Recently I had the pleasure of finally seeing in person a number of murals in Washington, DC, organized by Art Whino. This expertly curated series of large-scale murals features the work of Reka, Nawer, SatOne, Momo, Rubin and Kyle Hughes Odgers. I particularly enjoyed the juxtaposition of L’Enfant Plaza’s Brutalist architecture with these large, colorful, and abstract murals.
I am a huge fan and devoted reader of the Graffuturism site. It showcases the work of a cadre of talented, international artists – many with deep roots in the graffiti community – who strive to take graffiti in a new direction. To me, this is what 21st century modern art looks like. These are walls that bear repeated viewing to fully appreciate their style and craftsmanship. To put it all in context, the site’s A Look at Graffiti’s Evolution and Progression, an insightful two-part series of interviews with some of the leading artists at the forefront of the movement, is well worth a read – do yourself a favor and click on through now.
Going down to Miami for Art Basel this year, I particularly looked forward to seeing In Situ, the Graffuturism show curated by Poesia. The outdoor murals in Wynwood’s Kohn Compound featured stunning new work by Aaron de la Cruz, Andrew Young, Bam, Eric Haze, Geso, Greg Lamarche, Jurne, Kema, Kofie, LX One, Mare 139, Matt W. Moore, Poesia, Rae Martini, Remi/Rough, Sueme, and West One.
In his forward to the site’s extensive photo recap of the event, Haze writes, “Not only do I believe this project speaks loudly for where anything considered “the movement” is at or heading, but it also transcended the usual geo-politics at work in both the art and graffiti worlds in a rare and significant way.” Hear, hear.
Congrats to Poesia for realizing this project in Miami and for continuing to offer us an inspiring feast of visual stimulation via his site.