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Previews: Erin M. Riley – “Used Tape” @ P·P·O·W

Tonight in New York, P·P·O·W will be hosting the opening of a new solo from Erin M. Riley (interviewed) entitled Used Tape. Continuing to tackle issues that have become even more timely in this #metoo era, the Brooklyn-based artist uses her weaving skills to depict imagery that pushing the boundaries of the traditional medium. Riley’s large scale tapestries deal with deeply personal subject matter such as the “difficulty of womanhood, objectification of the female body, and traumas both large and small that weigh the search for self identity.” Discuss […]

Recap: “XXL #2” @ Montresso Art Space

The Montresso Foundation in Marrakesh, Morocco is currently wrapping up their latest group exhibition which was on view from April 16th to May 31st. Following up their XXL # 1 show in December 2017, XXL # 2 once again consisted of groundbreaking works by four emblematic artists representing the global urban culture. Focusing on the human condition while questioning the space and its relation to artwork, the large scale works by RERO, Hendrik Beikirch, Kouka and David Mesguich, combined for a strong, balanced showcase that engaged every corner of the imposing foundation space. […]

Videos: RAMMΣLLZΣΣ – “It’s Not Who But What”

RAMMΣLLZΣΣ, the legendary artist, graffiti writer, hip-hop pioneer, myth-maker, and New York cult icon currently the subject of RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder at Red Bull Arts New York. Although not all of us are able to visit the Big Apple to experience this momentous exhibition, those of us (ie: you) with an internet connection are able to view It’s Not Who But What, a streaming film created by Red Bull Arts New York and directed by Oscar Boyson. Created on the occasion of the aforementioned survey, the film is a mini-documentary that […]

Interviews: BLO – ‘Anywhere, Out Of This Mind’ @ Galerie 42b

Berlin based artist BLO, from the Da Mental Vaporz crew, is currently showing a new exhibition entitled Anywhere, Out Of This Mind at Galerie 42b in Paris. We asked him a few questions to find out more. AM: How long have you been preparing for this show? BLO: After a year experimenting with abstraction, and following my artistic residency in Perpignan (FR) in November/December 2017, I decided to return my focus to figurative painting while exploring fragmented compositions. So, I have been preparing for my current show […]

Releases: JR x Os Gemeos x Pharrell – “1983” Album

Currently through Social Animals, JR, Os Gemeos, and Pharrell have a followup release to their BOOMBOX sculptural edition from last year (covered). 1983 – The Album (12″ vinyl) features four exclusive tracks by Pharrell & OsG, as well as the artwork from the twins and a photo taken by JR of Pharrell in the packaging as well as in a print. There is a simple and deluxe edition of this collaborative effort, both of which along with the BOOMBOX can be purchased here.

Upcoming: Ben Tolman @ Jonathan LeVine Projects

Coming up on June 23rd, Ben Tolman will be opening a new show of his incredibly detailed drawings at Jonathan LeVine Projects in New Jersey. The American artist’s artistic vision takes Escher-like influences and combines with them a urban sensibility as well as surreal elements, leading to frenetic compositions that overwhelm the eye in a way that’s uniquely his own. Making an appearance every now and then in Tolman’s imagery are these grid-like structures (like these teaser images from the upcoming exhibition pictured above and below) of […]

Recap: Blek le Rat – “Let’s Get Romantic” @ Weinstein Gallery

After sharing photos of the work Blek le Rat got up on the streets of San Francisco, it’s now time to look at the reason he was in town – his show at Weinstein Gallery. Entitled Let’s Get Romantic, the new collection of pieces from what many consider the father of stencil art was influenced by the charm of SF and the memories of his first visit to the city almost 30 years ago. Take a look at more photos from the show as well as a video interview […]

Recap: Peter Opheim @ Hankyu Umeda Gallery

Between the 9th and 15th of May, Peter Opheim held a show at Hankyu Umeda Gallery in Osaka, Japan, as a part of a larger project called New York Art. The showcase is organized by the HPGRP Gallery Tokyo/New York and is his third solo presentation this year after exhibitions in Taipei and Moscow. For this showing, the Brooklyn-based artist created a large series of some 30 paintings and 60 works on paper, introducing his ongoing series of Play-Doh inspired creatures. Depicted as simple assemblages of crude […]

Streets: Augustine Kofie x AiseBorn @ Rendon Hotel (Los Angeles)

Recently, Augustine Kofie (featured) teamed up with AiseBorn to paint an outstanding new mural at the former Rendon Hotel in Los Angeles. The harmonious joint effort on the 7th Street facade between the two locally-based artists was aided by the common elements that can be seen in their work like geometrical patterns, architectural influences, and a background in graffiti. This collaborative wall was commissioned as part of the Art at the Rendon // Hidden Rooms event opening next weekend, the first of a series of ongoing cultural programs hosted […]

Overtime: May 21 – 27

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Robert Indiana, pop purveyor of Love, Hope, and American Darkness, dies at 89. Robert Indiana’s estate will be used to turn his house and studio into a museum. A contentious legal fight is looming over control of Robert Indiana’s estate. Days before Robert Indiana’s death, an offshore shell company filed a copyright suit against him. Urban Outfitters removes vases ‘ripped-off’ from Bristol artist Sarah Wilton. A look inside Atiba Jefferson’s “Heart-Shaped Box” […]