The rumors were true as RETNA blessed the Houston Bowery Mural replacing FAILE piece that was cleared out the other day.Famed graffiti photographer Martha Copper took pictures as the Los Angeles based artist put in work during the weekend on this piece supposedly inspired by Raekwon’s Of Wu-Tang’s Lyrics at the center boundaries of both soho & noho.
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Gimme The Loot is an upcoming independent film directed by Adam Leon’s thats is being screened in many up coming film festivals such as SXSW, and its New York Debut at the 41 Films New Directors New Film Festival At Lincoln Center from March 21 – April 1st.In his first feature the New York City native tells a story of street smart kids with a talent for urban graffiti art. While still in pre production Gimme The Loots is in need of funding via Kickstarter click here also to like them on Facebook here.
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50 CHARACTERS IN MIAMI from TheSeventhLetter on Vimeo.
TheSeventhLetter brings the final days of Miami Art Basel 2011 with this video entitled the 50 Characters in Miami.
Portrait of a Harlem Artist: Justin West from The New Regime TV on Vimeo.
The man behind A$AP Rocky’s videos such as Purple Swag, Peso, and Wassup, visual artist Justin West aka J West explores his Manhattan Harlem NYC roots with this video called “Portrait of a Harlem Artist” from directors Christian San Jose & Phil Mao.
Proto Punk Rock group The Velvet Underground is suing Andy Warhol Foundations filing legal papers claiming that the foundation has been illegally licensing their iconic banana which Andy Warhol designed for thier album cover .
The Velvet Underground states that that cover art symbolises thier band.
HCTN EPISODE 7 : MARTHA COOPER from Here Comes the Neighborhood on Vimeo.
Legendary photographer Martha Cooper has been documenting graffiti and graffiti writers since the late 1970s. Her and Henry Chalfant’s book “Subway Art”, originally published in 1984, was largely responsible for the globalization of graffiti. She has remained a fixture in the community and culture, and has been documenting the Wynwood Walls since the project began in 2009. Her photos tell the story of the Wynwood Walls from its inception to expansion, and all of the artists and their respective works. In graffiti and street art, nothing is permanent, even commissioned walls. Because of the temporary nature of the medium, Martha’s photos outlast almost every piece of graffiti or street art itself.
KRINK founder with and Queens Native Craig Costello talks with VICE Magazine.
The folks @ Outlaw Art Museum brings us The Legends of the Lower East Side coloring book created by photographer-owner Clayton Patterson and artists Troy Harris and Orlando Bonilla. It’ features some Lower East Side legends such as, from Jim “Mosaic Man” Powers , Harold Hunter and Luis Guzman.
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Nas sells his first painting for $14,000 during Concert in Miami.They say rap is young mans game maybe Nas can make a living this way
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A Jay-Z Totem Pole sculpture featuring rich cartoon characters such as Richie Rich , Scrooge McDuck & Mr. Burns with Jay-z wearing chains and dollar-sign medallion.
Edwards Tells XXL:
“I think Jay-Z has made himself a face of [the] Wall Street that Occupiers are protesting against. Maybe Jay-Z is striving to be in the one percent? Which is why I chose the composition of a totem pole because I thought it would resemble the number one. Rap stars who turn ‘Scrooge’ have to suffer some damage to their street credibility.”
Art as a weapon teaser // 3 mins from BREADTRUCK TV on Vimeo.
An original documentary about art, politics, religion and war. Everything that makes us human. -Jeff Durkin / Director
“Art as a weapon” will look at the connection between street Art, Buddhism and the struggle for Democracy by using the closed country of Burma as a case study. The film will follow a Buddhist monk poet who’s building a library, artist Shepard Fairey painting a 30′ tall mural, and a elementary school art class learning how to use spray paint- giving the audience a peek into the the lives of artists and how art has the power to move people. Interviews include Shepard Fairey and Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.
Help Make Art As A Weapon Happen via Kickstarter project
Shepard Fairey Mural at MK2’s District La Brea exhibition is complete check the mural on the former Continental Graphic’s building in Los Angeles
Photography: Carlos Gonzalez/Arrested Motion
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