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Jeff Soto for Empellón (New York)

Earlier this month, Jeff Soto (interviewed) painted (with the assistance of his brother and sister-in-law) an impressive two-wall mural at Empellón in New York. Invited in by one of his long-time fans and chef Alex Stupak (seen below) to infuse his surreal imagery onto the walls of his West Village outpost, the California native chose to highlight the rooster as well a group of pottery growing imagined plants and succulents. The artwork was part of a remodel of the taqueria is largely symbolic, with themes of family, life and death, and nature. […]
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Openings: Mando Marie – “Long Ways” @ Svper Ordinary

It was a grey, rainy Friday night on April 15th when Denver’s Svper Ordinary unveiled the newest body of work from stencil artist and Denver resident Mando Marie (also known as Amanda Marie). The new work contains number of new images and themes, but features the nostalgia and narrative elements that she is best known for. Long Ways is a homecoming for the RMCAD graduate, returning to Colorado after a string of successful exhibitions across Europe and at White Walls in San Francisco. The show will be on display until […]
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Streets: Guido van Helten (Chernobyl)

Guido van Helten recently visited a restricted area in Ukraine and painted a mural inside disused and unfinished Chernobyl Reactor 5. As a part of the ongoing ArtUnitedUs project, curated by Geo Leros, Iryna Kanishcheva, Waone Interesni Kazki, and Ilya Sagaidak, the work commemorates the 30th anniversary of the world’s biggest nuclear catastrophe that happened on April 26, 1986. Known for massive photo realistic figurative murals, the Australian artist re-created a photograph taken by renowned photojournalist Igor Kostin during the disaster. Being the first to document the consequences of […]
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Streets: 1010 // The Crystal Ship (Belgium)

After a look at what ROA painted for the Crystal Ship Festival on the streets of Ostend, we now can share some photos of 1010 at work for the event. The German artist painted his signature patterns on these side of a structure, providing a striking contrast to the drab building with this optical illusion. Take a look are more photos below at the details and get ready for more coverage of other artists and what they created for their fans in Belgium. Photo credit: Henrik Haven. Discuss 1010 here.
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Showing: Maser – “Orbiting on the Periphery” @ Lazarides Rathbone

Irish graffiti artist Maser is currently showing his first solo exhibition entitled Orbiting on the Periphery at Lazarides Rathbone in London. The exhibition continues Maser’s exploration into the philosopher and mathematician Thales of Miletus’s theory – “mens sana in corpore sano,” in which the physical health and condition are recognised as an essential part of psychological equilibrium. With the strong use of bold graphic and geometric elements, loose brush strokes and relief work, the new paintings focuses on Masers’s interest in duality and the thought-provoking relationship between the physical and […]
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Overtime: April 18 – April 24

More stories from the week that ended April 24 (click on bolded words for more information): NY Mag visits Vito Schnabel’s apartment. They also tour Adelaide de Menil’s place. RIP: Richard Smith, who passed away at the age of 84. RIP: Huang Zhuan, who passed away at the age of 58 after a battle with cancer. Picasso works among those stolen from the corporate collection of Portigon AG. Wilma “Billie” Tisch realizes after several years that her $1mil. Picasso is missing and being sold in Fl gallery. Bankruptcy […]
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Openings: “Subcultures” @ Espace Croix Baragnon (Toulouse)

The museum L’espace Croix Baragnon in Toulouse is celebrating the underground cultural scene with a new exhibition called Subcultures. The city of Toulouse is the cradle from which many renowned artists like Miss Van, Fafi, Reso, Tilt to draw came, but the artistic scene is even more prolific, mixing popular cultures (rock music, punk, goth, hip hop, experimental … sci-fi, comics, movies, skateboarding, tattoo…) revisiting modern art movements (surrealism, Dadaism, pop art, poster-art…) as well as post-modern art forms (lowbrow, graffiti, street art…). Curator David Pujol has been observing […]
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Upcoming: “Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot” @ VPAM

Tomorrow night (April 23) at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles, Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot will open their doors to the public from 7-10 pm. Drawing from the company’s rich history of as one of first to introduce America to Asian popular culture, the exhibition will include works from a select group of artists, a figure display, and a “Zine Habitat” created in collaboration with the Tiny Splendor zine collective. As you can see above, one of the chosen artists is Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed) who is working […]
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Showing: “City Lights” @ Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art

Although the opening was delayed due to the terrible recent events in Brussels, City Lights at the newly formed Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art ended up kicking off successfully earlier this month. Featuring the works of Maya Hayuk, Swoon, Momo, and Faile, the exhibition included installations from the American artist to go along with original works on display. Photo credit: la Repubblica.  
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Previews: Luke Chueh – “Damaged Goods” @ Inner State Gallery

Tomorrow night (April 22nd) in Detroit, Luke Chueh (interviewed) will be opening a new show at the  Inner State Gallery. Entitled Damaged Goods, the expansive new exhibition will feature the Los Angeles-based artist’s iconic sad bear as well as his fellow cast of characters in the form of new paintings, hand-painting multiples (seen in the installation above), prints, toys and more. He further states – “For many years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with 1xRUN, and I’ve seen them grow and diversify. For this show, I […]