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Streets: JR (Rio de Janeiro) – Part II

After sharing a first look at the public art created in Rio de Janeiro by JR (interviewed) for the Olympics, we now have photos from the rest of the project. Like the first piece featuring a Sudanese athlete high jumping over a building, the other two installations also feature athletes that didn’t make it to this year’s Olympics – French triathlete Léonie Periault swimming and a Brazilian diver. He chose to photograph young athletes who may one day make it, people who are still “working hard for the passion of sport.” […]
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Overtime: Aug 8 – Aug 14

More stories from the week that ended Aug 14 (click on bolded words for more information): Nicolas Party’s Pathway comes to Dallas Museum of Art. RIP: Betsy Davis, who passed away at the age of 41 via doctor-assisted suicide after hosting two-day party. RIP: Ernst Neizvestny, who passed away at the age of 91. RIP: The Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, who passed away at the age of 64. Museum visitor interaction with works and subsequent vandalistic acts a rising concern. The Guardian also writes about vandalism fears. […]
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Streets: Bezt // Etam Cru – “Europe” (Germany)

Recently in Mannheim, Germany, Bezt from the Etam Cru painted a eye-catching new mural for the Stadt.Wand.Kunst open urban art gallery project. The somber multi-story high piece is simply entitled Europe and features a glimpse at a funeral procession. We can think of several ways this new wall can be interpreted, but whatever your own thoughts about it, we can all agree the Polish street artist got his message across in a striking and beautiful way. Discuss Etam Cru here.
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Streets: Blu (Porto Torres, Sardinia)

Several weeks ago, Blu was invited to Porto Torres, Sardinia, by the C.S.O.A. Pangea Posthudorra collective. During his visit, the Italian artist painted another impressive piece in the Villaggio Satellite residential part of town. The finished mural depicts a large head whose face is formed with a human puzzle, sending a message of unity. Done using a signature illustrative style with a lot of small detail that creates the story, the piece is painted on a colorful gradient background which accents the main image. The idea of the organizers and the artist […]
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Streets: Miss Van (Toulouse)

Fresh from her recent museum exhibition opening at the CAC Malaga (covered), Miss Van is back to Toulouse, the city where she started to paint, with a new mural for the Rose Beton Festival (covered). La symphonie des songes features her signature sensual female character in a dreamlike landscape playing with colourful folklore masks from various continents, transporting us from China to Latin America. Photo credit: Butterfly, Benjamin BigAddict Roudet and @juliemorize    Discuss Miss Van here.
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Showing: “The Art Of Banksy” @ Beurs van Bergale (Amsterdam)

After an Istanbul premiere in January of 2016, Banksy’s unofficial and unauthorized retrospective is currently on view at Amsterdam’s Beurs van Berlage. The Art of Banksy includes over 85 pieces selected by the elusive artist’s former agent, Steve Lazarides, making it the biggest show of Banksy work ever put together. Along with some previously unexhibited originals, including crude oils, works on paper, wood, canvas as well as rare sculptural works, the exhibition also includes previously unseen behind the scenes as well as work in progress images from curator’s personal archives. Carefully […]
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Upcoming: No Commission Art Fair (New York)

Between August 11 – 14, Swizz Beatz has organized an art fair at his birthplace – South Bronx in New York. Presented by The Dean Collection & Bacardi, the No Commission Art Fair is just that – a platform where artists are given free exhibition space to sell their work with no commission charged (a followup to the Art Basel Miami event last year). Participants include: Nina Chanel Abney, Derrick Adams, John Ahearn, Ricardo Cavolo, Luigi Cazzaniga, Sandra Chevrier, Alyssa Dennis, Delphine Diallo, Faile (seen setting […]
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Streets: Leon Keer (Dresden)

Street painting expert Leon Keer recently created a new piece in Dresden, Germany for the upcoming Magic City street exhibition. The Dutch artist is known for his anamorphic paintings on the ground that deceive the eye, with this latest piece being no different. Entitled Across the Border and painted in front of Scheune Dresden, it tells a story of hope and tolerance and is inspired by the famous Dresden Meissen porcelain figures. Discuss Leon Keer here.
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Streets: INO // Art United Us (Kiev)

The large ongoing program Art United Us keeps producing new large murals around the Ukranian capital of Kiev in an effort to raise public awareness and attention to the problem of war, aggression and violence. Curated by Iryna Kanishcheva and Geo Leros, the project recently revealed the latest finished piece by INO titled Instability. This is the Greek artist’s largest mural to date measuring 48 meters in height and done using his signature sketch-like style with gray scale tones and subtle use of color. Mixing photorealism and abstraction, the […]
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