Looks like the art world has gotten back on track after the holiday season. Lots of links this week.
- Over at Complex.com, I wrote about the 10 (well, actually 12) street artists that I think people should be watching for in 2013.
- Rae, one of the artists on that list of mine, has a solo show opening at Signal Gallery in London later this month.
- Broken Fingaz are also on that same list, and it looks like they have some new work up in London.
- Sten and Lex get up in an ancient church.
- I’d never heard of Kraser Tres before, but damn can he paint.
- And so can Sokram.
- Faile are working on a huge project with the New York City Ballet. It sounds like a bit of a strange collaboration at first, but I’m excited to see the results. It seems like this has given Faile an opportunity to develop new work in a direction that they would have otherwise never gone, and the results that have been teased so far look strong.
- 2501 has a show opening this month in Bologna.
- A lot of Rammellzee’s work is on display now at New York’s Children’s Museum of the Arts.
- There’s some great work available in the Iron To Gold/Ashes To Hope benefit auction which will help to fund an artist residency program in Detroit.
- Here’s a nice video of Kid Zoom at work.
- I might have asked this question before, but can someone please explain the appeal of Barry McGee’s recent Brooklyn mural to me? The first of the videos here has some info about it, but I need more. McGee has previously stated his objections to painting so-call beautifying murals. The only time in recent memory that I can recall seeing anything similar to the Brooklyn mural is the one he painted a few years ago in Miami, but even that piece included a fair bit of traditional graffiti. Plus, the Brooklyn mural was painted by the billboard painting company Colossal. I’ve got no problem with artist assistants or anything like that, but the whole thing strikes me as McGee just saying “Sure, if Cadillac wants to pay me a bunch of money to license one of my images and hire someone else to paint it on a building, I’ll take that paycheck.” And hey, more power to the guy if he can get Cadillac to pay him for that, but is that all that’s going on here or am I missing something? Has McGee’s philosophy about public art changed?
Photo by Tellas