Earlier today Banksy set up a street tea party in front of The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine (covered), “celebrating” tomorrow’s 100 years anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. The infamous artist already addressed the important role of Great Britain in the ongoing Middle East conflict at the hotel’s museum, and couldn’t miss an opportunity to remind the world about it on this big day. Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” […]
More stories from the week that ended Oct 29 (click on bolded words for more information): Phillips makes history by selling Paul Newman’s Rolex for record $17.6mil. in its first NY watch sale. Knight Landesman accused of sexual misconduct by multiple people. Artforum responds. A look at his emails and correspondence. More allegations from women. He resigns from his position at Artforum. Editor-in-Chief of Artforum, Michelle Kuo, resigns. She explains why she resigned. Some galleries boycotting the magazine. Artforum staff pens letter condemning the magazine’s management. Terry […]
A few days after Nuart Festival officially closed their 2017 indoor show (covered), they wrapped up another successful mural project. Teaming up with Smug, Attende AS and students from Kannik Middle School, they produced their inaugural mural for the new Social Inclusion Through Street Art project. Attende AS employs approximately 330 people with disabilities who would otherwise exist without a meaningful work life. Providing them a steady employment in the large and varied industrial production system, the concept both helps these less fortunate individuals and contributes […]
Recently in Munich, Positive-Propaganda collaborated with another artist in their ongoing street art project (covered) of “establishing contemporary and socio-political art in urban spaces.” Invited in by the non-profit, Skullphone created several pieces using his usual style targeting Coca Cola’s deceptive “greenwashing” ads that positions their high sugar content soft drinks as supposedly healthy in their “Light” products. Utilizing his signature pointillism technique, the American artist painted a triptych that included the brand’s distinctive bottle, the lips of the consumer, as well his signature image that is also […]
Earlier this month, DALeast (interviewed) traveled to Seattle to work along with 25 other artists on the Sodo Track mural project. The two-mile stretch spanning Fifth Avenue South from Royal Brougham Way to Spokane Street will eventually feature the work of 50 artists when finished with murals related by a common theme – motion. This ties in nicely with the work of the Chinese-born artist as his aesthetic features kinetic spray-painted coils of wire that almost always depict an animal, bird, or force of nature in action. […]
It’s been a while since we last shared some art-related videos with you in our Rewind feature so here are some that you may have missed in the last several months. Leading things off are a couple videos documenting the launch of Liu Bolin’s ready-to-wear collection at New York Fashion Week. The fashion collection inspired by the 12 photographs he created in the United States featuring his unique style of painting camouflaging himself into the scenery, something referenced by the body painting the models had […]
More stories from the week that ended Oct. 22 (click on bolded words for more information): Yayoi Kusama will debut two new Infinity Rooms at David Zwirner next month. Yayoi Kusama Museum sells out tickets for the year. The 30-second rule for her installations at The Broad. RIP: Lawrence Argent who died at the age of 60. Beatrix Ruf resigns as director of the Stedelijk Museum after potential conflict of interest. Norman Rockwell’s family meets with Mass. AG in attempt to halt sale of Berkshire Museum’s […]
It would give a certain pleasure to Walter Benjamin if he could know that 81 years from the first publication of his The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, it would be quoted by a Russian artist in a perfectly poetic manner just right on the waters of the Norwegian port city of Stavanger. The artist, Igor Ponosov, through his Too far, Too close artwork, not only reminded us about the “aura” and “unique appearance of a distance,” but also interacted with […]
Coinciding with the last day of his scaffolded installation at the US-Mexico border fence (covered), JR (interviewed) organized a gigantic picnic to commemorate the occasion. Setting up a massive table featuring the “eyes of a dreamer,” a motif the French artist is famous for, the feast spanned both sides of the fence near Tecante, Mexico and Tecate in California. People from both sides showed up, including Kikito (whose photo was the one used for the installation) and his family, to share food and to support the artist’s continued […]
More stories from the week that ended Oct 15 (click on bolded words for more information): Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which could sell for over $100mil., to be auctioned at Christie’s. Eight things to know about the painting. RIP: Holly Block (1958–2017). Bronx Museum launches fund in honor of Block. US government withdraws from UNESCO, creating profound implications for cultural institutions. Event at 356 S Mission cancelled due to protests from anti-gentrifiers. Photos comparing black people from Africa with continent’s wild animals pulled after accusations of […]
While in town for her exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Swoon (interviewed) took some time yesterday to make her mark on the streets. As per her usual practice, the Brooklyn-based artist wheat paste some cut paper pieces in the alley right next to The Findlay Market and in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Chris Breeden. Discuss Swoon here.
It looks like Jen Stark recently completed a mural in the downtown LA arts district (1828 Conway Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90065), her largest to date. Entitled Chromatic Cascade, the impressive piece spans two walls on the facade of a building and measures 27 x 200 ft. Featuring bold colors and intricate patterning, the wall painting is a classic example of Stark’s psychedelic drippy imagery, one of the reoccurring motifs in her work. Discuss Jen Stark here.