Rigel Thurston says he lives by a simple motto: “Beauty will save the world.” The 33-year-old realtor is now painting that sentiment — taken from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel “The Idiot” — on fences along Lamar Boulevard in north Austin, Texas, to build community and help transform a troubled neighborhood. Continue reading
For more than 30 years, Los Angeles-based artist RISK has been creating colorful murals on everything from highway overpasses — known as “heavens” — to dilapidated buildings, walls, trains and buses. He recently joined eight other graffiti artists to paint on the abandoned Miami Marine Stadium. Continue reading
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It’s been around for several decades, but street art got a jolt of publicity when famed British street artist Banksy took up residency in NYC during the month of October and produced a piece a day. Brooklynstreetart.com expert Steven Harrington discusses whether Banksy’s commercial value is changing the nature of the form. Continue reading
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Steven P. Harrington: Editor in Chief and Co-founder BrooklynStreetArt.com and Jaime Rojo, Editor of Photography and Co-founder are contributing writers for The Huffington Post Arts & Culture. They’ve been documenting street art around the world for years and have witnessed the form evolve to include commercial success. Continue reading
Painter and graffiti artist Alec Monopoly is obsessed with Rich "Uncle" Pennybags, the mascot of the board game Monopoly. For Alec, this character is a reminder that money can both be the source of fortune and demise — in the game and in our lives. Continue reading
As soon as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law in April, grassroots groups started protesting. One of the main organizers is 23-year-old artist and activist Ernesto Yerena, who, growing up, didn’t have to look very far to see that art and social issues could intersect.