A Nanjing teenager's act of vandalism - he scratched the words "Ding Jinhao was here" in Chinese characters on a 35-century-old sculpture - struck a raw nerve in a in a country so proud of its ancient civilisation. And, embarrassingly, it followed an astonishing attack by the Communist Party mouthpiece that labelled Americans untrustworthy and lacking in integrity.Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am 2 comments
Tourists have been scrawling their names on noteworthy objects since the dawn of travel. Young mainland boy Ding Jinhao was following the well-worn, but unlawful, practice years ago when he scratched characters into a 3,500-year-old pillar while visiting a temple in the Egyptian city of Luxor with his parents.30 May 2013 - 2:56am 1 comment
A mainland tourist who defaced a sculpture at a 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple has been identified as a teenager from Nanjing, his embarrassed parents confirmed yesterday.
He had written "Ding Jinhao was here" on the artwork some years ago during a visit to the Temple of Luxor, the parents said in an apologetic interview with Nanjing's Modern Express newspaper on Saturday.28 May 2013 - 8:32am 36 comments
A mural by British graffiti artist Banksy has been put up for auction on a US website with a guide price of up to £450,000 (HK$5.4 million) after being removed from a building in north London.
The artwork of a barefoot boy using a sewing machine to stitch union flag bunting, apparently in a sweatshop, appeared on the exterior wall of a Poundland store in Wood Green in May.20 Feb 2013 - 4:32am
A temporary structure has been installed to protect one of the remaining pieces of street art by late graffitist Tsang Tsou-choi, dubbed the "King of Kowloon".5 Feb 2013 - 11:42am
The Urban Renewal Authority has vowed to preserve what is one of the last street graffiti by the King of Kowloon before it can find it a proper home, which won't be until the end of this year.30 Jan 2013 - 3:47am
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In an unusual move, the Home Affairs Bureau has used an anti-establishment art form - graffiti - to promote pro-Beijing messages on the handover anniversary.
The graffiti was painted on a purpose-built wooden hoarding spanning the entire length of a Happy Valley subway.30 Sep 2012 - 10:18am 2 comments
The late graffiti artist known as the "King of Kowloon" has finally won official recognition, with one of his works finding a permanent home in a public museum.
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has bought a pair of wooden doors bearing the celebrated calligraphy of Tsang Tsou-choi, a legendary figure who died in 2007.23 Sep 2012 - 3:03pm
A television set with wings hovers on a wall in a murky Yangon side street.
"This was my first one," says Aung, 33, pointing proudly to an image he spray-painted last year to protest media censorship and now duplicated across Myanmar's commercial capital. "Media freedom is a big issue for me."28 Aug 2012 - 3:49am
Don't be surprised if the 'Happy Man' statue at the entrance to Langham Place in Mong Kok is wearing a pair of colourful knitted trousers next time you visit. Knit graffiti artist Magda Sayeg is in town with her bag of woolly tricks.15 Aug 2012 - 11:16pm
New World Development invited more than 700 VIP guests to an inspiring art journey at the launch of its 66 Private Collectables book at luxurious new Mid-Levels residence The Signature.31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Is a structure unauthorised or illegal? That is the question
One of the burning issues for the past few months has been the question of illegal structures on the buildings of some of our politicians. Some news stories describe them as illegal, others as unauthorised, while yet others appear to use the terms interchangeably.31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
It's almost impossible to escape KAWS' work these days. Whether it's the artist's clothing label Original Fake, album covers for Kanye West, the collectable toys, a new watch series or, of course, his artwork, KAWS has a restless urge to convey his message in as many mediums as possible.8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am