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Upcoming: Eloy Morales – “About Head” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

On May 16th, the 529 West 20th Street location of Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be hosting a set of new works from Eloy Morales collectively entitled About Head. The Madrid-based artist’s raw hyper-realistic portraiture is a sight to behold, but even more so in person when the scale is fully appreciated. Morales will be attending the opening so stop by for a chat if you are in the area. Discuss Eloy Morales here.
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Upcoming: Gary Baseman – “Happy Toby To You” @ Time Square Hong Kong

On May 21st, Hong Kong’s Time Square will be welcoming in another artist (see Mike Stilkey and Yoskay Yamamoto) to create an installation arranged by LeBasse Projects at the mall complex in Causeway Bay. In celebration of his character Toby’s 10th birthday, Gary Baseman’s (interviewed) faithful companion will be part of a new sculptural installation set up as a birthday party with his dear friends. Discuss Gary Baseman here.
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Videos: Vhils – “Incision”

Last year, we brought you images from Vhils’ (filmed) show in Brazil where portraits of the country’s indigenous Araçaí community were carved the doors of their homes and put on display at at Caixa Cultural. Nowness released a video a couple days ago from the Portuguese street artist that looks into the project a little deeper and hopes to draw attention to the plight of the 90 Guaraní people were moved by the government at the turn of this century, displacing them from their ancestral homes. Discuss Vhils here.
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Streets: Nychos (Vienna)

Last month, prolific street muralist Nychos painted a mural in his Vienna entitled Dissection of a Polar Bear. Over five stories high, the wall painted is the first large scale piece the Austrian artist has worked on in his hometown and coincides with creative studio, Rabbit Eye Movement, which just celebrated their 10 year anniversary. Take a look at more detailed and in progress photos below… Photo credit: Dan Armand (via 1xRun). Discuss Nychos here.
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KAWS Designs Trophy For SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Nascar Race

Continuing to raise his profile and to familiarize the general public with his signature imagery, KAWS has teamed up with NASCAR to design the trophy for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 coming up at the Kansas Speedway on May 9th (although it might be delayed due to the weather). With Nickelodeon signed up as the title sponsor for the Sprint Cup race, the renaming of the event opened the door for a perfect partnership with the Brooklyn-based artist whose work re-imagines pop culture with his special aesthetic, with […]
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Previews: Travis Louie – “Archive of Lost Species” @ Roq La Rue

Tonight in Seattle (May 7th), Travis Louie (interviewed) will be revisiting Roq La Rue for another showing of his vintage photography inspired paintings of imaginary creatures, created in a style self-described as a kind of “cryptozoology.” Entitled Archive of Lost Species, the fresh new pieces are a collection of fantastical characters, unique in their size and circumstance, many posing next to their human counterparts. Head over for a look yourself if you are in the area and make sure to read the stories associated with each painting written by Louie himself. Discuss Travis […]
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Previews: Erin M. Riley – “Darkness Lies Ahead” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Tomorrow night (May 7th) at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, Erin M. Riley (interviewed) will be opening a solo show entitled Darkness Lies Ahead. Recently acquiring a two person loom which she is using herself has allowed the Brooklyn-based artist to take her work to a whole new level with her largest works to date – over eight feet wide. The fresh weavings will focus mainly on two of her series of works: the Selfies featuring portraiture sourced from young women on the internet as well as […]
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Previews: Luke Chueh – “Headspace” @ Rotofugi

Like his show there in 2012 (covered), the paintings from Luke Chueh’s (interviewed) upcoming show at Rotofugi were created with the location in mind. The Los Angeles-based artist has taken one of his repeating motifs and fully fleshed it out for his one and only solo exhibition of the year set to open on May 8th at the designer toy boutique in Chicago. Not only is this image of his “sad bear” taking off his head as if it was a costume revealing its true inner self (seen above […]
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Streets: ROA (Jersey City)

As mentioned in our interview with ROA last month leading up to his solo (covered) at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, the prolific street artist also had plans to paint a mural in New Jersey while in the area. The Belgian artist made good on his word recently with this new piece on a building owned by Mana Contemporary located near the approach to the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City. Continuing his portraiture of animals in various stages of anatomical dissection, he chose the skeleton of the […]
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Recap: artMRKT San Francisco 2015

Last week, the fifth edition of Art Market San Francisco welcomed a record 25,000 visitors to Fort Mason Festival Pavilion over the five days it was open to the public. A wide range of works were on display at premier contemporary and modern art fair in the Bay Area including works from Kevin Earl Taylor (seen above) as well as many familiar and new names to our readers. Take a look at a photo recap below… Photo credit: Ken Harman.