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Streets: Shepard Fairey (Seoul)

It looks like Shepard Fairey (featured) recently completed a new mural at the Seoul Arts Center in Korea featuring some of his signature imagery. Entitled Peace & Justice Seoul, the new piece was painted at the Hangaram Art Museum where the American graffiti artist currently has an exhibition with the same name on view thru the 30th. Take a look at some more in-progress photos below… Photo credit: Obey Korea and the artist. Discuss Shepard Fairey here.

Streets: The Crystal Ship Festival (Belgium) – Part III

We’ve already reported on some of the murals created on the streets of Ostend in Belgium as a part of the second edition of The Crystal Ship festival that took place last week. With all the pieces being officially finished and signed by the artists, we’re bringing one final look at this year’s works. Stepping aside from the city center, Axel Void painted a large mural on the social housing building on the outskirts of Oostende. After spending a couple of days meeting the people living in the […]

Streets: The Crystal Ship Festival (Belgium) – Part II

Last week we introduced to you The Crystal Ship festival that just took off on the streets of Ostend in Belgium. The second edition of the event produced an impressive selection of fresh public pieces, showing the consistent and recognizable curatorial efforts with very few exceptions. Among 20 international and local artists, some of our personal standout pieces include the large wooden assemblage by Strook. Although not usually working in public, the Belgian artist created one of the more impressive pieces for the festival. The 9m high […]

Overtime: April 3 – April 9

More stories from the week that ended April 9 (click on bolded words for more information): Carol Vogel writes about Damien Hirst’s Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable at the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana. Artnet has the first images from the show. Artnet reviews the show. The Art Newspaper also takes a look, as does The Telegraph. Damien Hirst talks about the cost of the show. More images from the exhibition from Artribune. Photograph above by: Irene Fanizza RIP: Glenn O’Brien, who passed away at the age of […]

Streets: The Crystal Ship Festival (Belgium) – Part I

On the 1st of April, the second edition of The Crystal Ship Festival officially started in the Belgian coastal city of Oostende. The launch of the event was marked with the arrival of the six meters tall Inflatable Refugee sculpture by Belgian art collective Schellekens & Peleman (seen above).  This striking piece balancing on the border of public art, dadaism and interventionism, has travelled around Europe, from Denmark to Venice. Its arrival at Oostend’s Montgomery Dock is a continuation of the artists’ efforts to raise awareness about […]

Streets: James Jean Billboard (Little Osaka, Los Angeles)

Recently in the Little Osaka area in Los Angeles, James Jean (interviewed) unveiled a billboard he sponsored with his artwork in honor of an area where he has frequented for food and inspiration. He further explains – “Udon II was created specifically for a billboard in Sawtelle Japantown in Los Angeles. Also known as ‘Little Osaka,’ this historic area is filled with all sorts of Asian culinary delights. I’ve been going to Sawtelle for many years, and while waiting in line for ramen, I would always […]

Overtime: March 27 – April 2

More stories from the week that ended April 2 (click on bolded words for more information): RIP: James Rosenquist, who passed away at the age of 83. RIP: Yevgeny Yevtushenk, who passed away at the age of 84. RIP: Julian Stanczak, who passed away at the age of 88. RIP: Gilbert Baker, who passed away at the age of 65. RIP: Robin O’Hara, who passed away at the age of 62. RIP: Beau Dick, who passed away at the age of 61. RIP: Daria Deshuk, who passed away […]

Streets: Boa Mistura (Brazil)

Revisiting their installation (covered) from 2012 in the Favela of Vila Brasilandia, at the north of Sao Paulo, Boa Mistura returned to update the project. Entitled Luz Nas Vielas, the undertaking saw the collective paint a series of words and colors through their signature use of anamorphosis in the alleyways of the favela. Seen from just the right angle, the words magically appear to float in the air, with the new words “Poesía” and “Magica” (Poetry & Magic) now joining “Amor, Beleza, Orgulho, Doçura, Firmeza” (Love, Pride, Sweetness, […]

Overtime: March 20 – March 26

More stories from the week that ended March 26 (click on bolded words for more information): Dana Schutz’s painting of Emmett Till in Whitney Biennial sparks protests calling for its removal and destruction. NY Times also covers the issue, as does The Fader, The Independent, Art Forum, and The Daily Beast. Two Coats of Paint looks at it from a censorship perspective. Christina Sharpe speaks on the controversy. Aruna D’Souza discusses the issue for CNN. The New Republic’s case against Dana Schutz. Protester Parker Bright […]

Streets: Felipe Pantone / RAD Napa Project

Fresh from the opening of his Lisbon solo show, Felipe Pantone spent several days in Napa Valley working on his latest mural for the RAD Napa project (curated by Thinkspace).  Following on the heels of the Bezt x Natalia Rak piece from few weeks ago (covered), the wall from the Argentinian-born artist is the second addition to the upcoming art district in the area. Known for his digital-based imagery filled with strict geo objects, bright colors and monochromatic elements, Pantone created another public piece that appears as a […]