07/22/14 10:00am

Street Art-Pixel Pancho-Case Maclaim-Untapped Cities-NYC-Bushwick-Bushwick CollectiveCase Maclaim & Pixel Pancho (Halopigg via Instagram)

We are more than halfway done with 2014, sounds insane doesn’t it?  Seems like only yesterday we were dealing with polar vortexes, cat cafes and disappointing Knicks basketball. We still mourn the demise of 5 Pointz, which is set for complete demolition by October. While we may have lost our graffiti and street art monument, other parts of the city have stepped their game up and have given the NYC street art community walls to make their mark. After countless hours looking through photos, and praying that street artists will not go after us for making last minute cuts to the list, we present the 10 best NYC street art murals of the year so far.

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07/09/14 12:00pm

Heart Headed Project-Charlotte Le Bon-Paris

While she may become more known for her life as a movie star soon, Charlotte Le Bon is an artist at heart, or should we say head? The name Charlotte Le Bon may not mean anything to Americans now, but in a few years time, she may be gracing every magazine cover and feature film poster from NYC to Paris. This French-Canadian former model is also a talented illustrator, photographer, comedian and actress, is gearing up to become one of the biggest stars on the international stage.

In the coming years she is set to star alongside Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, in the Steven Spielberg-produced The Hundred Foot Journey. She is also in this year’s biopic of French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and in the Robert Zemekis biopic of French high-wire artist Phillipe Petit, who famously walked between the Twin Towers.  She is not just adding major features to her resume, for the U.S art-house audience will be able to see Ms. Le Bon in Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo later this year.

It is astounding that this woman of many talents, even has the time to come up with and execute something like the Heart-Headed Project, a self-funded street art project.

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06/16/14 2:00pm

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This past Saturday AD HOC Art and the Welling Court, Queens community brought us the 5th Annual Welling Court Mural Festival. For the fifth time in as many years, artists from different generations came together in Welling Court, to provide the surrounding area with beautiful artistic murals that can be enjoyed for the next 365 days.

This year brought over fifty artists, including  NYC favorites like SeeOne, NDA, Never, Queen Andrea, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Icy & Sot, Cern, Toofly, Fumero, Roycer, Russell King, Col Wallnuts, Billy Mode, Cake, Joe Iurato, Rubin, Veng RWK, Alice Mizrachi, Vera Times, Zed 1, and many more. We spent the entire day enjoying the art, watching the World Cup with members of  the community and dancing to a variety of music until dark. Here are some of the best murals we captured last Saturday.  (more…)

06/12/14 9:00am

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Women Are Heroes by JR in Providencia, Rio de Janeiro

Art in the streets is not a local or recent phenomenon. Whether you call it street art, graffiti or vandalism, art in the streets gives a city personality. Large-scale projects, such as JR’s work in Providencia, Rio de Janeiro give underserved places new life and attention. Smaller, every day interventions, like Space Invader add whimsy to the streetscape. Google’s newest Street Art Project, created by their Cultural Institute in Paris is an online gallery currently featuring over 4,000 street art and graffiti images from around the world.

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06/05/14 12:00pm
Mural by Dasic.

Mural by Dasic.

Responsible for at least 30 of the freshest new murals in Bushwick is Exit Room, a wonderful gallery and cultural space. Located at 270 Meserole Street, (two blocks from the L train’s Montrose Ave. stop) Exit Room has been busy working on these murals in preparation for their first annual Juicy Art Festival.  This three-day art and music festival, running from June 5-7, is dedicated to bringing the arts and community together through street art, music, and performance.

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06/03/14 1:00pm

JR-Inside Out Project-The Pantheon-ParisImage via JR on Facebook

By now, we’re used to seeing large scale JR installations in public places like Times Square and Lincoln Center’s NYC Ballet. Or maybe you’ve caught pieces in smaller, unexpected spots like the Elizabeth Street Garden or seen his work in Rio de Janeiro from afar. And while his Inside Out Project, spurred by his 2011 Ted Prize win may now be bordering on ubiquitous, it still has the power to amaze depending on location. Today, JR has unveiled his latest at the Pantheon in Paris. The stunning building, which looks like this normally, has been taken over by photographs he received from all around the world.

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