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Category Archives: Street & Urban Art

Overtime: May 14 – May 20

Stories from this week: One of Melbourne’s few remaining Banksy street works destroyed by drilling work for a cafe. Following the BLU controversy, another artist may have had his piece at MOCA censored. Another great mural in Los Angeles unfortunately gets painted over. SEVER’s mural in Detroit causes controversy. A grand opening for Stavenger’s Reed Projects. Bamboo iPhone case with Keith Haring imagery from Colors. New work from REVOK revealed. Hypebeast sits down with a talk with KAWS. Pharrell Williams talks about his favorite artists, […]

Streets: World Roundup (May 14 – May 20)

We start our roundup off this week with a tribute mural for Maurice Sendak from the PDB crew on Melrose in Los Angeles, You can see more photos on  Melrose & Fairfax for those who want a closer look. Other walls worth looking include pieces from Escif (Spain/Morocco), Vhils (France), Blo x Jaw (Australia), Jef Aerosol (Belgium), Isaac Cordal (Belgium), Chazme x Nawer (Poland), Carl Cashman (UK), M-City (Finland), Zilda (Italy), Saner & Aryz (Mexico), Mobstr (UK), Shida x Nychos (Austria), La Pandilla (Mexico), Jaz […]

Rewind: May 14 – May 20

For our video summary this weekend, our featured piece is entitled A Brief History of John Baldessari. The humorous yet informative video follows a give and take session between the conceptual artist and narrator Tom Waits. The footage includes topics like how Baldessari cremated everything he ever made, his height, and his love affair with dots, his film still collection, how “he will not make any more boring art,” among other zany discussion points. Other notable videos this week… JR, a year after his TED […]

Releases: Saber – Large Lino Flag Triptych

Dedicated to making his art accessible to all his fans regardless of their economic status,  SABER (interviewed) has just released a set of flag lino prints priced affordably on his webstore. Available in red, green, and blue, the 6″ x 8″ editions are limited to 50 each and despite their price ($85), each hand finished. Each version from the triptych is numbered and dated on back as well as signed on front. Discuss Saber here.

Openings: “FRENCH INVASION” @ Fabien Castanier Gallery

Several days ago, the Fabien Castanier Gallery in Los Angeles hosted a group show for a selection of French street artists appropriately entitled FRENCH INVASION. Featuring the likes of Speedy Graphito, JonOne, Nasty, Rero and Tilt, the space was filled with paintings, installations, silkscreens and sculpture from each artist. The evening was rounded out by a live painting session on a collaborative mural as well as a surprise showing from SEEN and Sket One. Photo credit: Birdman Photos & Guillaume Zuili.

Teaser: KAWS – Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Following in the tradition of other artists (Takashi Murakami & Tim Burton) who have had their iconic characters blown up for the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, street turned contemporary artist KAWS will have the honor the next time the event comes around. The huge balloon (40 feet long, 34 feet wide and 30 feet tall) will be in the shape of his Companion figure covering his face with its gloved hands, as if he were ashamed or crying in a pose inspired by Rodin’s […]

Openings: Samuel Lowder – “Time Machine” @ Shooting Gallery

Last Saturday evening, Shooting Gallery hosted the opening of Samuel Lowder aka Freprs’s exhibition entitled Time Machine. This ex-90’s graffiti artist has fully transitioned into creating pop art pieces incorporating layered stencils, with hidden details to be picked out when viewed closely. Time Machine takes the viewer back around 70 years with a cinematic feel with a colorful twist. Discuss Samuel Lower (Freprs) here.

Openings: Word to Mother – “Can’t Afford to be Broke” @ White Walls

London-based artist, Word to Mother’s (interviewed) latest offerings were put on display last Saturday evening at White Walls in an exhibition entitled Can’t Afford to be Broke (previewed). With this show, he took his weathered assemblage style and incorporated past and current pop icons with typography to create a commentary on the current state of our economy and society. The pieces evoke a sense of desperation, yet with some humor and color, there is still some optimism. In addition to the mixed media pieces on wood, […]

Openings: KAWS – “Nature of Need” @ Galerie Perrotin (Hong Kong) Part II

On Tuesday, Galerie Perrotin held the grand opening for its Hong Kong gallery location with a showing from the New York-based KAWS (a.k.a. Brian Donnelly) and it was a quite an event. Yesterday, we brought you an intimate look at each of the pieces in the exhibition entitled Nature of Need. Today, in the second part of the coverage, we give you an idea of impressive scale of the works as the audience hovered from piece to piece taking in all the colorful compositions created by the artist. […]

Streets: The London Police @ Unit44

Last week, Newcastle was gifted a huge new mural all the way from Amsterdam as The London Police painted their iconic characters at Unit44. The duo christened their new wall with a showing at the Hoults Yard showspace including a selection of originals and limited editions. Take a look below at more in-progress photos and detailed looks at the LADS having some aquatic fun courtesy of the two English geezers. Discuss The London Police here.