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Streets: Liqen (Kiev)

Recently in Kiev, Liqen painted a stunning large-scale mural on the side of a residential building on Bratislavskaya Street. Originally asked by the curators of the event to paint imagery that opposed the war, the Spanish artist had planned something a little more provocative but ultimately scaled things back to this just as amazing portrait of a titan. Interestingly, the figure with a with a pot for a head holds a hybrid woman-plant in his arms – you can read more explanation here as well as look […]
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Overtime: Sept 19 – Sept 25

More stories from the week that ended Sept 25 (click on bolded words for more information): Karon Davis’ Pain Management at Wilding Cran exhibition images are up on the gallery’s website. RIP: Annie Pootoogook, who passed away at the age of 47. Her death is being investigated. RIP: Jan Statman, who passed away at the age of 81 after being involved in a vehicular accident. RIP: Wilf Roberts, who passed away at the age of 75 following an illness. RIP: Hassan Sharif, who passed away at the age of 65 […]
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Streets: MTO // Art United Us (Kiev)

A few weeks ago, MTO visited the Ukrainian capital to take part in the ongoing Art United Us (see our coverage of other murals) project curated by Iryna Kanishcheva and Geo Leros. During his stay, he painted a large elaborate mural inspired by the unprecedented hack of Ukraine’s power grid last December. With his recent work, the French artist is including the events from the cyber world into his imagery while creating sort of a reality glitch. This particular piece was his visual representation of the hacker attack that left 230,000 Ukrainian residents in the […]
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Streets: Crystal Wagner // UNIQA Art Lodz (Poland)

Following up on an amazing collaboration between Etam Cru and Robert Proch in Poland, Crystal Wagner was the next artist invited in by UNIQA Art Lodz to beautify the city. The new installation (created from wire armature, rip-stop water proof and UV protective nylon, cable ties) for the urban art program curated by Michał Bieżyński (of Lodz Murals) is entitled Hyperbolic and looks like it’s devouring the building. The site specific installation is located on Piotrkowska Street (the city center of Lodz) and will be on view for at least three months. Wagner further adds – […]
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Upcoming: Swoon – “Thalassa” @ Detroit Institute of Arts

Starting on September 24th, the Detroit Institute of Arts will unveil an installation from Swoon (interviewed) entitled Thalassa. The 20-foot tall, 400-pound sculptural piece named after the Greek goddess of the sea – originally displayed in New Orleans (covered) – will be adapted for DIA’s Great Hall. The massive work from the American artist will be suspended from the ceiling and will coincide with a mural project in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers district. Swoon further adds – “I have a long love of Detroit, having worked in the city at various times over the years with the […]
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Streets: Nuart 2016 Murals (Part II)

The 16th edition of Nuart Festival brought some of the most popular street and urban artists to Stavanger, invited creatives that usually don’t work in public as well as few names that already participated in the festival years ago. Here is part II of our final recap (see part I here) of Nuart 2016 and the murals, public works and interventions created in the last couple of weeks. One of the highlights this year was surely Robert Montgomery with the conceptual, poetic pieces that have been shown at the […]
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Recap: Kidult – “Visual Rape” Pop Up Show (Tokyo)

Provocative graffiti artist Kidult recently held a 48 hour pop show in Tokyo entitled Visual Rape. The French artist who made his name tagging his moniker on the storefront of famous fashion brands, particularly those who use graffiti commercially, made sure to include a reference to his notoriety with sculptures (two editions) of Chanel’s tagged facade in the exhibition. Rounding out the eclectic exhibition were mixed media works, installations, sculptures, and some videos documenting his work on the streets. Photo credit: Arthur Bray/Hypebeast. Discuss Kidult here.
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Rewind: June 4 – Sept 19

It’s been a while since our last Rewind feature, so here are some videos from the art world that may help you catch up a little. First up are some short animations that Joan Cornella created that perfectly bring his witty comic-strip paintings to life in all their NSFW glory. If interested, you can check out the Spanish artist’s YouTube page here to stay up to date on his latest videos. Other videos to watch include: A look at a recent mural from ABOVE. POW! WOW! Long Beach […]
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Showing: “Link” @ Art Thema Gallery

French artists have taken over the Art Thema Gallery in Brussels for a group show entitled Link featuring French musician and multi-disciplinary artist Charlelie Couture, pioneer street artist Jérôme Mesnager, members of the DMV crew including Blo, Brusk, Jaw and Bom.K, as well as Liliwenn, Arnaud Puig, Kongo, Kurar, Mist, Cedrix Crespel, ColorZ, Éric Liot, Espi, and FenX. Take a look more photos from the show below… Photos credit: Baze Selecta & the gallery.
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Openings: Conor Harrington – “Watch Your Palace Fall” @ Pace London

After nine months of preparation, Conor Harrington (interviewed) has opened a solo exhibition entitled Watch Your Palace Fall at Pace Gallery London in Soho. Continuing his narrative of politically charged oil paintings, the locally-based artist rendered fights between military male characters dressed in 18th century uniforms, with all the rage and thirst for power evident in their visages. The chase for power is certainly timeless and draws references to the contemporary political climate, as illustrated in Sluggers Paradise (2016), a large diptych featuring a tug of war and coloured to represent the classic blue and red of […]
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