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.
At an Exhibition in Brooklyn, Rolling Stock Graffiti Lives On
Tim Conlon has been tracking graffiti on freight trains for decades, using it to inform his artwork, including life-size photo-realistic paintings of the sides of train cars marked with company logos and graffiti art, and jumbo G scale model trains embellished with colorful renderings of tags and other aerosol artwork. Now Conlon is bringing his love for graffiti train art, including some of his hyper-realistic model trains and his full-size paintings, to a show called “The Future Now” at Julia Seabrook Gallery, 660 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn.
Bristol Street Art History: Nick Walker
The Third Installment on UP’s Bristol Series – Nick Walker. A Bristol born artist who’s painted vandals across the world.
Bristol Street Art History: Forty Years of Graffiti Arts – Where It All Began
As the Saatchi Gallery in London celebrates four decade of Graffiti history, Melissa Chemam retraces the history of the artists who emerged from Bristol, in this three-part series.
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.
A Journey Through the Graffiti Fanzines of Europe
A guide to the graffiti fanzines of Europe, a key element of the culture and history. Learn about BGOM, Collage, Bomber, and the underground world of swapping magazines in this unique subculture.
April Submissions Contest 2023: Royal Flush & The Court of Fools
The selections from our April 2023 themed art submission contest: “Royal Flush & The Court of Fools.”
Art on the Ave: Finding Purpose During the Pandemic & After
Vanessa Kreytak shares the story of how the Art on the Ave initiative created opportunities for artists during the pandemic, and gave space to groups like the SoHo Renaissance Factory to create and grow.
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.