Washington, D.C. – Begun in 2013, SHE-SPAN commemorates the record number of women sworn into Congress that January with a series of pointillist portraits posted around Washington, D.C. The artist, Stephanie Rudig (also known as “Judy Doom”) was underwhelmed by this record, which meant that only 19% of the 113th Congress was female, she told Huffington Post. The 114th … Read More
Public Art Category
A broad term for art that happens in or around the streetscape, particularly in urban environments and without permission. Graffiti, inflatables, stencils, throw-ups, and spontaneous interventions fit within this realm.
Christchurch, N.Z. – SPECTRUM Street Art Festival, a partnership with the YMCA directed by George Shaw, began February 14 and runs through May 10. The latest in a series of Oi YOU! festivals, Spectrum includes local and international artists, and boasts the largest Banksy collection in the southern hemisphere. Installed in several rooms at the YMCA, the … Read More
On March 17, Google Art Project announced that it has doubled its world collection of street art from its first incarnation last June, covered in issue #51 of Public Art Review (story below). The project aims to preserve ephemeral street art, and also includes audio tours, online exhibitions, GIF art, and artist stories to provide viewers with … Read More
Born in 1983 in France, JR began his career surreptitiously tagging around Paris. In the last decade he has reached audiences all around the globe, carrying out public projects focusing on the human face and its symbolic power. After he won significant financial support in the form of the 2011 TED Prize, JR created the … Read More
Guesswho is a street artist practicing in Kochi (Cochin), a city in Kerala state on India’s southwest coast. The anonymous artist combines eastern imagery with images from western popular culture—often using multiple rendering styles in a single piece—and has been compared to Banksy. BBC recently interviewed Guesswho. Images: Creative Commons license.
VIDEO TRAILER – Since 2006, French street artist JR has inspired people across the globe with his large-scale photography. His works balance fine art with the vox populi, using public wall space as a gallery that can reach an infinite number of people otherwise isolated from traditional art venues. A new documentary details the story behind one … Read More
Ferguson, Missouri – Following the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a movement against racial injustice began throughout the city of St. Louis. While many people have been activated to join protests, train in civil disobedience, take classes in legal rights, and get out the vote, The Regional Arts Commission … Read More
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, especially in the arts. As a part of this year’s ELEVATE public art celebration in Downtown Atlanta, Goat Farm Arts Center presented DUMPSTERS. Artists were invited to repurpose these vital and underappreciated receptacles into galleries, interactive installations and performance spaces. Overall, 10 dumpsters were scattered through the Atlanta … Read More
Check out the arts festivals happening around the world this fall and early winter. Here is a partial list to get you started on your art adventures: September – December Washington, D.C. 5×5 – The largest, temporary public art project in the nation’s capital returns in early September, and will culminate with twenty-five unique, diverse, and … Read More
On June 7, knitters around the world brandished their needles and skeins to celebrate International Yarn Bombing Day. Yarn bombers wrap the urban landscape—lampposts, tree limbs, bicycles— with colorful knitted creations. It’s a playful twist on ephemeral street art like graffiti, and its following has grown exponentially since its emergence in the early 2000s, prompted … Read More
Pittsburgh, PA (2014) – Pittsburgh’s new Market Square Public Art Program kicked off its three-year plan to exhibit temporary public art with Congregation, an interactive kinetic video and sound installation designed by UK media artists Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler (collectively known as KMA). The piece featured a 50-square-foot projection of geometric shapes into the Market Square … Read More
Public Art Review contributing editor Jon Spayde visited Cape Town, South Africa for the Infecting the City festival in March 2014. Todd Melby interviewed him for the Public Art Review Podcast. Listen here to Jon talking about his experience walking the streets for 5 days, experiencing sensory explosion that was Infecting the City. Cape … Read More