November 11th, 2010
While street art can theoretically be made anywhere there’s room, there are certain cities around the world that are more amenable to the practice than others. In general, these are larger cities with a reputation for diversity and tolerance. Put these locations on your travel itinerary for an arts experience like no other.
- Berlin: Berlin became recognized for its nightlife scene in Europe, which incubated a thriving punk and underground culture scene. This environment is the perfect backdrop to the city’s street arts scene, which also exists side-by-side with 153 more formal museums. The districts of Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg, and Friedrichshain are especially famous for the practice. Read the rest of this entry »
November 8th, 2010
Several filmmakers have found compelling material in the works of public artists, especially in their sometimes controversial relationships and public image. We do not condone any illegal actsinstead, we recommend these films as illustrations of the challenges modern street artists face in creating their works. These films may focus on a particular scene, or on an individual artist. For anyone interested in learning more about public art, especially its more rebellious forms, they are required viewing.Beautiful Losers (2008): This film documents the interconnectivity of the 1990s DIY movement, which ties into skateboarding, street art, and alternative music. Directed by Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard, the film shows the mindset of the artists through extensive interviews, revealing that widespread acclaim and fame in the art world is one of the farthest things from their mind. Read the rest of this entry »