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Previews: “Inside/Out” @ Mecka NYC

Mecka NYC is introducing an interesting project titled INSIDE/OUT, a unique, new event that will merge an exhibition, social media hunt, and fund raising event for Swoon’s (interviewed) ongoing Braddock Tiles event. The show will open on August 23 from 5pm – 9pm at Hotel Particulier in NYC, with the art hunt begining on the same day at 10am. Curated by Justin deDemko and Andrew Lockhart, the show feature both established and up-and-coming artists from the contemporary art world including Adam Dare, Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh, Alexander Vasmoulakis, Ali Printz, Anthony Sneed, Bast, […]
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Openings: “Cruel Summer” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Summer is the season where new art gets discovered as many group shows pop up when most of the art industry goes on vacation before things pick up again in September. Jonathan LeVine Gallery worked with renowned curator Roger Gastman to bring together a bold grouping of graffiti & urban artists both old and new. Entitled Cruel Summer, this great exhibition showcased a new level of work from each artist. There was some familiar imagery, but the work comes off fresh to attendees who were clamoring […]
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Releases: VNA 27 – Aryz Cover

VNA magazine just revealed the contents and the look of the limited edition of their newest issue #27 that will be available tonight at the official release party @ StolenSpace in London. With Aryz as their cover artist, the magazine released 3 different covers – regular, subscription and the limited one. The limited edition comes packed in a screen printed box, has a screen printed cover, and includes some neat Aryz stickers. Aside from a great feature about the Spanish street aritst, the current issue also brings reports, stories and interviews with Kozyndan, […]
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Openings: Sam Falls – “Light Over Time” @ MetroTech Center

The Los Angeles-based Sam Falls recently returned to Brooklyn for an outdoor project with the help of The Public Art Fund. Entitled Light Over Time, this exhibition held in the MetroTech Center courtyard clearly brings Fall’s installation magic into the outdoor setting. There are five sculptural works placed in select locations that invite the viewer to interact with the pieces. Whether it’s a tetris-like bench that changes color depending on the temperature or a large wind chime that can be rung, it’s pretty fitting to enjoy Fall’s simple design […]
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Streets: Swoon for Djerbahood (Tunisia)

Another artist who traveled to Tunisia for the Djerbahood Project (coverage here) was the Brooklyn-based Swoon (interviewed). She joined the long list of artists invited by Galerie Itinerrance to beautify the North African island. Working with her distinctive imagery and the village architecture, she certainly put up some compelling pieces for the locals to enjoy. After putting in her time on this project, she returned home to learn that she was nominated for the Smithsonian Biennial James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. Photo credit: Aline Deschamps / Galerie Galerie […]
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Upcoming: “Unnatural Histories III” @ Antler Gallery

Opening on September 25th, Unnatural Histories III will be will be the third in a series (see 2013) of shows at Antler Gallery featuring portraits of mythical creatures. Along with the piece from Josh Keyes (seen above), works from Vanessa Foley, Michael Page, Craww, Syd Bee, Brin Levinson, Ryan Berkley, Ben Kehoe, Siolo Thompson, Susannah Kelly, Annie Owens, Niel M. Perry, and Jackie Avery will also grace the walls of the Portland showspace. Make plans to attend if you are interested… Discuss Josh Keyes here.
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Upcoming: “Kubrick – An Art Show Tribute” @ Spoke Art

For those who love pop culture themed art shows out there, especially movie-focused group exhibitions, Spoke Art in San Francisco may have something interesting for you starting September 6th. Kubrick, An Art Show Tribute will be featuring works inspired of course by the films from the late Stanley Kubrick, where participants were asked re-imagine their favorite characters, scenes, and concepts from one of the world’s most prolific directors. As you can see from the piece (which will be released as a limited edition print) above based on […]
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Florentijn Hofman’s Giant Rubber Duck (Los Angeles)

For fans in Los Angeles who looked at Hong Kong in envy as Florentijn Hofman’s giant “rubber” duck (covered) rolled into the harbor, your time has come. The whimsical inflatable childhood bath toy will be viewable at the Tall Ships Festival from August 20-24 starting today when the oversized duck (61 feet, 11 tons, about 85 feet wide and about 110 feet long) will lead the Grand Parade of Sail into San Pedro at 2 pm. Photo credit: ABC7.
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Previews: Dale Vn Marshall – “Beauty in the Wound” @ Soze Gallery

This Saturday, August 23rd, Soze Gallery will open Beauty in the Wound, an exhibition from former graffiti artist Dale vN Marshall, marking his second solo in Los Angeles with the gallery, and his first at their new West Hollywood location. This show follows his 3-month museum exhibition Walls with Wounds at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (covered), and will introduce a new collection of works reflecting on his previous battles with mental health. After a powerful and emotive story with his previous show, the artist is “painting for the here and now, fully […]
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Streets: El Mac (Toronto)

El Mac was finally able to leave the States for the first big mural project he has done out of the country since having struggled with health issues as of late. Thankfully, it looks like he has recovered nicely with his skills intact from the looks of this stunning piece that was commissioned by Eventscape in Toronto. The wall adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway was executed in collaboration with Montreal’s STARE and Toronto’s KWEST, who contributed on the background. Discuss El Mac here.
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