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Previews: Ana Bagayan – “Children of the Sun” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Tomorrow night in Los Angeles, the Thinkspace Gallery will be hosting the opening of Ana Bagayan’s (interviewed) newest solo show. Children of the Sun features paintings and drawings that are inspired by her fascination with our sun and the worlds around it with the title of the show referring to Ancient Armenia, before the introduction of Christianity. Based on the preview images, we think attendees will appreciate the mysterious and otherworldly feel of these new works. Discuss this show here. Discuss Ana Bagayan here.  
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Streets: COPE2 – Bowery & Houston Mural

Last week, the iconic corner of Bowery & Houston in New York saw a new mural take shape as COPE2 took over the location. Featuring his well known bubble tags and associated graf elements, the wall was soon filled with letterings from the NYC writer on a richly textured background. Stop by to see the colorful mural for yourself if you are in the area and also take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Joe Russo for Arrested Motion. Discuss COPE2 here.
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Openings: Walton Ford – “Watercolors” @ Paul Kasmin

The last time we were able to experience Walton Ford’s work in person in New York was in 2011 when he blew us away with his surreal portraits of King Kong as well as his well known naturalistic paintings. This time around, the American artist’s return to Paul Kasmin Gallery featured large scale watercolors of his chosen creatures in unusual and and ironically unnatural urban and outdoor settings. As per his usual practice, the pieces were embellished with notes, but for the first time included musings from the […]
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Banksy’s Webby Awards Acceptance Video

Last week, the 18th annual Webby Awards named Banksy the Person of the Year in a surprise move. Of course, the elusive street artist was not on hand to accept the distinction awarded for excellence on the internet. The honor accorded Mr. B was a testimony to how well-known his art has become and how skillfully he is able to manage his online presence. This fact along with other things were mentioned tongue-in-check in an acceptance video the Bristol bomber released about his recent “art residency” in New […]
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Recap: artMRKT San Francisco

Last week, Bay Area art fans saw the annual Art Market San Francisco come through town. The international art fair held at the Festival Pavilion – Fort Mason Center had galleries, artists, and collectors alike taking advantage of the one week of the year where art was in especially in focus in SF. We have for you a small sample of what was on display for those who missed it, including the work or Joel Daniel Phillips (above) seen at the Hashimoto Contemporary booth. Photo credit: Ken Harman.
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Upcoming: Matthew Palladino @ Garth Greenan Gallery

Tonight in Chelsea, the locally-based Matthew Palladino (interviewed) will be opening a new show at Garth Greenan Gallery. We last enjoyed his work in New York back in 2011, and fans who attended that showing and plan to be present tonight will see that his work has evolved since to include three-dimensional elements to his repertoire. The same explorations of ideas of perspective can be seen in these new pieces as well Palladino’s well-honed sense of humor. Discuss Matthew Palladino here.
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Project M/4 (Berlin) – Part I

As we mentioned last week, the Thinkspace Gallery curating a show entitled LAX / TXL as part of the fourth stage of a project by Urban Nation. Along with this group exhibition, some artists have been recruited to create 10×10 foot window murals including Alexis Diaz (aka La Pandilla) - seen above, Andrew Schoultz, C215, Curiot, Fernando Chamarelli, Glenn Barr, Joao Ruas, Low Bros, Nosego, Word To Mother, plus a massive full building mural from Dabs Myla. Henrik Haven was on hand to document some of the action. Photo credit: […]
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Rewind: May 12 – May 18

It’s time for another look at worthy art-related videos that are floating around the interwebs, a feature we call Rewind. Up first is a something funded and put together by Pangeaseed called Sea Walls Expeditions: Murals For Oceans – this time in Mexico, a street art project that brings the beauty and plight of the world’s ocean to the forefront. Watch the video below and fund them here if interested. Other videos to watch include: Vernissage TV films Gerhard Richter’s show at Fondation Beyeler. Documentary […]
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Releases: Faile – Original Book Covers

Today, May 20th, at 12 Noon Eastern Standard Time, Faile (featured) will be releasing more of their original silk screened book covers, conveniently float mounted in a white frame. The imagery in this set features imagery from their recent show at the Dallas Contemporary (covered) as well as their Cat Show LA quilt. Head over to Paper Monster at the appropriate time if you are interested in adding one to your collection. Discuss Faile here.
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Streets: World Roundup (Apr 28 – May 18)

It’s time for another edition of our Streets World Roundup feature. First up is a new High Line billboard featuring the work of Ed Ruscha. The influential American artist joins many others before him who have had their art displayed on the high profile pedestrian walkway in New York City. Other notable street art comes from: Seth Globepainter – Italy, Inti – Tahiti, Steve Powers – Belgium, ROA – Spain, Agostino Iacurci – Italy, 2501 – Italy, How & Nosm – Hong Kong, Aryz – […]