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Street Update #185

  • JR in New York
March 2, 2020
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

It is that time of the month when we take a look back at all the street art festivals, exhibitions and individual initiatives and bring you the best of the best when it comes to Urban Art. Four of the murals from our list are in Madrid, made happen thanks to Urvanity Art 2020. The only art fair in Spain dedicated to the New Contemporary, Urvanity Art has already enriched the city with twelve amazing murals in its previous editions.

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In the meantime, we are the most popular walls painted this February!

MANOMATIC in Valladolid

Known for his hyperrealistic works, MANOMATIC questions our relationship with the destructive automatism of our day-to-day lives, the convention and routine. He continuously adds the subversive and divergent message to his distinct figuration. Taking part in Distrito Vertical Festival, the artist contributed to the landscape of Valladolid with a new unique piece.

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JR in New York

A prominent photograffeur, TED Prize winner, Oscar nominee and one of JR merges photography and street art, creating works charged with emotion and tackling heavy social issues. For his latest New York piece titled The Chronicles of New York, the artist photographed over 1,000 New York residents and reproduced them at a monumental scale on the side of stacked shipping containers in Domino Park. This epic mural features individuals from all 5 boroughs, representing a unique portrait of the city.

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FinDac in Brighton

An Irish artist Fin DAC is known for large murals of beautiful women, taking a new turn on 19-century art movement The Aesthetics. The artist recently visited Brighton, Australia to create a mural titled Zuihou. The work is part of his series Hidden Beauties, a series of work erected in undisclosed locations around the world to create a treasure hunt for its seekers.

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Dotmasters and Ben Eine in Luang Prabang

With a style characterized by eccentricity and a sense of subversiveness, Dotmasters has remained faithful to the stencil, the medium which rose him to popularity. On the other hand, Ben Eine is best known for the peculiar alphabet lettering style and bright, cheerful coloring. Two artists recently joined forces to do a playful make-over of the NamKhan Ecolodge, a green sanctuary along the Namkhan river located in Luang Prabang, Laos.

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Banksy in Bristol

The elusive street artist Banksy recently visited Bristol for Valentine’s Day and created a work showing a young girl firing a slingshot of flowers at a building. The artwork appeared on a rented home owned by Edwin Simons, who recently celebrated his 67th birthday. A few days later, the work was vandalized and then covered with a board.

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Roc Blackblock in Barcelona

A Barcelona-based artist, Roc Blackblock started painting graffiti in 1999, and since 2012 he has specialized in stencils. The artist recently created an antifascist mural on Kasa de La Muntanya in Barcelona. Simply titled Barcelona Antifeixista, it was inspired by a photograph of Antoni Campanyà of a 1936 CNT militia. As he explained, he wanted “to pay homage to the militiamen who were taking Barcelona in 1936, making it a collectivized city and making the social revolution.”

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Bier En Brood in Hawaii

An art duo from Rotterdam consisting of Jelmer Noordeman and Koen Harmsma, Bier En Brood are best known for their recognizable black and white aesthetics. Often motivated by tendencies in modern society and future technology, their works combine elements of detailed drawings and abstract linework. The duo recently contributed to the festival POW! WOW! Hawaii with a new piece titled PANOPTIC PASS. They described it as a gateway into the infinite, in a world that is an “ever changing vortex that we are all passing through with a different personality and perspective.”

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ZEST, EVER, GVIIIE, NEVERCREW and D*FACE in Madrid

ZEST, EVER, GVIIIE, NEVERCREW and D*FACE, each a fantastic street artist in their own right, have visited Madrid to add to the city landscape on the occasion of the Urvanity Art 2020. Each of the artists made a mark with their distinct visual language, ranging from abstraction to figuration.

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The Chronicles of New York City , JR and Triangle Stack 2 , LOT – EK at Domino Park. Photos by Marc Azoulay ©JR – ART.net.