UP Magazine’s 2022 Editors’ Choice List
Here at UP, we chase the wildest, strangest, and most heart-filled stories out there, but there were a few that stuck out to us this year. Enjoy reading our Editor’s Choice Articles of 2022!
The LISA Project’s 10 Year Street Art Odyssey
Ten years after it sprang from a pair of murals on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, the LISA Project has been responsible for hundreds of murals on the streets of NYC and beyond.
An American in Paris: Street Art With a SMiLE
Boulder stencil artist SM1LE is one of a very few American artists to take his practice to Paris and to be accepted into Parisian street art circles.
Taki 183 and Blek Le Rat Cross Paths in Cleveland
UP managing editor Emma Riva covers the historic meeting of Taki 183 and Blek Le Rat that took place not in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, or London, but in the city of Cleveland, Ohio and reflects on what this means for graffiti’s place in art history and in her own personal journey as an art writer in the Rust Belt.
Blek Le Rat Quits NYC, But Leaves His Mark
French graffiti pioneer Blek le Rat quit NYC to continue his U.S. tour in Texas, but left behind beautiful and engaging work on streets across the city.
At WCC, A Solo Show for Monsieur le Rat
J. Scott Orr profiles the storied career of legendary French stencil artist Blek le Rat, with an exclusive interview & preview of the work for Blek’s new solo show at West Chelsea Contemporary, opening Saturday August 20th.
The Giants of Parisian Street Art
The flourishing Parisian street art scene owes a tremendous debt to the pioneering artists who paved the way. Here are just a few of the first-generation giants of French street art that made today’s scene possible.