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Openings: KAWS – “Where The End Starts” @ Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Last week, the heavily anticipated major survey exhibition of the work of KAWS opened at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, a followup to a show at the same institution in 2011 (covered). Curator Andrea Karnes and the Brooklyn-based artist carefully chose works that would give a complete look at his career starting from his time on the streets with his now famous bus stop interventions and culminating with works that led to his recent meteoric rise in the contemporary art world. A master at subverting pop culture […]
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Streets: Shepard Fairey (Hong Kong)

Over the last week or so, Shepard Fairey (featured) has been in Hong Kong working on a few small pieces in the nooks and crannies of the urban sprawl. The American artist is in town pasting up his imagery on the streets leading up to his show opening up at the HOCA Foundation, his first solo exhibition in the Chinese city-state. The new public murals will continue to spread Shep’s favorite concepts –  “The Medium is the Message” – a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan to describe how “the form of a medium embeds itself […]
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Streets: Pejac (Croatia)

After a series of interventions in London back in June (covered), Pejac just revealed his latest public works produced during his residency with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia. The Barcelona-based artist recently spent two weeks in the city on the Adriatic coast where he created three new and peculiar works. Camouflage (Tribute to René Magritte) is arguably Pejac’s most demanding and complex work to date. Created on the large windows of an abandoned power plant in a former paper factory, the poetic piece depicts a boy […]
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Streets: SEPE // District Walls (Washington D.C.)

Earlier this month, the District Walls project in Washington D.C. (curated by Art Whino) saw a sweet addition from SEPE entitled Another Brick In The Wall. When considering that the mural is being painted in the US capital and the image showing a clown being crowned, the piece was perfectly timed for the current election cycle. The Polish artist, whose real name is Michał Wręga adds – “In general work refers to the ruthless world of politics and grotesque race for power. I thought it will perfectly fit […]
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Overtime: Oct 17 – Oct 23

More stories from the week that ended Oct 23 (click on bolded words for more information): FIAC expands into the Petit Palais with performance section and sculpture park. Artinfo has a preview of the fair. Artnet’s choices for the top booths at the fair. Artnet has a FIAC sales report and The Art Newspaper also has one. [Image above: Joe Bradley at Petit Palais] RIP: Kengiro Azuma, who passed away at the age of 90. Andrew J. Hall may have bought a number of Leon Golub fakes […]
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Releases: Rostarr x Nike Running Collection

Nike recently released their collaboration with Romon Kimin Yang (Rostarr) featuring his calligraphy-inspired imagery on a selection of running footwear and apparel. While working with the company on the design of the collection, the New York-based artist was inspired by run crew culture and marathons leading him to embed abstract runners into his pattern of brushstrokes. He further explains – “This project is about isolating the energy that happens when you run with a big group of people. I tried to capture the rhythm and feeling of movement created when […]
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Showing: Mark Jenkins – “Knock Knock” @ Ruttkowski;68

Mark Jenkins’ solo show Knock Knock is currently on view at Ruttkowski;68 in Cologne, Germany. His third exhibition with the gallery includes around 15 new sculptural pieces in the style that he has been creating for the past 13 years. The title of the show comes from artist’s ability to metaphorically knock the viewer’s mind calling norms into question and rethinking the reality. Though primarily creating for public spaces, where his works come to life during interactions with passersby, the American artist has also been successfully showing work indoors for […]
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Streets: Leon Keer // ONO’U (Tahiti)

Earlier his month, Leon Keer contributed another one of his signature anamorphic street paintings to the ONO’U street art festival in Tahiti. Painted at the lookout of the Gare Maritime Ferry Terminal in Papeete, the piece features a parade of robots ready to explore the beautiful island after exiting their cruise ship. As you can see, his three-dimensional skills are quite impressive, creating an optical illusion that the island residents would not soon forget. Photo credit: Selina Miles, Marc Emmanuel Louvat, and the artist. Discuss Leon Keer here.
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Showing: Os Gemeos – “Silence of Music” @ Lehmann Maupin (New York)

Better late than never. The Os Gemeos show is coming to close this weekend in New York at the West 22nd Street location of Lehmann Maupin so these last couple days will be your last chance to see an amazing show. Entitled Silence of the Music, the featured five rooms of immersive site specific installations, sculptures, and paintings. The transformation of the space was on par with something usually seen in more of a museum exhibition and highlighted the twins signature characters as well as their well documented inspiration from Brazilian culture and […]
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Upcoming: Mark Jenkins – “Knock Knock” @ Ruttkowski;68

On October 21st, Mark Jenkins (interviewed) will be opening a show at Ruttkowski;68 in Cologne, Germany, his third solo with the gallery. Knock Knock will feature more of the American artist’s signature witty sculptures utilizing the human form, with the latest body of work a play on the classic joke. With these freestanding pieces, mimicking his installations on the streets, as well as the more indoor based sculptural canvas flats, Jenkins’ hopes to “metaphorically knock on the viewer’s mind, calling norms into question again.” Discuss Mark Jenkins here.