Editorial

Street Art: Its Commercial Origins and Future Explosion (or Potential Implosion)

Posted by Hannah Marks on

On many surviving buildings in Pompeii, one can find colorful phrases like Suspirium puellam Celadus thraex and Virgula Tertio su: Indecens es, which roughly translate to “Celadus makes the girls moan,” and “Virgula to Teritus: you are a nasty boy.” These scribblings tell us that graffiti in its strictest sense has always been around, and moreover that the wall has historically been an outlet for a type of humor and subversion deemed unsuited for the paper or canvas. Throughout the centuries, graffiti has morphed into an art form in its own right, while maintaining the playful sense of dissidence of...

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Skeleton Cardboard: A Standout in the UK Street Art Circuit

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His name may not be entirely familiar just yet to Americans, but the UK-based artist Skeleton Cardboard is well known within both the underground and mainstream European street art circuit. Adorning the walls of buildings in trendy London boroughs like Shoreditch and Bethnal Green, his works are instantly recognizable by the alien-like skeletons that dance across the painted scene. Even by street art standards, his is a truly unique style, one which defies any easy categorization- and that is precisely what we love about it. A little Keith Haring, mixed with a little Basquiat, and an extra ounce of edge...

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Across the Buildings of Italy, Contemporary Street Artist Redefines Classical Art

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Two types of art that lie on exact opposite ends of the stylistic spectrum converge in the works of Andrea Ravo Mattoni. Ravo is an Italian artist who possesses the creative mind required of one to excel- and even harder, stand out- in the increasingly saturated street art world. Yet Ravo also possesses incomprehensible technical skill, the type which would have landed artists of centuries past unanimous praise. One or the other would surely grant Ravo success; instead, he combines contemporary edge with Old Master draughtsmanship to create monumental outdoor replicas of one of history’s most celebrated artists: Caravaggio. To...

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The Old Masters Market: In Need of a Revival, or Simply a New Perspective?

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In our conception of the chronology of art, we have collectively come to acknowledge important benchmarks that altered the course of its history. Take the introduction of the contrapposto pose, for instance, which gave new life to the previously rigid statuary of Ancient Greece; or the shift from the traditionally preferred egg tempera in 15th century Europe to the newly popular medium of oil paint. The list goes on, but there is almost always one that stands out: the refinement of a complete linear perspective. Commonly attributed to the 15th century Florentine master Masaccio, the mastery of linear perspective allowed...

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BenFrostisDead Comes to Life in Collaboration with Moschino’s Jeremy Scott

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With the explosive nature of the resurgence of interest in 1960’s pop art, it can be hard to put a truly original spin on a long-established style. Not so with Australian visual artist Ben Frost (also known by his social media handle, BenFrostisDead), who draws principal inspiration from one of pop art’s most famed names: Roy Lichtenstein. The imagery is familiar: the comic strip-like scenes, often of a damsel in distress with a comically melodramatic text blurb. Ben Frost has taken this foundation and extended it to parody our contemporary culture, most often our obsession with and abuse of prescriptions...

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