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    “Garbage Tail” by Murmure Street in Martinique

    French duo Murmure Street is back with a new mural entitled “Garbage Tail”. This project was done in collaboration with the IPAF Festival organized by Milsmurs in the Terres Sainville district of Fort-de-France in Martinique. This monumental wall is part of their “Garb-age” series which is based on dreamlike and poetic twists of the garbage bag. This object, symbol of our era and of our consumerist civilization, that invades our daily life and the environment.

    The theme of the festival this year was “Men and the Caribbean Sea”. As whale watching becomes more and more popular in the Caribbean, this work reminds us that scientific studies indicate that by 2050 the oceans will have more waste than fish if nothing is done.

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    Following on the “Garbage Whale” mural produced in Vladivostok, this work takes up the zoomorphic theme of the garbage bag whale. Like the tip of an iceberg, the tail of the whale is the only visible part of the animal, symbolizing the plastic pollution of our oceans. It thus suggests the most invisible part of the beast. Because if the presence of plastic is known to everyone, especially throughout the existence of the “seventh continent”, a large part of it remains invisible in the form of microscopic particles in the water but just as dangerous.
    “Garbage Tail” is entirely made in acrylic and brush with a deliberately realistic rendering that catches the viewer’s eyes, reminding them of the urgency of the situation.

    Murmure Street is a French street artist duo composed of Paul Ressencourt and Simon Roche. The main focus of Murmure Street is to create playful, dreamlike and poetical artworks interacting with the urban environment they are set in. Although there is always a message when created by the artists, everyone is free to interpret Murmure’s work as they wish. Combined with acrylic, spray paint and black chalk, Murmure Street aims for an hyper realistic rendering mixed with surrealism making their graphic signature unique.
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    Futura, a King of Graffiti, Returns to His Roots

    #masthead-section-label, #masthead-bar-one { display: none }The Best of 2020Best ComedyBest TV ShowsBest BooksBest MoviesBest AlbumsThe graffiti artist Futura, born Leonard McGurr, near the Eric Firestone Gallery in Manhattan, where “Futura 2020,” his first solo exhibition in New York in 30 years, is on view.Credit…Celeste Sloman for The New York TimesSkip to contentSkip to site indexFutura, a King of Graffiti, Returns to His RootsThe artist has gone from painting subway cars to the runways of Comme des Garçons. After a hiatus, his two exhibitions are his first in his hometown in 30 years.The graffiti artist Futura, born Leonard McGurr, near the Eric Firestone Gallery in Manhattan, where “Futura 2020,” his first solo exhibition in New York in 30 years, is on view.Credit…Celeste Sloman for The New York TimesSupported byContinue reading the main storyPublished More

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    Coverage: “NO ART HERE” by Javier Calleja at Nanzuka 2G at PARCO & 3110NZ by LDH Kitchen, Tokyo, Japan

    Two years after his solo debut with NANZUKA, Javier Calleja is back to Japanese capital for another solo exhibition which will be presented on 2 locations – at NANZUKA 2G space at PARCO in Shibuya, and at transforming gallery space 3110NZ in collaboration with Sushi Saito.b-sm = 300×250; sm > none; Calleja produces work that brings surprise and… More

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    “About William Lanson” by David de la Mano in New Haven, Connecticut

    Spanish contemporary artist David de la Mano recently finished a new mural located in Ninth Square at 33 Crown Street, New Haven, Connecticut entitled “About William Lanson”. It is a 330 meter square mural that took the artist 6 non-consecutive days (due to snow and rain) to paint.

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    This project was born in 2018 and is an initiative of SITE PROJECTS (a private non-profit organization that commissions world-class works of art, programming and public events project by project in partnership with local agencies and organizations that enhance cultural heritage and diversity. New Haven).

    SITE PROJECTS believes that public art is an essential part of a healthy and democratic society. It enriches, inspires, and educates, enhancing our sense of place, purpose, and potential. SITE PROJECTS commissions site-specific world-class public art that brings 21st century avant-garde art to historic New Haven, CT. By speaking in the universal language of art, we stimulate community conversations and interactions that embrace diversity and bridge social and economic differences.

    The organization’s proposal for this mural project was to generate a metaphor for the figure of the black businessman and engineer William Lanson, an extraordinary figure in New Haven of the early 19th century who made possible the industrial success of the 19th century New Haven, CT.

    Almost certainly a runaway slave, Lanson beat incredible odds to become a highly successful businessman, one of Connecticut’s first black entrepreneurs.He was one of the first leaders among free blacks and was praised by the white establishment for his commercial achievements.

    It was Lanson who discovered a way to extend the city’s dock to New Haven Harbor, facilitating the growth of the city as a port when no one else could hold the piles firm in the sand and mud. He amassed an entire neighborhood of businesses and homes.

    This project on Lanson is about barriers and extraordinary people, the ability to overcome and how these people are able to see beyond. He also wants to make them visible so that they serve as example by example to people who are in their situation and live adversity with despair. We all look for references that help us to build our own path and William Lanson is undoubtedly and will be a reference for all.
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    Sneakerwolf “LOVE” Print Release – November 20th

    Japanese graffiti artist Sneakerwolf will be releasing a new print entitled “LOVE” this 20th of November, Friday at 20:00 JST.

    “LOVE” is a 4-color silkscreen poster aluminum silver dripped on Japanese traditional paper (WA-SHI). It comes in an edition of 20. Signed and numbered by the artist.

    Sneakerwolf is street artist and designer living in Tokyo and “Kanji-Graphy” is his one-of-a-kind art which reflects the typeface design of Kanji-Graphy-Japanese character graphic. He have previously worked with Nike, PUMA and New Balance. Sneakerwolf also own his footwear label, LOSERS. The artist is also well-versed in other mediums – namely illustration, sign and window painting.

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    “St. George” by Bozko in Sofia, Bulgaria

    Graffiti artist Bozko just finished my new mural for the 2020 Edition of our urban art project “Urban Creatures”. The mural entitled “”St. George” is located in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is Bozko’s interpretation of the old biblical scene, which he finds more and more corresponding to the current reality.

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    Bozhidar Simeonov, also known as Bozko, is a Bulgarian artist who lives and works in Sofia. Besides street art, he works in illustration, comic books, animation and set design. His characters are easily recognizable and strangely appealing in a morbidly adorable way.

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    Rome Tracks Down the Man Behind All That Graffiti. No, It’s Not Banksy.

    AdvertisementContinue reading the main storySupported byContinue reading the main storyRome Tracks Down the Man Behind All That Graffiti. No, It’s Not Banksy.The tagger known as Geco is not as famous as the British provocateur, but he has made a name for himself in Italy.Graffiti in Rome that reads “Geco gives you wings.”Credit…Marilla Sicilia/Mondadori Portfolio, via Getty ImagesNov. 14, 2020ROME — The post on the Rome mayor’s Facebook page was triumphant: The police had tracked down a man “once considered uncatchable,” she said in announcing that after a yearlong investigation, the authorities had discovered the real identity of the elusive tagger known only as Geco.For years, his moniker in blocky letters has marked countless Roman subway stations and bridges, abandoned buildings and schools, parks and galleries. Stickers with his name have been affixed to innumerable street signs, lamp posts and news stands.“He has soiled hundreds of walls and buildings in Rome and other European cities, which had to be cleaned using public funds,” the mayor, Virginia Raggi, wrote on social media this week. She posted a photo of “hundreds of spray paint cans, thousands of stickers,” and other tricks of the trade that she said investigators had confiscated from the apartment of Rome’s most-wanted graffiti painter.The city authorities did not disclose Geco’s real name. But Italian news outlets identified him, without saying how they had obtained the name. And they gave few personal details about the man, who is thought to be in his late 20s and originally from Rome. His lawyer would not confirm his real name.Geco is not nearly as well-known as Banksy, the world’s most famous artist-provocateur, whose real identity remains a secret. But he has made a name for himself in Rome, where his tags seemed to be everywhere, while his true identity — in the spirit of his more famous counterpart — was kept a secret.Paulo von Vacano, a publisher and expert in contemporary urban art, said tagging “is something brutal, archaic,” adding: “You tag your name to show that you are king of the street. In the context of what he did, he did it very well.”Geco fueled his fame by tagging a perilously tall railway tower and by climbing to the roof of a municipal food market to leave an unusually verbose message: “Geco ti mette le ali,” or ‘Geco gives you wings.”While most Romans would concur that the Italian capital could use a good cleanup, including its graffiti, many grumbled that the city — and the mayor — had much bigger problems to contend with, from the ever-present scourge of potholes to infrequent garbage collection, not to mention the economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic.“He has soiled hundreds of walls and buildings in Rome and other European cities, which had to be cleaned using public funds,” Mayor Virginia Raggi, center, wrote on social media this week.Credit…Riccardo Antimiani/EPA, via Shutterstock“A writer treated like a mafioso,” a lawmaker for the center-left Democratic Party, Matteo Orfini, wrote on Twitter. “Reading and interpreting a city only through the lens of decorum and security can’t be the solution. In fact, it’s a (not small) part of the problem.”At least one “Free Geco” tag appeared on a city wall. But actually, he has not been arrested.Geco’s lawyer, Domenico Melillo, himself a graffiti writer turned street artist known as Frode, said the investigation was still in a preliminary phase and his client had not been formally charged.“Everything has to be verified,” he said.If Geco is charged with defacing public or private property and found to be a repeat offender, he could face up to two years in prison and fines.But Mr. Melillo dismissed the mayor’s Facebook post as little more than political propaganda which violated his client’s right to secrecy during the preliminary investigation. Mayors have understood that cracking down on graffiti has become a way to forge a political consensus, he said, adding, “They want to show that they’re doing something.”Through his lawyer, Geco declined to be interviewed.The Geco sting was carried out by an 18-month-old environmental police task force that works directly for the mayor’s office. It acted on numerous complaints by Ms. Raggi as well as the city’s infrastructure commissioner and an association for one of Rome’s biggest parks. They claimed damage to city property as well as various other buildings and green spaces.It was rumored that Geco had landed in the cross hairs of the mayor because he had mistakenly tagged what he thought was an abandoned building that turned out to be a Secret Service hide-out.The mayor’s office said Geco had also operated in other European countries, above all Portugal, where he had caused thousands of euros in damages in Lisbon.Some might argue that Rome had expanded its urban art scene thanks to his tags. When it comes to graffiti, there has always been a fine line between vandalism and creative genius, said Mr. von Vacano, the urban art expert.Many grumbled that Rome had much bigger problems to contend with, including the ever-present scourge of potholes and infrequent garbage collection.Credit…Giuseppe Lami/EPA, via ShutterstockMany celebrated contemporary artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, began their careers as taggers. And countless street painters have achieved fame, and market value, from Banksy to Blu, another celebrated — and anonymous — Italian artist.Geco has never strayed from his roots as a tagger. In an interview on a Portuguese website, he defined himself as a high-volume bomber who wanted to “spread my name more than having a super-developed aesthetic.” He said his top priority was quantity, adding, “Quality comes later.”“He is pure,” Mr. von Vacano said. “He is everywhere, a free spirit, and like all street artists of his kind, he works in lawlessness. He does not interact with the art system.”While Ms. Raggi was celebrating the supposed downfall of one street painter, another was being celebrated at Rome’s municipal Gallery of Modern Art, with a retrospective of the American Shepard Fairey. The show, “3 decades of dissent” is now closed because of the coronavirus.And for a campaign launched last November to teach Roman schoolchildren to keep their city clean, Ms. Raggi hired a well known graphic artist to draw her as a manga comic figure. (In one, the mayor is shown frowning upon a graffiti writer.)Not long after, the artist, Mario Improta, known as Marione, was fired from the campaign after he posted a vignette on social media depicting the European Union as the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.“It’s clear that not everyone likes graffiti and it’s legitimate that someone can be annoyed that someone has tagged his house. But it’s a leap to think of a writer as a criminal,” said Andrea Cegna, the author of a book on graffiti.To praise the Banksys or the Harings, he said, you have to accept the contradictory part, the illegal part.“Because as is true of everything that is aesthetic, everything that has to do with taste,” Mr. Cegna said, “there is no right or wrong.”AdvertisementContinue reading the main story More