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Upcoming: Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Sky Is The Limit” @ Harbour City (Hong Kong)

We recently stopped by the studios of Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) to catch up on a few projects he has in the works. Today we have for you a sneak peek of an upcoming collaboration from Matsu & Harbour City that has been getting prepped for lucky art heads in Hong Kong. Entitled Sky Is The Limit, a 6.5 meter-high stainless steel sculpture with one of his characters riding a horse aiming for the atmosphere from the Brooklyn-based Japanese artist will be unveiled soon. Based loosely on the classic 19th century […]
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Sketchbook: James Jean

Fans of James Jean (interviewed) may remember his recent work with Linkin Park on the cover of their new album (covered). While wokring on the concepts and fleshing out the imagery for that project, the gifted artist filled up one of his sketchbooks with some pretty amazing drawings. Take a look at more photos over on Hypebeast as well as some more samples below… Photo credit: Sean Marc Lee / Hypebeast. Discuss James Jean here.
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Openings: CRASH – “Broken English” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

One of the summer exhibitions that we checked out recently was by Bronx-based graffiti artist Crash, a.k.a. John Matos (featured) at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Entitled Broken English this freshly minted body of work spanned traditional mediums such as canvas and paper, but also highlights Crash’s dexterity as a graffiti master as he worked his painterly street magic to redo a Mini Cooper in his signature style & visual language. This great exhibition will be up until July 26th, so if you’re in NYC, this is a must see. Photo credit: Joe Russo for Arrested Motion. […]
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Shepard Fairey x Hennessy – VS Cognac Bottle Launch (Los Angeles)

A little over a week ago, Hennessy held the Los Angeles launch of their latest artist created V.S Limited Edition bottle at the Create nightclub. Created by Shepard Fairey (featured), the new version featuring his distinctive OBEY imagery joined the line of previous collaborations with Futura (covered) & KAWS (covered), and Os Gemeos (covered). Shep also took his turn on the 1’s and 2’s as DJ Diabetic along with DJ D-Nice and a performance from Kendrick Lamar. Discuss Shepard Fairey here. Photo credit: KirillWasHere & The Hundreds.
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Upcoming: Gary Baseman – “Mythical Creatures” Kickstarter Launch

Tonight in Los Angeles, Gary Baseman (interviewed) will be launching his kickstarter for Mythical Creatures, a documentary about the artist and his career by David Charles. Held from 8pm – 10pm at Canter’s Deli / The Kibitz Room, the donation event will also feature a set from Moby but requires an RSVP (RSVP@garybasemandoc.com). The premise behind the film – “After the recent passing of his parents, Gary was compelled to dive deep into his heritage and tell their tragic experience during the Holocaust in their hometown village in […]
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Streets: World Roundup (Jul 7 – Jul 20)

A review of recent public works for our Streets World Roundup sees this new mural (seen above) from Shok-1 as one of the standouts. Entitled  The Consumer, the new piece makes a clever modification in the Pac-Man imagery that we are used to and again highlights the sublime translucent x-ray spraycan technique from the London-based artist. Other notable walls come from Know Hope x 2501 – Austria, Gaia – South Carolina, Cyrcle. – Poland, Borondo – UK, Aaron Li-Hill – New Jersey (source), Faith47 – […]
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Rewind: Jul 7 – Jul 20

Time for another Rewind feature here on AM. Leading things off is a new video from the Wall Street Journal profiling Os Gemeos and their stunning new exhibition (covered) in Sao Paulo. Along with footage of the paintings and installations, the Brazilian twins talk about how their work is like a portal into the subconscious, the moment right before falling asleep. Other notable videos for your perusal include: Skateboard paintings by Matt Reilly (via TWBE). Ludo – The Chaos Theory. Art in video games with […]
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Overtime: July 14 – July 20

More stories from the week that ended July 20 (click on bolded words for more information): Profile of The Mistake Room and a look at Korakrit Arunanondchai exhibition there. RIP: Seymour Slive, who died at 93 after battling cancer. RIP: Otto Piene, who died in a taxi at the age of 86. One of the world’s greatest art collections in private hands in all likelihood is a hoax. Ronald Lauder urges Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum to return Pissarro painting looted by Nazis. Three paintings in Prussian Cultural Heritage […]
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Update: Joel Rea

Since our Art Focus on painter Joel Rea, he has since exhibited with Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York as well as released prints of two of his popular images – Moment of Truth & Elevation. Currently, the Australia-based artist has a new piece (seen above), The Final Pieces, showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales which was nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Sulman Prize. Fans in Melbourne can also catch new work from Rea at the Gallery One booth during the Melbourne Art Fair […]
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Releases: Mark Ryden – “Daisy” Brooch

For those that missed Mark Ryden’s magnificent recent Los Angeles showing (covered) at Kohn Gallery, here’s your chance to own a piece of the action. This new release from Porterhouse features his Daisy drawing from The Gay 90s: West, placed on a brooch. Priced at $99 and sized at 2″ x 1-1/2″ x 3/8″, the memento comes in a black velvet pouch and with a certificate of authenticity. If interested, head over here to add it to your collection. Discuss Mark Ryden here.