We are ready to introduce another artist to you via our Art Focus feature – Joel Rea. The imagery of the Australia-based painter typically includes characters wrestling with forces of nature, often with a surreal effect. Those of you in Sydney can check out his work in person as one of his portraits has been selected for Salon des Refusés with the exhibition running through May 19th at the S.H. Ervin Gallery (National Trust Centre). Otherwise, you can follow his facebook fanpage here or check […]
New York artist Andrew Kuo recently made his debut solo exhibition with Chelsea’s Marlborough Gallery. Entitled You Say Tomato, the new body of work features a combination of beautifully rendered geometric abstractions with the empirical precision of an x-y graph. Mr. Kuo not only gives the viewers visually engaging paintings, but also tugs at their heart strings with a chart system of emotions that one goes through while engaging in everyday past times such as watching TV, listening to music, or taking a road trip. […]
We brought you a preview of the Wider than a postcard group exhibition a couple of days back that AM’s Sven Davis is curating at Breeze Block Gallery. Running alongside that will be a solo exhibition by olive47 entitled bonita bonita. The Atlanta-based street artist has painted and pasted her way around the world since 1995, and she aims to bring a visual Garden of Eden to her heavily installation-based exhibition opening on May 2nd. olive47 uses a bold colour pallete alongside symbolism and spirituality […]
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 […]
Over the weekend, artist David Flores finished a new mural at the new creative campus named “The Reserve L.A.” which is the new home of the Microsoft and TMZ offices. This artistic project for The Reserve is part of several murals that Branded Arts was brought in to organize and curate. Using a photograph of Albert Einstein as his source, Flores created a mural that’s actually made up of two layers, giving it a three-dimensional look. It’s definitely one of his best projects up to […]
In preparation for their joint show opening on May 7th at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, JR and José Parlá worked on a mural together in Chelsea over the weekend. The piece is a followup to the epic series of walls they collaborated on in Cuba last year (covered) and will be the subject of their exhibition - The Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba. Check out more of the action in our photos below… Discuss this show here. Discuss JR here. Discuss José Parlá here.
This weekend sees the return of our Streets: World Roundup feature detailing street murals from around the globe. First on the list is a new mural from Wes21 in Biel, Switzerland (source) with a pretty sweet placement. Other notable walls come from Remi Rough x Shok-1 – UK, Waone (Interesni Kazki) x Kislow – France, Faile – Ireland (source), Escif x Hyuro – Spain, Escif x M-City – Spain, RIME x Toper – New York, INSA – Australia (source), Conor Harrington x Maser – London (source), Interesni […]
More stories from the week ended April 28: Financial Times interviews and profiles George Condo. RIP: former L.A. Times art critic William Wilson dies at 78. He suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Heirs of Baron Mor Lipot Herzog can now sue Hungary over Herzog’s art collection looted during WWII. Michael Little arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit Chihuly art. Francois Pinault will donate two looted bronze relics from his collection to the Chinese government. Cleaning lady pleads guilty in $3M theft of Benjamin Franklin Houdon bust made […]
The San Francisco-based artist from Milan, Italy, Francesco Igory Deiana, welcomed us in his studio in Mission area of The City shortly after coming back from Boston where he helped Barry McGee setting up his big retrospective at the ICA in Boston. With his big European solo show in Germany last year behind him, and couple of other projects being ticked off the list, Deiana is currently working on a new body of work for couple of new events and projects, while spending most of his free time with his […]
Recently, French street painter Miss Van has been spending quite a bit of time in Brazil. While there for four months, she mostly stayed in the hotbed of street activity and home to many artists seen here AM – Sao Paulo. She was able to get up solo on multiple walls, but much of the time was also spent painting with friends like Zezao, CiroSchu, and Titifreak. We already shared some of these murals in Part I of our coverage, but now enjoy some more photos as well […]
Just a couple weeks removed from the opening of his big solo show in New York (covered), Kenny Scharf was arrested for painting one of his signature characters illegally on the streets. He has since been released after spending 20 hours in two Brooklyn jails and will face charges of making graffiti and possession of a graffiti instrument. You can read all the juicy tidbits here, but this was an interesting quote – “Cops who arrested me were fans and wanted to talk about Exit Through The Gift […]
Renewing a collaboration (sans ROID & Askew) that bore good fruit in Hawaii (see the epic mural here) for the POW WOW event, Dabs Myla, 123Klan, and Slick met up in Los Angeles to paint another wall. Combining talents from Australia, Canada, and the US respectively, the team whose signature style mix so well got up at the Branded Arts Building. Take a closer look at the details as well as the crew in action in the photos below… Discuss Dabs Myla & 123Klan.