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Overtime: March 12 – 18

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): H&M files lawsuit against graffiti artist Jason “Revok” Williams, then apologizes. Is H&M’s graffiti scandal apology too little too late? Why that story about H&M stealing graffiti isn’t so simple. Street artists in the US have more rights than they thought. How now, they’ll be taken more seriously. The most promising Spring museum shows and biennials around the world. New exhibition focuses on KAWS-style customizations. Dealer Johann König on why art galleries need […]

Streets: Banksy (New York) – Part I

Followers of the work of Banksy and the global street art world would hardly imagine the elusive artist ever taking part in the ongoing Houston Bowery Wall initiative. Yet, on the 15th of March, only two days after his time chasing rat appeared on the busy intersection of Union Square (seen below), the world learned that Bristol’s finest had been added to the list of artists that have painted the wall famous since Keith Haring painted it first in the 70s. Taking his turn at one of […]

Showing: Margo Wolowiec – “Taking Over” @ Library Street Collective (Detroit)

Currently at the Library Street Collective in Detroit, Margo Wolowiec has a show on display featuring her “#rosegarden” series of works. Entitled Taking Over, the new pieces continue her exploration on the relationship between weaving and computing, both in the binary concept that each is based on as well as mixing the two in her creative process. She references social media for her imagery, taking the photos she finds through hashtags and geotags and then using a sublimation dye process to transfer them onto groups of threads which […]

Streets: Thomas Canto – “Gravitational Inertia Infinity” (China)

Recently in Shenzhen, China, Thomas Canto installed a reflective sculpture on top of a private building entitled Gravitational Inertia Infinity. The piece is the first in a new series of works that the French artist plans to explore in the coming months and continues his play with depth, geometry and illusion. Mirroring some of the star-like installations he has created indoors, Canto is taking his work full circle by heading outdoors back to the urban environment, hoping to start a dialogue between nature, human and architecture. Discuss Thomas […]

Interviews: Daniel “Mudwig” Sparkes

Art historian Hector Campbell sat down with British artist Daniel Sparkes aka Müdwig to discuss his early street works, artistic influences, the evolution of his gallery work and his collaborations with fashion brands. The British artist also recently teamed up with art collective Fluorescent Smogg to release a new limited edition printed silk pocket square, available here. Hector Campbell (HC): Many people will have first encountered your artwork around 15 years ago through your series of altered billboards, which became known as the ‘Mudverts’. What drew […]

Showing: Jean-Pierre Roy – “Aporetic Sequence” @ Volta NYC / Gallery Poulsen

With Armory Week 2018 being in full swing this weekend in NYC we keep getting reports of new shows, releases, openings and some interesting behind the scene stories from the fairs. One that is getting a lot of attention is the sale of Jean-Pierre Roy‘s painting from Aporetic Sequence show/booth with Gallery Poulsen at Volta NYC. The NYC-based artist has been preparing this particular body of work for over half of year now, which resulted in nine oil paintings comprising a unique narrative that plays out over each canvas and onto […]

Showing: “You Are Welcome Here: Paintings by Paul Wackers” @ Morgan Lehman 2

Currently in New York at Morgan Lehman’s auxiliary space (526 West 26th Street, 4th Floor), there is a small popup show of Paul Wacker’s work on view. Running from March 8-10, the short term exhibition will feature a book launch party Friday night (5 – 8 pm) featuring Wacker’s newest book – You Are Welcome Here. The gorgeous new 239 page monograph includes much of his work from last 10 years, his modern take on still life portraits. Discuss Paul Wackers here.

Streets: Vhils x Retna (Los Angeles)

Following a collaborative wall with Shepard Fairey (covered) while in Los Angeles for his solo show (covered) a couple week ago, Vhils recently created another mural with a high profile artist. The latest piece (with support from Branded Arts) features one of the Portuguese artist’s signature chiseled portraits surrounded by RETNA’s (featured) instantly recognizable urban script. If you are around Echo Park (Alvarado & Sunset), stop by for a look yourself. Check out more photos and a video below… Photo credit: @metalzombieman (top image), @streetartfocus, @streetartdistortion, and the artist. Discuss Vhils here. […]

Showing: Phil Frost – “Ellipse of Passage” @ Galería Javier López & Fer Francés

Currently in Madrid, Ellipse of Passage is showing at Galería Javier López & Fer Francés, timed to coincide with this year’s ARCOmadrid. The exhibition from Phil Frost is a followup to his 2014 solo (covered) with the gallery with some previously unseen works that once again features the gritty visual language he honed to perfection while coming up in the early NY graffiti scene. Included in the body of work are some medium to large sized paintings, covered in Frost’s familiar tiki form and patterns and […]

Basel Week HK ’10 / Update: Mark Ryden

Currently in Hong Kong, Mark Ryden (interviewed) has a striking new sculptural piece on view in the foyer of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Entitled Dodecahedron–Quintessence 132, the twelve-faced piece features symbolic imagery on each side including the all-seeing eye that the Lowbrow artist is known for. Ryden further explains – “Quintessence 132 is a sculptural piece that continues my interest in the Dodecahedron. I have been numbering my paintings and sculptures since my first major solo exhibition in 1998. This is number 132. On this piece, I […]