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Streets: JR (New York)

Internationally known, world famous street artist and activist JR (interviewed) spent a good part of a day hanging out in Little Italy working on his latest cliff hanger. This latest wall, one of his more modest works, is a sprawling 7 stories, and appears to be making a statement about global economics and its uncertainty. Depicting a man holding on by just the tips of his fingers, this is just one of many works we expect to be seeing from the French artist while he is […]
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Streets: Maya Hayuk (Coney Art Walls)

What started out as a sunny Saturday morning eventually turned into nearly five spotty days of thunderstorms, coastline flash flooding and Maya Hayuk relentlessly riding out the storm in pursuit of her craft. As the weather went from bright, blooming and beautiful to dark, dreary and dismal, so also morphed the aesthetic of this incredible wall. The multilayered Maya Hayuk who clearly absorbs the environment in which she inhabits is obviously an introvert, masquerading as a social butterfly. Her process is both beautiful and organic. Many artists would have called it a […]
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Streets: Ben Eine (Coney Art Walls)

The always outspoken Ben Eine did his part to help paint Coney Island every color in the rainbow. The British born artist, now residing in San Francisco, recently made his way out east to participate in the Coney Art Walls project curated by Jeffrey Deitch. Yes, the same Deitch that bounced ‘or was bounced’ from the MOCA, or whatever. How quickly we forget, this is also the same Jeffrey Deitch that ran the infamous Deitch Projects in lower Manhattan for well over a decade…  That said, we are really exciting about his latest art offering, leaving a splash of graffiti and […]
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Openings: “Soma” @ Underdogs Gallery

Underdogs Gallery and their bands of renegade curators have put their heads together once again to bring the great city of Lisbon another stellar group show entitled Soma. On display were a collection of politically charged works from the always innovative ±MaisMenos± to the traditional ornate tile collage of Add Fuel. Add to that, a handful of others all pulling their weight including AkaCorleone and his  kaleidoscope of color,  Maria Imaginário’s whimsical work, and Mário Belém’s intricate layered wood, and lets not forget the illustration based works of Pedro Matos and […]
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Showing: “Appropriate Disruption” @ Jacob Lewis Gallery

On November 21, Appropriate Disruption opened at Jacob Lewis Gallery in New York. The show revolves around a theme of appropriation and features the intricate works of Rina Banerjee, Reza Farkhondeh, the always incredible How and Nosm, Austin Lee, Erik Parker, Emilio Perez and the infamous, Kenny Scharf (seen above). The works will be on view until Saturday, December 20 so if you hurry, you can still catch it.
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Preview: Paul Insect – “2033, Original Works Created in 2014″ @ Allouche SOHO

Allouche Gallery in the SOHO district of New York City has spent the week busily preparing for their latest solo opening tonight in New York City.  The illusive Paul Insect (featured) is showing a truckload of new works on canvas and paper, interestingly titled; 2033, Original Works Created in 2014. Insect is known for his bold color palette and social plays on the absurdity of mainstream society and his latest works takes a hard look at the stark lines and bright colors of modern consumerism, In […]
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Releases: Vhils, Sainer, Nunca X Underdogs (Lisbon)

Just in time for the holiday season the Underdogs Gallery (in the beautiful city of Lisbon) just dropped a trifecta print release. Limited editions of only 100 by Vhils (Portugal) , Sainer (Poland) and Nunca (Brazil), these prints will go fast. The internet flood gates are now open and its first come first serve, so get in on it quick. Sainer  “Midnight Marauder” Edition of 100 Hand-pulled screen print, and signed Nunca  “O Pedinte” Edition of 100 Hand-pulled screen print Signed and numbered by the artist Vhils “Deterioration” […]
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Showing: Augustine Kofie – “Taking Shape” @ Openspace

Augustine Kofie is a West Coast artist who has been a pivotal part of the Los Angeles graffiti scene since the mid 90s. But, don’t let the “graffiti moniker” allow you to draw any conclusions, as Kofie is in a class of his own. Widely known for his love for drafting, his work is anything but conventional, bending and blurring the lines between what we think we know of high and lowbrow art, as well as the art of draftsmanship. His latest solo exhibition, titled Taking Shape, is showing […]
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Openings: Harif Guzman @ SOHO Arts Club

These days, New York’s SOHO is primarily know for its high fashion, high society and high dollar retailers. Comfortably nestled among the boutiques, however, is a sprawling 4,000 square foot, second story loft called The SOHO Arts Club.  The space—and its founder, acclaimed contemporary artist Harif Guzman—quietly provide much needed refuge to many local and traveling artists. Guzman spent many of his early years wandering the same New York City streets, when the neighborhood wasn’t nearly as polished and was certainly less en vogue than […]
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Openings: Faile – “Works on Wood” @ Allouche Gallery

Duality is generally viewed as good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, love and hate and the relationship they have with the other, and that is just one of the many constants we all love about the work of Faile. Provocative imagery paired with romanticized hardship, “No Expectations”,  “With Love and Kisses, Nothing lasts Forever”, and “Fast Love” just a few of the dozens of inspiring quotes found within their latest stacked fragmented cubed collage. Even their signature “1986” referring to that moment of the challenger disaster, reminding the viewer that some moments you quite simply […]
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