In a landmark court decision, graffiti has been ruled to be proper art worthy of recognition and protection.
Long Island City’s 5Pointz, a mecca for graffiti artists, was demolished in 2014.
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
A judge in New York City just awarded graffiti artists US$6.7 million after a developer whitewashed their murals. On the surface, it seems like a huge victory for street artists. But could it backfire?
Guerilla street artist Banksy has livened up the new Basquiat exhibition in London with some choice murals outside. But is it an homage or infringement?
Melbourne’s Hosier Lane: some see it as art, others think it’s vandalism.
Melbourne's street art has an international reputation and may be a very valuable tourist attraction. But the city remains ambivalent about the activities that have created its 'laneway galleries'.
While many urban design guidelines include ambience as a required ‘city quality’, few provide ways to achieve it.
Ambience is a result of a whole range of processes and physical objects. We can use a systems approach to examine and describe what needs to be done to achieve such a subjective quality in a street.
A collaborative painting by Chris Honig and homeless street artists Soloe and Jubs in Hosier Lane.
Photograph by Constantin Tanasa
Some say homelessness creates squalor in our cities. But Hosier Lane — the most Instagrammed spot in Melbourne — thrives partly due to homeless street artists.
When commercial giants want to capitalise on graffiti 'logos', it's time to protect street artists under copyright law.
Councils around the world have removed, destroyed or defaced Banksy’s artwork – but a controversial new show in Melbourne celebrates his work.
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An exhibition in Melbourne of work by the world's most famous street artist is replete with ironies: from the eerily neat faux London streetscape in which the works hang to the hefty price tag and copious merchandise.
Realpen Pencil is a young instant live drawing artist who lives and works in Accra, Ghana.
Ghana’s Chale Wote festival's main aim is to provide an alternative platform for the arts. It uses street arts to break creative boundaries and cultivate a wider audience for the arts in West Africa.
A candid assessment of the impact of the games, from an academic on the ground.
Pokemon Go demonstrates how graffiti has grown into a new form of social media.
Graffiti and street art are not just a backdrop in Pokémon Go but also a template for how to navigate urban space. Indeed lovers of street art have long played their own kind of multi-player game, with sites and rewards hidden across the city.
Buskers improve our city streets, so let’s help them feel safe and wanted.
Indigo Skies Photography
We may think of buskers as romantic free spirits. But when Melbourne and Sydney buskers were asked what they thought about council regulations, their answers were surprising.
Anthony Lister’s street art has been well received internationally, but his home town has found him guilty of vandalism.
Anthony Lister/Birdman Photos
Brisbane street artist Anthony Lister has been convicted of 'wilful damage' graffiti. Who is being harmed, when our legal system is forced to devalue cultural capital?
Graffiti by LMNOPI (LMNOPI.com) in Brooklyn, New York.
With more and more street artists partnering with corporations, it's important that they don't compromise their moral standing to earn a living.
The “edgy authenticity” of street art makes it an ideal tool for urban planners seeking to attract the new "creative class".
If we don’t collectively protect our public spaces, we will lose them.
Graffiti exists in our public spaces, our communities, and our streets – and it has many detractors. Why, though, don't we spend more time worry about the impact of advertising on public space?
Many cities are starting to recognise that street art has both a cultural and economic value.
Is graffiti art or crime? While many cities have adopted tough legal measures to prevent graffiti, they are also beginning to recognise the cultural and economic value of street art.
Painting over Banksy’s latest work has proved an embarrassment for the local council responsible. Council officials had to admit that they hadn’t realised the work was by Banksy and, more pertinently…
Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires.
In Buenos Aires, a mural commemorates the bombing in July 1994 of the AMIA Jewish Community Centre. The black wall bears the image of a majestic tortoise. Lady Justice perches atop, her white drapery tracing…
A dance performance at Beijing’s Peng Hao theatre. How does context help us make meaning of works like this?
On the June weekend the Sydney Biennale closed, I arrived in Denmark to speak at a conference where the Greek theatre artist Alexandros Mistriotis proposed that “art liberates us from meaning”. A week…