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.

August 17, 2016

Rio’s Gold-Medal Street Art

Work by Brazilian artists—including Eduardo Kobra—in the streets of Rio de Janeiro

When it comes to public art in Rio de Janeiro, French street-art star JR’s three massive sculptural images of young athletes in action have garnered most of the international attention. (JR is one of three official Olympic artists-in-residence; the other two are German writer Tilman Spengler and American Vine-video star Gerald Andal.) But Rio hardly … Read More

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April 11, 2016

Art in the Arab Street

An innovative and ambitious festival brings street artists to Tunisia

It is four years since street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi burned himself alive and activated the extraordinary chain of events that became the Tunisian uprising. The uprising deposed the dominant state narrative only to reveal the flux of competing cultural, economic, and political paradigms currently affecting Tunisia. It is in this context of post-revolutionary flux that … Read More

February 10, 2016

Work In Progress – The Street Art Show

New Delhi – A larger than life street art installation in Tughlakabad, South Delhi will soon spill across India. Housed within 100 shipping containers in the parking lot of Asia’s largest dry port, ICD (Inland Container Depot), WIP – The Street Art Show is an open lab where artists work on site and a wide … Read More

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January 28, 2016

“Silly Walks”

Artists: Kreativiteket

Ørje, Norway – Sometimes mischievous public art interrupts our days in the best of ways. Pranksters and Swedish art group Kreativiteket turned an average gray day into a memorable chuckle for the people of Ørje, Norway, with a playful traffic sign. With their help, what once was a mere crosswalk transformed into a silly exercise … Read More

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December 16, 2015

“Street Knit”

Artist: OLEK

New Delhi, India – As part of St+art Delhi earlier this year, Polish-born New York street artist OLEK created a large-scale, collaboratively knitted public artwork. On view from February 20 – March 18, 2015, Street Knit covered the surface of a homeless shelter in New Delhi with knitted lengths of colorful local materials. Both the location … Read More

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December 4, 2015

My Yangon My Home

Art and Heritage Festival in Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar – My Yangon My Home, the first Yangon Art and Heritage festival, enlivened the city’s public and private spaces with art from March 1 to March 22, 2015. Curated by Jose Abad Lorente, Diana Valarezo, and Htein Lin, the festival was organized in collaboration with Ambassador Andrew Patrick, Tina May Thwin Oo, and … Read More

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July 27, 2015

Coney Art Walls

New street art exhibition comes to Coney Island

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Coney Art Walls, a large-scale exhibition that opened in July and is open until September 6, has turned Coney Island into an outdoor museum of street art. Curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Joseph J. Sitt, the exhibition presents works by local and international artists, including Crash, Daze, Eine, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, … Read More

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June 10, 2015


Artist: Judy Doom/Stephanie Rudig

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

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May 18, 2015

SPECTRUM Street Art Festival in New Zealand

Multi-venue exhibit explores global street art

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

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April 13, 2015

Street Art, Meet Google Maps

Street Art Project. Part 3 of 4 in the Artography series.

On March 17, 2015, 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 … Read More

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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