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Previews: Shepard Fairey – “50 Shades Of Black” @ Subliminal Projects

Tonight in Los Angeles, Shepard Fairey (featured) will be opening a new show entitled 50 Shades Of Black at Subliminal Projects. The exhibition is centered around the third installment (also see 2011 & 2012) of new album cover artwork, a series of works that Shep is know for, inspired by the 12-inch record cover format. Along with original hand painted multiples, there will also be a box set of screen prints available each containing the 50 new designs. Rounding out the show will be part of Fairey’s own record collection […]
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Previews: Tauba Auerbach – “The New Ambidextrous Universe” @ ICA (London)

Opening very soon (April 16th) at the ICA’s Lower Gallery in London is Tauba Auerbach’s first solo exhibition in the UK entitled The New Ambidextrous Universe. Consisting of seven all new pieces, the selection of work on display highlights the New York-based artist’s versatility in materials and mediums as well as her mathematical and structured approach to art making. From the patterns used to colors chosen to the dichotomy of symmetry and asymmetry, the genius of Auerbach’s work is how it creates beauty from the scientific principles she seeks to harness.  Photos credit: […]
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Recap: Joe Sorren – “Knock Three Times” @ AFA Gallery

For those who missed the Joe Sorren (featured) exhibition which just closed at AFA in New York, here are some photos you can peruse from when we stopped by last month. Returning to the gallery that showed him in NYC a year ago (covered), the gifted painter presented twelve new oil paintings collectively entitled Knock Three Times. Seeing Sorren’s expressive paintings in person certainly reminds one of how emotive the gestures of his characters are and how his delicate brushstrokes can create such fantastic dream-like imagery. Discuss Joe Sorren here.
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Streets: World Roundup (Dec 30 – Apr 13)

It’s been a while since our last Streets: World Roundup so it’s time to revive the feature where we share a summary of some recent art from the streets. Headlining things for us is a new piece from Italian street artist Blu in Niscemi, Sicily. Along with his signature style, his political views are also quite evident in this large impressive wall mural. Other worthy work comes from Olek – NYC (source), Gaia – Baltimore (source), Escif – Spain, Ludo – London (source), Aakash Nihalani – Italy, […]
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Mark Dean Veca – “Le Poppy Den” @ David B. Smith Gallery

Last month, the David B. Smith Gallery gave Mark Dean Veca (interviewed) the go ahead to create a site specific installation in one of the rooms of their Denver showspace. Much like his showing last year at the Orange County Musuem of Art (covered), the LA-based artist created a space, dubbed Le Poppy Den this time, where attendees could be fully immersed in his signature “Toile de Jouy” like patterns. Check out a few more photos below… Discuss Mark Dean Veca here.
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Rewind: Mar 8 – Mar 13

Keeing things going, we have another Rewind summary for you this week. First up is origami artist Sipho Mabona, who recently folded a life-sized elephant from a since giant sheet of paper. He and his team of nearly a dozen people worked over four weeks to create the 10 foot tall sculpture. Financed through Indiegogo, the crowd funded project is now on view at KKLB in Beromünster, Switzerland. Check out the video below and more photos at My Modern Met. Other worthy videos below… Joyce Pensato at […]
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Showing: Mario Wagner – “A Glow That Transfers Creativity” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Last week, the Hashimoto Contemporary welcomed Bay Area artist Mario Wagner (featured) into their space for a showing entitled A Glow That Transfers Creativity. The solo exhibition consisted of paintings, collage-based installation, and animations displayed on old tube televisions. Taking a mixed media approach, the German born artist reinterprets images he finds in a variety of methods resulting in a style that is both retro and futuristic at the same time. Take a look at more photos below… Discuss Mario Wagner here. Discuss this show here.
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Coachella Walls ’14 / Streets: El Mac

Yesterday, we headed down to Coachella, not the annual music and arts festival, but to the city itself. Despite the associated name of the huge yearly revenue source nearby, the taxes go to the city of Indio with the actual city of Coachella remaining a poor farming community. This is what the Date Farmers, who call the area their home, and curator Medvin Sobio are seeking to change with the Coachella Walls project. First up, we want to share with you what El Mac painted in the historic Pueblo Viejo area of the […]
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Streets: Nychos (San Francisco)

Austrian street muralist Nychos has made a return to San Francisco after painting a massive wall in the city last year. This time around, he worked on a ground level dissection in Haight-Ashbury (arranged by Wallspace SF) for his fans in the Bay Area, many of whom will be making it out to the opening of his solo show, entitled Street Anatomy, on April 18th at Fifty24SF. Photo credit: Upper Playground. Discuss Nychos here.
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Aaron Li-Hill – “Here Now” @ Portsmouth Museum of Art

A couple weekends ago, the Portsmouth Museum of Art hosted a two day only event entitled Here Now. The showcase featured the work of Aaron Li-Hill and Judith Ann Braun, who both produced site specific installations. For his part, the New York-based Li-Hill created one of his kinetic fencer murals, augmented by a loosely constructed scaffold of material. Taking advantage of the space currently being renovated, the kinetic installation with the reflecting water produced a striking image. Photos via artist except portrait by Bear Kirkpatrick. Discuss Aaron […]
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