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Recap: Alëxone – ‘En Vie’ @ Secret Gallery

Alëxone recently presented a new body of work as part of a recent group exhibition entitled En Vie at the Secret Gallery in Paris also featuring Julien Colombier, Sebastien Preschoux, Vincent Abadie Hafez, Mambo and Mr Jago. Liberté is a core principle of both Alëxone’s native France and his new work. In his paintings, this freedom is often joyously creative but at times tips over to also become unsettlingly menacing. The work provides a mirror on the world as viewed through the artist’s eyes; surrealist penguins, elephants and […]
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Showing: Maurizio Cattelan – “Not Afraid of Love” @ Monnaie de Paris

Currently showing at Monnaie de Paris, Not Afraid of Love is Maurizio Cattelan’s largest exhibition since his retrospective in New York five years ago (covered). The controversial artist’s largest ever showing in Europe will also be one of his most personal with the works chosen by himself that he considers most life-important and significant. Hosted in the historical institution through January 8th, the Italian artist’s irreverent work will play a sharp contrast to their surroundings. Cattelan further explains his comeback – “This exhibition it’s the very first, after the Guggenheim show, that […]
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Streets: Cleon Peterson // Nuit Blanche Paris @ Eiffel Tower

Following in the footsteps of Shepard Fairey (featured) of creating art at the Eiffel Tower (covered), Cleon Peterson has done something Mr. Obey has never had the opportunity to do – painting the first mural ever directly below the famed monument. Created for this year’s Nuit Blanche in Paris (organized by Palais de Tokyo), the piece is entitled Endless Sleep, a reference to the famous late-night cultural festival. The circular piece features the Los Angeles-based artist’s signature figures inspired by Greco-Roman frescos sans the usual provocative imagery. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.
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Upcoming: Kehinde Wiley – “Lamentation” @ Petit Palais

On October 20th, Petit Palais in Paris will be opening up a new exhibition from Kehinde Wiley entitled Lamentaion. For his first solo show in France, the African American artist will be presenting ten pieces (stain glass works and paintings), some created in his signature style of posing anonymous youths from urban centers in the same way the subjects in classical portraiture. For this showing in particular, Wiley will continuing his use of religious iconography including a reference for the first time to the Virgin Mary. […]
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Previews: Takashi Murakami – “Learning the Magic of Painting” @ Galerie Perrotin (Paris)

Continuing his long-time collaboration with Galerie Perrotin, Takashi Murakami will be opening a new solo at the three Paris locations tomorrow night (September 10th). Learning the Magic of Painting will be the renowned Japanese artist’s 12th showing in over 20 years with the gallery and will feature over 40 artworks. Included in the exhibition will be some pieces from his recent retrospective at the Mori Art Museum (covered), a group of works focusing on the theme of arhats, some painting from his Ensō series, and a new set […]
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Previews: Kai & Sunny – “My Eye On You” @ Colette

On August 29th, Colette will be presenting My Eye On You, a new solo from Kai & Sunny. Using their usual technique of ballpoint pens on paper to build complex geometric forms, the UK-based duo have used the shifting flow of time as the foundation for each piece. Also included in the show will be collaboration with Toydrum on a limited edition vinyl record box set and show booklet. “Friends and peers have been asked to re-envision their music in whatever way they see fit. Some artists […]
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Streets: SHOK-1 (Paris)

Shok-1 was recently invited to Paris by his artist friend Franck Duvall. During his visit, the pioneer of aerosol X-ray art painted a new mural titled Dark Magic. The image depicts hands forming a shadow puppet bunny, with the shadow behind being an anatomically correct X-ray of a rabbit. The clever idea is completed by mixing two different techniques which accent his unique style. The hands are drawn using brush and ink, creating clean lines and a sharp image, while the x-ray part is done using his […]
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Releases: Liu Bolin – “Hidden in the City: the Louvre Pyramid (with JR)” Print

In May, we shared with you the amazing takeover by JR (interviewed) at the famous Louvre in Paris where he pasted over the iconic pyramid using photographs of the surrounding structures. Looking at the right angle, it appeared that the pyramid in the main courtyard “disappears” from sight. Who better to collaborate with next in an inception-like project than with China’s disappearing man – Liu Bolin? With both the French and Chinese artist painted over, the two friends (see 2012 collaboration) blended in with the already camoflauged pyramid behind them. This intriguing […]
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Openings: Shepard Fairey – “Earth Crisis” @ Galerie Itinerrance

Last weekend, Galerie Itinerrance opened a solo show from Shepard Fairey (featured) that brought a brought full circle a project he started back in November of last year with an installation (covered) between the first and second floor of the Eiffel Tower entitled Earth Crisis. Along with a mural he painted earlier this month in Paris (covered), the series of works created in turquoise and blue is complete – pieces that the American artist hopes will remind us to take care of our air, water, and vegetation as well as to preserve our […]
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Streets: Felipe Pantone (Paris)

Last month, Felipe Pantone visited Paris in order to create his contribution to the ongoing Lasco Project curated by Hugo Vitrani for Palais De Tokyo. Following the work from Stelios Faitakis, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine, Philippe Baudelocque, JR and Os Gemeos for the project, the prolific Argentinian-born artist and his team painted an impressive installation in the tunnel of the A86 Duplex, between Rueil-Malmaison in Vélizy, west of Paris. The young artist, known for his graphic based work that plays with dimensions, illusion and use of digital imagery, painted walls, floors and ceiling of this monumental space, took the […]
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