Josh MacPhee

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Josh MacPhee is an artist, curator and activist living in Brooklyn, New York. MacPhee graduated from Oberlin College in 1996 and spent eight years as an artist and activist in Chicago, Illinois where he established a distribution system called justseeds in order get more radical art projects out to the public.[1] At its inception Justseeds primarily offered art by Josh MacPhee; now the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative is a cooperative of 25 like-minded artists.

Josh MacPhee is the author of Stencil Pirates: A Global Study of the Street Stencil, published by Soft Skull Press, which is dedicated to stencil street art;[2] He co-edited Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority with Erik Rueland published by AK Press, and Reproduce and Revolt, with Favianna Rodriquez [3] and the upcoming Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today on PM Press.[4] MacPhee is also the curator of the politically charged printmaking exhibition, Paper Politics, which has been touring North America since 2004 and includes an international group of artists such as: Sue Coe, Swoon, Sixten, Tyler Kline, Meredith Stern and Meek. In 2001 he co-organized the Department of Space and Land Reclamation in Chicago with Emily Forman and Nato Thompson. MacPhee also participated in Rising Up, an exhibition with Vanessa Renwick at Tollbooth Gallery and Toby Room in 2004 with the project Celebrate People’s History that featured wheat paste art along with experimental video in public spaces and included work by Cristy Road, Sabrina Jones, Carrie Moyer, Laura Whitehorn, David Lester, and Eric Drooker.[5][6][7] In 2008 he co-curated the exhibition Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960's to Now with Dara Greenwald.[8]

He is a member of the artist collaborative Spectres of Liberty with Olivia Robinson and Dara Greenwald.

Josh MacPhee served as the juror for the Third Coast National in 2008, an exhibition of eclectic artworks by artists from across the United States at K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, Texas.


  1. ^ Furfaro, Danielle (February 17, 2008). "The medium and the message: Josh MacPhee spreads his art and his activism through extensive networking", Times Union, p. H1.
  2. ^ Dodero, Camille (July 16, 2004). "Writing on the wall: From politically charged commentary to aesthetic explorations, street artists are making their mark Archived 2010-06-02 at the Wayback Machine.", The Phoenix. Retrieved on January 20, 2009.
  3. ^ "Welcome to". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  4. ^ "News". PM Press. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  5. ^ "ArtRod: Tollbooth Gallery". ArtRod. Archived from the original on 2015-08-13. Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  6. ^ "ArtRod: Tollbooth Gallery". ArtRod. Archived from the original on 2015-08-13. Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
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  8. ^ "Dara Greenwald". Dara Greenwald. Retrieved 2010-09-22.