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Streets: ABOVE – 46 shutters in 48 hours (London)

Prolific Bay Area bomber ABOVE (interviewed) recently completed a marathon session in London at the Chrisp Street Market in Poplar over the weekend. Using over 100 cans of spray paint while making his mark on 46 shutters in a span of 48 hours, ABOVE surely came close to some sort of record while covering over 19 shop fronts with his iconic arrow motif. Take a look at some more examples of what the American artist put up  below… Photo credit: Global Street Art / ABOVE. Discuss ABOVE […]
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BIBO Restaurant (Hong Kong)

The staff here at AM are always on the lookout for restaurants that can pleasure our tastebuds as well as allows us to appreciate art at the same time. Like other establishments we have featured in the past, BIBO on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong will be on our shortlist of places to visit because of their design choices. Put together as a collaboration between BIBO & Substance this beautiful space features work by the likes of KAWS, JR, Zevs, Invader, Shepard Fairey, D*Face, and more, the French eatery with a slant toward […]
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Previews: “Suggestivism” @ Copro Gallery

Following up on Suggestivism exhibitions in Orange County (2011) and Rome (2013), curator Nathan Spoor will be bringing back another strong roster of artists for a showing Los Angeles on August 16th at Copro Gallery. For this edition, participants include Aron Wiesenfeld, Joe Vaux, Nicola Verlato, Hannah Yata, Chet Zar, Jana Brike, Nicoletta Ceccolli, Dan May, Marco Mazzoni, Hsiao-Ron Cheng, Seamus Conley, Sam Wolfe Connelly, RS Connett, Peter Ferguson, Ken Garduno, Robert Hardgrave, Naoto Hattori, Joe Hengst, Charlie Immer, Gregory Jacobsen, Sarah Joncas, Andy Kehoe, Linsey Levendall, JeanPaul […]
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Art Focus: Fernando Gomez Balbontin

Today’s Art Focus features Fernando Gomez Balbontin, a painter who hails from Santiago, Chile. Seen here are an ongoing series of works entitled Thoughts About Life And Death, acrylic on canvas paintings that depict horrific crashes (automobiles and planes) with strange figures seen next to the scenes of disasters. Are they curious bystanders, the victims of the accidents, ghosts of the recently deceased occupants, or something more sinister? While assessing the situation, the viewer is left to ponder their views on death, which is in […]
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Openings: “The Provocateurs” @ Block 37

Last week during the frenzy of Lollapalooza in Chicago, Shepard Fairey curated a group exhibition with a strong lineup of artists that many of you are familiar with. Entitled The Provocateurs, with the support of Art Alliance, and housed at at Block 37, the show included works from Andrew Schoultz, C215, Camille Rose Garcia, Clare Rojas, Cleon Peterson, Cope2, Cyrcle., D*Face, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, Deedee Cheriel, Dzine, Ernesto Yerena Montejano, Estevan Oriol, Evan Hecox, FAILE, Gary Panter, HAZE, How & Nosm, James Cauty, Jamie Reid, Jen […]
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Previews: Mark Whalen – “Peculiarities” @ Melbourne Art Fair

On August 13th, blackartprojects will be showing new work from Mark Whalen (aka Kill Pixie) at the Melbourne Art Fair. Peculiarities will see the Australian born, Los Angeles based artist continue his explorations of isolated geometric environments where his strange characters dance, contort, and interact in unusual ways, often beautiful and grotesque at the same time. Included in this exhibition are also some works on banners as well as what look to be paintings on ceramic books. Discuss Mark Whalen here.
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Streets: ROA for Djerbahood (Tunisia)

Another artist (also see Bom.K & Herbert Baglione) making their mark at the massive Djerbahood Project curated by Galerie Itinerrance was the Belgium-based ROA. The prolific street dissection specilist has since traveled to Sweden, but first, he laid down several sweet murals on Djerba Island in Tunisia utilizing the domed architecture of the reason quite nicely. Check out more photos below… Photos via Street Art Belgium. Discuss ROA here.
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Openings: Tara McPherson – “Supernova” @ Merry Karnowsky

Last weekend, the opening of Supernova at Merry Karnowsky Gallery by Tara McPherson reminded her fans in Los Angeles of some of the reasons they love her work. Working in warm blues and reds, her female characters are rendered flatly with crisp lines, yet with an urgent vibrancy as the New York-based artist and gallery owner plays with familiar heart and water motifs. Take a look at more photos below… Discuss this show here. Discuss Tara McPherson here.
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Upcoming: Mark Dean Veca @ Western Project

On October 18, Western Project in Los Angeles will be welcoming back (see 2010) local artist Mark Dean Veca (interviewed) for a showing of his new works. Rendered with his distinctive “Toile de Jouy” like patterns, iconic characters from pop culture take on a fresh new form and meaning as he oftentimes twists familiar imagery for social commentary. For now, enjoy this newest piece featuring Veca’s version of the well-loved animated character – Taz. Discuss Mark Dean Veca here.
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Streets: ROA (Sweden)

Last week, ROA was caught on the move again, this time popping up in Bromölla, Sweden where he painted a mural for Ifö Center as part of their Artist-in-Residence program. The project originated in the unoccupied floors of a factory with Belgium-based street painter being the first international artist to leave his mark on the external walls. Because the area is known for its prehistoric fossil finds, ROA decided to paint the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus, a fitting piece in his oeuvre of creature dissections. Photo credit: Henrik Haven. Discuss ROA […]