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Upcoming: KAWS (VR Experience) @ New York Public Library

Tomorrow, January 29th (1-4pm), at the New York Public Library, Visionaire will unveiling its latest virtual reality experience featuring the work of KAWS. Visitors will be able to don VR goggles to begin a studio visit with the Brooklyn-based artist which soon transforms into “a 360 degree overload of swirling colors, dancing characters, sweeping perspective and mischievous behavior.” The project was created to celebrate  M&M’s 75th anniversary with the full video to be released later on M&M’s YouTube and visionaireworld.com. *edited – earlier, the article mistakenly said the event was today, […]

Previews: Ben Tolman – “WELTSCHMERZ” @ Gallery Neptune and Brown

Gallery Neptune and Brown in Washington, DC, will be holding the opening reception (5-7pm) tomorrow night (January 28th) for Ben Tolman’s new solo show. Collectively entitled WELTSCHMERZ, or WORLD PAIN in German, the new detailed drawings (ink and gouache on paper) from the locally-based artist tries to draw attention to ideas like corporate greed, dirty politics, and poverty. The compositions and imagery seem to take influence from artists like Hieronymus Bosch and M.C. Escher and must be seen in person to fully appreciate. Discuss Ben Tolman here.

Showing: Henry Gunderson – “Shoes Etc.” @ 247365

Currently at 247365 in New York, Henry Gunderson has a show on view entitled Shoes Etc consisting of five new paintings and a sculpture. For his second solo with the gallery, the talented young artist presents his shoe ecosystem paintings as the main attraction, each one centered on a theme or idea. Rounding out the exhibition is a sculpture hanging from the ceiling along with a shoe drive to support Shoes For All, giving visitors a chance to donate footwear to a good cause. Discuss Henry Gunderson here.

Streets: Bezt (Etam Cru) x Natalia Rak // RAD Napa Project

Bezt from Etam Cru and Natalia Rak recently combined forces to kick off the RAD Napa project (curated by Thinkspace) by creating a new mural entitled Knocking On Heaven’s Door. The Polish artists soldiered through moments of pouring rain in California’s Napa Valley over the course of 12 days to paint their first collaborative wall together. The ongoing multi-year program will see more artists joining in to beautify 1.7 miles of the rail and bike corridor which will become the first art district in the Napa Valley. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Etam […]

Showing: Patrick Martinez – “All Season Portfolio” @ Charlie James Gallery

Currently at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, Patrick Martinez has a new versatile body of work on display entitled All Season Portfolio. The new pieces presented range from his signature hip hop influenced (now with socially conscious slogans) neon signage to his newer series satirizing Pee Chee Portfolios of our youth, oftentimes replacing the athletes with victims and imagery of police brutality, Take a look at more photos from the exhibition below and visit for yourself before it closes on February 18th. Via ARTnews. Discuss this show here. Discuss Patrick Martinez here.

Previews: “Psychological Realism” @ Booth Gallery

The first exhibition of the 2017 for Booth Gallery will be a group exhibition entitled Psychological Realism. Opening tomorrow night (January 21st), the show will explore the intricacies of identity through the eyes of Sergio Barrale, Daniel Bilodeau, Rune Christensen, Jesse Draxler, Erik Jones, Maria Kreyn, Adam Miller, Jean-Paul Mallozzi, David McLeod, Henrik Uldalen, and Jonathan Viner. Seen above is a something from McLeod as he ups the ante on his paint on glass works by utilizing multiple overlapping planes of glass.

Showing: Cleon Peterson – “VICTORY” @ Galerie Du Jour

Building on the momentum of his high profile mural at the Eiffel Tower last year (covered), Cleon Peterson has opened a new solo at Agnés B’s Galerie du Jour in Paris. Entitled VICTORY, the new body of work features sculptures and paintings of his instantly recognizable black and white characters entangled in vicious cycles of violence. He further explains – “This show explores the hedonistic triumphs of those who recognize themselves as victorious in the unfolding mirror of history. Their right to pleasure hinges on their projection of pain onto the […]

Releases: Ernest Zacharevic – “Splash and Burn” Lithograph

Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic just announced he will be releasing his self-produced limited edition Splash and Burn on the 20th of January at 3pm GMT via ErnestZacharevic.com. This 11 layer lithograph was produced at the Idem Studio in Paris and each print has been hand finished by the artist. Following his previous work and theme of children at play, the image depicts a young boy with a burning match in hand, atop a rhino folded from an American dollar bill. Further exploring the interaction of kids […]

Previews: Paco Pomet – “Un Breve Fulgor (A Brief Glare)” @ Galería My Name’s Lolita Art

On the 26th of January, Galería My Name’s Lolita Art in Madrid will be opening a new solo by Paco Pomet. It’s been 10 years since his first show with the gallery, and after showing his work more than 15 times, both in Spain and internationally, this will be artist’s 1st return to Madrid after his most recent international successes – back in 2015 Pomet was included in Banksy’s Dismaland project (covered) and last year he was invited to take part in Juxtapoz x Superflat touring museum exhibition (covered). Un Breve […]

Streets / Recap: Dubai Street Museum

The first phase of the Dubai Street Museum project was recently completed with the participation of 12 international and local artists, producing 16 murals on themes drawn from the UAE’s history and heritage. Organized by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office, and Dubai Municipality, this project seeks to highlight the UAE’s unique history, achievements and aspirations through public artworks. Curators Rom Levy and Sanaz Askari invited some well known names from the genre, many of which had a chance to paint in UAE […]