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Streets: Invader (Hong Kong)

Invader recently completed his 7th “invasion” wave of Hong Kong with the placement of 32 of his signature tile-based work in and around Habour City (known for their support of artists). Situated next to the stunning views of Victoria Harbor and looking across to the iconic skyline of Hong Kong Island, the largest shopping and dining destination in HK is now even more a must-visit with the announcement that they would preserve all the space invaders that the French street artist has installed on their walls. Take […]

Overtime: Sep 25 – Oct 1

More stories from the week that ended Oct 1 (click on bolded words for more information): Images and information for Cheyenne Julien’s Homegrown exhibition now up on Smart Objects site. RIP: Jim Walrod (1968 – 2017). RIP: Marian Horosko, who passed away at the age of 92. RIP: Valton Tyler, who passed away at the age of 73. RIP: Carolus Enckell (1945–2017). Ghost Ship warehouse owner Chor Ng receives $3mil. insurance payout from deadly fire. Puerto Rican art spaces, like everyone else on the island, significantly affected […]

Streets: Elian Chali (Cologne)

Elian Chali recently took part in the Cityleaks / TRANSURBAN festival in Cologne, Germany, curated by Georg Barrinhaus. For this event, he created one of his vibrant, abstract, and minimalist public interventions titled Against Overlapping. Working on a residential building in Müllheim, the Argentinian artist took the strong cultural characteristics of neighborhood and created a piece that searches for harmony. With a simple composition and his color choices, Chali escaped forcing the observer into an interpretation, but instead just served up visual elements for numerous possibilities. Unpretentious yet highly […]

Overtime: Sep 18 – Sep 24

More stories from the week that ended Sep 24 (click on bolded words for more information): Five Banksy street murals (including pictured above) sold to a buyer from the Middle East for £3.2mil. RIP: Liliane Bettencourt, who passed away at the age of 94. Museums in Mexico scramble to locate staff and assess damage caused by major earthquake. Matt Furie’s lawyers take legal action against the alt-right with their use of his Pepe the Frog character. Hito Steyerl and other artists protest Rheinmetall’s sponsorship of […]

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 (Part 1)

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 […]
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