Street Art / Public Art

Bigger is better: The first $100,000 that John Baldessari ever made.

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Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at Huffington Post Arts. Read below to learn about John Baldessari’s new public work in New York City. It’s no big shocker that we are not at our finest economic hour, but John Baldessari may have stumbled upon a solution to our money woes. All this time we have been trying to make more money, when[…..]

Vision and Communism

On the night of October 25th, police officers fired teargas and flash grenades into a crowd of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in Oakland, CA. The event was a significant escalation of force following weeks of arrests and threats of mandatory dispersal issued by police and local officials in American cities. The morning after the Oakland confrontation, news outlets were awash with chaotic images of police[…..]

Vintage Shots of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s SAMO© Graffiti

Today’s feature is brought to you by our friends at Flavorwire, where Marina Galperina briefly discusses vintage images of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s SAMO© Graffiti. At the end of the ’70s, as New York City’s Soho transformed from an ethnic factory district to the art hub of the elite, the graffiti collective SAMO© — made up of an anonymous teenage Jean-Michel Basquiat, his high school friend/graff veteran[…..]

Situation Rooms

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley York Chang always wanted to be a Latin American artist. The complication with this was that he wasn’t: wasn’t from Latin America, hadn’t grown up there, didn’t have family from there. As he described Wednesday, at Paper Chaser’s X-Ten Biennial, an evening over which arts professionals talked for ten minutes each about[…..]

World Disclosers: Medusa’s Mirror at Pro Arts Gallery

Some philosophy holds that the fundamental role of human beings is to be “world disclosers.”  Medusa’s Mirror: Fears, Spells, and Other Transfixed Positions, a small yet conceptually powerful show at Oakland’s Pro Arts Gallery, demonstrates this principle via the visual arts.  The exhibit, curated by Amanda Cachia, is expansive in at least two important ways. First, the objects on view include both traditional and new[…..]

EVOL’s Underground City in Hamburg

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Today’s feature is brought to you by our friends at Flavorwire, where Alison Nastasi briefly discusses Berlin-based street artist EVOL‘s newest project. In Nordkreuz (“Northern Cross”), Berlin-based street artist EVOL has created a miniature, underground city in the fields of Hamburg, Germany. The installation — which took him eight days to complete — found the artist outside of his typical urban environment, digging into a[…..]

Bring on the Dwarves: Social Practice and Protest in Poland

Dwarves, videos, homemade t-shirts and cardboard tanks: this is what you’ll find in Happenings Against Communism by the Orange Alternative at the Galeria Miedzynarodowego Centrum Kultury in Krakow.  It’s a multi-roomed tour of Polish protest in the 1980s, the retrospective of a social practice movement that swept an entire country.  Although the tone of the exhibition is playfully iconoclastic—that’s the whole point—I often found myself[…..]