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Previews: “Paintguide” @ Unit London

On November 27th, a group exhibition organized by Henrik Uldalen, the founder of Paintguide on Instagram, will open at Unit London. One can say the Norwegian oil painter’s success has come in part because of social media, something that more and more collectors are using to find and purchase artwork. The show also is a product of the Instagram account as the participants were invited take over the account a week at a time with their artwork in the past. Artists who contributed works include Uldalen […]

POW! WOW! Taiwan ’15 / World Tour: Jeff Soto

After sharing with you the first leg of the POW! WOW! tour of Asia (see Japan), here is a glimpse at the second part which was held in Taiwan. Our coverage begins as we follow along with one of the participants, Jeff Soto (interviewed), as he shares an intimate look at his experiences there with a series of photographs. In this set of shots, you will see the American artist work on three murals for the event, some culinary delights, a few cultural sights, as well a […]

Previews: KAWS – “Permanent Vacation II” @ Eden Rock Gallery

On November 28th, KAWS will be returning to the Eden Rock Gallery at the Eden Rock – St Barths hotel in St. Barths for a another showing (see 2014). Presented by Galerie Perrotin and Art Saint Barth, Permanent Vacation II will be bringing the New York-based artist’s distinctive to the Caribbean for the second year in a row. Where would you rather be this time of year, relaxing in Saint Barthélemy with a side helping of art or enjoying one of art world’s biggest events of the year in Miami? Or maybe both? Discuss […]

Showing: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Somewhere Here” @ Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery

Last week in Luxembourg, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) presented new works entitled Somewhere Here at Zidoun-Bossuyt Galley. The Japanese artist’s new solo included a series of vibrant new paintings as well as steel sculptures created in monochromatic gold and silver. The New York-based Matsuyama’s characters were both rendered against complex “deco-florative” patterns in irregularly shaped canvases set in striking contrast against the white walls as well as were seen in a more minimalistic outline in sculptural form both inside and outside the gallery space. Take a look at more installation photos below… Discuss Matzu here.

Streets: DALeast // Urban Xchange (Penang)

You may already seen the mural we shared with you yesterday painted by Sabek for Urban Xchange in Penang, so here is a followup on another artist who painted a piece for the event. The image of the phoenix can be seen soaring up on a wall near the Hin Bus Depot, created with bundles of kinetic wires, a technique that is signature to the work of DALeast (interviewed). What is interesting is the Chinese artist using a red palette this time, perhaps referencing how the the mythologic bird rises from the ashes. […]

Streets: World Roundup (Nov 1 – Nov 22)

It’s been quite a while since our last Streets: World Roundup feature, so here are some public works that you may have missed in the last several months. Leading things off is a piece by Os Gemeos at an undisclosed location that highlights the plight of the people affected by the catastrophic dam collapse that resulted in toxic mud flow destroying Bento Rodrigues region in Brazil due to the negligence of mining company Mariana MG. Other murals the caught our eye of late include Invader (Jersey City), […]

Openings: James Jean – “Zugzwang” @ Hidari Zingaro

Earlier this month, as a part of GEISAI∞infinity project curated by Takashi Murakami, James Jean (interviewed) opened up a solo show at Kaikai Kiki’s Hidari Zingaro in Tokyo. Entitled Zugzwang, the new body of work highlighted some of the American artist’s imaginative imagery in a large scale form that mirrored his moleskin sketches that we have come to love. Along with these figurative gems created in a blue hue and accented with red and pink, Jean also contributed a more painterly triptych that dominated the room. Photo credit: Ksn. Discuss this show here. Discuss James Jean here.
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Rewind: Oct 26 – Nov 22

Leading off this latest Rewind feature is a 30 minute documentary on Banksy’s recent Dismaland project (covered). One of the hosts in the video is none other than one of our photographers and writers – Butterfly. Follow her as she walks through the “theme park” and watch the footage as she explains the different installations. Other notable videos include: Pussy Riot’s music video filmed at Banksy’s Dismaland. Jen Stark’s work for MTV and Miley Cyrus. JR joins Pharrell and Scott Vener on OTHERtone. Behind the scenes look […]

Upcoming: Patrick Martinez – “The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Defeat” @ New Image Art

Tonight at New Image Art in Los Angeles, the Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Defeat: Sports In Contemporary Art group show will be opening. Curated by Patrick Martinez, the exhibition will feature a diverse range of sculpture, drawings, paintings, and photography from him as well as Gregory Bojorquez, Hiro Kurata, Mark Mulroney, Shizu Saldamando, Patrick Martinez, Andrew Schoultz, Vincent Valdez, and Mario Ybarra Jr. The chosen theme highlights parallels between sports and the pursuit of artistic endeavors, such as the drive, talent, and passion needed […]

Openings: Jeremy Fish – “O Glorious City” @ San Francisco City Hall

It’s always a treat to attend Jeremy Fish (featured) openings. This particular opening was truly special as well. When we arrived at City Hall, an hour before the opening, there was already a long line of the locally-based artist’s devotees. As we walked past the line, we noticed Fish tattoos, t-shirt, hoodies, hats and one guy even had limited edition Fish leather shoes! San Francisco mayor, Ed Lee, declared November 19th as the official Jeremy Fish day. Why didn’t this happen sooner? We cannot think of one other […]
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