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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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Montana Cans x Futura x ACRONYM

On November 17th, iconic graffiti artist FUTURA turned 60. To celebrate his birthday and decades worth of artistic output, MONTANA-CANS have created a special colourway, the FUTURA 2000 Black, as part of their Iconic Series. For the global pre-launch, FUTURA asked his friends at ACRONYM® to collaborate on an exclusive design to appear on the can, produced in a limited run and for this occasion only.

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NUART Box Set – Win A MOBSTR Artist Proof Print!

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Featuring exclusive, signed limited edition screenprints from 15 of the worlds leading names in Street and Urban Art, NUART have released this limited edition boxset to celebrate 15 years of NUART, with 15 of the finest artists:

Bortusk Leer (UK, Jamie Reid (UK), Dotdotdot (NO), Isaac Cordal (ES), Martha Cooper (US), Futura (US), Fra Biancoshock (IT), Martin Whatson (Handfinished) (NO), Icy & Sot (IR), Ella & Pitr (FR), Sandra Chevrier (CA), Dotmasters (UK), Mobstr (UK), M-City (Hand-sprayed original) (PL), Pixel Pancho (IT)

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Here’s your chance to get your hands on an exclusive anniversary boxset featuring 15 of the worlds leading names in Street and Urban Art. Hugely collectible and desirable works from the likes of Futura, Martha Cooper, Jamie Reid and Sandra Chevrier amongst many others presented in a hand embossed bespoke presentation box.

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NUART 2015 – 15th Anniversary Photos

We were super stoked to have been invited back to NUART in Norway for another year of amazing murals, installations and seminars, here’s a photo round-up of this years artwork.

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Special highlights were collabs between local artist Martin Whatson and Canadian Sandra Chevrier, some amazing work from Futura, a giant robot by Pixel Pancho, paste-ups from Sex Pistol’s artist Jamie Reid, the playful work of Bortusk Leer and one of the world’s largest murals by French couple Ella & Pitr.

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FUTURA Paints The Bowery Wall in NYC

It was an amazing three days at the Bowery/Houston wall in Soho, NYC last weekend watching the legendary art and graffiti master Futura as he graced the giant, block long wall maintained by Goldman Properties.

The wall was first painted by Keith Haring in 1982. The crowds assembled as the days went on bringing out almost everyone from ‘back in the day’ to newly established artists looking forward to seeing him work in action.  He is primarily known as a graffiti artist, beginning on trains in the early 70’s and progressed throughout the New York art scene with Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf in the 80’s.   Futura is also famous for his work as a graphic designer and illustrator of record sleeves, first becoming involved with The Clash; producing a sleeve for their “This IS Radio Clash” 7″ single and handwriting the sleeve notes and lyrics sheet for their album Combat Rock.

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During the 1990s he was involved with clothing companies such as GFS, Subware and Project Dragon. More recently much of Futura’s artwork has evolved into the production of highly collectible toys, sneakers; and a diverse range of creative media, working with Recon, Nike, The North FaceMedicom Toy, Undercover, Supreme.

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NUART: PLUS

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NUART Festival in Stavanger, Norway kicks off a strong line up of panels and discussions today, starting off with the inaugural Pub Debate, headed up by team captains Evan Pricco, Editor in Chief at Juxtapoz, and writer Carlo McCormick, the two go head-to-head with artists Harmen de Hoop and Bortusk Leer to explore the subject: Should Art Have to Carry a Deeper Meaning?

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NUART 2015

NUART FESTIVAL 2015
Festival: 3 – 5 September; Exhibition: 6 September – 11 October

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Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, Nuart Festival – the world’s leading celebration of street art – will take place on the first week of September, 2015.

For the fifteenth year running, renowned artists from around the world will descend upon Stavanger, Norway with murals, installations and interventions popping up across the city. Tou Scene centre for contemporary arts, a former 19th century brewery, will host the festival’s indoor exhibition.

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Nuart Plus, the festival’s annual symposium of academic and industry debates, artist presentations and film screenings will take place at Scandic Stavanger City hotel from Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 September. Here, key figures such as Evan Pricco (Juxtapoz), Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington (Brooklyn Street Art) and critic and author Carlo McCormick will come together with artists and academics to delve into the culture’s roots and reflect on its place within the wider contemporary art canon. The three day programme is open to everyone, free of charge, and central to Nuart’s efforts to encourage critical discourse around street art in an accessible and democratic way.

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Alongside the recurrent theme of Situationism, this year’s festival will explore notions of play and the ludic tendencies within street art and urban culture. From Jamie Reid – pioneer of the punk visual aesthetic – to conceptual artist Harmen de Hoop, photographer Martha Cooper and abstract graffiti pioneer Futura, leading practitioners from across the spectrum of street art will demonstrate how they approach their craft within the subject of play.

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Nuart’s education programme – the largest street art education programme in the world – reaches out to over 2,600 children to teach them how to make their own artwork using techniques such as stencilling and wheatpasting. Devised in partnership with Den kulturelle skolesekken (a Government funded initiative for art and culture), the programme aims to inspire the next generation of street artists, thus ensuring the culture’s sustainability.

Founder and Director, Martyn Reed says:

“The focus of this year’s festival is once again Situationism, which initially inspired punk and more latterly the street art and activist movements we see today. We’re looking to establish where the culture of street art comes from and where it could potentially go: we want to get deeper and attach this culture to a long tradition of unsanctioned creativity on the streets, so that the powers that be don’t brand it as a “fad” as they did with graffiti in the 1980’s. The DIY aspects of Situationism, punk, graffiti and street art are closely aligned with traditions of play, and their connection all the more pertinent this year with the likes of Jamie Reid and Futura confirmed.”

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Nuart is initiating a number of satellite projects to mark the festival’s landmark 15th Anniversary:

In collaboration with the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad, Nuart will launch The Aftenblad Wall: a 6m x 3m billboard erected in the east of the city and a new permanent site for art in Stavanger. Contemporary artists unaccustomed to working in the streets will be invited to adopt the scale and visibility of advertising to present their work in the public domain, with Canada’s Sandra Chevrier the first participating artist.

Nuart is also attempting a world’s first with the French artists Ella & Pitr who, alongside partners Block Berge Bygg, are set to create the world’s largest outdoor mural in Klepp on the outskirts of Stavanger. The finished work will cover 21,000m2, the equivalent of 5 football pitches.

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Join us in celebrating 15 groundbreaking years: both for Nuart and the thriving, important and enduring art form we represent.

A full programme of events and schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please visit www.nuartfestival.no for more information on this year’s artists and check back soon for updates on Nuart Plus, workshops, street art walks and satellite projects.

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Nuart Festival 2015 artists:

Bordalo II (PT), Bortusk Leer (UK), Dolk (NO), Dotdotdot (NO), Ella & Pitr (FR), Ernest Zacharevic (LT), Futura (US), Harmen de Hoop (NL), Icy & Sot (IL), Isaac Cordal (ES), Jamie Reid (UK), Martha Cooper (US), Martin Whatson (NO), Outings Project (FR), Pejac (ES), Pixelpancho (IT) and introducing The Aftenblad Wall, with Sandra Chevrier (CA)

Exhibition opening date:
Saturday 5 September at 19:00, Tou Scene
Exhibition period: Sunday 6 September – Sunday 11 October
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday 12:00 to 17:00 / Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 to 16:00
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Entrance fee: 70kr adults/40kr concessions

Website: www.nuartfestival.no
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nuartfestival
Instagram: www.instagram.com/nuartfestival
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nuartfestival

VNA 30 London Launch

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Big ups to all the people that made it down to the VNA Issue 30 Limited Edition London launch at East London’s Great Eastern Bear, featuring original screen-printed box sets from New York’s finest, Futura.

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It was an amazing turnout with lots of love for one of the seminal New York graffiti artists. Supported with beer from Brooklyn-based brewery, Sixpoint, as well as some Soffle’s pitta chips to soak up the sauce, and DJ LOL Cool J providing the tunes.

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Ironlak and local paint supply store, Chrome & Black came through with materials for local legend D*face to put up a billboard overlooking Shoreditch with a positive message to the people, ‘Think Bike’ – a nod to all the bikers in London and one of D*face’s own personal passions.

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VNA 30 – Limited Edition – Futura Box Set

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VNA 30 is here. This is a landmark issue with an extra special artist for the cover – a true godfather of graffiti, Futura, formerly known as Futura2000. He talks candidly about the stratospheric highs and crushing lows of his dramatic life and career to date.

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As always, VNA have produced a Limited Edition run of screen-printed magazines, lovingly prepared by our friends at White Duck Screen Print and this issue is no exception. Each boxset features Futura’s artwork screen-printed on the box and magazine cover and inside you’ll find included a set of four die-cut stickers and and an exclusive wooden model of Futura tag on Brooklyn Bridge.

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The box sets will be available to buy excusively at the London launch this Thursday 4th June from Great Eastern Bear, 8a Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, EC2A 3NT. We’ll have some complimentary beers from Brooklyn-based brewmasters, Sixpoint, as well as a few select paintings from some of the artists we know and love and some spicy snacks courtesy of Soffle’s Pitta Chips.

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As if all that wasn’t enough, D*face will be painting a billboard to guide you to the event space, supported by our friends at Ironlak and Chrome & Black, and local dancefloor destroyer, LOL Cool J will be spinning tunes to make you move to.

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The Bridges of Graffiti @ Venice Biennale ’15

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The cover artist of our current issue #30, Futura, was recently in Venice, taking part in a large group show, working next to other legends such as Boris Tellegen, Doze Green, Eron, Futura, Mode2, SKKI ©, Jayone, Todd James, Teach, and Zero-T. As one of the collateral events of 56th International Venice Biennale Arte, “The Bridges Of Graffiti” opened on May 9th in the presence of participating artists, and will stay on view until November 22nd at the Terminal S. Basilio.
The idea of this coherent show is to present the wide spectrum of creatives that are coming from the graffiti world. Differing in age, geographical origin and influences as well as their current work practice, the artists turned the abandoned ship terminal into an “art terminal”. Futura showed a large abstract triptych along with another large canvas piece, an iron sculpture of his legendary Pointman character, and painted a large mural which is probably the largest abstract works he ever created. Other artist also showed their signature works – Mode 2 painted large figurative mural using only outlines, Doze Green did a similar thing using his distinctive line work, Teach displayed some interesting work using industrial production as an art process, while Todd James once again showed his Vandal room installation. Along with these paintings, murals, sculptures and installations, two legendary photographers, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, showed their photos featured in legendary Subway Art book. Martha displayed her prints on a large clustered wall, while Henry’s photos of NYC trains were effectively projected on large real train size panels.

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