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Showing: Yoshitomo Nara – “For Better Or Worse” @ Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

Showing through this weekend at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art is a retrospective of Yoshitomo Nara’s career spanning 30 years. Entitled For Better Or Worse, the exhibition includes wide range of work including installations, paintings, sculptures, and drawings. As stated by the museum – “‘For better or for worse’ is a wedding vow: a lifetime commitment from one person to another. This exhibition is Nara’s promise to his works—they are his past, his present, and his future. They are his destiny.” Photo credit: Keizo Kioku (via Hypebeast). Discuss Yoshitomo […]

Previews: D*Face – “Happy Never Ending” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On Saturday night, September 23rd, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles will be opening a solo from D*Face (interviewed) entitled Happy Never Ending. The British artist continues to show his versatility with this exhibition, offering up a new body of work that includes paintings, sculptures, hand painted multiples, installations, various limited editions, as well as his painted book covers. The show explores the agony of love lost and other aspects of romance with D taking it to the next level by getting ordained and  offering to perform the ceremony […]

Studio Visits: Victor Castillo

Currently at KP Projects in Los Angeles, Victor Castillo has a show on view entitled Broken Hearts, which will run through the rest of September. The new body of work features acrylic paintings (some quite large) as well as graphite drawings that continue the Chilean artist’s dark narrative seen through the lens of his not-so-innocent sausage nosed children. Take a look at some more shots below from his Los Angeles studio in days leading up to the opening of the exhibition. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Victor Castillo here.

Openings: Art Mile – Urban Nation Museum (Berlin)

The official opening of the Urban Nation Museum this weekend in Berlin turned the entire area into an open-air art gallery with an extensive program that included performances, workshops, show acts and more. For this event, the organizers managed to shut a section of the bustling Bülowstrasse and turn it into an art venue called Art Mile. This part of the museum inauguration included the most exceptional works that the curators and artists produced for the Berlin’s latest art institution. Beneficial both for the museum as well as the artists, this initiative allowed […]

Streets: Banksy – Basquiat Tribute Pieces (London)

With the imminent opening of the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat scheduled for the 21st, a couple Banksy pieces have shown up near the venue overnight. On his Instagram account, Banksy noted the irony of the Barbican, “a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls”, hosting the work of the legendary graffiti artist. The main piece, what we like to call “SAMO Stop & Search” if you will, has been done with stencil spraypaint, freehand spraypaint and oil […]

Openings: Urban Nation Museum, Berlin

After 4 years of preparations, series of Project M events (covered), shows and countless walls, installations and interventions created around German capital, the long awaited Urban Nation Museum officially opened doors on Saturday, 16th of September. In presence of some of the most recognized urban artists from around the globe, curators, gallery owners, partners of the project and media representatives, the museum proudly revealed its impressive collection of works as well as its unconventional architectural concept. Located on Bülowstraße in Berlin-Schöneberg, Urban Nation Museum now offers a clear […]

Openings: Dan Quintana – “Tidepools” @ Spoke Art (New York)

Recently in New York, Spoke Art opened a solo show from Dan Quintana entitled Tidepools. The exhibition sees the Los Angeles-based artist continue his dark and erie portraiture of beautiful women, oftentimes with surreal elements. Take a look at more photos from the opening reception below… Photos via the gallery. Discuss Dan Quintana here.

Showing: Mr. – “Floating in the Air in the Vicinity of a Convenience Store” @ Lehmann Maupin (HK)

Following up on last year’s showing (covered) at the New York location of Lehmann Maupin, Mr. returns to Asia with an exhibition at the gallery’s Hong Kong space. Entitled Floating in the Air in the Vicinity of a Convenience Store, the new solo features paintings, a sculpture, and a series of drawings that show his artistic process comprising of notes, scribbles, and sketches. As you can see, the Japanese artist continues to create work influenced by his love for manga and anime, a characteristic of his mentor Takashi Murakami’s “superflat” movement. […]

Installation: Faith XLVII & Lyall Sprong – “Astronomy Nova”

During the recent Artscape Festival in Sweden, Faith XLVII teamed up with Lyall Sprong to create an immersive site specific installation set deep in the Värmland forest. Depicting the moon glowing and rotating within the tall trees, this piece is another example of how the South African-born artist is stepping further away from the classic street/urban art niche. The artists describe the piece as a “homage to our great timekeepers and the ancient internal rhythms that predate the construct of time, an ode to our connection with the external forces that define us.” Astronomy […]

Streets: JR Installation @ US-Mexico Border Fence

Recently in Tecate, at the US-Mexico border fence, JR (interviewed) has installed a provocative new project featuring a Mexican boy peering over the barrier. Best viewed from the US side, the new work towering over 70 feet utilizes the scaffolding technique he introduced at the recent Olympics in Brazil (covered) and deals wth a topic the French photograffeur often touches on – immigrants and refugees. He states – “People will always migrate. When we built walls, people built tunnels. When we closed places, they went by the water. The […]
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