SAMBRE - La Tour Paris 13 - Paris street art Photo by Jeanne-Marie Laurent

The first time we met he pointed me to the illegal and ephemeral exhibition organised by his crew, 1984, due to take place at a secret location the day of the 2012 French Presidential election.

The twelve strong crew infiltrated a former electricity company headquarters close to Parc de Buttes Chaumont (19éme) to produce Le Musee Imaginaire.

Once installed, security guards stalked the premises indisposed. Crowds had already arrived informed that morning by Facebook of Paris’ latest art squat, wives and girlfriends of the artists selling cake and juice for voluntary donations.

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Mygalo 2000, Posada’s calaveras and a body of Paris truck graffiti

Interviews
Mygalo 2000 interview Paris street art graffiti skull art José Guadalupe Posada. Photo: Mygalo

  Not street art, usually, graffiti on Parisian trucks: a new middle area. Skeletons and skulls, graphic in the way of typo-graffiti, but carrying messages tied to death, love, twerking - too intellectual to be merely called ‘graff’. Truck graffiti culture in Paris is the most sophisticated of its kind anywhere in the world, “base street graff’”, [...]

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Tower to fall painted inside and out by artists from fifteen countries

Exhibitions
La Tour Paris 13 street art graffiti exhibition by Itinerrance Gallery

Paris, the 13th arrondissement, nine floors, one hundred artists, these are the numbers that introduce us to the story of La Tour Paris 13, an ephemeral exhibition. An old apartment building to be torn down in less than a month, which has been painted inside and out by an international set of artists recognised in the [...]

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Sydney X Paris: ZAP and Jumbo decorate the 11th and 20th

Interviews
sydney street art graffiti artist team Jumbo and Zap Paris street art

Walking up the rue Dénoyez, I’m confronted by two Australians wanting to know good places to paint. ZAP and JUMBO from Sydney, and I ,walk from Belleville to Ménilmontant to Oberkampf. I show them walls, shutters and a truck. We part ways. The next day I return to one of the spots to find JUMBO spraying [...]

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Street art (divine) intervention of a church stuck on a church

New Street Art
Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix church Ménilmontant Paris street art Belleville wheatpaste

When street art is done on an abandoned dilapidated building, ok, fine. When street art is done on the monumental staircase of a neo-Romanesque-cum-neo-Gothic nineteenth century church, in a working class neighbourhood, man, what the f#!*. At witnessing an artwork stuck to the steps of Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix church at Ménilmontant, at first, I’m surprised at such audacity. [...]

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Polyhedric street artist, Roti, and his “demonic” art

Interviews
Roti street artist France Artaq chicken 301px

Painter, stonecutter, sculptor, tattooist, engraver, artists as polyhedric as Roti are difficult to find nowadays. Good for street art, difficult as a journalist. Talking about his art becomes a challenge because of the impossibility of deciding where to start from, and what, amongst the various techniques he has mastered, to focus on. 

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David Walker’s “vortex of dancing colours” at Le M.U.R.

Le M.U.R.
David Walker Le MUR - Paris street art - exhibition - Underground Paris. Photo: Demian Smith 2013 (1)

Berlin-based urban painter, David Walker, is a staple on the streets of London and Berlin and is the most recent artist to have been picked by l’association to make Le M.U.R., creating one of his signature emotive portraits. Ludovica Giulianini reports on Walker’s true work of art. Over 140 artists have made ephemeral artworks on [...]

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Keith Haring “The New Yorkais” Speedy Graphito

Exhibitions
speedy graphito keith haring paris street art

New York, 1978, student Keith Haring arrives in the city considered to be the cradle of the graffiti movement.  His mind is blown away by the tags, the dubs, the subway car ‘masterpieces’ – the frenetic energy of the illegal art scene. Years later, and Haring, influenced by this ‘subway art’, draws on the same [...]

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HOPNN – ‘I want to ride my bicycle!’ – an Italian street artist in paris

Interviews
HOPNN street art Paris bike art (1)  Photo : Ludovica Giulianini

When walking around a city, very few people pay real attention to what’s hanging on the walls. Probably this is the ‘advertising effect’ – we’re overloaded with visuals wherever we walk. However, when what’s on the wall happens to be anti-automobile propaganda, such as a man eating a lipstick red car, one is forced to [...]

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Zezão’s graffiti – from sewer to New York, Paris & London

Interviews
Zezao street art brazil pixacao brasil sao paulo

We recently  visited  Zezão at his studio in São Paulo, a Brazilian street artist who cut his teeth in the Pixação scene in the city limits. In the past, he worked in degraded and abandoned spots, such as, the sewers of this megalopolis – during a period when he suffered with depression. His famous signature, the Flop, a [...]

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