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Valentine’s Day 2018

With Valentine’s Day in full swing, many artists took to social media to send well wishes to their followers. Some took the opportunity to reveal never before seen work (James Jean above), show appreciation for their loved ones (KAWS below), or just share a piece of artwork that resonated with the special day with their fans. Click through the names to see examples of what some artist’s had to say – Joel Rea, Gary Taxali, Todd “REAS” James, Gary Baseman, Hellovon, Kenny Scharf, Stella Im […]

Recap: Art Rotterdam 2018

This past weekend, from the 8th until the 11th February, the 19th edition of Art Rotterdam took place in the historical Van Nelle factory in the industrial area of one of the Europe’s major port cities. Focused on presenting mainly young art, but also internationally recognized names (such as Daniel Arsham whose work is on the header image, seen on Ron Mandos booth), the fair attracted 26,500 art lovers and professionals, both domestic and international. As one of the biggest art events on the old continent, the […]

Yoskay Yamamoto // Facebook Artist In Residence Program

Recently, Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed) became the latest to go through the FB AIR Program. The artist-in-residence initiative saw the Los Angeles-based artist set up one of his signature clustered installations in one of Facebook’s new offices on the Palo Alto campus. Featuring a series of patterned paintings inspired by the LA sky, sculptural pieces, and hanging elements, Cali Sunset was a welcome addition to the creative work environment. Photos via Derek Puleston, Facebook, and the artist. Discuss Yoskay Yamamoto here.

Releases: Dabs Myla – “Alphabet Paper Studies”

This morning, Dabs Myla kicked off a 72 hour period in which you can order their Alphabet Paper Studies through their web store. Each piece is hand painted to order allowing collectors to buy multiples letters for initials, names, or anything at all. Also, each letter will have unique variances so that they are all one of a kind. Sized at 5″ x 7″, the acrylic on paper paintings will cost $300 each. Discuss Dabs Myla here.

Kehinde Wiley & Amy Sherald Obama Portraits Unveiled

Recently at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, official paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled at a special ceremony. For the first time in the gallery’s history, African American artists were commissioned by the president and first lady for the portraits with Kehinde Wiley working with the Mr. Obama and Amy Sherald capturing Mrs. Obama’s likeness. In these charged times, it was especially fitting to choose artists in which the politics of race have figured prominently in their past work. Photo credit: Gabriella […]

Interventions: Ernest Zacharevic – “Save Our Souls” // Splash and Burn

Almost exactly one year since his last visit to Sumatra, artist and activist Ernest Zacharevic went back to Western Indonesia to complete another project for the ongoing Splash And Burn initiative. Seeking to use the presence of art in critical areas to initiate wider conversation on issues affecting community, consumerism, climate change and wildlife, the Lithuanian artist and his team produced a striking intervention carved directly into the scarred Sumatran landscape. Once again teaming up with the Orangutan Information Centre, a local charity working with the […]

Streets World Roundup (Dec ’17 – Jan ’18)

It’s been a while since our last Streets World Roundup so it was a little hard to narrow down what to share with you but we did our best. Leading things off up top is a new installation placed briefly on Wallstreet in New York by Icy an Sot. The large wadded-up $1 bill in the Financial District represents greed and volatility of capitalism according to the Iranian art duo. Other worthy walls include work from: Dabs Myla (Australia), Aiko (Vietnam), JR (USA), Dragon76 (USA), Eduardo Kobra […]

Upcoming: Yoshitomo Nara – “Drawings: 1988-2018 Last 30 Years” @ Kaikai Kiki Gallery

On February 9th, Yoshitomo Nara will be opening a show at Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo. Entitled Drawings: 1988-2018 Last 30 Years, the exhibition looks to be a retrospective of the Japanese artist’s drawings as well as the beginning of the gallery’s representation of Nara seeing as they will also be hosting a solo booth of his work at Art Basel Hong Kong in March. Discuss Yoshitomo Nara here.

Streets: Invader (Bhutan)

Traveling recently to Bhutan, Invader continued his usual practice of getting up with his signature tiled mosaic pieces in the streets. While the French street artist leaving his mark in the Buddhist Kingdom seemed to be well-received by the the locals that he encountered, his choice of placement was not without controversy. Take a look at more photos below… Discuss Invader here.

Showing: Vhils – “Intrínseco” @ Galeria Vera Cortes

Currently in Lisbon, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils (interviewed) has a show on view at Galeria Vera Cortes entitled Intrínseco. Continuing his use of unconventional materials and mark-making techniques, the Portuguese artist has prepared eight pieces of work consisting of suspended transparent PVC sheets featuring portraits and visual elements from locales around the world where he has traveled. He further states – “Intrínseco is a reflection on our surface. That which is opaque and that which is transparent. What allows us to see and what allows us to absorb […]