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Overtime: Dec 22 – Dec 28

More stories from the week that ended Dec 28 (click on bolded words for more information): Mark Bradford talks about his work. RIP: Rafael Ramos, aka POTE BBK, who died at the age of 40 after being shot. RIP: Jane Bown, who died in her home at the age of 89 after a recent fall. Sheik Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani’s family being sued for his debt accrued while buying stamps. Safety of Michelangelo’s David statue a concern as over 250 small tremors rattle Florence. A […]
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Streets: Ludo (Hong Kong / Shanghai)

Right after releasing his recent limited edition lithograph (covered), Ludo (interviewed) traveled back to Hong Kong and China, and pasted some fresh works there. Continuing his ongoing Chaos Theory theme with butterflies as a signature character, in Hong Kong he left an image of a butterfly with handcuffs holding his wings along with the Both Sides of a Gun image he introduced in France back in August. These new pieces are probably referring to the  turbulent situation in the country and the clashes of protesters with the […]
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Showing: Remed ‘Essence’ @ David Bloch Gallery (Marrakech)

Remed currently has his second solo show, entitled Essence, showing at the David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech. The French artist is sharing his vision of the “essence” of the relationship between humans and divine, enriched by colourful symbols specific to the Moroccan culture, inspired by a trip to the North African country fifteen years ago, which remains a constant source of inspiration for him. Through paintings on canvas and paper, but also through sculptures in collaboration with Moroccan craftsmen, Remed transcribes the complexity & duality residing in the mystery […]
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Art Focus: Pez – “The Magic of Christmas” Series

Pez is Nantes-based artist whose artwork has been greatly influenced by the graffiti and pop culture. Most famous for his recognizable graphite works on paper, his drawings often comment on everyday life, the economy, and icons of pop culture. He recently introduced a small series of drawings on paper forming The Magic of Christmas mini series. Millennium Mercatorum is one of the rare colored pieces from the artist, showing the Holy Night in a different, more consumerism focused environment. Money Christmas depicts an iconic snow ball with little bank notes […]
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“The Tent” by Brad Downey and Igor Ponosov (Crimea)

Having worked on many projects together over the years despite their geographical differences and language barrier, American artist Brad Downey and Russian artist Igor Ponosov have always hoped to do a project in Ukraine one day. Earlier this year, when Russian president Putin announced that he wanted to “protect the interests of the Russian-speaking population in Crimea,” the artists decided it was time for an art intervention in Ukraine. They wanted draw attention to the complex political situation, highlighting the conflicts of interest between the West and Russia. Acting […]
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Recap: Taku Obata – “Bust a Move” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Jonathan LeVine Gallery recently closed a show featuring the dynamic b-boy and b-girl wood sculptures created by Taku Obata. Entitled Bust a Move, the debut US solo exhibition from the Japanese artist draws from his own experiences as a breakdancer with his subjects frozen in poses and stances that everyone from that subculture recognizes. Also rounding out the body of work were a series of drawings and lithographs. Photo credit: Joe Russo & the gallery.
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Recap: L’Atlas – “Transversal” @ Wunderkammern

Last month at Wunderkarmmern in Rome, L’Atlas unveiled a collection of new works entitled Transversal, featuring his signature maze-like aesthetic. The Paris-based street artist developed this unique style during an extended period of time in Morocco, Egypt and Syria where he studied with masters of all types of calligraphy. In the gallery setting, his work has since evolved to incorporate more geometric abstraction although his impeccable lifework is still present. While in town, he also created a mural for his fans. Photo credit: Giorgio Coen […]
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Streets: Rostarr for The Standard (NYC) – Part II

After a peek at Rostarr leaving his distinctive mark on the The Standard, High Line in New York, we now have a more comprehensive look for you. The gifted painter, filmmaker, and muralist whose real name is Roman Yang revamped the roof of the hotel’s Le Bain nightclub with a piece entitled Ceci N’est Pas Une Grosse Pomme (This Is Not a Big Apple) with his signature calligraphic flow over the course of three nights last month. Head over for a look yourself if you are in the area. Photo credit: Joe Russo for […]
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Openings: “Soma” @ Underdogs Gallery

Underdogs Gallery and their bands of renegade curators have put their heads together once again to bring the great city of Lisbon another stellar group show entitled Soma. On display were a collection of politically charged works from the always innovative ±MaisMenos± to the traditional ornate tile collage of Add Fuel. Add to that, a handful of others all pulling their weight including AkaCorleone and his  kaleidoscope of color,  Maria Imaginário’s whimsical work, and Mário Belém’s intricate layered wood, and lets not forget the illustration based works of Pedro Matos and […]
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Basel Week Miami ’14: Wunderkammern @ SCOPE

With Basel Week Miami in the rear view mirror, AM will now take time to highlight some of the individual artists and booths that caught our attention. One particular gallery’s offerings that we quite enjoyed at SCOPE (covered) was from Rome’s Wunderkarmmern, especially Mark Jenkins’ (interviewed) clever sculptural work (seen above). On display were also Aakash Nihalani’s geometric musings and Dan Witz’s street based pieces. See all our coverage of Basel Week Miami here. Discuss Mark Jenkins here. Discuss Aakash Nihalani here. Discuss Dan Witz here.