On this week’s art crime blotter: a pub’s neighbor is peeved about its penis mural, a flying cow sculpture gets grounded in India, and unscrupulous Lincolnalia collectors nab an Abe statue.
On Tuesday, the 27-year-old street artist Antonio Ramos was murdered while painting a mural that was meant to brighten the run-down streets of northwestern Oakland, which has one of the highest violent crime rates in the United States.
Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town is experimenting with an unconventional way of preserving an 18th-century farmhouse: inviting local artists to paint contemporary murals across the structure.
An Italian street artist is retracing the journey of John James Audubon that led to his historic 19th-century tome, Birds of America.
On this week’s art crime blotter: a mural of rainbows accused of containing “emblems of homosexuality” in Riyadh, a librarian confesses he stole 143 paintings and replaced them with his own forgeries, and a museum director gets shot in Moscow.
‘Tis the season of reduced hours and low-stakes group shows at most Manhattan galleries, but two spaces in Chelsea are bucking the trend with summer exhibitions of large-scale murals.
The street artist Shepard Fairey may get a lot of laughs when he visits Portland, but if he sets foot in Detroit anytime soon things will get very serious.
In the past month, Lima has been shaken by the reminder that street art — even when officially approved — is inherently political.
If you’ve seen Steven Spielberg’s movie Amistad, you already know this story: in 1838, a 25-year-old enslaved Mendeian named Cinque led a successful revolt aboard the Spanish slave ship La Amistad.
Archaeologists have unsealed a 1,000-year-old brick tomb in northern China containing unusually well-preserved murals of heavenly and earthly scenes.
You might walk by some of the permanent works in New York City’s best art collection and not even notice them. The murals embedded in the city’s public spaces — in bars, restaurants, hospitals, skyscraper lobbies, and schools — together make up a historical tapestry of New York’s visual culture.
With strict regulations on murals only recently lifted in Los Angeles, you might think that the artists and public art facilitators who fought so hard to make murals legal again would be playing it safe to start. You would be wrong.