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Art Focus: Lisa Ericson

Painter Josh Keyes (interviewed) recently clued us in to the work of his wife Lisa Ericson by posting some of her work on various social media. We were especially drawn to a series she calls Mouserflies, for obvious reasons as you can see from the surreal hybrids seen here. For those interested in more from the Portland-based artist, you can see work from her as well as Keyes in the Unfathomable group show currently on view at The Piranha Shop, curated by Antler Gallery. Discuss Lisa Ericson here.
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Overtime: July 6 – July 12

More stories from the week that ended July 12 (click on bolded words for more information): DRAWINGS|FRIDGES (Aaron Garber-Maikovska, Eric Yahnker, more) images at Greene Exhibitions now up. Nicolas Bourriaud fired as director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Major public cultural institutions in Greece to close due to lack of funding. Court stops Lutfur Rahman from trying to sell $26mil. Henry Moore sculpture to pay town’s debts. MFA Boston’s Dress Up in a Kimono event causes controversy for its “cultural appropriation and orientalism“. The museum subsequently apologizes […]
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Streets: Deih (Istanbul)

Take a look at this sweet comic-inspired wall painted by Deih recently for the Mural Istanbul festival. The character rendered beautifully in vibrant colors by the Spanish artist seems to be doing something of cosmic significance. Other artists scheduled to take part in the event include Aryz, Canavar, Cins, Esk Reyn, Kristy, Levi, Nuka, Qbic, and Wicx. Take a look at more detailed images and in-progress shots below…
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Recap: Coney Art Walls

After a close look at the creation of three murals (Eine, Miss Van, Maya Hayuk) for the Coney Art Walls, we now have an recap of the event for you to enjoy. Curated by Jeffrey Deitch at an empty lot on Coney Island at 1320 Bowery on the west side of Stillwell Avenue (open 7 days a week), 30 artists were invited in to paint among food vendors chosen by Smorgasburg. Highlights for us was something from Futura (seen above) mirroring some of his photography work, a […]
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Streets: 1010 (Las Vegas)

After sharing a massive new mural in Paris from 1010 with you back in May, we now return with a smaller project he worked on in Sin City. Painted for the Life Is Beautiful festival in Downtown Las Vegas and arranged by JustKids, the new mural takes advantage of a unique three part structure in the financial district. Solving the unique architectural challenge, the German artist was able to paint his signature rainbow colored three dimensional optical illusion and leave his mark in Nevada’s biggest city for years to come. Photos […]
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Overtime: June 29 – July 5

More stories from the week that ended July 5 (click on bolded words for more information): Jamian Juliano-Villani featured by Art21. RIP: Harold Feinstein, who died at the age of 84 due to chronic heart failure. Delaware Art Museum privately sells Homer’s Milking Time as well as Wyeth’s Arthur Cleveland. Destruction of antiquities and heritage sites by Islamic State and others could amount to war crimes. Street art widespread in Greece as nation is in financial and economic chaos. Members of Sotheby’s’ cleaning staff have been suspended pending investigation of water pistol […]
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Recap: POW! WOW! Long Beach ’15

After sharing some photos of the new James Jean (interviewed) mural for POW! WOW! Long Beach (see our coverage here), we now bring you a look at the other works completed for the event. If you are able to head over, the addresses for the murals seen below from Aaron De La Cruz, Benjie Escobar, Cryptik, Fafi, Hueman, Jeff McMillan, Jeff Soto, Low Bros, Madsteez, Push, and Tristan Eaton are listed here. The piece above was painted on the same wall as Jean’s piece by Eaton, a play on the famous “Highest Standard of Living” photo from Margaret Bourke-White taken of […]
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Streets: Pejac (Tokyo)

After stopping in Hong Kong (covered) and Seoul (covered), Pejac finished his Asian tour with the most anticipated part of his trip – Tokyo. In his previous works, the Spanish artist has often used elements from Japanese culture, so it was very interesting to see how the land of the cherry blossom, samurais, etc will inspire him. While mostly focusing on paying respect to their tradition and rich culture, some of the works he created pointed out some negative aspects of modern Japan. During his stay in the Japanese capital, Pejac […]
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Streets: Urban Nation / Project M/8 – (Part II) – Maya Hayuk

After sharing the first set of photos from Urban Nation for the 8th phase (curated by StolenSpace) of their public arts program featuring Shepard Fairey, D*Face, Cyrcle., and Word To Mother painting four columns of a building, we now turn our attention to Maya Hayuk. For her part, the American artist worked amongst other murals painted before for the project, leaving her signature nterlocked stripes of color for her fans in Berlin to enjoy. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Maya Hayuk here.
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POW! WOW! Long Beach ’15: James Jean

Over the weekend, James Jean (interviewed) completed one of his tallest murals yet for POW! WOW! Long Beach (see our coverage here). Painted on the side of the historic Varden Hotel in the heart of downtown, the striking black and white mural was placed next to a wall by Tristan Eaton (more on this later). Take a look at more detailed shots as well as some in-progress pics below… Portrait shots: Jordan Ahern, Instagrafiteoff, Matthew Eaton. Discuss James Jean here.
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