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Art Focus: Eckart Hahn

For this week’s Art Focus, we take a look at the work of German painter Eckart Hahn. The self-taught and ever-evolving artist works in acrylics with his most recent series featuring portraiture of animals paired with synthetic materials. For those interested, today is the last day of his showing at Pablo’s Birthday Gallery in New York entitled Ancient Light. Via Beautiful / Decay.
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Update / Streets: Interesni Kazki

Even though they typically combine their artistic powers (like for their their solo in Los Angeles at the end of 2011) to produce their colorful and surreal works, Ukrainian duro Interesni Kazki split up for some recent street murals at different sides of the Atlantic. While Waone (above) was in Lublin, Poland for the Europejska Fundacja Kultury Miejskiej Festival, Aec (below) was in Mexico for some individual work as well as collaborations with Saner and Sego. Discuss Interesni Kazki here.
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Streets: Nick Walker x Branded Arts (Los Angeles)

While in town for our City of Fire exhibition, Nick Walker (interviewed) also found time to paint a mural for the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica. Commissioned by Branded Arts, the project brought a little flavor from across the pond to the West Side as Walker painted and stenciled one of his vandal characters unleashing a butterfly. Photo credit: JaiPhoto. Discuss Nick Walker here.
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Streets: Eric Haze – “MCA Tribute” (Los Angeles)

In memorial of the sad passing of Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys, we have already shown you murals from AROE, The Entree Lifestyle Crew, and Shepard Fairey. Now comes word of another piece (from the same series as the one Shep did) by Eric Haze to honor the late musician. In his words – “I was recently asked to create a memorial piece to honor MCA as part of the billboard project currently going on in LA. The piece just went up yesterday at […]
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Streets: Flying Fortress x Nychos (Detroit)

It looks like the Detroit Beautification Project is still rolling along with this newest mural, a collaboration between Flying Fortress and Nychos. If you remember, the Germany and Vienna-based artists (respectively) have hooked up before (Dublin & Vienna) for a synergistic brand of imagery. For more of FF’s work, those in New York should head over to the Mighty Tanaka for his solo One Man Army opening on June 15th. Photo from Revok. Discuss Flying Fortress here.
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Fame Fest ’12: Conor Harrington (Part II)

As outlined in our article at the end of last month, Conor Harrington (interviewed) has been in Grottaglie to kick off this year’s  FAME Festival. Bringing back the 2008 & 2009 alumn was a great choice as the Irish painter’s colonial style rendering fits perfectly in the winding streets of the Italian town. Aside from the first two murals we shared with you, here are several more, including a huge one based on the imagery from his London solo (covered) earlier this year. Discuss Fame Festival […]
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Streets: World Roundup (June 4 – June 10)

Our Streets: World Roundup feature returns this week with a summary of murals you may have missed out on. Our highlighted piece this time is this monster collaboration from REVOK and RIME of MSK fame for the Detroit Beautification Project. It almost makes AM want to take a trip to the much maligned Motor City to see all the walls for themselves, proof that the project is working. Other notable murals include work from: Jaz – France (source), Graphic Surgery (Poland), Remi/Rough (Melbourne), Dal East […]
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Rewind: June 4 – June 10

This week sees the return of our Rewind feature summarizing recent art-related videos that we have gathered for your viewing enjoyment. Leading things off if Boa Mistura’s sweet project project Luz Nas Vielas that we first brought to your attention back in February. The documentary follows the group of Spanish artists as they descended on Vila Brasilândia, São Paulo, during January 2012 where they painted some optical illusions in the narrow and winding streets with the help of the local community. Nowness takes a look inside […]
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Overtime: June 4 – June 10

Stories of the week: Jean-Michel Basquiat Untitled 1981 self-portrait to fetch a new auction record for the artist. Woman who scratched, punched, and urinated near a Clyfford Still painting bottomless is sentenced. Richard Phillips creates another film featuring Lindsay Lohan – to premiere at Art Basel. Erykah Badu not happy with artistic decisions made by The Flaming Lips. Drew Barrymore marries art dealer Will Kopelman in Southern California. Vice Magazine reviews Tyler Shields’ LA exhibition. The Birkin bag that he destroyed may have been a […]
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Art Focus: Christophe Avella-Bagur

This week, our Art Focus feature returns with a look at French painter Christophe Avella-Bagur and his Floating Souls series. The striking portraits comprise of what appear to be a bland outer layer which represents what the world expects from us, whereas the color and detailed version on the inside represents our true selves. Avella-Bagur has extensively exhibited in French museums and art centers, as well as European and Asian art fairs with a current show in New York at the Galerie Richard for those […]