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« One Week with 1UP »: Opening at Urban Spree

One Week with 1UP” is an exceptional exhibition of photographs and artworks by Martha Cooper, 1UP Crew, and Ninja K. to coincide with the publication of the book « One Week With 1UP« .

The show is only the second solo Berlin exhibition ever made by the legendary Berlin-based vandal graffiti crew 1UP after their first show at Urban Spree in 2014 – « I Am 1UP ».

This time, the Kreuzberg crew embarks NYC-based legendary documentary photographer Martha Cooper and Berlin-based photographer Ninja K. in a series of underground actions, through tunnels, rooftops, featuring high pressure fire extinguisher tags, roll-downs, roll-ups, street bombings, whole cars and backjumps…

One Week with 1UP” is a first-hand and behind-the-scenes account of the most important European crew of the 21st century.

The Opening Night will start at 19:00 with the vernissage of the exhibition and the release of the book in presence of Martha Cooper. A new screen print, « Letters of 1UP« , as well as the brand new tees & hoodies will be also released.

Open end outdoor party with Beathoavenz, That Fucking Sara, Sara Wave. At 21:30, special video release. On top: 1UP Flash tatoos in partnership with our resident Amor de Madre #Berlin & African cuisine by DeDeeDe.


Urban Spree Galerie presents: ONE WEEK WITH 1UP

A Project by 1UP, Martha Cooper and Ninja K.

Opening: May 9th, 2018, at 19:00 – open end

Exhibition: May 10th, 2018 – May 27th, 2018

Tuesday-Sunday / 12:00-19:00

Info: contact@urbanspree.com

Luna Park’s Book Signing at Urban Spree

Brooklyn-based photographer Luna Park will be in the Urban Spree Bookshop on Saturday, August 5th to discuss and sign her latest book « (Un)sanctioned« .

The Book Signing will take place from 18:00 to 20:00.

Subtitled « The Art on New York Streets« , the book is the culmination of a decade of obsessively keeping up with NYC graffiti and street art, a time period which saw a seismic shift in the public perception and acceptance of the artform.

Katherine “Luna Park” Lorimer is a graffiti and street art photographer, curator and librarian, passionate about documenting urban artforms and supportive of all creative endeavors to redefine public space. She has presented her observations on street art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library and guest lectured for the History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti course at Long Island University. Her photographs have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

For those who can’t attend the event, you can order a signed copy on the Urban Spree website here.

Urban Spree releases a screen print with Toums

Urban Spree releases a 70 x 90 cm screen print in half tones that has been printed in Berlin at Urban Spree on the occasion of the special release of the Bad Destiny video by French experimental photographer Thomas ‘Toums » Gosset, directed by Stéfane Cales.

The video is a comical journey into the photographic world of Toums and focuses especially on his complex chemically enhanced process and analog set of techniques. In the narrative, we follow Toums from the moment where he takes the photograph to the final paste-up of the image in the street of his native Bordeaux, and going through the whole elaborated development process in between.

The image that is the outcome of the process has been screen printed in Berlin for the occasion in a limited edition and is available in our Berlin shop and on our Urban Spree website here: http://bit.ly/2qq0t0x

Urban Spree Summer Group Show

Urban Spree Galerie invites you to the Opening of our Summer Group Show, opening on September 8th, 2016.

Right after the Brussels exhibition curated by Urban Spree at LaVallée, we are back in Berlin with a group show with 12 artists from the Urban Spree family:

Andrea Wan
Charlie Anderson
Hendrik Czakainski
Jan « Onepoint » Kaláb
Jim Avignon
Johannes Mundinger
Kid Cash
Mafia Tabak
Michal Škapa

Mik Shida

Various & Gould

08.09 – 15.10.2016
Tu-Sa 12:00 – 19:00

Urban Spree Galerie is located within a 1700 sqm artistic space dedicated to urban cultures. Set in a vast postindustrial compound in the heart of Berlin, the gallery promotes a grassroots artistic approach, working closely with street & graffiti artists, urban photographers and contemporary artists. The gallery curates independent art shows on a monthly basis. Artist residencies are at the core of our artistic ecosystem. With a mix of permanent and temporary studios, the residencies irrigate by their creativity and artistic contributions what Urban Spree is about.

Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
+49 30 / 74078597

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Urban Ornaments | Exhibition and Round Table Discussion

urban ornaments announcement« Urban Ornaments » at Urban Spree is a photographic group show with selected hungarian artists (Ruth Zuntz, Bence Bakai, Viktor Hodobay, Péter János Novák) who also have a regular practice in the urban arts as well as a roundtable discussion on public space and urban imaginaries organized by TACT (International Research on Art and the City) in co-operation with the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies of the Humboldt University of Berlin.

An ornament – originating from the Latin “ornare” – signifies a material element that is added to a structural form through the process of adornment or decoration.

In contrast to this minimalistic definition, however, the concept of ornaments also became to encompass a much broader understanding: social and political considerations are now essential parts of ornaments. Identifying itself with this latest turn of the interpretation of the ornament, the exhibition uses Adolf Loos’ provocative text “Ornament and crime” (1908) as a starting point. The photographic works displayed at the exhibition not only aim to reflect, thus, the Loosian argument from a contemporary perspective, but also try to shed light on the various types of logic behind the aestheticization of urban space.

Roundtable Discussion // 17:00:

– Ayse Nur Erek (Department of History, Yeditepe University, Istanbul)
– Nicole Huber (University of Washington)
– Oleg Pachenkov (European University, Sankt Petersburg)
– Dr. Heike Oevermann (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung)
– Júlia Székely (CEU Budapest)
– Lilija Voronkova (CISR, Sankt Petersburg) 


Bence Bakai : “Since 2000 I am a street art enthusiast. Taking photos since I know myself. From 2008 on, I live in Berlin ».

Viktor Hodobay : “Basically what I do is street photography. Most of my work is focusing on people and their relations to their artificial habitat, the way they use public space and how their appearance merges into and forms our urban environment.”

Péter János Novák: The hungarian photographer-illustrator Péter János Novák is taking photos about urban landscapes since more than two decades. The presented black and white photos are shots from various european countries, taken with his pocket digital camera short barrelled, pancake lens.

Ruth Zuntz: With her artistic work, Ruth aims to overcome boundaries and forge links between people and communities. Her photographs show the familiar features in strangers as well as the unknown in neighbors. In 1998, she co-founded Walkscreen and continues to work on international artistic collaborations. She has exhibited in China, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan and Finland.

TACT / International Research on Art and the City is an international network that brings together research on art, artists and the city. Involving academics, artists, activists and students, it creates a platform for investigating urban imaginaries from the perspective of art and the city, artists and public space, and the urban interventionism of street art and grassroots activism.

Within TACT, the event is organized by:

Ayse Erek: Assistant Professor of Art History at Yeditepe University, Department of History in Istanbul. Post-doctoral research fellow at Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies of Humboldt University in Berlin (Oct 2012 – Jan. 2014). Her research focus is on the notion of urban imaginary of metropolitan cities in the context of political and cultural discourse, contemporary art and urban visual culture.

Eszter Gantner: PhD in History, currently Post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University of Berlin and post-doc fellow at the Herder-Institute (Marburg). She is member of the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Research, Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research deals with urban history of Central and Eastern Europe, but also includes the issue of urban interventions and the transformation of urban public space, with a special focus on post-socialist cities.

Juli Székely: PhD student at the Central European University in Budapest at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology. Her research focus is on the intersection of art and city, with a special interest in public art and memory in urban spaces. Right now she is working on her dissertation elaborating the memorial culture of Berlin and Budapest.



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The Ruins of Detroit: Urban Decay

The Ruins of Detroit_01Through ‘The Ruins of Detroit‘, French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre explore the history of Detroit, its consanguine association with the notion of progress through the automotive industry and its current state of postindustrial decline. Detroit in essence is a magnifying loop of what once was and possibly awaits America. Having been several times in Detroit, I am fascinated by the the footprints of industrial backlash, the notion of shrinking cities (Detroit’s downtown shrank from 1 m inhabitants at its peak in the 20’s to a mere 100.000 nowadays), no man’s land areas, urban cemeteries, low density spaces and how inhabitants move away when jobs are gone, how the nature takes its revenge when spaces are vacated. Detroit is a fascinating story. Detroit is a romantic story: the romanticism of urban ruins, a postindustrial phenomenon akin to the revival of antique ruins in the xix century.

The Ruins of Detroit is a photobook published by Steidl Verlag, now in its 3rd edition. It is available at Urban Spree in Berlin or online in our bookstore here.