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Streets: El Mac “Ánimo Sin Fronteras” (El Paso)

Right after finishing his mural in Ciudad Juarez (covered), El Mac crossed over to El Paso and painted another striking portrait piece. Like the Juarense y Poderosa, Ánimo Sin Fronteras is also a homage to people from the US/Mex border region that suffered or lost someone to violence, corruption and injustice in the last near-decade. Ánimo Sin Fronteras (Spirit Without Borders), is created in his signature technique using only aerosol and fatcaps. This unique painting method require a high level of skills and can control, and […]
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Releases: New Faile Book Covers

We can’t help but be enamored by the book covers that Faile (featured) releases every now and then. Well, the time has come for another opportunity for fans to pick up some relatively affordable works from the Brooklyn-based duo. On Thursday, April 2nd, Noon (NYC Time), they will be making available a special series featuring hand cut vintage papers and silkscreen on found book covers (all unique and framed). Head over here at the appropriate time to add one to your collection. Discuss Faile here.
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Upcoming: Dan Quintana – “Spectres in Grey” @ Galerie Wolfsen

On April 11th, Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg will be opening a solo show from Dan Quintana entitled Spectres in Grey. Judging from the few preview images show here, fans in Denmark will be in for a treat as the Los Angeles-based artist has created some beautifully rendered portraits steeped in the surreal. The palette he has chosen perfectly sets off the imagery as well. Discuss Dan Quintana here.
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Auctions: No Longer Empty 5 Year Anniversary Benefit

With the conclusion of the auction set to end tonight at 9 pm (EST), now would be a good time to take a look at what is up for bid in support of No Longer Empty on Paddle8. The conclusion of the auction for the organization whose mission is to activate public engagement with contemporary art through curated, community-responsive exhibitions and educational programs that revive underutilized sites in New York City coincides with the their 5 year anniversary. Many of the artists presented in their past 18 major exhibitions […]
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Streets: El Mac – “Juarense y Poderosa” (Mexico)

Unfortunately for fans of El Mac, the gifted street muralist has been dealing with health issues as of late. But, luckily for him and us, he’s finally feeling a little better and has been able paint on the streets a bit. This latest piece is entitled Juarense y Poderosa and and is one in a series of murals inspired by those who have lost family members to the violence, corruption and injustice that has plagued Mexico for the last near-decade. The Los Angeles-based artist photographed participants in the […]
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Streets: Miron Milic (Rijeka)

With a lot of street art these days focusing on size, technique, or the decorative side of the work, it’s refreshing seeing pieces where concept, background, environment, technique and message come together. Such is the newest mural that Croatian artist Miron Milic recently painted in coastal town of Rijeka. Invited to paint in the city as a part of a modern art museum’s project that supports art creation in public, the Zagreb-based artist, painter and illustrator picked an old building in the center of the city as […]
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Previews: “Moleskin Project IV” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

This Saturday night (April 4th), Hashimoto Contemporary will be opening the fourth edition of their Moleskin Project group show. Co-curated by Sydney-based artist Rod Luff and gallery director Ken Harman, the annual exhibition sees invited artists producing artwork on Moleskin sketchbooks, the weapon of choice for many of them for the initial stages of their creative process. In the words of Luff, “The ubiquitous sketchbook is a common ground through which a visual dialogue is exchanged from page to page, forming a colorful language of […]
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Interviews / Studio Visits: ROA – “Metazoa” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

After spending some time with the Belgium-based ROA in Hawaii last month (covered), we followed up recently with a visit inside his studio as he was busy preparing for his solo with Jonathan LeVine Gallery entitled Metazoa at their 529 West 20th Street location. The work for the show was being created during a residency at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City with plans also to paint a mural at a Mana-owned building located near the approach to the Holland Tunnel (more on this later). Along with shots of […]
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Overtime: March 23 – March 29

More stories from the week that ended March 29 (click on bolded words for more information): Christie’s gets $140mil. Picasso for its May sale. Could break the record for most expensive artwork at auction. RIP: William King, who passed away at the age of 90. RIP: Hans Erni, who passed away at the age of 106. Ironworker performing construction on Larry Gagosian’s mansion dies after fall from ladder. Los Angeles Unified School District data shows that LA students getting virtual no arts education. Fire destroys […]
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Jen Stark For Facebook Artist in Residence Program

Continuing to go big with her art, Jen Stark recently completed an installation for the new Facebook building in the Bay Area. With a team of assistants by her side, the Los Angeles-based artist left here colorful make on the inside of the Gehry building for the Facebook Artist in Residence program. The multi-layered psychedelic colors seem to drip down from the edges of the indoor structure mirroring the imagery seen in her gallery work. More photos below… Discuss Jen Stark here.
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