The return of our video Rewind sees a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the giant Yayoi Kusama statue that is currently installed by Louis Vuitton on the top of Selfridges in London. This was all arranged by Louis Vuitton as part of their campaign for a fashion line they collaborated on with the Japanese artist. ABOVE’s new mural on social media. Interview with Selim Varol and a tour of his Berlin show featuring his collection. Time lapse video of Marshall Reese and Nora Ligorano’s melting Middle Class […]
Overtime stories of the week: It’s agreed. Damien Hirst’s giant, naked pregnant mother to stand tall over seaside town. MOCA has postponed its annual fundraising gala. Board of MOCA scheduled a special meeting Tuesday, aiming to unite trustees. Christie’s will sell $100 mil. art trove by Andy Warhol (from Foundation) over the coming five years or more. Andy Warhol’s Marlon from the collection of Donald L Bryant may fetch $20 million at Christie’s auction. Shepard Fairey sentenced to two years of probation and fined $25k. […]
Starting this weekend in Vevey, Switzerland, the Festival Images kicks off with a series of outdoor and indoor projects as well as associated programming. If you remember, the event (held biannually) was anchored by the Unframed project in 2010 from French street photographer JR. This year, he’s back with Shoot, a giant photo booth creating images for his Inside Out endeavor where participants have to lay down to have their portrait shot (see photostream) and then seeing their photo drift down over 42 feet. Other artists we are excited see work […]
Spanish street artist Escif never seems to stop, with each new mural (often times with a political message) documented on his blog street against. This time, the prolific painter headed over to Cerro de Pasco, Perú to work on a new piece pointing out another injustice. He states – “In order to expand the vast open pit from which the deposits of minerals are extracted, each year entire neighbourhoods in the town are demolished and their residents forced to relocate.” Discuss Escif here.
This Friday night, art toy boutique and gallery Rotofugi will be hosting the unveiling of new works from Luke Chueh (interviewed) in a show entitled I Am Your Plaything. AM stopped by the LA-based artist’s studio (dubbed the Shedio 2.0) to check out the paintings headed out to Chicago for the opening. The work he showed us centered around his clever and often times self-deprecating humor all with plenty of inside jokes to go around for toy collectors out there – from the frustrations and joys of blind boxing to digs […]
The Los Angeles-based Augustine Kofie (featured) recently headed down to work on a new mural installation at the Amplify Campus in Venice, California. The project featured a wraparound of his abstract urban aesthetic on the building, leaving a fresh public art spot for people in the area to admire. Photo credit: Todd Mazer (via Graffuturism). Discuss Augustine Kofie here.
In the second part of our visit to Steve “ESPO” Powers’ (featured) ICY cool studio, we give you an up close preview of the works in his upcoming colossal show. As noted in our previous overview of ESPO’s Brooklyn laboratories, A Word is Worth A Thousand Pictures at Joshua Liner Gallery will be his first NYC solo over seven years. ESPO and his team of dedicated craftsmen have put together a series of large yet intricate compositions of his iconic signage & graffiti hybrid style. Condensing the signature […]
Overtime stories of the week: Tate Modern considers Liberate Tate’s wind turbine given to museum during art performance for its collection. RIP: Malcolm Browne – photographer who took iconic burning monk protest photograph passes away at 81. Broad Foundation makes $1.5 million payment to MOCA after controversial delay. The dramatic story about Jackson Pollock’s last canvas. Gallery Gevik has three valuable paintings stolen after thieves smash the gallery’s windows with a car jack. The Wall Street Journal on the current state of the bustling Islamic […]
Art fans in Los Angeles tonight (7-10pm) may want to check out the opening of A&C Shop at the HVW8 Gallery. The conceptual project space is a presentation of Art & Council’s varied creative interests featuring a collection of artwork, prints, objects, books, merchandise, and more from artists you have seen here on AM including Cleon Peterson, Jason Jaworski, Jay Howell, Kelsey Brookes, Tim Biskup, Tofer Chin, among others. Of note, Craig Costello a.k.a “Krink” has created a site specific mural (seen in progress above) on the […]
Artistic duos in the street art scene don’t often work on their own, but Interesni Kazki has done so on multiple occasions. This is exactly what happened for this year’s Fame Festival, as AEC left his brother and headed over to Grottaglie to get up on his own. Despite some setbacks, the little town in Italy now has some mural love from the Ukraine. Discuss Fame Festival here. Discuss Interesni Kazki here.
Artists Simon Hjermind Jensen, Theis Wendt, Anders Schmidt and Silas Inoue recently completed a pretty sweet collaboration mural in Odinsgade, Copenhagen featuring a giant tanker. Utilizing architectural elements like the chimney as well as existing graffiti, the grounded ship is a striking addition to the capital of Denmark. Take a look at more details as well as a wider view below…
Moving on from our recent studio view, and drilling further down into the creative process of the artists involved in the upcoming Space//Form exhibition, we now bring you an insight to how the above piece entitled “Soft- Serve” was created by Vancouver based artist Jeff Depner. Jeff worked on one of the identical 10×10 inch panels that were supplied to all of the artists for the exhibition by Ampersand. The artwork underwent many layers of transition before the final form was arrived at, and we wanted to share the way he […]