NYC Mayor Bloomberg Speaks Out For Detained Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 05, 2011
New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has spoken out in defense of Ai Weiwei, as the Mayor was speaking at the NYC Plaza Hotel Wednesday to open a public art installation by the detained Chinese artist Ai. Bloomberg went as far as to say the Chinese governement "do not value and protect free speech."

An Interview with Candy Chang

Street Art // Wednesday, April 27, 2011
We recently wrote on the site about the public art project, "Before I Die," that installation artist, designer, and urban planner Candy Chang created in New Orleans. Now, our Helen Soteriou speaks with Chang about her public projects, and what is next.

Before I Die by Candy Chang

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 14, 2011
We know this happened a few months ago in New Orleans, by Candy Chang's transformation of a house into a public art project, titled Before I Die, where Chang "transforms neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us." More images after the jump . . .

Ai WeiWei Public Sculpture Exhibit at Pulitzer Fountain in NYC

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 14, 2011
Famed and controversial Chinese artist, Ai WeiWei, will open his “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” exhibition in NYC at the Pulitzer Fountain on May 2, 2011. Presented by the Chinese contemporary art organization AW Asia, the 12 bronze animal heads are inspired by the fabled fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an 18th-century imperial retreat just outside Beijing. More looks after the jump . . .

On this Date, Keith Haring Died

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 16, 2011
On February 16, 1990, Keith Haring passed away from complications from AIDS-related complications at the age of 31. Haring is one of the enduring spirits of all art, promoting social activistism, progressive commentary, and a blueprint on the power that public art can carry across the world. He was a hero and an icon, and take a minute this evening to read more about the artist and legacy he left behind.

Keith Haring: 1978-1982 at CAC in Cincinnati

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 08, 2011
The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati, Ohio is set to open a groundbreaking exhibition of Keith Haring's early works, titled Keith Haring: 1978—1982. The exhibition. The show chronicles the Haring's arrival in New York City from his native Pennsylvania and his immersion in New York’s dynamic downtown culture. Images from the era after the jump . . .

The Public Art of Felice Varini

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 03, 2011
Unurth just introduced us to Felice Varini, who creates these fantastic single perspecitve street art pieces. The piece you are looking at here was done in Milan, and obviously you can see, this is an interesting way to present public art. Really well done. More after the jump . . .

Dead Drops in NYC—A Video How-To

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 25, 2011
As part of his EYEBEAM residency in NYC, Aram Bartholl created "Dead Drops," an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space where USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. Watch the video after the jump . . .

Jose Parla Unveils Two Massive Public Murals in Toronto

Juxtapoz // Saturday, January 22, 2011
Earlier this week, a gala party was held in downtown Toronto for José Parlá to celebrate the reveal of two massive public art murals he painted as a commission for Concord CityPlace. Simon Cole of Show & Tell Gallery just passed us along the information, and as you can see, the murals are massive in the signature style that Parlá continues to champion. More images after the jump . . .

Swoon for TEDxBrooklyn Talks

Street Art // Saturday, January 22, 2011
One of the great street, fine, and philanthropic artisits active today, Callie Curry, aka Swoon, has become synonymous with creating art on her own terms. This TEDxBrooklyn talk is very interesting and enlightening, in that Callie really reflects on the positive energy and impact afforded to her under the project and moniker she calls Swoon. This is really a great talk and we highly recommend spending some time watching it in full.
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