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Stories of the week: Cecilia Gimenez restores Elías García Martínez fresco and produces hilariously tragic results. Jonathan Jones wonders what would happen if she continued her career in restoration. Here are some ideas. Fans have launched a petition to save the new work, which is known as world’s worst restoration. RIP Martine Franck.  She passed away at age 74 and was married to Henri Cartier-Bresson. Russian art dealer accuses one of the country’s major art galleries, the Russian Museum, of forgery. Federal prosecutors accuse Sotheby’s of […]
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Leading off this week’s video goodness is a look at Barry McGee’s first solo show in the Bay Area since 1994. Along with some footage of the stunning and comprehensive exhibition, the short features interviews with the Director and Assistant Curator of the BAM/PFA. Also, check out our coverage (photos) of the show for those who can’t make it to see it personally before it closes on December 9th. ArtnetTV interviews Robert Longo. THE ART UNDERGROUND – NYC SUBWAY – explore the art that’s in NYC’s […]
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This week, we would like to introduce you to the work of Ernest Zacharevic for our Art Focus feature. The Lithuanian artist has been recently putting up work in the streets of Penang, Malaysia that speak to his eye for placement. His murals frequently interact with existing three-dimensional elements and the existing architecture. Take a look at more photos below… Via Street Art Utopia.
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Last week in Culver City, Miss Van (who was in town for her show at Copro Gallery) and Dan Quintana combined their powers for mural at the Branded Arts Complex. For this wall, entitled The Big Bad Wolf, street French femme fatale and the Los Angeles-based Quintana created a scene involving Vanessa’s signature poupée’s posed with a large wolf. Some additional in-progress photos of the unexpected collaboration below… Photos via Dan Quintana & Andrew Hosner. Discuss Miss Van here. Discuss Dan Quintana here.
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After sharing with you works from Vhils and Liqen for this year’s Walk & Talk Festival, we turn our attention to the contributions of Mark Jenkins (interviewed) and Sandra Fernandez. The two artists decided to create some whimsical tape sculptures “riding” down to the ocean for the annual event held on the Archipelago of the Azores in Portugal. Photos by Rui Soares via Stick2Target. Discuss Mark Jenkins here.
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Despite the difficulties in painting over brick, Spanish street artist Aryz has finished a beautiful new mural in Copenhagen for the Galore Festival. As you can see from the photo above, this new piece is right next to the tower that ROA painted at last year’s event. Other artist’s scheduled to make an appearance include ABOVE, POSE, VIZIE, and more.  For now, enjoy action and detailed shots of this new mural going up. Photo credit: Henrik Haven. Discuss Aryz here.
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Invader recently brought his street invasion to Asia with this new piece in Hong Kong. According to his logs, the anonymous French artist has been to the city-state before and has mapped out some of the spots he has hit up, although this piece might be a legal one. In related news, the street tile specialist also made the front page of the Miami Herald and was also in the area recently based on the photographic evidence below. Miami photo via Qura Torial. Discuss Invader […]
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One of the most interesting things about curating a group exhibition of over 100 artists is getting to see behind the scenes as the artists develop their work for the show (Chloe Early seen above). Updates come constantly as the participants share their excitement about creating work for the show, and getting to see  some of the creative process that goes into the work is always a pleasure. Space//Form opens in just a couple of weeks time now in Portland at Breeze Block Gallery and here […]
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Stories of the week: Flying Fortress and Nychos’ mural Bristol Rodeo Riders for the See No Evil festival. Sad news for Los Angeles – Margo Leavin Gallery (reps Baldessari, Leavitt, Vallance, among others) to close. Los Angeles Magazine on understanding MOCA’s future by examining its past. Greg.org gives the story behind Transmission LA: AV Club  (held at MOCA) and puts it all into context. Why artists (such as MOCA’s Baldessari, Kruger, Opie, and Ruscha) are on museum boards. Art thief receives reduced two-year good behavior bond by claiming […]
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This week’s video Rewind looks further into the world of Allison Schulnik as Beautiful/Decay and Visual Creatures pay a visit to the talented sculptor, painter, and animator’s studio. Schulnik, whose animation Mound we featured last December, talks about living and working in Los Angeles, how the different aspects of her work inform each other, the sad and fantastical creatures that fill her artistic vision, and more. Other videos worth watching include: Jack and Dinos Chapman’s installation in Grundy Art Gallery’s Adventureland Golf exhibition features Hitler. Artnet […]
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This week’s Art Focus draws your attention to the raw clay sculptures of Beth Cavener Stichter. The Washington State-based artist uses animal forms as a study on human psychology and the unconscious impulses of the human mind.  She states – “On the surface, these figures are simply feral animals suspended in a moment of tension. Beneath the surface, they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding.” For those interested in seeing her work in person, she has a show opening on September 13th in […]
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It’s been a while since Nick Walker (interviewed) hunkered down in New York to put his vandal in play. Nick recently dropped by to lay down some paint for a few weeks in the Big Apple. While he was here, he worked several parts of Brooklyn, LES and Chinatown. AM tagged along as he  premiered a new composition of his storied Vandal kicking back with a special edition of the New York Times. This piece is located on the bustling corner of Eldridge and Hester in […]
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