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Streets: Blu (Mexico City)

While much of street art these days is primarily decorative and created with a purpose of promoting an event, art show, or commercial endeavor, there are still artists out there that are using the streets as a powerful medium for sharing information and making statements. One of those artist is Blu, who is currently traveling around the America’s and creating engaged works. After recently visiting Bolivia (covered), he just finished another strong and meaningful piece in Mexico City, where he was invited by Fifty24Mx for their ManifestoMx project. The […]
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Releases: Søren Solkær – “Surface”

Danish photographer Søren Solkær is set to launch a series worldwide exhibitions in conjunction with the release of his latest book. Surface is the definitive portrait anthology of some of the most significant street artists in practice today. The Copenhagen-based photographer has spent the last three years shooting artists across the globe, closely working with them on making these portraits represent them in the light they feel comfortable with. The photos have been staged in Søren’s signature style, drawing influence from cinema and painting, and were shot in places like Berlin, London, […]
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Showing: RETNA – “Articulate & Harmonic Symphonies of the Soul” @ Hoerle-Guggenheim

Several months since their opening in the Fall 2014, Chelsea gallery Hoerle-Guggenheim opened a solo show by Marquis Lewis a.k.a. RETNA (featured) on February 13th. Articulate & Harmonic Symphonies of the Soul includes the LA-based artist’s most important pieces of recent years and a selection of his newest works on canvas. RETNA has been one of the artists that has successfully transferred the rawness of street art and graffiti into high end galleries. He’s been working on signature typographic, text-based imagery for over two decades, mixing gang or Mexican graffiti with Egyptian hieroglyphics, Gothic, […]
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Dabs Myla Create New MTV Movie Awards Logo

With the 2015 MTV Movie Awards set to go live on April 12th, the television channel has revealed the new logo designed by Dabs Myla. You may remember that last year, KAWS was tapped work with the VMA’s, so it’s not surprise that they have continued hiring on talented artists that their viewers can relate too. Look for the Los Angeles-based couple to create some installations for the awards show as well. The duo told MTV News – “We wanted to make something really bold and energetic that […]
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Openings: Kenny Scharf – “Born Again” @ Honor Fraser Gallery

Over the weekend, Honor Fraser Gallery in Culver City presented new works from Kenny Scharf (interviewed) collectively entitled Born Again. The latest solo from the American painter includes a diverse sampling of his oeuvre including new pieces on reclaimed artwork, assemblages, videos and collages, as well as an installation. The show runs through April 4th if you want to check it out in person, or enjoy the photos below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Kenny Scharf here.
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Overtime: Feb 23 – March 1

More stories from the week that ended March 1 (click on bolded words for more information): First Jeff Koons public art sculpture acquired by a city to go up in front of new arena in downtown Sacramento. RIP: Leonard Nimoy, who died at the age of 83. The famous actor was also a photographer, collector, and arts supporter. RIP: Edward Albers, who died at the age of 59 after a fire in his apartment building. Previously missing Picasso painting resurfaces after it is shipped to […]
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Studio Visits / Previews: Kenny Scharf – “Born Again” @ Honor Fraser Gallery

Tonight at Honor Fraser Gallery, Kenny Scharf (interviewed) will be presenting his latest solo exhibition to his fans in Los Angeles. The new showing promises to be a diverse one, ranging from a fresh set of paintings, a selection of rarely shown early videos and collage, to his never exhibited before assemblages. The new Born Again series sees the Scharf repurposing and painting over discarded artwork, which you can see him working on in the studio visit photos here. Also rounding things out will be a series of installations where the aforementioned videos will […]
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Openings: Mehdi Ghadyanloo – “Perception” @ Howard Griffin Gallery

Having painted over a hundred murals in Tehran, Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo recently made his debut London show. Entitled Perception with Howard Griffin Gallery, the exhibition featured a series of paintings, miniature sculptures and a cube installation playing with perception and depth. Providing some insight into the Iranian peoples’ desire for expression, Ghadyanloo’s artworks carry universal themes of hope, anticipation, loss and sadness. In parallel, the artist also created a large scale mural in the streets of London  entitled We did not start the game, where three girls are jumping […]
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Streets: Blu (Bolivia)

It looks like Italian street savant Blu has began his swing through the Americas with a mural in Bolivia. The quickly painted wall again provides biting social commentary on the value of people in the country when weighed against the value placed on money. Next up for Blu will be work for the MANIFESTO street initiative in Mexico. Discuss Blu here.
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POW! WOW! ’15 / Streets: Esao Andrews & Aaron Horkey

Arguably one of the best murals created at this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii (more coverage here) and one of the most unusual and interesting collaborations was the one by Esao Andrews and Aaron Horkey. None of the artists are really known for their mural skills or even large scale works, so it was interesting to watch their talents pulling off one of the most detailed and exceptional pieces created. Painting on the facade of Fresh Cafe in Kaka’ako, this was Esao’s second ever mural he’s worked on, while […]
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