As an outspoken critic of EU policies towards the migrant crisis, Banksy has decided to take matters into his own hands. Redirecting some of the proceeds from his art sales, the elusive artist has purchased a former French Navy boat and converted it to a rescue boat for refugees in the Mediterranean (now captained by Pia Klemp and crewed by a team of rescue professionals drawn from across Europe). The MV Louise Michel has been painted over with the infamous street artist’s instantly recognizable Girl With Balloon image, with the […]
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Over the weekend, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery opened up a solo exhibition from José Parlá entitled The Awakening. For his third showing with the gallery, the New York-based artist has created a new body of work while the US has been experiencing significant social unrest. Part of a series of works which are all protests paintings, Parla’s graffiti inspired imagery and textured layers reflect the fabric of the cities where this upheaval is taking place. Some accompanying words from the artist – “awakening hindsight, envisioning reason, camouflage writing against gaslighting, blooms of […]
On September 19th, Thinkspace Gallery will be presenting all new works from Josh Keyes (interviewed) in a new solo show entitled Inside Out. The latest piece revealed from the talented painter features a horse wearing a gas mask in full gallop, something that hits close to home with the current pandemic. Known for his focus on a dystopian future for our planet and their denizens (notably with a lacking of human presence), the Portland-based artist has surely prepared more pieces in the same vein judging from another released image of […]
Currently in Itaewon, OSGEMEOS has a show on view at Storage by Hyundai Card, an exhibition space in central Seoul. Entitled You Are My Guest, the showing features 14 works (consisting of 244 pieces) including paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos that put on display the Brazilian artists’ distinctive style. Creating an immersive installation featuring their signature cartoonish yellow-skinned figures, the duo made liberal use of balloon heads including the eye-catching large piece outside sandwiched between two buildings. Photo credit: Jeon Byung Cheol (courtesy of Storage by Hyundai Card), @yeonhee_424, @maysix71, @usual.jungeun, @diana.jinseo, @deway_bora2, @sweet_elly95, @davidgmaupin, and […]
Tomorrow (June 27th) in Amsterdam, Marian Cramer Projects will be opening a group show entitled DontGiveADamns. The show curated by Sasha Bogojev features an eclectic selection of 18 international artists whose creative practice carries the “f**k it!” attitude at some level. Participating artists include: Rhys Lee, Joji Nakamura, Lung, Picardo Mario, Heidi Ukkon, Erkut Terliksiz, David Noro, Jordy van den Nieuwendijk, Derek Aylward, Felix Treadwell, Charles Shedden aka Owvbics, Wayne Horse, Marti Sawe, Pelucas Pilas Bubbles, Nabeeha Mohamed, Hunter Potter, Antwan Horfee, Evgeen Čopi Gorišek, and Jordy Kerwick. […]
Tonight in Los Angeles, Brad Kunkle’s postponed exhibition alkəmē will be opening at the Arcadia Contemporary. Titled after the pronunciation of the word alchemy, the new body of work is inspired by the the American artist’s fascination with the aforementioned ancient philosophy – most commonly thought of in association with the creation and transformation of other materials into gold. This fits in quite naturally with Kunkle’s signature use of gold leaf and gilding in his work, as well as with his discovery of magical thinking in his ancestral roots. […]
Tomorrow (June 9th) in Tokyo, the next chapter of Daniel Arsham’s collaboration with the Pokémon company will continue with an exhibition opening at NANZUKA. Relics of Kanto Through Time continues the New York-based artist unique practice of “future archeology”, this time used on fictional creatures, recreating the Pokémon with pyrite, selenite, volcanic ash, glass and obsidian. This new body of work was teased a couple month ago with the release of the Pikachu collectibles and Arsham’s collection with Uniqlo (covered). Discuss Daniel Arsham here.
Tomorrow (July 9th) at 12 noon EST, KAWS will be releasing a new set of vinyl figures modeled after another combination of his Companion and BFF characters. Entitled TAKE, the three iterations are smaller versions of the sculpture introduced at his London exhibition last year (covered). A portion of the proceeds (goal of $250,000) will be split among Black Lives Matter and Color Of Change. Because of this added fundraising component, the NY-based artist has also added a few pieces from his personal inventory as well […]
Unfortunately, the looting that happened in Los Angeles did not leave artwork unscathed in certain locations. The iconic Haroshi (featured) middle finger sculpture that stood as the centerpiece at the HUF store since 2015 was damaged in the chaos of that weekend. The piece created from skateboard decks, as is the usual practice by the Japanese artist, has always stood as symbol of “fuck you” – a FU to “oppressors, to injustice, to violence, to racism, to authority, to inequality, and to anyone or anything working […]
With the sad events that have seem to have brought the United States to a tipping point recently, many artists have use their art to make their views known. One of these hails from the other side of the pond, from perhaps the most infamous street artist of all – Banksy. He recently posted up a striking image along with the words below… “At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do […]