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Showing: Jan Kalab – “Extra” @ Villa Pelle

On the 29th of June, Jan Kalab (featured) opened his ninth solo show at the Villa Pelle in Prague, showing pieces created exclusively for this event. After introducing his art at fairs worldwide, this was an opportunity to put his work on display in his homeland. The Czech artist uses a lot of geometry elements and pure, bright colors in creating his pieces, which often blur the distinction between art and design. His minimalist visual language has been affected by his graffiti work, when minimalism was a necessity. […]
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Streets: Urban Nation / Project M/8 – (Part II) – Maya Hayuk

After sharing the first set of photos from Urban Nation for the 8th phase (curated by StolenSpace) of their public arts program featuring Shepard Fairey, D*Face, Cyrcle., and Word To Mother painting four columns of a building, we now turn our attention to Maya Hayuk. For her part, the American artist worked amongst other murals painted before for the project, leaving her signature nterlocked stripes of color for her fans in Berlin to enjoy. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Maya Hayuk here.
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POW! WOW! Long Beach ’15: James Jean

Over the weekend, James Jean (interviewed) completed one of his tallest murals yet for POW! WOW! Long Beach (see our coverage here). Painted on the side of the historic Varden Hotel in the heart of downtown, the striking black and white mural was placed next to a wall by Tristan Eaton (more on this later). Take a look at more detailed shots as well as some in-progress pics below… Portrait shots: Jordan Ahern, Instagrafiteoff, Matthew Eaton. Discuss James Jean here.
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Showing: Kai & Sunny / Ryan De La Hoz – “The Matter Of Time” @ 886 Gallery

A little while ago, we published an article with Kai & Sunny where we sat down for an interview ahead of their showing in San Francisco at the 886 Geary Gallery entitled The Matter Of Time. We now have photos to share from the London-based duo’s exhibition as well as shots of the work from Ryan De La Hoz who showed jointly with them. For this show, Kai & Sunny focused on the passage of time while De La Hoz had dissent as the major theme of his pieces. Discuss Kai […]
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Takashi Murakami x Vans Vault Showcase @ Hotel Du Grand Veneur

Over the weekend Hotel Du Grand Veneur in Paris hosted a collaborative showcase between Takashi Murakami and Vans. Coinciding with this season’s Paris Fashion Week, the launch event featured shoes (adult and child), skate decks, surf boards, tees, and related artwork. as well as a roundtable conversation with the esteemed Japanese artist. Take a look at more photos from the event below… Photo credit: Simky Cheung (via Hypebeast). Discuss Takashi Murakami here.
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Showing: John Knuth – “Nothing Without Providence” @ David B. Smith Gallery

You may remember awhile back, we shared a video from artist John Knuth and his unique form of markmaking. By feeding houseflies pigments and then allowing them to run through part of their life cycles on canvas on site at the David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, the Los Angeles-based artist was able to create some abstract paintings through his little assistants’ labor. Nothing Without Providence, a reference to the Colorado state motto, runs through July 10th.
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Previews: Jonathan Yeo – “Exposure” @ Circle Culture Gallery

Opening on the 10th of July, Exposure will be Jonathan Yeo’s second show with Circle Culture Gallery and the first time he is showing works in Hamburg. The exhibition will primarily consist of his infamous Leaf Works, created using the artist’s distinctive form of pornographic collage. Yeo started the this series in 2008, displaying them in New York and Los Angeles, but this show will be the first, and possibly the last time these pieces are shown together as a coherent body of work. The idea behind these works […]
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Recap: “Highlights From Past SFAQ [Projects] 2012–2015″ @ SFAQ [Project] Space

Just closing over the weekend at the SFAQ [Project] Space, the gallery space of the magazine, was a show entitled Highlights From Past SFAQ [Projects] 2012–2015. The title of the exhibition speaks for itself – artists who have collaborated with the publication before on pullouts or inserts have these projects on display along with an artwork that corresponds to it. These eleven artists are Alexandre Arrechea Arrechea, Chris Burden, Amy Franceschini, Paul Kos, Tom Marioni, Sean McFarland, Mark Mulroney, Barry McGee (seen above), Guy Overfelt, Rafael Rozendaal […]
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Openings: Jeff Soto – “Nightgardens” @ KP Projects / MKG

Over the weekend, fans of Jeff Soto (interviewed) enjoyed his first showing in Los Angeles in almost a decade. Entitled Nightgardens, the exhibition of KP Projects / MKG featured a series of new acrylic on panel and watercolor paintings incorporating some of the Riverside-based artist’s familiar characters in the midst of some adventure as well as some more abstract still-life like compositions. Featuring a lush color palette, oftentimes referencing the title of the show with its after dark scenes, the fresh collection of works also included crowd pleasers like the […]
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Previews: “Summer Group Show” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

On July 2nd, Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco will be opening their first Summer Group Show featuring work from their diverse roster of artists – painters, sculptors, muralists, installation, and textile artists. Spanning all types of mediums, you can expect more from the lineup of Aaron De La Cruz, Brett Amory, Casey Gray, Crystal Wagner, Derek Weisberg, Drew Leshko, Erin M. Riley (seen above), Erik Jones, GATS, Joel Daniel Phillips, Jessica Hess, John Wentz, Lucien Shapiro, Nychos, Ravi Zupa, Scott Scheidly, Shawn Huckins, Tracey Snelling, […]
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