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Streets: Blu (Morocco)

We haven’t heard much recently from Italian street muralist Blu since his series of works in Buenos Aires earlier this year (here, here & here), but with his penchant for traveling and big walls, you know it was only a matter of time before his distinct imagery showed up somewhere in the world. This newest piece has been completed in Morocco near the border fences that are the separation barriers between the North Africa country and the Spanish city of Melilla. As this area is has been the site […]

Teaser: James Jean / OVM – Butterfly Series

Last year, we told you about a new webstore from James Jean (featured) named OVM where he would make available various art products including items for his more fashionable fans. It now looks like he is getting ready to release his Butterfly Series that will include jewelry, scarves, engraved packaging and more. More teaser shots after the jump…

Teaser: Shawn Barber – “Tattooed Portraits” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Coming up at the end of June, Joshua Liner will be hosting a new solo from Shawn Barber (interviewed). Featuring his Tattooed Portraits, this second showing (see 2010) with the New York gallery draws on his day job as a successful tattoo artist for inspiration on a series of rich oil paintings including a huge 72″ x 108″ piece of Japanese tattooist Shige. Discuss Shawn Barber here.

Videos: Bill Plympton x The Simpsons

For those who missed the Simpsons last night, you might want to check out the video of the opening sequence above as acclaimed animator and cartoonist Bill Plympton was tapped to create the short. Joining other artists familiar to AM readers who have been involved in the show including Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf, Plympton used his distinctive style to put together a love affair between Homer and his couch. Via The World’s Best Ever.

Streets: RVA Street Art Festival (Part I)

After revealing the first mural from the RVA Street Art Festival from Mark Jenkins (interviewed) as part of last week’s street art roundup, we now have even more photos for those of you not in Richmond, Virginia. Jeff Soto (interviewed) has sent us some images filled with mural action from the event, including this deeply personal piece he worked on. We’ll be back with the completed photos later this week but for now, enjoy the photo set after the jump…

Update: Arrested Motion – “City of Fire” Exhibition (Part I)

After a teaser last week, AM is pleased to announce more details to our upcoming City of Fire exhibition. Opening on June 5th at Beverly Hills’ Stephen Webster, the showing will explore the idea of ambition and personal accomplishment within the context of a town internationally synonymous with fame and affluence. Bringing together a diverse list of artists whose careers we have followed closely here on Arrested Motion, the exhibition will allow each to explore what the concept of success means to them personally, in […]

Teaser: KAWS – “The Nature of Need” @ Galerie Perrotin (Hong Kong)

After Passing Through Hong Kong in 2010 with the debut of his now famous massive sitting companion which has now also travelled to New York, and Connecticut, KAWS will be giving his fans in Asia what they have been jonesing for – a solo show. Scheduled to open on May 15th at Galerie Perrotin, The Nature of Need will feature more of the New York based artist and designer’s colorful geometric abstractions. More teaser images after the jump…

Contests: VNA 18 / Conor Harrington Screenprinted Cover Giveaway

Last year, one of our readers was lucky enough to win a special edition of issue number 16 from Very Nearly Almost with a 3 color screen print from Invader on the cover. This time around, AM is again teaming up with the London-based street art and graffiti print magazine to give away issue number 18, the limited edition featuring a 5 color screen print from Conor Harrington (interviewed) on the front. Just leave a comment to qualify for the contest. You can check out photos from the launch party here, purchase […]

Releases / Publications: Fafi – “The Carmine Vault” @ Nucleus Gallery

After a signing at Colette and Galerie LJ, Parisian-based artist Fafi will be hosting a book release party at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California tomorrow night, April 16th. Along with the meet and greet, fans will be treated to mini-show of her new work as well as some limited edition items. The new publication, The Carmine Vault, is a graphic novel bringing the French graf legend’s world to life while following a character called Birtak and his desire to join the Paris Opéra Ballet. Some preview videos after the jump…

Preview: “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” @ Copro Gallery

As a followup to a similarly themed show last year, the Copro Gallery will be hosting Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me next Saturday, April 21st. Besides artwork depicting the dark side of the iconic television series, the event will also feature unreleased music from the series, David Lynch coffee and donuts, and a video installation of the Red Room as well as many other surprises and surprise guests. More preview images after the jump…