In the streets of Paris with Lilyluciole

February 8th, 2014 | By | 2 Comments »
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Kub

The first time I returned to Paris after a few years of exile in Montreal, I was very excited by the idea of all the art I’d be able to find on the streets. But I rapidly realized that it would be difficult to hunt street art as I used to in Montreal… not the same art, not the same way to catch it. Paris is very intense, always the same artists, at every street corner, seen hundreds time on blogs, Flickr, instagram, etc… not easy to have the sensation of finding something new… not that I hate these productive artists, I really appreciate some and respect all of them, but I expected something different. So I asked someone that really comes from the streets in this city to give me a private art tour, Lilyluciole. Lucky me! What she showed me is not necessarily new, except a few pieces, but what a pleasure to see some precious artists like Kub, Baubô, Kraken, Kouka, Koleo, Sobre, Hopnn, Le Diamantaire, to see the refreshing pieces of my friend Lilyluciole in Paris, to admire illegal art work by Swoon, Stinkfish, InvaderMr Chat, to discover some amazing unknown spots, like the rue de l’Ourcq in the north of the city with walls covered by Da Cruz, Batsh, Sly2, Orfée… and some other spots, the Rue Desnoyers, Les Usines Éphémères. So, here is a personal point of view of the streets of Paris, by Lily and me.

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Kraken. Le Marais.

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Lilyluciole, Le diamantaire. Le Marais

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SOBRE, Lilyluciole. Le Marais

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Da Cruz, Space Invader. Canal de l’Ourcq

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collective work of Lilyluciole and Baubô. Canal de l’Ourcq

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Da Cruz, Lilyluiole ans Zola, Baubô. Canal de l’Ourcq

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Da Cruz, Batsh. Rue de l’Ourcq

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Da Cruz. Rue de l’Ourcq

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Horfée. Rue de l’Ourcq.

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Sly2, Da Cruz. Rue de l’Ourcq.

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Da Cruz. Rue de l’Ourcq.

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A view of the Rue Desnoyers, Belleville

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Koléo, Swoon. Rue Desnoyers.

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Stinkfish. Rue Desnoyers.

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Hopnn. Rue Desnoyers.

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Kouka, Le Diamantaire, Hopnn. Rue Desnoyers.

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M.Chat. Les Usines Éphémères, Canal Saint-Martin

Photos by Aline Mairet


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Banksy + 5: October 31st

October 31st, 2013 | By | 1 Comment »
Banksy in Queens. Photo from banksyny.com.

Banksy in Queens. Photo from banksyny.com.

Banksy finished Better Out Than In today with the above piece in Queens. The balloons didn’t last long when people tried to steal them and then the NYPD came to take the balloons and arrest the would-be thieves (more on that on Hyperallergic). And Jerry Saltz be damned, this is one of my favorite pieces of the show. Jerry Saltz may say he has no problem with graffiti, but I’m not sure he quite understands it either.

The location of this piece is perfect, with a NEKST tag (and remember what Banksy did on his website when NEKST died), an ADEK tag, two ADEK throwups and two LEWY throwups all visible in the above photo, which is the lead image for the piece on the Better Out Than In website. And of course, Banksy went higher up on the wall than all of those writers, but in a cheeky manner. I’m not saying that Banksy is still a hardcore train bomber, although he did pull of quite a few stunts this month, but he certainly has respect for traditional graffiti. Banksy could have installed those balloons anywhere, but he chose that particular spot and was able to highlight serious graffiti by some of the best writers in the city.

The audio description for this piece includes a serious note:

Banksy asserts that outside is where art should live, amongst us. And rather than street art being a fad, maybe it’s the last thousand years of art history is a blip, when art came inside in service of the church and institutions. But art’s rightful place is on the cave walls of our communities where it can act as a public service, provoke debate, voice concerns, forge identities. The world we live in today is run – visually at least – by traffic signs, billboards and planning committees. Is that it? Don’t we want to live in a world made of art, not just decorated by it?

I can’t think of a better way to close out the show.

But I’m not done. We still have our final + 5 featuring Poster Boy, COST, ENX, Invader (who has reportedly been arrested in NYC!), Ludvig, Swoon, GANE and TEXAS…

Poster Boy in NYC. Photo by Poster Boy.

Poster Boy in NYC. Photo by Poster Boy.

COST, ENX and Invader. Photo by Luna Park.

COST, ENX and Invader in NYC. Photo by Luna Park.

Ludvig in London. Photo by Ludvig.

Ludvig in London. Photo by Ludvig.

Swoon in NYC. Photo by Luna Park.

Swoon in NYC. Photo by Luna Park.

GANE and TEXAS in Philadelphia. Photo by RJ Rushmore.

GANE and TEXAS in Philadelphia. Photo by RJ Rushmore.

Photos from banksyny.com and by Poster Boy, Luna Park, Ludvig and RJ Rushmore


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Banksy + 5: October 30th

October 30th, 2013 | By | No Comments »
Banksy across from Yankee Stadium. Photo by Allan Molho.

Banksy across from Yankee Stadium. Photo by Allan Molho.

Banksy brought back an old favorite today across the street from Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, a tagged leopard. He did a similar piece years ago in London at Cans Festival.

Tomorrow is the last day of Better Out Than In, so I think it’s fair to say that everyone’s expecting something big. Keep an eye on Banksy’s site for updates.

Today for the + 5, we have Vort Man, dRIP, Invader, Aris and one unknown artist parodying Banksy:

Vort Man in Salt Lake City. Photo by Vort Man.

Vort Man in Salt Lake City. Photo by Vort Man.

dRIP in Lambertville, PA. Photo by dRIP.

dRIP in Lambertville, NJ. Photo by dRIP.

Invader in NYC. Photo by Luna Park.

Invader in NYC. Photo by Luna Park.

Aris. Photo by Aris.

Aris. Photo by Aris.

Not a Banksy, but still in NYC. Photo by Elisha Cook Jr.

Not a Banksy, but still in NYC. Photo by Elisha Cook Jr.

Photos by Allan Molho, Vort Man, dRIP, Aris,


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Banksy + 5: October 28th

October 28th, 2013 | By | 5 Comments »
Banksy at Coney Island. Photo by carnagenyc.

Banksy at Coney Island. Photo by carnagenyc.

Better Out Than In is nearing it’s end, but we still have a few days left of daily Banksy goodness. Today’s piece is in Coney Island. As pointed out by Animal, the numbers on the barcode seem to be a reference to a portion of the human genome (if I understand that site). If robots with spraypaint looks familiar, Lush thought so too, writing “Did #banksy just politely rip me off today? You decide, I rip people off everyday anyways.” Funny stuff.

Today’s + 5 includes Invader (more from his NYC adventures on his new Instagram), Alex Produkt, Fred le Chevalier and two unknown artists:

Invader in New York City. Photo by Hanksy.

Invader in New York City. Photo by Hanksy.

Alex Produkt in Montreal. Photo by Alex Produkt.

Alex Produkt in Montreal. Photo by Alex Produkt.

Fred le Chevalier in Paris. Photo by Jeanne Menjoulet.

Fred le Chevalier in Paris. Photo by Jeanne Menjoulet.

Unknown artist in London. Photo by Alper Çuğun.

Unknown artist in London. Photo by Alper Çuğun.

Unknown artist in Berlin. Photo by exilism.

Unknown artist in Berlin. Photo by exilism.

Photos by carnagenyc, Hanksy, Alex Produkt, Alper Çuğun, exilism and Jeanne Menjoulet


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Banksy + 5: October 10th

October 10th, 2013 | By | No Comments »
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Banksy in NYC. Photo by carnagenyc.

Today‘s Banksy for Better Out Than In is nice and all, but the most interesting thing about it is these guys who covered the artwork with a piece of cardboard and charged for photos. Also, note, this piece is a beaver, not a rat:

Banksy. Photo by carnagenyc.

Banksy in NYC. Photo by carnagenyc.

For today’s + 5, we have work by Invader, Dain, Dee Dee, Mr. Toll and a few unknown artists (as always, let us know if you know the artists that we don’t):

Invader. Photo by Chris Christian.

Invader. Photo by Chris Christian.

Dee Dee and Dain. Photo by Jamie.

Dee Dee and Dain. Photo by Jamie.

Unknown artist in Chicago. Photo by Seth Anderson.

Unknown artist in Chicago. Photo by Seth Anderson.

Unknown artists in Beijing. Photo by Adrien Fauth.

Unknown artists in Beijing. Photo by Adrien Fauth.

Unknown artist. Photo by Chris Christian.

Mr. Toll in NYC. Photo by Chris Christian.

Photos by carnagenyc, Jamie, Chris Christian, Adrien Fauth and Seth Anderson.


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Weekend link-o-rama

August 17th, 2013 | By | No Comments »
Unknown artist in Berlin

Unknown artist in Berlin

Caroline and I are headed to Chicago today. We’ll have a few days to explore, so any suggestions are appreciated. Here’s your links:

  • El Toro, Dave The Chimp, Invader, Flying Fortress, Mr. Penfold and others sent in stickers and other small artworks to This must be for you, who put all the work together into little folders and lift them as free gifts around London. Giving out free gifts unexpectedly to random people with no expectation of anything in return, sounds like fun to me (although of course very similar to Papergirl). Check out the video here.
  • I love this intervention by Plastic Jesus. He went into Best Buy stores in LA and left them with some special new products.
  • TrustoCorp put up a sign in Bushwick last week.
  • Luzinterruptus put up this fantastic sculptural intervention in Madrid in response to accusations of corruption and money laundering in the Spanish government.
  • Anyone know who did this? It’s so cute.

Photo by pareto8020


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Weekend link-o-rama

May 11th, 2013 | By | No Comments »
Roa in London

Roa in London

Happy weekend. Hope you’ve had a less busy week than me.

Photo by Unusualimage


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Video of Invader getting up in Paris

January 18th, 2013 | By | No Comments »

Here’s a little video of Space Invader putting up some of his tile pieces around Paris, directed by Raphael Haddad of Extermitent Production and music by Toby Screamer. My initial impression of this was “…cooler than Kidult.”


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SMoA brings guerilla curating to the streets of London

December 29th, 2012 | By | 1 Comment »

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The Street Museum of Art has launched its second venture in “guerilla curating” in London’s artsy district of Shoreditch. Like their first exhibition, it’s basically a self-guided street art tour with museum-like wall labels. The exhibition’s title, “Beyond Banksy: Not another gift shop“, is likely a tongue and cheek reference to the commercial attention that street art has received in London these past few years, with Banksy at the forefront of the movement. In all fairness, Banksy has become enough of a household name that he and Exit Through the Gift Shop are frequently my reference points when speaking about street art to people outside this niche community. For that, I am thankful that I get to SMoA advises that the name is not meant to undermine the work of the beloved stencil artist, rather it is to encourage those who have Banksy as their token understanding of street art to the diversity of the other talented artists on the streets. This exhibition highlights works by artists such as C215, Christiaan Nagel, Eine, Mobstr, Pablo Delgado, Phlegm, Roa, Run, Skewville, Space Invader, Stik and Swoon.

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The map of the exhibited works are available here and the hours are… well, unlimited.

Photo by Street Museum of Art


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Sunday link-o-rama

December 23rd, 2012 | By | No Comments »
NEKST. Photo by C-Monster

NEKST. Photo by C-Monster.net

So much news this week, but first and foremost is the untimely death of NEKST, a globally respected writer.

Photo by C-Monster.net


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