Stories of the week: A look at Babara Kruger’s new Belief + Doubt installation at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. RIP – Wael Issa Kaston, who died at the age of 46 due to torture. Four plead guilty to stealing 18 ancient Chinese artifacts from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s permanent collection. MOCA Mobilization petition builds support worldwide, including from some big art world names. The Atlantic profiles Jeffrey Deitch’s tenure at MOCA. LA Downtown News imagines Seven Groundbreaking Exhibits From Jeffrey Deitch. Jeffrey Deitch defends seriousness [...]
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Leading things off for this week’s roundup of public art around the world is this new piece from ROA in New York (photo by Luna Park). Other work worth noting comes from Ericailcane & Hitnes – Mexico (source), Sam3 – Italy, M-City – Poland, FRM & Otecki – Germany (source), Cyrcle. – Colorado, Faith47 – New York (source), DAL – New York (source), Escif – Spain, Phlegm & Barberfilth – UK, Monster – UK (source), Cone TheWeird (source), and Osmoze (source). All photos via the [...]
Yesterday, street photograffeur JR (featured) spent the day creating a fresh mural in Brooklyn. The large building located at 338 Berry St. was in a prime spot overlooking the Williamsburg bridge and its oncoming traffic. Utilizing his signature photography and large-scale wheatpasted handiwork, the French artist made sure to give everyone in the area something to look at. JR invited AM to shoot he and his team as they scaled the eight story building in a monstrous cherry picker (aka. Boom Lift). It took hours to get [...]
Although already open to the public as of a couple days ago, the Boston ICA will be celebrating the start of the Os Gemeos exhibition (previewed) today with a waterfront launch party, complete with Caipirinhas, Brazilian street food, and DJs who will take visitors to the heart of the artists’ native São Paulo. For those lucky enough to be in Beantown, make sure you stop by the main mural at Dewey Square (former site of Occupy Boston near South Station) where the twins have painted one of [...]
Tomorrow night (August 3rd) in Denver, the Black Book Gallery will host a three person show from Shepard Fairey, Evan Hecox, and Jim Houser. The Mile-High City last saw Shep’s work at Manifest Hope during the 2008 Democratic National Convention, but if the art community has forgotten, the OBEY crew has been up and about putting up reminders with stickers, stencils and wheat pastes. Discuss Shepard Fairey here.
A couple days ago, we shared with you the mural that DALeast painted for the Wall Therapy Festival in Rochester, New York. His partner in crime, Faith47 was also on hand as she painted her own wall for the event. The piece is entitled Rhapsody and features the religious iconography that is often seen in the South African street artist’s work. More detailed photos below… Discuss Faith47 here.
While in town for the 40 Under 40: Craft Futures showing at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Olek decided to gift the city with one of her signature yarn statue takeovers (here & here). This time she yarn-bombed the 12-foot tall Albert Einstein statue on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. Check out more in-progress shots of her and her assistants at work below as well as the finished photo. Via My Modern Met. Discuss Olek here.
On many occasions in the past, where you find Italian street artist Blu putting in work, you will see his equally gifted compatriot Ericailcane getting up as well. The Desordes Creativas Festival in Spain is no different (see Blu’s piece here) as the “Eric the Dog” has produced a mural in his narrative style featuring what look to be the prey revolting against the “king” bird. The gifted street painter certainly has a way of composition and style that makes the viewer wonder what part of an epic tale [...]
Our midweek Art Focus is on an artist new to AM – Nigerian-born, American artist Toyin Odutola. Using only pen and ink on paper, the tools of her trade create a novel look to her portraits which explore ideas of race and refers to skin as geography and terrain where she uses to draw on their individualities and experiences. She is currently in a group show at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico entitled Afro: Black Identity in America and Brazil ”highlighting work by three Afro Brazilian artists [...]
Leading off this week’s summary of videos is this time-lapse (via Savage Habit) from the Volvo Switzerland as seven Chinese artists paint and repaint the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid. The event was held at the Zurich Main Station and featured the work of Shadow Chen, Wang Meng, Sally Zou, Honghua, Hua Tunan, Left, Shan Jiang & MEGAMUNDEN. Other notable videos include: A look at LX.ONE’s process(via Nuart). Estevan Oriol interviewed by Label Pushers. Avante/Garde Diaries’s video of Aaron Rose talks about art and Watts Tower (via Los [...]