2019, A Year in Street Art

Street art is one of the most intriguing artistic movements of our time, transforming cityscapes around the world into open air galleries. Regardless of where you go in the world today, it’s likely that you’ll come across street art in all its many forms. As city authorities (and businesses) have grasped the potential of street art, they have begun to harness its power to promote themselves as creative hubs, both for business and tourism.

It’s remarkable how many places I’ve visited that have building-sized street art. As all but the most repressive societies embrace it, a whole new cadre of artists has been very publicly introduced to the world. You’re now as likely to spot Belgian street art in Australia, as you are in the streets of Antwerp. The world has changed since the zero tolerance policies of 1990’s New York, when the tagging form of street art was Public Enemy No. 1.

Street Art, Berlin, Germany

Street Art, Berlin, Germany

Israel / Palestine by Shepard Fairey, Berlin Street Art, Germany

Israel / Palestine by Shepard Fairey, Berlin Street Art, Germany

Instead of being a casual and passive recipient of street art, I’ve started seeking it out. It helps that I live in Berlin, a true global crossroads for street art, but over 2019 I’ve encountered street art in the heart of Budapest’s old Jewish Quarter, scattered across fascinating neighbourhoods in Tbilisi, in hip downtown Amman, in the narrow streets of ancient Leon, in the Lutheran ‘capital’ of Wittenberg, and on apartment buildings in Warsaw.

Here’s a selection of my favourite pieces from 2019 and a happy New Year for 2020 …

Street Art, Leon, Spain

Street Art, Tbilisi, Georgia

Street Art, Budapest, Hungary

Street Art, Berlin, Germany

Street Art, Warsaw, Poland

Street Art, Amman, Jordan

Street Art, Berlin, Germany

Street Art, Budapest, Hungary

Street Art, Berlin, Germany

Street Art, Budapest, Hungary

Street Art, Leon, Spain

Media Magdalena by Innerfields, Wittenberg, Germany

The Future is Now by Contra, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

Street Art, Warsaw, Poland

Street Art, Berlin, Germany

Street Art, Tbilisi, Georgia

Street Art, Tbilisi, Georgia

Street Art, Amman, Jordan

Street Art, Tbilisi, Georgia

Street Art, Berlin, Germany

Street Art, Warsaw, Poland

Street Art, Amman, Jordan

Street Art, Tbilisi, Georgia

They are called patience and hope and their fate is in my hands by Herakut, Wittenberg, Germany

Street art, Berlin, Germany

Street Art, Berlin, Germany

4 thoughts on “2019, A Year in Street Art

  1. The future (of Art) is now. 🙂
    Thank you for a great selection Paul
    Found a few good pieces of street art in our stay near Tulum this end of year.
    (Just posted it today)
    Happy 2020
    (Will Churchill come back from his grave and stop Brexit?) 😉

  2. That’s a fine selection… and you being so interested in it has got me looking for street art too. Kiev was certainly interesting from that point of view.

  3. Pingback: 2019, A Year in Street Art — notes from camelid country (be sure to look at all the incredible art–Gigi) | Rethinking Life

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