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Studio Visits: Victor Castillo

Currently at KP Projects in Los Angeles, Victor Castillo has a show on view entitled Broken Hearts, which will run through the rest of September. The new body of work features acrylic paintings (some quite large) as well as graphite drawings that continue the Chilean artist’s dark narrative seen through the lens of his not-so-innocent sausage nosed children. Take a look at some more shots below from his Los Angeles studio in days leading up to the opening of the exhibition. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Victor Castillo here.

Streets: Banksy – Basquiat Tribute Pieces (London)

With the imminent opening of the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat scheduled for the 21st, a couple Banksy pieces have shown up near the venue overnight. On his Instagram account, Banksy noted the irony of the Barbican, “a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls”, hosting the work of the legendary graffiti artist. The main piece, what we like to call “SAMO Stop & Search” if you will, has been done with stencil spraypaint, freehand spraypaint and oil […]

Overtime: Sep 11 – Sep 17

More stories from the week that ended Sep 17 (click on bolded words for more information): Huffington Post has a review of Kara Walker show. RIP: Axel Kasseböhmer (1952–2017). British Museum apologizes after curator’s tweet provokes accusations of racism against Asians. Jonathan Poole gets four years in prison after pleading guilty to 26 counts of fraud and theft. Ann Freedman, former Knoedler director, settles tenth and final lawsuit related to forgeries. Documenta 14 director Adam Szymczyk led it to the brink of bankruptcy, after exhibition ran way […]

Streets: JR Installation @ US-Mexico Border Fence

Recently in Tecate, at the US-Mexico border fence, JR (interviewed) has installed a provocative new project featuring a Mexican boy peering over the barrier. Best viewed from the US side, the new work towering over 70 feet utilizes the scaffolding technique he introduced at the recent Olympics in Brazil (covered) and deals wth a topic the French photograffeur often touches on – immigrants and refugees. He states – “People will always migrate. When we built walls, people built tunnels. When we closed places, they went by the water. The […]

Nuart 2017 / Murals (Part II)

We’re wrapping our reporting from Nuart festival 2017 with the 2nd part of the recap of all the public works created through Stavanger for this year’s event. These pieces make it obvious that Nuart decided to challenge the common idea of “street art” by inviting both the veterans as well as young blood, in order to present a diversity of possibilities and approaches when creating public art. One of the artists that definitely pushed that idea far beyond what’s familiar was Igor Ponosov with his Too […]

Overtime: Sep 4 – Sep 10

More stories from that week that ended Sep 10 (click on bolded words for more information): LA Weekly previews the opening of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). RIP: Greg Escalante, who passed away at the age of 62. RIP: Pierre Bergé, who passed away at the age of 86. RIP: Linda L. Cathcart (1947-2017). RIP: Kate Millett (1934–2017). RIP: DeLoris “Dolly” Fiterman, who passed away at the age of 93. Carroll/Fletcher Gallery closes. Dakota plan to bury, not burn the wood used for […]

Streets: INO (Ibiza)

Ino was recently back to Ibiza for the 7th edition of the local Bloop festival. After his Funk the Power piece from last year got buffed by the city council of San Antoni, Greek artist came back to create another piece @ the festival’s new location. Melting Earth is the title of a new piece that carries a pretty straight forward message about the environmental issue of global warming. With the recent US political climate shifting towards ignoring the warnings of experts, Ino decided to […]

Streets: Ricky Lee Gordon, Stavanger

The biggest and arguably the most important outdoor piece of Nuart festival 2017 was the 4 story mural painted by Ricky Lee Gordon. For this large scale diptych the festival joined forces with Amnesty International, helping them spread the word about their Brave campaign. Through this campaign Amnesty is helping people that are taking enormous risks to stand up for our rights. As stated at the press conference held after the completion of the mural, it is important for these people to reach the wider audience with […]

Nuart 2017 / Murals (Part I)

Last week marked the 17th edition of world renowned Nuart Festival and AM was there to witness the making and the official reveal of the works created or installed. Matching festival’s ongoing efforts to use the public space as the platform for interaction and play, as well as the channel to speak up, this year’s edition produced some of the most original and thought-provoking pieces to date. Australian-born artist Ian Strange created a series of billboard takeovers, displaying his paintings created on found photos of […]

Overtime: Aug 28 – Sept 3

More stories from the week that ended Sept 3 (click on bolded words for more information): White House review could shrink protected land around Michael Heizer’s City. RIP: David Tang, who passed away at the age of 63. Freymond-Guth gallery announces closure. Biennale de Montréal cancels 2018 edition due to financial situation. Texas museums prepare and brace for full impact of Hurricane Harvey.  How they prepared for the catastrophe. Institutions assess impact of Hurricane Harvey on their venues and collections. Artnet also has a report. Widely circulated photo of […]
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