“Is street art still street?” The true state of the question addressed by the author to street art critiques, bloggers and curators, is in the evolution of street art as a contemporary art form. Paintings in the streets became more accepted by the general public and spur the interest of galleries, reals estate, small businesses and big brands. Did it change anything in the sense of art itself?
Iryna Kanishcheva of GNV URBAN ART participated in debates published in the second edition of Street Art Today book by Bjørn Van Poucke, curator of The Crystal Ship in Belgium. In the conversation, some of the lead curators from different parts of the world:
• Martyn Reed, British artist, writer, curator and organizer of NUART FESTIVAL in Stavanger Norway
• Anne-Laure Lemaitre, Managing Director at FatCap the premier graffiti and street-art agency based in New York City and Paris, France
• Doug Gillen, the man behind Fifth Wall TV, a London based production channel, and digital platform that investigates all aspects of graffiti and street art.
Who are the most influential street artists today, what were the most inspiring projects in the past three years and how it generally changed? The professionals of the field express their opinion but there is no definite answer.
Street Art Today: The 50 Most Influential Street Artists Today was sold in 7,000 copies of English and French editions! You can find the book in galleries, museums, and libraries all over the globe, including the University of Florida and Alachua County Library District. Look for the second edition, Street Art Today II to learn about 50 selected artists as some of the most influential. Among those artists who created a mural in Gainesville (Axel Void, Jaz) curated by Iryna Kanishcheva in 2015, and artists who are going to create murals for our town in the nearest future (Leon Keer).