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Overtime: Aug 24 – Aug 30

More stories from the week that ended Aug 30 (click on bolded words for more information): The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art acquires and installs site-specific outdoor Jack Pierson work. RIP: Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud, who died at her own hand at the age of 76. Tributes pour in. Islamic State destroys ancient temple of Baal Shamin in Syrian city of Palmyra using explosives. Satellite images confirm the destruction. UN’s cultural agency says that it is a war crime. A look at the extent of Isil’s antiquities trafficking. Isil bulldozes parts of […]
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Streets: Vision Art Festival @ Crans-Montana, Switzerland (Part I)

With only few days left in the Swiss Alps, the participating artists in the first edition of Vision Art Festival are slowly rounding up their pieces. Scattered all over the towns of Crans and Montana, but also around the ski slopes above it, we bring you an exclusive view at the most recently finished and close-to-finished works. Art duo 2atlas quickly finished their tribute to the homeland of The Red Cross on a hut placed on some 2,000m above sea level. Using only black, white, red […]
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Studio Visits: Nick Walker – ‘Entropy’ @ Above Second (Hong Kong)

Ahead of his upcoming solo show Entropy at Above Second Gallery opening September 17th in Hong Kong, we popped by the studio of Bristol-based Nick Walker (interviewed). For this new exhibition, the British street artist has been exploring new ideas and broadening the scope of his signature Gentleman Vandal series to more abstract imagery and new techniques playing with metal and sculpture. “A new element I am exploring with this show is ‘Numbers’ which I call the Smoke series. Originally I was inspired by Jasper Johns some time back and began […]
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Openings: Banksy – “Dismaland” (Evening View)

If you’ve been following our visit to the UK to experience Banksy’s theme park Dismaland in the UK, you probably think you’ve see it all. But what’s a true to form artistic replica of Disney’s magic kingdom if it doesn’t work at night? Besides isn’t that when the magic is suppose to truly happen? Well, we stuck around to catch the “Bemusement Park” transform during the August 21st evening VIP session. Disappoint it did not as Banksy and company hit their mark to build a corporate playland, complete with a full drumming […]
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Streets: ROA (Australia)

Last month, prolific muralist ROA (interviewed) was in Townsville painting a few of his favorite things. Commissioned by the city council as part of the Street Art Activation Framework in a push to make the city the arts capital of the North Australia, the Belgium painter has once again chosen local fauna as his inspiration – the Goanna, Sugar Glider, and turtle resting on top of a crocodile. Take a look photos of the three murals below… Photo credit: Regan Tamanui (top image) & Tom Dickson (other images). […]
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Studio Visits: Brendan Monroe – “Morphology” @ Heath Ceramics (San Francisco)

Last week, AM had the opportunity to visit Heath Ceramics in San Francisco where Brendan Monroe (interviewed) was hard at work in the upstairs workshop on an upcoming show. Opening September 25th in the ceramics studio and store’s Bay Area Boiler Room, Morphology will reveal months of work the Oakland-based artist has put in testing his limits with larger pieces, carefully choosing glazes, and bringing to life (in three dimensions) concepts and elements of his visual language. Judging from what we saw as well as his show at the Los Angeles Heath […]
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NuArt ’15 / Streets: DOLK

Getting a jump on the 2015 NuArt Festival (which official starts on September 5th), Norway’s own DOLK recently hit the streets of Stavanger to put up some fresh street pieces with a new abstract expressionist style. These works are apparently the beginning of a global series of 100 that take a radical departure from DOLK’s usual style. AM will be on-site for NuArt starting September 2nd, so stay tuned for lots more… Discuss this year’s NuArt Festival here.
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Streets: James Bullough (Richmond)

For those who enjoyed the mural James Bullough painted at the Long Beach Museum of Art (covered), take a look at what he followed it up with. Going big in Virginia for the Richmond Mural Project last month, the Berlin-based artist got up on the side of building situated on Lombardy & Broad streets. His portraiture oftentimes features the image broken up sporadically like it was transmitted with glitches, resulting in a signature fractured look. Photo credit: Benjah Photography. Discuss James Bullough here.
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Overtime: Aug 17 – Aug 23

More stories from the week that ended Aug 23 (click on bolded words for more information): Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room” is one of the works that will be on display when The Broad opens. RIP: Alan Fertil, who died at the age of 33 after accidentally falling off a roof. RIP: Khaled al-Asaad, who died at the age of 82 due to beheading after refusing to lead Isis to antiquities. RIP: Melva Bucksbaum, who died at the age of 82. She was suffering from cancer. Roman altar, estimated […]
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Streets: Aryz (Venezuela)

Recently in Maracay, Venezuela, Aryz completed a massive new mural with the help of Huellas del Arte. Painting on a wall that spanned ten stories high, the prolific Spanish street artist chose to create a touching portrait of a father holding his son in his signature aesthetic. Aryz further states – “As far as I’ve seen, Venezuela is an amazing place, however it is in a tough moment because there is big interest by many countries to make Venezuela collapse. In this type of projects you don’t have the […]