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Basel Week Miami ’11: Marcel Dzama @ David Zwirner

Now that Art Basel Week Miami has passed for another year, we’ve had a chance to catch our breath a little. We still have more to share with you though like Marcel Dzama’s work at the David Zwirner booth at the main fair. Taking center stage was this inset intricately conceived diorama featuring the NY-based artist’s sculptural skills and sense of theater. More photos of his other work for the booth after the jump…

Video: Cai Guo-Qiang – “Saraab” Opening Fireworks @ Arab Museum of Modern Art

To celebrate the opening of his Saraab (mirage) exhibition a couple weeks ago at the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) in Qatar, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang put on his largest explosive performance of the last three years. Using perfectly timed microchip-controlled explosions, the renowned contemporary artist transformed the desert landscape and sky into his canvas with some beautifully orchestrated smoke and fire designs. For those who will be traveling to the Middle East, the exhibition will be on until May 26th and feature more than fifty […]

Streets: Aiko x Bast (Brooklyn)

Longtime friends and collaborators, Aiko and Bast, recently went out into the cold Brooklyn air after dark to get up the side of an old building. Included in the project was some old and new imagery from the NY-based street artists as they stenciled the night away. More detailed shots after the jump…

Videos: Jose Parla – “The Concord Project”

Back in January, we shared with you a very special project in Toronto by urban calligrapher José Parlá at the Concord City Place. Now comes this video from inkblot media with some footage of the impressive large scale works in situ as well as in progress. Even more interesting is an interview with Parlá as he explains where he came from, his process, the the meanings behind the pieces for this commission, and just his passion for storytelling. Discuss Jose Parla here.

Streets: Slinkachu (Germany)

When talented street miniaturist Slinkachu left Germany after closing a show there in November at the Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, he made sure to leave a gift behind. This street installation with references to Deutschland in Stuttgart entitled Worst Wurst features vendors selling what appear to be sausages. Hit the jump to see what they are really selling…

Releases: Olly Moss x Studio Ghibli x Mondo: “My Neighbor Totoro” Screenprints

Tomorrow, December 16th, Mondo will be offering up two new limited editions from Olly Moss featuring imagery from the whimsical and beloved film My Neighbor Totoro from Hayao Miyazaki. The release of the 20″ x 36″ 8-color screenprints coincides with a 15-title, 25-year retrospective film marathon from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, which plays at the IFC Center in New York City from December 16th to January 12th. The general edition will be limited to 420, and will cost $50 with the variant in an edition of 170 and cost […]

Streets: WK Interact – WK Riot (Paris)

Since we last caught up with WK Interact in September for the Project Brave (covered) in New York, we haven’t heard much from the street specialist. But recently, he took some time to update his outdoor pieces from a year ago in Paris with some work in a similar vein. Inspired by the NYC “Occupy” movement that has spread across the globe, the New York-based artist revisited areas such as Bastille Station to lay down some unique imagery in support – notice the riot gear such […]

Events: Tauba Auerbach – “[2,3]” Book Launch Party @ Printed Matter

We recently attended a party at New York’s Printed Matter to celebrate the long-awaited release of Tauba Auerbach’s [2,3]. The small, artist-book shop was filled to capacity that night with people eager to pick up their pre-ordered copies, those curious to see the final product for themselves and others just wanting to wish the artist congratulations on a job well done. The party included a lovely performance by singer/musician Glasser, for whom Auerbach designed the cover of her album, Ring. Over two years in production, […]

Previews: Sylvia Ji – “Gilded Roses” @ Corey Helford

This Saturday, December 17th, Sylvia Ji (interviewed) will be transporting her fans to another time and place when she opens Gilded Roses at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. In this new body of work, her portraiture takes a new direction with the ornamentation and costumes of a bygone era taken center stage featuring “explosions of lace, feathers, silks, satins, glinting jewels” mirrored by as her choice of palette utilizing jewel tones. As a bonus, free prints will be given to attendees at the opening. More preview […]

Previews: David Ellis – “True Value” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Opening tonight at the Joshua Liner Gallery is True Value, Barnstormer David Ellis‘ first solo exhibition with the gallery. The multi-talented Ellis will be showing an exciting and varied collection of new and recent work, including paintings, videos and his 2011 Pulse Prize-winning kinetic sound sculpture True Value (Paint Fukette). See more preview images from True Value, after the jump.