Chris Stain

Nuart, one of our favorite international street art festivals, is about to kick off its 2009 installment. This year sees some of the best of Brooklyn fly to Norway, including Swoon, David Choe, Chris Stain (above), Logan Hicks, Judith Supine, Brad Downey, Leon Reid IV, Graffiti Research Lab, Ben Wolf and Skewville. Official opening night is September 10th.

Festival founder and director Martyn Reed talked to SXH about some of the reasons behind his decision to spotlight Brooklyn:

“Working with Chris Stain last year focused my attention back on the community roots of this scene (for want of a better word): Swoon, Just Seeds, Brooklyn Arts Project, Wooster Collective. This idea of community and selflessly putting work on the streets for free was really the main reason behind wanting to support and contribute to it.”

Leon Reid IV (of Darius and Downey fame) is the first artist to land in Stavanger. He will be giving a public talk tomorrow afternoon at Rogaland Kunstkolen. In the meantime, here is a great selection of images from Nuart 2008 courtesy of Martyn and official event photographer Ian Cox to give you an idea of what is to come.