May 232013
 

If you’ve been past Logan hardware and Whole Foods by 14th & P St. NW over the past 4 years, in the alley behind Irvine Contemporary and Transformer galleries, you’ve seen a long standing set of murals by Shephard Fairey, Gaia, and others.

Slowly, as to be expected, the murals met their fate. Possibly first was when Whole Foods mistakenly painted over Gaia’s part of it after a neighbor complained. Then the Cat Aids moniker showed up on the Shephard Fairey portion at street view. Lame. Piece by piece, the murals broke down.

Now, a new set of murals is up and fresh — a NEKST tribute + PEAR x AREK x ELI x CON. Go catch them in person before they’re gone!

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Sep 062012
 

Barack Obama inspired his way into the White House in 2008 with a message that resonated on the streets of Washington, DC. Since then, depictions of the President have popped up across the nation’s capital. Obama-related graffiti even made it into our very first blog post, just after inauguration in 2009.

Here’s how the Prez has been depicted during the first four years on the streets of the seat of power:

Barack Obama Sticker - Portrait

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Apr 172012
 

Words Beats Life Bum Rush the Boards Hip Hop Chess Festival

The world of chess can often be an exclusionary place for people of color and female players, but Mazi Mutafa, executive director of Words Beats & Life (WBL) wants to change that – one tournament at a time.

WBL, a national hip-hop arts education nonprofit, will present its seventh annual Bum Rush the Boards Chess Tournament on April 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Recreation Center in Northwest Washington, D.C.

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Mar 032012
 

Have you seen this poster around DC lately? It’s looks to be of Artuaré and Conversations in the Contemporary, through April 29 at the Anacostia Community Museum.

As it turns out, a few of our recent photos from around DC (unrelated to the exhibit) might strike on some common fears, further below.

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Nov 082011
 

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As part of the exhibit ‘Above The Radar II,’ The Fridge and Albus Calvus teamed up on a workshop this past weekend  to teach elements of graffiti style and technique. Two ‘crews’ worked with pros to sketch out the lettering, characters, and colors to create their own murals.

Above The Radar II is on display at The Fridge thru December 3. More details below.

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Aug 112011
 

Earlier this summer, before Art Whino’s G40 at Vitamin Water Uncapped Live in early May, an unusual scene was happening at the corner of 14th + Florida Ave. NW: legal graffiti writing, in daylight, out in the open.

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Above: writers work on murals at the corner of 14th + Florida Ave., DC.

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May 172011
 

Special thanks to readers MA + TD for these nice submissions to our ongoing Reader Shots series. This week includes a look at work from the G40, Garfield Park in SW DC, and Blagden Alley in Shaw, NW.

Video by MikaAltskan

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Apr 012011
 

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) is searching for mural sites in all DC Wards to be considered for the MuralsDC program from June-August 2011. MuralsDC is a partnership between DPW and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) – created to help replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize the DC community, and engage DC youth.

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There are currently 27 MuralsDC projects throughout the District. Each tell a unique story of DC’s diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. DPW and DCCAH will focus on sites that are frequent targets of graffiti.

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