On October 13th, Joshua Liner Gallery will be opening a group show entitled Why I Want to Fuck Donald Trump, a title inspired by JG Ballard’s 1967 essay Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan. Curated by Alfred Steiner (who himself contributed grotesque portraits of the candidates created from pornographic images of male and female genitalia in his typical piecemeal style), the exhibition will be sort of a visual discussion of the historic satirical essay but applied to the 2016 presidential election. Exhibiting artists include Aaron Johnson, Alfred […]
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You may recall that at the end of last year, we shared with you a new series of works from Patrick Martinez that are a riff on the Pee Chee Folders of the ’70s and ’80s. These paintings bring back feelings of nostalgia when we think back to our adolescence, but when examined more closely, we see that the Los Angeles-based artist has replaced the high school-age students engaged in sports or other activities with images of police brutality and portraits of victims we have all seen in the […]
The disturbing photo of the Syrian child Alan Kurdi laying drowned on the beach has become an a rallying point for those concerned about the refugee crisis. Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei recently posed as the boy for a photograph shot by Rohit Chawla for an upcoming issue of one of India’s largest news publications – India Today. AWW has spent much time visiting the refugee camps and has been bringing attention to the situation in many other ways including recently canceling an exhibition in Copenhagen after […]
The Brandalism project started in 2012 in London when two friends, sick of the visual pollution of their city, spent five days reclaiming 36 billboards in five cities in the UK. Two years later, we saw reclamation of over 360 corporate advertising spaces with hand made original art works submitted by 40 international artists. This year, on the 28th December, The United Nations 21st ‘Conference of Parties’ aka Cop21 was the perfect backdrop for their biggest project to date. 600 posters were installed in outdoor media […]
Tomorrow (September 17th) in London, Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei will be joining forces for a walk to bring awareness to the 60 million refugees in our world today. Each will carry a blanket as a symbol and everyone who is interested is invited to join them with a blanket as well. These actions will be repeated by the artists in different cities around the world in upcoming months. The route details of the London walk will be announced, presumably through the Instagram accounts of Kapoor & […]
With some of the perpetrators behind the horrific acts of terror in Paris brought to justice, we can now voice a small sigh a relief although the art world is still reeling from those targeted at Charlie Hedbo. With the weekly newspaper determined to carry on despite what happened, artists around the world continue to show their support for freedom of expression including an interesting contribution from Ai Weiwei (seen above). Take a look at more images below and see Part I of our coverage […]
With the world’s attention on Paris after the tragic events that unfolded today, artists around the world have shown their solidarity with the French people by doing what they do best – making art. Inspired by the phrase “Je Suis Charlie” or “I Am Charlie,” creatives like Hanksy above have shown their support for freedom of expression with “cartoons” of their own. Take a look at a small sampling below… […]
As protests mount in Japan over the decision to restart two nuclear reactors at the Oi power plant, Yoshitomo Nara has granted permission (via twitter) to his fans to make use of his NO NUKES girl image in support of the movement. The Japanese artist has said he wouldn’t mind photocopies of the piece from his 1998 book Slash with a Knife” and actually, a hi-res version has been made available here for download. Via Giant Robot. Discuss Yoshitomo Nara here.
At a random time in the morning (PST) on January 12th, the now familiar cover image for TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year issue from Shepard Fairey (featured) will go on sale at his webstore. The screenprint entitled Occupy Protester will be sized at 18″ x 24″, come in an edition of 450, and cost $60 with all proceeds going to Occupy Wall Street. The limited edition piece will be signed by both Fairey and Sarah Mason, whose picture was used for the image. Discuss Shepard Fairey here.
As murals go up by the dozens all across Miami during Art Basel Week, an important movement in the legalization of murals is taking place in the opposite part of the country, right in the heart of Los Angeles. Last night, the Known Gallery hosted a special event and group discussion focusing on a possible new mural ordinance which could affect the legality and acceptance of L.A.-based murals for years to come. Leading the discussion was Tanner Blackman, a city planner, who is pushing towards giving […]