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Streets: Ai Weiwei – “Reframe” @ Palazzo Strozzi (Florence)

Over the weekend, Ai Weiwei unveiled a provocative new installation on the facade of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence which continues his commentary on the current refugee crisis in Europe. Entitled Reframe, the Chinese artist’s latest public work will features 22 life rafts attached to the historic building’s windows, a striking critique of the handling of the humanitarian crisis. Inside, an exhibition entitled Libero will be Italy’s first major retrospective of the dissident – artist’s work including “key monumental installations, sculptures and objects, as well as videos and photography series […]
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Overtime: Sept 19 – Sept 25

More stories from the week that ended Sept 25 (click on bolded words for more information): Karon Davis’ Pain Management at Wilding Cran exhibition images are up on the gallery’s website. RIP: Annie Pootoogook, who passed away at the age of 47. Her death is being investigated. RIP: Jan Statman, who passed away at the age of 81 after being involved in a vehicular accident. RIP: Wilf Roberts, who passed away at the age of 75 following an illness. RIP: Hassan Sharif, who passed away at the age of 65 […]
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Previews: Martin Wittfooth – “Archaic Revival” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On the 1st of October, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles will be opening a new solo from Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) entitled Archaic Revival. The new series of paintings, some large-scale, continue to examine humans and their impact on the environment thru the lens of his majestic animal subjects. Also included in the exhibition from the New York-based artist will be his first sculptures in bronze, limited edition versions of his unique artistic vision. In discussing his new work, Wittfooth states title of the show is  “borrowed from late […]
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Upcoming: “And Who is My Neighbor: Stories From the Margins” @ The Green Art Gallery

On September 27th, the opening reception for And Who is My Neighbor: Stories From the Margins is scheduled from 6:30-8:30pm at The Green Art Gallery at Biola University. Curated by Nery Gabriel Lemus and Jeff Rau, the group exhibition features artists “respond to division and injustice by highlighting the stories of oppressed and marginalized people” as suggested by the title inspired by the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan. Participants include Diedrick Brackens, Kent Anderson Butler, Alejandro Cartagena, Ramiro Gomez, Lauren Halsey, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Patrick Martinez (seen above), Amitis […]
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Showing: Todd James – “We Are One” @ Galería Javier López

On the 15th of September, Galería Javier López & Fer Francés opened a new show by Todd James entitled We Are One. For his third show in six years with the Madrid gallery, the NYC-based artist painted a new body of work that reflect his views of the times we live in. The title of the show is the American artist’s sarcastic commentary about the current state of the world – while the majority of people support peace, unity and tolerance, the world is full of terrorism, wars, injustice and wrongdoing. Everything from popular culture to global […]
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Releases: Matthew Palladino Prints @ Strange Cessation

Currently through Strange Cessation, Matthew Palladino has a three prints available for in a variety of sizes, editions, and prices. The three images are a good selection of the New York-based artist’s work from a few years back including a sticker image, a distorted and stretched piece, as well as an example of his wit. Test Print is produced in a run of 25, sized at 11 x 14″, and costs $80.  Sprinkles is produced in a run of 6, sized at 26 x 38″, and […]
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Streets: MTO // Art United Us (Kiev)

A few weeks ago, MTO visited the Ukrainian capital to take part in the ongoing Art United Us (see our coverage of other murals) project curated by Iryna Kanishcheva and Geo Leros. During his stay, he painted a large elaborate mural inspired by the unprecedented hack of Ukraine’s power grid last December. With his recent work, the French artist is including the events from the cyber world into his imagery while creating sort of a reality glitch. This particular piece was his visual representation of the hacker attack that left 230,000 Ukrainian residents in the […]
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Streets: Crystal Wagner // UNIQA Art Lodz (Poland)

Following up on an amazing collaboration between Etam Cru and Robert Proch in Poland, Crystal Wagner was the next artist invited in by UNIQA Art Lodz to beautify the city. The new installation (created from wire armature, rip-stop water proof and UV protective nylon, cable ties) for the urban art program curated by Michał Bieżyński (of Lodz Murals) is entitled Hyperbolic and looks like it’s devouring the building. The site specific installation is located on Piotrkowska Street (the city center of Lodz) and will be on view for at least three months. Wagner further adds – […]
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Upcoming: Swoon – “Thalassa” @ Detroit Institute of Arts

Starting on September 24th, the Detroit Institute of Arts will unveil an installation from Swoon (interviewed) entitled Thalassa. The 20-foot tall, 400-pound sculptural piece named after the Greek goddess of the sea – originally displayed in New Orleans (covered) – will be adapted for DIA’s Great Hall. The massive work from the American artist will be suspended from the ceiling and will coincide with a mural project in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers district. Swoon further adds – “I have a long love of Detroit, having worked in the city at various times over the years with the […]
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Streets: Nuart 2016 Murals (Part II)

The 16th edition of Nuart Festival brought some of the most popular street and urban artists to Stavanger, invited creatives that usually don’t work in public as well as few names that already participated in the festival years ago. Here is part II of our final recap (see part I here) of Nuart 2016 and the murals, public works and interventions created in the last couple of weeks. One of the highlights this year was surely Robert Montgomery with the conceptual, poetic pieces that have been shown at the […]
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