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Felice Varini - Hasselt, Belgium (via StreetArtNews.net)

Streets: World Roundup (Jun 15 – Jul 6)

The time had come for another Streets World Roundup here on AM. Leading things off is a complex new work of art from Felice Varini in Hasselt, Belgium for the “De Unie Hasselt-Genk” exhibition. The spiral-like piece which plays with perspective was painted on the roofs and facades of 99 buildings and can only be properly seen from one vantage point. Take a look at more here. Other murals that drew our attention in recent weeks includes work from Shok-1 x Remi Rough – UK, Strøk – Italy, […]
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Rewind: Jun 15 – Jul 6

As we share another Rewind feature with you today, you’ll notice the collection of art related videos headlined by a trailer for documentary titled Tim’s Vermeer (via Colossal). The film follows the attempts of a computer graphics specialist, who has no background in art, to duplicate a painting by Vermeer by recreating the room and props the Dutch painter used. Then, the premise that Vermeer used mechanical means to assist in his paintings can be put to the test. Take a look at the intriguing video […]
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Previews: Edwin Ushiro – “Gathering Whispers” @ Giant Robot 2

Last we covered a solo show from Edwin Ushiro (interviewed), it was 2013 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles where an amazing piece caught our eye. Come July 12th, the locally-based artist with a unique creative process will be opening an exhibition at Giant Robot 2 entitled Gathering Whispers featuring new and old work. We look forward to seeing the ethereal and luminous imagery from Ushiro again in person as he explores his memories of childhood summer moments on Maui. He explains – “This series captures my […]
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JR – “Women Are Heroes” Container Ship

Over the weekend, JR (interviewed) launched a pretty special project from Port of Le Havre, France – a 365 meter long container ship, the CMA CGM MAGELLAN, pasted with his iconic eye motif. Working on over 151 containers, the French artist used them as pixels to recreate the eyes of Elizabeth, a Kenyan woman living in the Kibera slums, in Nairobi from his Women Are Heroes series of works. The vessel leaving the port will mark the end of this series that he started in 2007 (see below) and […]
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Previews: Erik Jones – “Motion” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Tomorrow night (July 5th) in San Francisco, Erik Jones will be opening his debut solo show at Hashimoto Contemporary. Entitled Motion,  the new collection of paintings from the Brooklyn-based artist are figurative renderings seen through a veil of geometric expressionism. A wide variety of techniques are used in his mix-media portraits including his skill wtih watercolor, colored pencil, oil paint, and wax pastels leading to a rich and layered effect. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss this show here.
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Ryan McGinley : Happy Fourth of July!

As our readers in America get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, here are some works from Ryan McGinley (who recently showed in Hong Kong) to start things off. Taken from his firework series of photographs, the combination of the sparklers and the human forms is one of his most iconic images. So, have a happy Independence Day and stay safe out there. Discuss Ryan McGinley here.
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Spaces: The KAWS Studio

Followers of KAWS and his pop culture infused abstractions have always been impressed with his clean lifework and impeccable attention to detail. Taking a look at his Brooklyn studio, designed by Wonderwall in 2013, one can see similarities in the street turned contemporary artist’s taste in architecture. The light-infused and wide open work space will definitely come in handy as he prepares for his show in Los Angeles, coming up in a couple months. Via Hypebeast. Discuss KAWS here.
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Upcoming: Audrey Kawasaki @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

It will be a little over three years when Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) returns to the Merry Karnowsky Gallery, the site of her show in Los Angeles in 2011 (covered). Judging from these in progress shots, the new body of work will continue her series of exquisite female portraits on wood, letting the surface speak to her as she incorporates the grains and textures. The opening is scheduled for August 2nd and will also feature work from Tara McPherson & Deedee Cheriel on the same night. Discuss […]
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Upcoming: KAWS @ Honor Fraser

On September 13th, the fans of KAWS in Los Angeles will get what they have been waiting for the last several years – a solo show form the Brooklyn-based artist in the City of Angels. Held at Honor Fraser, the site of his last exhibition in LA (covered here & here), the showing will feature the street turned contemporary artist’s increasingly complex pop culture influenced abstractions. Take a look at this in-studio shot of the work in progress… Discuss KAWS here.
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Streets / World Tour: Jeff Soto (Bordeaux, France)

Southern California native, Jeff Soto (interviewed), recently traveled to Bordeaux, France where he had a chance to work on several art-related projects. First up is this wall he painted for the Darwin project and Spacejunk, his fourth mural in France (also see Lyon here & here). The Riverside-based artist took care to incorporate local graffiti into his mural featuring some old school imagery, expertly painting on the difficult corrugated siding. In the back, he also took 20 mins to do some quick lettering, getting back to […]