Editors' Pick - September Selection
Every day Widewalls brings you lots of new and fresh content – features, upcoming exhibitions of your favorite artists, interviews, articles, auctions and street updates. Sometimes, due to the amount of information, you don’t always get to see and read some of the stuff we find interesting. This is why we, editors at Widewalls, have decided to present to you the articles we found amusing, fun, interesting and worth of your time. We discuss, elaborate and eventually pick out themes we personally liked the most. Maybe your choice would be different, maybe not, but what would we discuss if not our taste?
Among the chosen ones from September, there’s a story about Brandalism project, an exhibition featuring four fantastic Italian artists, the meaning of hair in art, street art intervention in southern Italy and many more. Enjoy September’s editors’ pick of the most interesting posts…
An idea that began in 2012, when 36 billboards in 5 cities were reclaimed evolved two years later into the Brandalism project that affected 360 advertising spaces by inserting original artworks, covering the advertisements. These artworks were created by 40 international artists. Working with the legacy of such movements as Street Art and Situationism in mind, 16 teams of citizens found themselves in the midst of changing their public cultural space in 10 cities around UK. This is a story about a project that has the aim to revolt against corporate control of the visual realm through the biggest anti-advertising campaign in world history.
Italy, being perhaps the most abundant cradle of classical arts in the world has proven itself fertile grounds for the birth of the new movement, bringing artists such as Nicola Verlato, Fulvio di Piazza, Marco Mazzoni and Agostino Arrivabene to the global scene. Juxtapoz zine, always supportive of Italian art scene, recognized their significance and quality and decided to organize a group exhibition featuring artworks of these amazing artists bringing them to the West Coast public.
A Study of Hair
Long hair, short hair, curly, straight or dyed, hair is both a visible sign of our animal nature and reflection of one’s own identity. Hair frames the face, and whether it is used to distinguish or to disguise its function is never neutral. Besides being a biological byproduct, hair is also a product of cultural construction of multiple meanings. Importance of hair in the art was explored in the “A Study of Hair” group show featuring C215, Dave Kinsey, Faith47, Inkie and more.
Colorful Escape to the Suburbs of Bari
Suburbs of Bari, a city in south of Italy is a place with a high rate of crime, including racket and drug dealing, most of the men in prisons and with only basic life supplies. Bari’s residents, mostly women and children happily accepted the idea of street artists coming to their town and contribute to the warm working atmosphere. Initiators of the idea, people behind the Enziteto Real Estate project, have been working for 14 hours a day to create four huge walls and a number of small interventions, making this sad town a lovely place to live in.
Buy Art from Artists
As a part of our regular segment Collectors tip, we bring you the story about the idea to change the way you buy art. Usually, gallerists seek out artists and collectors come to galleries. But, if the collector is more than just a rich, fine art hoarder, they might consider buying art from artists themselves. Why? Find out in the article.
The Forgotten Pioneers
On November 9, Berlin will celebrate 25 years since the fall of the Berlin wall. As every year, lots of accompanying programs will be organized in order to celebrate this anniversary. For month an a half starting October, Berlin based art institution District will be presenting the event entitled “The Forgotten Pioneers Movement” that will feature number of events exploring the experiences of the last, transitional European pioneer generation between socialism and post-socialism. Through various performances at a number of different locations in Berlin, this project activates the process of bearing witness to these “last pioneers” who experienced the perestroika and the collapse of former socialist states as children and adolescents.
Philosophy of Art
After a decade of doing only graffiti, French artist Gully has decided to focus himself on canvas work and after discovering Appropriation Art, he started making a mixture of contemporary art with elements of graffiti. His usage of legendary artworks by Canaletto, Hopper, Warhol, Basquiat, Koons and so on, and incorporating parts of their art into his paintings, made him a star. His exhibition “Philosophy of Art” at the Opera Gallery in Paris is a testament of his quality.
The Murder of an Artist
One sad story this month reminded us of the importance of artists, but also that their urge to change the world can sometimes end tragically. We bring you the story of a brave young street artist called Bilal Berreni, whose works captivated hearts of people around the world. Though young, Berreni was always aware of the problems happening around the world, and used his art as a response to the violence, war and poverty. The citizen of the world, as he liked to think of himself, died in 2013. Berreni knew what is art’s main purpose. RIP Bilal.
Death in Street Art
Street art was initially all about tags, not delving into philosophical issues of existentialistic sort, but as it evolved stylistically, it was only expected death will come at some point. Death has moved away from being symbolic and gained a quite a literal representation. From Wes Lang, Tristan Eaton, Saner, Cleon Peterson, ROA and even Banksy are among the artists who didn’t resist “the trend”.
Introducing: Natasa Kokic
One of those who believe in direct artistic channeling of the complex thought is Nataša Kokić, a brilliant contemporary artist who divides her time between Belgrade and Oslo. Founding her expression along clear aesthetic guidelines, she alludes to empty, overwhelming Nordic landscape, while the scenes she depicts are never referential, but entirely imaginary. Kokic’s current exhibition I’m so full of rocks, I can hardly move is as an evidence why she is considered to be one of the best representatives of Serbian contemporary drawing, even though her preferred techniques include pencil and, more recently, charcoal.
Interview With Cologne's Urban Art Gallerist
In a city like Cologne – free, culture oriented and very artistic – art prevails, and subversive art movements thrive. Taking pride in the rich cultural heritage, Cologne hosts a lively art market, where galleries and artists coexist in the usual symbiotic relationship. One of the foremost urban art gallerists in Cologne and founder of renewed Ruttkowski 68 Gallery is Nils Müller, a graffiti aficionado, inspired photographer and supporter of the new contemporary. In an exclusive interview Nils Müller gave to Widewalls, he talks about his beginnings in graffiti, his fascination with the movement and how he ended up in the gallery business