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Overtime: May 14 – 20

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Diddy revealed as the buyer of Kerry James Marshall’s record-breaking $21 million painting. New York’s spring art auctions have seen some yawns and some records. In a Warhol smackdown at Christie’s, which $30 million work is the better bet? How Steve Wynn’s $70 million Picasso was punctured and damaged. A $40,000 KAWS print leads Paddle8’s latest street art auction. $45.3 million Basquiat is top lot in $131.6 million Phillips sale of 20th-Century & […]

Showing: KAWS – “SEEING/WATCHING” Sculptures (China)

With the releases of associated products in recent days, fans of KAWS had been eagerly awaiting the unveiling of his SEEING/WATCHING duo of sculptures in China. Perched high above ground level on the Changsha IFS Tower in Hunan, the recognizable BFF and Companion characters from the Brooklyn-based artist were finally introduced to the public last week and sit back to back on the edge of a rooftop terrace. The site-specific installation was produced in collaboration with AllRightsReserved and is accompanied by panels of KAWS’ imagery as well as a display of his […]

Streets: Leon Keer (Netherlands)

Recently in the Netherlands, Leon Keer created five street pieces in memory of M.C. Escher in the city of his birth – Leeuwarden. Painted in the anormorphic style that he has become known for, the Dutch artist thrilled the crowds who gathered to watch his work and provided perfect photo ops for the art lovers. Keer’s chosen source of inspiration was a perfect fit for his mind-bending 3D works with Escher also known for impossible objects and plays on perspective. These works were produced with […]

Interviews: Shepard Fairey x Hublot Timepiece

After series of successful collaborations with different brands and types of products, Shepard Fairey (featured) just revealed his latest joint effort with luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot as the latest addition to their “Hublot Loves Art” series. The American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, and illustrator, was announced as an official brand ambassador during the unveiling of an exclusive new timepiece titled the Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey on May 16th in the East LA neighborhood of Silver Lake. Co-designed with the artist, this model is part […]

Releases: Shepard Fairey x Beyond The Streets x Modernica Chair

One of the fun parts of the BEYOND THE STREETS exhibition (covered) is walking through the gift shop to see what unique offerings are available. Some items are now online on their website, including a sweet collaboration between Shepard Fairey (featured) and Modernica, who have a rich recent history of working with artists. The Side Shell Eiffel Chair, infused with OBEY imagery and limited to 500, is just one of the chairs available (also Futura, Basquiat, Keith Haring), so head over here to take a look and add one to […]

Streets: Mar-1 / RAD Napa Project

Following up our previous coverage of the RAD Napa project (curated by Thinkspace and sponsored by The Napa Valley Wine Train), we now have photos from something Mars-1 (featured) painted recently. Creating a mural from his Infinite Tapestry series next to the railroad tracks, the Bay Area-based artist wove multiple globes of his bubbles together on the two part wall. The organic forms really pop against the stark black background, especially when viewed from the train. Photo & video credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Mars-1 here.

Openings: D*Face – ‘Fornever’ @ Galerie Itinerrance (Paris)

After painting a large new mural Turn Coat (covered) in the 13th District of Paris, D*Face (interviewed) unveiled his first solo show in France at Galerie Itinerrance. Entitled FORNEVER, the exhibition presented canvasses, sculptures, installations, HPMs, prints, and more. The British artist also experimented with a new medium – ‘Memory Trays’ – assemblages of found objects to bring a narrative dimension to his portraits. Thus, his subjects are plunged into the past as if they were nothing but an accumulation of memories, a discrete stencil is hidden inside a […]

Previews: Pejac – “Waterline” (Paris)

From June 20 to June 24, Pejac will be hosting a new exhibition in Paris entitled Waterline inside an old ‘péniche’ boat moored right next to Notre-Dame. Like his show last year in Venice (covered), held in a gondola workshop, the Spanish artist has tailored his new body of work to fit the unconventional venue with a series of around 30 drawings and studies on paper. The imagery on display, much cleverly dealing with environmental and socio-political issues, are examples of the prep work that Pejac puts […]

Releases: Paul Insect – “The Ultimate Journey” (Gold) Print

Tomorrow (May 16th) at 6:oo PM (Amsterdam Time), Paul Insect will be releasing new limited edition, The Ultimate Journey – Gold, through Avant Arte. Mirroring some of his recently work, the meticulously produced 10 color screen print embellished with glitter and small diamond dust will have an edition of 70, measure 97 x 71 cm (image size 92 x 67.4 cm), and cost € 1.200,00. Seen below also are the more limited blue and red versions which will drop in June. Discuss Paul Insect here.

Streets: Blek Le Rat (San Francisco)

While in town for his showing (more on this later) at Weinstein Gallery, legendary street artist Blek Le Rat spent some time working some of his stencil magic in San Francisco. Hitting several locations including the Hastings College of Law, the French artist was able make his mark on the area including conjuring up appearances of his famous rat. Take a look at some photos documenting his time on the streets below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Blek Le Rat here.
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