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Streets: Ernest Zacharevic (Lisbon)

After Finok, Nunca, Sainer and others, the Underdogs collective from Lisbon are continuing their efforts to bring the highest quality street and urban art to the Portuguese capital. They are currently hosting Ernest Zacharevic at their studio, as he’s preparing his upcoming solo show, finishing a new limited edition etching, and creating new public art in the city (more on that below). In his signature style, the Lithuanian-born artist recently finished two small works applying his classic painting skills to the streets. One piece shows a little boy playing with a yellow line […]
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Upcoming: Eric Joyner @ Corey Helford Gallery

Fans of Eric Joyner (interviewed) will be pleased to hear that he will be having another solo in September at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles after his last one there in 2013 (covered). Hopefully, this new painting he is working on will be part of the new body of work as we are quite smitten by his robot police lineups and this newest one looks to be shaping up nicely. Of course, we will also be looking forward the Bay Area-based artist’s predilection for painting […]
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Releases: Risk – “Old Habits Die Hard”

1xRun recently teamed up with Roger Gastman to create an extensive monograph for one of the most legendary LA writers and graffiti icon RISK (interviewed). The Detroit-based publisher released these 350 page hardcover books on July 17th, coming either with a limited edition print or original artwork. The book itself covers the story of Risk, from the very early 80s to the present day. It narrates his role as one of the pioneers of graffiti in Los Angeles and his aim to not only push the boundaries of his own art but also to […]
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Streets: Conor Harrington (Warsaw)

Continuing to share his “fight club” imagery with the public, Conor Harrington (interviewed) recently completed a new mural for Street Art Doping in Warsaw. Painted over several days, the fresh piece features some of the Irish artist’s recognizable colonial figures getting ready for some one-on-one fisticuffs. Other artists slated to make their mark in the Polish capital include 1010, Ernest Zacharevic, 108, and CT. Discuss Conor Harrington here.
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Showing: Snarkitecture / Daniel Arsham – “The Beach” @ National Building Museum

For those who have a chance to visit Washington DC through September 7th, make sure you stop by the National Building Museum to check out an immersive installation from Snarkitechture. Cofounders Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham have imagined up a beach with an ocean of 750,000 recyclable plastic balls. The monochromatic and minimalistic installation certainly mirrors the aesthetic seen in many of their previous projects and is certainly something visitors of all ages will enjoy. Photo credit: Noah Kalina (via Designboom). Discuss Daniel Arsham here.
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Previews: Brian Mashburn – “Witness” @ Thinkspace Gallery

As a followup to his small show earlier this year (covered) at Thinkspace Gallery, Brian Mashburn will be taking over the project room with a more extensive body of work starting this Saturday, July 18th. Witness will see more exotic creatures join the North Carolina-based artist’s distinctive visual world where animals are posed in the foreground against the hazy background of industrial degradation. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Brian Mashburn here.
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Streets: Interesni Kazki / AEC – “Odysseus Escape From Polyphemus” (Sicily)

We are a sucker for murals painted on silos. Something about the curvature of the surface the awesome way the imagery usually stands out from the surrounding background takes things up a notch. This latest example is from AEC, one half of the Interesni Kazki duo, entitled Odysseus Escape From Polyphemus. The piece is a play on the famous Greek myth as you can see from the sheep and references the topic of relations between politics and mafia in the port area of Catania, Sicily where the mural […]
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Previews: “Step and Repeat” @ The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Step and Repeat, MOCA’s annual celebration of performance art, comedy, poetry, live music, and other pleasant surprises, returns this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend-long celebration will take place at The Geffen Contemporary and will feature never been seen performances by Geo Wyeth, James Fauntleroy, Cali Thornhill Dewitt, and Juliana Huxtable, and other artists. Come and see other ways of experiencing art besides viewing paintings on the wall or objects on the floor.
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Studio Visits: Ryan McGinness x Hennessy – VS Cognac Bottle

It’s summertime and anticipation is growing for the next Hennessy VS cognac bottle with this year being the 250th anniversary for the world’s largest and most storied cognac maker. For this occasion, Ryan McGinness (featured) was selected to chair the design of their iconic VS silhouette. Continuing the long line of talented artists such as Kaws, Futura, Os Gemeos and Shepard Fairey who have worked on the project in previous years, McGinness has taken this task to heart and is moving in a slightly different direction. In June, AM visited the New York-based artist’s studio for […]
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Openings: Jeremy Fish – “Anger Management” @ Black Book Gallery

A large group of enthusiastic fans were on hand to greet Jeremy Fish (featured) during his July 3rd opening at Denver’s Black Book Gallery. The show is titled Anger Management and features 18 new pieces of work, largely inspired by his recent aneurysm and resulting need to find a way to mellow out. The show will be on display until July 25th, so stop by if you are in the area. Discuss Jeremy Fish here.