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Releases: KAWS x Pharrell – G I R L Fragrance

With the opening of his Los Angeles exhibition scheduled in less than three weeks, KAWS will give the public another high profile look at his imagery with the launch of Pharrell’s fragrance “G I R L” this week. Released by Commes des Garçons online at Dover Street Market on August 28th and in-store in London on September 1st, the signature scent features a design by KAWS and will continue the long standing friendship (collector, curator) between the singer-songwriter and New York-based artist. Photo credit: BeautyMART & FreshnessMag. […]
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Releases: Sylvia Ji – “Marigold Catrina” Print

Tomorrow, August 26th, at 12pm PST, 827 Ink will be releasing a new print from Sylvia Ji (interviewed). Entitled Marigold Catrina, the edition will be limited to a run of 150, with the image size at 18″ x 18″ (paper size 20″ x 20″), and will come signed and numbered of course. For those of you who attended her Los Angeles showing in 2012, you will recognize the image as one of the paintings from that exhibition. Head over here at the appropriate time if you […]
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Recap: Cai Guo-Qiang – “The Ninth Wave” @ Power Station of Art (Part II)

After sharing photos of the high profile installation and an in depth look at the creation of new commissioned pieces for his new show in Shanghai, we now turn our attention to Cai Guo-Qiang’s explosive opening festivities at the Power Station of Art. The multi-color aerial spectacular hosted at the riverfront of the museum was a crowd pleaser and highlighted the firework art skills from the Chinese artist. Entitled Elegy, Consolation, and Remembrance, each chapter of the performance had special meaning from color to alluded imagery. Photo credit: Zhang Feiyu & […]
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Streets: World Roundup (Aug 4 – Aug 24)

With the return of our Streets: World Roundup feature, we first want to bring your attention to a new mural from Blu in Sardinia, Italy. The wall he painted once again showed his skills with large-scale imagery while working around architectural features of his surface. Also, the upside down toy soldiers are consistent with the Italian street artist’s penchant for politically charged public works. Other worthy walls come from Ernest Zacharevic – US, Satone – Germany, Seth – Puerto Rico, Bordalo II – Portugal (source), […]
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Rewind: Aug 4 – Aug 24

A feature on Brendan Monroe (interviewed) kicks off this edition of Rewind. The video is the first from an ongoing artist series – Friends of Werehaus. take a behind the scenes look at the work of the versatile Oakland-based artist as well as here him talk about aspects of his practice, imagery, and art. Other notable videos: Os Gemeos in conversation with the Vancouver Biennale. Clayton Brothers talk about their new work and show. Outtakes from Amy Poehler’s Old Navy commercial. Teaser for Neckface show at […]
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Previews: Heiko Müller – “Glades” @ Feinkunst Krüger

On September 6th, Feinkunst Krüger will be opening an exhibition from Heiko Müller, his first solo with the Hamburg gallery since he started showing with them in 2003. Glades will feature the German artist’s nature-infused paintings, a byproduct his inspiration for art always originating from his times spent in the mountains and forests. Of course, there is a surreal aspect to his work as well, sourced from the times where he experiences uncanny or eerie feelings in the outdoors – like jogging through the woods at dusk. […]
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Previews: “Art Collector Starter Kit II” @ Corey Helford

Last year, entry level collectors were pleased to see Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles put on an Art Collector Starter Kit group show (covered) featuring some artists from their roster. This year, the 2nd annual showing opening on August 30th will once again allow fans to add an affordable piece to their walls, something that may not have been possible at the artists’ current price level if not for this exhibition. Sample some more of what to expect in the images below… Participants include:  SHAG, Sas […]
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Upcoming: KAWS – “Clean Slate” Sculpture @ Harbour City (Hong Kong)

After sharing photos with you earlier this week from Tomokazu Matsuyama’s (interviewed) current showcase at Harbour City in Hong Kong, we now have word of what comes next at the Tsim Sha Tsui hotspot. Starting on September 18th, KAWS will make a return appearance with an ambitious new sculpture in the Ocean Terminal forecourt, site where his previous massive Passing Through companion was situated in 2010 (covered). Judging from the concept image above, this time around the piece will be more complex with multiples of the NY-based […]
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Previews: Yoskay Yamamoto – “rainy day with a chance of sun” @ Hellion Gallery

On October 2nd, the Hellion Gallery in Portland will be presenting new works from Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed) tentatively entitled rainy day with a chance of sun. Like his recent showing in Los Angeles (covered), the new whimsical body of work will consist of paintings, clusters of smaller works, and his hand-crafted wooden sculptures. Also included in his manga-esque imagery will be a series of “uninvited collaborations.” Discuss Yoskay Yamamoto here.
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Streets: Swoon for Djerbahood (Tunisia)

Another artist who traveled to Tunisia for the Djerbahood Project (coverage here) was the Brooklyn-based Swoon (interviewed). She joined the long list of artists invited by Galerie Itinerrance to beautify the North African island. Working with her distinctive imagery and the village architecture, she certainly put up some compelling pieces for the locals to enjoy. After putting in her time on this project, she returned home to learn that she was nominated for the Smithsonian Biennial James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. Photo credit: Aline Deschamps / Galerie Galerie […]
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