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Basel Week Miami ’11 / Streets: RIME

Not only were the street artists active in Miami for Art Basel Week, the writers were out in full force as well. Take a look at this sweet new wall from Jersey Joe aka RIME, whose indoor work we last saw in Los Angeles in August. This piece above was painted in the Wynwood Arts District and spans almost a block. More photos after the jump from Head8K.

Preview: David Flores x Phil Stern @ The Phil Stern Gallery

Tomorrow night, December 8th, the Phil Stern Gallery will debut a new exhibit by award-winning photographer Phil Stern and artist David Flores. If you remember a few months back, Flores painted a mural in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles based on a James Dean photograph shot by the Stern (covered). Interesting enough, it was through the photos of AM photographer Carlos Gonzalez that Stern first saw the mural. The remixed James Dean wall made such an impression on Stern that he decided to open […]

Videos: Allison Schulnik – “Mound”

Some of you may remember – a little while back, we posted this great video from Allison Schulnik on our facebook page. Seeing her deliciously thick and textured paintings at the Mark Moore booth (more on this later) at PULSE during Art Basel Week reminded us to share Mound with our readers here as well. Schulnik actually went to CalArts to specifically study experimental animation and her excellent technique certainly shows. Discuss Allison Schulnik here.

Teaser: Casey Weldon – “Groty” @ Gallery 1988 (Venice)

Tomorrow night (December 8th) in Venice, California, Casey Weldon will be presenting a new set of works at Gallery 1988. Groty will be the first solo show in Los Angeles for the Brooklyn-based painter and will feature more of his surreal portraiture that we have enjoyed in various group shows up to this point. It will be interesting to see what he can bring in a more focused and cohesive setting. Another preview image after the jump…

Releases: Kaws – Black SpongeBob Print @ Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

For fans of KAWS that have collected the first two colors of his elusive SpongeBob print, the good news is he’s going to be releasing the anticipated third color to round out the trifecta on December 13th. How do you get it? It’ll be released at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth where he’ll be unveiling his latest exhibition FOCUS:KAWS. Discuss Kaws here.

Preview: Patrick Martinez – “Reel Tawlk” @ Loft in Space

Tomorrow night in Oahu, Loft in Space will be hosting the newest solo from Patrick Martinez entitled Reel Tawlk. Although he is known for his signature neon urban phraseology (of which this show has plenty), the LA-based artist has been flexing his painting muscles as of late and this show will be no different with a series of portraits (including his own). On the docket will be a diverse selection of work including video projections, portraiture on plush blankets, mixed media works, and of course […]

Basel Week Miami ’11: Diddy x Valmorbida CULO Party @ Mr. Chow

As you know Basel Miami lives for art in the day and runs on parties all night. Arguably the hottest party on South Beach during Basel Week was the CULO book party held by Sean “P Diddy” Combs and Valmorbida. A veritable who’s who list attended the event at the Mr. Chow restaurant where  Will Smith, Damien Hirst, Russell Simmons, Chris Bosh, Naomi Campbell, Adrien Brody, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, RETNA, Brett Ratner, Chris Bosh, Paris & Nikki Hilton just to name a few. The event […]

Streets: Sego (Mid-City Arts) Los Angeles

Recently, Mexican-born graffiti artist Sego arrived in Los Angeles and painted a mural on the back of the Mid City Arts complex. Having arrived from Miami where he was part of the Wynwood Walls project, Sego wasted no time during his time in L.A. with this large scale rendering of a creature which feels both organic and fantastical. Utilizing a color palette and style that has subtle roots in Mexican art, Sego is making strides in trying to bring attention to the growing and often […]

Previews: KAWS – “FOCUS:KAWS” @ Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

There was no sign of KAWS this year in person at Art Basel Week Miami. Perhaps it’s because he is preparing for his upcoming show, FOCUS:KAWS (teased), at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Judging from this photo, the catalog is ready to go as well as some installed 20″ tondos in the background that look familiar. This is just the first stop for his upcoming schedule of museum exhibitions as he will move on to Atlanta’s High Museum of Art in February and […]

Preview: Linnea Strid – “As It Falls Over You” @ Thinkspace

Sweden-based painted Linnea Strid is getting set to unleash a new body of work for her show this Saturday, December 10th, at Thinkspace. The LA exhibition, entitled As It Falls Over You (a joint show with Nathan DeYoung), will showcase some of Strid’s signature hyperrealism and feature some of her favorite imagery – dripping wet faces and their interplay with water. Preview images after the jump…