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Overtime: March 31 – April 6

More stories from the week that ended April 6 (click on bolded words for more information): A look at Phyllida Barlow as her Tate Britain commission opens. RIP: Mon Levinson, who died at the age of 88. Antony Micallef describes decision not to display his work on London tube station posters as censorship. Art school in Chile plans to promote Nazi ideology and make widespread use of the swastika. Protesters shower Guggenheim museum visitors with cruel labor confetti from above. Applications fall by over 20% […]
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Streets: Borondo (London)

Spanish artist Borondo recently moved to London and has been very active on the streets of the British capital. Known for his raw, expressive style of painting, which often is done by scratching the paint off glass or other surfaces, he’s been creating works on shop windows, under bridges and such unusual places. Recently, he created this multi portrait piece called Nemesis, showing the face of a man putting on face paint and blending with the background, or disappearing as he’s progressing. His work, based on […]
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Showing: Thierry Noir – “A Retrospective” @ Howard Griffin Gallery

London art lovers and especially street art lovers, have a great opportunity to visit the first ever gallery show by one of the very first street artists on the old continent, Thierry Noir. Some 35 years since this French-born artist moved to divided Berlin, and started painting the its infamous wall, Howard Griffin Gallery opened his debut show A Retrospective. The artist whose murals became some of the most iconic imagery of the notorious wall, introduced his newest works through an impressive show setup. For this […]
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Previews: Deth P. Sun @ Leeds College of Art

Berkeley-based painter & illustrator, Deth P. Sun, is set to open a show soon at the Leeds College of Art in the UK. Judging from the preview images here, the new body of work will include his signature whimsical cat-like character, rendered in various stages of its adventures. Stop by if you are in the area from 5-7 pm for the opening reception at the Blenheim Walk Gallery. Discuss Deth P. Sun here.
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Streets: Aryz (Austria)

Spanish muralist Aryz recently spent few days in Linz, Austria, working on this gigantic piece titled Overprotected. The painting of the mural was organized by Bubbledays, a wakeboard, music, and streetart festival happening from the 13th to 14th of June, and was created in the Linz harbor area where the event will take place. Using his signature palette of pastel colors, the Barcelona-based artist painted this massive image showing two characters in a hug & clinch posture. A bit simpler & cleaner than other works […]
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Upcoming: Barry McGee, Dan Murphy, Isaac T. Lin – “Department of Neighborhood Services” @ Fleisher/Ollman Gallery

On April 11th, the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia will be opening a three person show starring Barry McGee, Dan Murphy (part of Steve Powers’ ICY Signs), and Isaac T. Lin (DFW zines). Entitled Department of Neighborhood Services, the exhibition will reunite the three friends who all have an interest in graffiti and all who have shown together before. Learn a little more about their history here and make sure you attend the opening if you are in the area. Via Vandalog. Discuss Barry McGee here.
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Kickstarter: A Secretly Filmed Sci-Fi Starring Ai Weiwei

An interesting project surfaced a couple days ago when it was announced that there was a secret short film starring Ai Weiwei in his acting debut. The dystopian sci-fi, written and directed by Jason Wishnow (the filmmaker behind “TED Talks”), made on the down low in China, features the dissident artist as a smuggler in a world without water. Overcoming many obstacles, all the footage has been shot (by Christopher Doyle no less), but help is still needed for production costs, visual effects, sound design, music, mix, color […]
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Previews / Installation: Swoon – “Submerged Motherlands” @ Brooklyn Museum

Coming up on April 11th, the Brooklyn Museum will be presenting a new large-scale installation from Swoon (interviewed), whom we just visited in studio earlier this year. Entitled Submerged Motherlands, the epic site-specific creation will be housed in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery on the 5th Floor featuring a “monumental sculptural tree with a constructed environment at its base, including sculpted boats and rafts, figurative prints and drawings, and cut paper foliage.” Known for her interest in social issues, Swoon will be working with theme of climate […]
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Upcoming: Mark Jenkins – “Terrible Horrible” @ Ruttkowski;68

After seeding the city of Cologne last year with some of his sculptural urban interventions for the CityLeaks Festival, Mark Jenkins (interviewed) has returned for a solo show at Ruttkowski;68. Entitled Terrible Horrible, the exhibition opening on April 4th will delight and surprise the American artist’s fans alike with his play on the human form. If you were one of the lucky people that attended a special preview dinner put on by the gallery, you would have directly off one of his pieces lying on the table (seen below). […]
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Showing: MTV RE:DEFINE @ Dallas Contemporary

Dallas Contemporary is currently hosting the 3rd edition (also see 2012, 2011) of MTV RE:DEFINE, a special art exhibition and auction event curated by The Future Tense and Peter Doroshenko and powered by Paddle8. Including a wide variety of works by internationally renowned artists such as Damien Hirst, Richard Phillips, Daniel Arsham, Joe Black, Katrin Fridriks, Kevin Francis Gray, Maya Hayuk, JR, Margaret Lee, Chris Levine, Jonathan Yeo, Sarah Lucas, as well as huge list of young, emerging urban, street and contemporary artist, all proceeds from sales […]