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Adam Neate Short Film

Adam Neate’s early days of dropping free art on bits of cardboard around Shoreditch and Clerkenwell maybe in the distant past but his gallery art is always one of my favourites. Set aside 11 minutes to enjoy this just released film put together in 2013, it captures the flow, colours and sensuous energy of Adam’s art beautifully.

On Graffoto we were pretty ecstatic about the 2011 “Dimensional Paintings” show, reviewed here: http://bit.ly/2Lb7Oxx

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Adam Neate – Dimensional Paintings, 2011

Then 2014’s “Dimensionalism” had us raving, reviewed here: http://bit.ly/1BO1SOe

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Adam Neate Dimensionalism, 2014

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Adam Neate signing at Elms Lester, September 2014

All photos: Dave Stuart

Film as per end credits

Shepard Fairey Facing The Giant

Shepard Fairey was in London in October celebrating 30 years of Andre The Giant Art with a two site exhibition hosted by StolenSpace.

Facing The Giant – Beats Residency space (October 2019)

Facing the Giant – StolenSpace (October 2019)

The exhibition was slated to close at the end of October but actually a great selection of art from the two site display has been consolidated and rehung at the StolenSpace Osbourn St site.

Facing the Giant – StolenSpace (November Rehang)

It looks just as spectacular and is well worth popping in to see if you missed it in October.

Facing the Giant – StolenSpace (November Rehang)

We raved about the exhibition on Graffoto, check it out HERE

Facing the Giant – StolenSpace (November Rehang)

LINKS:

Shepard Fairey Website (subscribe to his email)

StolenSpace Website

Graffoto “Shepard Fairey: Facing The Giant)”  Review

Street art, urban art, Banksy, Croydon, street art tour, tour guide show, gross domestic product, trademarks

Banksy Solo Show in Croydon

For two weeks in October I was exhorting everyone who did our street art tour to make a short trip to Croydon to check out Banksy’s first UK solo show since 2009 and I got feedback from several people who did.

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Banksy created a real world store with items from various departments arranged in a shop window display.

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Gross Domestic Product

Here are a few of my favourites.

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Welcome Mat, in support of “Love Welcomes” (details in Graffoto post)

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Rat Clocks

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As soon as it closed its shop window display Gross domestic Product opened an online store selling some of the displayed range.

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Early Learning Centre Counting Set

Banksy was very keen that a cross section nof the goods be available at affordable prices to ordinary people, so the sales process depending upon fans applying to buy one piece, then waiting to see if they got luck in what appears to be partially a draw and partially “complete this sentence 12 words or fewer” kind of tie breaker.  At the time of writing I am desperately clinging to the hope that those emails have not yet been sent out.

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Duck and Cover

On Graffoto, we have a comprehensive photographic survey and appraisal of the items Banksy displayed as well as his motives, check that out HERE

All photos: Dave Stuart

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Subdude – From Street Art To Gallery

Subdude is a London based street artist whose street art has been intriguing and amusing Shoreditch Street Art Tour guests since 2016.

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Subdude September 2016

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Tangerine Tyrant

Recently sister blog Graffoto got the chance to sit down with Subdude and shoot the breeze about the political landscape, the various projects he has undertaken out on the streets and most notably, a look back over his recent debut solo show..

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Subdude good guys and bad guys in Monty’s Bar

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Subdude’s Little Dude Character in the show

In a fascinating interview the parallels between the art in the exhibition and the various phases of Subdude’s career became apparent.

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Subdude – Fight Tiny Tribal Minds March 2019

Subdude pulled off something you don’t often see in a gallery, the opportunity to vote on the next paste ups and to even propose texts Subdude would use as the foundation for future street art paste ups.

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Subdude Future Social Media Paste Ups? What do you think?

Check out the full interview on Graffoto.

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Subdude abstract collage

Links

Interview and review on Graffoto

Subdude Instagram

Monty’s Bar Facebook

All photos: Dave Stuart

Street Artist Xenz Exhibits At Nelly Duff

Former guests who have received follow up information about the tours will have noticed Nelly Duff listed as a key gallery.  Last week the amazing street artist and highly collectable urban artist Xenz opened a fresh show at Nelly Duff under the title xEnso.

xEnso, Nelly Duff Gallery

Elegance is a word that sits very comfortably in a description of a Xenz painting though the graffiti writer always lurks among the branches, literally.  As a graffiti writer the letterform must reign paramount and outdoors Xenz produces stunning landscape paintings with his name cunningly disguised within the branches and trees.

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Meeting Of Styles, Shoreditch, 2009

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Hackney Wick, with Busk, 2011

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Meeting Of Styles, Nomadic Community Gardens, 2018 – This young boy was entranced by this Xenz artwork

The circular paintings were inspired by the zen buddist ensō symbol, ensō circles capture a concept of fulfilment, calm, strength and most particularly, elegance and enlightenment.

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xEnso, Nelly Duff Gallery

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xEnso, Nelly Duff Gallery

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xEnso, Nelly Duff Gallery

A collection of beautiful watery paintings on handmade paper discs roughly a foot in diameter were painted in a very gestural manner; simple colours , dots, lines and drips were applied and left as they fell, no corrections, no smoothing of curves or sharpening of edges and a sense of grace and flow in the finished article is clear.

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xEnso, Nelly Duff Gallery

The paintings in the show may look a million miles from any graffiti aesthetic but look closely, again the letters are subtly secreted inside the lines of the flora.

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Golden Mist

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Golden Mist with lettering highlighted (photoshopped, with apologies to Xenz!)

Xenz’z interior art has often featured wispy forest fronds and filaments frequented by flying fauna.  The colourful birds flitting through the branches and hovering in front of soft petals are based on humming birds.  This goes back to an occasion when Xenz was enjoying some traditional hospitality high up a Jamaican mountain when a humming bird flitted out of the forest canopy to perch on his finger like it owned it.   A few magical seconds and some herb imprinted the experience in Xenz’z mind and thence into his art.

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The Golden Branch

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Turquoise Dreams

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Flutter

The show runs until Thursday 8th November.  Nelly Duff is open late every Thursday.

This blog post is an extract of a post published on Graffoto, same author

Links:

Xenz  website

Nelly Duff website

156 Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG

all photos: Dave Stuart (instagram)

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Banksy Shredding – Update!!

Banksy shreds Girl With Balloon but not his credibility.

Two weeks ago the art world was “en fête” at London’s art week and the major auction houses held champagne swilling contemporary art auctions.  There can be very few people who are not aware of the amazing stunt Banksy pulled off at Sothebys auction when his “Girl With Balloon” shredded itself at the very moment the auctioneer concluded the sale.

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Going, Going, Gone! source: Banksy

The stunt is a work of genius in its production, execution (Sotheby’s involvement?)  and impact Banksy of course is mocking the art world’s obsession with wealth, value and profit.

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“I Can’t Believe You Morons Buy This Shit”, Banksy, 2006, source: Banksy website

Speculation and conspiracy surround this particular stunt by Banksy. Could this possibly have been fabricated in 2006 . Could this possibly really have been fabricated in 2006 in anticipation that it might appear in an auction years later?  How many would Banksy have to make to ensure that the stunt could be executed in public rather than stymied by a private sale?  Was it pure chance that this particular art piece would be mounted so visibly on the auction room wall rather than just wheeled in, given its 2 minutes in the sunlight on an auctioneer’s easel then trundled out again?  Back in 2006 we had not yet had the first gold plated white gloved Urban Art Auctions (here), could anyone have reasonably predicted that Banksy’s art would be so lauded (i.e. expensive) as to be the highlight of an art week contemporary art auction?

Last weekend Sothebys put the so called new artwork on public display.  Queuing was about 45 minutes on Sunday afternoon, the guards marshalled orderly lines of visitors, the artwork was beautifully hung to be visible from both sides, well lit, well sign posted and well controlled.

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“Love Is In The Bin”, Banksy, 2018

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“Love Is In The Bin”, Banksy, 2018

The catalogue listing for the original “Girl With Balloon” piece described the work as “signed and dedicated on the reverse”, presumably what looks like black tape in a recess on the back is masking the dedication but there’s the signature in all its glory.

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“Love Is In The Bin”, Banksy, 2018 rear view

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“Love Is In The Bin”, Banksy, 2018, signature!

 

Here is the news!  Sister blog Graffoto by same author posted last Sunday about the rumours and speculation and associated ironies and included one prophetic statement:

“Was Plan A that Girl With Balloon would shred itself to complete destruction?    If it had Banksy would have highlighted the precariousness and ephemerality of the trivia to which the art world attaches its highest valuations.  We won’t know ever.  “

That last bit – completely wrong!  Within the past hour Banksy has released an updated video – well, we won’t spoil the ending, just watch!

Links:

Banksy website

Banksy instagram

All photos Dave Stuart except where otherwise credited

“Love Is In The Bin”: Graffoto

Moniker Art Fair 2018

Here are a few of the highlights from the 2018 Moniker Art Fair which has been a must visit urban art adventure for fans of street art.   Three key aspects have been gallery displays of urban art, mainly art by street artists which isn’t on the street; installations and a day of presentations and talks about theory and practice of street art.  Some of stands are gallery presentations, some are specific to individual artists.

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Moniker 2018

Last year entry was through a mocked up trackside installation, this year French street artists Lex and Sowat have creative an immersive maze of plastic material, light and sound.

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Lex and Sowat “The Maze”

Gallery highlight was probably BSMT Space presenting work by Sweet Toof, A.CE and Skeleton Cardboard topped off by stunning video displays of the provocative political stunts of the Rocco Brothers.

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BSMT Space: Sweet Toof, A.CE, Skeleton Cardboard

Vermibus was one of the stars of the 2012 edition of Moniker, the Vermibus stand this year makes a feature of the feline beauty of Kate Moss.

Vermibus

Skewville is over from New York stamping YO on sheets of paper while displaying duplex prints which look dramatically different when viewed through a red lens or a blue lens.

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Skewville

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Skewville – one print, two artworks

Masai has set up studio alongside an installation created with crowd participation with visitorss adding coloured cloths to form a bee sculpture.

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Masai

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Louis Masai

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Louis Masai Bee Sculptures

The installational part of the Moniker Art Fair was superb, getting close to the art quality and production values of the Lazarades curated shows in the Leake Street Tunnels of yesteryear.   A couple of standouts among the installations were the cut metal shadow art of Dan Rawlings and the beautiful work of Hera, one of the Frankfurt Herakut duo.

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Dan Rawlings

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Dan Rawlings

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If You Don’t Teach Them Peace Someone Else Will Teach Them War

Hopefully you get to see this exhibition before it closes as this 10th of Moniker is probably the best yet.  Admission details in the feature image at the top of  the post, use discount code LDNBSMT30 in the checkout for a 30% discount courtesy of BSMT Space and don’t forget to say hi to them on their stand.

Moniker Art Fair Website

All photos: Dave Stuart

London, Urban Art, Stik, NHS, Auction, Christies, Baby

Stik Auction At Christies Today

A few fortunate tour guests will know Stik as the very friendly gentleman with the paint splattered trousers who has joined us in the tour for a brief moment.  Here is some news from Stik:

British street artist STIK’s iconic ‘Sleeping Baby’ print proofs will go on auction today at Christie’s South Kensington, London. The edition last year raised £50,000 for Homerton Hospital in London and this week the full set of four artists proofs will give an extra boost to the hospital with 100% of funds going to their charitable trust.

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Image via Stik

The ‘Sleeping Baby’ image represents the vulnerability of the NHS and has been adopted by the junior Doctor’s as the mascot of their industrial strike action. This is a unique opportunity to own a piece of social history in the making.

Lot Description:
STIK
Sleeping Baby

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Image from Sik

The complete set of four screenprints in colours, 2015, on cream wove paper, each signed in pencil, inscribed AP 1/4, artist’s proof impressions aside from the edition of 25 in each colour, the full sheets, apparently in very good condition, unexamined out of the frames.

Image 590 x 1080 mm., Sheet 650 x 1120 mm. (each) (4)

Donated by the artist in aid of the Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Art Charitable Fund.

This lot is offered with a Certificate of Authenticity from the artist.

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Image via Stik

Links:

Bid at Christies: STIK Lot 263

Find out more about the project on theguardian.com

Print Release

Doctor’s Rally (feat Stik cameo)