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VolaVida Gallery Presents “The Big Payback,” A Group Show Featuring Unauthorized Street Art, Legitimate Work As Well

Earlier this year, a gallery opened up in the East Village called VolaVida. The space has hosted several exhibits since then, but it’s their latest group show which might prove to be its most controversial yet. “The Big Payback,” opening tonight, advertises work for sale by famed international street artists Banksy and Space Invader. So, […]

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Here’s Why Shepard Fairey Won’t Be Convicted Of Vandalism For His Illegal Art in Detroit

Detroit, a city beset by serious crime, recently issued an arrest warrant for street artist Shepard Fairey. His crime? About nine pieces of paper that authorities claim he pasted up last month while he was in town painting the largest legal mural of his career. In a May interview about the 18-story undertaking, he blatantly […]

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Istvan Kantor Strikes Again: Vandal-Artist Tags Nelson Saiers’ Art

For the past few weeks, math whiz and finance guy-turned-artist Nelson Saiers has been showcasing a series of new work at The Hole Shop without incident, but on Tuesday night serial shit-stirrer and Neoist artist Istvan Kantor disrupted his exhibit. The Hungarian-born Canadian provocateur tagged his signature nom de guerre “Monty Cantsin” on a mattress […]

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New Observation Deck at the WTC Complex Is Like a Shitty Epcot Center

The shiny new One World Observatory at the WTC complex opened to the public on Friday. The sun was beaming down on hundreds of tourists anxious to get corralled along the building, and eventually to its top. Although ticket holders had scheduled times, the building was running way behind. It was around 3:30PM, an hour […]

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Buffed Up: Vol. 2

Some people have such a visceral reaction to graffiti that they will go through great lengths to cover it, even if it means making the whole wall, door or gate look way worse than the newly scrawled tag or fill-in. In an effort to document and evaluate these eccentric acts of post-vandalism, ANIMAL is launching […]

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‘Road Artist’ Wanksy Uses Drawings of Dicks For Social Good

Amongst Banksy imitators, Hanksy ain’t got shit on Wanksy, an anonymous street art vigilante who draws pictures of dicks around potholes in Manchester, England, with the intention of attracting attention to the holes so they get fixed. As the English would say, it’s right bloody brilliant. Photo: Facebook It’s working, too. The dick holes are […]

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Egyptian Officials Seize Big Scary Street Art Book For “Instigating Revolt”

Egyptian officials, who have in recent years arrested journalists, artists and even a popular satirist, have now confiscated a book about street art and graffiti out of fear that it is “instigating revolt.” The book, Walls of Freedom, by design professor Basma Hamdy and street artist and activist Don Stone, documents the 2011 Egyptian revolution […]

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Graffiti Is Now In Vogue, Literally

The same week that Oxygen debuted a terrible street art show, Vogue published a feature online about graffiti…or something. It’s so fucking fluffy I don’t even know where to start. While some might appreciate the mainstreaming of urban art, the House of Anna Wintour is the last place I’d expect or want to see it […]

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