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Upcoming: Belin – “Postneocubismo” (Paris)

2017 should be an exciting one for Spanish artist Belin aka Miguel Ángel Belinchón Bujes. After building his reputation as one of the most respected photorealistic spray painters out there, he recently started working in a new direction which will be introduced in his upcoming solo show in Paris later this year. Belin has been known in graffiti world for years and was always considered one of the leaders of the photorealism genre. After years of creating portraits of all scales and pushing the limits of the niche, […]
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Showing: Thomas Canto – “Illusory Perspectives” @ Centre Georges Pompidou

Thomas Canto recently introduced his latest big project, the Illusory Perspectives installation at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. This large installation continues his series of futuristic aesthetics-oriented works which combine urban and geometrical elements in an eclectic abstract form. Mixing painted patterns with actual objects and a grid of both lines and threads installed in the space, the French artist creates a multidimensional work that plays with observers’ perspectives. Taking city and urban landscapes as an endless inspiration, his work plays with light and its effects on surroundings. In this manner, […]
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Showing: Mode 2 – “Preludes” @ Openspace

Mode 2 opened a new exhibition, Preludes, at Galerie Openspace in Paris last Saturday. The title refers to those moments of heightened anticipation when waiting for something exceptional, like when a beat is about to drop or a B-boy is swaggering onto the stage. The show is divided between four distinct rooms with the work concerned with the ‘universality of music through motion, dancing, writing and visual composition.’ The Mauritian-born artist’s work has its roots in graffiti and strongly references three other elements of hip-hop. However, his […]
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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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