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Scott Williams: Inside Out Exhibit (2012)

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Inside Out: Steven Wolf Fine Arts Recreates Scott Williams' Apartment Studio 

Often considered a predecessor of "Mission School" street artists, Williams is most widely known for densely layered spray paint stencil murals. 

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Xavi's Archive is Updated

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Xavi's set of tools on-site at a wall in the Mission District.

Decided to update Xavi's Stencil Archive this morning after seeing his "Tetris House"…

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Cashing in on Mainstreaming of Street Art

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By Isabella Kwai
New York Times
3/31/2024

Isabella Kwai spoke to street artists, developers and real estate advisers from several cities for this article. 

Julian Phethean’s first canvas in London was a shed in his backyard where he covered the walls with bold lettering in spray paint. When he moved his art to the city’s streets in the 1980s, it was largely unwelcome — and he was even arrested a few times. 

“We had nowhere to practice,” he said. “It was just seen as vandalism.” 

These days, the canvases come to Mr. Phethean, better known as the muralist Mr Cenz. Recent facades, which he shares with his sizable following, have included an abstract mural on a Tesla showroom and a portrait of Biggie Smalls, sponsored by Pepsi Max. 

“I never would have envisioned that I’d be able to do it for a living,” he said. 

Landlords wanting to attract young professionals once scrubbed off the rebellious scrawls. That was before…

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Humorous Stencils Lighten Up Parking Spaces

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‘You are not your car’: At this parking garage, every space gets a pearl of wisdom 
Written by Astrid Kane Published Feb. 03, 2024 • 8:00am for the SF Standard

"You are one of the great lovers.” 
“Relax. You’re already there.” 
“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?” 
 

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SF 2023 State of Graffiti Tagging

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How SF is aiding businesses clean persistent graffiti
SF Examiner (Link, with maps and graphs)

A parklet, a storefront, a billboard.

Graffiti pops up across The City seemingly as fast as it’s removed.

The City launched a pilot program to help businesses clean up graffiti last November in a press conference that featured Mayor London Breed painting over graffiti scrawled over a vacant brewery in the Inner Sunset.

Less than a year later, graffiti still abounds in not only the Inner Sunset but other San Francisco neighborhoods as well.

The $2 million “courtesy graffiti abatement” program was funded for a second consecutive year in The City budget adopted by legislators and signed by Breed last month. It employs workers who will…

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Preserving traditional Komon stencil dyeing technique

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Endo Komon
Digitizing this Komon stencil will preserve the pattern for future cut outs.

Tokyo shop strives to digitize to preserve traditional Komon stencil dyeing technique

January 16, 2022 (Mainichi Japan)

LINK to article.

TOKYO -- A workshop in Tokyo that creates products using a traditional Japanese stencil dyeing technique called "Edo Komon" has launched a crowdfunding campaign to digitize and preserve the extremely fine patterns which are on the brink of extinction.

The dyeing studio Tomita Sen-Kogei Co. (Tomita Dyeing & Crafts Co.), located at the foot of a bridge over the Kanda River -- a…

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KAVES Sues NYPD for Buffing His Wall

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Renowned graffiti artist sues NYPD for painting over his street art

By NOAH GOLDBERG

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (LINK)

JUN 01, 2021 AT 5:11 PM

A well-known graffiti artist is suing the NYPD for painting over his street mural, arguing that the police department’s recent citywide clean-up mission “endangers hundreds of valuable, recognized, and permitted artworks.”

Michael McLeer, 51, who also goes by Michael Kaves, filed his lawsuit as a class action, asking that other street artists join him in his battle against the paint police.

“Using an undiscerning eye and an obtuse brush, the untrained crew went out to blot out art from street canvases,” wrote McLeer and his lawyers in the suit filed Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court…

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Discussing Street Art, Ownership of Public Space in India

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How unsanctioned street art complicates idea of 'ownership' of public space, and the inherent politics of art

Unsanctioned, therefore, uncensored street art makes for a viable platform for social commentary and political critique, giving space and form to public opinion.

Tanishka DLyma
May 12, 2021 11:04:17 IST
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This is the second part of a series on street art in India, and the issue of its ownership. Read the first part here.

In the month preceding India's fight against the coronavirus pandemic, a 40-foot mural was painted at…

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Climate Chaos Causing Deterioration of Ancient Cave Art

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The World’s Oldest Cave Art Is Being Destroyed By Climate Crisis, A New Study Finds

BY JESSE HOLTH
ArtNews (Original Link)
May 14, 2021 6:02pm

Some of the world’s oldest cave art is being lost due to the detrimental effects of climate change, according to a new study on the effects of climate change on Sulawesi’s Pleistocene rock art conducted by Jill Huntley and others from the Place, Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit at Griffith University in Australia. In southern Sulawesi, Indonesia, more than 300 cave sites are at risk of deterioration—this notably includes some of the earliest cave art…

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Street Art - On Canvas, in Galleries, for auction, in the Streets?

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What Qualifies as Street Art?
Justin Kamp, for artsy.net
Jan 11, 2021 12:43pm
photo: An early 2000s Swoon paste-up on a San Francisco public wall

The ascent of so-called street artists into the moneyed realms of the blue chip is not exactly a new phenomenon—it’s been nearly two years since KAWS skyrocketed to a new auction record of HK$116 million (US$14.8 million) with the sale of The Kaws Album (2005) at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, which was followed six months later by the record-breaking sale of Banksy’s Devolved Parliament (2009) for £9.8 million ($12.1 million). These two mononym…

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