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Go to Cincinnati for FotoFocus, Stay for the Street Art

Last week, Cincinnati opened to a bevy of international artists and art tourists with the start of the city’s second FotoFocus Biennial. Though the event itself promises plenty of exciting sights, with 50 participating local venues all dedicated to celebrating “lens-based art” throughout the month of October, newcomers to the city should also keep a lookout for some of the impressive mural work that graces its walls. Not that they’ll have to look all that hard: Thanks to public arts organization ArtWorks, the streets of Cincinnati are covered in all kinds of painterly designs. Below is a small selection of some of the most eye-catching examples.

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Shepard Fairey is Painting a New Bowery Mural Right Now

Street art star Shepard Fairey is hard at work on a new mural at 161 Bowery in Manhattan, reports Bowery Boogie. When completed, the piece will be 30 feet by 40 feet and will be his third Bowery mural to date. The others are his 2010 Houston Street painting — which was vandalized — and a painting in 2011 at 213 Bowery and Rivington Street, which still stands. The 161 Bowery mural is organized by OBEY GIANT ART, Caspi Development, and the Little Italy Merchants’ Association. (more…)

Town Where Peter Paul Rubens Lived is Now a Street Art Mecca

The 700-year-old village of Doel in north-west Antwerp that was once the home of Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens and his family has become an unlikely hot spot for some of the world’s most recognized street artists. (more…)

Michelle Obama Visits NYC School Kids at the New Museum

Yesterday, in a small press event held for the opening of “Taking Back the Streets” at the New Museum, First Lady Michelle Obama made a brief appearance to an excited group of New York City school children. (more…)

New App “Street Art NYC” Points New Yorkers To Graffiti Hot Spots

New York Graffiti fans just got a new smartphone toy to play with and its called “Street Art NYC.” Enthusiasts can use the new app by Geo Street Art (available on iTunes) to search the city’s most famous street art hot spots. (more…)

Street Artists Take Over NYC Building

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On Friday night, the doors to a building in Manhattan’s East Village that had been vacated in December when it was deemed structurally unsound — and which had already drawn some attention for its art — were thrown open one last time so visitors could come see the ephemeral exhibition “Surplus Candy,” featuring dozens of site-specific murals and installations that over 30 street artists had created over the previous week. The art, which includes pieces by Icy and Sot, Elle, Moustache Man, Royce Bannon, Russell King, Gilf, Nicolas Holiber, ND’A, and more, is slated to disappear when the building is demolished, allegedly at the end of January, but ARTINFO got a sneak peek at the show from its organizer (and one of its most prolific participants), Hanksy, on Friday afternoon. (more…)

Coldplay Singer Buys Banksy Balloon Heart

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A version of British street artist Banksy’s now-iconic heart-shaped balloon from his October “residency” in New York, which was carved out of a wall in Red Hook, Brooklyn and carted down to Art Miami, only to go unsold, has finally found a buyer, and a famous one at that. A tag-free version of the painting, done on wood, was bought by Chris Martin — the lead singer from Coldplay — at actor Sean Penn’s Help Haiti Home Gala in Beverly Hills on Saturday, according to Street Art News. (more…)

5Pointz Artists Get a Gallery Show

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A group of artists associated with the now-whitewashed and slated for demolition graffiti center 5Pointz in Long Island City are slated to show their works in Great Neck, Long Island, at the Gold Coast Arts Center. The show, which opens at the non-profit gallery on January 19 and runs through March 2, will be titled “Wall Works” and feature pieces by 5Pointz alumni including Kid Lew, Zimad, See TF, Shiro, and the center’s former curator Meres One, according to DNAinfo. (more…)

Immersive Ed Ruscha Tribute in Ireland

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A tribute to Ed Ruscha’s iconic photos and paintings of Los Angeles’s innumerable gas stations has popped up in a most improbably place: Limerick City, Ireland. The dazzling, drive-in, polychromatic installation, by street artist Maser (real name Fintan Magee) board bold, Daniel Buren-style stripes over the gas station canopy, garage building, pumps, and parked cars. (more…)

Did John Cusack Take Up Street Art?

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Justin Bieber and Chris Brown aren’t the only celebrities who tried their hand at street art in 2013. A teen heartthrob from a different era, John Cusack, may also be spending his evenings tagging up the streets with elaborate wildstyle murals featuring his apparent graffiti name, John Cusack Shakur, as well as other rap-themed plays on his name and recurring references to child movie star and aspiring artist Macaulay Culkin. (more…)