Having traveled through Italy several times in recent years and witnessed the street art talent there in person, I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow’s opening of From Street to Art at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York. This overview of Italian Street Art curated by Simone Pallotta features work by Agostino Iacurci, Aris, BR1, Cyop&Kaf, Dem, Eron, Hitnes, Sten&Lex, Ufo5, 2501.
Opening: June 20 from 6:00PM
June 20 – August 20, 2014
On view Mondays through Fridays from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue (btw 68th & 69th Sts)
New York, NY 10065
[Dem for Fame Festival in Grottaglie, Italy – photo (c) Luna Park]
The sleepy town of Grottaglie, located in the high heel of the boot that is Italy, is admittedly not on most tourist itineraries. Yet thanks to the tireless efforts of Studiocromie’s Angelo Milano, whose Fame Festival this summer celebrated it’s 4th year, I have made two pilgrimages to the tiny town – known primarily for ceramics – deep in southern Italy. Fame has attracted some of the international street art and graffiti scene’s most talented artists and let them paint the town red. Big walls by Blu, Aryz, Sam3, Ericailcane – to name but a few – and whimsical characters by Os Gemeos scattered across the medieval town center have made Grottaglie a must-see destination for a street art aficionada like me. The images below are some of my favorite walls, all shot over two, gloriously warm, and sunny days this past November.