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Streets: 1010 // Murals In The Market (Detroit)

With this year’s Murals In The Market from 1xRUN in full swing, photos of the new public art are starting to be shared all over the interwebs. One of the pieces that grabbed our attention was this new wall painted by 1010 entitled Abyss. Although what the German street artist contributed to the event over several days was one of his signature multicolored portals, he changed things up by adding some jagged edges. He further elaborates – “Love Detroit in all its facets!! Just had to paint something […]

Releases: SABER x 1849 Wine – “Iris” Bottle

Following up on his sold out Au Jus, Triumph, and Anonymous collaborations with the 1849 Wine, SABER (interviewed) recently released another bottle he designed for the wine company. Iris is of a 2013 vintage, a pinot noir “rich with dark cherry aromas accented with notes of violets and spice, supported by toast and the faint smoke from the barrel.” The label features imagery taken from the graffiti artist’s Tool of Dissent painting, a burst of colors created in his distinctive urban calligraphy. The first 100 fans who purchase a bottle will […]

Streets: Life Is Beautiful 2016 (Las Vegas)

For this year’s Life Is Beautiful arts and music festival, JUSTKIDS / Charlotte Dutoit once again put together a worthy roster to add their unique talents to the outdoor vistas of downtown Las Vegas. We initially shared Bezt from Etam Cru’s piece with you a couple days ago, but other artists for 2016 included Shepard Fairey, Dulk, Tristan Eaton, Crystal Wagner, Amanda Parer, Martin Whatson, Mark Drew, Justin Favela, Fafi, and Felipe Pantone who created an amazing mural with added 3D elements (seen above). Take a look at photos of all […]

Openings: Ryan Hewett – ‘Order’ @ Unit London

South African artist Ryan Hewett (interviewed) has returned to London for a new solo show at The Unit London entitled Order featuring a new series of expressive and semi-abstract portraits. Depicted figures include himself as well as Egon Schiele, Marcel Duchamp, Lucien Freud, Samuel Beckett, and Audrey Hepburn. Unlike his 2015 solo show Untitled in which he created deliberately chaotic and semi-abstract portraits of famous figures, the new body of work is more planned and focused with abstract strokes and a textured pasto technique. Photos: Butterfly Art News  Discuss […]

Streets: Bezt // Etam Cru – “The Sleeping Knight” (Las Vegas)

Last week in Las Vegas, Bezt from Etam Cru painted a lovely new mural entitled The Sleeping Knight for the Life Is Beautiful Festival. Curated by JUSTKIDS, artists from all over the world came to leave their mark on Sin City including one half of the Polish street art duo. Painting a boy asleep in church juxtaposed by the stain glass image of a knight in armor slaying a dragon, one can almost imagine the dream he must be having. Discuss Etam Cru here. Photo credit: JUSTKIDS, @eltipoese, […]

Previews: Jeff Soto – “Graffiti” @ Bunsen Goetz Galerie

Tomorrow night (September 30th) in Germany, Jeff Soto (interviewed) will be opening a new solo at Bunsen Goetz Galerie in Nuremberg, a followup to his show there with his friend in 2013 (covered). Entitled Graffiti, the exhibition references the roots of his artistic expression and will include large works on unstretched canvas and smaller stencil based paintings on wood. In the new body of work, the American artist will also presenting some more experimental pieces, a elaboration of the flowers seen in his imagery which take inspiration from […]

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.

Showing: Ugo Rondinone – “the sun at 4pm” @ Gladstone Gallery

Currently at Gladstone Gallery in New York at their 21st Street location, a show entitled the sun at 4pm is on view, the latest solo from Ugo Rondinone. The part for the exhibition that may be of interest to our readers are the indoor sculptures that mirror his Seven Magic Mountains installation currently on display on the outskirts of Las Vegas (covered). These vibrant multicolored balanced rock formations from the Swiss artist are what comprises the “mountain” portion of his “mountain, sun, waterfall, and cloud” series of works included in […]

Streets: Ai Weiwei – “Reframe” @ Palazzo Strozzi (Florence)

Over the weekend, Ai Weiwei unveiled a provocative new installation on the facade of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence which continues his commentary on the current refugee crisis in Europe. Entitled Reframe, the Chinese artist’s latest public work will features 22 life rafts attached to the historic building’s windows, a striking critique of the handling of the humanitarian crisis. Inside, an exhibition entitled Libero will be Italy’s first major retrospective of the dissident – artist’s work including “key monumental installations, sculptures and objects, as well as videos and photography series […]

Previews: Martin Wittfooth – “Archaic Revival” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On the 1st of October, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles will be opening a new solo from Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) entitled Archaic Revival. The new series of paintings, some large-scale, continue to examine humans and their impact on the environment thru the lens of his majestic animal subjects. Also included in the exhibition from the New York-based artist will be his first sculptures in bronze, limited edition versions of his unique artistic vision. In discussing his new work, Wittfooth states title of the show is  “borrowed from late […]