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ART – Das Kunstmagazin: Street Art New Special Issue

ART – Das Kunstmagazin: Street Art New Special Issue

Gruner + Jahr, Europe’s largest publishing firm has just released a hot issue of their magazine ART that focuses exclusively on Street Art and we are pleased that they asked us to participate. You’ll see a number of names you recognize in this magazine that reads more like a book – although you’ll need to be familiar with German.

Of special note for us are the spreads that include many images by BSA editor of photography Jaime Rojo whose shots of work by Brooklyn’s Swoon make us happy just to see them here across the pages of this prestigious magazine.


ART Magazine (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ART Magazine: Swoon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ART Magazine: Swoon. All top small images here by Jaime Rojo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ART Magazine: Swoon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We don’t usually mention print releases on the editorial part of the site but it just so happens that today a new screenprint edition of “Dawn and Gemma” by Swoon is being released at 12 noon New York time. We saw this image first this spring at the Brooklyn Museum exhibit “Submerged Motherlands” and spoke about it during our In Conversation show there with her in April. Currently she’s just done a version of this in Miami as well. Her print is being released alongside a new print by another Brooklyn Street Artist Elbow-Toe. Check out more news on Paper Monster’s site.



ART Magazine: ECB. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ART Magazine: Banksy- some of these same shots are in the new Banksy in New York book by Ray Mock that we wrote the introduction to. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ART Magazine: Os Gemeos. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ART Magazine: Alexis Diaz – currently knocking them out in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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BSA Does Banksy (New Doc and Book Projects)

BSA Does Banksy (New Doc and Book Projects)

BSA founders appear in new documentary on HBO debuting November 17 and write the introduction for new book on world’s best known elusive street artist.


Both “Banksy Does New York” and “Banksy In New York” debut one year after the elusive British street artist known as Banksy launched a self-proclaimed month-long residency in New York City, the city that spawned the modern graffiti and Street Art movement.

Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, founders of and authors of Brooklyn Street Art and Street Art New York (Prestel/Random House) and over 200 global street art articles on The Huffington Post and French and Spanish subsidiaries, help set the tone for the story in the new documentary BANKSY DOES NEW YORK which premiered in New York City this Friday night (9/14) at the DOC NYC festival and will debut nationwide Monday November 17th at 9pm on HBO.

“We are completely honored that director Chris Moukarbel and producer Jack Turner interviewed us first for this important piece of modern street art storytelling because we were really able to tell it from the perspective of New Yorkers who cover the scene daily from the street,” says Harrington, Editor in Chief.

The film engages everyday New Yorkers, street art fans, Banksy hunters, and general mainstream media as well as experts on the present day graffiti and street art scene like photographer Luna Park, blogger RJ Rushmore (Vandalog), culture critic and curator Carlo McCormick, editor Hrag Vartanian of Hyperallergic, and artist/blogger Robert Stevens.


A second Banksy-related project debuting at the same time is the release of the book, BANKSY IN NEW YORK by Ray Mock, founder of the independent publisher Carnage NYC, who has been documenting street art and graffiti in New York and around the world for almost 10 years. The book contains Mock’s personal account and photographs of the month-long installation.


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YO Banksy! A Year Since “Better Out Than In”

YO Banksy! A Year Since “Better Out Than In”

As we hear of the sudden appearance of a new Banksy in southeast England we recall that it was exactly a year ago today that the international Street Art man of mystery grabbed New York by the mobiles and invited everyone to a month-long exhibition of painting, sculpture, installation, performance and real life detective games on our own streets.

To commemorate Banksy’s very successful offering to the city and the excitement that ensued with its inhabitants we decided to put together a series of messages left out for him on walls, doors, trucks and fences. Not all the messages are demonstrations of love (indeed some are hostile) but all them are an indication of his clever ability to move people with wit and indicate a certain feeling of familiarity that people have with the anonymous Street Artist.


COST played on his own famous wheatpastes from an earlier era (“Cost Fucked Madonna”) and updated it for a new time and gender. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We’ve all recovered quite well of course from the month-long treasure hunt, and for many it was enough of a jarring public works project/ anthropological experiment / hype campaign to merit a year of examination and reflection. And now, the commemorations: This fall we know of at least one book (Banksy in New York) and one documentary (Banksy Does New York) that will mark the anniversary of the “Better Out Than In” residency and many New Yorkers will remember their own keen behaviors on social media and crowded sidewalks chasing after the near-daily revelations – and a few may possibly experience joy or a twinge of awkward discomfort in retrospect.

We think the biggest takeaway for us was that whether it was man or marketing team, Banksy helped New Yorkers to re-examine nearly everything in the man-made environment and to consider that it may actually be a piece of art.


COST. Redacted (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For the guys and gals who make up the graffiti/ Street Art scene in New York of course, not everyone was gob-smacked by this peer, this charming and wisecracking Brit who monopolized the mindshare of fans of art in the streets. Almost from Day 1 the buffs, the side busting, the cross-outs, and the free-flowing entreaties addressing our visiting jester were alternately ringing of respect, bemusement, longing after, semi-passive xenophobia, or full-on red-faced insults.  And of course there were those just along for the coat-tail ride.

It’s all really just part of the ongoing conversation that always exists on the street, and while you may not have caught all the action last October a look at these images will inform you that Banksy’s impact was felt by many.


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Alex Gardega (detail) (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Hot Tea (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown. This piece predates his “Residency” but we decided to include it as a tribute to him. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown. This piece is predates his “Residency” but we decided to include it for the same reasons expressed above. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


#Anonymous (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Franksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Franksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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“Banksy In New York” by Ray Mock

“Banksy In New York” by Ray Mock

Ray Mock, the one man publisher who photographs, designs, and writes insightful observations of his daily Banksy revelations in his new book is no stranger to the New York graffiti and Street Art scene.  “I had mostly been shooting graffiti in recent years, preferably grimy tagged up doors, man-size fill-ins, freight trains and illegal pieces in abandoned buildings or along railroad tracks,” he says in the introduction to Banksy in New York, one of the first books dedicated to the one month “residency” the superstar Street Artist mounted in October of 2013.


Banksy In New York by Ray Mock. (photo of book cover by Jaime Rojo)

Filled with photos of the various installations of his “Better Out Than In” show, as well as the scenes that popped up around them, Mock finds that the personal experience is a fitting voice for description when it comes to how you see art on the street. With humor and a bit of sarcasm not unlike the subject of the book, Mock leads the reader along the path of the near-daily occurrences of new aerosol stencils, paintings, sculptures, mobile performances, and even a bucolic diorama in the back of a box truck.

Only a street watcher like Mock is able to reveal through observations and posing questions just how much of the great Banksy caper may be staged, and how much is real. If the art doesn’t get your attention, the circus that surrounded it for a month in New York streets will.


Banksy In New York by Ray Mock. (re-photo by Jaime Rojo)


Banksy In New York by Ray Mock. (re-photo by Jaime Rojo)


Banksy In New York by Ray Mock. (re-photo by Jaime Rojo)


Banksy In New York by Ray Mock. (re-photo by Jaime Rojo)


Banksy In New York by Ray Mock. (re-photo by Jaime Rojo)


Banksy In New York by Ray Mock. (re-photo by Jaime Rojo)


To purchase your copy of “Banksy In New York” By Ray Mock click HERE, published by Carnage.

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Images Of The Week: 01.05.14

Images Of The Week: 01.05.14



It’s been weeks since we had an “Images of the Week” posting with you, due to the end of the year spectacular we presented  for 13 days; a solid cross section of the talented photographers who are documenting this important moment before it passes.

As a collection 13 From 2013 exemplified the unique and eclectic character of Street Art and graffiti photography today. Each person contributed a favorite image and along with it their insight and observations, often personal, very individual, and with a real sense of authenticity. Each day we were sincerely grateful for their contributions to BSA readers and to see the street through their eyes.

Thank you again to Yoav Litvin, Ray Mock, Brock Brake, Martha Cooper, Luna Park, Geoff Hargadon, Jessica Stewart, Jim Kiernan, Bob Anderson, Ryan Oakes, Daniel Albanese, James Prigoff, and Spencer Elzey for 13 from 2013. Also if you missed it, that list kicked off just after our own 2013 BSA Year in Images (and video) were published here and on Huffington Post, all of which was also a great honor to share with you.

And so we bring back to you some documentation of moments before they passed – our weekly interview with the street, this week including $howta, Appleton Pictures, ASVP, BAMN, Chase, Dceve, Doce Freire, EpicUno, Hot Tea, Jerkface, Judith Supine, Leadbelly33, LoveMe, Meres, Olek, Rambo, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Square, and Swoon.

This weeks top image is a reprieve from the winter we’ve been enduring – a small hand cut frog clinging to a verdant fern – created by Swoon and snapped during a visit to her studio over the holidays. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


EpicUno (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rambo (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Leadbelly33 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


LoveMe (photo © Jaime Rojo)


BAMN (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ASVP and Square (photo © Jaime Rojo)


$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)


JerkFace (photo © Jaime Rojo)


HotTea (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Olek’s very latest piece completed on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver, Canada.  (photo © Olek)


Olek. “Kiss the Future” detail. (photo © Olek)


Meres has a message for Gerry. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Meres (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chase (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Doce Freire in Sharjah City, UAE for the Al Qasba Festival. (photo © Doce Freire)


Dceve (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Appleton Pictures (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ramiro Davaro-Comas (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Manhattan, December 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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13 from 2013 : Ray Mock “Kuma by the Water”

13 from 2013 : Ray Mock “Kuma by the Water”


Happy Holidays to all you stupendous and talented and charming BSA readers! We thank you from the bottom of our socks for your support this year. The best way we can think of to celebrate and commemorate the year as we finish it is to bring you 13 FROM 2013 – Just one favorite image from a Street Art or graffiti photographer that brings a story, a remembrance, an insight or a bit of inspiration to the person who took it. For the last 13 days they will share a gem with all of us as we collectively say goodbye and thank you to ’13.



Today Ray Mock, photographer, writer and publisher of the Carnage graffiti zine, shares an image he shot in 2013 of Kuma, whose piece is stylized to reflect the movement of the water it is near.


Kuma. New York City 2013 (Photo © Ray Mock)

Kuma is one of Mock’s favorite subjects to shoot as he travels continuously through New York catching shots of graffiti that he loves.

“I am obviously a little biased,” he says, “but to me this piece in particular represents the best of what graffiti can be. It’s inventive and original, yet respectful of graffiti tradition, contextually relevant, cleanly executed, and done entirely without permission.”



Artist: Kuma
Location: New York. 2013




Check out our Brooklyn Street Art 2013 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo here.


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Klughause Gallery Presents: “Snowblind” A Group Show (Manhattan, NY)


Carnage & Making Deals Zine Present:
SNOWBLIND + Carnage Zine Release featuring New Yorkʼs ATM Crew at Klughaus Gallery, NYC

Opening Reception: Friday, February 17th, 2012 from 6-10pm Show Runs Through Sunday, March 3rd, 2012

With SNOWBLIND, Klughaus Gallery, in conjunction with Carnage and Making Deals Zine, is proud to present a group of artists who have captured the gritty pleasures of the winter season.

Photographs from renowned urban documentarian Martha Cooper and Carnage zine creator Ray Mock show slush, sludge, and frozen faces contrasted with empty, peaceful city streets and the blinding white of last nightʼs snowfall. The show also features clever, snow-inspired artwork and photography from Jesse Edwards, Mike P, Alexander Richter, Michael Fales, Oscar Arriola, Graham Shimberg and Bob Barry.

The showʼs opening reception will mark the launch of issue #2 of Carnage, a limited edition zine featuring the prolific and highly distinctive work of New York Cityʼs ATM Crew.

Klughaus Gallery exhibits a variety of contemporary art. The gallery works primarily with artists that have roots in graffiti and street culture and seeks to develop itself as a leader in fostering urban art appreciation within the local (Chinatown/LES) community.

Klughaus Gallery is located at 47 Monroe Street, New York, NY 10002. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 1-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm. For more information, please email or call (646) 801-6024.

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SNOWBLIND Artist Information

Martha Cooper is a documentary photographer who has specialized in shooting urban vernacular art and architecture for over thirty years. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and published extensively in magazines from National Geographic to Vibe. Some of her publications include Subway Art, New York State of Mind, Going Postal, and most recently, Tokyo Tattoo 1970.

Ray Mockʼs mission as a photographer is to capture the uncooptable core of city culture and make ugly look pretty. His work has been featured in books, in magazines and on countless websites. He publishes Carnage and likes to hang around trains.

Jesse Edwards is a Seattle based artist who focuses on oil paintings ranging from classic landscapes to more unconventional still-lifes. In addition to his paintings of guns, marijuana plants and graffiti tools, he is known for his pixilated nudes as well as his quality work with ceramics. He has studied at the Cornish School of the Arts and Gage Academy and has exhibited his work throughout the United States in many prominent galleries and museums including Seattleʼs Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Woodside/Braseth Gallery, BLVD Gallery, Deitch Projects, The Hole NYC, and The Museum of Sex. Edwards has also been featured in many prestigious publications including the New York Times, Seattle Times, Vice Magazine, Seattle PI, and City Arts Magazine.

Mike P is a New York City based artist who works in a wide range of mediums focusing on painting and illustration. His art can be found in one form or another in many of the places that he has traveled around the world.

Alexander Richter is an NYC based commercial photographer specializing in portraits for editorial, advertising and the music industries. When he is not making pictures, he can be found with his wife in Maine drinking fresh squeezed lemonade and eating lobster rolls.

Michael Fales can be found photographing the streets as the city comes alive in the morning, or exploring itʼs tucked-away nooks. His photos have appeared on numerous websites, books, and exhibitions. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two cats.

Graham Shimberg is a photographer, track-walker, freight-nerd, and bindle-stiff.
Bob Barry documents graffiti amidst the paranoia and the Disney-fication of a post-9/11 New York.

Oscar Arriola is a Chicago-based photographer who has enjoyed documenting graffiti, city life, tuxedo cats, rogue cops, and artists since the mid-80’s. His photography has been featured in the recent Chicago Street Art book.

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