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Streets: Banksy (Paris) – Part I

Seemingly coinciding with Paris Fashion Week, a few new yet unconfirmed pieces from Banksy recently materialized in the French capital. We have three murals for you so far, starting with the wall above featuring a girl spray painting a damask-like pattern over a swastika, speaking to the loss of innocence and the fears of rising anti-Semitism in Europe. The second stencil attributed to the surreptitious British artist was a clever riff on the neoclassical painting, Napoleon Crossing the Alps by artist Jacques-Louis David, with the notable change […]

Interviews / Showing: Michael Kagan – “Mavericks” @ Tennis Elbow

Continuing their ongoing rich program, which rotates weekly, featuring solo-presentations at their project space (Tennis Elbow), The Journal Gallery in NYC is currently showing work by Michael Kagan (featured). Coinciding with International Surfing Day, which is held annually on the third Saturday of June, the gallery has his all-new series of works titled Mavericks on display through today. We had a chance to chat with the artist about this all-new series of work, and find out a bit about his connection with surfing, the inspiration behind this series […]

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Fool’s Gold” @ Modernism Gallery

Coming up on July 11th, Shawn Huckins (featured) will opening a solo show at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco. Entitled Fool’s Gold, the exhibition will feature 18 works from the Denver-based artist’s The Erasures series, replicated paintings from The White House Art Collection with seemingly randomly painted erasure marks superimposed over top – the familiar gray and white checkered pattern signifies a software’s ‘eraser’ tool has removed the underlying image. Continuing Huckins’ practice of overlaying familiar elements of the modern age over traditional paintings, the new collection of acrylic on […]

Releases: KAWS x Uniqlo x Sesame Street Collection

Tripling down on his collaboration with Uniqlo, KAWS will be releasing a new collection that re-imagines the world of Sesame Street. The new selection of adult and kids t-shirts from the Brooklyn-based artist is a follow-up to his Peanuts (covered) & Companion (covered) projects with the Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer. The line features imagery of the famous puppets, remixed with his signature XX aesthetic as well as frolicking with his Companion figures including the BFF (which seems to be inspired by Sesame Street in the first place). Availability […]

Previews: Ben Tolman – “New Drawings” @ Jonathan LeVine Projects

This Saturday (June 23rd), Jonathan LeVine Projects in New Jersey will be presenting the insanely detailed drawings of Ben Tolman in a solo show. Working with both geometric forms and urban sprawl, the Washington D.C.-based artist creates frenetic compositions that will introduce you to some new intriguing new element with each viewing. Take look at some more preview images below but these must really be in seen in person to be truly appreciated. Discuss Ben Tolman here.

Overtime: June 11 – 17

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirror Room’ to arrive in Chicago for the first time. Street artists in the US have more rights than they thought. A very queer street art movement is spreading across the US. Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys launch new art grant, giving 20 artists $5,000 each. LACMA Awards grants to four artists working on innovative, tech-driven projects. ‘World’s Largest’ Banksy art show unauthorized by artist is frowned upon by […]

Recap: Brendan Monroe – “Formations” @ Heath Ceramics (Los Angeles)

Continuing his longstanding collaboration with Heath Ceramics (also see 2014 in LA and 2015 in SF), Brendan Monroe (interviewed) recently held a showing at their Los Angeles showroom. Entitled Formations, the focus of the new body of the work was experimenting with Heath tile’s flat clay surface as a new medium for his organic patterns. Rounding out the exhibition was a selection of framed wall hangings, large and small, along with drawings and blob sculptures, some of which can still be viewed in the gallery space. Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.

Streets: D*Face // Dictador Art Masters (Columbia)

Recently in Columbia, D*Face (interviewed) participated in the first Dictador Art Masters event along a international roster of street artists. Painting at an old abandoned rum distillery in the rainforest, the British artist had free rein to explore the pipes, tanks, nooks and crannies to search for some interesting “canvas” ideas. Take a look at what some photos below of what he came up with… Photo credit: Dictador Art Masters, Spraying Bricks, and the artist. Discuss D*Face here

Previews: Emily Mae Smith – “Feast of Totems” @ Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin)

Tomorrow night (June 9th), a new exhibition from Emily Mae Smith opens to the public at Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin. Entitled Feast of Totems, the show is well named as it features the re-occurring imagery of fruits, droplets, tongues, lips, and teeth that signal a grotesque consumption running through the new body of work. Also seen in multiple paintings is one of the Brooklyn-based artist’s most recognizable motifs, the totemic broom lady posed in familiar positions that harken back to classic paintings in art history. Utilizing a flat […]

Recap: Anthony Iacono – “Talking to Strangers” @ P·P·O·W

Closing at the end of last month in New York, Anthony Iacono’s show at P·P·O·W intrigued us with his provocative subject matter as well as technique. While many of the New York-based artist’s pieces seem to be referencing BDSM fantasies (some more directly with colorful renderings of kinky scenes and some more subtle by incorporating rope or cords into the compositions), the imagery is tempered by his dark humor and the way he never expands the viewer’s field of vision to take in the entire spectacle. Also of interest […]