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Showing: Jonas Wood Mural @ MOCA (Los Angeles)

Recently at the MOCA in Los Angeles, a large-scale vinyl reproduction of Jonas Wood’s imagery was put up on the museum’s 5,400 square-foot facade. Rearranging segments of his watercolor painting Still Life With Two Owls from 2014, the mural introduces passerby’s to common elements of the locally-based artist’s modern takes on still lifes – plants, ceramics, collage-like compositions. The installation at the Grand Avenue location will be on view for roughly a year with the idea to rotate in work from different artists in a continuing […]

Upcoming: Mark Ryden x American Ballet Theatre – “Whipped Cream”

With his major retrospective still showing in Spain (covered), Mark Ryden (interviewed) has unveiled a side project he has been working on for quite some time. For the past year, the American artist has been busy designing the costumes and sets for a new ballet called Whipped Cream by renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky for the American Ballet Theater. The two-act show featuring a “young boy who overindulges at a Vienna pastry shop and falls into a surreal delirium” will premiere on March 15th at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts […]

Overtime: Jan 30 – Feb 5

More stories from the week that ended Feb 5 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex Becerra’s first solo show at Shane Campbell Gallery opens. RIP: Saloua Raouda Choucair, who passed away at the age of 100. RIP: Dore Ashton, who passed away at the age of 88. Louvre Museum evacuated and closed after man attacked a patrolling soldier near the museum’s entrance. Vjeran Tomic, aka Spider-Man, goes on trial for his heist of Modern Art Museum in Paris in May 2010. Court testimony reveals more about […]

Previews: Sarah Joncas – “Suburban Surreal” @ Modern Eden

Tonight (February 3rd) in San Francisco, Modern Eden will be unveiling a new body of work from Sarah Joncas entitled Surburban Surreal. Consisting of 17 new drawings and paintings from the Toronto-based painter, the new exhibition is her way of exploring the feeling we get that something’s is just not right or a little off about a situation or setting. She further explains – ” Suburban surreal is my exploration of the strange within the ordinary. The sneaking in of something that doesn’t quite belong or seemingly feels […]

Streets: Shepard Fairey – “Cultivate Harmony” (Las Vegas)

A couple days ago, Shepard Fairey (featured) wrapped up his latest large scale mural in Las Vegas, created for the Life is Beautiful festival and curated by Justkids. Entitled Cultivate Harmony, the 21 story high piece now graces the facade of the Plaza Hotel in downtown. Working in unusually cold and windy weather over the course of six days, Shep and his team hope the wall will “remind people that peace and harmony with each other and the planet itself are the only way to maintain what sustains us.” Photo credit: […]

Recap / Videos: KAWS – “A Virtual Reality Experience”

For those that missed the unveiling of KAWS’ new virtual reality experience created with the help Visionaire, Artnet has nice recap of the event here. Visitors at the New York Public Library were taken on a studio visit with the Brooklyn-based artist, which quickly turns into a kaleidoscope of colors, misbehaving characters, and surreal imagery when he leaves the room. The lucky guests were also treated to M&M’S bearing KAWS’s hallmark “X’s” (the project was commissioned by the candy company to celebrate their 75th anniversary). You can see the […]

Upcoming: Okuda – “Lost Olympus” @ StolenSpace

Tonight (February 2nd) in London, StolenSpace will be holding the opening reception for Okuda’s new show entitled Lost Olympus. The new body of work from the Spanish artist features his representations of the mythological gods and characters from ancient Greece, painted in his signature multicolored geometric patterns. His vibrant imagery are sort of deconstructions as he mixes this many-hued approach with the other textures and patterns, a technique he also uses on the streets where he made his name. Discuss Okuda here.

Releases: FriendsWithYou – “Little Cloud Pocket Amulet”

Earlier today, FriendsWithYou release a new sculpture edition – the Little Cloud Pocket Amulet. Limited to a run of 1000, the collectible meant to be an “enduring symbol of love and light as well as the idea that everything has a soul”  is made from brass plated lead-free pewter and will cost $60. In light of recent events, the two artist will be donating 10% of proceeds to the ACLU. Those interested can purchase it here. Discuss FriendsWithYou here.

Showing: Jaune – “I Wish You Could See This For Real” @ Vroom and Varossieau

On 21st of January, Vroom and Varossieau in Amsterdam opened a solo exhibition by Belgium street artist and urban interventionist Jaune. I Wish You Could See This For Real includes a series of new stencil-based pieces along with site specific installation that the artist created in the gallery. Using sanitation workers as his main characters, his work is always focused on the paradox between the visible and the invisible. The inspiration for the work comes from Jaune’s own experience while working in the profession. While cleaning the street of his hometown, he […]

Streets: Guido Van Helten @ Bodega Solar de Samaniego Laguardia (Spain)

Guido Van Helten recently spent some time in Spain where he worked on his largest indoor project to date. Known for his black and white photorealistic murals, mostly created on industrial or abandoned buildings, he made a great use of the opportunity to paint on the group of seven indoor silos. Invited by the Bodega Solar de Samaniego winery to participate in their Drinking Between Lines artistic project, the Australian-born artist picked seven images of the local people that are somehow related to the wine […]