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Urban Pop Art Projects is Margarita Korol's brand of fresh design. The art studio is headquartered in Chicago with bases in New York City and Los Angeles. Her mark has been made in the design, publishing, music, and nonprofit industries. Named Best New Visual Artist of 2013 by the Chicago Reader, Margarita's exhibits with her signature humanitarian angle aimed at doing social work have put Urban Pop Art Projects on the map. Updating the Soviet Jewish immigrant experience in the contemporary public eye, her award-winning Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother project, featuring a poster exhibit, published poem, produced musical track, video, and book available on Amazon is a multimedia experience covered by the media as doing important social work. Explore her other social propaganda exhibits and more.
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URBAN POP ART PROJECTS

 

Urban Pop Art Projects is Margarita Korol's brand of fresh design. The art studio is headquartered in Chicago with bases in New York City and Los Angeles. Her mark has been made in the design, publishing, music, and nonprofit industries. Named Best New Visual Artist of 2013 by the Chicago Reader, Margarita's exhibits with her signature humanitarian angle aimed at doing social work have put Urban Pop Art Projects on the map. Updating the Soviet Jewish immigrant experience in the contemporary public eye, her award-winning Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother project, featuring a poster exhibit, published poem, produced musical track, video, and book available on Amazon is a multimedia experience covered by the media as doing important social work. Explore her other social propaganda exhibits and more.

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THE URBAN POP ART GENRE 

  

The urban pop art genre is characterized by vibrancy, urbanity, funk and the politically/ propogandistically/ internationally profound in a palimpsest form via the media of fine and public art, print and online media, music, and culture. 

The aim of UPA is to advocate for citizens in political systems more loyal to the system itself than to the people. Urban pop art is a movement of humanitarian artists through widespread media promoting critical thought and political stimulus that fight corruption, mediocrity, and human rights infringements.  

 

MARGARITA KOROL

 

Margarita Korol is the Artist President and founder of Urban Pop Art Projects, where her art projects and public outreach engage collaborations in the nonprofit, publishing, music, and art worlds. She is headquartered in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Born the week of Chernobyl in Ukraine to refuseniks, Korol’s focus on empowering individuals in disadvantaged struggles against their political systems is an ongoing theme in her work. Her most recent exhibit paying homage to her refusenik family, Spoils of War, is her most multimedia and widely exposed of works, taking the forms of a published poem, a poster series exhibition, a spoken word audio track with a collaborative score, a video, and a published illustrated book. In 2011, her commissioned project for Brooklyn's ArtOnBrighton 2011 exhibition at the NY Aquarium on the Coney Island/ Brighton Beach boardwalk featured a series of propaganda posters directed to the area's SovJew immigrant community in Korol's generation. Previously, Propaglasnost: The Transparency Projects series was on view at NYC's KGB Bar May and June 2011. Meanwhile, her Berlin Wall installation Die Mauer is housed at Chicago's DANK-Haus German Cultural Center. Her portrait of Malcolm X is part of the collection at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Center in Washington Heights, in the Audubon Theater where Dr. X was assassinated.

Winter 2013-2014 PUBLIC ART AT INTEL EXPERIENCE STORE IN LINCOLN PARK

As part of Intel’s Experience Stores that popped up in Chicago, NYC, and LA over the 2013 holiday season, Margarita set up shop in the front window of the Second City’s own Lincoln Park making art out of recycled electronics and played with the community, reminding neighbors that their potential for creativity is what’s inside.

2012-2013 SPOILS OF WAR

A multimedia project dedicated to Margarita's refusenik family, especially her mother who escaped the Soviet Union as a lone refugee with her daughter in 88. With funding from COJECO's Blueprint Fellowship, partnered with UJA Federations, Spoils of War exhibited at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Square. The namesake poem Margarita wrote that was originally published in Tablet Magazine was published in bookform alongside the 17 illustrations, reproductions of the poster exhibit. Performed at NYC's literary venues KGB Bar in the East Village and Franklin Park Bar in Brooklyn, Spoils of War was presented in spoken word format with musical production from LA's Sam Barsh and video accompaniment by New York Magazine's Multimedia Journalist Abraham Joseph Riesman. For the occasion of the 25th anniversary of her mother's immigration, Spoils of War will be performed and exhibited at the Brownstone in Manhattan June 10-12 as part of the city's Russian Heritage Month from the Russian American Foundation, Mayor Bloomberg, and the New York Post. Join the artist at a rooftop performance and party on June 10, 2013. 

June 2012 Poem published in Tablet Magazine

June 2012 National Arts Club Exhibit of 17-poster-series

December 2012 Book Release live performance at KGB Bar 

Book out on Amazon and signed on the books page of Urban Pop Art Projects.

2013 Multimedia live performance at Franklin Park Reading Series

2013  Multimedia installation with 6 new propaganda painting portraits at Manhattan Brownstone Gallery

Award of New York State Assembly Citation

Coverage in NY Post

Coverage on Russian Television International and Russian Television Network

 

October 2011 WITH GREAT FREEDOM COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY

ArtOnBrighton 2011 exhibit featuring a series of propaganda posters papered on the Coney Island/ Brighton Beach boardwalk and inside the New York City Aquarium.

May 2011 PROPAGLASNOST! THE TRANSPARENCY PROJECTS

Exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl promoting active democracy and transparency as tools that empower individuals within their political systems. On display at NYC's KGB Bar through June 2011. Read more about Propaglasnost!

2011 POP COMMISSIONS

Public art means making art accessible to the public. For a limited time, patrons of the arts had the opportunity to commission a piece of real Urban Pop Art for a steal.  

2009 DIE, MAUER

Installation commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Installation is currently housed by Chicago's Dankhaus German Cultural Center.

2007 CHICAGO: IMMIGRATING CITY

Exhibit putting Chicago in the limelight along with many of its notable icons: The El, Lake Michigan, diversity, urban immigrants, and biking culture.