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Streets: Cleon Peterson // Nuit Blanche Paris @ Eiffel Tower

Following in the footsteps of Shepard Fairey (featured) of creating art at the Eiffel Tower (covered), Cleon Peterson has done something Mr. Obey has never had the opportunity to do – painting the first mural ever directly below the famed monument. Created for this year’s Nuit Blanche in Paris (organized by Palais de Tokyo), the piece is entitled Endless Sleep, a reference to the famous late-night cultural festival. The circular piece features the Los Angeles-based artist’s signature figures inspired by Greco-Roman frescos sans the usual provocative imagery. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.
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Upcoming: Jose Parla – “Instincts” @ The Goss-Michael Foundation

On September 29th, The Goss-Michael Foundation will be presenting the inaugural solo exhibition at their gallery on Wycliff Avenue in Dallas, Texas. Instincts from Jose Parla will feature new series of paintings and sculptures that continue the Cuban-American’s street-inspired calligraphic and textured works that have become his signature. For those who plan to make the trip to catch the Brooklyn-based artist’s work in person, the show will run until November 11th. Discuss Jose Parla here. Discuss this show here.

Streets: Liqen (Kiev)

Recently in Kiev, Liqen painted a stunning large-scale mural on the side of a residential building on Bratislavskaya Street. Originally asked by the curators of the event to paint imagery that opposed the war, the Spanish artist had planned something a little more provocative but ultimately scaled things back to this just as amazing portrait of a titan. Interestingly, the figure with a with a pot for a head holds a hybrid woman-plant in his arms – you can read more explanation here as well as look […]
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Showing: Ugo Rondinone – “the sun at 4pm” @ Gladstone Gallery

Currently at Gladstone Gallery in New York at their 21st Street location, a show entitled the sun at 4pm is on view, the latest solo from Ugo Rondinone. The part for the exhibition that may be of interest to our readers are the indoor sculptures that mirror his Seven Magic Mountains installation currently on display on the outskirts of Las Vegas (covered). These vibrant multicolored balanced rock formations from the Swiss artist are what comprises the “mountain” portion of his “mountain, sun, waterfall, and cloud” series of works included in […]

Streets: Ai Weiwei – “Reframe” @ Palazzo Strozzi (Florence)

Over the weekend, Ai Weiwei unveiled a provocative new installation on the facade of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence which continues his commentary on the current refugee crisis in Europe. Entitled Reframe, the Chinese artist’s latest public work will features 22 life rafts attached to the historic building’s windows, a striking critique of the handling of the humanitarian crisis. Inside, an exhibition entitled Libero will be Italy’s first major retrospective of the dissident – artist’s work including “key monumental installations, sculptures and objects, as well as videos and photography series […]

Previews: Martin Wittfooth – “Archaic Revival” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On the 1st of October, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles will be opening a new solo from Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) entitled Archaic Revival. The new series of paintings, some large-scale, continue to examine humans and their impact on the environment thru the lens of his majestic animal subjects. Also included in the exhibition from the New York-based artist will be his first sculptures in bronze, limited edition versions of his unique artistic vision. In discussing his new work, Wittfooth states title of the show is  “borrowed from late […]

Upcoming: “And Who is My Neighbor: Stories From the Margins” @ The Green Art Gallery

On September 27th, the opening reception for And Who is My Neighbor: Stories From the Margins is scheduled from 6:30-8:30pm at The Green Art Gallery at Biola University. Curated by Nery Gabriel Lemus and Jeff Rau, the group exhibition features artists “respond to division and injustice by highlighting the stories of oppressed and marginalized people” as suggested by the title inspired by the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan. Participants include Diedrick Brackens, Kent Anderson Butler, Alejandro Cartagena, Ramiro Gomez, Lauren Halsey, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Patrick Martinez (seen above), Amitis […]
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Releases: Matthew Palladino Prints @ Strange Cessation

Currently through Strange Cessation, Matthew Palladino has a three prints available for in a variety of sizes, editions, and prices. The three images are a good selection of the New York-based artist’s work from a few years back including a sticker image, a distorted and stretched piece, as well as an example of his wit. Test Print is produced in a run of 25, sized at 11 x 14″, and costs $80.  Sprinkles is produced in a run of 6, sized at 26 x 38″, and […]

Streets: Crystal Wagner // UNIQA Art Lodz (Poland)

Following up on an amazing collaboration between Etam Cru and Robert Proch in Poland, Crystal Wagner was the next artist invited in by UNIQA Art Lodz to beautify the city. The new installation (created from wire armature, rip-stop water proof and UV protective nylon, cable ties) for the urban art program curated by Michał Bieżyński (of Lodz Murals) is entitled Hyperbolic and looks like it’s devouring the building. The site specific installation is located on Piotrkowska Street (the city center of Lodz) and will be on view for at least three months. Wagner further adds – […]

Upcoming: Swoon – “Thalassa” @ Detroit Institute of Arts

Starting on September 24th, the Detroit Institute of Arts will unveil an installation from Swoon (interviewed) entitled Thalassa. The 20-foot tall, 400-pound sculptural piece named after the Greek goddess of the sea – originally displayed in New Orleans (covered) – will be adapted for DIA’s Great Hall. The massive work from the American artist will be suspended from the ceiling and will coincide with a mural project in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers district. Swoon further adds – “I have a long love of Detroit, having worked in the city at various times over the years with the […]