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Stencils in the Underbelly of NYC

Street Art Way Below the Street

A vast new exhibition space opened in New York City this summer, with a show 18 months in the making. On view are works by 103 street artists from around the world, mostly big murals painted directly onto the gallery’s walls.

It is one of the largest shows of such pieces ever mounted in one place, and many of the contributors are significant figures in both the street-art world and the commercial trade that now revolves around it. Its debut might have been expected to draw critics, art dealers and auction-house representatives, not to mention hordes of young fans. But none of them were invited.

In the weeks since, almost no one has seen the show. The gallery, whose existence has been a closely guarded secret, closed on the same night it opened.

Online: 100 pages of Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art

Taschen has posted a page-flipping version of their book "Trespass"

You can zoom in to read some pages to see the written bits.

Always happy to have the history or public art further investigated, please enjoy the text as well as the photos :)

10 Oct :: Polski Street Art Book Release (Warsaw)

Saturday at 9:00pm - October 10 at 1:30am
Centralny Basen Artystyczny
ul. Marii Konopnickiej 6 (za hotelem Sheraton)
Warszawa, Poland


Długo oczekiwany album POLSKI STREET ART w końcu gotowy!
Z tej okazji zapraszamy wszystkich na imprezę premierową. Na pięciu wielkoformatowych ekranach pokażemy mnóstwo street artu, do tego świetna muzyka, dobrze zaopatrzone bary i długa, październikowa noc. Wstęp wolny!


Więcej o albumie:

Wsparcie promocyjne:, Citydoping

Zobacz film z naszej poprzedniej imprezy:!/video/video.php?v=148458381848254

Artists Embellish Walls With Political Visions

Artists Embellish Walls With Political Visions

Original NYTimes article, with photos, found here

CARACAS, Venezuela — Of all the murals and graffiti that adorn this anarchic city’s trash-strewn center, one creation by the street artist
Carlos Zerpa fills him with special pride: a stenciled reinterpretation of Caravaggio’s “David with the Head of Goliath,” in which a warrior grasps the severed head of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Mr. Zerpa, 26, a slightly built painter sporting a few days of stubble, shrugged at the possibility that American visitors to Caracas — or Mrs. Clinton for that matter — might find the mural offensive. “It’s a metaphor for an empire that is being defeated,” he said nonchalantly in an interview. “My critics can take it or leave it, but I remain loyal to my ideas.”

Peat Wollaeger has his eye on St. Louis

Peat Wollaeger has his eye on St. Louis

Peat Wollaeger won't be the first to spray paint the gutted Powell Square building downtown. But he's the first to get permission.

Wollaeger plans to paint a gigantic 16-foot-by-16-foot mural on the warehouse Sunday. His message: I ♥ St. Louis. Only instead of the letter I, Wollaeger will stencil his trademark eye.

"I'm tired of the haters who say they can't wait to leave St. Louis," Wollaeger said. "Yeah, there are a lot of racist people in this town. There are a lot of people who are so closed-minded and people who only will come downtown for Cardinals games. But there are also people who put a lot of heart and soul in this town to make it a better place."

Located near Interstate 55 and the Poplar Street Bridge, the Powell Square building is a playground for vandals, a shelter for the homeless and a blemish scarring the St. Louis skyline. Chavvis Development hopes to open an arts center on the site, though director Gelinda Connell concedes the project is stalled.

"Everyone knows this building has been a magnet for vandalism and graffiti, so to replace the signatures of taggers with something really positive seemed like a great idea," said Connell, who secured owner Steven C. Murphy's permission for Wollaeger. "Peat couldn't be a better cheerleader for St. Louis, and he really commands a lot of respect among street artists."

Graffiti's Story

February 5, 2010

Graffiti’s Story, From Vandalism to Art to Nostalgia

Original NYTims article appears here

Eric Felisbret stood by a chain-link fence, watching three men spraying graffiti on a backyard wall in Upper Manhattan. One man smiled and invited him over.

“You can go around the corner and when you see a sign for a seamstress, go in the alley,” the man said. “Or you can jump the fence, like we did.”

Mr. Felisbret, 46, chose the long way. Not that he is unused to fence-jumping. In the 1970s, that was one of his skills as a budding graffiti writer who stole into subway yards. Using the nom de graf DEAL, he was part of the Crazy Inside Artists, a legendary crew from East New York, Brooklyn. This time, though, instead of wielding a spray can, he pulled out a camera and took a quick snapshot of the artwork, done with the landlord’s permission.

Citizen Caught While Stenciling to "Cheer People Up"

The hearts of the matter: Brandon Hughes’ art puts him in court


Brandon Hughes stenciled 12 pink hearts on Wenatchee public property last year in an attempt to “fill the city with love.” He later scrubbed away his handiwork, but still faced a malicious mischief charge in Chelan County District Court.

Brandon R. Hughes wanted to give Wenatchee a gift of sorts, and he wanted to go unnamed.

Instead, the soft-spoken, off-the-grid 28-year-old got arrested for his trouble, and became the most visible creator of a graffiti style that’s coming to the fore in NCW.

In September 2008, Hughes’ 12 stencil-painted hearts, pink and sometimes accessorized with a scribbled motto “CHOOSE LOVE,” beckoned from lightpoles, signal boxes and mailboxes around downtown. When a bystander spotted Hughes spray-painting a pink heart on a pole near midnight on Sept. 18, police were called, and suddenly Hughes had some explaining to do.

Mud Stencils Create Environmentally-Conscious Graffiti

Just in time for the global 350 Protests, features Jesse Graves' mud stencils. Using mud is a great idea. Not illegal (can be washed off) and fun (who doesn't like playing in the mud?).

Inhabitat's post is mostly just rehashing what's on Jesse's site, but using better media is always something to think about. Especially when our spray cans aren't healthy at all!



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