Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix church Ménilmontant Paris street art Belleville wheatpaste (2) (1)

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.  Parisian graffiti artists have codes which dictate that churches are left alone. Moreover, my education at Holy Trinity (Church of England) primary school in London, and years involved with the Scout Association, served to ennoble me with a sense of religious morality, and respect and fear of God and his less ethereal manifestations in the form of vicar, bishop, church, cathedral, all of which I’m certain allow no room for illegal art interventions of any kind.

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Roti Street art paris living walls (8)

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 Le MUR - Paris street art - exhibition - Underground Paris. Photo: Art of David Walker Facebook copyright 2013

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 the wall since it’s inauguration in 2007, but few have matched the beauty of Walkers’ portrait on this three by eight metre former billboard set aside by the city council for the purpose of promoting street art.

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Keith Haring retrospective Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris CENTQUATRE (5)

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 walls that first inspire him, in white chalk on empty black advertising poster panels – marking his birth as a street artist.

Paris, 2013, last Friday, twenty-three years after Haring passes away, opens the largest retrospective of his work ever brought together, “The Political Line”, at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, in association with Centquatre – a collection of non-‘street art’.

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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 take notice.

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zezao brasil street art pixacao flop underground sewers (2)

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 light blue organic shape, contrasts with these inhospitable places, bringing “life” and a sense of purity to its environment.

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C215 street art paris stencil 13 arrondissement le parcours de street art

Art for art’s sake? Yes, but not only. Sometimes art makes everything look so much more beautiful and it needs help to be shared.

French world famous street artist C215, who just finished an amazing 25m high wall in Boulevard Vincent Auriol (Paris 75013), managed to find a perfect balance between painting for himself and do paintings for the public.

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Street Art Paris Thom Thom Archéologies hijacking billboards Gallery Mathgoth (19)

French urban artist,  Thom Thom, has been taking Parisian billboards and transforming them into art since 2000. He is inspired by the French artist Jacque Villeglé, well known for his technique of décollage, the opposite of collage, whereby parts are ripped away from posters. Also by the Lettrists, an experimental movement established in Paris in the ’40’s,  and the Situationists,  a revolutionary group based on Marxist ideas.

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OEPS Crew - street art Paris - Hama bead Copenhagen graffiti hits Oberkampf Denfert-Rochereau Butte-aux-Cailles (6)

Straight outta Copenhagen, OEPS crew, were in Paris at the weekend, placing its unique “HAMA bead” street art around Oberkampf, Denfert-Rochereau and the Butte-aux-Cailles, with assistance from Underground Paris.

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OX street artist - Paris street art - adbusting - billboard takeover - Underground Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (6)

French artist, OX’s, latest ad takeover at Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, is a site – and weather – specific artwork that was planned for this out-of-town location due to OX’s fondness for displaying his artworks backed by barren suburban landscapes, as well as  the changing nature of the Parisian billboard space, which makes it ever harder to find suitable billboards to hijack.

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