Public Art Category

Street Art

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.

March 4, 2015

Interview: JR

French artist JR talks about boundaries, questions, finding out what’s possible, and his latest work on Ellis Island

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

February 25, 2015

Guesswho Gets Noticed

The anonymous Indian street artist has been compared to Banksy

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.

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January 14, 2015

Inside Out: The People’s Art Project

A new documentary about JR's Inside Out Project

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

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November 24, 2014

Art Activism in Ferguson

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

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November 10, 2014

DUMPSTERS

Curated by Goat Farm Arts Center

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

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September 30, 2014

Autumn Arts Festivals 2014

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

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September 3, 2014

Purl Jammers

Yarn bombers celebrate their colorful craft with an international festival

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

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July 21, 2014

“Congregation”

Artists: KMA (Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler)

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

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June 18, 2014

Highly Infectious

Cape Town’s annual public art festival trades on the city’s rich and sometimes contradictory culture

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

May 28, 2014

Summer Arts Festivals 2014

Check out the arts festivals happening around North America this summer and start making travel plans. Here is a list to get you started: 2014-2016 Vancouver, British Columbia Vancouver Biennale – Guided by the theme “Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver,” the 3rd annual Vancouver Biennale will include a variety of artistic mediums, including music, performance, sculpture, and … Read More

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