Space Invader: Irking the Bishop of Malaga

Space Invader has placed over 3,000 works in 72 cities around the world, including Miami. He “invaded” Miami in 2012 and placed his first piece on a wall of the Miami Children’s Museum. The museum staff posted the work on their Facebook page and asked if they should keep it. The response was a resounding, “Yes.”  And Space Invader, being Space Invader (he calls himself a UFA, meaning Unidentified Free Artist), went on to put more than two dozen of his signature pixilated mosaic pieces in random and surprising spots around Miami.

Irking the Bishop

South Florida residents enjoy spotting Space Invaders work in unexpected places, unlike the Bishop of Malaga, Spain, who asked the city council to have it removed.

The offending work is of a flamenco dancer, which Space Invader placed on the palace wall, just one of more than two dozen works that he placed around Malaga last month. A statement from the diocese said, “The bishop of Málaga is not questioning the work’s artistic quality, but he considers that the palace’s facade, which is classified as site of cultural interest and protected [by law], is not an appropriate place for it.”

The statement included some harsh words, which seem to belie the assertion of not questioning the quality of the work, “The diocese hopes that steps will soon be taken to address what could be considered visual pollution of the building.”

As of this writing, the Invasion, as Space Invader likes to call each work, is still on the palace wall…

The Provocateurs Show Postponed

In 2014, Space Invader created a poster for the Art Alliance/Provocateurs Show, which was held in Chicago, to coincide with Lollapalooza. The show was one of the largest and most successful ever assembled, with works by Shepard Fairey, Space Invader, RETNA and other street artists displayed both inside galleries and on the streets of Chicago.

The Provocateurs Show was scheduled to take place in Austin last year, but was been postponed and there is no word on when, or if, it will be rescheduled or if another Provocateurs Show, in another city, will be held.

Space Invader’s Provocateurs Show Poster for sale at VFA

Space Invader’s poster is a beautifully stylized, limited edition serigraph, made as a tribute for the first and, so far, only Provocateurs Show of its kind.

Please contact us for more information about Untitled from the Art Alliance/Provocateurs Show or any of the other fine art works for sale in the VFA gallery.

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Banksy Choose Your Weapon

Artists like Shepard Fairey: Rebels With & Without a Cause

Police in cities around the world still chase after graffiti artists for vandalizing property. Some of those artists are often commissioned, by the same authorities who considered them vandals, to paint public works in their cities. The work of the rebels in our gallery all have stories to tell, messages to pass along, and some of them have causes feel passionate about.

Shepard Fairey

In May, Shepard Fairey was commissioned by multimillionaire Dan Gilbert to paint a 185-foot mural on the side of the Quicken Loans headquarters building in Detroit. A few weeks later, Fairey was arrested by Detroit authorities for putting up posters in public spaces without permission. Fairey’s company, OBEY, supports Amnesty International and many other causes.

We have a number of Fairey’s serigraphs and an amazing OBEY Stratocaster in our gallery.

Banksy

In May, over 250 graffiti artists were invited to paint murals in Bristol, England, where Banksy, as a young graffiti artist, was continually chased by the cops. In the past few years, Banksy has focused his attention on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the West Bank.

Keith Haring

Keith Haring used the proceeds from his work to increase AIDS awareness. Since his death, in 1990 from AIDs-related complications, the Keith Haring Foundation has continued to provide grants to children and those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Haring worked his unmistakable style, not just on walls, not just in prints, but also on ceramics.

We are fortunate to be able to offer Spirit of Art No. 2, a Ceramic Platter issued by Haring’s estate and A Piece of Art, a ceramic serving set, in its original box.

Space Invader

Two years ago, the French artist, Invader, placed his pixelated pieces all over Hong Kong, while being chased around by Hong Kong police.

This year, Invader was invited by Hong Kong officials to put his mosaic tiles back up. In our gallery, we have one of Invaders serigraphs, done for the Art Alliance/Provocateurs Show, hosted every year by Shepard Fairey.

Gilf!

Gilf! is all about inspiring people to be more mindful of the way they interact with their communities and with each other. Gilf! is based in Brooklyn. This year she made lots of waves when she installed a giant banner, reading Gentrification in Progress at a location in Queens that was once a haven for graffiti artists.

We have two works from her Empower series, Empower Piece and Empower Equality, and a more recent work – a 4-color silkscreen titled, To Tehran with Love.

Retna

Retna has used his unique alphabet from the streets of L.A. to the walls of Louis Vuitton. We have an untitled serigraph in our gallery that was done for Shepard Fairey’s Art Alliance/Provocateurs show in 2014.

Retna has been making more news in the tabloids than in the art world recently, because of his volatile relationship with Brittny Gastineau.

PlasticGod

Though not a graffiti artist, we wanted to include L.A. artist PlasticGod in this group, since much of the proceeds from his work goes to numerous charities, like animal rights, cancer research and the Special Olympics. Also, anyone who thinks of combining Salvador Dali with Hello Kitty, gets a nod from us.

The work in our gallery is a serigraph with gold foil, called Oxymoron’s (Genuine Imitation). This nod to Andy Warhol is a bit ironic – the Warhol Gallery is where PlasticGod has exhibited his work.

To find out more about these artists, or any of the other artists in our gallery, please contact us or visit the gallery.

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