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Auctions / Benefits: Converse – “Artists for Humanity” @ Paddle8

Ending today at 5 pm (EST) is the Artists for Humanity auction at Paddle8 to benefit the project of the same name in Boston seeking to provide underserved youth with exposure and employment in the arts. Commissioned by Converse, 48 original works of art have been put up for bid including pieces from Andrew Schoultz (seen above), Futura, Mary Iverson, Jeff Soto, Eine, Casey Gray, Tristan Eaton, Judith Supine, POSE and more. Head over here if you are interested in adding something to your collection for a […]
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Andreas Englund – “Coffee Break” @ Grand Central Station (Stockholm)

Last week at Stockholm’s Grand Central Station, a new mural from Andreas Englund took shape on the second floor. Commissioned by No18, a business hotel opening in May, the piece painted on the 8 x 3 meter wall features a scene which includes one of the superhero characters that the Swedish artist is known for. In this case, he’s taking a breather with a cup of coffee after dispatching some bad guys. Discuss Andreas Englund here.
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Previews: Matthew Grabelsky – “Underground” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Starting on Saturday night (April 30th) at Thinkspace, the paintings of Matthew Grabelsky will be on display in the project room of the Culver City gallery. Raised in NYC, the Los Angeles-based artist chooses a setting for his scenes that is familiar to him – the subway. Underground features a body of work that includes animals commuting on the subway trains, usually with human companions, like it was an everyday occurrence. If interested, you can read an interview here as well as look at more preview images below […]
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Streets: El Mac – “Desert Rose” @ Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona recently commissioned gifted muralist El Mac to create a piece on one of their concrete exterior walls. Painted in the Los Angeles-based artist’s unique rippled style of applying spray paint, Desert Rose depicts one of his good friends and features some background designs at the top by a local Mesa resident and graffiti artist from the early 90’s – Mando Rascón. He further elaborates – “The image is based on my photos of Karen Bracamonte, an immigrant from Guatemala who is […]
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Previews: Andrew Schoultz – “Age of Empire” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Tomorrow night (April 28) in New York, Andrew Schoultz will be opening his latest solo at Joshua Liner Gallery. Entitled Age of Empire, the exhibition will feature painting, work on paper, and a site specific installation all highlighting the Los Angeles-based artist’s chaotic imagery that references the social-political upheaval around the world. Using different mediums as well as some unexpected touches for those unfamiliar with his work like embedded US currency, Schoultz mixes and matches artistic influences that range from graffiti to underground comics to German […]
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Recap: Amy Sol – “Garden Garmine” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Last month, Amy Sol (interviewed) shared her newest body of work with her fans in Los Angeles at Thinkspace Gallery. Entitled Garden Gamine, her delicate scenes of creatures coexisting with her female subjects were rendered for the first time in oils. Take a look at photos below from the opening reception, wile enjoying a more detailed look at the new paintings… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Amy Sol here.
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Jeff Soto for Empellón (New York)

Earlier this month, Jeff Soto (interviewed) painted (with the assistance of his brother and sister-in-law) an impressive two-wall mural at Empellón in New York. Invited in by one of his long-time fans and chef Alex Stupak (seen below) to infuse his surreal imagery onto the walls of his West Village outpost, the California native chose to highlight the rooster as well a group of pottery growing imagined plants and succulents. The artwork was part of a remodel of the taqueria is largely symbolic, with themes of family, life and death, and nature. […]
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Streets: 1010 // The Crystal Ship (Belgium)

After a look at what ROA painted for the Crystal Ship Festival on the streets of Ostend, we now can share some photos of 1010 at work for the event. The German artist painted his signature patterns on these side of a structure, providing a striking contrast to the drab building with this optical illusion. Take a look are more photos below at the details and get ready for more coverage of other artists and what they created for their fans in Belgium. Photo credit: Henrik Haven. Discuss 1010 here.
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Upcoming: “Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot” @ VPAM

Tomorrow night (April 23) at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles, Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot will open their doors to the public from 7-10 pm. Drawing from the company’s rich history of as one of first to introduce America to Asian popular culture, the exhibition will include works from a select group of artists, a figure display, and a “Zine Habitat” created in collaboration with the Tiny Splendor zine collective. As you can see above, one of the chosen artists is Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed) who is working […]
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Showing: “City Lights” @ Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art

Although the opening was delayed due to the terrible recent events in Brussels, City Lights at the newly formed Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art ended up kicking off successfully earlier this month. Featuring the works of Maya Hayuk, Swoon, Momo, and Faile, the exhibition included installations from the American artist to go along with original works on display. Photo credit: la Repubblica.