Highlights July 7 – 13
Brazil’s Street Art Elite
With the current World Cup in Brazil, Widewalls looks at some of the most exciting and successful Brazilian street artists. Brazil has a vibrant street art scene and most of its protagonists use street art as a means of commenting on social and political realities in Brazil. Even the World Cup was on target. Ahead of the global event, despite the Brazilians’ passion for football, we had the chance to see many covered walls in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo with murals blaming FIFA and the local government for burdening the country’s already struggling economy. Alongside, graffiti that celebrates football and the country’s football heroes popped up, demonstrating how much Brazilian urban art scene is dynamic and open to different opinions.
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Artists from All Lands
Continuing his tradition of nurturing new talent, Charles Saatchi chose a group of young people in a project called ‘Paganea: New Art From Africa and Latin America’. Exhibition’s name refers to an ancient supercontinent that united most continents in one landmass and started separating around 200 milion years ago. The word roughly translates to ‘all lands’, which is an alarmingly wide theme to cover. Opened April 2, running through November 2 at the Saatchi Gallery, ‘Pangaea’ shows 15 future international artists and their intriguing works.
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Another Banksy Stolen from the Public
A few weeks ago, citizens of Cheltenham, UK were stunned to hear that the artwork stenciled by the street artist Banksy was to be removed. What seemed to be the artists’ gift to the Gloucestershire county, became the undesirable object for the house owners, and a possible profit. ‘Spy Booth’, portraying men ‘snooping’ around a telephone box, appeared on a private house back in April. Now, three months later, is it just a matter of day when it will be completely removed and sold. John Joyce from Q Scaffolding in a comment to BBC stated that they’re ‘not doing anything illegal’ and just ‘preserving Banksy’s legacy’. But if so, when someone’s removing a street art from the streets, it loses its purpose, right?
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Miniature Street Art with Huge Effect
From colorful miniatures of Pablo Delgado, through Levalet’s characters in black and white on a human scale and Bault’s half organic half mechanical monsters, up to Saint-Oma’s drawings – this is how the story of the current exhibition Narrative Street Art at Le Cabinet d’Amateur goes. The exhibition foregrounds Pablo Delgado while three other artists have the status of participants. Perhaps because we know them too well. Originally from Mexico, Pablo Delgado lives and works in East London. Pablo Delgado emerged in the urban art scene with his miniature paste up scenes in 2011 and is already one of London’s most famous street artists. Initially, Delgado’s early work consisted only of tiny doorways pasted up around the walls of East London. Soon, he began to expand his paste up scenes into short stories, meticulously installing humans, animals and objects to create small surreal and humorous scenes.
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Over the Hills
On the occasion of the first collaboration between the Ultranoir web agency and the artist McBess, L’Attrape-Rêve gallery in Paris has prepared an exceptional exhibition of new works by the renowned French illustrator. This one of a kind cooperation called “Over The Hills” can be discovered on a dedicated website. It is a unique digital experience based on music, design and 3D graphics.
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