Though street art has been around for ages, it’s only been within the past decade or so that it’s been thought of as a highly regarded form of art. British street artist Banksy released Exit Through the Gift Shop which scored an Oscar nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category and the MOCA’s Art in the Streets exhibit became the first major U.S. museum to examine the history of street art and graffiti. (It was the most attended exhibition in the museum’s history with over 200,000 visitors in just 81 days.) Today, we take a look at six excellent websites that help celebrate this burgeoning art movement. These sites not only expose us to some of the best street art around, they show us who’s behind one of the most exciting and intriguing art forms out there today.
1. Wooster Collective
Started back in 2003, Wooster Collective is one of the most well-known and highly regarded street art sites online. Husband and wife team Marc and Sara Schiller run this New York-based site and are dedicated to discovering and documenting authentic art experiences from all around the world. In these past 10 years, they’ve covered over 2,000 artists. Started simply after noticing and photographing art in their immediate neighborhood, Wooster Collective has grown into a major source to find new and established artists. The Schillers were the force behind the 11 Spring Street exhibition in 2006, which was chosen as one of the top art shows of the year by The New York Times.
Tip: In 2009, Wooster Collective released a book called Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art that Marc and Sara Schiller co-authored which examines the rise and global reach of graffiti and urban art. Featuring the works of over 150 artists, the 310-page book is a great resource for anyone who want to dive deeper into street art.
Unurth is a minimalist looking site that’s chock full of amazing imagery. Run by Sebastian Buck from Los Angeles, this site puts the artists and their works front and center and also has links to the artists’ names so that you can see each of the artist’s collection. Started in 2008, Unurth is a great place to discover new and exciting art and to really get to know all of the up-and-coming street artists out there. Images are either sent by artists and photographers or are found by Buck himself online.
With photographers and writers spanning the globe, this online art magazine is always on top of the latest news in the contemporary, urban and pop surrealism art movements. Look to Arrested Motion for exhibition openings, interviews and more. Their daily global coverage is unmatched and their relationships with artists means you’ll always be the first to know about any breaking news in the art world. Unlike the other sites listed here, you’ll find a lot of original content on Arrested Motion, not just on street art, but on other genres of art that you may not have considered exploring.
Tip: If you’re on Instagram, make sure to connect with Arrested Motion to see their interesting finds.