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Category Archives: Street & Urban Art

Streets: RETNA // The Beauty Project (Mexico City)

Recently in Mexico City, RETNA (featured) was invited in to create public art for The Beauty Project México. Painting his distinct script at the Cuauhtemoc building in the Tlatelolco neighborhood, the Los Angeles-based writer spent a few days working on the 21 story twin structures, his tallest intervention to date. Other artist who will be joining the project in the upcoming weeks include Alexis CILER, Olivia Steele, Saner, AEC (Interesni Kazki), Ericailcane and others. Discuss RETNA here. Photo credit: Victor Ceballos, Toni Francois, Fifty24MX, and the artist.

Previews: Jose Parla – “Roots” @ SCAD Museum

As we mentioned when we covered Jose Parla’s show at YoungArts during Basel Week Miami, the work was going to travel to the SCAD Museum of Art in 2017. That exhibition, entitled Roots, opened today in Georgia at the Savannah College of Art and Design with works ranging from mid-sized canvases and sculptures to large-scale paintings. The Cuban-American artist has created a series of work that represent everything from Cuba’s history to his personal memories and experiences while utilizing his signature textures, urban calligraphy, and palette. Discuss Jose Parla here.

Overtime: Jan 30 – Feb 5

More stories from the week that ended Feb 5 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex Becerra’s first solo show at Shane Campbell Gallery opens. RIP: Saloua Raouda Choucair, who passed away at the age of 100. RIP: Dore Ashton, who passed away at the age of 88. Louvre Museum evacuated and closed after man attacked a patrolling soldier near the museum’s entrance. Vjeran Tomic, aka Spider-Man, goes on trial for his heist of Modern Art Museum in Paris in May 2010. Court testimony reveals more about […]

Streets: Shepard Fairey – “Cultivate Harmony” (Las Vegas)

A couple days ago, Shepard Fairey (featured) wrapped up his latest large scale mural in Las Vegas, created for the Life is Beautiful festival and curated by Justkids. Entitled Cultivate Harmony, the 21 story high piece now graces the facade of the Plaza Hotel in downtown. Working in unusually cold and windy weather over the course of six days, Shep and his team hope the wall will “remind people that peace and harmony with each other and the planet itself are the only way to maintain what sustains us.” Photo credit: […]

Recap / Videos: KAWS – “A Virtual Reality Experience”

For those that missed the unveiling of KAWS’ new virtual reality experience created with the help Visionaire, Artnet has nice recap of the event here. Visitors at the New York Public Library were taken on a studio visit with the Brooklyn-based artist, which quickly turns into a kaleidoscope of colors, misbehaving characters, and surreal imagery when he leaves the room. The lucky guests were also treated to M&M’S bearing KAWS’s hallmark “X’s” (the project was commissioned by the candy company to celebrate their 75th anniversary). You can see the […]

Upcoming: Okuda – “Lost Olympus” @ StolenSpace

Tonight (February 2nd) in London, StolenSpace will be holding the opening reception for Okuda’s new show entitled Lost Olympus. The new body of work from the Spanish artist features his representations of the mythological gods and characters from ancient Greece, painted in his signature multicolored geometric patterns. His vibrant imagery are sort of deconstructions as he mixes this many-hued approach with the other textures and patterns, a technique he also uses on the streets where he made his name. Discuss Okuda here.

Showing: Jaune – “I Wish You Could See This For Real” @ Vroom and Varossieau

On 21st of January, Vroom and Varossieau in Amsterdam opened a solo exhibition by Belgium street artist and urban interventionist Jaune. I Wish You Could See This For Real includes a series of new stencil-based pieces along with site specific installation that the artist created in the gallery. Using sanitation workers as his main characters, his work is always focused on the paradox between the visible and the invisible. The inspiration for the work comes from Jaune’s own experience while working in the profession. While cleaning the street of his hometown, he […]

Streets: Guido Van Helten @ Bodega Solar de Samaniego Laguardia (Spain)

Guido Van Helten recently spent some time in Spain where he worked on his largest indoor project to date. Known for his black and white photorealistic murals, mostly created on industrial or abandoned buildings, he made a great use of the opportunity to paint on the group of seven indoor silos. Invited by the Bodega Solar de Samaniego winery to participate in their Drinking Between Lines artistic project, the Australian-born artist picked seven images of the local people that are somehow related to the wine […]

Overtime: Jan 23 – Jan 29

More stories from the week that ended Jan 29 (click on bolded words for more information): NY Times explores the business of selling Land Art works. Above: Robert Smithson’s Broken Circle/Spiral Hill RIP: Mark Baumer, who was killed at the age of 33 while walking cross-country in solo protest. RIP: J.S.G. Boggs, who passed away at the age of 62. RIP: Moshe Gershuni, who passed away at the age of 80. RIP: Stephen Walker, who passed away at the age of 86. RIP: Charles Recher, who passed away […]

Showing: Invader – “Hello, My Game Is…” @ Musée en Herbe

Invader’s new exhibition entitled Hello My Game Is… opened this week at Le Musée en Herbe in Paris (previewed). During the nascent days of the computer age, the group of hackers at MIT who went on to create the first video game devised the Theory of Computer Toys. The doctrine stated that video games should satisfy a tripartite criteria; they should push the computer’s capabilities to its limits, each run should be different and the game should be interactive. The last of these principles runs through […]