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Showing: Ian Strange: “Final Act” @ Canterbury Museum

On February 22nd of 2011, an earthquake struck the city of Christchurch, New Zealand leaving 185 people dead and ultimately 16,000 homes inhabitable. And, as a result, also leaving 16,000 families with no alternative but in most cases to relocate. Artist, activist and humanitarian, Ian Strange took it upon himself to explore these now vacant communities, while teaming up with renowned cinematographer, Alun Bollinger (whose name you may recognize from such movie credits as Lord of The Rings, among others). The goal, to shine one […]
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Showing: “Timeline” @ Underdogs Gallery

The year is coming to a close and as with any year’s passing we tend to stop and reflect. In doing so, we can certainly say this was the year of the Underdogs. And by Underdogs, we mean a band of art activists turning Lisbon upside down with one large scale mural project after another, rivaling cities five times its population. The year ending show at the Underdogs Gallery appropriately titled TIMELINE takes pause to celebrate not only the year’s incredible accomplishments, but the the marking of […]
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Openings: “TRAINS & GENERATIONS” @ Underdogs Gallery

A group of renegade art bandits calling themselves the Underdogs are proving themselves to be quite a powerhouse with one large scale art project after another. This latest gathering of the minds produced a group show titled “TRAINS & GENERATIONS”  at the Underdogs Gallery in Lisbon featuring the imagery of three iconic graffiti photographers over the coarse of more than three decades – from Martha Cooper’s pioneering photos depicting the underbelly of New York City graffiti of the 70′s and 80′s to the works of Alex Fakso and Smart […]
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Vhils – “Contraste” @ PT Data Center (Portugal)

Vhils is one of the most innovative artists coming out of Portugal in recent years. So in some regards, it’s not entirely surprising to find him working with cork, which is one of the most exported and environmentally friendly natural materials of the region. His latest work entitled Contraste, created for Portugal Telecom’s data center in Covilhã, highlights not only man’s relationship with the world his ability to create materials that are not only economically prosperous but also sustainable for future generations. And in other Vhils news, have a […]
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Openings: Avant Garde Urbano IV (Spain)

Avant Garde Urbano was conceived when artist  Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada teamed up with the township of Tudela De Navarra to create a grass roots non-profit organization with a single goal in mind – to bring some of the best urban artists in the world to one of the most magical communities in central Spain. AM already brought you a  play-by-play of this years mural line up featuring Vhils, Ron English, Faith47, and DALeast. In addition, this year the organizers teamed up with Muñoz Sola Museum of Modern […]
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Streets: Ron English for Avant Garde Urbano (Spain)

Back in the 90s, Ron English and Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada were pioneering the street art movement (that was not even conceptualized) with their own private clan of “art fux,” modifying billboard, street signs with clever adverts. Once again, at this years Avant Garde Urbano they were making big things happen. English kept his cans shaking on his 30′x 20′ piece, utilizing every color in the palette that MTN so graciously had to offer, in the hot Tudela sun, while Rodriguez-Gerada was fresh off his wish project and hanging one of […]
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Streets: Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada – “Wish” (Belfast)

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is a man of great conviction and indistinguishable vision. He has a huge heart and always seems to be dropping the biggest projects, and his latest endeavor is no exception – entitled Wish. This enormous 11 acre piece of land art has been years in the making and is currently the largest portrait in the UK, depicting a native child and the magnitude of a single wish. Phase 1 of the project consisted of Rodriguez-Gerada and his team of landscape architects utilizing the latest […]
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Streets: DALeast for Avant Garde Urbano (Spain)

DALeast went dark and dirty with his latest piece at this year’s Avant Garde Urbano festival. This 30′ x 60′ corner wrapped intertwined beast of a piece had one particular local screaming bloody murder, claiming it was a work of the devil while a handful of others graciously said it was just what this decomposing lot needed to breath some new life into its former shell of a structure now exposed to the open air. Regardless, at the end of the day, the Chinese artist’s latest work […]
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Streets: Faith47 for Avant Garde Urbano (Spain)

Faith47 recently dropped one of her most iconic murals to date in the quaint town of Tudela De Navarra at the fourth annual Avant Garde Urbano Festival (also see our coverage of Vhils’ piece). In an area of Spain that is heavily influenced by Catholicism, she appropriately integrated a piece depicting a strong likeness to the Virgin Mary entitled saturation.incubation.illumination. Other mural works coming up include efforts from Ron English and Dal East. In addition, there is a museum exhibition running through the 27th of October featuring works by C215, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Ripo, Sixeart, SUSO33, Evan Roth, Filippo […]
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Streets: Vhils for Avant Garde Urbano (Spain)

Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils spent some time this week chipping out his latest mural in the remote Tudela De Navarra, Spain for Avant Garde Urbano which began September 30th and closes October 27th. What started out as a gathering of like minded street artists has quickly grown into an international artist pilgrimage in this quaint municipality. The 4th annual street art festival features four + large scale murals by Dal EAST, Faith47, Ron English, and others. The exhibition that runs through October 27th will also […]
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