street art

New York City as Canvas: Martin Wong’s Golden-Era Graffiti Collection

Although it can’t claim to be the birthplace of graffiti, New York City in the 1970s and 1980s saw street art become a movement, made Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring into worldwide art stars, and laid the groundwork for Shepard Fairey and Banksy to become household names. … Read More

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Playful GIFs of Iconic Banksy Artworks

Banksy’s lauded (and controversial) New York residency has come to an end, but you can enjoy the British graffiti artist’s work in endlessly animated form thanks to these GIFs from artist ABVH — which we spotted on Beautiful Decay. Several of Banksy’s iconic pieces have been given new life — and the looping format really suits the street artist’s absurdist imagery. Find a new appreciation for Banksy with these playful, animated artworks in our gallery. … Read More

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Surreal Snapshots of Anamorphic Graffiti in Abandoned Spaces

Fanette Guilloud‘s anamorphic graffiti, first spotted on Scene 360, is the ultimate optical illusion. A Penrose triangle and other graphic shapes appear to be floating in abandoned spaces, adding to their surreality, but the cleverly photographed images weren’t created with Photoshop. Using old-fashioned perspective and simple paint, Guilloud’s installations are a creative sleight of hand maneuver. Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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Charming Photos of People Interacting with Street Art

Street art is an evolving art form. At its best, it promotes interaction between people and public spaces. French artist Julien Coquentin, who we discovered on Design Taxi, takes that concept to heart. His playful photo series Please Draw Me a Wall finds people engaging with different artworks along the city streets, blending painted worlds with reality. Coquentin doesn’t indicate the origin of his images, but we’re guessing it could be Paris since the French capital has a very active scene. We’re especially charmed by the snapshots of a little girl staring at different murals with wonder. Take a closer look, below. … Read More

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10 of the Most Beautiful Works of Street Art From Around the Globe

You probably don’t want to read another essay on graffiti and street art’s highbrow acceptance, but the fact remains that slogans and murals spray painted and wheat pasted onto walls, and other forms of artistic expression displayed — often illegally — in public places, is more popular than ever. With over 750 beautiful color photos of art from all around the globe, Rafael Schacter’s The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti is further proof of how far the culture has come since the early days of French students writing slogans on walls and taggers bombing New York City subways; the spirit is still there, but now it’s high art. Click through to preview a selection of art from the book. … Read More

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Street Art Lovers, Relax: It’s Time to Let Go of 5 Pointz

You might be crying about 5 Pointz, the most prominent center for graffiti in New York, which owner David Wolkoff intends to demolish before the end of the year. I’m not, because I’m not a crier.

In fact, reasonable people might actually feel pretty sorry for Wolkoff, who could have done more to hedge against the avalanche of bad PR he has suffered for the past 12 months. On one hand, when he began allowing a warehouse he owned in Long Island City to be used as an immense canvas for sanctioned street artists, Wolkoff knew that the commissioned “aerosol art” would attract attention, and over the years, people would start to get attached to the building. That’s common sense. … Read More

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20 Awesome Street Art-Inspired Book Covers

Recently, Penguin UK released their latest series of classic book cover redesigns, The Penguin Street Art Series. For the project, the publisher asked ten street artists to redesign the covers of contemporary classics with their own urban spins. As it turns out, street art doesn’t look half bad on book covers. Inspired, Flavorwire sought out both the new Penguin covers and other street art-inspired book jackets from over the years. … Read More

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10 Works of Street Art That Went Commercial

Street art purists grumbled this week when the Sincura Group, a concierge company in London, held a members-only event to exhibit Slave Labour, a spray painting by the artist Banksy, which was eventually sold for more than £750,000 ($1.1 million). In an expression of self-assurance that bordered on defensiveness, Sincura’s director told Bloomberg that this was mission accomplished. … Read More

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Joy Division-Inspired Street Art Around the World

Thirty-three years ago today we lost one of England’s finest, Ian Curtis. Despite Joy Division’s short career and the singer’s tragically fleeting life, the influence of the post-punk pioneers is unmistakable. Curtis may have immortalized himself in the most devastating way possible, but fans across the world have done so through various tributes — like the street art we’ve gathered for your perusal. Fragments of the band’s album art and Curtis’ own somber image add a ghostly, poetic resonance to the urban milieux — and while we’re rather exhausted with the bazillion Unknown Pleasures copycats, we’ll gladly make an exception for these black-and-white sound waves on this day. … Read More

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Awesome Street Signs Commemorating Iconic Rap Lyrics

The little plaques you see all over cities like NYC that commemorate where famous people used to live… well, they tend to be rather biased in favor of long-dead white guys, don’t they? This is why we’re rather enamored of these hip hop-centric street signs, which commemorate a whole heap of New York locations mentioned in iconic rap lyrics, encompassing Jay-Z’s early days in the Marcy projects, the corner where Redman’s associates used to “sling rocks,” and a Smooth B lyric referencing “125 and St. Nick” (where your correspondent used to live!), amongst many others. They’re the work of artist Jay Shells, who posted over 30 of the signs all over the city — our friends at ANIMAL went and photographed them all in situ. We’ve chosen some of our favorites after the jump, and you can see the rest right here. … Read More

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