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10.04.10 Marina Galperina

Matthew Barney is currently shooting “Kuh,” part two of his new seven-part cycle of films, in Detroit. Like The Cremaster Cycle, it sounds stunning in grandeur – somewhere a “murdered” a 1967 Chrysler Crown Imperial is exhumed and metal is melted to fanfare. Because one man’s socio-economic disaster is another man’s video-art backdrop. […]

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08.12.10 Marina Galperina

Another alleged Banksy from Detroit’s Packard Plant has been chiseled out of the rubble and is now being peddled out on eBay. Banksy showed off the caged canary himself, but will it sell without official authentication? The starting bid for the 1,800 pound site-specific, site-less “art wall” is $75,000. The Bansky poachers left a gaping […]

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07.13.10 Marina Galperina

Apparently, foreclosed-real-estate looters tend to “avoid funky and arty” homes. Artist Mitch Cope and architect Gina Reichert garland abandoned houses with stripes, jam windows with painted cones and trade boarded-up doors for rock sculpture blockades to discourage break-ins. The “bizarre sculptural” defense is now on view at MOCA Detroit, in case you need an alternative […]

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07.07.10 Marina Galperina

Owners of Packard Motor Car Co. plant remnants are suing 555 Nonprofit Gallery for the Banksy mural that the gallery towed and hid. The ownership of said plant has been in dispute for years, but some rep of Bioresource Inc. is claiming dibs on what they think is a $100,000 art work. The “plaintiff” was […]

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06.01.10 Marina Galperina

After a few threatening phone calls, emails and “internet chatter,” 555 Nonprofit Gallery decided to hide that giant cinder-block wall they lifted out of context from a dilapidated Detroit plant. To save Banksy’s piece from “certain destruction” by vandals, it’s no longer on view. The plant’s ownership is in legal dispute, but the gallery found […]

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05.17.10 Marina Galperina

Banksy’s recent “I remember when all this was trees” piece in Detroit has been removed. Immediately after noticing the street art, the 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios descended into the crumbled Packard plant area, dug out the wall in two days and moved it via forklift to their gallery space. Whether or not they’re “thieves” […]

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05.11.10 Marina Galperina

Of all the said Banksys popping up nationwide lately, Banksy has confirmed a few, including the Battleship Potemkin stroller in Chicago, “I remember when all this was trees” in Detroit, the sunbathing Osama in San Francisco and “You concrete me.” A few more pieces were spotted in Detroit and Toronto. See the recent confirmed and […]

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02.02.10 Bucky Turco

Things may be bad for the rest of the country, but they’re really bad in Detroit. The once flourishing city that gave America generations of gas guzzlers and Motown is a shell of its former self. To highlight the “current freeze in the housing market” and Detroit “leading the nation in foreclosures,” a photographer and […]

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10.01.09 Cajun Boy

Because most of the city’s residents and local government have no money and are unable to afford the $695 cost of individual cremation, frozen corpses, 67 of them, are piling up inside the Wayne County morgue. Even the dead in the dying city of Detroit can’t seem to catch a break. |CNN| […]

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09.04.09 Cajun Boy

Looking for something to do this long weekend? Why not round up a couple of friends, head to a decaying urban metropolis and film yourselves leaping from its most historic building, just like these guys did at the GE building in Detroit. […]

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