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RIP King ROBBO

London graffiti legend ROBBO has passed away. In 2011, the 40-something artist suffered a traumatic brain injury and was put into a medically induced coma by doctors. We’re told he was taken off life support earlier today. His supporters, dubbed Team ROBBO, posted a brief statement on their website: It’s with very great sadness that […]

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You Can’t Cut A Site-Specific Damien Hirst Out Of The Wall And Sell It

Is a site-specific Damien Hirst wall painting still authentic if it’s removed, mounted on an aluminum backing board and framed? Hirst’s company Science Ltd says, nope. Jess Simpson is “not really into Damien Hirst” or Bombay Mix, Damien Hirst’s early site-specific work which was painted on a wall of homeowner Jamie Ritblat in 1988 as a birthday present. Then, the house was […]

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Did the UK Cancel Russian AES+F Exhibit Due to Political Tensions Over Crimea?

An upcoming AES+F exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London has been cancelled. “Maybe it was an internal problem, or maybe it was a result of something in the political atmosphere,” AES+F art collective member Lev Evzovi told the Calvert Journal. “We just got an email that for some reason the exhibition was cancelled. The political atmosphere […]

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A Guide To Not Getting Arrested For Graffiti In NYC

It is a sad state of affairs when would-be graffiti artists get caught by the police in a city as big as New York, where there is plenty of real crime vying for the NYPD’s attention. So, please take the following advice and you will save us and yourself some late nights at the courthouse. […]

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Someone Should Steal This Invader Before Olympic Diner Is Destroyed

The Olympic Restaurant on Delancey and Essex has been on a month-to-month lease for awhile, but now it seems certain that it will be demolished in the next few months and one of the best pieces put up (legally) by Parisian artist Invader is likely to get destroyed along with it. UPDATE: Invader’s spokesperson reached out to […]

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Bansky Renovates His Site, Relaunches Another and Reveals Other Interesting Tidbits

Art magnate Banksy finally has a fully functioning website again. The homepage of www.banksy.co.uk now sports a black and white illustration of a dying Dumbo surrounded by militants that fans may recognize from the parody video he released on day 6 of his Better Out Than In residency back in October of 2013. For that […]

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Meet Dan Witz, Street Art Pioneer

In the late 1970s, Dan Witz began painting hummingbirds on walls around downtown Manhattan. The work — created illegally, with acrylic paint and brushes — so predated any notion of “street art” that the term hadn’t even been codified yet. It was years before artists like Keith Haring would attract a mainstream audience to the […]

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This “Join the Gentrification!” Pamphlet Is Real

These digital renderings are from an actual pamphlet by a developer who has his sights set on some hot Morgan L-stop adjacent “retail space.” Sent to us by a tipster from Oh, Great, it bluntly and unabashedly features the words “Join the gentrification!” The revolutionary call is complimented with a rendering of the building being split into several […]

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Brazilian Cops Unleash Street Justice On Tagger, NYC Tabloid Is Overjoyed

A video was posted online of cops in Brazil reportedly spray painting a graffiti writer’s face as punishment for tagging a police station. And the Daily News couldn’t be happier. The tabloid notes that the “wannabe Banksy” was “dealt a taste of his own medicine” and how it “looks like karma came back around.” While […]

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