There’s a pattern of tell-tale signs that indicate that a once-undesireable neighborhood is undergoing gentrification. One of these signs is the changing nature of street art, and, more tellingly, the arrival of public art. Although street art is kind of constant throughout the gentrification process, it’s usually in abundance inContinue Reading

When the late legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor appeared in the 1963 film classic “Cleopatra” in 1963, she unlikely never imagined that her likeness would appear as street art on a now hip stretch of Faifax Avenue in Hollywood. But so it is. Film immortalizes. Street art, though usually ephemeral, hasContinue Reading

We stumbled upon the Campbell’s “Condensed Graffiti” soup can yesterday in SoHo, in downtown New York City. The can is actually a spray-paint can with the Campbell’s label. In any case, Andy Warhol’s pop-art icon has been paid homage and referenced many times by many artists and culture-makers. Street artistContinue Reading

We’re in Los Angeles this week checking out the new, massive Mr. Brainwash exhibition dubbed “Artshow 2011.” Mr. Brainwash is French street artist Thierry Guetta, who many readers will know was the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” directed by Banksy. Brainwash was on handContinue Reading

Black-and-white “‘Temato’ Soup” wheat-paste street art on 14th Street in Chelsea, in homage to Warhol, among others.

Our man in Los Angeles, Josh, snapped pictures of this massive work by Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta) on Santa Monica Boulevard.  The usual brainwash visuals and messaging are deployed here: Warholian homagery a la Campbell’s soup-can, 1970s-’80s “Memorex Man” TV commercial image and “Life is beautiful.” Mr. Brainwash, as manyContinue Reading

Fresh artwork on the billboard space provided by vintage clothing store Eleven at 11 Prince Street in Nolita, near SoHo. The new painting features unmistakable silhouettes of some late and legendary downtown New York City creators: Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Ramones, and Andy Warhol.

We love this artwork. The piece is a Herman Miller Aeron-like office chair quickly being spun 360 degrees at various speeds in large glass case. It’s one of dozens of works being shown at MoCA in Los Angeles as part of its “The Artist’s Museum” exhibition. The show is aContinue Reading

New York street art: Michael Jackson a la Warhol. © Ivan Corsa Photo – Street Art Images

New York street art: Close-up shot of the Andy Warhol-esque Michael Jackson wheatpaste. © Ivan Corsa Photo – Street Art Images

New York street art: Michael Jackson a la the late great Andy Warhol, downtown. © Ivan Corsa Photo – Street Art Images

New York street art: Michael Jackson gets the Warhol-style treatment in wheatpaste. Love it. © Ivan Corsa Photo – Street Art Images

New York City street art: Pop star Britney Spears and Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy (Spock), in the style of the late great artist Andy Warhol, on Wooster Street in SoHo. © Ivan Corsa Photo – Street Art Images

Cool black-and-white stickie of smiling face with sunglasses and gold tooth. The face looks like a cross between Steve McQueen and Andy Warhol. Love the details in the graphic. The gold tooth is boss. The reflective star is class, mate. © Ivan Corsa Photo – Street Art Images

We love this stencil pattern of Marilyn Monroe on a red door in Chinatown. The Monroe iconography works on a couple of levels here, we think. Not only is Marilyn a pop culture icon due to her tragic celebrity as film actress and sex symbol, but she is also anContinue Reading