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Martha Cooper Library – URBAN NATION BERLIN

The worlds premier Urban Contemporary Art Museum, URBAN NATION (UN), in Berlin needs your help to donate or loan books. This rendering is the first look at the Martha Cooper Library inside the Urban Nation Museum in Berlin the heart of the library is Martha Cooper‘s personal collection.

URBAN NATION is calling all artists, art lovers and collectors – If you have books of your work or the work of others you produced, books you would like to lend or donate to the archive to help it grow, or even if you want to tell them about books they should know about, URBAN NATION will organise transport and they will be on display for the opening of the museum 2017 and beyond.

URBAN NATION is looking for books in the following categories:

– Photography
– Street art
– Urban art
– Low brow
– Pop art
– Propaganda
– Installation
– Cities and their art
– Public space
– Artist books

If you have anything to offer, please contact:

library@urban-nation.com

www.urban-nation.com

Murals In The Market 2016

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Last year we were lucky enough to be invited out to 1xRUN’s Murals in the Market in Detroit. The event was surprising in so many ways, from the time taken by the team to show us what the city was really about – the once-indomitable motoring capital of the USA, with a thriving industry that birthed a lot of modern Capitalist structure, that has since come back from being slammed into depression and decay – to the amount of heart and community that the organisers put into it. With barber-chair artist chats, a roster of local events and genuine support for the artists and workers involved in the festival and beyond, one message was clear, Detroit got soul.

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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

www.urban-nation.com

Book Review – The Political Set

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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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Ernest Zacharevic – Studio Visit – Henrik Haven

Henrik Haven recently took a trip to Ernest Zacharevic’s studio in Penang to snap some shots of him and Martin Whatson working on a new series of collaboration pieces for the Different Strokes group show.

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Different strokes is a large group show curated by Giancarlo Petrucci (Graffiti Prints) in conjunction with Hin Bus Depot, which features new work by Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Sandra Chevrier (Canada), Icy and Sot (Iran/NYC), Martin Whatson (Norway), Beejoir (UK), Alexface (Thailand), BON (Thailand), Snik (UK), Nafir (Iran), Sabek (Spain), Levalet (France), Roamcouch (Japan) and Gabriel Pitcher (UK) – more coverage of that coming soon!

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Sweet Toof – Derailed – Pandemic Gallery NYC

SWEET TOOF “DERAILED” – Opening Reception 12.12.14

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Theres no real way to avoid the imagery SWEET TOOF presents to the public. The average citizen stops to observe just as intensely as the dedicated street photographer. His bright, colorful iconography is unmistakable. Strangely seductive, cartoon skulls grin malevolently from ear to ear, while disembodied floating gums appear seemingly in the hundreds all over the urban landscape, everything consistently overflowing with toothy turmoil. From site specific street graffiti and large scale murals to blanketing the abandoned structures of the city, his artistic presence is highly prolific, spanning several countries.

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Above – Remix – Interview

Above’s latest show, Remix, opened recently in Detroit at Inner State Gallery. In his own words, Above describes his mission in his explorative new pieces:

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“The intention for my most recent body of artwork is to explore new directions and re-invent the arrow icon I have been creating for over the past 15 years.

The arrow icon is sharp and constructed of straight lines and angles, void of any curved elements. My intention is to contrast the existing sharp angles of the arrow, with the curved and circular cut lines, achieving a dynamic balance between the two with a new fresh look. Similar to that of a hair stylist making a perm on a head of hair that has always been straight.

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Nick Walker – Solo Show NYC & New Collabs!

Nick Walker’s first solo show in years, ‘All I Ever Wanted Was My Name On Fire’, is a continuation of the Vandal storyline. If you look at each ‘Morning After’ painting as a cover for a novel, then this show is the pages within the book.

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The show opens on Thursday 16th October – the venue is 345 Broome Street at Bowery, NYC 10013 and runs for one week. Please rsvp@jb-pr.com for guestlist.

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Nicks latest collabs with Royal Doulton and his latest book will be available soon and a ltd edition print, ‘Gotham Vandal’ is available to purchase at the show.

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And to whet your appetite a little more, here’s Nick modeling our new VNA x Nick Walker collab scarf, available to buy on our website soon…

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www.theartofnickwalker.com