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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.28.18

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.28.18


Stumbling and slipping and dancing through January here in New York requires dexterity and a tolerance for dry skin and flattened hat-hair and the occasional sore throat.  Thankfully there are great indoor activities sometimes like the huge trippy balloon installations by suave art dynamo Jihan Zencirli at her opening exhibition inside the NYC Ballet atrium Friday night. Hundreds of thousands of balloons, free bourbon, and a DJ after a surprisingly post-post-modern program of envelope pushing dancing on the mainstage by amazing pros! Gurl, that ballet is ballin’.

Elsewhere in art news the Guggenheim’s Nancy Specter offered a gold-plated toilet to the White House after turning down their request to borrow a VanGogh, people lined up to see “One Basquiat” at the Brooklyn Museum this week while they streamed by many Basquiats on New York Streets without looking in the 80s, and New York magazine announced a “public art” campaign with 50 artists (Yoko Ono, Barbara Krueger, Marilyn Minter) this year that sounds a lot like it is borrowing heavily from Street Art techniques “throughout the five boroughs and in a variety of formats, such as on street lamps or “wild postings” on walls around the city.” Wild postings?

One more indoor exhibit totally worth your time is Ann Lewis’s installations at a no-name popup in Manhattatan.  The conceptual Street/gallery activist artist continues to push her own boundaries, and many of ours, with her work addressing difficult social and political issues like police brutality, institutional bias against women, racism, the Resistance. At a time when we need women’s voices to rise, she collaborates with StudioSpaceNYC at a pop-up at 149 West 14th Street (shots from the installation below).

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Ann Lewis, Atomik, Jihan Zencirli, Obey, Pet-de-None, Shepard Fairey, Studio Space NYC and Tona.

Top Image: TONA in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OBEY in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ann Lewis and Studio Space NYC  exhibition/collaboration “Unspoken”. Stay tuned for more on this exhibition. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ann Lewis and Studio Space NYC  exhibition/collaboration “Unspoken”. Stay tuned for more on this exhibition. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pet-de-None in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cinza in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Atomik in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hasta la vista B2B in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

DON’T EAT ME in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We couldn’t read this tag…help anyone? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA Geronimo at the NYC Ballet installation. Detail. More to come shortly… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jihan Zencirli AKA Geronimo at the NYC Ballet installation. Detail. More to come shortly… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Manhattan and the East River from the Williamsburg Bridge. January 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Art Behind Bars in Berlin

Art Behind Bars in Berlin

Art behind bars today from Berlin in a strip of town that boasts piles of posters for concerts and DJs and a lot of visual anarchy. There are also many bars with delicious German beers along this strip under the train tracks on street level, but that’s not what we were looking for on the day we found these. These long-closed windows are still guarded by semi-decorative rusted thin iron beams and artists reach through them to wheat-paste a visual missive on the off-chance that you will peer between the bars to get the full effect.

Acting in concert with these remnants of an earlier time, you sometimes imagine the figurative subjects to be in jail, maybe in need of liberation. Here are a selection of images from photographer Jaime Rojo of art behind bars for your enjoyment.


Little Lucy. Berlin, April 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


TONA. Berlin, April 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Unidentified Artist interprets a Jamel Shabazz photo. Berlin, April 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rolf . Rubi The Dog. Berlin, April 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Unidentified Artist. Berlin, April 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Pro Homo. Berlin, April 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Unidentified Artist does Gary Coleman. Berlin, April 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


A digitized Che Guevara. Funny. Berlin, April 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.12.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.12.15


This Sunday’s collection of images of the week presents a fair number of unknown artists alongside better known names such as Dennis McNett and Stikman expressing fantasies, fears, politics, geopolitics, economics, and existential matters… such is the nature of the street.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Clint Mario, Dennis McNett, Observer Obscura, Sean 9 Lugo, Sobr, Stikman, Taousuz, and Tona.

Dennis McNett. Detail. Philadelphia. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dennis McNett. Philadelphia. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dennis McNett. Detail. Philadelphia. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dennis McNett. Philadelphia. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown. Philadelphia. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Taosuz message about Capitalism’s “side effects” collides with the upbeat tone of SOBR in Berlin. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Word. Observer Obscura (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown. All revolutionaries of the world please drop your pants and fight! (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown. The caption reads: “My heart is at the east, and I’m at the end of the west”. Quote from 11th Century Jewish poet Yehuda Halevi expressing his longings for Jerusalem. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikman. Philadelphia. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


TONA in Berlin gets playful. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


TONA. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Clint Mario takes over the coppertone and gets surprised by that frisky cocker spaniel. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sean 9 Lugo takes advantage of a Shepard Fairey’s old vandalized mural in Philadelphia to use as background. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Google all those names…then you’ll know.


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. A Grandfather and his Grandson practicing the chametz in preparation for Passover. Brooklyn, NY. April 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.29.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.29.15


BSA again proudly shouts out Young New Yorkers this week as they offer you works by many Street Artists on the scene today at auction. Check out the auction on April 1st of some of New Yorks’ finest (and generous) Street Artists whose work will benefit the programs of “restorative justice” which YNY offers to 16 and 17 year olds in NYC who have become entangled with the law. (Video at bottom)

Also our hearts go to the neighbors who lost homes and were hurt (some very badly) in the explosion and fire that destroyed two buildings on the Lower East Side this week. Meme-making selfies by callous bimbos aside, stories of strangers and neighbors reaching out to help out remind us why we love NYC.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring B.D.White, City Kitty, Claw Money, Enzo Sarto, Hot Tea, Jeff Soto, Philippe Vignal, Rhino, Sbagliato, Sobr, Stikman, Tona, Urban Solid, and VK .

Top Image >>Urban Solid on Berlin’s East Side Gallery AKA Berlin Wall. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)


City Kitty bidding farewell to his prominent spot on the soon to be renovated Maisel building on the Bowery. Photographer Jay Maisel paid 102K in 1966 for the former Germania Bank building built in 1898. He sold it last year to developer Aby Rosen for 55 million. True story. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rhino Berlin on Berlin’s East Side Gallery AKA Berlin Wall. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Enzo Sarto (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Enzo Sarto (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sobr in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sbagliato in London. In case you were wondering the art is the passageway on the left. That’s not real. It is an optical illusion created with a photograph wheat-pasted on the wall. (photo © Blind Eye Factory)


These bars in Berlin provide a number of great image making opportunities – like this pooch from Tona. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Claw Money (photo © Jaime Rojo)


VK in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Philippe Vignal in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Hot Tea gets fancy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jeff Soto in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Which is more flammable, the EU crisis or this polyester dress? Various Artists on a “magnet wall” in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


B.D. White (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Let the right one in. Berlin. March 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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India’s First Street Art Fest and the Largest Ghandi Portrait Ever

India’s First Street Art Fest and the Largest Ghandi Portrait Ever

“St.ART Dehli 2014” Hosts 60 Artists

As Street Art continues to go global here in the twenty-teens, today we bring you images showing that Dehli has become one of the latest cities to showcase it. In what is billed as India’s very first Street Art festival the south Delhi neighborhood of Shahpur Jat hosted a collection of international and local artists this spring to paint murals while a public who is not quite acquainted with public art asked many questions.


Hendrik ECB Beikirch and ANPU take shots of their collaborative portrait of Mahatma Ghandi. / St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

Working out of the newly rustic indoor venue “Social Space” in the trendy neighborhood of Hauz Khas Village (HKV), the St. ART Delhi effort was a combination of a gallery exhibition and a street art festival that invited 60 or so international and Indian artists earlier this year to create public works.

Overseen by co-founders Hanif Kureshi and Arjun Bahl and curated by Italian Giulia Ambrogi, the festival was possible with the help of a collection of artists, professionals, art school students, and friends who  joined with the Goethe-Institut and the Italian and Polish cultural institutes in Delhi. With volunteers, supplies, and a lot of community outreach, the event organizers were able to bring the artists and help get walls for them-  an effort which took about a year and a half of serious planning to bring to fruition.


Artez. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

In an underdeveloped area undergoing the same gentrification found in edgy parts of large cities around the globe, the artists found that the long term residents sometimes resisted the change but eventually embraced it, if tentatively at times.

“Pondering was what we had to do for much of the day as the locals were still getting accustomed to strange folks painting their walls and generally made life a bit difficult for the artists and the crew,” writes Siddhant Mehta on the blog of the festival’s site when describing the cautious reaction of folks when seeing painters and scaffolding.

Some residents even requested images of religious iconography before any artworks were created, while some artists entertained requests for cartoon characters or children’s games to be incorporated in their murals.


Sé Cordeiro. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

Co-founder and typography designer Kureshi freely admits it was an easy non-controversial choice when deciding on the portrait that went up on the police building. “After 2 months, we finished around 75 pieces around Delhi including the tallest one on the Delhi Police Headquarters,” says Mr. Bahl as he describes the tallest portrait of Mahatma Ghandi anywhere which covers a 150’ x 38’ – a collaboration between Indian painter Anpu Varkey and German street artist ECB.

Of the 60 artists who participated, many were from India, which may have contributed to a sense of cultural balance in the mural collection created in the neighborhood. Whether is was TOFU from Germany, M-City from Poland, or Alina from Denmark, many of the artists reported that small crowds gathered to watch and, with time, offered gifts such as peanuts or a cup of chai to their foreign guests.

As the global Street Art scene continues to open its arms wider it is promising to see that a new public art festival like this has begun in such a grand way in a brand new location. It is also heartening to see planners who take into account the preferences of the neighbors, and who act with a sense of goodwill when offering public art for arts sake.


Harsh Raman. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Okuda. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Andy Yeng and Tofu. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Tofu. Detail. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Jayant Parashar)


Tona. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Foe. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Enrico Fabian)


Foe. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Mattia Lullini. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Alina Vergnano. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Alina Vergnano. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Pranav Mahajan)


Bond. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Alias. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Alias. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Tones. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Tones. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Tones. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)


Ranjit Dhaiya. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

BSA extends our thanks to Thanish Thomas for his diligence in getting these images to us and to Hanif Kureshi, Arjun Bahl, Giulia Ambrogiall, Mridula Garg, Akshat Nauriyal, and the entire team at St.ART Delhi 2014.  Click HERE to learn more about St.ART Delhi 2014.



St.ART Delhi Street Art Festival Part II


 The Tallest Mural of India – Mahatma Ghandi at St.ART Delhi


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This article is also published on The Huffington Post


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Paris Street Art : Spencer Elzey in Europe

Paris Street Art : Spencer Elzey in Europe


As we continue our one week residency on BSA for Street Art fan Spencey Elzey, he takes you to Paris to see what is happening on the street there right now. If you were to try to characterize the nature of the work, you may say that it favors illustration, a clean defined line, and a purposeful classical aesthetic.

For years we have associated the romantic city and it’s historical culture and architecture with Street Artists like the stencil pioneers Blek Le Rat and Jef Aerosol, along with Miss Tic, Invader, FKDL, Fred Chevaliar, C215, and Alice Pasquini, to name just a few.  Spencer finds some of those artists’ work and and he shares some others here with you too. Naturally, because we don’t cover this city regularly, locals will surely tell you that some of these pieces are a couple of years old, but for an American tourist in Paris, it all looks new from here!


Jana & Js. Detail. (photo © Spencer Elzey)

“It did feel like there was some form of respect for the older architecture, especially in Paris,” says Spencer when comparing his observations of Paris, Berlin, and London.  “While all three cities are old (especially compared to NYC), Paris feels the oldest and there seems to be certain buildings or doors that remained untouched.” Maybe that’s why we always think Paris is romantic. Also, Edith Piaf.

Speaking of romance we begin the image survey with two current giants on the Paris scene Jana und JS, who are a collaborating Street Art couple who basically bonded over their mutual love for shooting images. Advocates of photography on the street, you will find they’ve also an affinity for spray paint and stencils and their subject often is themselves. It’s rather a marriage made for the street. You can read a full interview with them here on Street Art Paris.


Jana & Js. Detail. (photo © Spencer Elzey)

“Walking around Paris I also found myself looking up a lot more as compared to other cities; while this was mostly due to the fact that I was looking out for the 100’s of Space Invader pieces, there were lots of other pieces stuck to the walls up high. I thought it was also notable that the walls within the metro tunnels between stations were covered with graffiti in Paris.”

“Paris has street art defined to a few areas specifically,” explains Elzey, “including some of the murals in the 13th arrondissement that were put together by Galerie Itinerrance, a few areas up around Belleville, and areas throughout Le Marais, which includes sections of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements.”


Jana & Js. Detail. (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Jana & Js. Detail. (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Jana & Js. (photo © Spencer Elzey)


C215 (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Finabarr DAC (photo © Spencer Elzey)


ETHOS (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Ella & Pitr. Detail. (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Clet Abraham (photo © Spencer Elzey)


A large wall by the Chilean Street Artist Inti (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Shadeek (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Alexis Diaz (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Shepard Fairey (photo © Spencer Elzey)


RERO (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Invader (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Invader (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Invader (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Invader (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Invader (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Invader (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Not Invader. Megamatt. (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Daco (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Bristolian Nick Walker has a heart (photo © Spencer Elzey)


Tona and Alias (photo © Spencer Elzey)




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Open Walls: Itenerant Street Gallery. (Paris, France)

Open Walls
Open Walls



OPEN WALLS s’installe à Belleville du jeudi 24 mai au mercredi 6 juin 2012 et décrète PARIS ZONE LIBRE pour une exposition et une série d’interventions urbaines qui réunira 5 artistes majeurs de la scène berlinoise, présentés pour la première fois à Paris.

BR1, SP38, ALIAS, VERMIBUS & TONA, 5 artistes authentiques et radicaux, légitimés par la rue, armés pour réveiller la capitale française.

BR1 (Décollage & Peinture)

Dans la lignée des affichistes du siècle dernier, cet artiste italien créée des affiches uniques, peintes à l’aide de couleurs vives et découpées à la main, représentant des femmes voilées dans leur quotidien de femmes. Il colle ensuite ses peintures dans les rues des grandes métropoles occidentales. Son emplacement de prédilection: les panneaux d’affichages publicitaires de grande taille.

En représentant des femmes voilées en mère de famille, en copines qui s’amusent, en activistes du printemps arabe ou bien simplement dans des scènes banales de la vie quotidienne, son oeuvre est un outil de transmission de messages sociaux et de prise de conscience entre les différents groupes humains. La démarche de l’artiste se veut donc sociale.

SP38 (Sérigraphie & Peinture)

Après la chute du mur de Berlin en 1989, la capitale allemande est devenue le refuge privilégié des artistes alternatifs et radicaux. SP38 s’y est exilé au début des années 90 et n’a depuis cessé de contribuer quotidiennement au développement du Street Art à Berlin.

Au fil des années, la ville s’est embourgeoisée mais le peintre s’y sent toujours à l’aise. Ses affiches clament des slogans ironiques tels que “Esacpe”, “Vive la bourgeoisie” , “I Don’t Wanna Be U’re Friend on Face-Book” ou plus récemment “Vive La crise”. Sa typographie unique, rouge sang, a fait le tour du monde. Il sera en Mai pour quelques semaines à Belleville.

ALIAS (Pochoir)

Figure emblématique du street art en Allemagne, anonyme et discret, son oeuvre est omniprésente dans les rues berlinoises depuis 10 ans et l’on reconnaît immédiatement son style. Alias travaille minutieusement chacun de ses pochoirs et soigne particulièrement la découpe. Sobre, il aime jouer sur les ombres et les reliefs, il utilise un éventail de couleurs réduit. Ses pochoirs représentent principalement des enfants et questionnent l’avenir de notre société.

Très attaché à son travail dans la rue, il a longuement hésité à travailler en galerie, un pochoir sur toile ce n’est pas très intéressant. L’artiste a donc décidé d’amener la rue dans la galerie et il attache un soin particulier au choix de ses supports. Chaque pièce, unique, est réalisée exclusivement à partir de matériaux trouvés dans la rue la nuit lorsqu’il travaille. Il affectionne particulièrement le bois et le métal.

VERMIBUS (Détournement Publicitaire, Peinture à l’Acide)

L’oeuvre de VERMIBUS commence et se termine dans la rue, qui joue un rôle essentiel dans la démarche de l’artiste. Né aux Baléares, cet artiste espagnol fait partie de la dernière génération d’exilés à Berlin. Il y collecte les affiches publicitaires dans le métro et les utilise ensuite comme matériau de base. Le processus de transformation commence dans son atelier: utilisant des dissolvants à base d’acide il efface les visages et la chair des modèles apparaissant sur les affiches ainsi que les logos des marques. Une fois la transformation achevée, il réintroduit ces affiches dans leur contexte d’origine et transgresse l’espace publicitaire.

Le catalogue de l’exposition est constitué d’une vingtaine d’oeuvres originales.

Vernissage Jeudi 24 mai à partir de 19h en présence des artistes.
Grolsch, fidèle à son engagement dans l’art, soutiendra cet évènement.

Espace “Frichez-nous la Paix” 22 bis rue Dénoyez, 75020 Paris. Métro: Belleville
Ouverture continue tous les après-midi du du Jeudi 24 mai au mercredi 6 juin 2012.
Accès libre.

Pour plus d’informations sur la galerie et nos artistes:

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