Graffiti

Graffiti is an art form in which artists use spray paint and markers to apply decorative imagery to public environments, such as mass transit, buildings, bridges, etc. This highly radical form of contemporary art is often referred to as aerosol art, subway art or spraycan art.

Although it is thought of to have prehistoric or classical antiquity roots, the term graffiti gained coinage in the 1970s in the aftermath of the 1960s’ wild trend of defacing, decorating, and painting the urban settings — mainly in Philadelphia and New York City metros— by using markers and aerosol spray paint.

Graffiti artists use all kinds of spray paints, stencils, or markers, and their canvases include billboards, subways, abandoned industrial complexes and public walls.

Banksy - Forgive Us Our Trespassing, 2011, acrylic, spray paint and marker pens on wooden panel, in four parts, 655 x 421 cm (257⅞ x 165¾ in) feat

Banksy’s monumental stained glass window – Forgive us our trespassing

Banksy’s Stained-Glass painting was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California. The artwork shows a painted old stained glass window with the glass panes of the window covered with graffiti. At the front, we can see a young boy in street clothes kneeling and praying in front of a paintbrush …

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Jonas Wood’s still life mural covers the entire Los Angeles MoCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles may feel hidden because of its downtown location. For a long time since it was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, it has been associated with its less conspicuous qualities. Since L.A. painter Jonas Wood covered the museum building facade with a reproduction of his Still …

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Barry McGee’s tag murals – Walls covered with hundreds of red tags

Barry McGee’s tag mural in New York When the iconic gallerist Jeffrey Deitch swapped the East Coast for West Coast, many wondered about the state of street art in New York City. Granted, the newer generation of gallerists such as Joshua Liner and Jonathan Levine had become preeminent curators with their fresh take on street …

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Revs & unusual graffiti: 200+ diary pages painted in NYC subway tunnels

Revs in the late 1980s and early 1990s Those who grew up or lived in New York during the late 1980s and early 1990s must have seen the famous four letters that would be seen on walls all over the place; Revs. Everywhere you looked, on trash cans, telephone booths and poles, the distinct graffiti …

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Os Gemeos painted this entire Boeing planet

Mural on Selecao’s World Cup Jet In 2014, the dynamic duo Os Gemeos covered the Brazilian national soccer team’s jet for the world in their enthusiastically colorful, signature designs that blend folk art with street art. Covering nearly every inch of the jet’s exterior surface, they spray-painted the airplane with colorful characters with brown and …

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Christopher Morris: How the New York Subway looked in the 1980s

A window on a long-gone New York 22-years-old at the time, Christopher Morris was working as an intern at the photo agency Black Star and was determined to make something of himself as a photographer. According to the agency, the recently rediscovered photographs “provide a window on a long-gone New York, a metropolis that once …

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Larger than life print of graffiti photos

About This summer Public Delivery and Nils Müller created a 5x10m mosaic print. This work is called Vandals, the same as Müller’s upcoming book. It is an ironic preview, free for anybody who made it to Linz, Austria. It consists of ten thousand photos from Müller’s private archive and shows photos taken in North and …

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Bruce Davidson’s sexy & scary subway photos

Who is Bruce Davidson? Bruce Davidson was born on 5 September 1933 in Oak Park, Chicago. He began taking photographs when he was just ten years old after his mother built him a darkroom. He was got hired at Austin Camera as a stock boy. Davidson learned technical nuances of photography from Al Cox, including …

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What is the Senseless Drawing Bot? By Takahiro Yamaguchi & So Kanno

The Senseless Drawing Bot by the two Japanese Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno explores the relationship between machine and art and was shown at the exhibition “UTOPIA no OSHIRASE” in Tokyo in October 2011. What the device does The Senseless Drawing Bot is a self-propelling device on a skateboard that sprays abstract linework on …

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Jazoo Yang (양 자주) created these uncommon murals in South Korea

Who is Jazoo Yang? Jazoo Yang is a South Korean artist who lives and works in Beijing and Seoul. She uses her paintings and installations to document others’ solitude, often in interesting ways. Her paintings, which she creates by using brushes or knives, are usually not finished so that the surface becomes the infinite space …

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