Case 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.
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.
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…)
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.
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.