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Street Art Bar & Bikkesement “De Bajes” in Amsterdam

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Following the trend of similar establishments in Hong Kong and New York, Amsterdam recently opened doors to Europe’s first Street Art Bar – “De Bajes”. Located on Rembrandtplein, at the very end of the vibrant Utrechtsestraat, this unique place has been opened to business since February 16th.

With inside murals painted by the likes of D*Face, Ben Eine, The London Police, Jaune, Hugo Kaagman, Laser 3.14, Bortusk Leer and many others, “De Bajes” offers an unique opportunity to enjoy these works while enjoying your favorite drink or meal. The name of the place is a Dutch slang for ‘prison’, but the original Yiddish meaning is actually ‘home’, and coziness is one quality that is very important to the owners, as it is for all the Dutch people. Along with permanent murals that were painted recently, the place will host a variety of exhibitions for big names and up and coming street artists in collaboration with Vroom & Varossieau gallery. Currently they are displaying works by Laser 3.14, Soren Solkaer, Red Mice District and Cranio, with much more artist being lined up for the future. Aside from exciting art, “De Bajes” offers exciting menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner during day, as well as cocktails, craft beers, bar bites and a diverse DJ-programming. (Photo credit by Peter Baas)

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Reka’s New Murals @ Melbourne Polytechnic

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Back in Australia after couple of years, Reka is enjoying summer in his homeland but also, working on some new murals down under – he spent the beginning of the year participating in a mural program by Melbourne Polytechnic, which included a massive makeover of their Prahran campus.

For this project, Reka picked Aussie-oriented imagery, creating 2 large bird-focused pieces. Depicting the infamous Kookaburra and Rosella birds, symbols of Australian fauna, these large paintings are slightly less abstract than his recent works we’ve seen. Wrapping them both in rich floral compositions, the artist picked the earthy tones from the outback to create these works. Using signature geo-based forms to patch up the final images, both 5 story pieces are great examples of Reka’s flawless spray-paint maneuvering skills. Along with these pieces, the project produced new works by other Australian urban artists such as Makatron and Cam Scale, Sofles, Guido Van Helten, George Rose, etc.

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Ernest Zacharevic “Splash and Burn” print release

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Tomorrow, Friday 20th of January @ 3pm GMT Ernest Zacharevic will be releasing his self-produced lithograph “Splash and Burn”. The release will be used to generate funding for a self curated art campaign launching in spring 2017 in association with The Sumatran Orangutan Society.

“Splash and Burn” is an 11 layer, hand-finished lithograph depicting a young boy with a burning match in hand, atop a Rhino folded from an American dollar bill. The playful image is a continuation of his work inspired by children at play and each print is hand-finished using matches and an antique oil lantern. Printed on the BFK Rives 270gr paper measuring 90cm x 68cm each lithograph comes signed and numbered by the artist and will be available in an edition of 130 via ErnestZacharevic.com.

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Releases: Gonefellow “Rude Farmer”

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One of the things that makes the urban art scene so exciting and addicting is how unpredictive it can be and how it doesn’t comply to any rules of classic art. One of the good examples of that is the mysterious artist Gonefellow who has been raising a lot of dust with his recent releases on social media and beyond.

Not long ago he released and sold out “Graffiti Truck The Parody” print (seen bellow), using Banksy’s “Siren Of The Lambs” truck as the main image while commenting on the trend of “salvaging” his public work. Supported by Castle Gallery, he is now releasing a 2nd print release titled “Rude Farmer”. Using another iconic Banksy image as a reference, “Rude Copper”,  the image depicts an elderly man showing a middle finger “to all the animal abusers”. Everything started as a simple drawing (seen bellow), which soon escalated in an idea about producing a limited edition of 100 unsigned prints that will cost £100 + shipping with all the proceeds going to PDSA animal charity. The print was printed by Modern Multiples LA and was planned to release in January, but Castle gallery is already taking the pre-orders via email.

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The Hard Rock Stadium murals

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After turning Wynwood into a worldwide street art phenomenon, Goldman Global Arts recently wrapped up the first leg of another big project they are working on @ The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Bringing urban art to a new spaces, and giving artists the chance to share their work with a new audience, 18 new murals were created during the last couple of months while the stadium was re branded into a global entertainment venue.

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Ludo’s “Victory” print release

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French artist Ludo will be releasing a new lithograph titled “Victory” on Wednesday, November 30th @  6pm (GMT+1) via EnjoyTheViolence.com. The print features an image of one of his recent paintings that are on view in Miami @ Jonathan Levine and Juxtapoz Magazine group show.

The print will be released in a low edition of only 50 + 5 AP’s (black background), all unique pieces measuring 65x55cm. Using lithography image as the base of the work, Ludo hand painted the background and green accents on each copy, using 3 layers of acrylic and making each copy unique. The edition was produced @ the legendary Idem studio in Paris, comes embossed by the studio stamp as well as signed and dated by the artist.

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Pejac’s New Pieces in Rijeka, Croatia

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Spanish artist Pejac recently did a 2 weeks residency with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia. During his stay in the city, he created 3 new public works, once again proving his creativity, technical diversity, and ability to visualize these unique concepts.

As per usual with the Barcelona-based artist, all the works created are done with different techniques, using different tools (not necessarily art tools), but still have that visual connection between them. Working with glass cuter, putty knife, iron brush, sand paper, brushes, acrylic and spraypaint, the new pieces include a wide range of recurring imagery such as deer, slingshot, flock of birds, safety ring, etc. Very poetic and easy to read the works carry deeper meanings and both personal and universal stories that Pejac kindly shared with us.

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Nuart 2016 Video Recap

Nuart team just released a nice video recap presenting what this year’s edition was all about. Showcasing the new murals, Post-Street Art indoor exhibition, as well as conferences, debates and behind the scene footage, it’s a nice reminder for those that attended the event and even better invitation for those that wanna visit the festival next year.

The video was shot and produced by Doug Gillen at Fifth Wall TV and features works by Add Fuel (PT), Axel Void (ES), Eron (IT), Evol (DE), Fintan Magee (AU), Henrik Uldalen (NO), Hyuro (AR), Jaune (BE), Jeff Gillette (US), KennardPhillipps (UK), MTO (FR), Nipper (NO), Robert Montgomery (UK) and SpY (ES).

Nuart 2016 “Post-Street Art” Group Show

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This year’s Nuart festival was themed around the idea of “post-street art” as the new label for contemporary street art. Known for working with creatives that fit under the classic “street artist” label, but also muralists, studio artists, computer artists and painters, Nuart 2016 questioned whether this is the right moment to introduce a new term to define their work.

“Street art” was first used to define art that was often illegal, not related with galleries, and connected to revolutionary movements like punk, hip-hop or graffiti. The kind of art that we see nowadays under this same term is usually legal, often shown in galleries or institutions, and has very little or no connection to any of those movements. Over time, with influence of the Internet, social media and mural festivals worldwide, the approach to classic street art has changed significantly and so did the art itself. There are still many artists out there that are using the streets to show their creativity, their beliefs or rebellion, but this movement has evolved into something much larger than that.  So, after 16 consecutive years of organizing one of the most important street art festivals out there, its founder Martyn Reed wanted to trigger the discussion about adopting another term for the kind of art that the event is promoting.  Maybe it’s time to rethink the whole idea and find a new one to chronicle the kind of art that is created on the foundations of classic street art, not because we need to label everything, but only cause the old one seems to become redundant and deceiving at this point.

“Post-Street Art” group show included works and installations created by the Nuart 2016 participating artists during their stay in Stavanger. Divided inside the tunnels of Tou center, the works cover wide range of mediums, styles and messages sent through them. From Eron’s ghostly spraypaint image of an oil covered pelican, Fintan Magee colorful dining room or Robert Montgomery’s poem, all the way to Spy’s conceptual installation hidden behind the brick wall. The full list of participating artists include Eron, Evol, Add Fuel, Fintan Magee, KennardPhillips, Nipper, Spy, Jaune, Jeff Gillette, Robert Montgomery and Henrik Uldalen.

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Recap: Rose Beton 2016

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Toulouse Urban Culture Festival, Rose Beton, is rounding up its 2nd edition these days with Epoxy Exhibition @ Musée des Abattoirs closing its door on 28th of August.  This year the festival has decided to focus on graffiti as an artistic movement – from its beginnings in NYC back in the 70s to a global phenomenon that it is today.

In this manner, the festival included works by around 20 international artists with same graffiti origins but extremely different in their expression. From Futura’s signature abstraction to Boris Tellegen’s sharp futurism, Epoxy exhibition showed the variety of styles and visual languages that can evolve from classic graffiti. Along with works by these contemporary artists, Château d’Eau hosted a photography retrospective of Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, presenting a flashback on how and where everything began.

Along with these indoors events, Open Summer Festival organized by 50cinq site invited muralists from around the world to leave their mark on the streets of the city. Supported by the Toulouse Town Hall, the city confirmed its status as an urban culture lab by adding new public works from Ben Eine, Reso, Honet, Aryz, Hendrik Beikirch and finally, Toulouse-born Miss Van. (Photos by Big Addict)

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