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How Basquiat and Street Artists Left Their Mark on Hip-Hop Culture


By 1984, 24-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat had already broken into the mainstream art world. But the onetime street artist still couldn’t shake the legacy of his teenage years spent writing graffiti on the streets of New York City — mostly under the moniker of “SAMO” which he often used to critique the commodification of art.

There was really no ambition in it at all,” Basquiat told the interviewer Marc Miller that year in an episode of “ART/new york,” a video series on contemporary art. “It was stuff from a young mind, you know what I mean?

But the artist was not alone in his teenage pursuits: He was part of a constellation of young graffiti artists who used New York City’s streets and subways as their canvases before going on to take both the art world and hip-hop culture by storm. Their works are the subject of “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation,” an exhibition on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston through July 25, which charts how Basquiat and 11 other street artists, most of them Black or Latino — Fab 5 Freddy, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Keith Haring, Rammellzee, Toxic, A-One, Kool Koor, ERO, Futura and LA2 — formed the post-graffiti movement in 1980s New York City.

- via The New York Times

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Iris Scott Is A Master Finger Painter




Iris Scott makes each of her paintings — some of which are 8 feet tall — without using any brushes. All she uses are her fingertips and a pair of gloves. Some of her paintings can sell for over $40,000. She showed us what it takes to be a professional finger painter, and we learned why her artwork can sell for so much.

- via Insider

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Banksy’s Self-Destructing Painting


In a moment that caught the art world by surprise, Banksy’s Girl with Balloon self-destructed just as the final hammer signaled the end of an evening of auctions in London. The work sold for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million), tying the artist’s record in pounds at auction previously achieved in 2008.

The framed work, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on board depicted a girl reaching out toward a bright red, heart shaped balloon – one of Banksy’s most iconic images – began to pass through a shredder hidden in the frame.

- via Sotheby’s

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Projection Napping



Dawn Of Man catches a quick snooze in the city that never sleeps.
Part of an ongoing series of site-specific video installation work, utilizing the latest in projection napping technology.
These massive nappers were projected throughout NYC over the course of several weeks, occurring unannounced, and each lasting only for a few hours. An unsuspecting audience usually emerges at each location, often sparked with intrigue, sometimes enlightenment, and always a whole lot of questions.
Projection Napping is ongoing, and will most likely be continuing to doze off from time to time, throughout NYC and beyond.

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Instant Art Career



An interactive installation with a sophisticated painting machine which turns anyone into a successful artist. For more details about the project, click HERE.

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Street artist Retna paints for Crane.tv



This LA-based street artist is currently on the road with his latest exhibition, the “Halleluja World Tour”. Despite hints of Asian calligraphy, Incan and Egyptian hieroglyphics, Hebrew and Arabic script in his work, Retna likens himself more to a typographer rather than inventor of a new language. He talks to Crane.tv about his gang-inspired beginnings, his need to be unhappy and the job that he is here to do.

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Peeta’s Sculptures


PEETA also known as Manuel Di Rita, is a graffiti artist since 1993 currently living in Venice. He is a member of the EAD crew (Padova, Italy), FX and RWK crews (New York City) and has participated in graffiti jams and Meeting of Styles events in Europe and the Americas. His work explores the potential of sculptural lettering, both in painting and in sculpture.

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Kiri-e : The Japanese Art Of Paper Cutting



Kiri-e the Japanese art of paper cutting.
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Brazilian Artist Makes Art With Marijuana Smoke


A Brazilian painter is making an art out of smoking pot.

At his studio in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, Fernando de la Rocque (pronounced hockey) took a deep drag on a marijuana joint and blew onto a stencil overlaying paper. After several puffs an image began to appear – a golden-hued version of “Ecstasy of Saint Teresa” by Italian sculptor Giovanni Lorenzo.

Smoking marijuana is illegal in Brazil, but some of Rocque’s pot-stained prints are selling for $2,500 each. A show featuring the work opened last week at an alternative gallery in Rio’s stylish Ipanema neighborhood.

The 32-year-old Rocque says he stumbled on his toking technique in 2009.

It takes him a week to do a single print — blowing about five joints of smoke onto a paper daily.

- via Barto

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No One Can Save Us Now


Melting Superman statue at the Singapore Art Museum, created by Mojoko and Eric Foenander as part of the exhibition The Singapore Show: Future Proof.

- via My Modern Met

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