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Babushka International Art Exhibition, Tel Aviv
by Ross Belfer Russian dolls, otherwise referred to as Matryoshka dolls, or “Babushkas,” are most commonly known as dust-gathering, nondescript ornamental items resting upon your grandmother’s mantel place. But thanks to the forward-thinking artistic...
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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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Studio Visit: Aakash Nihalani
Passing by one of Brooklyn artist Aakash Nihalani's fluorescent installations, it's hard to not take a second look. Then a third, and likely after that, a few photos. Nihalani uses simple materials like tape, plastics, magnets and wood to create...
STYLE
Attaquer
Technical road cycling gear has long-suffered from a dearth in style. While no roadie would ever shy away from spandex, the color schemes and the overwhelmingly Windows '98-looking graphics in the industry have been overdue for a change for some...
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Stocktown
The Web 2.0 era has allowed unprecedented access to self-publishing in music, writing and videos. While this democratization of communication has both drawbacks and benefits, it's safe to say the amount of content to sift through is staggering...
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Forest for the Trees NW
by Hunter Hess The brainchild of Portland, Oregon-based artist Gage Hamilton, public mural project Forest for the Trees recently brought together over a dozen artists from five countries to collaborate on large-scale murals going up in each corner...
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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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JR Art App and E-Book
Working primarily with large scale wheat pastes of black and white portraits, street artist JR has gained recognition—although his actual identity is still considered unknown—among his peers and art-conscious citizens all over the world...
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POW WOW Hawaii
by Vivianne Lapointe A grouping of islands smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is one of the most isolated places on earth. Over many generations, Hawaii has become a melting pot of cultures home to a vibrant alliance of artists...
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Street Museum of Art
With its inaugural public arts project, "In Plain Sight," the The Street Museum of Art (SMoA) is challenging the notion of sequestering street art to a museum by bringing the museum out to the streets. Featuring work from artists like Sweet Toot...
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Le Punk Français
Street artist Ludo takes to the gallery with "Le Punk Français," an installation-meets-exhibition that deals with themes of metamorphosis and global issues. Among the many transformations that occur at the artist's hand are a mosquito turned...
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Global Model Village
A de facto ambassador for "little people," London-based Slinkachu delights passersby with diminutive scenes left in unexpected locales. From dunking basketball players and magic carpet riders to hanged men and lonely brides, Slinkachu's tableaus...
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Détournement: Signs of the Times
Carlo McCormick, senior editor of PAPER Magazine and co-author of "Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art," recently unveiled his curated show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York. "Détournement: Signs of the Times" is an exhibition...
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Suriani
While marketing and mainstream communications campaigns have derived branding inspiration in the comic-like cartoon style of street art, and the values attached to its culture—freedom, community, transgression—the paradox still exists...
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Raw + Material = Art
Accompanying a growing awareness of the wastefulness underlying the modern global economy, a new approach to art has flourished in recent years, one dealing with the repurposing and utilization of materials discarded or viewed as useless. Written...
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Art and Eat
Step into a Wagamama restaurant and you expect friendly service served alongside contemporary Asian dishes. U.K. visitors to the chain will now get a taste of nine emerging English artists too. Working with Moniker Projects, the new program goes...
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CH Book Giveaway
Spanning indie zines to extensive cookbooks, the plethora of books sourced for our holiday pop-up with the Gap last year are all penned by NYC-based authors. Our city's literary bounty can now be yours—we're giving away the backstock to a...
DESIGN
Stormie Mills
Using everything from street walls to hundred-dollar bills and dresser drawers, Australian graffiti artist Stormie Mills has been exploring themes of urban decay since 1984. Characters, rendered predominantly in greyscale, evoke a sense of loneliness...
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Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe
Now available on DVD for the first time, the biographical documentary "Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe" has been released through exclusive collaboration with Upper Playground. The painter, muralist, graffiti artist, and graphic novelist...
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Ugly-Kid Gumo
As rebels against not just art world norms but against conventions for public space, many see graffiti as by definition disagreeable. Artists like Ugly-Kid Gumo embrace that position, providing commentary through art that originated on the street...
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Tiger Translate Hanoi
As the cultural center of Vietnam, Hanoi recently made the ideal location to kick off Tiger Beer's latest event in its free art and music series, Tiger Translate. With more than half of the country's population born after 1975, the theme focused...
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Red Sticker Campaign
The move by Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art director Jeffrey Deitch to remove commissioned street artist Blu's artwork from the institution's exterior was polemic—not to mention ironic—being that it happened just a few months...
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