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Upcoming: “Unnatural Histories III” @ Antler Gallery

Opening on September 25th, Unnatural Histories III will be will be the third in a series (see 2013) of shows at Antler Gallery featuring portraits of mythical creatures. Along with the piece from Josh Keyes (seen above), works from Vanessa Foley, Michael Page, Craww, Syd Bee, Brin Levinson, Ryan Berkley, Ben Kehoe, Siolo Thompson, Susannah Kelly, Annie Owens, Niel M. Perry, and Jackie Avery will also grace the walls of the Portland showspace. Make plans to attend if you are interested… Discuss Josh Keyes here.
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Upcoming: “Kubrick – An Art Show Tribute” @ Spoke Art

For those who love pop culture themed art shows out there, especially movie-focused group exhibitions, Spoke Art in San Francisco may have something interesting for you starting September 6th. Kubrick, An Art Show Tribute will be featuring works inspired of course by the films from the late Stanley Kubrick, where participants were asked re-imagine their favorite characters, scenes, and concepts from one of the world’s most prolific directors. As you can see from the piece (which will be released as a limited edition print) above based on […]
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Florentijn Hofman’s Giant Rubber Duck (Los Angeles)

For fans in Los Angeles who looked at Hong Kong in envy as Florentijn Hofman’s giant “rubber” duck (covered) rolled into the harbor, your time has come. The whimsical inflatable childhood bath toy will be viewable at the Tall Ships Festival from August 20-24 starting today when the oversized duck (61 feet, 11 tons, about 85 feet wide and about 110 feet long) will lead the Grand Parade of Sail into San Pedro at 2 pm. Photo credit: ABC7.
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Streets: El Mac (Toronto)

El Mac was finally able to leave the States for the first big mural project he has done out of the country since having struggled with health issues as of late. Thankfully, it looks like he has recovered nicely with his skills intact from the looks of this stunning piece that was commissioned by Eventscape in Toronto. The wall adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway was executed in collaboration with Montreal’s STARE and Toronto’s KWEST, who contributed on the background. Discuss El Mac here.
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Recap: Cai Guo-Qiang – “The Ninth Wave” @ Power Station of Art (Part I)

After a look at the The Ninth Wave, a fishing boat installation from Cai Guo-Qiang’s hometown of Quanzhou carrying 99 fabricated animals, we now turn our attention to the exhibition with the same name at the Power Station of Art. Housed at a renovated power station in Shanghai, the ample space at the museum was a perfect setting for the Chinese artist’s work as well as the creative sessions (also see LA 2012) where pieces of commissioned art were produced utilizing his signature gunpowder technique. […]
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Openings: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Sky Is The Limit” @ Harbour City (Hong Kong)

Over the weekend, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) opened his new showcase at Harbour City in Hong Kong. Like other artists before him – KAWS (here), Yayoi Kusama, Yue Minjun (here), and Florentijn Hofman (here) - the New York based artist’s work dominated the main entrance and was also supported by a small exhibition of his work. Included are a 6.5 meter high stainless steel sculpture as well his contemporary Japanese imagery gracing the stairs, pillars, and adjacent billboards. Stop by for a look in you are in HK through September 9th. Discuss Matzu here.
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Upcoming: Kevin Cyr @ Alden Gallery

On August 22nd, the Alden Gallery in Provincetown will be presenting some new works from Kevin Cyr (interviewed). The fresh oil on panel paintings will expand on his series of portraits of old trucks, cars, campers, and vans – the more covered with graffiti and neglected the better. The upstate New York-based artist likes nothing better than to travel the urban centers of the world photographing these modes of transport infused with personality and then home to immortalize them as art. Head over for a look […]
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Streets: Phlegm for Djerbahood (Tunisia)

Continuing our tour of the amazingly extensive street art festival (coverage here) put on by Galerie Itinerrance in Tunisia, we now turn our attention to Phlegm. Creating a series of small murals on abandoned structures, the UK-based artist played around with the architectural elements and painted appropriately placed windows and doors for his signature characters to interact with. The end result are some of our favorite pieces yet for the Djerbahood Project. Discuss Phlegm here.
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Previews: Josh Keyes – “The Hermit” & “Migratory Soul” Figures

After releasing his first sculptural edition last year, Josh Keyes (interviewed) is already working on another two to the delight of his collectors. Based off two of his complimentary paintings The Hermit & Migratory Soul, the two figures are already are in their protoype form. If you remember, these two images were also released through Tiny Showcase as prints earlier this year (covered). Discuss Josh Keyes here.
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Recap: Project M/5 (Berlin)

With a glimpse of the setup to whet your appetite yesterday, here is now the main course – completed photos from Project M/5 from Urban Nation. The lineup, curated by Roland Henry and VNA Magazine, featured Mark Lyken, Inkie, Pam Glew, Fran Bosoletti, Will Barras, Eine, Steff Plaetz, Nick Walker, O. Two, Sickboy, Xenz and Sheone working hard creating window murals and installations as well as some pieces around the Berlin (see Eine here). Photo credit: Henrik Haven.
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