Street Sketchbook: Journeys, Reviewed

Bristol, England-based author and designer Tristan Manco is back with a followup to his 2007 original book Street Sketchbook, which opened up the sketchbooks of several international artists working most visibly in the street. This followup, Street Sketchbook: Journeys, does …

Trespass Reviewed

Recently I received a copy of Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, a 324-page release from Taschen edited by Ethel Seno and written by Carlo McCormick and Wooster Collective‘s Marc and Sara Schiller. It’s a lovely book, well up …

Arte Para Todos, Seville, Spain

I just got back from a two week project/spraycation in Seville, Spain.  The idea, dreamt up by organizer Peter Claesson, was to bring together around 35 muralists from 20 countries and set them loose in the Poligono San Pablo, a …

Art for Stabbing: Bill McRight's Shanks

Philadelphia artist Bill McRight grew up in the south, the son of two ministers. He’s trained as a printmaker and has a studio at Space 1026, the DIY creative hub in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. Most of Bill’s work has been in …

The Dafen Village Mural Project in Shenzhen, China

I just got back from a mural project at the Dafen Art Museum in Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen is just across the river from Hong Kong, and it’s one of China’s mainland boom cities. Since 1979, when it received a special …

Beyond the Street, Reviewed

Beyond the Street, a very large release from Gestalten and edited by Patrick Nguyen and Stuart Mackenzie, sprawls through “the 100 leading figures in urban art.” If I look through it as a collection of what essentially amount to magazine …

Jim Houser Gets Musical

People who walk into one of Philadelphia artist Jim Houser’s shows often find his small paintings and sculptures so carefully grouped and installed that they just want to move in. In recent years, Houser has incorporated his music into his …