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November 30, 2022 Freddy Alva

Graffiti in NYC is not a static, monolithic entity in 2022. From the rudimentary beginnings of the pioneers to the golden era and its present day infusion of inroads into corporate, art world and commercial entities; what still matters the most is the street. Where, and just as important, how you get up is of […]

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November 9, 2022 Bucky Turco

The art and marketing collective known as MSCHF opened an exhibit of new work at the Perrotin Gallery on the Lower East Side called “No More Tears, I’m Lovin’ It.” “Spot’s Revenge”According to MSCHF, @bostondynamicsofficial deactivated their Spot robo-dog using an “undisclosed backdoor,” after the collective armed it with a paintball gun, put in a […]

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October 19, 2022 Bucky Turco

In our “Armageddon” issue—it was published in 2004 and featured an epic cover illustration by Steve Marcus—ANIMAL co-founder Matt “DSENSE” Trumino and I, decided to include a “questionnaire / workspace” to see how interactive our readership was and to gather some critical demographic information in our uphill battle to land advertisers. Our funding, derived mostly […]

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September 15, 2022 Chris FREEDOM Pape

Graffiti made its entrée into the art world in 1972, when the United Graffiti Artists held their first group show, “Floor To Ceiling,” at City College. A year later, UGA made more history, with the first ever exhibition of their work at an established art space—the Razor Gallery in Soho. For the next twenty years, […]

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September 6, 2022 Miss Rosen

📷: ART IS THE WORD by ALIVE 5 (1981) © Martha Cooper For some, the prestige of working at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History might be a lifelong goal, but Martha Cooper felt cooped up working behind a desk cataloging artifacts day in, day out. She yearned for freedom, action, and adventure — the […]

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July 24, 2015 Aymann Ismail

ANIMAL showcases a different street artist regularly in our feature, Scratching the Surface. This week, we profile JCORP. Name/Alias: JCORP / JC♥RP / J Decade you were born in: Early 1990s (when Sailor Moon first came out!). City you currently live: Brooklyn, NY. Drugs or natural highs? Both! How did you get your name? ‘J’ […]

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Liam Mathews

Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. For this edition, Lawrence Mesich explains his video sculpture “Distributed Risk,” a commentary on the financial crisis. The image in my head for Distributed Risk was the facade of One Court Square stretched across four successively smaller […]

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July 21, 2015 Aymann Ismail

ANIMAL showcases a different street artist regularly in our feature, Scratching the Surface. This week, we profile Hiss. Name/Alias: Hiss Decade you were born in: Child of the 90’s. City you currently live: Queens. Drugs or natural highs? Ha. I’ve been asked quite a few times if my art is inspired by acid or being […]

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July 20, 2015 Bucky Turco

As more and more iconic properties get gobbled up and regurgitated as condos, and street art gets more and more popular, the real estate and art industries continue to intersect and seem to be doing so more frequently. And they’re both ripe for affiliation. Savvy developers know that urban art can cheaply provide great cover […]

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July 17, 2015 Bucky Turco

“Are Clint Mario and ME here?” asked a hip-looking twenty-something dude as he rolled up to the one-night display of the street art duo’s work at the Krause Gallery on Wednesday evening. “Nah,” responded a person in the crowd, hanging out in front of the tiny space at 149 Orchard Street on the Lower East […]

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