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Interviews: Gary Stranger

Art historian Hector Campbell recently sat down with British artist Gary Stranger to discuss his background in graffiti, artistic and commercial collaboration, the evolution of his gallery work, and his experiences with curation. Gary also recently teamed up with art collective Fluorescent Smogg to release a new limited edition sculpture and print set (seen above), available here. Enjoy the questions and answers below… Hector Campbell (HC): Hailing from a graffiti background, as part of the MSK crew, you have a long history of painting on the […]

Openings: Miss Van Retrospective @ Openspace Gallery

Openspace Gallery in Paris is paying tribute to Miss Van with a special retrospective. The show, curated by Samantha Longhi and Nicolas Chenus, presents more than 90 works from 2003 to today, and is running until June 14th. Spanning across 15 years, the exhibition highlights the French artist’s prolific body of works on paper, wood, and canvas. It’s quite an emotional journey for a viewer as they take a look at her varied sources of inspiration and her signature female characters set in diverse oniric situations. Upon […]

Interviews: BLO – ‘Anywhere, Out Of This Mind’ @ Galerie 42b

Berlin based artist BLO, from the Da Mental Vaporz crew, is currently showing a new exhibition entitled Anywhere, Out Of This Mind at Galerie 42b in Paris. We asked him a few questions to find out more. AM: How long have you been preparing for this show? BLO: After a year experimenting with abstraction, and following my artistic residency in Perpignan (FR) in November/December 2017, I decided to return my focus to figurative painting while exploring fragmented compositions. So, I have been preparing for my current show […]

Openings: D*Face – ‘Fornever’ @ Galerie Itinerrance (Paris)

After painting a large new mural Turn Coat (covered) in the 13th District of Paris, D*Face (interviewed) unveiled his first solo show in France at Galerie Itinerrance. Entitled FORNEVER, the exhibition presented canvasses, sculptures, installations, HPMs, prints, and more. The British artist also experimented with a new medium – ‘Memory Trays’ – assemblages of found objects to bring a narrative dimension to his portraits. Thus, his subjects are plunged into the past as if they were nothing but an accumulation of memories, a discrete stencil is hidden inside a […]

Streets: Escif – ‘Open Borders’ Mural @ Palais de Tokyo (Paris)

From May 4th, Palais de Tokyo in Paris will pay tribute to the history and legacy of the May 1968 events with a intervention by Escif, where he reproduced some of the famous writings from that period of student revolts. His creation completes the project, which was started in 2015 by Greek artist Stelios Faitakis, who realized two murals dedicated to the legacy of the situationist movement and civil unrest of May 1968. This intervention is part of the 10th installment of the LASCO Project (covered) curated by […]

Interviews: Daniel “Mudwig” Sparkes

Art historian Hector Campbell sat down with British artist Daniel Sparkes aka Müdwig to discuss his early street works, artistic influences, the evolution of his gallery work and his collaborations with fashion brands. The British artist also recently teamed up with art collective Fluorescent Smogg to release a new limited edition printed silk pocket square, available here. Hector Campbell (HC): Many people will have first encountered your artwork around 15 years ago through your series of altered billboards, which became known as the ‘Mudverts’. What drew […]

Openings: Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh – ‘Future History’ @ Gagosian (London)

Coinciding with London Fashion Week 2018, Superflat master Japanese artist Takashi Murakami continued his collaboration (covered) with American creative designer Virgil Abloh and presented a series of joint works entitled Future History at the Gagosian Gallery in London. The exhibition runs until April 7th and features large-scale paintings, sculptures and an installation drawing references to Abloh’s signature Off-White motifs alongside Murakami’s iconic cast of anime characters, reflecting incisively on the signs of the current times. Amongst the works, visitors can enjoy the sculpture Life Itself, a kind of architectural […]

Showing: Belin, Jaz and Lek – “Main Street” @ Rouen

After a previous edition in the largest museum of contemporary art in North Africa, the Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat, Morocco, the exhibition Main Street is now touring to Rouen in France . Three international artists Belin, Franco Fasoli, Lek are creating monumental installations within the Hangar 107. Spanish artist Belin painted a reclining nude with his ‘post neo-cubism’  style, while French artist Lek applied his signature geometric shapes directly onto the glass windows, and Argentinean artist Jaz created a colourful poetic narrative. The exhibition is running until April 3rd. Photos […]

Showing: “Art from the Streets” @ ArtScience Museum (Singapore)

Coinciding with Singapore Art Week, the ArtScience Museum in Singapore just opened the exhibition Art From the Streets (curated by gallerist and author Magda Danysz). Running until the June 3rd,  the show traces 40 years of Street Art, from its countercultural beginnings to its extraordinary rise as a major phenomenon in contemporary art featuring over 200 artworks from international artists including Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Invader, JR, Blek le Rat, Swoon and Vhils among others. The showing reflects the evolution of street art, charting the diverse artistic techniques employed by artists through the […]

Previews / Interviews: Logan Hicks – “Nightcrawlers and Lightseekers” @ Galerie Openspace

Ahead of his upcoming show, Nightcrawlers and Lightseekers, opening at Galerie Openspace in Paris on the 3rd of February, stencil genius Logan Hicks was interviewed by NY based curator, writer and author Lori Zimmer hitting topics like his past 20 years as an artist and the background for his new exhibition. Lori Zimmer (LZ): You’re known for pushing the simple technique of stenciling to incredible, photorealistic lengths. Can you explain how you achieve such incredible detail with stencil and spray paint? Logan Hicks (LH): I guess that for me, I […]
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