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Streets: D*Face // The Unexpected 2016 (Fort Smith) – Part I

Following up on a mural he painted last year for the The Unexpected event in Fort Smith, Arkansas, D*Face (interviewed) returned for a companion piece. For this year’s edition (curated again by Just Kids), the British artist painted a Indian warrior pulling back on her bow which pairs nicely with 2015’s cowboy themed piece. Entitled Warpaint, this wall will soon be supplemented by an impressive installation (more on that later in Part 2). Photo credit: Just Kids, The Unexpected, D*Face, [email protected] Discuss D*Face here.
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Studio Visit: Remi Rough

We stopped by the studio of Remi Rough while he prepared for his upcoming solo show entitled Post at the Speerstra Gallery in Switzerland. Since his first gallery exhibition in 1989, the British artist has successfully transitioned from his early graffiti style to create his own abstract geometrical language, recognisable regardless of its form, whether  large scale murals or gallery works. Opening on the 12th of November, the exhibition will feature nineteen new works on paper and canvas. Remi Rough will redefine the idea of space and invite the viewer […]
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Overtime: Oct 31 – Nov 6

More stories from the week that ended Nov 6 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex Da Corte - A Man Full of Trouble show opens at Maccarone Gallery in New York. Norcia’s Basilica of San Benedetto among historic cultural sites destroyed by latest Italian earthquake. LAPD investigating Boyle Heights gallery vandalism as possible hate crimes sparked by gentrification fight. How Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev declared war on the art world. The bizarre fake death and resurrection of Gaetano Pesce. Ottawa police begin […]
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Benefits / Releases: Nick Walker – “Bridges” / TMA Brooklyn @ Beyond Art

On November 15th, Nick Walker (interviewed) will bring back his signature The Morning After (TMA) series with a fresh new body of work to be unveiled in NYC. There will be five iconic paintings, each to pay homage to the legendary bridges that connect New York City. Working along with Billboard4 & Beyond Art Creative, the UK street artist has chosen TMA Brooklyn as the print release for this event. Those lucky enough to have recently visited New York may have already seen the image (above) on the streets near East Village (64 […]
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Streets: Fanakapan // Halloween Pumpkin Heads (London)

With Halloween in mind, Fanakapan put his special style to work creating some pumpkin head murals on the streets of London. The first piece (seen above) was a solo endeavor that once again highlights the UK-based artist’s balloon animal technique with a creepy jack-o’-lantern. The second wall painted was a collaboration with AliHamish Campbell & Tom Blackford at Mile End Skate Park with a pumpkin-head skeleton as his contribution. Photo credit: Street Art Atlas & @annahitahessami.
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POW! WOW! Japan ’16: Recap

In the middle of this month, POW! WOW! Japan invited in a roster of artists including Persue, Push (seen above), Sam Rodriguez, Cinta Vidal, John “Prime” Hina, Kami and Sasu of Hitotzuki, Ryuichi Ogino, Jun Inoue and Kensuke Takahashi to Kobe, Japan to create murals on Rokko Island. The event was a followup to last year’s inaugural gathering in Tokyo and despite the new location, the same philosophy of a multi-pronged approach – art, music, talks, education was used including workshops by the artists for children at the Canadian Academy from grades one to […]
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Overtime: Oct 24 – Oct 30

More stories from the week that ended Oct 30 (click on bolded words for more information): Artspace profiles Nathan Cash Davidson, Torey Thornton, and Avery Singer. (above: Torey Thornton’s Rapport Vroom show at Shane Campbell Gallery). Frieze reviews Jamian Juliano-Villani’s The World’s Greatest Planet on Earth at Studio Voltaire. RIP: Raymond Brown, who passed away during scaffolding accident in Miami while painting a mural. RIP: Tom Doyle, who passed away on Oct 8. RIP: Marwan Kassab-Bachi, who passed away at the age of 82. RIP: Steve Dillon, who passed away […]
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Streets: El Mac (Colorado)

Over the summer, El Mac spend some time on a commission mural at the Manitou Art Center, coincidentally also referred to as The MAC in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It was a collaboration (something he often does) with his friend FUSE, who painted some of the graffiti elements for this piece entitled Native Son (This Saint Floyd), a tribute to local artist local artist Floyd Tunson. You can read more about it here if you are interested. Discuss El Mac here.
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Streets: Inter|Urban project (Cleveland)

Jasper Wong from POW! WOW! recently joined forces with Fred Bidwell from Transformer Station as curatorial team for the INTER|URBAN public arts program 2016. This original project is working on transforming Cleveland’s public transit rail system into a large-scale public art experience. Through artwork that can be enjoyed on their commute, this program seeks to challenge public transit riders emotionally and intellectually, while making physical and cultural connections to their surroundings. Inspiration for the artworks included is taken directly from the literature of the Anisfield-Wolf Book […]
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Streets: Shepard Fairey (Hong Kong)

Over the last week or so, Shepard Fairey (featured) has been in Hong Kong working on a few small pieces in the nooks and crannies of the urban sprawl. The American artist is in town pasting up his imagery on the streets leading up to his show opening up at the HOCA Foundation, his first solo exhibition in the Chinese city-state. The new public murals will continue to spread Shep’s favorite concepts –  “The Medium is the Message” – a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan to describe how “the form of a medium embeds itself […]
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