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.
NYC-based artist Daniel Arsham along with footwear & clothing designer and owner-operator of Kith, Ronnie Fieg, recently teamed up for their newest project that will open doors on October 11th. Arsham/Fieg Gallery will launch with a solo show by Haroshi (featured) who will introduce his newest series of Guzo figurines which were introduced earlier this year at Nanzuka Gallery in Tokyo (covered). With his exceptional work process and skilled craftsmanship, the Japanese artist is a perfect match for a debut show in a gallery operated by the likes of Arsham […]
More stories from the week that ended Oct 2 (click on bolded words for more information): Whitney Museum unveils plans for David Hammons public artwork in the Hudson. RIP: S.I. Newhouse Jr., who passed away at the age of 89. Artnet has a remembrance. RIP: Vern Blosum, who passed away at the age of 81. RIP: Robert Delpire, who passed away at the age of 91. Court to determine if US victims in Jerusalem can seize antiquities on loan to US museum as recompense. Car jumps pavement and hits […]
Invader recently completed his 7th “invasion” wave of Hong Kong with the placement of 32 of his signature tile-based work in and around Habour City (known for their support of artists). Situated next to the stunning views of Victoria Harbor and looking across to the iconic skyline of Hong Kong Island, the largest shopping and dining destination in HK is now even more a must-visit with the announcement that they would preserve all the space invaders that the French street artist has installed on their walls. Take […]
More stories from the week that ended Oct 1 (click on bolded words for more information): Images and information for Cheyenne Julien’s Homegrown exhibition now up on Smart Objects site. RIP: Jim Walrod (1968 – 2017). RIP: Marian Horosko, who passed away at the age of 92. RIP: Valton Tyler, who passed away at the age of 73. RIP: Carolus Enckell (1945–2017). Ghost Ship warehouse owner Chor Ng receives $3mil. insurance payout from deadly fire. Puerto Rican art spaces, like everyone else on the island, significantly affected […]
Elian Chali recently took part in the Cityleaks / TRANSURBAN festival in Cologne, Germany, curated by Georg Barrinhaus. For this event, he created one of his vibrant, abstract, and minimalist public interventions titled Against Overlapping. Working on a residential building in Müllheim, the Argentinian artist took the strong cultural characteristics of neighborhood and created a piece that searches for harmony. With a simple composition and his color choices, Chali escaped forcing the observer into an interpretation, but instead just served up visual elements for numerous possibilities. Unpretentious yet highly […]
More stories from the week that ended Sep 24 (click on bolded words for more information): Five Banksy street murals (including pictured above) sold to a buyer from the Middle East for £3.2mil. RIP: Liliane Bettencourt, who passed away at the age of 94. Museums in Mexico scramble to locate staff and assess damage caused by major earthquake. Matt Furie’s lawyers take legal action against the alt-right with their use of his Pepe the Frog character. Hito Steyerl and other artists protest Rheinmetall’s sponsorship of […]
Currently at KP Projects in Los Angeles, Victor Castillo has a show on view entitled Broken Hearts, which will run through the rest of September. The new body of work features acrylic paintings (some quite large) as well as graphite drawings that continue the Chilean artist’s dark narrative seen through the lens of his not-so-innocent sausage nosed children. Take a look at some more shots below from his Los Angeles studio in days leading up to the opening of the exhibition. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Victor Castillo here.
With the imminent opening of the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat scheduled for the 21st, a couple Banksy pieces have shown up near the venue overnight. On his Instagram account, Banksy noted the irony of the Barbican, “a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls”, hosting the work of the legendary graffiti artist. The main piece, what we like to call “SAMO Stop & Search” if you will, has been done with stencil spraypaint, freehand spraypaint and oil […]