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Art Focus: Shawn Huckins

An interesting juxtaposition of old masters like imagery and modern text abbreviation  – this series of paintings from Shawn Huckins is our Art Focus for the week. The premise for this particular set of works is Huckins’ view of the history of the United States as bookended by two revolutions – one being political in the 18th century and the other being technological in the 21st century. He combines both of these ideas into each piece melding painting and portraiture from the earlier revolutionary period […]

Teaser: Todd James – “King of the Wild Frontier” @ Gering & Lopez

Returning to NY for a showing at Gering & López, site of his show in early 2010, Street Market alumni Todd James will be presenting a whole new body of work on March 1st. King of the Wild Frontier will no doubt feature the artist otherwise known as REAS’ signature colorful and sardonic takes on various topics including perhaps politics and war. Discuss Todd James here.

Showing: Armsrock – “Should The Light Not Take Us” @ Galleri Profilen

At the Galleri Profilen in Denmark, Armsrock (interviewed) currently has a new body of work on display entitled Should The Light Not Take Us. Continuing to develop his gallery repertoire, the thoughtful street artist is working again in the same large-scale that impressed us during his showing at the Vejle Museum of Art back in November. More photos after the jump…

Preview: Victor Castillo – “The Jungle” @ Jonathan LeVine

Next Saturday, Feb 25th in Chelsea, the disturbing works of Victor Castillo will be on display at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. The Jungle features the Chilean-born and Los Angeles-based artist’s series of paintings influenced by the preponderance of global protests and violence that has taken over the headlines in recent times. When told through the lens of spooky children’s tales and cartoon-like characters, the ideas of corrupted innocence form a striking metaphor for the socio-economic crisis and political turbulence seen around the world. More preview images […]
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Teaser: Shepard Fairey on The Simpsons

After his artwork appeared on popular animated television shows like Family Guy and South Park, Shepard Fairey (featured) will make the jump to iconic series The Simpsons on March 4th. This time around, he will be featured as an actual character in Episode 15 of the 23rd season, Exit Though The Kwik-E-Mart a riff on the name of the documentary from Banksy, who also famously directed the opening sequence for the show back in 2010. Ron English (who also had a turn on the show previously), Kenny Scharf, […]

Volunteers Needed: Cai Guo-Qiang @ MOCA

A unique and rare opportunity has come up in Los Angeles for fans of explosive Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. The MOCA will be hosting his first solo exhibition soon on the West Coast and as part of the showing, Cai will be creating three new gunpowder drawings with assistance of local volunteers. They’ll only need 100 volunteers (March 3 to March 9, with ignitions on March 5, 7, and 9, at 7pm, with a mandatory training day for all volunteers on Saturday, March 3) so head […]

Charity: Audrey Kawasaki Auction for The Adventurist’s Rickshaw Run

Coming up this Saturday, February 18th, there will be an ebay charity auction started that might interest some of our readers. A group of artists including Audrey Kawasaki, Olly Moss, Ken Garduno, and more will be donating original works and limited editions in support of Jakarta Or Bust, one of the teams doing the Rickshaw Run, a race utilizing an auto rickshaw over 1800 miles of South East Asia organized by a group called The Adventurists with all proceeds going to Birdlife International and Action Against Hunger. Look for more auction details to […]

Preview / Installation: ROA – “Defragmentation” & “Fragments” @ The Scarlett Gallery

The last time we touched on the work of the prolific Belgium-based ROA was when we came across some of his murals during Art Basel Week Miami (here & here). And, the last time we witnessed an indoor showing from the anatomically-inclined artist was in Australia (covered) back in October. Well, we’re happy to report that he has two concurrent exhibitions planned very soon in Stockholm, one on the 17th at a yet-to-be-announced secret location entitled Defragmentation and another entitled Fragments on the 18th at the […]

Art Focus: Claire Streetart

We hope you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Day today. To cap things off, we bring you a special mid-week Art Focus that we have been saving for the occasion. Claire Streeart is a Parisian street artist who work focuses on life-size couples kissing, hugging, and showing their affections. No surprise here as Paris is the City of Love. More photos after the jump…

Happy Valentine’s Day from Escif!

It seems that every year, some of Escif’s work will inevitably be applicable to this holiday. Last year, you may remember a piece entitled Black Kiss from the prolific Spanish artist. Well, for 2012, here is a recent mural he dubbed White Kiss that seems appropriate for the occasion. As a bonus, take a look at a similarly themed piece after the jump…