Building Owners Are Making Fortunes From Banksy Works

In a world where Banksy street-pieces — essentially, illegally created public art — cut from buildings can generate hundreds of thousands of dollars, proprietary domain is a hot-button issue. Legally, according to attorney Eric Baum, who represented artists in litigation involving the 5 Pointz mural space in Long Island City, “The owner of the building can sell [or keep] the artwork.” And, he adds, the property owner can also destroy it.

Just Some Ordinary Design Love

Writer Renno Eddi-Lodge: "Design is something that seamlessly slots into your life: my clothes, the tech I use, the bike I ride, kitchenware. I try to prioritise function; I am not someone who thinks about beauty that much. I like things to be clean, tidy and functional."

Let Us Pause To Consider The Historic Cultural Significance Of Beyoncé Headlining The Coachella Festival

She created a performance themed around HBCUs - historically Black colleges and universities - and educated, while entertaining, the audience. "Coachella has come to be known for an easygoing, boho aesthetic, with the stereotypical Coachella attendee a drunk white hipster wearing a Native American headdress and loads of glitter. On Friday, Vince Staples referred to the main stage as 'the white people stage.'" Then Beyoncé arrived.

Where Does The Tattoo Style ‘Black And Gray’ Come From?

The increasingly popular, and increasingly subtle and detailed, style comes from prison culture. "Black and gray used to be referred to as joint-style or prison-style, because of its roots in penal institutions, where inmates made homemade machines from ballpoint pens, guitar strings, needles, and parts from old boom boxes. The machines had one needle. No color ink was available in lock up, so the ink was black. But if you watered it down, it turned gray."

Top AJBlogs From The Weekend Of 04.15.18

Filthy Rotten T.S. Eliot
When my staff of thousands sent me this book cover, APRIL IS A MOTHERFUCKER, by none other than T.S. Eliot, it put me in mind of Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-1917,which includes ... read more
AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2018-04-15

Martha Graham: Sacred and Profane
The Martha Graham Dance Company at New York City Center, April 11 through 14 Martha Graham’s Embattled Garden.Left: Lorenzo Pagano; right: Anne O’Donnell and Lloyd Knight. Photo: Melissa Sherwood I assume that Isamu Noguchi ... read more
AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2018-04-13

Replay: the Rolling Stones on The Mike Douglas Show
The Rolling Stones meet three young fans and perform Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” on The Mike Douglas Showin 1964: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in ... read more
AJBlog: About Last NightPublished 2018-04-13

Recent Listening In Brief (short…capsulesque…itty-bitty…not long)
Danny GreenTrio Plus Strings, One Day It Will (OA2) Pianist Green’s earlier album Altered Narratives put strings with his trio on three tracks. The melding with a string quartet worked nicely. One Day ... read more
AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2018-04-12

Fear and loathing in the Renaissance church: Stile Antico sings Victoria’s Holy Week music
Sacred music began tumbling from heaven to earth in the late 16th century, when the words it was sung to became something more than liturgical reference points. It took on more qualities of human speech ... read more
AJBlog: Condemned to MusicPublished 2018-04-12

The Disappearing Aesthetic Of Amazon Warehouses

Let loose a British architecture critic on the complexes maintained by Amazon and other massive delivery services, and you get (rather depressing) poetry: "You couldn’t call it country or town: it is a node, a zone. It approaches a sort of sublime, you could say, in which the vast whiteish rectangles resemble conceptual art and the engineered terrain unwittingly becomes land art. Its scale is that of the national and international networks of which it is part, not the locality."