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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 […]

Openings: Ian Francis – “Endless Summer” @ Outsiders

Following his exhibition 10,000 Years From Now at Lazarides Rathbone (covered here) back in 2012, the Bristol-based Ian Francis (featured) has returning to London for a solo exhibition Endless Summer at The Outsiders. Blending photorealism with abstract landscapes, the new body of work features a series of same sized intimate studies that encapsulate a collection of multiple narratives and disparate moments in time. Take a look at more photos from the opening below. Photo credit: Butterfly. Discuss this show here. Discuss Ian Francis here.

Openings: Adam Neate – “Dimensionalism” @ Elms Lester

After two years, UK-based artist Adam Neate’s (interviewed) has returned to London with a new solo Dimensionalism at Elms Lester (showing until the 18th of October). Playing with perspective, painted shadows, space and sculptural form, the artist is pushing further his exploration of 3D paintings. As a result, the featured artworks seem to interact with the public when shifting the viewing angle. Take a look at more photos from the opening below… Photo credit: Butterfly. Discuss this show here. Discuss Adam Neate here.

Openings: “Mr Freeze – Nite & Day” (Toulouse)

For the second year running, the association Faute O Graff is curating Mister Freeze, an exhibition featuring small gallery artworks to large scale installations until June 1st. This year, the show is taking place in two abandonned places –  Le Frigo (“The Fridge”) where the first exhibition took place in 2013 with small scale artworks, and large scale installations in a secret place, revealed at the last minute. For this new episode of Mister Freeze – Nite & Day, street and graffiti artists are playing on both […]

Previews: Sixe Parades – “Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru” @ Somerset House

We were granted access during the set-up as Sixe Paredes (formerly known as Sixeart) was prepping the launch of his new exhibition on May 21st entitled Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru at Somerset House in London (curated by Approved By Pablo). Inspired by his travels in Peru, the Barcelona-based artist pays tribute to Peruvian and Andean aesthetics. Collaborating with the local creative community, Sixe Parades has created 25 colourful large-scale works from tapestries, totem sculptures, arches, ceramics to quipus. A series of multisensorial events, from food, film and […]

Openings: Mobstr – Sex, Drugs & Painting Canvases

UK-based artist Mobstr (interviewed) recently launched his solo exhibition Sex, Drugs & Painting Walls Canvases at The Old Truman Brewery in London. Following his public works (covered here), the minimalistic street artist has created black and white canvases with witty text messages, flyers to support a ‘save the trees’ campaign, and a series of installations from dummy spray painters to the re-creation of the artist at work surrounded by a sea of draft messages. Photo credit: Butterfly. Discuss Mobstr here.

Openings: Miaz Brothers – “Dematerialized: A New Contemporary Vision” @ Lazarides

Italian contemporary painters Miaz Brothers recently debuted their soldout UK solo exhibition at Lazarides Rathbone titled Dematerialized: A New Contemporary Vision. The show features a selection of large portrait paintings from their Antimatter series, utilizing the layering of spraypaint to create a special blurry effect. Upon close look, the paintings look abstract, but from a distance, portraits are revealed. A selection of sculptures are also on display. The show runs until June 15th. Photo credit: Butterfly.

Openings: Miss Van & Olek – “Glamorous Darkness” & “Let’s Not Get Caught, Let’s Keep Going” @ Stolenspace

Leading female street artists Miss Van and Olek recently opened their two-person show at StolenSpace Gallery in London (previewed  here).  Based on their strong friendship and artistic sisterhood, both show their mutual appreciation for each other work . Miss Van’s new body of work titled Glamorous Darkness features her signature ‘poupées’ (dolls) in a series of  dreamlike landscapes and colours. Adorned with masquerade, animal-like masks, her sensual and erotic female characters evolve and interact with each other. In a tribute, Olek has recreated several of Miss Van’s favourite paintings in crochet form with intricate […]

Showing: Julian Schnabel – “Every Angel Has a Dark Side” @ Dairy Art Centre

After 15 years, Brooklyn-based artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel returns to London at the Dairy Art Centre, with an exhibition titled Every Angel Has a Dark Side. Bursting onto the New York art scene in the late 1970s, Julian Schnabel became one of America’s most famous living artists. But Schnabel’s artistic career was almost eclipsed by his second passion as a filmmaker. In 1996 he made a biopic of his late friend Jean-Michel Basquiat, played by Jeffrey Wright, which also starred Gary Oldman and David Bowie. […]

Openings: Zhang Huan – “Spring Poppy Fields” @ Pace Gallery (London)

Having exhibited in Beijing, New York and LA (covered here), contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Huan opened his first UK solo show at Pace Gallery. Running until May 31, Spring Poppy Fields features fourteen new oil on linen paintings inspired by the artist’s travels to Buddhist sites in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India, between 2011 and 2014. Using a pointillist technique, his colorful and psychedelic paintings provide the viewer with some optical illusions. Looking closer skulls appear from their abstraction, while some grinning faces remind of the Cheshire Cat from Alice […]