From coronavirus to climate change and the Black Lives Matter movement, street artists expressed their views on the walls and in the parks and laneways of Australia in 2020.
Would you photograph paintings in an art gallery to make a set of postcards? If this scenario give you an ethical twinge, you should feel the same when photographing street art.
Volunteers helped city workers paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the street near the White House.
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Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' to be painted on a street near the White House. The act would have been considered vandalism had it not been done by city workers.
Rather than blank boarded-up storefronts, artists in Vancouver have created murals to offer inspiration, public health messaging and beauty during the coronavirus pandemic. This one is by Will Phillips.
During COVID-19, boarded-up storefronts host various new types of inspirational, informational and decorative murals that should be read critically as representing political agendas for the future.
‘Super Nurse!’ painted as an ‘ode’ to all healthcare professionals around the world.
Street artists offer us momentary respite from the psychological weight of the global crisis.
Emblues Beer Band in the streets of São Paulo, Brazil.
Photo by Daniel Bacchieri
Busking has long been a way for musicians to gain performance experience and garner a following. Digital platforms are powerful tools that can transmit local artists to global audiences.
Banksy’s Valentime’s Day mural was defaced with pink spray paint soon after it appeared.
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The defacing of a new Banksy mural in Bristol has raised some interesting legal questions.
Banksy’s merchandise “shop” in Croydon, London.
Forced into selling his own merchandise to stop others doing the same, the artist could end up facing other similar challenges because he trademarks rather than copyrights his artworks.
Billy Tusker Haworth.
Take a fresh look at graffiti: even seemingly simple scribbles can hold political and social significance.
Street art can complement formal classroom learning. Here, ‘No more pipelines’ mural by the artist Swarm in Montréal.
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Street art promotes public dialogue on social justice issues and can lead to opportunities for learning outside of formal schooling.
Can street art out of context still tell the same story?
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As the Port Talbot Banksy is moved to a new street art museum, the very reason it was created is being ignored.
Graffiti in Maboneng, Johannesburg provides a bright contrast to the spaces around it.
Graffiti contributes to place-making by creating meaningful or identifiable spaces.
‘Vhils’, a Portuguese street artist, chisels an endangered orangutan onto a wall in the city of Medan, Indonesia.
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Banksy's 'boy in falling snow/pollution' is part of a worldwide movement of artistic activism against environmental problems and climate change.
A rainy day and a meeting with a street artist lead to a mediation on the “mirror effect” for researchers.
Trump Baby flies over Parliament Square in July during President Trump’s visit to the UK.
Trump Baby is the latest in a long history of visual protests. But is this 'cheap shot street theatre' truly effective, or should we ask more of protest artists?
Graffiti comment adorning an image of a woman in Brunswick. The comment was quickly erased, nearby tags stayed up much longer.
A walk down Melbourne's streets reveals more commercial street art than the spontaneous politics of years past.
H&M’s New Routine sportswear campaign featuring graffiti artist Revok’s unauthorised artwork in the background.
Just because graffiti is illegal shouldn't mean an artist can't protect his work. The law should step in when big brands try to exploit street art.
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.
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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?