Urban Art Section · An Urban Art Fair in its Own Right

For almost 40 years now, the term Urban Art has been used in international contemporary art dictionaries, applied to signify the phenomena of street art and graffiti. This movement originates from cities and urban environments in Europe, such as Berlin, London, and Paris. However, nowadays, in 2016, it’s not exclusively referring to outdoors art such as murals. It is related to all the artworks coming from studios, galleries, installations and sculptures done by artists with graffiti background, and to the international phenomena of spontaneous creativity that we can find in a typical urban art fair. Urban art can be also found on many creative album covers, vinyl sleeves, comic books, graphic novels and modern apparel. The movement revolutionalized the affordability and outreach of contemporary art, due to the attention and cultural recognition it won. It also changed the anthropological instances, united high-end galleries, and collectors with self-taught and free-spirited artists who shared the interest for this kind of visual arts.

Did you know: Street art movement originates from cities and urban environments in Europe, such as Berlin, London, and Paris

Urban Art · Changing the Contemporary Art History

Looking back at the time when urban art was done solely in secrecy, in underground alternative subcultures, being tied up with hip-hop, punk music, and even vandalism, we witness the change in trends and many of us changed the way they perceived various public interventions. We saw paste-ups peel and tear, tags appearing and being painted over, many stencils decorating the walls, and many urban art festivals being organized around the world. The 13th Berliner Liste will have its own Urban Art Fair, dedicated to cutting-edge artists, street art lovers, the ordinary audience as well as gallery owners, critics, and enthusiasts who love the adrenaline filled artwork. At Berliner Liste we understand the importance of the urban art movement, giving that its formation spreads the philosophy of freedom, increases the understanding of socio-economical and cultural changes, and supports artists who didn’t have access to art schools and universities. For those who did have a chance to study visual arts and art in general, it increased a possibility of self-promotion, marketing and gave them countless options in terms of tools and techniques. Urban Art may not be a classical movement, since it doesn’t have a specific goal and common manifesto, but the main appeal of the phenomenon is the indefiniteness itself – the blurred lines of street art are truly fascinating. Some urban artists specialize in graffiti, some in stencils, many defy the term urban and paint large murals in rural areas, and some still do old-school tagging, lettering, wild-styles, and throw-ups. It is important to note that more and more galleries are eager to showcase urban art pieces and their prints nowadays, which confirms the idea that the urban art has gone through an amazing evolution – it started as a form of vandalism the authorities would frown upon, but it ended up becoming a fruitful gallery material.

Did you know: It’s been over 40 years since the beginning of the Urban Art Movement

New Face of the Urban Art Section

Our vision of Urban Art Fair will be revealed for the first time at 13th Berliner Liste, under the supervision of Guillaume Trotin, the curator for the Urban Art Section 2016 and a driving force behind Berlin’s prolific OPEN WALLS Gallery. He will be in charge of reviving the urban art, cherry-picking the best and most interesting artists and artworks, and supporting the emerging artists with guidance and direction. Trotin’s driving force is his passion for public art, the art that made Berlin a center of attraction for collectors and creatives. The most appealing feature of this section, and the whole fair, is its authentic, non-elitist nature that warmly embraces everyone interested in street art. The section will host elaborate galleries, aspiring talents, open-minded art lovers, aesthetes, experts, and amateurs, gathering them in a special interactive playground hosted in Kraftwerk. In a wonderful relation of the concept and location, Urban Art will have its foundation at the Berliner Liste, in a similar manner as electro music and club culture had its base at Berghain club. The global transformation of the art market, the section at the largest art fair in Berlin, the inspirational guidance of the expert art curator, will provide a unique opportunity for those who want to make a career in urban art, meet interesting people and like-minded creatives. The decision to become an artist is sometimes in direct correlation with the possibility to access the space of cultural industries in the era of hyperproduction of the popular culture, and the Berliner Liste aims to break through this barrier.

Did you know: You might have been able to find original piece of street art in a gallery, but now you can have them in your own home thanks to the Urban Art Fair at Kraftwerk!

Boost of Creativity and Style

Urban art left the street corners, subway trains, car parks, old factories and entered galleries, living rooms, offices and finally came to the Berlin art fair in all its shine and glory. Technological revolution brought together artists and ideas all around the world, methods of expression changed, as well as the means of communication. Admiration and respect are shown in a form of a tweet on Twitter, or a like on Facebook, distance is becoming less relevant, and inspiration is found in virtual reality or cyberpunk fairytales. There are more options, more tools, better connections, transmission of ideas, and contemporary art scene continuously grows. At our Urban Art section, visitors and artists will have an opportunity to find original works, be able to directly meet international and local artists, and find a unique piece of artwork at various group exhibitions. With the selection of collages, silkscreen prints, stencils, and drawings present at the festival, each artist embraces the methods of reproducing and distributing urban imagery, delicately harmonizing the urban language, codes, and styles.

Galleries, as well as artists are encouraged to apply!