coined in the late fifties and used to describe intense and abrupt delineation of color within the burgeoning Geometric Abstraction and Op-art movements. Whilst these artists acknowledge and embrace movements of the past, they confidently stand outside of historical classification and have established themselves as a core group of protagonists defining a contemporary movement they have made their own.

Whilst the three artists have shown together previously in larger group exhibitions, Three The Hard Way is the first time that this trifecta has shown together in a collaborative environment.

For the month of November the three artists will take over both of Breeze Block’s gallery spaces for an installation.

323 NW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

HOURS: Wed.-Sat. 12-6pm
1st Thurs. 6-10pm (closed Wed prior) 
Derek Bruno

More info about the artists and the show:

Friday, October 4, 2013

Videos: Tutorials - how to paint - free on YouTube

Putting it all together:

Vers's channel

CA, Oakland: Oct 12, 2013 Estria Battle - and all-day festival

PRISM: Urban Art and Culture Festival

The Estria Foundation will sponsor 2 weeks of cultural happenings and curated events for the community of Oakland and beyond.

September 28 – October 12, 2013

The Battle

October 12th will highlight the return of The Estria Battle, an all day arts event at the historic DeFremery Park (Lil’ Bobby Hutton Park). This is a free, family-friendly event with a focus on public art and environmental sustainability. Youth are invited to participate in a series of arts activities including the Blackbook Battle and the t-shirt Stencil Workshop. Attendees are also welcomed to enjoy a range of artistic performances and are encouraged to participate in generating energy by dancing on the “Pedal Powered Stage” which transforms human exuberance into pure energy.

In its sixth year the Estria Battle remains the premier graffiti art competition in the United States. Sixteen renowned artists from across the country will compete in what has become one of the nation’s most talked about spray art events. The panel of judges will be Doze Green, Risk and Codak.  Returning artists are 2011’s 1st and 2nd place winners, Vyal One from Los Angeles, and Doves from New York City. Besides several local Bay Area artists, other contestant artists will be travelling from Chicago, Austin, and Miami.

The Estria Battle encourages graffiti writers to visually articulate social justice issues by empowering communities with the spirit and beauty of public art. These events aim to elevate street art through community building, public education, and engagement.

How does the Estria battle work?

1.    Artists are invited to the competition based on skill level and their foundation in spray can art.

2.    Artists are given 5 hours to complete a piece based on a word that is revealed at the beginning of the competition.

3.    An 8 x 12 ft. canvas is assigned to each artist with a  limited amount of spray cans and colors which are distributed equally amongst competitors.

4.    After 5 hours, the piece (finished or unfinished) is judged by legendary graffiti writers, and the champion is announced at the end of the Battle.

1st Place winner will win 400 cans from Montana Cans.

The Life is Living Festival at Defremery Park presented by the Estria Foundation and Youth Speaks,

16th St & Adeline St., West, Oakland, CA 94607  

All ages, free admission.

In addition to the Estria Battle this day long event includes the following:

Stencil Workshop:  A youth-focused interactive arts education activity where participants select positive images and spray paint them on t-shirts, creating an original design.

Blackbook Battle:  Youth ages 14-21 create a drawing based on the day’s theme. Mentor artists judge the competition and provide positive feedback and supportive critiques. The first 50 participants receive a free sketch “blackbook” to take home.

Youth Mural Battle:  A live painting and visual storytelling competition featuring prominent young visual arts organizations from the Bay Area, Southern California, and Arizona. Contestant teams use mixed media of acrylic paints, markers and spray paint to develop murals addressing a given topic. Winning canvases will be displayed at the Oakland Public Library’s “Teen Zones” where free urban arts workshops will be held for youth through March 2014.

The Yerba Buena Center for Arts will be hosting the the Dance Stage with music from Samba, East and West African dance traditions.

Visual Arts Arena:
  • Favianna Rodriguez & CultureStrike: Create your own butterfly for the Migration is Beautiful Campaign
  • Rock Paper Scissors Collective:  Create your own zine / Live painting
  • Brett Cook:  Community Painting Project
  • Youth Radio: App Academy -  Youth workshop to concept the creation of an app for the Life is Living Festival
Skateboarding demonstrations at Town Park, workshops, and competitions for all ages and skill levels.

Food vendors and booths from non-profit groups and sponsors.

More info:


France, Paris: Oct 11 - Dec 24, 2013: NTÉRIEUR RUE

NTÉRIEUR RUE 11 octobre – 24 décembre 2013

Vernissage jeudi 10 octobre de 19h à 22h

Œuvres sur toile et mobilier urbain une trentaine d'artistes français et internationaux de la scène graffiti :

Arek | Colorz | Crash | Cren | Der | Dizer | Fenx | Antoine Gamard | Gilbert | Juan | Hopare | Kenor | Kongo | Lazoo | Jérôme Mesnager | Nebay | Oeno | Pimax | Poes | Rime | S.Teddy D. | Scope | Soni Irawan | Sonic | Taki | Tanc | Tore | Zenoy

Galerie Wallworks

4 rue Martel - 75010 Paris    

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Video: Interview with Meres One - 5Pointz NYC, by Alexandre Degardin

IL, Chicago: Oct 4-?, 2013 - Codes - ZORE + ISH

 Codes - ZORE + ISH
Opening Reception:
Friday, October 4, 2013
Time: 6pm - 8pm

Hammond Arts Center
5832 Hohman Ave.
Hammond, IN 46324

What appears as asemic writing peppering the urban landscape is an exercise in identity development. CODES presents the current works of ZORE + ISH. For over three decades, both artists have been developing their visual language in the public eye. Successful studio practices have evolved as both artists transpose their "street codes" into raw and new abstracts for a larger audience.

CA, Palm Springs: Sept 28 - Nov 3, 2013 - The Golden Era of Street Art

Gallary 446
446 S Indian Canyon
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Gallary 446 & GuerillaOne Presents 
"The 5th Element: The Golden Era Of Street Art"

September 28 to November 3, 2013.

Proceeds will be benefiting an anti-bullyng organization. Check out their website at


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The new Art Crimes store

You may have noticed that our shop, Wild Art Media, has moved to a new location online. It's been going through some growing pains, but seems fairly solid now.
I discovered it was rejecting international orders! That's been fixed. We do ship everything we sell, worldwide.

Please let me know if you have any problems ordering. I'm sorry that PayPal is our only online payment option at this time. It's easy to send in money orders if you'd rather do that. Just contact me and we'll make it happen.

The shop doesn't operate for profit. It exists only to support Art Crimes and keep it online. Busy websites cost money to operate. It pays me personally nothing at all. Your support is necessary to keep AC available for everyone.

Thank you,


Sunday, September 1, 2013

CO, Denver: September 6-8, 2013: Colorado Crush

Colorado Crush, sponsored by Denver City and County, will be a day of art, community, music and fun.

Pre-party Friday night; Main event Saturday; Women's battle Sunday

Friday Pre-Party

September 6, 2013 
The Guerilla Garden Warehouse (3821 Steele Street) 
and PBR Present:
The Colorado Crush Preparty from 5-11 p.m.

• Featuring a collaborative art show with Jolt, Swek and Omni with live art by the TATS Cru: Bio, BG183, Nicer and Totem2.

• Live music will be provided by Deca and the whole event will be documented by Eric Heights.


Main Event, Saturday Sept. 7

12 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Casselman’s Bar & Venue
between 26th and 27th on Larimer Street
in the parking lot behind the building

•    Live graffiti by world renowned artists
•    Live music
•    The Elite Philosophy MC Battle
•    Food and Merchandise from local vendors
•    Address from Mayor Michael Hancock

Live Graffiti

• Ahole
• Asphate
• Beast
• BG183  
• Bio
• Crims
• Delton Demerest
• Dread
• Dubs
• Emit
• Fobia
• Fuse
• Gamma
• Ikon
• Jher
• Jive
• Jolt
• Kite
• Kovet
• Natoe
• Nicer
• Path
• Pistoe
• Reds
• Reks
• Reps
• Satan
• Shewp
• Sintex
• Slam
• Swek
• Totem
• Voice
• Zeb

Live Music

•    Big J Beats
•    DJ Boogie Blind (The X-ecutioners)
•    DJ Cavem
•    DJ IZ
•    Ibe Hustles
•    InkLine (of ManeLine)
•    Julox
•    Man Mantis
•    Maxilla Blue
•    MC Battle


• Basementalism
• Cannibus Energy Drink
• City and County of Denver
• Day in the Lyfe
• Denver Hip Hop Congress
• Denver Street Bus
• Denver Urban Arts Fund
• Dynamic Events of Denver
• Elite Philosophy
• Garlic Knots
• Grassroots
• Grow Big Supply
• Grow Big Supply
• Montana
• Pressure Haus

The After Party, Saturday night

Casselman's & Euphonic Conceptions Present
Colorado Crush After Party 
at Casselman's Bar & Venue featuring

• People Under the Stairs
• Expansion Team SoundSystem (Rakaa Iriscience & DJ Babu of Dilated Peoples)
• DJs Boogie Blind & Stretch $250 MC Battle Finals
• Stay Tuned featuring L.I.F.E. CREW

The Day After, Sunday Sept. 8

all women graffiti battle will take place at

Pressure Haus/Owl & Orchid Tattoo
(40th and Federal)
in the parking lot behind the building

Ten women will compete for a prize package and bragging rights.

An after party will also take place after the battle, location and details to be announced.

More info

Monday, August 26, 2013

Ukraine, Kamianets-Podilskyi: September 13-15, 2013 - Re$publica

September 13-15 2013

Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine

The third international festival, three days of the festival, 40 best Ukrainian and foreign music bands, 20 graffiti-writers from Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Ukraine and Russia

The third international festival "Re$publica Antimoney Fest" will take place in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine, during three days starting from 13th of September.

Due to its anti-commercial scheme (all the proceeds are intended to be spent on painting graffiti on the buildings in the depressive areas of the city), the festival has gained its popularity among the youth, as well as the artists from Ukraine and the whole world.

More than 40 music bands from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Georgia are going to participate in the festival this year.

We invite the majority of bands who are socially minded or have a strict social attitude and support the ideas of "Re$publica Antimoney Fest" (Liapis Trubetskoi, Tartak, LOUNA, Sergei Babkin, Valentin Strykalo, Addis Abeba, Megamass etc).

Late at night under the open starry sky literary soiree's and acoustic appearances will continue the program of the festival.

Approximately 20 graffiti-masters from Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Russia will participate in the artistic part of the event. Among them: Borondo (Spain), Vexta (Australia), Cactus e Maria (Italy), DXTR + Herr von Bias, Bart Smeets (Belgium), Vitae Viasi, Treuph 19, Yulia Volchkova (Russia), Ku2, Darina Momot, Dobrye Ludi, Matroskin, Vaccination (Ukraine).

As a part of the festival we are going to implement the project "Intervention of Art into the urban space" where 10 buildings in different parts of the city are to be painted. In order to make the project participative, we shall try to involve artistic people (citizens, passer byes and volunteers). The event is going to be held with the support of the program and Fund by Rinat Akhmetov "Development of Ukraine".

Traditionally, ecological campaign for cleaning of the Smotrych river canyons will be a part of the festival. We plan to involve approximately 300 volunteers.


Please, follow the news on the official web-site of the festival (official public):
Facebook page:

Art Director
Andriy Zoyin

Mykola Izotov

Press Service
Ivanna Martyniv


Information: Re$publica Antimoney Fest is a festival of street-art in all of its aspects - music, art, poetry, dance, video art. Starting successfully and steadily developing, Respublica will capture the city of Kamianets-Podilskiy by means of art in autumn 2013. Songs from the best rock-bands of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus will thunder again at the stage set in the Old Fortress. The most successful and most productive graffiti-writers will leave here the imprints of their work and talent to make the architectural ensemble of the town pleasant to the eye of the beholder. The best audience will gather here again to support their favourite musicians, talented artists, the festival itself and have a nice rest.

Idea and objectives: Re$publica Antimoney Fest is anti-commercial artistic festival. By means of contemporary art we try to detonate creativity of the youth and switch it onto a social track. All the earnings are spent on transformation of social (public!) urban space. We turn old cracked walls into pictures, abandoned buildings - into art-objects. Each of these pictures, each art-object is open to everyone - this is our territory, free of commerce. The idea of the festival is actively supported by friendly TV-channel of cultural resistance A-One.

Objectives: Our city is our home, and we are willing to fill with preciousness and beauty. That is why all the earnings we are intended to spend on cultural enrichment of the city. Specifically - on artistic painting of buildings, that do not fit with the architectural ensemble of Kamianets.

History of "Respublica": In 2011 the festival became the first and still remains perhaps the only non-commercial festivals in Ukraine. It sets itself up as anti-commercial music art-festival, aimed at drawing attention to social and cultural issues, development of small cities and towns.

During Respublica 2011 and 2012 graffiti-writers from different countries (Russia, Poland, Spain, Ukraine and Belarus) painted abandoned houses and dangerous structures with a total area approximately 2,5 thousand square kilometres. All the funds obtained from the entrance fee, the organizers have spent on self-sufficiency of the action - artists' passage pay, boarding, accommodation, renting equipment, paint etc.

Therefore, in three days of the festival few genres of art co-existed in within a space: literature, music, street-art, many interesting people of art from Ukraine and the whole world took part in it.


Respublica Antimoney Fest was recognized as the best art-festival in 2011 according to

In 2012 Respublica became the festival of the year in Kamianets-Podilskiy. It got to the list of «100 best events of Ukraine - 100 best events for Ukrainian tourism" according to TRAVEL MARKETING 3D conference within the international Tourist Fair "Ukraine 2012".

Germany, Frankfurt: Sept. 5 - Oct. 27, 2013 - Street-Art Brazil - Murals



5 September – 27 October 2013
Press preview: Wednesday, 4 September, 2013, 11 a.m.

In conjunction with Brazil's appearance as guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2013, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting the multifaceted world of Brazilian graffiti art for the first time ever in Germany. The major cities of Brazil are home to one of the world's most vital and fascinating graffiti scenes.

Eleven artists and artist groups from São Paulo and other Brazilian cities have been invited to exhibit their paintings in urban settings throughout Frankfurt, beginning with the Schirn building, and thus to alter the everyday image of the city. Their works include figurative and abstract, light-hearted and socially critical paintings ranging from oversized murals to unpretentious, ephemeral signs and symbols. They will appear, among other places, on bank towers, bridge abutments on the banks of the Main, the floor of the "Hauptwache", "St. Matthäus" Church and the former city police presidium.

Yet another highlight is a painted subway train. Known as a "whole train", this form of graffiti is regarded as the supreme discipline among graffiti artists. A mobile app developed specifically for the exhibition featuring a wealth of background information and artists' videos is available to help visitors navigate as they stroll through downtown Frankfurt.

The metropolis of São Paulo is a leading centre of Brazilian street art, rivaled only by Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba. Since the mid-1980s, the local scene in that city has evolved into one of the most vital and artistically diverse street-art cultures in the world. It is characterized by highly distinctive and extremely varied interventions in urban space – and it is omnipresent in São Paulo.

After twenty years of military dictatorship, the strong desire to promote the free expression of public opinion led to the growth of a politically motivated counter-culture. In contrast to the global scene, graffiti is not only tolerated in the cities of Brazil, it has been accepted to a certain extent as part of the visual culture. Brazilians distinguish between pixação, the Brazilian form of tagging, and graffiti, as represented by large-scale figurative and abstract murals of the type painted by the eleven artists invited to Frankfurt by the Schirn.

Chronologically speaking, "Street-Art Brazil" begins with representatives of the first generation of grafiteiros (Vitché, Speto and Tinho). Born in the late 1960s and early 1970s, they began invading the streets with their paintings after the fall of the military dictatorship, thus giving voice to the desire to promote the free expression of public opinion after years of silence during and after the oppressive rule of the military regime. Facing a shortage of artistic resources, they opted, as they still do today, for wall paint and rollers in addition to relatively expensive spray cans.


Herbert Baglione, Gais, Rimon Guimarães, Jana Joana & Vitché, Nunca, Onesto, Alexandre Orion, Speto, Fefe Talavera, Tinho, Zezão

Zezão's blue, ornamental arabesques derive a strong social component from the settings in which they appear. They lend a peculiar beauty to some of the poorest and most derelict quarters of São Paulo. His arabesques not only cover flat walls, they wrap themselves three-dimensionally around objects in their environment, such as the ruins left behind by fire in the Favela do Moinho. In Frankfurt, Zezão's works grace the dark corners of the Untermain Bridge and draw attention to the ceiling in the east arcade to the Schirn building for the very first time.
(photo courtesy of

Nunca gives expression to the Brazilian roots of his paintings in his works presented in Frankfurt. On the firewall of the building at Niddastraße 64, he is painting the sequel to a mural painted in São Paulo in August 2013 in the original scale. A large reproduction of the painting begun in Brazil can be seen in the rotunda of the Schirn. His figures are composed collage-style from indigenous and African motifs and elements of contemporary everyday Brazilian and European consumer culture. They are testaments to the quest for a uniquely Brazilian identity.

The hoarding around the Stadthaus construction site that runs alongside the Schirn building is the setting for vividly coloured works by Gais. The theme of his geometric paintings is the invisible world that lies behind things. By placing abstract paintings in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, he exposes this painting style, which is associated with high culture in the field of visual art, to a broader public. With his two-dimensional pictures he also creates accessible spaces which invite the viewer to become a part of his art with all five senses. Thus

Gais' work is very closely related to Brazilian installation art, the theme of another exhibition of Brazilian art scheduled to begin on 2 October 2013 ("Brasiliana. Installations from 1960 to the present", 2 October 2013 to 5 January 2014).

Dream worlds populated by fantastical beings play a major role in the paintings of the artist duo Jana Joana & Vitché, who have been working together for fifteen years. Their clowns, harlequins and birds shape the face of the entire Cambuci district in São Paulo, where Vitché was born and the two artists live today. Vitché is one of the pioneers of the Brazilian scene, and stands out from the international scene with his works in the style of folk art. Yet it was hip-hop and breakdancing that led him to graffiti. Passers-by will find his poetic paintings on the walls on both sides of the outside stairway at the Schirn.

Herbert Baglione achieved the transition from his image as a graffiti-writer to that of a street artist in 1997 by disseminating a written message in the streets of São Paulo announcing that his pseudonym "Cobal" was dead. Since then, he has worked under his real name, and paints primarily ghostly-looking creatures on streets and pavements – figures that relate to the buildings and physical features in their surroundings. The broad, open square of the Hauptwache serves as the canvas for his work in Frankfurt. At 900 square metres, this is the largest surface area painted by an artist for this exhibition.

Onesto's works reflect spontaneous situational encounters with pedestrians. Onesto inscribes the events that unfold in the microcosm of the city into just such places, thereby attracting the critical attention of viewers to political or social issues. His work in Frankfurt will appear on two buildings on Neue Mainzer Straße 57 and 59.

In his "Ossario" (graveyard) project, Alexandre Orion does not merely use the exhaust-blackened walls of a tunnel São Paulo as the substrate for his intervention. The series of skulls that extends over 300 metres of wall was created by wiping away the accumulated soot. Thus the wall scarred by air pollution is the sole material for his painting. Orion adds nothing to the city; he draws from it. Although his action did not meet the criterion for declaring graffiti a crime – defacing a public surface – the painting was removed by the city government and thus fell victim to aesthetic and substantive censorship. Orion uses paint mixed with soot from São Paulo as the material for his 400-square-metre painting on the Sparkasse building on Junghofstraße 27.

Before public advertising was officially banned in São Paulo in 2007, Fefe Talavera used posters and billboards as points of intervention. Today the artist prints her own letters and combines them in large-scale "monster paintings". Talavera's figures call to mind brightly coloured Alebrijes – paper-maché figures of the kind originally created by Pedro Linares in 1936 and inspired by fantastical dreams – which have since become an integral part of Mexican folk art. The vividly coloured dragon figure on the glass portal of the twin towers of the Deutsche Bank echoes the vertical character of the building.

Born in Curitiba in 1988, Rimon Guimarães views the act of painting on the street as performance per se. The city is his stage, passers-by his audience. He accompanies his spraying with dance, vocals and music, which he produces himself with the aid of such everyday objects as buckets or bicycle bells and with his own voice. Like the artist's graffiti, his music is inspired by traditional African art and culture. His large, brightly coloured mural can be seen on the hoarding at the construction site of the former KfW building at Bockenheimer Landstraße 102-104. In April 2013, before the building was razed, the Schirn Kunsthalle hosted the Graffiti Academy here.

The stories Speto tells in his murals are inspired by the north-Brazilian tradition of "Literatura de Cordel". These mystical tales illustrated with woodcuts were written during a period of cultural blending in the seventeenth century. They are composed of a collage of indigenous legends, Christian motifs and elements of African culture. As a vehicle for the processing of current developments in society, "Literatura de Cordel" also served as a medium of communication. As such, its function is similar to that of Brazilian graffiti today. The point of departure for Speto's painting on the façade of the St. Matthäus Church in Frankfurt is a Cordel poem written by the artist about a bizarre day in the life of a "motoboy". Paulista (residents of São Paulo) use this term in reference to the roughly 220,000 bicycle couriers in the city, many of whom lose their lives on daily trips through the heavy urban traffic.

The countless abductions of children in the 1990s are the theme of Tinho's paintings. He presents images of bound, weeping and fearfully crouching children based on photos from missing person ads and search queries on tomato packages or milk cartons. In most cases, these painted children gaze directly into the eyes of the viewer, yet they remain isolated and lonely nonetheless. Some of his figures appear alone beneath city rail tracks, in front of garage doors or behind bushes, as if they were actually present at these places in the city. He often incorporates them into backgrounds of his own design featuring high-rise buildings and traffic scenes typical of São Paulo. The former Frankfurt police presidium serves as the canvas for his emotionally gripping works.  

In collaboration with Onesto, Tinho will also be painting a Frankfurt subway train. With this work, the two artists address yet another aspect of the graffiti scene, in which collective undertakings play a crucial role.

ACCOMPANYING PROGRAM: At the opening of the "Street-Art Brazil" on
Wednesday, 4 September 2013, beginning at 7 p.m., DJ Daniel Haaksmann will be playing a programme of hip- hop music from São Paulo and Baile Funk from Rio de Janeiro at a festival in the streets around the graffiti paintings at the Schirn.

The programme of related exhibition events also includes:
  • a guided tour conducted by Julie Marcelino, a leading Brazilian scholar in the field of communications, on
    Thursday, 17 September 2013
    (meeting point in the rotunda)
  • a travel report with visual projections by Loomit, one of the pioneers of German graffiti, and Peter Michalski, art historian and editor of Graffiti Magazine, on
    Tuesday, 24 September 2013
  • a lecture by Joachim Pissaro, art historian and Director of Hunter College in New York, on
    Thursday, 10 October at 7:00 p.m.

  • Schirn: Rotunda, ceiling of the east arcade entrance, outside stairway (both sides)
  • construction hoarding on the Römerberg
  • underground pedestrian walkway at the Untermain Bridge (inner city side)
  • wall of the building at Niddastraße 64
  • floor of the Frankfurt Hauptwache
  • glass portal of Deutsche Bank AG towers at Taunusanlage 12
  • façade of the St. Matthäus Church at Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 33
  • section of the façade of the Old Police Presidium at Friedrich- Ebert-Anlage 5-11
  • Sparkasse buildings at Junghofstraße 27 and Neue Mainzer Straße 57
  • façade of Neue Mainzer Straße 59
  • construction hoarding at the site of the KfW building at Bockenheimer Landstraße 102-104
  • subway train, line U5.

CATALOGUE: An elaborately designed catalogue containing photographs of all works presented in the city of Frankfurt will be issued several weeks after the opening of the exhibition. The graffiti on the cover makes each book a one-of-a-kind item. Street-Art Brazil. Edited by von Carolin Köchling and Max Hollein. Foreword by Max Hollein, Introduction by Carolin Köchling. German-English edition, 132 pages, approx. 120 illustrations, 32 x 24 cm (vertical format), paperback; graphic design by surface gesellschaft für gestaltung, Silke Eiselt; Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2013, ISBN 978-3-86335-418-3.

APP: In addition to the exhibition catalog documenting the temporary works of graffiti in Frankfurt, the Schirn has developed a mobile app designed to help visitors navigate through the city. The app also provides a wealth of information in the form of films, photos and background articles on the Brazilian street-art scene. These documentary tools represent the fruits of numerous discussions and walks by the curator with the artists through their city districts. They not only enable users to experience a fascinating world of images, they also provide additional insights into the realm of meanings in which the original grafiteiros worked. The mobile app is available free of charge for iOS and Android and can be downloaded in standard stores (less than 5 MB, online map via Google Maps, offline map, e-mail sharing functions, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, link to the Schirn Magazine, general information about the Schirn Kunsthalle, integrated event calendar for the exhibition).

LOCATION: Outdoor space at the SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT, Römerberg, D-60311 Frankfurt, and the inner city of Frankfurt.

DURATION: 5 September – 27. October 2013.

Telephone: +49.69.29 98 82-0, Fax: +49.69.29 98 82-240.

PUBLIC GUIDED TOURS: Wed. 6:00 p.m., Sat. 6:00 p.m. and Son. 4:00 p.m.
Meeting point in the Schirn rotunda. No appointment required.

Admission free of charge.

CURATOR: Carolin Köchling

SPONSORED BY: The "Street-Art Brazil" exhibition is sponsored by the KfW Stiftung.

Additional support is provided by Funarte, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and the Brazilian Foreign Ministry. The "Schirn Zeitgenossen" are funding the work by Alexandre Orion. The Deutsche Bank AG is providing funding support for the work by Fefe Talavera and the Caparol Company is supplying the artists with high-quality paint. The project has also received substantial support from the City of Frankfurt am Main, primarily through the Departments of Culture and Traffic and Transport, and from numerous institutions and private building owners who have made space available on their building façades.

MEDIA PARTNERS: Journal Frankfurt. VGF – Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main.

SOCIAL MEDIA: During the exhibition the Schirn will be communicating in the social web with the following HASHTAGS:





Monday, August 12, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New Book: Street Art London: 100 UK Graffiti Artists

Steam's book! He's a Foto King, so it's got to be good. Get them while they last.


A compilation of the latest and best street art that has graced London's bare walls, complete with quotes and commentary from the artists themselves.

The streets of London are not actually paved with gold but, their walls are decorated with the liveliest, freshest, coolest street art in the world (and not just from the elusive Banksy). London's bare, sometimes decrepit walls have become public galleries on which the British and international street artists have maintained an un-authorised exhibition for over ten years.

STREET ART LONDON is focused on the latest and best of London's many street artists. The ephemeral pieces that infuse the street scene with new meaning are preserved in this book, which not only allows these works to be enjoyed long after the council paints over them, but also places the pieces within a broader context.

Welcome to a selection of some of the best street art that London has seen, as photographed by one of the most long standing and influential appreciators and documenters of the form – Steam

Frank "Steam156" Malt is a legendary graffiti and street art documenter with thirty years' experience of documenting street art around the world. Steam156 has featured in magazines such as Time Out, Face, ID, Sunday Times, Best and many more. He is a sought after commentator on graffiti culture, penning articles for magazines like Hip Hop Connection, Knowledge and He also leads graffiti tours, allowing street art lovers to get up close and personal with London's very best.

Street Art London
Release date: May 2, 2013
ISBN: 9789185639588
160 pages, £17.99 €22.90 £17,99 $28.95

Dokument Press
Box 773, 12002 Årsta, Sweden
Tel: 0046 (0)8 13 33 32
and other fine bookstores, worldwide

Thursday, August 8, 2013

UK, London: Olympic street art fumble

When the Olympics is on the way to your city, one of the first things the organizers do is try to set the city like a stage for all the TV coverage that will follow. Erasing graffiti art and street art (and sometimes ads and signage) is one of the things that such committees (and film companies), feel very comfortable doing, apparently.

This practice is bad enough, because now your locals don't get to show their stuff on TV and you've Disneyed up the place. Generally the local artists aren't even consulted, because the two ends of the conversation can't find each other, and anyway, money talks and oly is a steam rolly.

In London, something more egregious occurred. Not only were the locals reportedly redacted from the landscape, but some international artists were brought in to paint in their stead ...  on the walls formerly occupied by our heroes. 

Well, at least they were the right kinds of artists and good people deserving of recognition, but you can just imagine how it all chafes. And it still goes on, because...

To add injury to insult, the new works have been protected with antigraffiti coating, so the local artists can't take back their halls of fame. This all makes sense from the curator's perspective, but not at all from the street artists' and writers' standpoint, because the walls should be dynamic, not static.

Graffiti art and street art pieces (and murals) in their natural environments stand the test of time by being both great and locally respectable. The changing work in the local halls of fame also become part of the landscape, part of the local interest. And that change brings spectators to the area regularly, just as the changing shows at the museums and galleries do.

Preservation and ephemerality will always be in tension. We want to save the things we love. We want to preserve value in the things we paid for. There's a place for both art change and art preservation in our urban environments. Replacing one with the other is not the best way to go. Curatorial heavyhandedness destroys authenticity and embarrasses everyone.

Similarly, the local-international tension will always exist. As the argument goes, the international component is key to the Games. Clearly, however, promoting international harmony means not insulting the locals and not leaving them out.
Ideally, the locals would get to paint something spectacular for everyone's enjoyment in a winning scenario for everyone.

The artwork would be just as wonderful had the talented artists, both local and international, been welcome to produce it together. Such collaboration happens all over the world today, and it's organized by the graffiti community. Here is one such project that worked spectacularly, Chromopolis, for the Greek Cultural Olympiad in 2002. Greek artists invited both local and international writers and put them in collaborative teams, who designed their own murals and painted them at preservable sites around the cities. Problem prevented.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Germany, Berlin: July 20 - Aug 10, 2013: HEIKO ZAHLMANN


July 20 – August 10, 2013

BC Gallery
Libauer Straße 14
10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
S-/U-Bahn Warschauer Straße

Monday, July 29, 2013

CA, San Francisco: Now - Aug 10, 2013: Shoe at White Walls

White Walls is pleased to present Unism, the latest solo show by internationally acclaimed Niels 'Shoe' Meulman, opening July 6, 2013 from 7-11pm. The exhibition will be on view through August 10, 2013 and is free and open to the public.

After he coined the term Calligraffiti to describe his work in 2007, artist Niels 'Shoe' Meulman (Amsterdam, 1967) returns to San Francisco with a new phrase and eponymous exhibition: Unism (pronounced un-ism, not u-nism).

According to the designer-turned-painter, Unism incorporates all aspects of his expressionistic work:

"Unism is about the power of reversal. For example 'turning darkness into light' taken from a monk's poem that describes both the illuminated letters in medieval scriptures, as well as the wisdom they brought to the dark ages. In those days, some were trying to turn lead into gold, so it's no coincidence that I use lots of metallic paints.

But Unism also refers to modern vocabulary in which we find many new words like 'unlike', 'unfollow' and 'undo'. I've been painting my signature repetitive strokes for years now. This started as a practice to get my hand, wrist, arm and body in the right flow. It became somewhat of a meditative act. The uncanny thing was that four of these strokes actually make up the letters 'u' and 'n'. Since my graffiti days I realized that every word is also an image and that writing can be painting.

I've been working with the word 'unruly' for years, which basically is a reaction to our overly-regulated society. That ended up in the throwing of paint bombs which contrasted nicely with the grid-like fields of the repetitive strokes. It ties into the ultimate example of my reversal theory; order and chaos."

Especially for this exhibition a 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood limousine will be transported from New York City to San Francisco. This six-door limo was painted by Niels 'Shoe' Meulman and presented at the notorious Wynwood Walls during Art Basel Miami 2012. The hood, trunk and other pieces will be sold as separate pieces during the exhibition.

Also on display during the exhibition: As a tribute to the game, Meulman will create a series of Calligraffiti works titled Unpire! to fill the White Walls Project Space depicting various baseball terms painted with official umpire's brushes. Unusual tools are standard practice for Meulman, who has used brooms to paint all over the world, from the streets of Singapore to the floor of a boxing ring for Louis Vuitton’s tribute videos to Muhammad Ali. Using traditional wooden plate brushes, the Dutch artist honors America’s favorite pastime with a sweeping elegance. And what better place to do this than in the World Series-winning San Francisco?

White Walls & Shooting Gallery
886 Geary Street
San Francisco CA 94109

(415) 931-1500

Tues-Sat 12pm-7pm

Sunday, July 28, 2013

80 photos of NYC in the 1970s and 1980s

These are scenic photos of New York City back in the day. Some of them have graffiti in them. Most of the photos are amazing because they show us a New York, and a world, that doesn't exist anymore.

MA, Boston: Hall of fame to be torn down - See it while you can

An open graffiti park that was recently set up at a 125-year-old abandoned bus garage in Boston is set to be demolished in November, in order to build a set of apartment buildings.


[If you're in Boston, please document the spot with your photos and put them on the open web (someplace everyone can see them without having to log in). We'll try to archive some too.  - Susan]

Where: "Bartlett Yard, an 8.6-acre parcel of land just blocks away from Dudley Square in Roxbury, formerly used as a bus garage by the MBTA."

NYC: Aug 1 - 4, 2013: The Future is Now

Opening Reception: Thursday August 1st, 2013 4-11pm;
Friday August 2nd, 2013 10 am-11pm
Saturday August 3rd, 2013 10 am-11pm
Sunday August 4th, 2013 10 am-6pm

The Highline Loft
508 W. 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

We are pleased to present “The Future Is Now” at The Highline Loft, NYC’s renowned gallery located on The Highland Park in Chelsea, NYC.

This unique Invitational brings together a curated selection of prolific street and urban contemporary artists and musicians for a weekend of cutting edge art, music, technology and performance.

Jordan Betten, John Breiner, Ross Brodar, Alison Buxton, Garrison Buxton, John Arthur Carr, Cern, Deedee Cheriel, Chip Love, Steve Cogle, Joseph Conrad- Ferm, COPE2, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Cycle, CYRCLE, Dalek, Adam Dare, Katrina Del Mar, ELLE DEAD SEX, Brian Ermanski, John FeknerEric Foss, Mike Fitzsimmons, Ellis Gallagher, Mike Giant, Maya Hayuk, Hellbent, David Hochbaum, David Hollier, Michael Holman, Ben Horton, Kimyon Huggins, INDIE 184 , Ian Kuali, Dave Kinsey, Koralie, Kool Kid Kreyola, Nick Kuszyk, Greg LaMarche, Craig LaRotonda, Don Leicht, Chip Love, Adam Ludwig, Joe Lurato, Tara McPherson, Alice Mizrachi, Billy Mode, Morning Breath, NDA, NOBODY, OLEK, David Ortiz, William Quigley, Leon Reid, Skewville, Specter , Beau Stanton, Chris Stain, Swoon, Nick Taylor, Thundercut, Chris Uphues, Michel Bellici, Andrea Von Bujdoss, Kennedy Yanko, Deborah Yoon


Special Musical Performances:


April 29th, 1979, Holman and Basquiat created the revolutionary sound/music/noise group, Gray. Gray's music can be heard on film soundtracks, such as: Basquiat, The Radiant Child, Downtown 81, Blank City and Downtown Calling. Today, original Gray member Nick Taylor and Holman make up the band.

Since re-uniting in 2010, Gray has performed live at the New Museum (New York City, July, 2011), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., March, 2012) and the Parrish Museum (Watermill, November, 2012).

Ralph McDaniels

McDaniels, who has family roots in Trinidad, invested his time and money into Video Music in 1983 when hip-hop was in commercial infancy. Exposure on McDaniels’ New York show greatly boosted the popularity — and music sales — of many now famous stars such as Run-D.M.C, Notorious BIG and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. McDaniels also used the show to spread messages of unity, non-violence, anti-drug abuse, anti-crime, political activism and self-respect to his predominately young viewing audience. Today, the show airs on NYC-TV Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m.

Todd Sines Live

From the flat fields of Ohio to the concrete jungle of New York, Todd Sines' environments; real and virtual, have served as inspiration for his unique, hybrid sound. His post punk, industrial, and hip-hop upbringings, filtered through an obsession with analogue and early digital technology, resulted in stripped down electronic funk; before minimal was mnml - it was just effective. Since his move to New York in 2003, he's worked with a variety of other artists, including !!!, Death in Vegas, Liquid Liquid's Sal Principato and Apollo Heights; he's remixed Alexander Robotnick, Paul Randolph, Robert Owens, Moonstarr, Adam Marshall, Lanoiraude and more.

Curated by: No Agenda, Ad Hoc Art and Melissa McCaig-Welles

France, Rennes: Sept 6 - Oct 6, 2013: Teenage Kicks - international meeting

Le festival teenage kicks organisé par l'association graffititeam prendra place à Rennes et St Malo du 6 septembre au 6 octobre 2013. Cette première édition d'un évènement international d'art urbain fera donc la part belle au street art en présentant un état des lieux de la scène actuelle internationale. Nous assisterons à la réalisation d’une fresque murale de plus de 250 m de long, plusieurs peintures sur des façades d’immeuble ainsi que trois expositions.

La peinture murale réunira une dizaine d'artistes europeens mais aussi d'Outre-Manche de premier ordre tels que Rime/Los Angeles, Scien et Klor/Montreal, Flying Fortress/Hamburg et bien d'autres, choisis pour leurs qualités et leur influence sur le graffiti contemporain, également une sélection d'artistes locaux et régionaux tels que Kazy/Nantes, Pedro/Nantes, Briks/Saint-Brieuc, Dino/Rennes, Poire/Rennes, Météo/Rennes...

The festival organized by the teenage kicks graffititeam Association will take place in Rennes and St Malo from 6 September to 6 October 2013. This first edition of an international street art event will therefore share the beautiful street art by presenting an overview of the current international scene. We will see the creation of a mural of more than 250 m long, several paintings on building facades and three exhibitions.

The mural will bring a dozen european artists but also across the Channel chip such as Rime / Los Angeles, Scien and Klor / Montreal, Flying Fortress / Hamburg and others chosen for their quality and their influence on contemporary graffiti, also a selection of local and regional artists such as Kazy / Nantes, Pedro / Nantes, Briks / Saint-Brieuc, Dino / Rennes, Pear / Rennes Weather / Rennes ...

Les expositions acceuilleront quant à elles: Delta/Amsterdam, Honet/Paris, Sozyone/Valence, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine/Paris, Vhils/Londres, les JBCB/Hamburg et les rennais du groupe RA CREW.

aux Ateliers du vent du 7 septembre au 29 septembre 2013 avec les artistes suivants : Boris (Delta) Tellegen – Honet - Olivier Kosta - Théfaine - Sozyone

à DMA galerie du 14 septembre au 2 octobre avec Flying Fortress, Zay et Kid Crap, trois des principaux membres du groupe JBCB.

Enfin plusieurs façades visible dans l'urbanisme rennais seront réalisées par Julien Seth Malland/Paris, Aryz/Barcelone et Mioshe/Rennes.

Dans ce cadre, Flying Fortress, zay et Kid Crap, trois des principaux membres du crew JBCB pour JukeBox Cowboys investiront la galerie DMA du 14 septembre au 02 octobre. Le groupe JBCB qui est originaire de Hambourg en Allemagne, arbore un look de bikers saupoudré d'une point de culture hip hop. Ils revendiquent le coté sauvage et brut du graffiti en mélangeant le souffle indocile de la culture Rock à l'impertinence du Rap.

Exhibitions: Delta / Amsterdam Honet / Paris, Sozyone / Valencia, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine/Paris, Vhils / London, the JBCB / Hamburg and Rennes RA group CREW.

Workshops: from September 7 to September 29, 2013 with the following artists: Boris (Delta) Tellegen - Honet - Olivier Kosta - Théfaine - Sozyone

DMA gallery: from September 14 to October 2 with Flying Fortress, Zay and Kid Crap, three key members of the group JBCB.

Finally, several visible facades in urban Rennes will be painted by Julien Seth Malland / Paris, Aryz / Barcelona Mioshe / Rennes.

In this context, Flying Fortress, and zay Kid Crap, three key members of the crew for JBCB JukeBox Cowboys invest DMA gallery from September 14 to October 2. The JBCB group who hails from Hamburg, Germany, offers a look bikers sprinkled with a point of hip hop culture. They claim the wild and raw side of graffiti by mixing the stubborn breath of Rock culture with the impertinence of Rap.

IL, Chicago: Sept 13 - 27, 2013: Angel "ROME" Pagan

Iran, Tehran: Sept 6 - 18, 2013: DEJ Crew - Blue Dimensions

Germany, Zwickau: Aug 30 - Sept 1, 2013: IBUg Festival

IBUg 2013
Urban Culture Festival
in Zwickau, Germany

The well acclaimed IBUg festival 2013 will be on in Zwickau, Germany, the event starts in its 8th round. What began as a tiny and non-public graffiti meeting in 2006 in the small town of Meerane soon evolved into a distinguished arts project of international reputation. With artists from all over the world, fascinating pieces of art and the very athmosphere you’ll only find at IBUg.

“Zwickauer Eisenwerk” is the name of this year’s IBUg location. Up to the mid-nineties this plant was birthplace of engine blocks, gearbox castings, pumps and panels. Starting on August, 23rd, just about 100 artists from Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Spain, Argentina and Belarus will transform the underused industrial ground into a total work of art showing installations, graffiti, paintings and visuals. There’s not more than one week of pure creativity for artists such as Chromeo and Koala, Lean Frizzera, Mati Quiroga, Clara Reichertz, El Marian and Milu Correch, benjAMIN and Valenciennes, Pinche, Key Detail, Loomit, Atem, Quintessenz Creation and Threehouse.

>From August, 30th to September, 1st, the IBUg festival presents urban art and culture to visitors. There one can have a close look onto the creative work of the IBUg family and our fellow guests. As it is more than a off gallery IBUg also offers guided tours through the re-designed “Eisenwerk”, a cinema showing documentary films of IBUg artists and their work, lectures with Loomit (Munich-based german graffiti artist), panel discussions, a gallery and art market, and of course the notorious IBUg festival party. What is new in this round is the IBUg lounge, a dance theatre and the “IBArt” art exibition.

More detailed information and the complete program at

NYC: Aug 13 – Sept 22, 2013: Queen Andrea - Type Crazy

Opening Reception August 13th, 2013 at 7pm

Exhibition open for viewing: August 13th –September 22nd, 2013

Type Crazy, a solo exhibition of paintings, prints, and collage works by graffiti artist and typographer Andrea von Bujdoss AKA Queen Andrea, is inspired by the artist’s endless love for typography and graffiti letterforms. With a visual language that is consistently bold and bombastic, Andrea’s new works serve as intricate and intense explorations of geometry, color, and form. Her custom, hand-drawn typography expresses a full range of styles—including sign painting, script, and vintage advertisement lettering—spelling out lyrics from popular rap songs by artists such as Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, and Jeru the Damaja. Featured in this exhibition is Andrea’s new series of collage works—ripped, torn, and pasted together into energetic compositions—which will invite the viewer to find typographic messages referring to the vibrancy and creative flavor of urban life.

The excitement, color, diversity and crazy energy of city life, and especially graffiti, is where Andrea finds her creative inspiration. Renegade cutting-edge art forms, brash subcultures and lifestyles that have sprang forth from an ever-changing urban metropolis give her the visual stimulus, the guts, and the urge to create and innovate. Her artistic style is influenced as much by her love of typography as it is themes of urban life, female superheroes, fame, the advertising age, the golden age of Hip Hop, funk and rap music, geometry, cartooning, symbolism, sign painter lettering, bling, diamonds and bright lively color.

Andrea von Bujdoss AKA Queen Andrea is a New York City based fine artist, illustrator, self-taught graffiti artist, and graphic designer. After earning her BFA in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design, Andrea has worked for worldwide brands and has been featured in major art shows, toy shows, magazines, books, fashion lines and brand collaborations. She has also curated and exhibited in numerous exhibitions nationally, and is currently focusing on national and international solo exhibitions.

For more about Andrea’s work, visit

CA, Oakland: Aug. 2, 2013 - one night only - LTS / KOG: Survive

SURVIVE is an exhibition featuring a conceptually coherent and significant, original body of work by emerging artists of the L.A. based graffiti crews LTS KOG: SINER, FISHE, DREYE, KYLE THOMAS, and NATHAN SMITH.

The exhibition will feature 36 3x4 ft. canvasses. The artists work from the same flat monochromatic palette mixing ink, acrylic, markers, brush, rollers, and spray paint.

Their abstract work on the street translates directly across surfaces, textures, and contexts onto the canvas. The fearless originality and brutal honesty of their works create a dramatic composition that reflects an aggressive obsession with technique and medium. The works’ distinctively raw aesthetic results in something chaotic, yet beautiful.



SURVIVE has consciously chosen Oakland to follow up the exhibition in New Orleans and Detroit to provoke a dialogue on the transformative power of art. Inviting Bay Area street culture purveyors and art audiences to the showcase of emerging artists in a formerly vacant structure, and now transformed ‘pop-up’ gallery space, the concept, the process, and the art reinforce the purpose: SURVIVE.

To view the making of the first in a series of murals and the journey of SURVIVE visit: SUPERVIVEREDESIGN.COM

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

NYC: July 3, 2013: MS163

Sharon de la Cruz aka MS163 
Opening Reception: July 3rd, 7pm

Exhibition open for viewing: July 3rd –August 11th, 2013

bOb Bar
235 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

Wild Thing

Curated by Eileen Quaranto

bOb Bar is pleased to present Wild Thing, an exhibition of work by graffiti artist MS163. Please join us for an opening reception on Wednesday, July 3rd to meet the artist and celebrate her work.

In MS163’s series Wild Thing, the fictional yet familiar character “Max” from Where the Wild Things Are (1963) performs the role of the iconic Ruby Bridges—a crucial player in the civil rights movement and desegregation in 1960s New Orleans. On the one hand, MS163 celebrates the centrality of women of color in national sociopolitical movements; on the other, she begs the spectator to consider how women of color are used by these same movements. Wild Thing asks: how was Ruby, at 6 years old, deployed as a symbol of femininity, fragility, and respectability for the betterment of the African American community?

Sharon Lee De La Cruz is a prolific artist and activist in New York City. She earned a BFA from The Cooper Union, is a Fulbright scholar, and is now an MA candidate in NYU’s ITP program. She has shown in numerous venues throughout the New York metropolitan area, notably during Armory Week 2012 at the Bronx River Arts Center. She has been awarded residencies at Wonder Women and 365 Days of Print. Additionally, De La Cruz has designed a limited edition perfume bottle for Calvin Klein’s CK One Shock Street Edition For Her.