Issue #67

Issue #67

1 Destination 5 Spots STREET ART BELFASTPlace2Art PRIERE DE VIVOINOutdoor TUNNEL DES TUILERIESInvestigations WOMEN IN URBEX IITalents SETH / BORDALO II / MADAME / MANOLO MESA / ZABOUStreet Art celebrates EDITO #67 | December-January 2023 With the holiday season approaching, Urban Art shines with a profusion of colours and creativity that bring a touch of optimism in the midst of a troubled period. The success of the exhibitions Capitale(s) 60 ans d’Art Urbain and 40 ans de pochoirs by Jef Aérosol are proof that Urban Art and its history are not running out of breath. In this issue of GraffitiART, we look to build a bridge between the past and the present. Our explorations of the streets of Belfast shed light on the captivating history of this town with a tradition of muralism that is rooted in wounds of the past. Beyond historical events, Urban Art gives a new life and puts a new face on abandoned or repurposed places. A perfect example being the transformation of the Tuileries...

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Issue #66

Issue #66

1 Destination 5 Spots STREET ART LILLEPlace2Art FRICHE LA BELLE DE MAIIndoor LA BABCOCKERIEInvestigations IN NAME OF STREET ARTTalents AMANDINE URRUTY / BUFF MONSTER / HENDRIK BEIKIRCH / NEBAY / TAKERU AMANOStreet Art stays on course EDITO #66 | October-November 2022 We are all looking for bearings, especially in a time of new and destabilising paradigm shifts in the political, economic and energy sectors. In this eternal quest, street artists are revisiting the symbols and rites of the main monotheistic religions and confronting the sacred with the secular. This issue will explore the complex relationships between beliefs, artistic inspirations, and their translation into the urban space. Our quest will take us to the hot spots of Lille, the Nord star of French Street Art. Its mix of industrial heritage, middle-class culture and proactive institutions have turned Lille into a fertile creative ground, welcoming artists with unique styles. Street artists have always loved industrial...

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Issue #65

Issue #65

Innovation VISUAL GAMES1 Destination 5 Spots STREET ART LOS ANGELESPlace2Art VÖLKLINGER HÜTTEOutdoor LABEL VALETTE FESTIVALInvestigations WOMEN OF URBEXTalents D*FACE / STOM500 / MONSTA / QUEEN ANDREA / FANAKAPANUrban Art at its peak EDITO #64 | September 2022 Festivals have been in full swing this summer despite the heatwaves, and Urban Art has had a field day. Before it ends, though, let’s make a stop at the LaBel Valette Festival in Pressigny-les-Pins (FR), where the XIXth‑century Valette castle has been handed over to urban artists such as Lek & Sowat. The Urban Art Biennale at the Völklinger Hütte, a former ironworks that has since become a heritage site, is another must destination. This giant facility overflows with murals spreading across the city of Völklingen (DE). A bit further away, our last stop will be Los Angeles (US), a giant protean city where Urban Art flourishes in every shape and form. But Urbex has taught us that Urban Art is not always so accessible. This...

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Issue #64

Issue #64

Innovation TRANSITION - LES PORTES1 Destination 5 Spots STREET ART ATHENSPlace2Art DJERBAHOODIndoor COLORS FESTIVALInvestigations STREET ART & ANONIMITYTalents BOM.K / MODE2 / ELLE / INO / LUDOVILK MYERSStreet Art between shadow and light EDITO #64 | July - August 2022 Summer is here! Full of promise, innovative projects, and fresh ideas… A perfect opportunity for us to hit the road to visit the strongholds of Street Art and discover the trends that create its wealth. Chasing sunlight and hot spots, we will bear witness to the birth of a vibrant Street Art scene in Athens, the cradle of democracy, where the antique past meets contemporary militantism to build a brand-new world. We will then cross the Mediterranean Sea to berth in Djerbahood, the island of dreams, where Street Art has transformed the village of Erriadh, a site of millennial heritage, into an open-air museum and a major destination for Street Art aficionados. After this sunbath, the Transition – Les Portes project...

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Issue #63

Issue #63

Innovation STREET ART, A BACK TO OFFICE ALLY1 Destination 5 Spots STREET ART BERLINPlace2Art STADT.WAND.KUNSTInvestigations STREET ART & TRAVELTalents JEF AEROSOL / LUKE NEWTON / NESPOON / INIGO SESMA / DOURONEPutting up resistance EDITO #63 | May - June 2022 Times are hard! To get some fresh air, we need to travel and explore new horizons. After all, creativity springs from new encounters. This issue will take you to Berlin, the mecca of graffiti in Europe and a Street Art lab during the fall of the Wall. Still in Germany, Stadt.Wand.Kunst, with its big murals in Mannheim, is blowing a breath of fresh and militant air.Street Art is both an artistic and a political movement, but it can also be used as a management tool as you will discover through the collaborations between artists and staff of the Europcar Mobility Group who revamped the company’s nearly deserted facilities following the two years of COVID. All these achievements have in common being carried out by artists with...

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Issue #62

Issue #62

Expert Eye THE URBAN ART MARKET1 Destination 5 Spots STREET ART NEW YORKPlace2Art IN DA FRICHEInvestigations STREET ART & LUXETalents YSEULT YZ DIGAN / ERNEST PIGNON-ERNEST / ICY & SOT / EVAZESIR / STOHEAD / ALEX FACEA breath of fresh Urban Art EDITO #62 | April - May 2022 Spring is coming and Urban Art is taking a breath of fresh air, but also holds its breath and continues its fight for democracy here and elsewhere! Why not follow it and see where it leads us?New York will be our first stop. From the origins of vandal graffiti to the birth of muralism, New York is the crossroads of countercultures and the cradle of creativity. Next stop: In Da Friche (France), where Urban Art has taken hold of a former military base, and where we will immerse ourselves in urbex graffiti.On the pioneering front, we will meet artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest, whose mastery of place and statement has lent its credentials to Urban Art. To continue with artivism, Yseult YZ Digan places ‘her’ women at...

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Issue #61

Issue #61

Expert Eye IS URBAN ART ACADEMIC?1 Destination 5 Spots STREET ART BRUSSELSPlace2Art GDANSK ZAPSAInvestigations WHEN STREET ART TAKES ON URBAN FURNITURETalents PHILIPPE ECHAROUX / LEVALET / FINTAN MAGEE / JULIO ANAYA CABANDING / MINA MANIA / ARNE QUINZEMay Urban Art be plentiful EDITO #61 | February - March 2022 A new year has begun. May it bring projects, challenges, and a vibrant production of murals, graffiti, installations, and canvasses. But may it also be filled with encounters during festivals, fairs, and openings, or simply the production of works that embellish our cities. There are so many occasions and places where Urban Art can hybridise, mutate, develop, and assert itself in multiple forms. Urban Art is a blend of endless flavours. This strange time we are living in constantly reminds us how crucial it is to respect the environment and diversity to build a peaceful world. With his Street Art 2.0, Philippe Echaroux combines light and vegetation to deliver clear messages...

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Issue #60

Issue #60

Expert Eye STREET ART - REBELS RIGHTS1 Destination 5 Spots STREET ART MELBOURNEPlace2Art EXOMUSEEInvestigations SCREENING THROUGHTHEARTTalents SPEEDY GRAPHITO / SOWAT / HILDA PALAFOX / DAVID DE LA MANO / HENSE / GREG "LEON" GUILLEMINWhen Street Art takes a starring role EDITO #60 | December - January 2022 Street Art shares with cinema a taste for drama. It has found in it a boundless source of inspiration and borrows or transfigures stars of the Silver Screen and mythical characters. Among them, Yoda, Superman, Homer Simpson, and Snow White hold centre stage – even if Snow White shows her dark side and loses a bit of her immaculate candour in the hands of Goin and Greg ‘Léon’ Guillemin. The appropriation of mythical characters raises the question of the legal rights associated with these pop figures, who have become an integral part of a global and transgenerational cultural heritage. In a new column entitled Expert Eye we explore street artists’ legal rights, which can arise from...

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Issue #59

Issue #59

Opinion NAPOLEON & STREET ART1 Destination 5 Spots STREET ART LONDONPlace2Art NEON ATHENSInvestigations THE CITY SPELLED OUTTalents BRUSK / DEIH / PEETA / SWOON / FRANCISCO BOSOLETTI / WISETWOFrom the letter to the spirit of Street Art EDITO #59 | October - November 2021 Urban Art has landed on its feet. Festivals, murals, and solo shows are back on! But what purpose is Urban Art pursuing now?Spirit of Street Art, are you here?Through the letters, scattered words, and biting sentences they disseminate on the walls of our towns, urban artists shout political and poetical statements using sometimes sophisticated, sometimes brute designs that all seem to emphasise the importance of conveying a message. In this issue, we add our contribution to the endless debate about form and content, meaning and aestheticism, especially through the The City Spelled Out focus and the NEON inaugural exhibition in Athens, which shed light on the lettering works that increasingly shape our urban life...

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Issue #58

Issue #58

Opinion CONQUERING THE NEW LAND OF NFTS1 Destination 5 Spots STREET ART MADRIDOUTDOOR The Crystal ShipPlace2Art STRAAT AMSTERDAMInvestigations STREET ART & POSTERSArtists OKUDA / SAYPE / ASTRO / GUILIO VESPERINI / ROUGE HARTLEY / BOB TONICYour summer in the shade of spray bombs  EDITO #58 | September 2021 We announced a summer of Street Art, and we have kept our promise! Let’s travel around Europe to celebrate! Our first stop will be in Madrid to immerse ourselves in its vibrant art scene, a real place of encounter and a crossroads of graffiti and street artists from all walks of life. Madrid is constantly transforming beneath their spray bombs, from open-air museums to more or less official underground spots.Thirsty for more? Then let’s head to Ostend, Belgium, and moor at The Crystal Ship. Reopening this summer after being closed last year due to the pandemic, the festival has reshaped this coastal town into a hot Street Art destination. After that, we will drive three hours...

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