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Damien Hirst Flag Part Of London Olympics Closing Ceremony

With the Olympics coming to an end, all of London celebrated with a star-studded and rousing closing ceremony featuring some of England’s greatest cultural exports. Damien Hirst was asked to design one of the many renditions of the Union Jack in his signature spin-painting looking motif which was unveiled as part of the event. Check out more photographs of the festivities below… Via Mail Online. Discuss Damien Hirst here.

Rewind: Aug 6 – Aug 12

Photographer Ryan McGinley, who has been flexing his film-making muscles as of late, recently hooked up with EDUN (fashion label of Ali Hewson and her husband, U2 singer Bono) to produce a video for their Fall/Winter 2012 collection. The aesthetic used should be familiar to fans of McGinley’s photo series featuring his models posing with wild animals, first introduced with his Team Gallery solo, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (covered), and further developed with the inclusion of wild animals during his Life Adjustment Center (covered) […]

Streets: World Roundup (Aug 6 – Aug 12)

Leading things off this week for our Streets: World Roundup is this new Banksy-esque piece (source) by Les Enfants Terribles (L.E.T.) in Düsseldorf, Germany. Other walls worth checking out include Erosie, Wood, and Graphic Surgery (source), C215 – France (source), Escif – Spain, Slick x Prime – Hawaii, Ludo – Paris, INTI – Norway, Malarky – UK (source), Nick Walker – New York (source), Sam3 x Escif – Spain (source), Centina x James Kalinda – Italy (source), Robert “Tone” Proch – Poland (source), Sam3 – Spain, Nawar (source), and TSF […]

Releases: KAWS – “Companion: Resting Place” Figure

Not much info on this latest figure to be released from KAWS. The new limited edition offering entitled Companion: Resting Place  features his classic dissected character in a more relaxed sitting position. Look for these to drop soon on Kawsone and at OriginalFake. Discuss KAWS here.

El Mac Designs New No Doubt Album Cover

No Doubt will be putting out their first new album in over 10 years, Push and Shove, and street artist El Mac has been tapped to design the cover. Lead Singer Gwen Stefani and her husband Gavin have been fans of Miles’ work for a while and have his work in their collection, so it only seemed natural for them to contact him for the collaboration. After a photoshoot, the artist spent the next six weeks painting four separate acrylic wood panel portraits in his signature […]

Preview: Yue Minjun @ Fondation Cartier

Coming up in on November 14th, Fondation Cartier in Paris will be presenting the first major European exhibition from Chinese contemporary art superstar Yue Minjun. His iconic work centers around his characters who have a frozen grin on their faces that “expresses an ironic and disillusioned vision of the social and political situation in contemporary china and of the human condition.” The showing will draw from collections around the world with nearly 50 paintings and includes a selection of sculptural work from the garden of […]

Streets: Phlegm for the 2012 Bloop Festival (Ibiza)

After a series of murals in New York, Phlegm continues his globe-trotting ways and head over to Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza for the Bloop Festival (see last year). The new piece on the side of a building has an Escher-esque feel to it, but re-imagined with UK-based street painter’s characters and style. Also scheduled to make an appearance at the event are Interesni Kazki, Boris Hoppek, Btoy, Olek, Malarky, and more. Discuss Phlegm here.

Preview: “Lush Life Four” @ Roq La Rue

Tomorrow night at Roq La Rue, the fourth rendition of their Lush Life group show will open with a diverse mix of artists including Camille Rose Garcia, Chris Berens (above), Madeline Von Foerster, Travis Louie, Glenn Barr, Ti Kunkit, Seamus Conley, Annie Owens, Sam Wolfe Connolley, Laurie Lee Brom, Lindsey Carr, Jessica Joslin, Michael Alm, Handiedan, Peter Ferguson, Zoe Williams, and Eric Fortune (seen directly below). The exhibition features work from artists with imagery that shows a sense of opulence, decadence, or lushness. Discuss this show here.

Studio Visits / Videos: Nicola Verlato – “Zero Gravity” @ Merry Karnowsky

We were first introduced to the work of Italian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Nicola Verlato’s imagery back in April at a showing (covered) with Jonathan LeVine in New York. Since then, the painter has been compiling a series of work for his latest solo, Zero Gravity, that opens at Merry Karnowsky this Saturday, August 11th. His cinematic visions of suspended moments in time are mixed in with the impending possibility of the future crash of the social economical system. Take a look inside his studio in the photo set as he […]

Streets: Wall Therapy Festival (Part III) – Recap

After sharing you photos of South Africa – based couple DALeast and Faith47’s murals (here & here) with you, we now have a round up of some of the rest of the action from the Wall Therapy Festival. Some of the other artists who were included in the first time event held in Rochester, New York were the brothers How & Nosm and their intricate work and signature palette, Case with a couple pieces including a tribute to the Kodak Girl, ROA with his stacked animals, another kinetic piece […]