A Tale of Two Art Fairs: Frieze & NADA
In May, two art fairs – Frieze and NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) showed up in Chelsea. Emma Riva examines the similarities and differences between them and what they might say about the high-end art market – from the perspective of an art critic who both gets up in the streets with graffiti writers and frequents fancy art fair.
Wide Open Walls: 2023
Wide Open Walls mural festival is returning with a new approach for their eighth consecutive edition. After painting California’s capitol city with 200 murals, they’re further enriching Sacramento’s landscape by enlivening local schools with artworks. In 2023 alone, Wide Open Walls has painted eight schools, sometimes near entirely, inside and outside alike, depending on each building’s architecture. Their latest work at Rosa Parks Elementary concluded May 22.
Bristol Street Art History: Inkie
In Part 2 of Melissa Chemam’s series on Bristol, she focuses on Inkie, “one of the greatest agents of the British street art scene since the late 1980s.”
Frank Kozik: An Inspiration Dies
Frank Kozik, the master of sardonic incongruity who designed iconic posters for rock giants like Nirvana and Pearl Jam before becoming a pioneer in the burgeoning world of art toys, died May 7 at 61 leaving a hole in the hearts of the countless artists he inspired worldwide.
An Inconvenient Monument: Berlin’s East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is the largest open-air gallery in the world. Spanning about 1.3 kilometers along Berlin’s Mühlenstraße, the gallery adds much-needed splashes of color for the passengers driving by in their various transit modes – passing swatches of bright and dark colors, abstract and impressionist. The former border between East and West Berlin reflects the cornucopia of emotions felt by people worldwide when it fell on November 9, 1989. The remaining pieces of the wall speak to the division of the time, between east and west, betwixt the people and their government, and the battle of art versus graffiti.
The Indefinable Corey Ochai
Pittsburgh-born artist Corey Ochai is more than just an artist–he’s a curator, podcast producer, community advocate, and potential city councilmember in the riverside art hub of Sharpsburg. He’s also one of managing editor Emma Riva’s favorite people. Corey’s life story is a wild ride, and as a feature for her birthday weekend, Emma wanted to share it.
Waking Up With Street Art at Hotel Murales
Just outside of the North Italian city of Verona Europe’s first street art hotel has recently been inaugurated. Murales Art Hotel is an innovative four-star-hotel with 94 rooms all decorated with different street art styles by 50 different artists. The first one of its kind in Europe.
Beautiful Bushwick: A Series by Fashion Photographer Aqua Rose
Aqua Rose is an NYC-based fashion photographer who created this series, “Beautiful Bushwick” over the span of a year in 2021. Using the graffiti-laden streets of Bushwick as the backdrop for her subjects, the photos include objects she collected over her time in New York. Combining the surreal nature of her work with everyday objects and the street, she reveals inspiration and beauty in overlooked spaces, transmitting the message that the only thing you need to create is the want.
Gallery Particulier Makes a New Art World Possible
The one-year-old Gallery Particulier in Flatbush allows people to borrow art — a DIY alternative to the typical gallery scene in New York.
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