More stories from the week that ended Feb 7 (click on bolded words for more information): W Magazine has photographs from the Paramount Ranch art fair. RIP: Yoshiko Kakudo, who passed away as a result of a stroke. Saudi court overturns Ashraf Fayadh’s death sentence, instead gives him eight-year prison term & 800 lashes. Mark Rothko’s son, Christopher Rothko, denies authenticating paintings at Knoedler fraud trial. Artnet covers Stephen Polcari’s testimony during the case. Eleanore De Sole testifies and cries on the stand. NY Times writes about artwork authentication in relation […]
Genalguacil is a small town in southern Spain which has been involved in supporting and organizing art projects for the last 20 years. Slowly turning the town into an open space museum, the locals recently invited Javier Calleja from nearby Malaga to add his contribution to the collection. Inspired by the winding mountain roads between his hometown and the destination, the artist created this interesting sculptural installation titled Up, depicting a giant stubby pencil drawing a simple line on a white facade. This writing utensil is often […]
More stories from the week that ended Jan 31 (click on bolded words for more information): Ken Johnson reviews the Flatlands show at Whitney Museum of American Art. Above: Jamian Juliano-Villani. RIP: Thornton Dial, who passed away at the age of 87. RIP: Yon Pich, who passed away at the age of 81 from complications of an infection. RIP: Howard Koslow, who passed away at the age of 91. First trial to arise from Knoedler Gallery’s forged artworks features Rothko painting bought by Domenico De Sole and his family. WSJ also […]
Currently in Bangkok, the BUKRUK Urban Arts Festival has seen a steady stream of street artists arrive to leave their mark on the capital city. One of these is ROA, who is painting across the way from Aryz (more on his mural later), and with his usual practice, choosing to use local creatures as his inspiration. The Belgium-based artist’s decision was easy of course, placing two iconic Thai elephants balanced on top of each other as well as cleverly resting their feet on some architectural elements. Photo […]
The next artist we want to share with you in our Art Focus series is Benjamin Garcia and his series of textured portraits. The Venezuelan artist’s multi-layered technique is utilized perfectly to render the disjointed transition between the conscious and the unconscious and seems also to reveal some of the inner psyches of his subjects. He currently has some of his oil paintings on view with Smash Gallery at the LA Art Show and has contributed something to the upcoming 3rd annual POW! WOW! Exploring The New Contemporary […]
Following in the footsteps of innovative artists before him like Blu & INSA, Lonac has created an animated piece in Zagreb, Croatia. Painted by the locally-based artist in a secret location, the detailed heart has blood pumping through (although in the wrong direction). The reason may be revealed at later time as he promises what he has unveiled is part of a much bigger project. Via StreetArtNews. Discuss Lonac here.
While many street artists are looking for more exotic destinations to create their works in, Escif recently took an intra-country trip from Valencia to Girona in order to visit neighborhood of Gypsies – Font de la Polvora. In his signature style, the artist used this short trip to pay tribute to the locals that live here and their every day life routines and struggles. Font de la Polvora was built in the 60s as a ghetto separated from the historic center with a small mountain. With a single access through […]
One month since his series of works were revealed in Jungle refugee camp in Calais, Banksy just created a new piece in London. Discovered earlier today on the French embassy, the stenciled image features a girl from Les Misérables, tearing up as CS gas flows over her. This wall, which includes a French flag and the iconic girl from the famous musical, comments on the events from the 5th and 6th of January when French authorities used tear gas, rubber bullets and concussion grenades while attempting to clean up a section of the camp. Even […]
More stories from the week that ended Jan 24 (click on bolded words for more information): Barbara Kruger’s site-specific work is included in Vancouver Art Gallery’s “MashUp” exhibition. RIP: Leila Alaoui, who passed away at the age of 33 due to injuries suffered during terrorist attack. RIP: Simon Buttimore, who passed away at the age of 56 from motorbike accident. RIP: Thomas McAnulty, who passed away at the age of 73 after being hit by motorcycle. RIP: Jeram Patel, who passed away at the age of 86 after suffering […]
Designed on Surface is a project Jasper Wong worked on recently with Microsoft, spanning 17 cities in 12 countries. Over the course of 5 weeks, the founder of POW WOW brought together a roster of artists including Mulga, Wonderlust, Noir, Bao, Pablito Zago, Andrea Wan, Andreas Preis, Frankie Cihi, Akmal, Persue, Odeith, Ink & Clog, Rosh333, Ano & Bounce, Lucas Aoki, Mon, Bakibaki, Cook One, Usugrow, Dragon76, Luise One, and Jay Shogo to paint walls inspired by the mantra “Do Great Things.” Take a look at more details […]
Another artist that left their mark on the streets during Basel Week Miami last year was anatomical enthusiast Nychos. The Austrian artist celebrated his birthday during the week of art festivities by leaving this burner behind in Wynwood Cafe entitled Strike Eagle, finishing despite being stopped by the police for a few days. The mural featuring his translucent spray technique was organized by INOPERABLE with support from Montana Cans. Photo credit: Brave Antics, Gully Art, and Diana Larrea. Discuss Basel Week Miami here. Discuss Nychos here.
This week’s Art Focus is on artist DU Kun and his surreal portraits of Chinese rock stars rendered as temples built into the sides of mountains and cliffs. The faces of each subject is assembled with a mystic combination of elements such as air, earth, and water leading to a god-like temple structures overlooking their own fiefdoms and worshippers (not unlike how recording artists have rabid fan communities). The series entitled Gods of Rock Festival can in part be attributed to his own interest in music […]