Street Art

Shepard Fairey: Latest News

Shepard Fairey is a contemporary American street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator who works on a variety of media including screen prints, stencils, stickers, collages, and works on wood, metal and canvas. He became widely known during the 2008 U.S. presidential election for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster. His work has been described as “political art with a strong sense of visual style and emotional authenticity.” The Institute of Contemporary Art has described him as one the best known and most influential street artists of his time.

Recently Shepard Fairey installed his largest public mural to date in Sydney Australia. In his iconic limited-pallet, stencil style, Fairey created an image of a young woman with flowers behind each ear holding an Australian flower, the waratah, in her hands. The public mural is the largest, so far, of Fairey’s career, standing 15 stories tall in Sydney’s central business district. “Right now, with what’s going on in a lot of places in the world, there is a lot of friction. The idea that we can be resilient and peaceful is something I would like to convey,” Fairey said about his mural.

Here’s a pretty cool time-lapse video of its installation:

If you want to learn a little more about Shepard Fairey here is a short film shot by Brett Novak who was commissioned by the Halsey Institute of Charleston, South Carolina to spot-light this influential and politically active street artist.

And if you want even more, you’ll be happy to hear that Hulu, the on-demand video streaming service, has “Obey Giant” on their fall line-up. This new film profiles Shepard Fairey’s life and work from his punk-rock and skateboarding days to his meteoric rise to fame during the 2008 presidential election and onward to his present-day artistic activism.

OBEY GIANT
Documentary
Premiering on Hulu, Saturday, November 11, 2017
Crew: Created and executive produced by James Moll and executive produced by James Franco.
Synopsis: A film profiling the life and work of artist Shepard Fairey, going deep into the world of street art and its role in politics and pop culture. Obey Giant follows Fairey’s rise from his roots in punk rock and skateboarding, to his role as one of the most well-known and influential street artists in the world – through his iconic Obama “HOPE” poster and the controversy that surrounds it.
Courtesy of http://www.comingsoon.net/

 

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Mr. Brainwash—The Passionate and Obsessive Mind of Street Art

Mr. Brainwash is an artist who was inspired by the exciting and sometimes dangerous life of the street artist. He served his apprenticeship over a period of years following and filming street artists plying their craft around Los Angeles and London.

His passionate and obsessive mind has driven him to learn and grow as a street artist. His very first show, “Life Is Beautiful,” was the result of putting everything he had on the line when he had no real idea of the enormity of the task or what the outcome might be—the very essence of creative energy and force.

The idea of street art is to create a dramatic reaction. Done mostly at night and in secret, a street artist lurks the streets looking for walls to paint their vision. It has to be done quickly and the impact has to be immediate for the artist to be successful. One day there is an empty wall and the next, a powerful message commenting on the conditions of man.

Mr. Brainwash has earned his place in the world of street art by showing that he has the courage to do something big to get the message across. He has also demonstrated the importance of hype which is necessary for expanding the consciousness of a larger audience—the goal of every street artist.

What is art? It is the mix of things which otherwise have not mixed. It is the spontaneous outcome of choices and decisions—the fate of colliding forces. It is the vision of a man and his ability to render it (or have it rendered) in the physical world of textures, flavors, sounds and sights. Art is everything.

See Mr. Brainwash art at Gallery Art Miami

mr-brainwash-at-gallery-art-miami

Mr. Brainwash—The Passionate and Obsessive Mind of Street Art

Mr. Brainwash is an artist who was inspired by the exciting and sometimes dangerous life of the street artist. He served his apprenticeship over a period of years following and filming street artists plying their craft around Los Angeles and London.

His passionate and obsessive mind has driven him to learn and grow as a street artist. His very first show, “Life Is Beautiful,” was the result of putting everything he had on the line when he had no real idea of the enormity of the task or what the outcome might be—the very essence of creative energy and force.

The idea of street art is to create a dramatic reaction. Done mostly at night and in secret, a street artist lurks the streets looking for walls to paint their vision. It has to be done quickly and the impact has to be immediate for the artist to be successful. One day there is an empty wall and the next, a powerful message commenting on the conditions of man.

Mr. Brainwash has earned his place in the world of street art by showing that he has the courage to do something big to get the message across. He has also demonstrated the importance of hype which is necessary for expanding the consciousness of a larger audience—the goal of every street artist.

What is art? It is the mix of things which otherwise have not mixed. It is the spontaneous outcome of choices and decisions—the fate of colliding forces. It is the vision of a man and his ability to render it (or have it rendered) in the physical world of textures, flavors, sounds and sights. Art is everything.

See Mr. Brainwash art at Gallery Art Miami

mr-brainwash-at-gallery-art-miami

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Closure of Miami Causeway Threatens Traffic Mayhem at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Could this year’s Art Basel in Miami Beach see the worst traffic ever for the famously hectic art fair week? The city’s famously clogged roads are going to be even worse this December thanks to the closure of the Venetian Causeway.

One of three passages between Miami Beach and Miami, the Venetian Causeway helps relieve congestion on the MacArthur Causeway to the south or the Julia Tuttle Causeway to the north. Visitors to Art Basel in years past need no reminder of how difficult it can be to get from Miami Beach to say, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, or Wynwood when traffic slows to a crawl on the causeways.

The nine-month, $12.4-million project, which began in late May, will rebuild the causeway’s western drawbridge. Built in 1927, the historic span was patched with metal plates during a renovation in the late 1990s. The need for a better solution became clear in March 2014, when a plate was dislodged and a bus became stuck in the gap.

The city is offering other transit options, which will include water taxis as well as a free trolley service running along the length of Miami Beach that connects the main convention center to the Design District.

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Miami trolley route. Photo: courtesy Miami Beach.

The city is also testing out a new “Miami-Dade Art Express” bus route, which is also free. Running every 20 minutes between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., the bus will provide an alternate mode of transportation across the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

Nick Korniloff, head of two fairs in Miami (Art Miami and its sister fair CONTEXT) and one in Miami Beach (Aqua Art Miami), is hopeful that the effects of the closure won’t be too dramatic. “The Venetian was convenient up until a point,” he told artnet News via e-mail, “but never came close to being able to handle the bulk of traffic that the interstates [on the other causeways] do.”

Free Miami trolley. Photo: via Wikimedia Commons.

Free Miami trolley. Photo: via Wikimedia Commons

‘Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time’ on view at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Ailing Ali in Fight of Life, 1984. Acrylic on canvas, 193 x 267 cm. Collection Bischofberger, Switzerland © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

 

‘Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time’ on view at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

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