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Streets: Living Walls (London)

Moniker Projects and Create teamed up a couple of months ago for Living Walls, a public arts programme for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The main idea behind this complex project was to create and cover aprox 2.5 km of the fence around the park with world class street art and installations. After their first part of the undertaking titled Your Ad Here, which was completed at the end of April 2014, the team continued by commissioning four artists to created their take on this unique […]
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Recap: Kate MccGwire @ St Mary in the Castle

The Coastal Currents Festival of Visual Arts in Hastings in the South East of England, recently hosted new work from Kate MccGwire. Known for her sculptural works created from feathers, the British artist elected to create two site-specific installation pieces – Secrete (seen above) and Purge. Housed in the crypt of St Mary in the Castle, the subterranean environment was a dramatic setting for  MccGwire’s new undulating forms. She states that she was “initially inspired by the the steady flow of natural spring water that seeps into the […]
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Openings: Reka & Two One – “Trip The Light” & “Hunted Hunter’s Head” @ StolenSpace

StolenSpace Gallery is opening the new season in London with two concurrent solo shows from Australian artists based in Berlin - Reka (seen above) with a body of work entitled Trip The Light and paintings from Two One’s collectively named Hunted Hunter’s Head. Reka’s fresh paintings are  inspired by his mother, who was a ballerina. His brushstrokes reflect the graceful movements of a female dancer though a monochromatic palette. Referenced in John Milton’s 1645 poem L’Allegro, to “trip the light fantastic” alludes to those who dance without inhibition. In parallel, Reka has given a new […]
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Previews: Tessar Lo – “Devices And The Virtues” @ Jaski Art Gallery

On September 27th, Tessar Lo (featured) will once again (see 2011, 2012) open a solo at Jaski Art Gallery in Amsterdam. The Indonesian-born and Toronto-raised painter will be bringing a new set of paintings and drawings collectively entitled Devices And The Virtues, all rendered in a colorful palette and radiating raw innocence. Seen throughout the work are common motifs like lush vegetation, jungle creatures, basketballs, boy characters, and other elements that give the new body of work coherence. Lo talks about the themes behind the new […]
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Openings: KAWS – “Man’s Best Friend” @ Honor Fraser Gallery

Last night, the Honor Fraser Gallery hosted the highly anticipated return (covered) of Brian Donnelly (aka KAWS) to Los Angeles with a show entitled Man’s Best Friend. As implied by the title, Snoopy, along with a cast of familiar characters from Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts series were the focus of the Brooklyn-based artist’s imagery. The black and white utilized for a good portion of the work featuring the comic strip provided a stark contrast to the vivid colors seen in KAWS’ previous acrylic paintings, but it […]
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Showing: Maya Hayuk – “Alles Klar” @ Die Kunstagentin

On the 4th of September, Die Kunstagentin gallery introduced Maya Hayuk’s latest body of work titled Alles Klar, as well as a large mural at their entrance. The new works further explore her signature technique of woven brush strokes. With her straight, strict lines of thick paint,  the NYC-based artist creates trippy colorful patterns which seem to be getting more elaborate. Along with these geometric pieces, Hayuk created several more organic expressive works as well as couple of new, purposely asymmetric, off balance pieces. While in Cologne, she painted also painted another elaborate indoor […]
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Overtime: Sept 8 – Sept 14

More stories from the week that ended Sept 14 (click on bolded words for more information): Images from Alex Becerra exhibition at LTD Projects. RIP: Emilio Botín, who died of a heart attack at the age of 79. Man sues after fiancée dies when portion of a stone gargoyle falls from church’s façade, hitting and killing her. Arnold Schwarzenegger has image of Maria Shriver painted over in his portrait by Gottfried Helnwein. Arnold L. Lehman plans to retire next year from his position as director […]
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Streets: Phlegm for the Royal Opera House (London)

UK-based artist Phlegm has just finished an outdoor installation (which will be on display until September 28) at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. We had the opportunity to follow the him as he worked at the piazza entrance for the Festival of Myth, part of a project curated by Minna Moore Ede of the National Gallery and the Royal Ballet. Influenced by the Greek myths Prometheus & Leda and the Swan, cut out wooden panels build an imposing sculptural fortress that stands tall where Phlegm’s signature […]
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Previews: Kehinde Wiley – “The World Stage: Haiti” @ Roberts & Tilton

Later tonight, Culver City will see the return of portrait painter Kehinde Wiley when he opens The World Stage: Haiti at Roberts & Tilton. Continuing his series of paintings of disadvantaged youth from different international locales (Jamaica, Israel, France, India, Brazil, Lagos, Dakar, China, and Sri Lanka) posed as if in classical paintings, the new works will now take the viewer to the troubled Caribbean nation. For his fifth solo with the gallery, Wiley will be presenting 12 new paintings sourced from the the streets of […]
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Streets: WK Interact / New York Mets

New York-based french artist WK Interact recently collaborated on a project with Major League Baseball’s New York Mets and Citibank. Utilizing his signature motion motif, WK takes the star players from the team and reinterprets their competitiveness for their fans in the Big Apple. Up for view both above and below in the ground, look for this artwork along the whole block in Times Square and in the 34th Street subway station. Discuss WK Interact here.
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