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Streets: Shepard Fairey (Chicago)

With The Provocateurs set to open tomorrow (July 31st) at Block 37 in Chicago, some of the street artists involved have been hard at work getting up around town, not the least of which was Shepard Fairey, who curated the massive group exhibition. Placed on Wabash & 9th on one of Columbia College’s buildings and entitled We Own The Future, the mural will be a welcome addition to Chi-town’s cityscape. We’ll also bring you a look soon at other artists, including Cleon Peterson, RETNA, and POSE, who […]
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Previews: Audrey Kawasaki – “Hirari Hirari” @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

This Saturday night (August 2nd), Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles will be presenting new works from Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) entitled Hirari Hirari. Fans of the locally-based painter will be sure to pack the house (make sure you RSVP – [email protected]) to get a closer look at her provocative and stunning portraiture, rendered so seamlessly on wood that the grain looks to have become part of the imagery. Like three years ago, she will be opening her show (covered) alongside two other artists in the spacious gallery […]
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Upcoming: Dan Quintana & Karen Hsiao – “Perverse Foil” @ Marcas Gallery

On August 2nd, the Marcas Gallery in Orange County will be opening Perverse Foil, a collaborative exhibition between painter Dan Quintana and photographer Karen Hsiao. Admirers of each other’s work since 2009, the two artist decided to collaborate on a show when they noticed similarities between Quintana’s figures and Hsiao’s models. Along with individual works, they will also be presenting joint creative efforts (like the one seen below) including Hsiao shooting her subjects live in front of an elaborate backdrop created by Quintana and hour before the opening […]
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Upcoming: Esao Andrews – “Epilogues” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

On October 11, Esao Andrews will be opening his second solo show (see 2010) with Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York entitled Epilogues. The new body of work or work “explores allegorical scenes of homecomings, focusing on a journey’s end” and will feature conclusions to some of the narrative threads the Los Angeles-based artist has explored in the past with his dream-like paintings. Attendees of the exhibition will be impressed, like us, with his surreal artistic vision, often times dark and beautiful at the same […]
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Openings: Gary Baseman – “The Door is Always Open” @ Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei

Last month, Gary Baseman (interviewed) opened a comprehensive retrospective show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. Entitled The Door Is Always Open, the exhibition mirrored the delightful showing of the same name last year in Los Angeles (covered). Along with over 500 selected pieces, his largest collection of work in one place yet, the opening also included an art performance with his “WildGirls” with a new dance and musical composition. Check out more photos below… Discuss Gary Baseman here.
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Releases: Audrey Kawasaki – “Ponderer” Print

Tomorrow, July 29th at 10 AM PST, Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) will be releasing a new print through Thinkspace Gallery. Entitled Ponderer, the image is taken from a painting shown with the gallery during her mini solo at SCOPE Miami last year (covered). Produced in a run of 250, the hand signed and numbered edition will be sized at 17 x 28 inches and cost $250 each. Head over here at the appropriate time tomorrow (PayPal only) if you want to add this to your collection. Also, […]
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Streets: Mobstr (London)

Mobstr (interviewed), who recently put on a show in London (covered), just completed a project he had been working on for over a year. Starting in May of last year, he had been counting the days a particular piece of graffiti lasted on a wall in Hackney Wick along the edge of a river, adding hashmarks for each passing day. The low wall was finally destroyed this July as part of new construction, but as you can see, this is yet another example of Mobstr’s interactive […]
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Streets: Jeff Soto (Los Angeles)

Last week, Riverside native Jeff Soto (interviewed) headed to Los Angeles to paint a mural (invited by Juxtapoz) for Converse and their Wall to Wall program. Set in South Central L.A. on Slauson Avenue where some of his ancestors originally settled, Soto decided to do something as a tribute to them. Working on the piece over the course of two days, he decided to go with one of his familiar owl motifs. He states: “The Owl is a symbol of age and experience, a matriarch or patriarch of the […]
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Upcoming: Alex Gross – “Future Tense” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Continuing his long history with Jonathan LeVine Gallery (see 2012, 2010), painter Alex Gross (interviewed) is preparing for his fourth solo with the New York showspace. Set to open on October 9th, Future Tense will feature a new series of oil paintings and mixed media works that will continue to explore ideas of how modern society relates to technology and our consumer culture. As always, the Los Angeles-based artist will present his artistic visions beautifully rendered in well composed paintings combining different elements drawn from various influences. […]
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Streets: Nychos @ Livin’ Streets Festival (Austria)

Austrian street artist Nychos recently painted a new mural for the Livin’ Streets Festival (curated by INOPERAbLE) in his hometown of Graz. Bringing Puff, the Magic Dragon to life on the side of a tall building, The Weird crew member made sure to add his dissected touch to the beast. Other artists who were invited include Jaz, Ever, Evoca1, Axel Void, Frau Isa, Stinkfish, Livil, David Leitner, Street Art Communication, Searok, Costwo, and Alexis Diaz. You can check out more photos here. Photo credit: PICKS & Nychos. […]