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Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street
It’s been 500 years since Thomas More wrote his seminal text Utopia, and at London culture center Somerset House, the anniversary is being celebrated by bringing together a selection of interesting artists, provocateurs, designers and thinkers...
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Collecting Words
There's something about text found outside of screens and pages, in the "wild," that grabs our attention. It's the way they make a declaration in the public realm, trying to join our personal conversations. For the past five years—starting around...
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SideStory City Tours, London
It’s a freezing Monday morning in London and commuters hurry past, heading to the warmth of the Bethnal Green tube station, as Karim Samuels introduces the history of graffiti and the artistic legacy of East London by pointing out stickers covered...
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Interview: 2015 TED Fellow eL Seed
Born and raised in Paris to Tunisian parents, graffiti artist eL Seed has left his mark all over the world (from the Jara Mosque to canyons to Louis Vuitton scarves), by spray-painting universal messages that funnily enough, the majority of viewers...
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Kartel, a New Street Art and Music Space in Haifa
by Ross Belfer Haifa (Israel’s third largest city) is best known for its historical German Colony, UNESCO-nodded Baha’i Gardens and perhaps the country’s most savory hummus found in the multi-cultural Wadi Nisnas neighborhood. But with these changing...
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2014 OUTDOOR Urban Art Festival in Rome
At the recent private preview of the OUTDOOR Urban Art Festival in Rome, we were approached by two men in their 60s while we stood outside of the massive gates of an abandoned house in San Lorenzo. While uninvited, they were welcomed by curator Francesco...
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"Say it Ain't Southern"
by Chermelle Edwards Fascinated with train culture and its resulting, reclusive history, Will Rhoten finds himself in the American crossroads of Dallas, Texas. Here, using Instagram as a tool, Rhoten documents the often unnoticed drawings and tags...
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Exploring Words and Destruction with "Extracts"
by Jorge Grimberg Currently on view at New York's No Romance Galleries is "Extracts," an exhibition curated by Tim Strazza that features work by three artists on one common theme: the exploration of negative space through paper, words and deconstruction...
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Interview: Aaron De La Cruz
by Eva Glettner Prolific artist Aaron De La Cruz was initially inspired to paint because he idolized his older brother. His now-signature style—which bounces from design, graffiti to illustration—is highly stylized and technical, blending influences...
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Word of Mouth: Toronto
Much more than just Canada's most populous city, Toronto bustles with international and culturally affluent inhabitants, alongside plenty of surprises. We once explored its soul food scene, but that's just one aspect of the city's stellar dining...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. A Too-Soon Farewell to 5Pointz Long Island City's 5Pointz—the factory building whose walls became a museum and mecca for graffiti artists from all over the world for the past decade—was painted white overnight this past week. Jerry Wolkoff, who...
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Dequindre Cut Greenway
Detroit’s history as the heart of the American auto industry, leading to the nickname Motor City, has often neglected cyclists. The Dequindre Cut Greenway is the beginning of many changes Detroit is making to become a more bike-friendly city. Formerly...
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Ed Roth: "Dolly Was Cloned From A Mammary Gland"
Brooklyn-based artist and designer Ed Roth, the creative mind behind Stencil1, is showcasing his free-hand talents with a gallery exhibition at Seattle's Twilight Gallery and Boutique. Opening 8 August 2013, the series is called "Dolly Was Cloned...
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The Dolls "Summer of '93"
Yesterday, The Dolls, a New York-based original music collaboration between international DJ Mia Moretti and violinist Margot Moe released their first single, "Summer of '93." The track, available for free download, bounces along with pleasant nostalgia...
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The Chapin Sisters: Crying In The Rain
The Chapin Sisters' sweet crooning on the Everly Brothers' cover "Crying In The Rain" is the result, they tell T Magazine, of learning how to go from a doo-wop trio to a two-part harmony after their half-sister left the group to raise a family. The...
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Sound Advice 171: Handselecta
The World's Best Ever looked to graffiti-focused type designer Christian Acker for the latest installment of Sound Advice, the site's regular music offering created by a different person every week. Sound Advice 171: Handselecta features a harmoniously...
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Sonny Terry: She's So Sweet
Step back to a simpler time when harmonicas and ragtime rhythms ruled American music with Sonny Terry's "She's So Sweet." Off the 1963 album Sonny Is King—a title the blind Piedmont blues musician definitely deserves after decades of incredible output...
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Sound Advice 171: Handselecta The World's Best Ever looked to graffiti-focused type designer Christian Acker for the latest installment of Sound Advice, the site's regular music offering created by a different person every week. Sound Advice 171...
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Florence + The Machine: Over The Love
GQ debuted Florence + The Machine's addition to the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby. Welch lends her signature vocals to a haunting ballad written from the perspective of the irresistible Daisy in "Over The Love," one of many songs that will undoubtedly...
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Daft Punk: Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)
Roll out the disco ball and cut loose with Daft Punk's eagerly-anticipated first single off their upcoming album Random Access Memories, set to release 21 May. "Get Lucky" combines the smooth sound of Pharrell Williams with the incomparable jazz-infused...
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