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Previews: Thierry Noir – “Jazz” @ Howard Griffin Gallery

Legendary Berlin-based artist, Thierry Noir, is currently in London, setting up his upcoming show Jazz with Howard Griffin Gallery. The artist who painted miles and miles of the notorious Berlin wall during its most turbulent history, is creating an extensive show that will include canvases, installations and sculptures, all influenced by the vibrant world of jazz, and will open on the 25th of June. When the French-born artist moved to Berlin in the 80s, he also moved to the capital of alternative music at that time – […]
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Streets: El Mac – “Nuestra Gente” (Phoenix)

Some of El Mac’s most breathtaking murals are collaboration with graffiti artists where his ethereal portraiture is overlaid against a background of urban letterforms. Nuestra Gente, created earlier this year in Phoenix, Arizona, certainly fits the bill when he collaborated with local legends Mando Rascón & Pablo Luna. The background designs seen around the face were painted by Rascón and the outer images on the ends of the mural were laid down by Luna. Created in downtown on Van Buren Street, the sublime wall near where the Los Angeles-based artist […]
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Openings: Julian Opie – “2012 – 2015″ @ Alan Cristea Gallery (London)

The Alan Cristea Gallery in London is currently showing new editions by Julian Opie alongside prints and animations, created in a variety of mediums. Inspired by different views of the town and countryside, the London series presents us with observations of everyday life: figures of walking in the rain, tourists on the Southbank, passers-by at school gates and busy crowds of workers descending on the city. The series, French Landscapes, based on photos taken by the artist in France at different times of the day in different weather conditions, present us […]
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Showing: Alex Senna – “Tempo” @ Tag Gallery (São Paulo)

Brazilian artist Alex Senna has been painting his black and white characters all over the São Paulo for years. Engaging viewers in everyday scenarios that they can relate to, his pieces easily found their way into the hearts of his fellow citizens. These days, he is showing his work in a form of an art show that is now on view at Tag gallery. Tempo is a retrospective exhibition that is covers the last five years of Senna’s works – which involves mixing the visual language of graffiti and […]
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Venice Biennale ’15 / Showing: Personal Structures / Crossing Borders

As one of the collateral shows of the Venice Bienalle 2015, Personal Structures / Crossing Borders, organized by the European Cultural Centre, opened at two locations in Venice on the 9th of May. Hosted at Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora, over 100 artworks created by 100 participating artists from around 50 different countries was presented to the general public. The idea of this immense group show was to showcase different views and outlooks on the concepts Time, Space and Existence. Featuring both works by established and well known artists, […]
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Overtime: June 8 – June 14

More stories from the week that ended June 14 (click on bolded words for more information): Artsy looks at the Eve Fowler show at Mier Gallery. RIP: Alan Bond, who died at the age of 77 following heart surgery. Man stabbed in the neck in the gardens of Art Institute of Chicago. Egyptian temple of Karnak site of attempted terrorist attack. Heritige sites Great Dam of Marib and Al-Qahira castle in Yemen damaged by Saudi airstrikes. Zwelethu Mthethwa’s trial begins as he pleads not guilty to murder. Kosovo […]
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Streets: SpY (Bilbao)

SpY recently revealed a clever interactive piece he created in Bilbao. The Spanish artist, who is known for altering the urban environment through his work, once again took a different direction from classic street art with this stand out conceptual work. Working in the very central part of Bilbao, he created the word “Crisis” using 1000€ in 2 cent coins. The currency were glued to the walls and left there for residents to interact with the piece. Although almost worthless when taken out of the context or as a whole in […]
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Previews: Amanda Marie – “Good Story” @ The Quin

On June 18th, The Quin hotel in NYC will be opening a Good Story, a solo exhibition by Amanda Marie. For her first big show in NYC, MANDO is creating a narrative that feels like a mid-twentieth century Little Golden Books children’s story. Though playful and cheerful at first glance with children characters at play, her works usually have a certain twist to them which adds a nice tension to her pieces. Utilizing stencils as her primary form of mark-making, the American artist has been developing her visual language for […]
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Openings: Shepard Fairey – “Printed Matters” @ Library Street Collective

Opening last month and showing through the middle of August is Shepard Fairey’s (featured) solo at the Library Street Collective in Detroit. Entitled Printed Matters, the exhibition featured a diverse collection of the Los Angeles-based artist’s distinctive work across all mediums. While in town, Shep also gifted the Motor City with his tallest mural ever (covered) as well as many other pieces left in the wild. Photo credit: Jon Furlong & Sal Rodriguez & the gallery. Discuss Shepard Fairey here.
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Streets: Nate Frizzell for artBGC ONE (Manila)

A couple weeks ago, Nate Frizzell (interviewed) travelled to the Phillipines to take part in the artBGC ONE Festival. Despite not being a prolific muralist, the Los Angeles-based artist still was able to make his mark painting across the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) with his distinctive imagery of children at play. Curated by LeBasse Projects, and held in conjunction with the Bonifacio Arts Foundation (BAFI), the event also saw artists other international artists like FAILE, CYRCLE, AkaCORLEONE, Kristin Farr, Drew Merritt and Filipino artists Egg Fiasco and Anjo Bolarda join in […]