There are those who hear the term “street art” and equate it with spray-painted tags that deface the window of a new shop. There may be historical links in that there’s a public nature to the expression, but street art today has arrived at a status just below high art — and given how some street artists are compensated and commercialized, highly paid art.
The only blog devoted entirely to this art in Philadelphia is Streets Dept., and its founder and editor, Conrad Benner (who’s also blogging for Property now; look for his work in Habitat) has chosen this year’s top 10 street art moments. There’s not a lot to quibble with here — we only wish Joe Boruchow’s work was photographed in a way that you could see more of it. But stay tuned: We may have more Boruchow for you in the near future.
Aside from Benner's list, represented above by the colorful painting by AliCè (Alice Pasquini), who came from Rome to gift us her work, look also at these lists: Complex's 12 Best Murals of 2013, BuzzFeed's list (of course) of the best street art in the world 2013; and "106 of the most beloved Street Art Photos - Year 2013" on Street Art Utopia.
Now for the news...