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FAME Festival 2012 - Where I need to be in 2013

FAME Festival 2012 - Where I need to be in 2013 | Kondoit | Scoop.it

A bunch of street art festivals are going off in the world right now, Johannesburg, Italy, and Norway, and we just got a series of shots from the opening of FAME Festival in Grottaglie, Italy. Vhils, Ericailcane, Interesni Kazki, Lucy McLauchlan, and others all had work in the opening show to coincide with the street works across the town.


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HUGE ART THEFT!

HUGE ART THEFT! | Kondoit | Scoop.it

... Wow, was this victim loaded. The Los Angeles Times (via LA Biz Observed) ID'd the poor (and by that we mean temporarily unfortunate) guy as Jeffrey Gundlach, a CEO, investor and onetime bond trader.

According to a Santa Monica police statement, other watches that vanished included a Lange & Söhne and a Breitling. Other artists included Philip Guston, Franz Kline and Piet Mondrian. The Porsche is a 2010 Carrera 4S. There was also cash missing, police said.

Nice stuff, that. Even the currency.

If you ever fantasized about a high-paying career in burglary -- you know, without all the stints in prison and without the inevitable drug addiction -- this would be your ultimate dream job, no?

Cops say the theft was reported exactly one week ago when the victim came home and discovered the residence in the 500 block of 12th Street, in Santa Monica's tony North-of-Montana Avenue district, had been burgled hardcore.

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Auction Catalog for Bonhams Urban Art

Auction Catalog for Bonhams Urban Art | Kondoit | Scoop.it
Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers: auctioneers of art, pictures, collectables and motor cars...
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The Art Of Controversy

The Art Of Controversy | Kondoit | Scoop.it
When FOX-25 posted an image of the Os Gemeos mural in Dewey Square and asked, "What does this look like to you?" was it reporting on public outrage -- or inciting it?
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eL Seed: Merging Arabic calligraphy and street art - CNN.com

eL Seed: Merging Arabic calligraphy and street art - CNN.com | Kondoit | Scoop.it
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Openings: Martin Wittfooth – “Empire” @ Corey Helford Gallery « Arrested Motion

Openings: Martin Wittfooth – “Empire” @ Corey Helford Gallery « Arrested Motion | Kondoit | Scoop.it

A couple nights ago in Culver City, the NY-based Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) brought his dystopian visions to the Corey Helford Gallery with a new solo showing entitled Empire. Playing on themes of power, politics, greed, and more through his animal surrogates, Wittfooth surrounds them with bleak post-apocalyptic landscapes to further emphasize his points.  Check out more photos from the opening below

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Word to Mother // New Work at Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art

Word to Mother // New Work at Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art | Kondoit | Scoop.it

London-based artist Word To Mother's newest collection of works features his distinctive visual assemblages of figures, patterns and typography painted in mixed media on wooden panels. Drawing from his own experiences in recent years, the state of the economy, and riots on his doorstep. Delving deeper into his exploration of color, Word to Mother expands into more primary tones alongside his usual favored natural palette. Gestural marks are layered and 'buffed' to create textured expanses of muted tones with injections of fluorescent reds and oranges appearing like small explosions of optimism amongst an overcast sky.With wooden assemblages featuring smaller studies, text pieces and collections of salvaged items next to large scale paintings, there is a balance of subtlety contrasted with Word To Mother's sense of humor and directness.

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Stroke Urban Art Fair in Berlin | Hi-Fructose Magazine

Stroke Urban Art Fair in Berlin | Hi-Fructose Magazine | Kondoit | Scoop.it

Stroke Urban Art Fair (previewed here) concluded last Sunday in Berlin, uniting a crop of exciting street art talent from Europe and the Americas. The artists united in Berlin’s Postbahnhof and painted live during the three days, showcasing their diverse styles in an environment geared towards spontaneity. Take a look at some of the resulting works from the festival by Inti, FinDac, Shaka, Helio Bray and Belin.

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5 NYC Street Art Murals To See Right Now - CBS New York

5 NYC Street Art Murals To See Right Now - CBS New York | Kondoit | Scoop.it
Murals by street artists do more than simply brighten up a brick wall—they incite hope and instill pride. Above all, New York City’s best murals make residents and visitors to a neighborhood feel good.
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Openings: RETNA – “New Paintings and Works on Paper” @ Michael Kohn Gallery « Arrested Motion

Openings: RETNA – “New Paintings and Works on Paper” @ Michael Kohn Gallery « Arrested Motion | Kondoit | Scoop.it

New Retna work.  Would have loved to be there for this one.

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DOYLE NEW YORK TO HOLD INAUGURAL STREET ART AUCTION ON OCTOBER 16, 2012 - 2031 - Doyle New York

DOYLE NEW YORK TO HOLD INAUGURAL STREET ART AUCTION ON OCTOBER 16, 2012 - 2031 - Doyle New York | Kondoit | Scoop.it
DOYLE NEW YORK TO HOLD INAUGURAL STREET ART AUCTION ON OCTOBER 16, 2012...
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Group art exhibit is all about 'Yo Momma'

Group art exhibit is all about 'Yo Momma' | Kondoit | Scoop.it
Imagine getting dozens of artists to paint portraits or caricatures of you for free, and giving them a deadline to do so. Myra Wexler did just that — and the resulting group exhibition, titled "Yo Momma in the House," opens Wednesday at 12345 W.
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5Pointz

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If there was a Mecca for graffiti it would be 5 Pointz.

Located across the street from PS1 (MoMA's NY annex) 5 Pointz is an industrial building that acts as an open air art museum.  Artists come from across the country and the globe to paint on the historic spot.

 

The owner of the building has decided to convert the prime location into a residential hi-rise which puts the future of the cultural icon in jeopardy.  If you want to view the marvelous graffiti you need to get out there soon as this may be the last season.  If you go there is a great art gallery on the front of the building and PS1 across the street.

 

 

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Epic new mural from Blu!

Epic new mural from Blu! | Kondoit | Scoop.it

After a large-scale mural in Sardiginia last month (featured), Blu is now in Roma where he just completed this new mural. Faking an antique Roman style, the Italian street artist painted this stunning piece depicting some of our  modern life syndromes such as Religion, War, Politics etc... If you are in the area, this one can be seen at the the greyhound track, under Ponte Marconi in Roma.

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Please Join Ait Whino - NYCC 2012

Please Join Ait Whino - NYCC 2012 | Kondoit | Scoop.it

Art Whino will be returning to NY Comic Con showcasing 9 artists. Each artist will be exhibiting original artwork along with limited edition prints. Also each artist will be doing signings at various times so please check the upcoming schedule for exact times. Each artists will also be painting large scale panels during the event.

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New Alex Pardee print

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Ever hear the one about the Olympic athlete that became physically paralyzed because he had visions of an LSD-inducing snake? No? Well, in the words of the prophet Norbit's girlfriend, "You will NOOOOWW!"

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Artist Takes Every Drug Known to Man, Draws Self Portraits After Each Use

Artist Takes Every Drug Known to Man, Draws Self Portraits After Each Use | Kondoit | Scoop.it
This is all kinds of cool, and everything your mother told you not to do. Bryan Lewis Saunders is an artist from Washington D.C., not just any artist though.

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Why I am against the National Endownment for the Arts and you should be too

Why I am against the National Endownment for the Arts and you should be too | Kondoit | Scoop.it

How can I an art collector speak against the NEA? How damaged am I?

 

Well, here I go, give me a minute, I'm sure you will find this interesting.

There are two main reasons I am against the NEA

1. I believe art would be better supported privately.

2. Taxation currently does so many things that artist abhor that removing as much power from the federal government is a key to a free society.

 

Just to be clear we are talking about 156,000,000 dollars a year, that’s it. The NEA is a pimple on an elephants butt when it comes to government expenditures. If you consider the number of people over 18 (that could pay tax) in the country that is 238 million. So that means that .65 per person goes to paying the NEOA.

 

Let suppose there are 10,000 people who actively buy art in the US and that these people make on average 350,000 a year and spend 30,000 a year on art. They also can pay as much as 100,000 in taxes on that income. That is 3.5 BILLION in income and 300 MILLION in art spend. Now this estimate is a dramatic understatement as there are 400+ billionaires in the US and the US art market is over 1.5 BILLION.

 

Before I get into why we should lower the tax rate on these well to do folks, let’s discuss why we should lower taxes all together. First and foremost the biggest obscenity in the world is war. Our tax dollars buy bombs that go on drones that fly over foreign countries that kill children. Why? Is it to protect our liberty? To liberate people? No? Then why?

 

Let me ask you this; if your house was on fire would you say the first thing you ran in for would be your most important item? Maybe family photos? Important papers? Well the first thing we do when we invade countries is make financial changes such as in Iraq when the first thing we did was change how they sold their oil. We weren’t on the ground longer than it took to say "mission accomplished" before we changed Iraq oil exports from Euros back to Dollars. The same thing happened in Libya when we immediately stopped the movement toward the African Gold Dinar as the African oil currency. We give the government our tax dollars so they can spend trillion on bombs and 156 million on the arts.

 

So, let’s defund the federal government as much as we can and this will help the arts? But how? Let’s go back to the example above. Let’s drop the tax rate to 25%. What will that do?

$350,000 will now be taxed at $87,500 a difference of $12,500. This multiplied by 10,000 art buying tax payers is $125,000,000, nearly the ENTIRE endowment of the arts. Wouldn’t these tax payers invest some of that in art, in related projects or causes, the same type of thing the NEA does? Wouldn’t it be efficient without government administration to dilute the value?

 

Next, let’s go a step further and let’s consider the Fairfax model. www.fairtax.org. Where the art collector keeps 100% of their money and pays tax on things they consume. This means they have $100,000 more to contribute to the arts. That is a whopping 1 BILLION dollars seven times more the current NEA. Keep in mind this is based on my underestimation which is 1/3 the art market.

 

Are my thoughts perfect? No, but are they better solutions than all of us being forced kickstarter supporters of world war on innocents and a paltry contribution to the arts? Yes, so let’s stop fighting to keep 156 million that includes trillions in war and work on a better solution together.

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First Confirmed Photos of Banksy Show Young Street Artist on Mexican Soccer Tour | In the Air: Art News & Gossip | ARTINFO.com

First Confirmed Photos of Banksy Show Young Street Artist on Mexican Soccer Tour | In the Air: Art News & Gossip | ARTINFO.com | Kondoit | Scoop.it

The new book “Freedom Through Football,” about Bristol’s anarchist Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls soccer team that competed in far-left soccer tournaments and toured Mexico playing Zapatista squads, features the first confirmed photographs of the elusive street artist Banksy. At the time of the Easton team’s journey to Mexico in 2001, the artist was its goalkeeper, the Daily Mail reports, and while traveling the country he painted many stencils and a mural commemorating Zapatista fighters.

Of course, in the images we merely see a young man in a hat, bandana, and hoodie whose face is blurred, so the photographs are no more revealing than the carefully staged, backlit, and voice-scrambled interviews in “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”

“He went on tour with us to Mexico in 2001 and painted a number of murals in the community,” team secretary Will Simpson told the Daily Mail. “He came out with us on our second tour of Mexico — he did a few murals and played in goal for a bit. He wasn’t a bad goalie actually.”

Now that’s a revelation! We may still not have an inkling of Banksy’s appearance, but at least we know he’s a good goalie.

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JR's Inside Out project allows you to print a large format portrait image that you can take to the streets

JR's Inside Out project allows you to print a large format portrait image that you can take to the streets | Kondoit | Scoop.it
The project allows anyone to upload a photo of themselves to JR’s website, which he then turns into a 90 centimeter by 135 centimeter print at his New York studio and mails back to the participant. More than 78,600 posters have been sent to 9,564 locations around the world. “I’m just the printer now,” he says.

It’s an extension of a decade-long practice that has taken JR from his native Paris to the most notorious favela of Rio de Janeiro, where he took portraits of local women and enlarged them to the point where an eye was the size of a entire building. The effect was clear only from afar, as the faces of the favela stared down at the city below. JR has also traveled to the security wall between Israel and the West Bank, on which he pasted photos of Jews and Arabs making silly facial expressions side by side — a project for which the artist received no authorization, a tactic he says is crucial to preserving his independence.

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Abandoned Houses reclaimed by the Namib Desert - From a Visual Standpoint

Abandoned Houses reclaimed by the Namib Desert - From a Visual Standpoint | Kondoit | Scoop.it
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La Pandilla "Miami" StreetArtNews Print Release Available September 20th StreetArtNews

La Pandilla "Miami" StreetArtNews Print Release Available September 20th StreetArtNews | Kondoit | Scoop.it

The La Pandilla mural is on the southend of Wynwood.  New print release of the image will be available 9/20.

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Six NYC Street Artists You Should Know - CBS New York

Six NYC Street Artists You Should Know - CBS New York | Kondoit | Scoop.it
The streets of New York City have always been a canvas. Today, many professionally trained artists see a porous boundary between the work they show in galleries and the work they do on the streets.
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SFMOMA acquires a major Margaret Kilgallen | Tyler Green: Modern Art Notes | ARTINFO.com

SFMOMA acquires a major Margaret Kilgallen | Tyler Green: Modern Art Notes | ARTINFO.com | Kondoit | Scoop.it

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired a major untitled Margaret Kilgallen painting from 2000 (above), the museum’s first significant work by the San Francisco-based artist. SFMOMA already owned a small painting, Low (1998). The lack of a major Kilgallen had long been a notable gap in the museum’s collection.

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Margaret Kilgallen, female artist that also does graffiti art on trains as well as advocate for female smarts. She hosts a positive role for women to share and look too.

 

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Art Books to Steal

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Ahh the art book...  One can imagine that hell for an art book is being reduced to coffee table fodder. A trinket, to be loved for a moment, only to be rotated when the next big thing comes around.  Some however earn a coveted place in a collection.  A goto piece that stays relevant as a resource or as enjoyment over time.

 

There were a few we found this year that reached this hight.  Here they are in no particular order.

 

"Graffiti 365"  By Jason J.Sun Edlin

Street art culture, artists, and elements.  Cost, Revs, Black Books, Trains, Lions, Tigers and Bears.  It covers it all and you would be hard pressed not to learn something along the way through its pages. 

 

"We Own the Night" By Workhorse, Pac, & Haze

First off, possibly the best event I went to last year at ABM.  Their book, box, photos, were really awesome.  he book itself, awesome, a great documentation of an event that you care less about the authenticity of and more about the idea.  The thought of this time capsule of street art existing under the city that never sleeps is romantic.  The legend is intoxicating to a street art fan and while history may tell us that the spot has been raided, the story of it still warms the blood, definately grab a copy.

 

"Divination & Delusion" by Kris Kuksi

Not the biggest fan of monographs.  They seem the most likely to end up in art book hell.  However, this Kuksi one is not only really well done, Kuksi's work is hard to turn away from.  Its intricate and the release of it is limited.  There is one limited edition I know of and not every collector has the space to show the work.  So this book is one of the few chances to really see his work up close.  So while other monographs may rotate, this one stays, there is always something new to find.

 

 

 

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