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Streets: Nunca (Los Angeles)

Over the weekend, Brazilian artist Nunca finally finished a mural he has been working on all week in the heart of Los Angeles for the TARFEST Music and Art Festival. The massive piece (arranged by Merry Karnowsky Gallery & Launch Gallery) features imagery quite appropriate for the location with a series of paparazzi figures painted in the street artist’s distinctive style. Enjoy the photoset below, and for more, head over here. Photo credit: Theonepointeight for Arrested Motion.

Preview / Studio Visit: Matt Doust – “New Works” @ Thinkspace

On September 7th, the Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles will be presenting New Works from accomplished portraitist Matt Doust. The new mostly large-scale hyperrealistic paintings explore the concept of identity and the idea of fleeting beauty that are rendered in a dramatic fashion. The show will be on display through September 28th so make plans to take a look for yourself, but for now, you can peruse some photos from his studio below… Photo credit: Thinkspace Gallery. Discuss this show here. *The title of the show was changed to […]

Streets: INSA for The Vaford Gates (Hong Kong)

Earlier this month, the UK-based INSA returned to Hong Kong for a set of murals at The Vaford Gates in Chai Wan. If you remember, the street artist know for his heel motifs had a show in the city-state in 2011 at the Above Second Gallery. The project at this former old factory building location plans to feature a rotating cast of local and international artist so we’ll be sure to see more action soon… Discuss INSA here.
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Preview: KAWS for MTV VMA’s

With this year’s Video Music Awards from MTV only several days away, installation has already started for the event. As mentioned when news first broke of KAWS’ involvement with the design of the special 30th installment of the award show, held in Brooklyn for the first time, there was going to be a a 60-foot Moonman (this year’s prize also remixed with the Brooklyn-based artist’s design) on stage, his tallest Companion ever. As you can see from the photo above, this impressive piece is already in place […]
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Preview: Travis Louie – “Tiny Theatre of The Absurd” @ Stranger Factory

Starting on September 6th, the Stranger Factory in Albuquerque will be hosting a two person show entitled Tiny Theatre of The Absurd from Travis Louie’s (interviewed) and Jean Labourdette a.k.a. Turf One. For his part, Louie will be contributing some small pieces and some mixed media works on paper featuring his black & white portraits, rendered like vintage photos, of imaginary creatures and human oddities. Take a look at a couple more preview images below… Discuss Travis Louie here.

Upcoming: Andrew Schoultz – “New Work” @ Morgan Lehman Gallery

On September 5th, Andrew Schoultz will be opening his third solo show with Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York entitled simply New Work. Seen in this new series of paintings are motifs and imagery that we have come to expect from the San Francisco-based artist including ships, horses, and frenetic patterns enhanced with his mixed media use of US currency. The opening reception if from 6-8 pm if you want to check it out in person. Photo via Mark Moore Gallery. Discuss Andrew Schoultz here.

Streets: The London Police (Kentucky)

Recently, The London Police paid a visit to Covington, Kentucky for a public works project arranged by the BLDG gallery. The duo painted their iconic LADS characters alongside buildings and inside local business, leaving a trail of art for fans to follow. Upping the ante were pieces that they hid around town that “escaped” the main large-scale mural. Take a look at a sampling of these walls in the photos below… Photo credit: Chris Breeden. Discuss The London Police here.

Upcoming: “The Baxter Collection” @ Roq La Rue

An unconventional exhibition is opening up at Roq La Rue next month featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Audrey Kawasaki, Camille Rose Garcia, Lori Earley, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Liz McGrath, Ray Caesar, Glenn Barr, Donald Roller Wilson, Kukula, Ana Bagayan, Fuco Ueda, and Joe Sorren. Typically, secondary market pieces aren’t presented as a show at galleries, but the work available was of such quality (as you can see from the iconic Octogirls from Kawasaki above), that the Seattle showspace decided to make an exception. Stop […]

Streets: Kenny Scharf (Los Angeles)

After opening his show at Honor Fraser (covered) in Los Angeles as well as painting on the cars of his lucky fans in the area, Kenny Scharf (interviewed) returned to New York where he continued improving vehicles with his signature imagery. He seems to get around, as he was back in the City of Angels last week to create a new mural (arranged by Branded Arts) in Culver City. Head over to Davis Brothers’ Tire Pros yourself for a look if you are in town. Photo credit: Branded Arts. […]

Preview: Askew – “Entropy” @ Inner State Gallery

On August 23rd, the Inner State Gallery in Detroit will be hosting a solo show from Askew entitled Entropy. Presented by 1xRUN, the new exhibition from New Zealand’s best will feature a series of portraits based on his experiences visiting the Motor City and the desolate cityscape he observed. He states: “Detroit started this whole train of thought during my first visit in 2009. I think the metaphor of Entropy is throughout the world but extends to Detroit as well. The Entropy in Detroit’s case was human […]