Weekly Highlights: April 20-26
Why do we appreciate street art so much? Why is it so important to shed some different light on it and let people know about its true face and purpose? Because it is art, it channels feelings, attitude and it changes the world. It also challenges the predisposed notions of the world of art, turning the entire world into a giant canvas and touching people’s lives in the most direct ways. Street art has come a long way and its artists nowadays get recognized as they deserve, with some of them even doing more than well regarding in the art business and having extraordinary exhibitions dedicated to their remarkable art. The legacy of street art is priceless and it will have a big role in shaping future talents on their way to success.
This is why we are delighted to see that you, our readers, share our thoughts on the subject. This week’s most read articles celebrate the art of Dondi White, as part of our Street Art Legends Cycle (previously about Keith Haring, King Robbo and Jean-Michel Basquiat), our artist of the week was the amazing Ron English and you also seemed to have liked our thoughts on globalization and street art. In addition to that, an all-female show on view in New York City and an Omar Hassan exhibition in London, we agree, were worth catching attention and are definitely not to be missed.
Scroll down to see last week’s highlights from the world of street and contemporary art, chosen by you.
Five Female Artists at Arcadia Contemporary
New York City Gallery based in Soho, the Arcadia Contemporary is thrilled to announce their first group show that features female contemporary artists only. The exhibition name is quite becoming, Celebrating Women Artists. The Arcadia Contemporary already holds reputation of featuring figurative works by upcoming contemporary masters and this show is no exception. For this exhibition they have chosen six renowned female artists each with a distinctive talent. Featured artists are Jess Riva Cooper, Nancy Depew, Alessandra Peters, Deon Duncan, Romina Ressia, and Dianne Gall. They come from four continents, North America, Europe, South America and Australia and they work in different media. However, what ties them together despite the diversities is that they all engage in exploration and representation of female body in time.
Read more in Celebrating Women Artists at Arcadia Contemporary.
Ron English is Widewalls’ Artist of the Week
Since the early 1980’s Ron English has been active creating street art, often involved with culture jamming which focus on attacking advertising from large corporations in order to bring attention to our corporate dominated culture. The excellent paintings of Ron English regularly appropriate the use of pop imagery, using well known characters to portray his dark humour and view on American contemporary society. The name Ron English has become synonymous with American pop culture, the American contemporary artist regularly using popular cultural icons and comic book imagery to produce works that also contain political and consumerist statements.
See why he’s the week’s best in Artist of the Week – Ron English.
When Street Art Goes Global
When thinking about globalization in art, it can be seen as not very recent development. It started at least as a part of the colonization process, and it spread especially in the nineteenth century with the influx of ethnic art that started a change in the visual vocabulary and led to the rise of modern art from Cubism to Expressionism and Surrealism. Along with the influences of art market, capitalism, new technologies and the fact that it became a lot easier to tour around the globe, it became one of the corner stones of that shift from classic art to modern art. In today’s world, where everything changes in a blink of an eye, not even the street artists are exempted from the process of globalization.
Continue reading in Globalization Makes Global Street Artists.
When Art and Life Intertwine
Omar Hassan is definitely an artist of intriguing background, which greatly represents essence of his art. His best friend, a prolific graffiti artist, encouraged a 15-year-old Omar Hassan to join him in experimenting on the walls of his native city. Unfortunately, later he witnessed his best friend fall to his death in one of Milan’s underground tunnels. The tragedy proved a formative event for Hassan. The artist felt compelled to explore various paths, experimenting with a significant talent for boxing and fearless creative risk however he was forced to hide that fact that he suffered from diabetes. Hassan was forced to abandon his love of the boxing and the lure of competitive sport when this diagnosis was discovered and returned his focus to his artistic practice.
Read on in Omar Hassan at ContiniArtUK.
Legends of Street Art - Dondi White
Dondi White, born Donald Joseph White in 1961, is one of the true street art legends of the original New York graffiti scene, often considered as one of the most influential graffiti writers in the scene. Dondi was quite unique in his approach to graffiti writing, often planning in great detail the pieces he was going to go and paint out in the street, practicing several times in sketch books before creating the final piece. Although Dondi was capable of producing the classic wildstyle form of graffiti writing, he preferred and developed his original large block style, which has remained influential to this day, allowing people to be able to read the text and also enabled Dondi to create patterns within the letters.
More on this master in Street Art Legends: Dondi White.
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