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Chris Burden 1946 – 2015

The art world was saddened today to hear that Chris Burden had passed away at home earlier this morning after an 18 month fight with melanoma. He was 69. Although probably best known for his iconic Urban Light installation (seen above) at the LACMA, the American artist working in performance, sculpture, and installation art was at his most provocative early in his career with a series of performances where personal danger was the theme including shooting himself in the arm, being kicked down two flights of stairs, starving […]
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Streets: Phlegm (Berlin)

Invited in by Urban Nation for their continuing series of public arts projects, British artist Phlegm recently painted this challenging mural on a corner building in Berlin. As part of the One Wall Project, the Sheffield-based artist expertly navigated the architectural details on these walls in the Schöneberg area and livened up the cityscape with his signature characters.  Take a look at more of the beautiful details below… Discuss Phlegm here.
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Releases: Camille Rose Garcia – “Mirror, Black Mirror” Book & Giveaway

Now and through midnight Sunday, Camille Rose Garcia (interviewed) will be randomly giving away five original drawings (seen above) with the purchase of her book Mirror, Black Mirror from her webstore. The 175 page monograph documents seven years of work made by the artist after moving to a cabin in the woods of Northern California and costs $70. Head over here now if you are interested in adding it to your collection. Discuss Camille Rose Garcia here.
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Upcoming: Eloy Morales – “About Head” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

On May 16th, the 529 West 20th Street location of Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be hosting a set of new works from Eloy Morales collectively entitled About Head. The Madrid-based artist’s raw hyper-realistic portraiture is a sight to behold, but even more so in person when the scale is fully appreciated. Morales will be attending the opening so stop by for a chat if you are in the area. Discuss Eloy Morales here.
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Upcoming: Gary Baseman – “Happy Toby To You” @ Time Square Hong Kong

On May 21st, Hong Kong’s Time Square will be welcoming in another artist (see Mike Stilkey and Yoskay Yamamoto) to create an installation arranged by LeBasse Projects at the mall complex in Causeway Bay. In celebration of his character Toby’s 10th birthday, Gary Baseman’s (interviewed) faithful companion will be part of a new sculptural installation set up as a birthday party with his dear friends. Discuss Gary Baseman here.
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Videos: Vhils – “Incision”

Last year, we brought you images from Vhils’ (filmed) show in Brazil where portraits of the country’s indigenous Araçaí community were carved the doors of their homes and put on display at at Caixa Cultural. Nowness released a video a couple days ago from the Portuguese street artist that looks into the project a little deeper and hopes to draw attention to the plight of the 90 Guaraní people were moved by the government at the turn of this century, displacing them from their ancestral homes. Discuss Vhils here.
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Streets: Nychos (Vienna)

Last month, prolific street muralist Nychos painted a mural in his Vienna entitled Dissection of a Polar Bear. Over five stories high, the wall painted is the first large scale piece the Austrian artist has worked on in his hometown and coincides with creative studio, Rabbit Eye Movement, which just celebrated their 10 year anniversary. Take a look at more detailed and in progress photos below… Photo credit: Dan Armand (via 1xRun). Discuss Nychos here.
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KAWS Designs Trophy For SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Nascar Race

Continuing to raise his profile and to familiarize the general public with his signature imagery, KAWS has teamed up with NASCAR to design the trophy for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 coming up at the Kansas Speedway on May 9th (although it might be delayed due to the weather). With Nickelodeon signed up as the title sponsor for the Sprint Cup race, the renaming of the event opened the door for a perfect partnership with the Brooklyn-based artist whose work re-imagines pop culture with his special aesthetic, with […]
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Previews: Travis Louie – “Archive of Lost Species” @ Roq La Rue

Tonight in Seattle (May 7th), Travis Louie (interviewed) will be revisiting Roq La Rue for another showing of his vintage photography inspired paintings of imaginary creatures, created in a style self-described as a kind of “cryptozoology.” Entitled Archive of Lost Species, the fresh new pieces are a collection of fantastical characters, unique in their size and circumstance, many posing next to their human counterparts. Head over for a look yourself if you are in the area and make sure to read the stories associated with each painting written by Louie himself. Discuss Travis […]
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Previews: Erin M. Riley – “Darkness Lies Ahead” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Tomorrow night (May 7th) at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, Erin M. Riley (interviewed) will be opening a solo show entitled Darkness Lies Ahead. Recently acquiring a two person loom which she is using herself has allowed the Brooklyn-based artist to take her work to a whole new level with her largest works to date – over eight feet wide. The fresh weavings will focus mainly on two of her series of works: the Selfies featuring portraiture sourced from young women on the internet as well as […]