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Street Artists Threaten McDonald’s with Lawsuit

Six Street Artists Threaten McDonald’s with Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

APR 19TH, 2017

In another chapter of 2017’s incredible streak of “multinational corporation tries to appeal to the kids; mayhem ensues” episodes, McDonald’s stands accused of copyright infringement and false endorsement for using the work of New York City graffiti artists in a promotional video entitled “McDonald’s Presents the Vibe of Bushwick NY.”

On Wednesday, lawyers representing six street artists sent a letter to the burger chain threatening legal action and seeking “compensation for damages to their work and reputation, as well as profits derived from McDonald’s unauthorized use of their artwork,” according to a statement released by their lawyer Andrew Gerber of Kushnirsky Gerber PLLC.

The burger chain hired six Bushwick-based street artists to paint its new bagel sandwich in public spaces around the Netherlands while being filmed, using that footage for an ad alongside the “Vibe” video. While the four-minute-long video focuses mostly on the hired artists, who are part of the Bushwick Collective group, work by many other street artists appears in the video without permission.

Rich McCor Goes Large With Cut Paper (Video)

Light artist, and my sometimes show director, Christine Marie sent me a video of Rich McCor's hilarious and creative use of perspective and cut paper art. "It's like a stencil in the sky," she wrote with the shared video. McCor is better known as @paperboyo on Instagram, and his whimsy has made me smile a few times this week.


15 April: Adam Feibelman's Personal Provenance (SF, CA)

As artist Adam Feibelman found on a recent trip to walk the rugged trails traversing the border between Tucson and Nogales, the sharp divisions ingrained in national identities and our senses of place are rendered hazily ambiguous as the paths between nations wind off into the distance—no hard line in sight.  In a similar sense, the work of Taravat Talepasand capitalizes on the image systems that indoctrinate Iranian identity, state power and gender, and how these notions are portrayed within and augmented through a steady stream of American popular culture.  Through their respective exhibitions, Adam Feibelman’s Personal Provenance and Taravat Talepasand’s Born in Iran, Made in America, the artists explore the critical boundaries and borders that separate places and people—questioning, transgressing and meditating on both the systems of separation as well as a seemingly growing need for intensifying said divisions.

More Info: Guerrero Gallery

Over 22k Photos After These New Ones

Stencil Archive just passed 22,000 photos. Once again, your submissions are appreciated and help keep it large!
<<< Maybe 22,000th photo? txmx snapped this one, by Marshal Arts (Hamburg)

Two from Chile (thanks, Amanda)

A few from Hamburg (thanks, txmx)

>NEW< A Inside a Heart (UK)

Funny, Trump stencil from Bambi (UK)

Banksy in Palestine

>>>More from txmx in DE

ketauu (just one)

KUSEK (just one)

Le Loup


Marshall Arts


3 Mar: Jef Aerosol's People and Things (FR)

« people and things » : des gens et des choses…
Jef aurait aussi bien pu appeler cette exposition « Sujets et Objets », dans tous les sens des deux vocables.
Humains ou inertes, vivants ou inanimés, ces objets/sujets se jouxtent, se complètent, dialoguent, racontent ce que nous sommes et ce qui nous constitue : rêves, peurs, espoirs, colères, larmes, sourires, souvenirs, interrogations…

Tantôt profond ou sombre, tantôt léger ou futile, à la fois possédé par ses nostalgies et remué par l’actualité, l'artiste pulvérise ses émotions à travers la dentelle de ses pochoirs. Pour cette exposition, il a privilégié le carton et le bois de récupération : supports vivants et si « riches de leur pauvreté ». Une fois de plus, Jef Aérosol affirme cet « engagement poétique » qui le caractérise.

Né à Nantes en 1957, vivant à Lille depuis 1984, Jef Aérosol est l’un des pionniers de ce qu’on appelle aujourd’hui « street art » ou « art urbain ».
Il pose sa première empreinte au pochoir en 1982 dans la ville de Tours où il réside alors.
Son imagerie doit autant à la culture punk-rock-pop qu’aux anonymes de la rue et ses oeuvres sont toujours soulignées de sa marque de fabrique : une mystérieuse flèche rouge. Depuis, ce dandy de la bombe aérosol a laissé sa marque sur les murs de nombreuses villes dans le monde entier : pochoirs furtifs ou grandes fresques murales telle celle que la Mairie du 4ème arrondissement de Paris lui a commandée en 2011 : le grand « Chuuuttt!!! » qui trône près du Centre Pompidou, face à la fontaine de Tinguely et Nikki de St Phalle.
Ses personnages en noir, blanc et nuances de gris, illustres ou inconnus, souvent peints à l’échelle 1, témoignent de l’attachement de Jef à de profondes valeurs humanistes. Son travail est également visible dans de nombreuses manifestations et expositions en galeries et musées, tant en France qu’à l’étranger. Sur le territoire hexagonal, il est représenté à Marseille par David Pluskwa et à Paris par la prestigieuse galerie Laurent Strouk.


25 Feb.: Douglas Miles at the de Young (SF)

Douglas Miles, Global Fellow and February 2017 Artist-in-Residence
Kimball Education Gallery

February 1-26, 2017
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
Reception: Saturday February 25, 3–5 pm

APACHELYPSE Now is a glimpse into the multi-faceted work of Douglas Miles from the San Carlos Apache Nation in Arizona. Using street art forms, he creates work that simultaneously deconstructs stereotypes and emboldens Native people in the 21st century. His renegade ethos at work creates a new iconography in art, photos, and film. The title APACHELYPSE Now is an homage to Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now about a lone poet, renegade colonel, and his tribe gone rogue from the U.S.

Douglas Miles is an artist, designer, photographer, filmmaker, muralist, public speaker, and founder of Apache Skateboards. His work encourages reflection on how art can foster community-building and promote pride and well-being, especially among young people. His work is rooted in Apache history and deeply engaged with the world of contemporary pop culture. Miles’ work has been exhibited at Princeton University, Columbia University, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe. He recently collaborated with actor and author Ethan Hawke and artist Greg Ruth on a New York Times bestseller graphic novel, Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars.

Ticket Information
The Kimball Education Gallery is located in the free zone of the museum; no tickets are required. Please drop by any time during open hours.


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