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Installation: Banksy’s – “Walled Off Hotel” (Bethlehem)

Earlier today, Banksy revealed his latest project to a select group of journalists, far from where they are usually looking. Back in the West Bank area for the third time, the elusive artist officially opened Walled Off Hotel. After painting the much hated Israeli West Bank wall more than a decade ago, then creating a series of related works only two years ago (covered), the British artist once again brings attention to one of the most turbulent places in the world. Announced as an actual boarding house that will be open for bookings […]

POW! WOW! Hawaii ’17: James Jean

Amidst all of the street art during this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii, one of the more unique elements of the event that could be observed were the portrait sessions with James Jean (interviewed). Featuring a diverse selection of subjects, the six chosen ones sat for a few hours with the gifted artist as he masterfully captured their visages in a series of loose yet detailed paintings. At the conclusion of the live session, the lucky subject was gifted the portrait – something they will treasure in their collections […]

Recap: Urban Nation’s “Secret Dinner” Event

On the 22nd of February, Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin hosted a Secret Dinner event for friends, supporters, contributors and artists participating in their ongoing programs. Around 100 guests from around the globe attended the event organized by the museum director Yasha Young and Berliner Leben, a non-profit foundation that initiated the UN project in 2013. The dinner was held in the future museum building, where construction was put on hold because of the event. Some of the permanent collection was on display and each […]

Overtime: Feb 20 – Feb 26

More stories from the week that ended Feb 26 (click on bolded words for more information): RIP: Ren Hang, who passed away at the age of 29. (above: photograph by artist) RIP: Fritz Koenig, who passed away at the age of 92. RIP: Michael E. McPherson, who passed away at the age of 44. RIP: Seijun Suzuki, who passed away at the age of 93. RIP: Armin Medosch, who passed away at the age of 54. RIP: Tom Noble, who passed away in Taos. RIP: Max Angus, who passed […]

Openings: Sam Friedman – “LOVE SONGS” @ Library Street Collective

Showing through April 8 at the Library Street Collective in Detroit is an exhibition from Sam Friedman. For LOVE SONGS, the artist from New York has a series of canvases as well as over 30 paintings on paper on display that look back on his exploration of beach scenes and sunsets. Utilizing a variety of techniques that speak to his background, the colorful work continues his deconstruction and revision of natural landscapes, achieved through a balanced mix of abstraction and figurative elements. Photo credit: Sal Rodriguez. Discuss Sam Friedman here.

Recap: Michael Page – “Nostalgia Kills” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Recently in Los Angeles, Michael Page (interviewed) had a show on display that just closed at the Corey Helford Gallery. Nostalgia Kills features fourteen new acrylic and oil paintings that take a look back at childhood – if your childhood was a surreal dreamscape exploding with a vibrant color palette. Page further explains – “Now that I am a father and get to play with my kids everyday, I get to see the world and all its wonders through their eyes. As I look back over the years […]

Previews: Alex Gross – “Antisocial Network” @ Corey Helford Gallery

This Saturday night (February 25th), Alex Gross (interviewed) will be presenting a new body of work collectively entitled Antisocial Network to his fans in Los Angeles. Hosted by Corey Helford Gallery, the new paintings continue to explore the pervasion of technology and social media in our lives and its deleterious effects of pulling us apart instead of bringing us closer together. His characters often have a distracted look on their face as they use cell phones (or even VR headsets) or just seem lost in their own thoughts or […]

POW! WOW! ’17 / Streets: Recap

After showing you some in-progress shots and some sneak peeks of the massive amount of work in progress on the streets of Kakaako, we now have a recap of many of the walls and public interventions that were created for POW! WOW! Hawaii. This year’s event had locations that were more compact and centrally located, leading to a more easily navigated set of murals. We had many favorites for 2017 including the piece by Telmo Miel seen above… Photo credit: @halopigg. Discuss POW! WOW! Hawaii here.

POW! WOW! Hawaii ’17: Walking The Streets (Part 2)

Continued good weather made for good painting conditions (albeit a little on the sunnier side) as POW! WOW! Hawaii draws closer to conclusion. Here are some more shots from the streets as we continued visiting walls in Kakaako including seeing work from Mr. Jago (working on his abstraction technique), Joram Roukes (getting some vertical lift), Woes (expressing his panda love), The Draculas (painting a surreal campfire scene), Kevin Lyons (sharing his signature monsters), Tavar Zawacki aka ABOVE (continuing to evolve his arrow imagery), and OG Slick (shouting out […]

POW! WOW! Hawaii ’17 / Showing: Exploring The New Contemporary Movement” @ Honolulu Museum of Art School

Showing in associated POW! WOW! Hawaii through the tomorrow at the Honolulu Museum of Art School is the 4th annual Exploring The New Contemporary Movement group exhibition (see 2016 & 2015 & 2014) curated by Thinkspace. Artists were asked to contribute 12 x 12″ pieces leading to a visually conforming display of works. Rounding things out was a showcase for Shok-1 (seen below) and a Homer Simpson x Banksy parody installation by Oak Oak (seen above). Other participants include: Aaron Li-Hill, ABCNT, Alex Garant, Alex Yanes, Amy Sol, Baghead, Brian M. Viveros, Brian Washburn, Brooks Salzwedel, Bumblebeelovesyou, Carl Ashman, Christopher […]
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