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Overtime: Oct 6 – Oct 12

More stories from the week that ended Oct 12 (click on bolded words for more information): Final week to see Van Hanos – Not the Way at Tanya Leighton. RIP: Trigz, who was tragically shot and killed in North Hollywood. Go here to contribute and help the family. COST arrested in NYC. ArtBeam’s Material Evidence show’s Ukrainian display attacked and vandalized. Curator Vasyl Cherepanyn brutally beaten in public in Kiev last week. Dries Verhoeven’s Grindr art project cancelled prematurely after privacy invasion complaints. Broad Museum […]

Streets: Phlegm / Empty Walls (South Wales)

A couple of weeks ago, Phlegm traveled down to South Wales for the Empty Walls Festival where he painted a large mural on Wood Road right next to the main bus station. Featuring his signature characters acting out the old Welsh tradition of Mari Lwyd, the exaggerated imagery filled with local flavor is a welcome addition to the area. The luck-bringing ritual sees participants accompany a person disguised as a horse from house to house (including pubs) where they sing at each door in the hope […]
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Studio Visits / Previews: 100taur – “Monsters In My Closet” @ Artoyz

Following his group shows in the US and recent installation at the Toulouse Museum in France, we visited the cabinet of curiosities of lowbrow artist 100taur in Toulouse ahead of his upcoming solo show ‘Monsters in my closet’ at the Artoyz gallery in Paris. The French artist’s work is multidisciplinary and his creativity expands from graffiti, paintings, drawings, engraving to sculpture, installations and taxidermy. His sources of inspiration come from Greek mythology, hybrid creatures like Chiron, known for his kindness, knowledge and skills with medicine, but also Japanese […]

Studio Visits / Previews: Alex Gross – “Future Tense” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Tomorrow night (October 9th) at the 557C W. 23rd St. location of Jonathan LeVine Gallery  in New York, a new solo from Alex Gross (interviewed) will be opening. Entitled Future Tense, the new body of work continues to explore mankind’s place in a changing world overcome with advertising, propaganda, and new technology. Along with sublime new oil paintings that explore themes of consumerism and the inundation of media in our lives, Gross will also be contributing another selection of his popular cabinet card works. A new monograph, featuring 40 […]

Streets: Shepard Fairey (Toronto)

After a recent set of murals realized in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philly, New York, Berlin, and Johannesburg, the tour concluded in Toronto for Shepard Fairey (featured) and the Obey crew. Some of the main pieces were created at the The Gladstone Hotel & Tattoo if you are local and want to hunt these down. The multi-city festivities were arranged by Hennessy in honor of the bottle Shep designed for them (covered). More photos below… Photo credit: Jon Furlong. Discuss Shepard Fairey here.
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Streets: Liqen, Don John, Fintan Magee, Interesni Kazki, Jaz, Alexis Diaz for WE AArt (Part II)

Last month, we brought you a look at the murals Aryz, Escif, and Kenor, painted for the WE AArt festival in Aalborg, Denmark. There were other artists who filled out the roster for this phase of the project that will be ongoing for the next several years including Liqen (seen above), Don John, Fintan Magee, Interesni Kazki, Jaz, and Alexis Diaz. Here is a look at their contributions… Photo credit: Henrik Haven.

Streets: D*Face / Branded Arts (Los Angeles)

Before leaving Los Angeles, UK native D*Face (interviewed) decided to create one more mural for his fans to add to the piece (covered) on the side of the building that that housed his popup show (covered). Mirroring one of the originals that was featured in his exhibition, the new image shows one of his characters looking into the rear-view mirror as he’s driving down a lonely stretch of road. This new public work from the British street artist was arranged courtesy of Branded Arts. Photo credit: Ross Morrison. […]

Studio Visits: Jonas Lund – Studio Practice” @ Boetzelaer|Nispen

We had the chance to visit Jonas Lund’s Studio Practice project at Boetzelaer|Nispen in Amsterdam on the last day of the production process. By now, the “white cube” gallery space got a full art studio makeover with paint marks and scars of art making on every wall and surface. The works produced are scattered around the space, some hanging as the accepted ones, some marked as denied, and some still waiting for evaluation by the advisory board members. We’ve also got to have a look into a 300 pages book […]

Streets: Conor Harrington / L.I.S.A. Project (New York) – Part II

In between setting up for his popup show in New York (more on this later), Conor Harrington (interviewed) took advantage of the hospitality from the L.I.S.A. Project to leave a mark on the streets of the Big Apple (Broome & Lafayette Street). After sharing the first mural with you here, we now have shots of the second piece he was able to work on. Take a look at more in-progress photos below… Photo credit: Joe Russo for Arrested Motion. Discuss Conor Harrington here.

Overtime: Sept 29 – Oct 5

More stories from the week that ended Oct 5 (click on bolded words for more information): Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada creates giant face on the mall in DC. Image credit: Matt McClain/The Washington Post. RIP: Walter Josef Fischer, aka Oz, who was killed by a subway train at the age of 64. Unrest in Hong Kong could negatively (or positively?) affect Sotheby’s and Christie’s auctions in the region. Art inspired by the protest movement. Former staff members of Corcoran Gallery of Art hold a funeral for the […]