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Releases: Patrick Martinez – “Po-lice Misconduct Misprint” Prints

Patrick Martinez’s recent works includes what he calls the Po-lice Misconduct Misprint series, a riff on the Pee Chee Folders of the ’70s and ’80s. The paintings evoke a feeling of nostalgia as we think back to our early school days but when examined closely, the viewer realizes that the Los Angeles-based artist has replaced the high school-age students engaged in sports or other activities with images of police brutality and portraits of victims we have all seen in the news. Some of these works have now been made available […]
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Showing: RETNA // “The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine” @ Legion of Honor

Currently at the Legion of Honor, The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine is showing through August 2018 featuring RETNA’s (featured) distinct script in the background. The Los Angeles-based graffiti artist’s work has always been compared to and influenced in part by Egyptian hieroglyphs, so his career has come a full circle now with an invitation by the museum in San Francisco to paint the walls surrounding the exhibition. Learn more in the video below… Discuss RETNA here.
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Os Gemeos Designs Felipe Massa Helmet

For this year’s Monoco GP, Os Gemeos have designed a special helmet for fellow countryman and Formula One driver Felipe Massa. With the relaxing of the rule forcing drivers to keep a single helmet design for a whole year (now allowed one special set of colors once per season), the Brazilian racer took advantage and asked the artistic duo to create the imagery for the new headwear including a painted version of his wife and son on the top. Take a look at more detailed views below… Photo […]
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Upcoming: Coney Art Walls 2016

Following on last year’s inaugural event (covered), Coney Art Walls has returned with new artist for 2016. Opening starting today (with murals slated to be done June 18th), the public display of art will feature murals from Nina Chanel Abney, John Ahearn, Aiko, Crash, Timothy Curtis, D*Face, Daze, Jessica Diamond, Tristan Eaton, Tatyana Fazlizadeh, Gaia,  Haze, Icy & Sot, London Police, Mister Cartoon, Nychos, Pose, Stephen Powers, Marie Roberts, Tats Cru, and Sam Vernon. One of the first artist’s to leave their mark this year was […]
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Upcoming: Edwin Ushiro – “Capturing What Still Glimmers” @ Giant Robot 2

On June 18th, Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) will be opening a new solo show at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles. Just in time for summer, Capturing What Still Glimmers features nostalgic imagery from the artist’s youth growing up in Hawaii. Utilizing a unique process and technique, the locally-based painter’s work glows with an ethereal translucent quality that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Discuss this show here. Discuss Edwin Ushiro here.
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Streets: JR @ The Louvre (Part II)

After a first look at a new intervention at the Louvre from JR (interviewed) earlier this week, here are photos of the completed project. Pasting over the iconic pyramid in his signature technique was a time-consuming undertaking, but the impressive result is a testament to the French street artist’s artistic vision. Along with this “disappearance” trick, the TED winning artist will also be taking over the museum with conferences, masterclass, screenings, concerts, workshops on May 28th starting at 3pm. He further explains the project – “I will never forget this […]
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Previews: Futura – “NEW HORIZONS” @ Library Street Collective

Coming up on June 18th, Library Street Collective in Detroit will be opening up a solo show by graffiti legend Futura. Entitled NEW HORIZONS, the exhibition will feature imagery that fans of the street pioneer have come to love – gyroscopes, nebulae, and other abstracted structures as well as some of his pointman characters. The new work gives a nod to local culture with titles like Shelby Yellow, Pistons, and Tiger Stripe that Motown residents will be sure to recognize. Also, in association with the showing, he will be unveiling […]
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Openings: Joel Daniel Phillips – “Belongings” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Earlier this month, a show featuring new charcoal and graphite drawings on paper by Joel Daniel Phillips opened up at San Francisco’s Hashimoto Contemporary. Belongings comprises  of mainly four large-scale portraits interesting paired with solitary objects (on similarly shaped paper) that serves as an extension of their characters. The locally-based based artist references the “ever-expanding class distinctions of the Mid-Market area” with his work. Phillips elaborates – “The drawings are a visual record of my striving to recognize unknown and unnoticed individuals through the tip of my […]
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Releases: Joao Ruas – “Verso” Book

Back in 2014, Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Gallery successfully hosted a solo show from Joao Ruas entitled Verso (covered). This month, the Brazilian artist released a 64 page hardcover catalogue from the exhibition including a fold out center of his painting Cannae of You and Me. The limited edition full color publication comes signed and numbered, costs $35, and is available here. Discuss Joao Ruas here.
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Shepard Fairey x Cleon Peterson – L.A. Public Library Card

Last month, the Los Angeles Public Library unveiled a new card designed by Shepard Fairey and Cleon Peterson. The first artist-designed, limited-edition library card made available at all 73 locations features an image of the historic Central Library, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2016. Shep further states – “My wife Amanda and I believe in the value of libraries to provide resources for the public, especially those who can’t afford decent computers or an extensive book collection. When I was younger, I did most of […]
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