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Openings: Saner – “Sequestro Express” @ Mid City Arts

Last Friday, Mid City Arts in the heart of Los Angeles hosted an unique exhibition by Mexican artist Saner entitled Sequestro Express. The title of the show is translated to Express Kidnapping, a subject that certainly has significance in certain Central and South American countries as well as Mexico of course. Most of the artwork no doubt will be long gone by the time you read this as it was given away free by the artist. More photos by Birdman after the jump…

FAME Festival ’11: Vhils

Plaster, concrete, paper, wood – where other people see construction materials and tools, the visionary Vhils sees art. After working on a wall outside of the Post No Bills gallery in the States in conjunction with the European Bailout Show (covered), the Lisbon-based street artist traveled to Italy to do his part for the annual Fame Fest. Take a look at some of the other pieces he produced while in town as well as a video of some of the shenanigans that went down.

Streets: Shepard Fairey (Copenhagen) Part I

As we draw closer to the Friday night opening of  Shepard Fairey’s (featured) show Your Ad Here at V1 Gallery, we will bringing you some front line pics as he and the Obey crew beautify walls in and around Copenhagen.  This particular peace dove mural was their first effort and located on Jagtvej 69, 2200 Nørrebro for those in town. A full photoset of action shots taken for us our correspondent Henrik Haven after the jump…

Streets: Ericailcane (Rome)

Not to be outdone by fellow compatriot and frequent collaborator Blu, street illustrator Ericailcane also headed out on his own to work on some solo murals. This new wall in Rome was painted in the Laurentino 38 neighborhood, a downtrodden area that has seen some restoration projects in recent months commissioned by LabUrba. Hopefully, we’ll continue to see more from “Eric the Dog” throughout the rest of summer. Additional detail pics (by Jessica Stewart) after the jump, but also check out some in progress pics over at Drago.

Preview: “Summer Invitational” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Summer group shows during the traditional down time for galleries is a good way to gauge the direction a gallery is going. For their 2011 Annual Summer Invitational, slated to open on August 10th, the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York will be featuring an international group of artists including Daniel Martin Diaz, Eric Fortune, Hello Monsters, Edwin Ushiro, Dick Chicken, Melissa Haslam, Above, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Yuko Shimizu, Ashley Wood, Jennifer Delilah and Meryl Smith. More preview images after the jump…

Openings: Anthony Lister @ HVW8

Last Friday evening, HVW8 gallery unveiled new works by Australian-born artist Anthony Lister (interviewed). For this project, Junk Food Art House teamed up with the artist in bringing the theme of the lost superhero to the forefront. The exhibit put a cap to the three-week long venture which had Lister’s posters placed all across the city of Los Angeles. This most recent work continues to explore the artist’s fascination with the superhero as a way to discuss themes of postmodernism and the loss of identity. […]

Openings: “European Bailout Show” @ Post No Bills

This past Thursday, Post No Bills gallery held their second gallery exhibit which featured works by the likes of Anthony Micallef, Conor Harrington, Ian Francis, Jonathan Yeo, JR, Mode 2, Paul Insect, Stanley Donwood, Vhils and Zevs. Titled as the European Bailout Show, this exhibition focused entirely on some of Europe’s most interesting artists working today. It was clear from the large number of attendees that Steve Lazarides’ new California venture continues a successful run especially after coming off the highly touted Faile show. This […]

Os Gemeos Commission for

It’s well established that is a patron of the arts as evidenced by his involvement with the Grammy art shows (2009 and 2010) and music video featuring the work of Shepard Fairey. Now we see a little bit of his personal collection as he has added this commissioned piece from Os Gemeos entitled boombox planet centered on a character with his likeness standing on a globe of speakerboxes that the twins have made famous with multiple installations including at exhibits in LA, Paris, Portugal, and […]

Overtime: July 25 – 31

Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle has been condensed into short clips via Little Big Planet on Playstation 3.  And, a wonderful opportunity to be in a Barney film. 2011 Collection of Bob Dylan prints go on sale. Monet landscape and Pissarro apple tree among acquisitions by Philadelphia Museum of Art. White Cube is opening in Hong Kong trying to woo Asian collectors. Petition supporting closure of streets for downtown LA Art Walk after baby killed by motorist. Looking back at Diane Arbus on the anniversary of […]

Streets: West Hollywood Library Wrapup (Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, RETNA)

Although the new public library in West Hollywood isn’t set to open until the fall, the three large murals by Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, and RETNA are now complete. Billed as an extension to MOCA’s Art in the Streets exhibition, the project (which we have been following) was apparently conceived by Jeffrey Deitch himself and will also include some additional indoor work from Fairey. The work however may not be permanent as the city has only committed to hosting the murals through July 2012. More […]