The immensely popular and illusive street artist Banksy, who has never revealed his identity, is preparing for a new exhibition this coming year in Moscow.
Banksy in his documentary film Exit Through the Gift Shop covering his face and disguising his voice for the cameras
The director of the Manege exhibition in Moscow, Marina Loshak, has selected a collection of famous contemporary artists for display. Expect something outrageous from this yet-to-be-released list of all-star artists. Although the names of included artists haven’t been released, one name for the exhibition has already surfaced, you guessed it, Banksy.
Banksy would be considered one of the most well known street artists of all time. Will Banksy’s fame last forever?
A new street artist known as P183 has recently garnered the public’s attention. He has even been referred to as “Russian Banksy” because of his guerilla art and anonymous identity.
Giant pair of reading glasses by P183 in Moscow
Will this be the end of the Banksy era, or the start of street art revolution? Get ready for a Russian street art throw-down of epic proportions!
Comprising over 80% of the tablet market and 97% of tablet web traffic, the iPad is changing many industries, including art creation and consumption.
With the iPad’s innumerable art apps like the popular painting apps Inspire Pro and Sketchbook Pro, artists can create their masterpieces right on a screen. iPads are also a convenient outlet for artists and art-fanatics who want to exchange and connect with fellow art lovers.
The piece below reflects such attention to every detail in the hair and lighting that I could have easily mistaken this as a sketch in someone’s sketch pad.
Portrait of actor Joshua Jackson done by Olga Shavrtsur using the iPad Finger Painting and Brushes App.
Below, another amazing creation on iPad! The subtle lighting and the realistic images of the tiny flowers impressed me. I really appreciate the choice of colors.
Misty Forest by Shaun Mullen (2010). iPad Sketchbook Pro App.
Check out this video of Olga Shavrtsur creating her portrait using the Brushes App!
For many, art has always been more than just something nice to hang on the living room wall. Art stirs up a conversation about the ideas, meanings and artistic techniques of each piece of artwork.
iPads can facilitate communication and connection between artists and their fans in a physically different way, creating an “augmented reality”. And, iPad art can produce “conversation pieces” that accelerate and globalize the conversation.
- Kulsoom Rizvi
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Banksy thrives on controversy and has become one of the world’s most well-known street artists, ironic considering his masked and anonymous identity. Banksy’s work evokes a range of reactions: contemplation, anger, surprise, sadness, laughter (and many more, we’re sure).
To react to Banksy’s work, you have to see it. You could see pictures of his work here at The Bare Square, on some other art news website, or at Banksy’s website. For this kind of art, though, it seems best to experience it in person, in the flesh. But where to look?
Now…there’s an app for that.
Banksy-Locations app (from the iTunes store)
We were thrilled when we heard about the all-new Banksy app for the iPhone.
Banksy’s previous apps featured photos of his work, social sharing of street art, quizzes, and more. The new Banksy-Locations app, released Monday, gives the user the locations and directions to Banksy’s work, as well as news feed and phone wallpaper features.
No word on the Droid or iPad version yet, but if we hear anything, we’ll let you know!
(Shout out to Eileen, our stalwart intern, for finding this awesome story idea!)
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Proposing marriage is never easy. Last year, Kansas City-based artist Aaron Vandenbroucke pondered his financial situation and general nervousness over when and how to propose to his then long-time girlfriend Tamara Marie Altherr. Finally, he decided upon something personal.
The couple met through Tamara’s interest in art, and art had continued to be an important part of their relationship.
“We got to know each other through art. As an artist and graphic designer, I like to draw and paint. I’d even paint on her old t-shirts and put them back in her closets as a surprise,” said Aaron.
As they booked a trip to Bend, Oregon, to visit family for Thanksgiving last year, Aaron set out on his secret plan–a street art proposal.
“I’ve always been a big fan of graffiti. I hadn’t really worked with wall paste before,” said Aaron, “But I was inspired by the work of graffiti artists and graphic designers who pulled it off, so I thought, ‘I’d like to do that–only bigger.’”
Aaron got to work.
“I prepared for almost four weeks, working every night in my basement, painting on rolls of newspaper,” said Aaron. “Every piece is personal, a scene from our lives together so far.”
He also enlisted the help of his friends and family.
“I contacted some friends who are artists, and two of them, Simon Stutts and Nic Trent, sent me artwork I incorporated into the plan. I had my brothers and their girlfriends help me with installation in Bend the night before.”
With all the pieces in place, the artist and filmmaker put the wheels in motion. Here’s how it turned out.
We’re so glad for people like Aaron, who use their creativity and inspire us to do the same. We wish him and Tamara all the happiness $14 billion can’t buy. It just goes to show, a little and creativity goes a long way–like forever. (For more of their romantic story, go here.)
"Marry Me" by Aaron Vandenbroucke
What’s next for Aaron? Let’s just say warehouses and walls in Kansas City should look out. There’s a love-struck street artist in town.