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Recap: FestiWall 2016 (Italy)

The FestiWall public arts and music event recently wrapped up their 2016 edition with a small but effective roster of artists creating murals on the island of Sicily. An example of this was a lush piece entitled The Gardener (seen above) from Australian street artist Fintan Magee, a multi-story masterpiece painted over several days. Also check out some equally great pieces that beautified the city of Ragusa from Hyuro, Evoca1, SatOne, and Agostino Iacurci that are perfect examples of their aesthetic in the photos below… Photo credit: Marcello […]

Streets: Sage Vaughn (Los Angeles)

Recently in Los Angeles, on the border of Tarzana and Reseda, Sage Vaughn painted a mural on a side of a new structure on Ventura Blvd. The wall features a large-scale rendition of the locally-based artist’s instantly recognizable Wildflowers imagery, sprinkled with some mushrooms and other wildlife. Take a look at more photos and a video below for a more details. Photo & video credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Sage Vaughn here.

Previews: Revok – “SYSTEMS” @ Library Street Collective (Los Angeles)

After a popup show (covered) with Library Street Collective last year in Los Angeles (surprisingly his first solo in the city where he made his name), Revok will be returning for another exhibition at a more permanent location for the gallery in LA. Entitled SYSTEMS, the new body of work will see the graffiti artist continue to push the boundaries of his work with more conceptual and experimental pieces while staying true to his artistic roots. An example of this utilizes one of his self-made mark-making […]

Openings: Seonna Hong – “In Our Nature” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Last weekend, Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco held the opening reception for a solo exhibition from Seonna Hong (interviewed). Entitled In Our Nature, the new body of work from the Los Angeles-based artist continued her landscape works featuring her human and animal companions surrounding by minimalistic environments created from abstract and loose elements. Included in the show were a series of small and medium sized canvases as well as some even smaller pieces painted on paint chips. Photo credit: Shaun Roberts. Discuss this show here. Discuss Seonna Hong here.

Previews: “Why I Want to Fuck Donald Trump” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

On October 13th, Joshua Liner Gallery will be opening a group show entitled Why I Want to Fuck Donald Trump, a title inspired by JG Ballard’s 1967 essay Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan. Curated by Alfred Steiner (who himself contributed grotesque portraits of the candidates created from pornographic images of male and female genitalia in his typical piecemeal style), the exhibition will be sort of a visual discussion of the historic satirical essay but applied to the 2016 presidential election. Exhibiting artists include Aaron Johnson, Alfred […]
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Showing: KAWS – “Clean Slate” @ NorthPark Center (Dallas)

After making an appearance in Hong Kong and Ibiza, KAWS’ monumental Clean Slate sculpture has reached its final resting place. The NorthPark Center in Dallas has added the piece featuring the Brooklyn-based artist’s signature Companion figures to their impressive permanent collection that includes Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Joel Shapiro, Jim Dine, Jonathan Borofsky, James Rosenquist, Antony Gormley, Barry Flanagan and Beverly Pepper, among others. Shoppers at the luxury mall can find this new piece located on Level One near Macy’s. Fans in Dallas should also be reminded that KAWS’ […]

Previews: “Force of Nature” @ beinArt Gallery

On October 15th, beinArt Gallery in Brunswick, Australia will be hosting a three person show entitled Force of Nature. The exhibition will feature the oil paintings of Chris Leib’s featuring a strangely pleasing combination of chimpanzees and infantile astronauts, Rachel Bess‘ modern day furies, and Stuart Amos’ hybrids of humans and nature. Take a look at more preview images below…

Upcoming: Chris Berens – “Moonrise” @ Megumi Ogita Gallery

On October 14th, Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo will be hosting a new solo from Chris Berens entitled Moonrise. The Dutch artist’s work, influenced by manga & anime, has always appealed to his Japanese fans due to the surreal imagery like it was taken from the latest Final Fantasy montage. Add to that Berens’ special technique of painting on and collaging multiple pieces of photograph paper which lends almost a digital appearance to the pieces and you can see the commonality with local culture that develops. Discuss Chris […]

Previews: Masakatsu Sashie – “External Effect” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Sowing concurrently with Glenn Barr’s upcoming solo at Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be a show from Masakatsu Sashie entitled External Effect. The Japanese artist’s work is influenced by the concept of “the balanced aquarium,” described by Nobel Prize winner Konrad Lorenz in his book King Solomon’s Ring: New Light on Animal Ways. Sashie sees parallels between the self-sustaining environment of the fish tank with the world we live in now where we are struggling to maintain stability in our lives while surrounded by consumerism, globalism and environmentalism. These thoughts […]

Release: Jamian Juliano-Villani – “Is There room for Bruce?” Print

To coincide with her show that just opened at Studio Voltaire in London, Jamian Juliano-Villani has also released a new limited edition entitled Is There room for Bruce? The digital pigment print with embossing is sized at 45.7 x 61 cm and produced in a run of 85. Head over here for the £350 purchase if you are interested. Discuss Jamian Juliano-Villani here.
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