This week Forbes released their annual 30 Under 30 lists. The lists, with categories from venture capital to sports to education, highlight some of the most promising and influential young people around the world. The Art & Style portion, which includes figures in the worlds of art, craft, and fashion, includes three public artists: Gaia, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and Vhils.
Earlier this month I was privileged to go to Miami for Art Fair Week, one of the most important annual events on the art world calendar. The core attraction is Art Basel Miami Beach, an art fair that began in 2002. Now, in addition to Art Basel Miami Beach, over a dozen competing art fairs and hundreds of smaller events are held throughout Miami over the same few days every December.
This year, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and artist Phillip Adams embarked on a major project with a new way of conceptualizing our work and putting artists in the driver’s seat. The project is called Industrious Light, and it uses murals to celebrate Philadelphia’s industrial past and present.
After 30 years and 3,000+ murals, many people think that the Mural Arts Program is responsible for every mural in Philadelphia, but that’s not the case. Some of the city’s most iconic murals, like Keith Haring’s We The Youth and Richard Haas’ Chestnut Place predate Mural Arts. And there’s another mural, a lesser-known gem from the 1970s by two accomplished Philadelphia artists, which has remained hidden for nearly 40 years in Washington Square West.
Murals can be great for a lot of things: bringing communities together, inspiration, visually illustrating history, brightening up a wall, and so much more. But what if you simply want to find your car? As I discovered last month on a visit to Detroit, murals can do that, too. The results are spectacular.