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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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Tilt – Extractions

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We caught up with French artist TILT during his residency at Jardin Rouge in Marrakech, Morrocco, while he was creating his new series called ‘Extractions’ .

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“Extraction is not only about the graffiti’s sacralisation, it is about young people who did not want to stay in front of the T.V. , making nothing. We wanted to act in the street, to be part of the city by a simple gesture … To write our name, to show our existence. I want to tell the story of a generation.”  Continue Reading →

Martha Cooper’s Snap Wrap!

Legendary NYC photographer Martha Cooper comes to Berlin! URBAN NATION presents: Martha Cooper’s ‘Snap Wrap’ in an interactive room installation.

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Opening Friday 20th May 19:00, at Bülowstr. 97, Berlin, 10783, Germany.

Four decades of graffiti in four walls… Martha Cooper’s ‘Snap Wrap’ is a historic look back through the years at some of her most iconic images from the 1980s right through to the present day.

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Now respected worldwide as one of the originators of photo documentary of the most important art form of the modern age, Cooper gives us a unique insight into her work with over 300 photographs in one room.

In honour of Cooper’s work, Montana Cans has produced a brand new triptych of her work over 3 cans as the latest edition in their ‘Iconic’ series. Martha herself will also be present on the evening to sign her special edition.

No need to RSVP, just rock up!

Urban Nation Production Office
Bülowstr. 97
Berlin
10783
Germany

FB event: www.facebook.com/events/129936940752659

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To Find Authenticity; Saber Interview

 

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One of the most passionate, articulate and important individuals ever to grace an art form Saber needs very little introduction, his intricate and giant style find form in everything from pure abstraction to confrontational political action. Whilst the glory days of record breaking pieces may be behind him, he retains an honesty whose clarity is a cutting as ever. I had the pleasure of speaking to him about progress, parenthood and politics.

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Jose De Diego School, Wynwood – Robert De Los Rios Interview

The Jose De Diego Middle School sits just outside of the Wynwood arts district in Miami. Although Wynwood itself is gentrifying quickly, the areas around it, the areas that feed the school, like Overtown, are still fairly impoverished, tuff, and derelict. The JDD has little to no money for arts teachers, and as a result the school has no art programs. As a reaction to this, the school is now graced with over 80 murals created by Street Artists and Graffiti Artists from around the world. This massive on-going mural project is organized in large part by Robert De Los Rios as part of his RAW (Reimagining the Arts in Wynwood) effort. De Los Rios sat down with our man Hyland Mather and ate some Cuban food at the old school local’s diner, Enriqueta’s, where Rios did the ordering.

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45RPM at Entrepreneurs Store ‘Upstairs Gallery’ recap

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Bristol based graffiti artist / designer and sometimes-clothing-accessory-producer 45RPM recently opened a new exhibition Entrepreneurs Store ‘Upstairs Gallery’ in Stoke-on-Trent alongside a permanent mural in the city centre. Describing himself as a ‘Compulsive designer with his fingers in many creative pies who will paint, draw, design and photograph anything and everything’ 45RPMS work is a lighthearted take on 1970’s graffiti mixed with the slang and geographically idiosyncratic phrases in uk language. Continue Reading →

ARTURb 2015: when art-curators decide to become art-caretakers freedom opens all prison gates.

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ARTURb 2015’s edition took place again in Lagos, middle end of September. AKA CORLEONE, ALIAS, BOSOLETTI, MR WOODLAND and REGG were the artists invited to create pieces of art while based at an old prison.

VNA was invited to fully cover this edition. We arrived to Lagos on a Friday’s still warm, late night. The guys were finishing dinner at a tasca (typical Portuguese kind of bistro) the long table resonating with conversations’ sounds and laughter (and a little bit of booze, too). The organizers, Jorge Pereira, Maria João Alcobia and Nuno Pereira were sitting amongst the artists. No formal behaviors or ceremonial mannerisms at sight; the whole atmosphere was the one of a group of good friends having dinner. Quite uncommon for an artistic residence, we shared with Nuno Pereira:

NP (smiling):  Do you think so? Well, we prefer to see ourselves more as art-caretakers than as art-curators…

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ARTURb: imprisonment is a beautiful way to free art on the streets.

This summer we chose Lagos for our holiday destination. We were looking for beautiful, quiet beaches,  nice hot stretches in the sun, cool places for drinks before dinner, and, yes, a little bit of buzz.  No more expectations.  The truth is we had much more than that: we ended up being struck by what we found on the city walls. 

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As you start to wander the alleys you literally bump into pieces from international artists such as ROA, BEZT, SAINER, ARYZ, SEPE, ONUR or BORONDO, to mention some, in addition to works from well known Portuguese ones as MÁRIO BELÉM, MAISMENOS, ADDFUEL, amongst others. It wouldn’t be as dazzling if we were in Berlin or Buenos Aires; the thing is it takes place in Lagos, a tiny spot on the Portuguese map, a small picturesque village. How the hell is this happening here?

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