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2015 Highlights

As 2015 comes to an end, we look back at the highlights of this incredible artistic year across Europe. Click on the pics to view more info.

Solo Shows: Dran, Mark Jenkins, Antony Micallef, Cranio, Daniel Arsham, David Shillinglaw, Julian Opie, Brusk, Angela Lizon, Pixel Pancho, Lisa Wright, Vhils, Anj Smith, Remi Rough, 100Taur, Hisham Echafaki.

Dr an - Public Execution Show
Mark Jenkins - Moment of Impact    Antony Micallef - Self      Cranio - Amore$    Daniel Arsham - Future Relic 3 Cannes David Shillinglaw    Julian Opie - Alan Cristea Gallery    Brusk - Ad vitam Eternam
Angela Lizon - Menagerie    Pixel Pancho - Memory of Our Life Lisa Wright - The Unversed    Vhils - DissonanceAnj Smith - Hauser & Wirth    Remi Rough - Home   Lusus Naturae - 100Taur & Hisham Echafaki

Murals and Festivals:  Artists for Je suis Charlie in Paris, El Seed, Ron English and Meetings of Style in London, Urban Nation M7 in Berlin, Open Summer Festival in Toulouse, Bom.K for Moniker,  MAUS Festival in Malaga.

Tribute - Je suis Charlie    El Seed - London Ron English @ Boxpark LondonUrban Nation PM7 - Icy & Sot100TAUR - SAINT DOMINIQUEOpen Summer Festival - ToulouseGreen House Effect     Moniker Art Fair 2015MAUS - Malaga 2015

Museum Exhibitions: Jeff Koons at Pompidou Paris, D*Face & Shepard Fairey at the CAC Malaga

Jeff Koons Retrospective - Pompidou    D*Face - Wasted Youth @ CAC MalagaShepard Fairey - Your Eyes Here Malaga

Studio Visits: Borondo, Reso, Nick Walker.

Borondo - Studio Visit 'Animal'Reso Studio Visit (Toulouse)    Reso Studio Visit (Toulouse)Nick Walker - Studio Visit 2015

Group Exhibitions: Mapping the City,  Endangered Species, The London Project, LAX/LHR, Painting Guide, Empowered Printworks, Creve Hivernale

Mapping the City - Somerset HouseMagda Danysz - London Project    Paintguide - Audrey KawasakiLAX / LHR - Stolenspace    Endangered Species — MYA Gallery
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Last but not least Banksy’s Bemusement Park Dismaland

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THANK YOU to all the artists, organisers, publications and art enthusiasts for your actions in 2015.

Best wishes of Peace, Love and Happiness surrounded by amazing Art !


Berlin: Urban Nation PM/7 – Part 2

Urban Nation PM7

In parallel to the windows and facade they decorated with their Persons of Interest (see here) 12 Brooklyn based artists were given carte blanche to decorate the walls of the Urban Nation Haus for a pop up show in Berlin, where nothing was for sale. Each of the participating artist including Icy & Sot, Don Rimx, Case, Specter, Swoon, NohJColey, Dain, Chris Stain, El Sol 25, Esteban Del Valle and Gaia used their own tools and techniques to create a colourful and ephemeral display directly onto the walls.

Here are some behind the scenes shots:

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Large crowds attended the opening to celebrate the links between New York and Berlin. Amongst the guests was  Gaia‘s Persons of Interest Fereshta Ludin discussing with curators  Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington

Urban Nation PM7

Many international artists and friends also joined in to  show their support: David Walker (UK),  Strøk (NO)REKA (AUS), Herakut (DE), MACCLAIM (DE), Vermibus (DE), Mark Rigney (UK), Aida Bragstarr (UK), Onur Dinc (CH), NeverCrew (CH), DotDotDot (NO), Schwarzmaler (CH) and Andreas Englund (SE).

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View the full set of pics here  and full coverage on Street Art News

Persons of Interest PM/7
Bülowstraße 97
10738 Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany

Berlin: Persons of Interest @ Urban Nation PM/7 – Part 1

Urban Nation  PM7

BSA is in Berlin this month to present a new show of 12 important Brooklyn Street Artists at the Urban Nation haus as part of Project M/7. PERSONS OF INTEREST brings to Berlin a diverse collection of artists who use many mediums and styles in the street art scene of Brooklyn. By way of tribute to the special relationship that artist communities in both cities have shared for decades, each artist has chosen to create a portrait of a Germany-based cultural influencer from the past or present, highlighting someone who has played a role in inspiring the artist in a meaningful way.

The four storey facade of the Urban Nation building has been painted by Icy & Sot, featuring a female portrait with the words FREEDOM. Looking closer it shows the population celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Urban Nation PM7 - Icy & Sot     Urban Nation PM7 - Icy & Sot
Urban Nation PM7 - Icy & Sot

Puerto Rican born  Don Rimx opted for the German civil engineer John A. Roebling, who designed the Brooklyn Bridge in the late 1800’sMuralist artist Gaia has chosen Afghanistan-born German Muslim school teacher Fereshta Ludin who won the right to wear her headscarf in the public school system 12 years ago. Inspired by mid-century Hollywood actresses, street artist Dain decided to illustrate the infamous German actress Marlene Dietrich. 

Urban Nation  PM7 - Don Rimx   Urban Nation PM7 - Gaia  Urban Nation PM7 - Gaia Urban Nation PM7 - Dain     Urban Nation PM7 - DainUrban Nation PM7 - Gaia

Celebrating urban diversity,  Swoon decided to illustrate Turkish Immigrants, the largest ethnic minority in Germany.

Urban Nation PM7 - Swoon     Urban Nation PM7 - Swoon
Urban Nation PM7 - Swoon

Known for depicting the struggles and hopes of the working class in the US, stencil artist Chris Stain has picked German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer Charles Bukowki as his Person of Interest.

Urban Nation PM7 - Chris Stain     Urban Nation PM7 - Chris Stain
Urban Nation PM7 - Chris Stain

Street artist Cake‘s wheat pasted paintings are paying tribute to German artist Käthe Kollwitz, whose works depict both aspects of life from the suffering to the truly happy sides.

Urban Nation PM7 - Cake     Urban Nation PM7 - Cake
Urban Nation PM7 - Cake

Multi-disciplinary artist Specter is featuring a Brooklyn based and German born photographer Sally Montana, symbol of the connexion between Berlin and NY.

Urban Nation PM7 - Specter

Artist NohJColey has decided to pay tribute to Afro-German feminist writer and activist Katharina Oguntoye, because of her contribution to the woman’s equality movement in Germany.

Urban Nation PM7 - NohJColey

Brooklyn based collage artist El Sol 25 is paying tribute to Hannah Höch, a Berlin rebel and one of the most important collage artists of the 20th Century, innovator in the original Dada movement. Activist Esteban Del Valle picked George Grosz , known for his corrosive caricatures during Berlin roaring 1920’s. Del Valle revisited Grosz’ own 1926 painting, Eclipse of the Sun, with a contemporary twist.

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In parallel to the Brooklyn based artists, Onur Dinc (CH), NeverCrew (CH), DotDotDot (NO), Schwarzmaler (CH) and Andreas Englund (SE) completed new murals around the Urban Nation Building.

Urban Nation PM7 - Onur DincUrban Nation PM7 - Dotdotdot & SchwarzmalerUrban Nation PM7 - NeverCrew  Urban Nation PM7 - Andreas Englund     Urban Nation PM7 - Andreas EnglundUrban Nation PM7 - Andreas Englund

View the full set of pics here  and full coverage on Street Art News

Urban Nation PM/7
Persons of Interest
Curated by Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington
of Brooklyn Street Art
Bülowstraße 97
10738 Berlin

Berlin: Blo – La petite Mort

BLO - La petite Mort

OpenWalls Gallery in Berlin just opened the solo show of French graffiti artist Blo
(see our recent studio visit here) called  La petite Mort.

Set in Stadtbad, former public baths reconverted into creative spaces, the first room presents one-off black ink hand drawings on watercolor paper.

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Upon entering a second room, viewers are surrounded by a “Duels” serie,
monochrome paintings using exclusively Krink.

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The grand finale consists of colorful canvases using spray paint and acrylic,
featuring erotic and androgynous figures in various oniric state.

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Blo also takes a twist on the icon Mary and Child with his “Madonne”,
and created two accompanying murals.
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View all the pics from the opening here

Check the online catalogue

“La Petite Mort”
Open Walls Gallery
Stadtbad, Berlin
6 July – 27 July 

Berlin Streets: Os Gemeos, Blu and ROA

Os Gemeos - Berlin

Wandering through the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, it is a delight to see some gigantic murals standing the test of time, from the Yellow Man by Brazilian twins Os Gemeos,  to politically engaged Blu highlighting issues of consumerism and global warning, as well as signature animals by ROA.

Blu - Berlin
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View the full set of pics here