Collaboration and location played integral roles in our choices for The Best Street Art and Graffiti of 2014 (So Far). From abandoned factories to the Italian countryside and the coast of New Zealand, these pieces challenge pre-existing expectations about where street work traditionally appears. Partnerships from Specter and Ozmo to Maya Hayuk’s forced collaboration with graffiti writers challenged artists to stretch the possibilities of their work through reaction and interaction. These artists have pushed the notions of what is possible within the public realm, making their work noteworthy in 2014 (so far).
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20. Vulpes Vulpes
19. Alexis Diaz
18. Aakash Nihalani and Know Hope
14. El Decertor
10. Keely and Smells
9. Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn
8. Ozmo and Gabriel Specter
5. Defer, Norm, and Kamea Hadar
4. Maya Hayuk
Location: New York
Initially, the bold colors and geometric forms of Maya Hayuk's Bowery Houston wall were eye-catching. However, it was her reaction to local writers tagging the spot that set her mural apart. Hayuk painted over the fillins with more minimalism. The lines both stand out and blend in with the original piece through the use of dark colors alongside neons.