Happy New Year to All! Thank you for inspiring us to do our best and to those of you who continue to support our personal art project / cultural examination, we extend our gratitude more than ever.
Begun as an enthusiastic discovery of what was happening in a few neighborhoods in New York, we continued to expand our view into more cities around the world last year and into the history and future of the scene. We also aimed to provide you with a critical platform for examination of the street art/ graffiti / public art/ contemporary art continuum with interviews with artists, curators, collectors, organizers, observers and thinkers in the street, studio, gallery, and museum – trouble makers and taste makers alike.
In the end, it’s your observations and the conversations on the street that are most important. As we begin the year with over 300K fans, friends, and followers on social media platforms and 225 articles on the Huffington Post (thanks HuffPost team!), we feel like we get a valuable good survey of current opinions heading our way daily.
With in-depth interviews, investigative articles, opinion infused examinations, plain celebratory reverie, occasionally silly non-sequitors, and public appearances where we get to meet you, we get a good analytical look at an ever-evolving movement, glittery polish and warts and all.
As the new year begins we take a look back at the top stories chosen by BSA Readers in the last 12 months. Among them are two takeover pop-up shows in soon-to-be demolished buildings, a story about commercial abuse of artist copyrights and the effort to fight back, a street art community’s response to the sudden death of an activist street artist, a Street Art tourist trip, and a few inspirational women, men, and Mexican muralists. Even though we published at least once a day for the last 365 days, these are the most popular pieces, as chosen by you, Dear BSA Reader.
10. Exploring Lisbon as a Street Art Tourist
Os Gemeos / Blu (photo © Stephen Kelley)
9. Kara Walker and Her Sugar Sphinx at the Old Domino Factory
Kara Walker. The artist portrait in profile with her sugary sphinx in the background. (photo via iPhone © Jaime Rojo)
8. Women Rock Wynwood Walls at Miami Art Basel 2013
Fafi (photo © Martha Cooper for Wynwood Walls)
7. A Sudden Secret Street Art House Party in Manhattan
Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
6. Niels Shoe Meulman Balancing “Unearthly” Paintings
Niels “Shoe” Meulman. Process shot. (photo © Adele Renault)
5. It’s All the Rage, Street Artists Filing Lawsuits Left and Right
4. Shok-1 Street Art X-Rays Reveal a Unique Hand at the Can
Shok-1 (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
3. 12 Mexican Street Artists Stray Far from Muralism Tradition In NYC
Sego (photo © Jaime Rojo)
2. Army Of One, Inspiration To Many : Jef Campion
Army Of One AKA JC2 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1. Graffiti and Street Art Lock Up “21st Precinct” in New York
Pixote in action. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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