Street Art

By: Bill Alverson

The term “contemporary art” refers to any art produced in the present at any given point throughout history. Today, most scholars and museums of contemporary art use the term to describe art produced since World War II. Street art, one particular style of contemporary art, is a hybrid of graffiti and murals that seeks to place art into a non-art context.

Street art distinguishes itself from graffiti by straying away from traditional territorial markings or corporate leanings that are increasingly characterizing the art form. Instead, street artists attempt to explore relevant social and political themes in contexts unfamiliar to the world of art. Many street artists deal with themes of subversion, private property, and government ubiquity in their works. Above all, street art seeks to utilize public space as a gallery for artists who feel alienated from traditional display arenas. To display their works, street artists often place themselves at risk of citation or arrest.

Street art techniques vary from artist to artist, with styles such as mosaic tiling, stenciling, stickering, and street installations. Usually placed in highly visible places throughout major cities, street art is often provocative and leads to government intervention to remove it. As a result, a large number of street artists choose to remain anonymous. A number of major cities around the world have become popular destinations for street art, including Berlin, London, Sao Paolo, Melbourne, Paris, and New York City.

One of the most famous street artists in the world, known as Banksy, earned a reputation as a stencil artist on the streets of England. A satirist with highly subversive leanings, Banksy has displayed his art in such wide-ranging locations as London, Paris, Berlin, New York City, and Los Angeles. One of Banksy’s most recognizable works, a stencil of a floating girl holding balloons, appeared on the Israeli West Bank wall. In 2010, Banksy produced a street art documentary called Exit Through the Gift Shop, which centered on Thierry Guetta, a filmmaker and street artist known as Mr. Brainwash. In the film, Guetta becomes an accomplice of Banksy and stages a wildly successful art show within six months of beginning his career as an artist.

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Overview of Architect Philip Johnson’s Life and Work

by William Alverson

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Philip Johnson made notable contributions to 20th century American architecture. Born in 1906, Johnson passed away in 2005 at 98 years of age. One of his major contributions to the industry was the establishment of the Department of Architecture and Design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1978.

Johnson studied history and philosophy as a young man, taking several trips to Europe between academic semesters. In the late 1920s, he met Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the influential German-American architect who fostered his interest in architecture. Johnson quickly devoted himself to the vocation and promoted modern architecture in America. He organized several exhibitions and commissioned some of the most influential architects working in Europe.

During the 1930s, Johnson served as a journalist, working in Germany until the start of World War II. He then enlisted with the US Army, returning to school and studying architecture following the end of the war.

Johnson is best known for the Glass House of 1949. Built as his private residence, the building features minimal designs and completely transparent glass walls on all sides, supported by steel beams. The bathroom, concealed in a brick cylinder, serves as the only room hidden from public view.

Johnson continued to work in a modernist style, particularly the International Style, throughout the subsequent decades. However, as these architectural principles became commonplace, he championed new aesthetics that would come to represent post-modernist architecture.

One of Johnson’s last works was the Crystal Cathedral, a protestant church completed in 2007. Located in Garden Grove, California, and constructed of 10,000 rectangular panes of glass attached using silicone glue, the church consists of a sanctuary space and an imposing glass tower.

Learn more about Johnson’s work in this short video documentary:

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William M. Alverson

Bill Alverson lives in Jupiter, Florida. He is married to Kathy, his wife of 14 years. They have four children, Ashton, Jet, Ryder, and Skylar. He currently serves on the the Board of Time, Healthient, Inc., SnackHealthy, Inc. and is the Chairman andd CEO of The Healthient Foundation. He enjoys traveling, playing tennis with his entire family, and driving his tractor.William “Bill” Alverson is the founder of Jupiter Venture Partners. He started his career in the financial industry in 1989 where he worked as a financial advisor at American Express.

In 1993, Mr. Alverson founded Newport Beach, Ca based investment bank, W.M.A & Associates. Mr. Alverson served as chairman and provided seed capital and advisory services to private companies from start up phase to public listings. Major investments included Travelmax, Inc. (1700% return on equity), Admore Memory (900% return), (2100% return), and Genius Products(400% return).

In 1995, as the largest investor and shareholder of Travelmax, he took on the role of CEO. Under his watch, the company to grow from seven employees to 220 employees in less than a year, supporting over 44,000 agents nationwide.

In 1997, Mr. Alverson was involved in a racing accident in Mexico that left him temporarily paralyzed with a broken back. As a result on the injury and one year rehabilitation, Alverson stepped away from the day to day management of the company, eventually selling off a major interest in his holdings.

In 1998, he resumed his role as CEO of WMA. Over the next two years, Alverson, and his team of investment bankers began investing in start-ups. WMA took Baby Genius and public. Genius commenced trading at $1 and hit a 52 week high of $6.25. opened at 1.25 a share and hit a high of $21 a share six months later.

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William M. Alverson

William M. Alverson. William M. Alverson also referred as Bill Alverson has wide-ranging public company executive management experience. He has served as CEO and chairman of the board of publicly held companies.

In 1989, he started his career as a financial advisor at American Express. As CEO and Chairman of WMA, he provided guidance to private companies through their first rounds of public listings and secondary financings. He financed various public and private companies including and Baby Genius, Inc. Alverson has financed many companies, generating more than 1 billion dollars in market capitalization.
Mr. Alverson has made great efforts to grow companies from their initial phase to managing various enterprises with more than 40,000 distributors, 200 employees resulting in more than 100 million dollars in sales.
William M. Alverson

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