Stencilled images in the style of the mysterious British graffiti star began appearing on walls across the French capital last week. All were unsigned, leaving a lingering doubt that they might have been by a imitator. But late Monday the Bristol-based artist posted his latest two Paris murals on Instagram -- neither of which had yet been found by his fans. "Fifty years since the uprising in Paris 1968. The birthplace of modern stencil art," he quipped under a self-portrait as a masked rat carrying a utility knife that he uses to cut out his stencils. READ ALSO: Photo: AFP Cheekily he sprayed it on the back of a road sign outside the Pompidou centre modern art gallery, which houses Europe's biggest collection of contemporary art. Banksy took on the rat as his avatar -- a symbol of the vilified and downtrodden -- in hommage to the Paris street artist Blek le Rat, who started out in 1986 when a … [Read more...] about Banksy confirms Paris street art ‘blitz’ a tribute to rebels of 1968
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Neide Bollinger hurried toward the Molly Brown House Museum on a sweltering weekday this month, worried that she may have missed the start of a mid-morning walking tour on Capitol Hill. “I got lost,” she admitted after stopping in front of the mansion at 1340 Pennsylvania St., which looms large in Denver lore. Bollinger, 58, is no tourist. A Brazilian native with dual citizenship, she has lived in the Mile High City with her Colorado-native husband for 13 years, but never explored Capitol Hill on foot. “I learned about this from my students who took it and loved it,” she said after checking in with guide Leslie Wilson, who conducts the 2-mile “If These Walls Could Talk” walking tour on behalf on Historic Denver. Tours aren’t just for tourists, Wilson said. More than half of the people she leads are from within the city, while half learn about it from flyers, websites and other marketing resources such as denver.org. “I became a tour … [Read more...] about Denver tours: Are they still the best way to see the city’s history, architecture, street art and more?
<>A look at Ratio Beerworks' commissed piece by Blaine Fontana during a Rebel Tours stop on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in Denver's RiNo neighborhood. (Sierra Voss, Special to The Denver Post) A 10-foot-tall cartoon mural of a doofy man walking an awkward fish on a leash hangs over a mass of morning-after millennials crowding into Crema. Painted by Denver’s Michael Graves, the mural on the chic RiNo cafe is one of dozens of pieces of street art — not graffiti, as Graves would remind me — spattered on the ‘hoods walls, loading docks and food trucks that give it its flavor. But if these murals are art, what’s their story? Without placards or a curator, appreciating these compositions — or even finding them — can be a challenge. Enter Cori Anderson, a 27-year-old who last year founded Rebel Tours, a guided showcase of Denver’s fast-growing and criminally underserved street art scene. For $20, Anderson turns Santa Fe, downtown or RiNo into … [Read more...] about Denver street art tours turn neighborhoods into open-air galleries ripe for exploration
Logan Square is one of the most quickly evolving neighborhoods in the city. If you don’t check in often, it’s likely you’ll find a fresh construction site every time you pay a visit.To enjoy old standbys or the latest hot spots, hang out — or move in — around the Milwaukee-California-Fullerton Avenue triangle. The area is a mix of divey and deluxe, the old-timey colliding with developers and hipsterism.Sink your teeth into this: Right under the California Blue Line stop sits Taqueria Moran (2226 N. California Ave.), a homey Mexican diner that hits all the right notes. The first thing overheard during a recent visit: “This place is legit.”And it is.“It’s just a corner place, nothing fancy,” says owner Pepe Moran. “Just the taco joint under the train.”The walls are covered with murals of small-town Mexico, featuring images of a mariachi band and men in sombreros. The whole place has a humble appearance, but the food … [Read more...] about ‘Frenetic and gentrifying’: Logan Square a bastion of booze, street art and yes, hipsters
The wraps will come off other murals in New York Monday with Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin, Mexico City and San Francisco to follow. But what would his creator Charles M. Schulz think? He would be thrilled, insist the keepers of the Peanuts flame who point out that the great cartoonist was a friend and supporter of street art pioneer Christo, famous for wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont Neuf in Paris. The Bulgarian-born superstar even wrapped Snoopy's kennel and presented it to the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California. "I think Charles Schulz would love this project," Melissa Menta of Peanuts Worldwide told AFP. "He loved artists and in one strip he has Snoopy daydreaming about Christo. At the end of it he returns to find that he has wrapped his doghouse, which Christo then did in real life." She said Peanuts Worldwide had exceptionally allowed the seven street artists chosen for the Peanuts Global Artist Collective to redraw the beloved characters from the famously … [Read more...] about Snoopy and Charlie Brown become street art stars in Paris unveiling