Should street art fall under the same copyright laws as other forms of art? That’s the question a jury is facing in the current Falkner v. General Motors Company trial. Swedish artist Adrian Falkner (pseudonym SMASH 137) is suing General Motors for the use of his mural on the rooftop of Detroit's Z-lot as the backdrop in their 2016 campaign launching the Cadillac XT5 without his knowledge or permission.Read More
With its reputation for spray paint, graffiti, and alternative grunge, urban art was founded on subversion and transgression. This artistic style breaks molds, experiments with form, and even defaces public property. Not all urban art is community-oriented and proudly funded by local organizations and institutions, nor does it intend to be. The rawest forms of street art are spontaneous and thought-provoking, furtively installed during late night or early morning hours, often awaiting the sunrise to gauge a public reaction. For an urban contemporary artist, the city is the canvas, and a wide public of pedestrians are the spectators. Breaking the boundaries of traditional museum and high-end art gallery displays, urban art as a medium is forwardly publicized and seemingly boundless in artistic potential.Read More
There is a whole world of artwork out there that I’d like to explore. I think it’s important that people understand the true value and diverse implementation of mural artwork, and I would like to explore first-hand some of the most popular places worldwide in order to get an up close view of these works of art and learn more about how urban art has been used to communicate distinct messages throughout the world.
Montreal’s MURAL Festival is an eleven day event celebrating the international urban art movement. Championing live art, music, exhibitions and artist talks, the Festival is an important gathering of the global artistic community. World class musicians and visual artists collaborate for a cultural celebration in the heart of Montreal’s main artery, Saint-Laurent Boulevard.Read More