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Videos: Ai Weiwei – Time Magazine Cover

After coming in as the runner-up for TIME magazine’s Person of the Year in 2011, things of come full circle for Ai Weiwei. The latest issue of the magazine features an illustration from the Chinese artist – activist with the title “The World According To China” overlaid on an oversized map of China compared to the globe created from old money symbols and flowers of prosperity. Take a look at the video below as the outspoken artist explains the work. Discuss Ai Weiwei here.
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Videos: Berndnaut Smilde – “Making Clouds”

Berndnaut Smilde‘s work is defined by the temporary and the ephemeral. It lives for a few seconds and disappears, without a trace that it was ever there, documented only through photographs and video. The Avant/Garde Diaries recently recorded one of his clouds in the Green Room of the Veterans Building in downtown San Francisco. A small crowd was there to witness a smoke machine create billowing smoke forming a luscious, cotton candy-like shape in the middle of the Beaux-Arts chamber before it vaporized into haze, […]
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Videos: Gary Baseman X Die Antwoord – “Buckingham Warrior” on MOCAtv

MOCAtv just released their newest video Buckingham Warrior, a tale inspired by Gary Baseman’s (interviewed) father who survived the holocaust. Ben Baseman fought the Nazi invasion in Ukraine’s birch tree forests for almost four years and this new music video (animated by Peter Markowski and scored by South-African duo Die Antwoord) tells his story in his son’s signature imagery. This was created in association with Gary’s current exhibition, The Door Is Always Open (covered) at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Discuss Gary Baseman here.
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Geoff McFetridge @ Walker Art Center

Earlier this year, artist, animator, and graphic designer Geoff McFetridge visited Minneapolis to speak at the Insights Design Lecture Series 2013 at the Walker Art Center. While there, he also worked on a filmstrip style massive wraparound mural featuring his minimalistic imagery. Watch the video below as he talks about the construction fence installation as well as enjoy some footage of the project. Via Walker Art Center & Juxtapoz. Discuss Geoff McFetridge here.
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Rewind: May 13 – May 19

This week’s Rewind’s top video focuses on Anish Kapoor and his current show in Berlin at Martin-Gropius-Bau. Along with footage of his first comprehensive showing in the city, an insightful interview with the artist is included. Some other videos worth of attention include: Voina Wanted banner hung off London Tower Bridge. Leo Villareal releasing an edition of his The Bay Lights piece. Ai Weiwei cuts hair during dinner. Taylor Mead’s final fifteen minutes. Reactions from actual neighbors from Arne Svenson’s photographs. Benedikt Taschen talks with Sebastião […]
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Videos: Eric Shaw x Wild Nothing Music Video

If like us, you enjoy the superflat yet explosive paintings of New York painter Eric Shaw, you might be interested to see his work come to life. Shaw recently collaborated with indie rock band Wild Nothing and director / animator Hayley Atkins on the video for their single A Dancing Shell. Furthermore, Eric Shaw also produced the limited edition packaging (pictured below) for the band’s Empty Estate ep, from which the track is taken. Discuss this artist here.
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Rewind: May 6 – May 12

This week’s Rewind summary is lead off with a closer look at Tauba Auerbach’s new Mesh / Moire print set (recently released). The footage takes us into Paulson Bott Press as viewers get a closer look at the process.  Other notable recent videos below… Pundits weigh in on George Lucas’ museum. The making of EMEK’s George Clinton poster. M-City paints a F1 racecar (via Vandalog). Vernissage TV looks at Art Beijing. Vernissage TV looks at the Tracey Emin show at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York. Hypbeast Pen & Paper […]
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Rewind (April 22 – April 28)

This week’s Rewind feature is headlined by a Fragmentos, a fantastic new film detailing Vhils and his work in Brazil. The footage follows Mr. Farto and his crew as they work on making their imprint on various walls in Rio de Janeiro mixed with a montage of local flavor. Other notable videos include: Jasper Wong x Avant/Garde Diaries – The Simple Beauty of Just Coloring TrustoCorp bombs an abandoned theme park. New Rijksmuseum opening. Tilda Swinton sleeps in a box at MoMA. Samuel Bayer, discusses […]
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Streets: Jeff Soto & Maxx242 (Berlin) – Part II

Jeff Soto (interviewed) has sent over a final photo of the mural (see Part I) he was working on with Maxx242 while they were in town for a presentation at Pictoplasma. The two decided on an owl, skull, and octopus themed piece for Berlin as well as some other miscellaneous action around town. Take a look at the photos below as well as some footage of the main mural. Discuss Jeff Soto here.
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Openings: JR – “Inside Out: The People’s Art Project @ Tribeca Film Festival

Just this Saturday, AM joined JR (interviewed) and his crew at the renowned Tribeca Film Festival for the world premiere of Inside Out: The People’s Art Project in NYC. After the French “photograffeur” won the prestigious TED Prize and pledged his awarded funds to “turn the world INSIDE OUT”, he did just that in the two years since receiving the coveted accolade. JR and his crew traveled around the globe to inspire change through a unique portrait wheatpasting campaign, hitting over a 100 countries both remote and close […]