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Showing: DMV @ Villa Alliv (Marseille)

After a two week residency at Villa Alliv, JAW, BLO and KAN of the Da Mental Vaporz crew (DMV) are showing their collaborative artworks. The three artists have invaded the space with canvasses as well extending their imagery to the walls and ceilings, blending their own distinctive style from abstract and impulsive to pointillism and precision with the results being  vibrant and energetic compositions. Photos courtesy of Villa Alliv. Discuss DMV here.
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Streets: Colin van der Sluijs (Chicago)

While in town for his show at Vertical Gallery, Colin van der Sluijs painted a large mural in Chicago’s south loop. The nine-story wall (1006 S Michigan Avenue) features a yellow-headed blackbird (now no longer in the area) & red-headed woodpecker (in need of conservation) amongst bursting foliage and is part of the Wabash Arts Corridor. The Dutch artist’s debut USA solo exhibition Luctor Et Emerge will be on view through May 28. Via Colossal. Discuss Colin van der Sluijs here.
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Openings: Peter Ferguson – “Lifeboats of a Sinking Witch” @ Roq La Rue

For several years now, Peter Ferguson has left his his Canadian homeland to deliver a sold out, or nearly sold out show to the Roq La Rue Gallery.  2016 is no exception and Lifeboats of a Sinking Witch is another journey to the illustrator’s fantastic world. Seemingly painted under twilight, each piece is completed with a vintage frame and several are adored with a title face plate. Discuss Peter Ferguson here.
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Showing: Emily Mae Smith – “Honest Espionage” @ Mary Mary Gallery

Mary Mary Gallery in Glasgow is currently showing Honest Espionage, a solo show by Emily Mae Smith. Opened on April 8th and staying on view through May 28th, this is probably most important presentation by the Brooklyn-based artist since her last solo in NYC or being included in Unrealism, organized by Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian during Basel Week Miami 2015 (covered). The exhibition consists of a new oils on linen featuring Smith’s mix of divergent styles and visual elements. Though initially captivating due to their clean, graphic feel, it’s the variety […]
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Recap: David Choe // Igloo Hong (Morocco) – Part II

After a first look at the latest Igloo Hong funded project from David Choe (featured) in Morocco, we now have some more photos to share with you from the the trip. Granted creative freedom, El Mac, Andrew Hem, Mars-1, Aaron Horkey, and DVS-1 all did their best work getting up on whatever walls they could find, whether it be solo or with a collaborative effort. Take a look at more shots below of the action… Discuss David Choe here.
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Dave Kinsey Studio Sale

Every once in a while, an artist will put on a studio sale to give fans a chance to add prints, originals, and other related paraphernalia at a reasonable price. This weekend, it was Dave Kinsey’s turn to offer up some items for in a fires sale ranging from pieces canvas and paper. Take a look at the selection here (through today) and see if there is anything you would like to buy.
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Overtime: May 9 – May 15

More stories from the week that ended May 15 (click on bolded words for more information): Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains goes up in the Las Vegas desert. Reno Gazette Journal covers the public art installation. RIP: Martin Friedman, who passed away at the age of 90. RIP: François Morellet, who passed away at the age of 90. Dom Sebastiao statue in Lisbon destroyed after man attempts to take a selfie with it. Peter Gant and Mohamed Aman Siddique found guilty of selling forged Brett Whiteley paintings. Street Children in custody of Egyptian […]
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Previews: “Bear In Mind” Luke Chueh Custom Show @ Clutter Gallery

Tonight in New York, Clutter Gallery will be hosting a group show featuring customs from Luke Chueh (interviewed) and some of his friends utilizing blank versions of his iconic sad bear head. Reinterpreting the Los Angeles-based signature bear for Bear In Mind will be a roster that includes Angry Woebots, Calvin Ma, Candie Bolton, Colin Christian, Edwin Ushiro, Eimi Takano, Heidi Taillefer, Huck Gee, J★RYU, James Groman, JC Rivera, Jeremiah Ketner, Joe Whiteford, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Kathie Olivas, Kelly Denato, Lana Crooks, Lola Gil, Luke Chueh, Mab Graves, […]
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Openings: Katrin Fridricks – Macrocosm @ Lazarides

Icelandic conceptual artist and abstract painter Katrin Fridriks (covered) returns to Lazarides Rathbone in London for a new solo exhibition entitled Macrocosm. Along with the 2014 installation Perception of the Stendhal Syndrome – Gene&Ethics Master Prism with a giant magnifying glass, the exhibition features a whole new body of works, with canvases bursting with vibrant and swirling energetic coloured shapes of splashing paint. The role of the magnifying glass is to enhance the intensity of the experience of being overwhelmed by the artwork, evoking a phenomenon that is […]
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Previews: “El Mac: Aerosol Exalted” @ Mesa Arts Center

After showing at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center (covered), El Mac: Aerosol Exalted will be moving to the Main Gallery of the Mesa Arts Center where it will open for public on May 13th. The exhibition was announced with a large 35-foot tall mural few weeks ago (covered), and it presents El Mac’s latest body of work, including large collaborative canvases with RETNA. Featuring 18 original works from artist’s own collection, this show is an exclusive opportunity to experience his unique style transferred into the indoor setting. The Los Angeles-based artist’s photo realistic portraits are […]