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Streets: El Mac (Toronto)

El Mac was finally able to leave the States for the first big mural project he has done out of the country since having struggled with health issues as of late. Thankfully, it looks like he has recovered nicely with his skills intact from the looks of this stunning piece that was commissioned by Eventscape in Toronto. The wall adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway was executed in collaboration with Montreal’s STARE and Toronto’s KWEST, who contributed on the background. Discuss El Mac here.
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Openings: Bruno Novelli – “Materia Radiante” @ David B. Smith Gallery

Last Thursday, AM was on hand for the opening of Materia Radiante featuring new works from Brazilian artist Bruno Novelli at Denver’s David B. Smith Gallery. Inspired by the philosophy of Henri Bergson and the imagery of the Amazon rainforest, Mr. Novelli used punchy colors and contrasting geometric shapes to explore the concept of the diminishing boundaries between objects and their environment. The size and audacity of the art are striking, making the gallery feel as if it is being overtaken by otherworldly vegetation. The show incorporates a […]
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Streets: Os Gemeos (Vancouver) – Part I

Os Gemeos are currently in Vancouver working on an impressive outdoor project organized by the Vancouver Biennale. Painting six large silos, on the full 360 degree surface covering 23,500 square feet (7,162 square metres), this is going to be their biggest mural to date, and their first one in Canada. With this project, the twins are joining the impressive roster of international artists including Ai Weiwei, Andy Goldsworthy, Vik Muniz and Jonathan Borofsky in transforming Vancouver into an open air museum for the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale. Located on Granville Island alongside […]
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Streets: Phlegm for Djerbahood (Tunisia)

Continuing our tour of the amazingly extensive street art festival (coverage here) put on by Galerie Itinerrance in Tunisia, we now turn our attention to Phlegm. Creating a series of small murals on abandoned structures, the UK-based artist played around with the architectural elements and painted appropriately placed windows and doors for his signature characters to interact with. The end result are some of our favorite pieces yet for the Djerbahood Project. Discuss Phlegm here.
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Overtime: Aug 11 – Aug 17

More stories from the week that ended Aug 17 (click on bolded words for more information): Parker Ito’s images from his White Cube show. RIP: Richard D. Marshall, who died unexpectedly at the age of 67. RIP: Edward Leffingwell, who died at the age of 72 due to cardiac arrest. Molly Crabapple sneaks into Guggenheim Abu Dhabi site to interview workers and expose poor conditions. Chapman Brothers Piggyback piece at Rome’s MAXXI censored and removed for being paedopornographic. Jayme McLellan fired as instructor at the […]
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Streets: Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – Mexico Expedition

A couple of weeks ago Pangeaseed.org wrapped up another praiseworthy project on the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico – Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – Mexico Expedition. For this event that took place from July 20-28, they invited a group of international artists to help raise awareness for the conservation of the ocean.  Similar to what they did with POW! WOW! Hawaii earlier this year (covered), 1xRun.com released a series of limited edition prints along with this event, with 100% of the proceeds going towards funding the programme. Greatly needed protection for the […]
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Recap: Project M/5 (Berlin)

With a glimpse of the setup to whet your appetite yesterday, here is now the main course – completed photos from Project M/5 from Urban Nation. The lineup, curated by Roland Henry and VNA Magazine, featured Mark Lyken, Inkie, Pam Glew, Fran Bosoletti, Will Barras, Eine, Steff Plaetz, Nick Walker, O. Two, Sickboy, Xenz and Sheone working hard creating window murals and installations as well as some pieces around the Berlin (see Eine here). Photo credit: Henrik Haven.
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Previews: Jose Parla – “IN MEDIAS RES” @ Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

New Yorkers are in for a treat next month (September 12th) as José Parlá will be returning for another showing (see 2011 & 2013) at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery. IN MEDIA RES will the second solo with the showspace from the Brooklyn-based artist after a joint exhibition with JR last year. The new body of work will reflect on Parla’s life, beginning from his childhood on through the present day which includes his extensive travels around the world. Featuring paintings, sculptures and a large-scale mural installation, the pieces will all […]
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Setup: Project M/5 (Berlin)

After giving you a taste last week of what Urban Nation is up to with Project M/5 (also see M/4, M/3) with new work from Eine from the streets of Berlin, we now have a more comprehensive look for you. Curated with the help of Roland Henry and VNA Magazine, the event has artist like Mark Lyken, Inkie, Pam Glew, Fran Bosoletti, Will Barras, Eine, Steff Plaetz, Nick Walker, O. Two, Sickboy, Xenz (seen above) and Sheone working hard creating window murals and installations. Check out everything coming together […]
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Releases: “Banksy in New York” Book by Ray Mock

Coming out this Friday, August 15 is Banksy in New York – the ultimate companion to Banksy’s New York residency (covered). The book, by graffiti and street art writer and photographer Ray Mock, provides a first-hand account of the British street artist’s American residency, from reactions from locals and building owners to the controversial defacement and removal of his pieces to interactions between Banksy’s fans and detractors. Through Mock’s unique extensive knowledge of the movement and his local perspective, the impact of Banksy’s time in […]