Highlights: November 3 – 11
Widewalls Exclusive with Futura
Biggest stars make the biggest waves, and Futura’s crest seems to be holding its position for decades. On November 1, 2014, one of the legends of street art, an abstractionist among the letter-makers, opened a show at Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai. Entitled “Kinetic Action”, the entire show was created in the Chinese megalopolis, through a powerful, energized action painting process. In the exclusive interview given to Widewalls shortly before the opening, Futura talks about his active approach to painting, Chinese inspirations, techniques, and one of his greatest influences – Bruce Lee. We asked Futura how he defines his style,what role performance has in his work, and learned his opinion on contemporary situation in urban art movement. Highlighting the differences between the situation in urban art “back then” and today, the artist disclosed his vision that there are no limitations for the movement, as it is and it will continue in taking the world by storm.
Read the full post “Futura’s Chinese Kinetics”
Anniversary Mural Round Up
All Widewalls readers already know by now that Wednesday is the day for updates from the streets all over the world. We’ve gathered all the best works in the last week and brought them together for you to enjoy. The streets of Toronto, Canada have been enriched by an amazing piece done by their local street art star, Young Jarus in a collaboration with Rudjer. Another artist stayed home this week and adorned a wall in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – it’s Rustam Qbic who completed a 9-story mural for the New City festival and in New Zealand. Two street art superstars, Phlegm and Pixelpancho, worked together on a stunning mural for the Dunedin Street Art Festival. Back in Europe, Etam Cru stopped by Rome, Italy to leave an amazing piece of art in conjunction with their first Italian solo show. In Switzerland, street artist CASE, one of the four members of MA`CLAIM crew, proved why he is considered to be one of the best rising stars in contemporary art today. Check out the gallery and choose your favorite mural!
Read the full post “Street Update #50”
New York’s Graffiti Legends
We talk about big names in the history of graffiti art, more specifically about those big names coming from the never sleeping graffiti Mecca of New York City, the place where it all started. This list does not intend to be exclusive, nor definitive, as there are plenty of other extraordinary and legendary graffiti artists in New York, but stands as a reminder as there is no doubt that all ten of graffiti legends featured on the following list shaped the graffiti art movement as we know it today, and inspired generations of young street artists worldwide. Our graffiti legends are alive and still kicking ass, some more prolific than others, but whenever and wherever they show up, they quickly generate huge buzz.
Read the full post “10 New York Graffiti Legends Still Kicking (Ass)”
The Incredible Mad C
Is there a possibility of understanding an entire art movement or a culture through a creative expression of a single artist? If this is possible, what exactly can be deduced from this? After all, the graffiti and street art phenomena are relatively young concepts and practices, thus accessible to various forms of interpretation (to find out more, read our article deliberating this topic Defining Street Art?). However, the rapid transformation of graffiti and street art points to a complex nature of these phenomena. One of the questions which surely, and almost instantly, comes to mind refers to the relation between concepts itself – can we speak of an evolution of sorts between these two movements, or is there something more? Answering the questions in an instance, one could argue that graffiti stands in the light of street art as a form of a tradition. Here, we are going to look at these questions through the creative instances of Claudia Walde aka MadC.
Read the full post “Mad C: The Rebirth of Tradition”
Thierry Furger’s Battle for Graffiti
In the series Buffed Paintings, Thierry Furger examines the ephemeral nature of street art, more specifically graffiti (read more about the long-lasting vs. ephemeral issue of graffiti in our feature article The Nature of Street Art). He concentrates on the possibilities of transferring the art from its “natural habitat” into the gallery, but through a meticulous process of preserving the aesthetics of the art situated in the urban context. Similarly, the artist has also created a series of work titled Schöns Züri, which was inspired by the anti-graffiti campaign in Zurich. The artist is fighting against the color grey, which has been covering the walls of Zurich (to read more about the ways in which artists fight against graffiti destruction, read our article Saber’s War on Graffiti Print). Furger paints over pieces of linen, thus conveying a story of that which once existed under the notorious grey. His newest artistic series, which focuses on revitalization, can be seen as part of his new sequence of photographs.
Read the full post “It was all a Dream”