News In a contemptible move perfectly in keeping with prior contemptible moves, the city of Philadelphia is continuing its quest to use eminent domain to turn the studio of James Dupree into a parking lot and supermarket. Detailed in a Forbes article this week, two-thirds of the building in which Dupree’s studio resides have been condemned, and the studio was seized by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority on December 27, just four days before an eminent domain loophole was closed by the state. Since the PRA got approval to take over 17 Mantua properties for this purpose in November 2012, ... More » »
Last time I saw Annette Monnier (at Little Berlin’s BYOTY last weekend), she said she was going to take the West Philly el tour of ex-graffiti artist Steve Powers’ A Love Letter for You series of murals for the Mural Arts Program. I said I was going to do that too, but she got it done, and what a job she did! Here’s what she had to say.
The Mural Arts Program has been adding some new, contemporary tactics to their mission to paint the town red and blue and yellow. Here’s the link to a small story from yesterday’s Inky about an interesting MAP program that is distinctly contemporary, and a welcome change in tactics–featuring art that is, like the story, small enough to miss: ‘Quick and dirty’ street art drawing viewers to river