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'Fear No Art 4' at Fourth Wall

A highlight of "Fear No Art 4," the Fourth Wall Project's exhibit "promoting and exposing underground art" is organizer Marka27's own paintings.

By GREG COOK  |  November 30, 2012

Andre returns to College Hill

If you found yourself on Benefit Street this past Monday, you could have been forgiven for wondering if Providence's own rascal king had made a stunning return to politics: there, behind the First Baptist Church, was a large "Re-Elect Cianci" billboard.
Propaganda Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 17, 2012

Kenji Nakayama takes an age-old craft to new places

This winter, the Butera School of Art in Back Bay commences its last-ever sign-making classes, teaching students how to hand-letter everything from yachts to mom-and-pop shops.
Signs of the times
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 13, 2012

Photos: Kenji Nakayama's work

Signs of the times
Signs of the times
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 13, 2012

Big, bold, and compelling, murals are having their moment in Providence

Some weeks back, painter Agustin Patino drove me down Broad Street in South Providence in his wife's Jeep.
The city as canvas
By GREG COOK  |  October 07, 2011

Swoon indoors and out

Swoon is one of the most celebrated street artists in the US, so why does her wall of bugs and monsters inside the Institute of Contemporary Art feel so meh?
Street cred
By GREG COOK  |  September 16, 2011

Swoon takes her street art to the ICA 'Wall'

Part punk-rock activist, part classically trained artist, Swoon, a/k/a Caledonia Curry, has sailed the Mississippi with a merry gang on homemade rafts and created earthquake-resistant structures for Haiti.
Going inside
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  September 02, 2011

Photos: American History of Graffiti

The Phoenix presents a small collection of works to be showcased in Caleb Neelon and Roger Gastman's American History of Graffiti .
Photos from Neelon and Gastman's American History of Graffiti

One person's graffiti is another's whitewash ...

A message from the Office of Artistic Relativism.
By DAVID KISH  |  April 01, 2011

A look at Portland's graffiti history

Back in the early '90s, Eli Cayer had just finished art school in Boston and headed to Maine, where he continued creating street art.
City walls
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 01, 2011

Cambridge author Caleb Neelon traces graffiti's hidden history

'TAKI 183' SPAWNS PEN PALS, announced the headline in the July 21, 1971, New York Times .
It was written
By GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2011


Get cute

Who says art isn't risky?
Street artist Stay Cute is on a one-man urban-beautification project. But the Boston Police Department hasn't gotten the memo.
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  January 22, 2010

Super Sonik

When Cambridge native Caleb Neelon talks about how he got hooked on graffiti, he often recounts a trip he took to Germany with his mom in 1990.  
Graffitist Caleb Neelon is a street survivor
By GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2009

Slideshow: Street artist Caleb Neelon sprays the world

Artwork from street artist Caleb Neelon.
Artwork on many platforms
By CALEB NEELON  |  February 13, 2009

Arresting Shepard Fairey

A cynic might argue that anything that publicizes art is a good thing. Art, after all, challenges how you think — provokes thoughts, insights, emotions that otherwise might not be stirred. It also can amuse and entertain.
It's about small minds, revenge, and embarrassing the mayor
By EDITORIAL  |  February 11, 2009

Shepard Fairey bombs Boston

The Massachusetts-bred street artist Shepard Fairey returned to his home-turf this month to "bomb" the Phoenix offices, conduct interviews, and unveil his latest work at the ICA.
Interviews, videos, slideshows, and more of America's favorite street artist
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 10, 2009



Shepard Fairey and his show "Supply and Demand" arrive at the Institute of Contemporary Art like a guerrilla general emerging from the jungle after his forces have taken the capital.
Shepard Fairey bombs the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2009

Slideshow: Shepard Fairey, ''Supply and Demand''

Obey Giant Art
At the ICA, February 6 through August 16, 2009
By SHEPARD FAIREY  |  February 10, 2009

Interview: Shepard Fairey

"Denver wasn't great because I literally had a gun pointed at my head for putting posters up at the DNC."
Poster boy
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  January 27, 2009

VIDEO: More with Shepard Fairey

We told you about how Presidential posterizer Shepard Fairey visited us here at Phoenix HQ last week...
By Ryan Stewart  |  January 27, 2009

VIDEO: Shepard Fairey posters the Phoenix

It's been kind of a good month for Barack Obama posterizer-in-chief Shephard Fairey. His recent comm...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 22, 2009


Radical chic

“The gallery system relies on supply and demand, and I created a demand for my work by doing street art.”  
Shepard Fairey posters Harvard Square
By GREG COOK  |  October 27, 2008

Flashbacks: Artist provocateur Paul Richard puts the ICA up for sale, king of the Bonds and where were you when Agnew Quit?

DEPT. OF REINTERPRETATION10 years agoOctober 16, 1998 | Reporter Sarah McNaught interviewed conceptual artist Paul Richard about his latest “work.”“The 36-year-old provocateur...recently climbed up on...
By Ian Sands  |  October 17, 2008
Street art attack: the crafty side of street art

Street art attack: the crafty side of street art

Street art is fascinating enough on it’s own but, given it’s ephemeral nature, the act of photographing it is essential. And sometimes a photograph of...
By Will Spitz  |  May 05, 2008
Mental Detox Week

Mental Detox Week

Happy Mental Detox week! Yeah, so Mental Detox week began on Monday and I have yet to actually turn anything off - or at least...
By Will Spitz  |  April 24, 2008

Flashbacks: A pen with the “genetic essence” of Abe Lincoln, eloquent words for a Red Sox legend, and Daniel Pearl on earthquake etiquette

THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL AND IT’S BEEN PENNED IN FLOURESCENT HUES5 years agoApril 11, 2003 | Camille Dodero looked at how city surfaces were...
By Ian Sands  |  April 10, 2008
Daily street art: Noirboston and Roadsworth

Daily street art: Noirboston and Roadsworth

Yes, I know, I should rename this whole street art series something like "Sporadic Street Art Updates," or "Sometimes daily street art." Let's just say...
By Will Spitz  |  March 21, 2008
Obey Obama: Shepherd Fairey's Barack-aganda

Obey Obama: Shepherd Fairey's Barack-aganda

Obama the Giant Has A Posse Not bad for a guy who started out making "Andre the Giant Has A Posse" stickers, eh? Today, the...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 12, 2008
Daily Street Art: C215's stencils and new art @ THE WALL!

Daily Street Art: C215's stencils and new art @ THE WALL!

We're really digging the Parisian artist C215's mosaical, stenciled portraits, which are currently gracing bleak slabs of city concrete across the globe. Stenciling is the...
By Caitlin E. Curran  |  March 07, 2008