As we mentioned before, James Jean (interviewed) has a live and work space in West LA near Little Osaka. Called Hide Out, the house has already won multiple awards including the A+ Award from Architizer and the Honor Award for Residential Adaptive Reuse from AIA LA. The design of the remodel by Dan Brunn Architecture includes features like a 12′ x 14′ pivot door, a Japanese tea room inspired library, and wood stairs created by using an algorithm to calculate the most optimized curve based on a selection of […]
More stories from the week that ended May 21 (click on bolded words for more information): Yusaku Maezawa bids record-breaking $110.5mil. on Basquiat painting at Sotheby’s auction. Time’s Money section profiles the collector. CNBC has more on him. RIP: Lee Hall, who passed away at the age of 82. Kenya makes it to the Venice Biennale, despite receiving no money from its government for its pavilion. Raining fake Random International Rain Rooms in China. Two Ron English sculptures removed from outside department store in Shanghai within hours of […]
Dale Marshall originally started painting graffiti under the name Vermin in the early 1990s and he was a founding member of Bristol’s Souls On Fire crew, who were known for their visceral and heretical style. However, as the decade was coming to an end, his life was spiraling increasingly out of control because of heavy drug use and a resulting mental breakdown which resulted in him being sectioned in a Cornish psychiatric hospital, all of which Marshall has been very open about. Since switching to producing […]
Over the course of last couple of months, Ernest Zacharevic and a select of group of artists and activists have visited Sumatra and created public works and installations in effort to raise the awareness about the devastating effects of the booming unregulated farming practices of Palm Oil in Indonesia. After almost two years of planning, the Splash and Burn project that was fully self founded and self organized by the Lithuanian artist and his team, has been shared with the public and the results are impressive to […]
Following recent works from Felipe Pantone (covered) and Natalia Rak (covered), Cinta Vidal has just completed her contribution to the RAD Napa project (curated by Thinkspace and sponsored by The Napa Valley Wine Train). The piece from the Spanish artist featured some of the architectural imagery and play with perspective that she has become known for. Take a look at some in-progress photos as Vidal worked track side as well as some video footage below… Photo and video credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Cinta Vidal here.
More stories from the week that ended May 14 (click on bolded words for more information): Heather Hart installation at Storm King Art Center turns a roof into a stage. RIP: Jack Tilton (1951–2017). The British Museum sees rise of pencil graffiti on its ancient sculptures, raising concerns about monitoring. Jersey City residents criticize offensive murals commissioned by city and demands proper vetting process. Questioning the Venice Biennale’s nation-state design. Is the Venice Biennale too commercial? Victor Ehikhamenor accuses Damien Hirst of copying well-known ancient Nigerian work, Head of Ife. […]
Recently in the 13th District of Paris, D*Face (interviewed) was invited in by Galerie Itinerrance to paint a mural as part of the open-air museum featuring works from 28 street artists. Entitled Love Won’t Tear Us Apart, the new wall features the British artist’s distinctive cartoonish style and as well as his skull & wings imagery. Painted through several days of stormy weather, the multi-story high piece will be a welcome addition to the skyline. Photo credit: The artist, Galerie Itinerrance, and Spraying Bricks. Discuss D*Face here.
While the eyes of the world were focused on the results of the French presidential election, Banksy revealed his latest street piece in coastal town of Dover in the UK, just across Calais, France, where he was active 2 years ago (covered). Placed just across the city’s ferry terminal, the area of arrival for those coming from mainland Europe, the large mural shows a man chiseling off one of the stars from the EU flag. The blue flag with its 12 yellow stars has been inspiration for many […]
More stories from the week that ended May 7 (click on bolded words for more information): Matthew Marks Gallery exhibiting the last paintings Ellsworth Kelly made before he died. RIP: A. R. Penck, who passed away at the age of 77. RIP: Jordan Vaughn, aka Tead, who passed away at the age of 34. RIP: Stephen McKenna, who passed away in his home in Co Carlow. Matt Furie kills off Pepe the Frog. Man with a knife slashes Christopher Wool painting at Opera Gallery in Aspen. Visions Gallery […]
Recently in Rabat, Aryz had the opportunity to return to Morocco for another mural and to drink “avocado juice.” Painted on the side of a six story building, the beautiful new piece features one of the Spanish artist’s reoccurring still life images. Invited in by the good people of the Jidar Festival, he left a wall covered in his recognizable smooth style and pastel palette that the locals will not soon forget. Discuss Aryz here.
Recently in Culver City, California, Kenny Scharf (interviewed) was able to paint some of his signature characters on the sides of a building overlaid over a colorful background of drips. It looks like while there, he also took time to continue his series of what he calls Karbombz where he paints the outside of a lucky fan’s automobile. Take a look at more photos as well as a video below… Photo and video credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Kenny Scharf here.
More stories from the week that ended April 30 (click on bolded words for more information): RIP: Vito Acconci, who passed away at the age of 77. Jerry Saltz writes about the artist. RIP: Chris Oh, who passed away at the age of 35. RIP: Bill Fisher, who passed away at the age of 59. Doubts over whether Berlin can afford a MoMA of its own. Metropolitan Museum of Art considering charging a mandatory admission fee to tourists. Tate criticized for soliciting donations from staff towards Nicholas […]