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Shepard Fairey x Dave Chappelle @ Radio City Music Hall

Eight years after comedy giant Dave Chapelle walked off the set of the third season the Chappelle’s Show and into the veil of private life, he made a triumphant return to the spotlight of the Big Apple at the historic Radio City Music Hall recently. To commemorate this event, Chapelle commissioned artist Shepard Fairey to create unique artwork for the show. AM was lucky enough to attend a fun night filled with comedy and music as Kanye West also made a surprise performance for the pumped […]
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Streets: World Roundup (Jun 15 – Jul 6)

The time had come for another Streets World Roundup here on AM. Leading things off is a complex new work of art from Felice Varini in Hasselt, Belgium for the “De Unie Hasselt-Genk” exhibition. The spiral-like piece which plays with perspective was painted on the roofs and facades of 99 buildings and can only be properly seen from one vantage point. Take a look at more here. Other murals that drew our attention in recent weeks includes work from Shok-1 x Remi Rough – UK, Strøk – Italy, […]
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Streets: Faith47 (South Africa)

Faith 47 recently spent a few days painting in Durban, South Africa, as part of the cultural program of the 25th World Congress on Architecture, UIA2014 Durban. For this event, she will be painting six walls on four of the supporting columns of the main freeway overpass adjacent to the Early Morning Market in Warwick. Recently, she completed three of these walls, with another three to be painted in August. For this project, the South African artist chose to paint portraits of actual traders in […]
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Rewind: Jun 15 – Jul 6

As we share another Rewind feature with you today, you’ll notice the collection of art related videos headlined by a trailer for documentary titled Tim’s Vermeer (via Colossal). The film follows the attempts of a computer graphics specialist, who has no background in art, to duplicate a painting by Vermeer by recreating the room and props the Dutch painter used. Then, the premise that Vermeer used mechanical means to assist in his paintings can be put to the test. Take a look at the intriguing video […]
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Previews: Edwin Ushiro – “Gathering Whispers” @ Giant Robot 2

Last we covered a solo show from Edwin Ushiro (interviewed), it was 2013 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles where an amazing piece caught our eye. Come July 12th, the locally-based artist with a unique creative process will be opening an exhibition at Giant Robot 2 entitled Gathering Whispers featuring new and old work. We look forward to seeing the ethereal and luminous imagery from Ushiro again in person as he explores his memories of childhood summer moments on Maui. He explains – “This series captures my […]
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Openings: Jeff Koons – “A Retrospective” @ Whitney Museum

Last weekend, New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art premiered its retrospective of American artist Jeff Koons. Simply entitled A Retrospective, this exhibition bears significant importance to both parties. For the Whitney, it represents the last exhibition to be held at this original location before moving to their new home in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan in the spring of 2015. For Koons, it’s the first time in a career which spans 5 decades in which he’s had a museum show in a city that he calls […]
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JR – “Women Are Heroes” Container Ship

Over the weekend, JR (interviewed) launched a pretty special project from Port of Le Havre, France – a 365 meter long container ship, the CMA CGM MAGELLAN, pasted with his iconic eye motif. Working on over 151 containers, the French artist used them as pixels to recreate the eyes of Elizabeth, a Kenyan woman living in the Kibera slums, in Nairobi from his Women Are Heroes series of works. The vessel leaving the port will mark the end of this series that he started in 2007 (see below) and […]
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Overtime: June 30 – July 6

More stories from the week that ended July 6 (click on bolded words for more information): The Guardian reviews Barbara Kruger’s show at Modern Art Oxford. RIP: Madeleine Gekiere, who committed suicide at the age of 95. John D. Re accused of selling over 60 forged Jackson Pollock paintings to private collectors and on eBay. The band Unfathomable Ruination to play in sealed box until they run out of oxygen. SUV crashes into Addonis Parker’s studio in Miami. Indian art market plagued by fakes. Another […]
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Openings: 2501 – “Nomadic Experiment” @ Soze Gallery

After traveling around the world, creating public works in remote places, being involved in mural festivals, and working on various conceptual projects, 2501 is brought his experiences and elements from his travels to Soze Gallery through the Nomadic Experiment solo show. As an essential part of his ongoing Nomadic Experience Project, this show presents the works he has been working on between and while on the road. While having a firmly formed visual language in place, consisting of peculiar line work and strictly geometric use of gold leaf, […]
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Previews: Erik Jones – “Motion” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Tomorrow night (July 5th) in San Francisco, Erik Jones will be opening his debut solo show at Hashimoto Contemporary. Entitled Motion,  the new collection of paintings from the Brooklyn-based artist are figurative renderings seen through a veil of geometric expressionism. A wide variety of techniques are used in his mix-media portraits including his skill wtih watercolor, colored pencil, oil paint, and wax pastels leading to a rich and layered effect. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss this show here.