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Overtime: Jan 9 – Jan 15

More stories from the week that ended Jan 15 (click on bolded words for more information): Aaron Garber-Maikovska’s 2017 exhibition opens at C L E A R I N G New York. Donald Trump’s promise of Reagan-style tax reforms causes alarm with art collectors and institutions. High profile artists and art critics pledge their support to the rapidly growing #J20 Art Strike movement. Some figures criticize the strike. More on how the art world is reacting to the inauguration. How to prepare for the inauguration with […]

Streets / Recap: Dubai Street Museum

The first phase of the Dubai Street Museum project was recently completed with the participation of 12 international and local artists, producing 16 murals on themes drawn from the UAE’s history and heritage. Organized by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office, and Dubai Municipality, this project seeks to highlight the UAE’s unique history, achievements and aspirations through public artworks. Curators Rom Levy and Sanaz Askari invited some well known names from the genre, many of which had a chance to paint in UAE […]

Previews: Patrick Martinez – “All Season Portfolio” @ Charlie James Gallery

All Season Portfolio, a new solo show from Patrick Martinez, is set to open on January 14th at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles. The body of work he has prepared includes his signature hip hop inspired neon signage, his newer series of work satirizing Pee Chee Portfolios of our youth by replacing the athletes with victims and imagery of police brutality, and new mixed media stucco paintings. Take a look at more preview images below… Via LA Taco. Discuss this show here. Discuss Patrick Martinez here.

Upcoming: Tom Sachs’ Space Program Final Performance Live Online

Tomorrow, January 13th, Tom Sachs will stream live the final performance of his longstanding space program project (see NY 2012) on Instagram and Facebook. The six hour demonstration featuring the American artist’s signature DIY assemblages that astoundingly mimic objects and equipment from the exploration of space can be seen in realtime from 5pm to 12am (PST). Check out all the details here. Discuss Tom Sachs here.

Previews: Brendan Monroe – “Mammatus” @ Curator’s Cube

On Saturday, January 14th, Brendan Monroe (interviewed) will be opening a show in Japan at Curator’s Cube. Entitled Mammatus, the new body of work includes ceramic sculptures and black and white ink drawings. While the sculptural work are more figure-based and reference the American artist’s earlier work, the drawings feature graphic shapes and movement like his more recent murals, a few of which will be painted in the Tokyo showspace. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.

Upcoming: Alex Gross – “Antisocial Network” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On February 25th, Alex Gross (interviewed) will be opening a new show at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Antisocial Network, the new body of work from the locally-based artist continues to explore the idea of modern technology and his view of the ironic effect of social networks in eroding the personal relationships around us instead of bringing us closer. Gross’ surreal imagery for those exhibition also features some reoccurring references such as corporate branding and his anthropomorphizing of different creatures. Discuss Alex Gross here.

Releases: VNA #35

Our friends from Very Nearly Almost magazine recently published issue #35, continuing to be a part of one of the important artistic movements in history – street art. Marking 10 years since their humble beginnings as a free black and white zine distributed via D*Face’s StolenSpace Gallery, things have come full circle as they are featuring the infamous London artist on their cover again for the second time. Along with a big feature on one of the icons of UK street art, you can enjoy the skills of Phill Blake, the […]

Upcoming: Cleon Peterson – “VICTORY” @ Galerie Du Jour

On January 11th, Cleon Peterson will be showing new work at Agnés B’s Galerie du Jour, his first solo in Paris. Entitled VICTORY, the exhibition will feature the American artist’s signature brutal and provocative imagery, a exaggerated reflection of the urban violence he saw firsthand in his youth. He further explains – “This show explores the hedonistic triumphs of those who recognize themselves as victorious in the unfolding mirror of history. Their right to pleasure hinges on their projection of pain onto the unvictorious other. This […]

Vhils x GS1 Portugal | Center for Innovation and Competitiveness (Lisbon)

Vhils (filmed) recently finished a collaboration with the architects behind the new headquarters of GS1 Portugal | Center for Innovation and Competitivenes in Lisbon. For this project, the Portuguese artist’s unique mark marking skills were applied to the concrete slabs that make up the exterior of the building, giving the facade some abstract and textured imagery highlighted by elements of facial features. Take a look at video and photos below to see the culmination of 2 years of planning and construction. Most photos by Fernando Guerra. Discuss Vhils […]

Upcoming: Belin – “Postneocubismo” (Paris)

2017 should be an exciting one for Spanish artist Belin aka Miguel Ángel Belinchón Bujes. After building his reputation as one of the most respected photorealistic spray painters out there, he recently started working in a new direction which will be introduced in his upcoming solo show in Paris later this year. Belin has been known in graffiti world for years and was always considered one of the leaders of the photorealism genre. After years of creating portraits of all scales and pushing the limits of the niche, […]