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Releases: Perrier x Murakami

Continuing their longstanding support for the arts, PERRIER recently collaborated with Takashi Murakami on a range of new bottles. Some of the Japanese artist’s signature motifs – his smiling flowers and kaikai kiki characters – are contrasted nicely against the classic green bottles from the French mineral water brand. Murakami further explains – “When PERRIER® first approached me, I felt extremely lucky to have the opportunity to collaborate with this sparkling water brand with such a long history. It held many positive associations for me – for example, […]

Videos: Cai Guo-Qiang – “The Birth of Tragedy”

Last weekend in Cognac, France, Cai Guo-Qiang livestreamed a colorful daytime explosion event on the Charente to honor the universal values of resilience, courage, and hope in the face of the global pandemic. Inspired by Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy, the 15-minute fireworks event in three acts (commissioned to mark Hennessy X.O’s 150th anniversary) required twenty thousand shots of fireworks which were launched from 150 oak barrels floating on the river. Says Cai Guo-Qiang, “We are now entering a new chapter of humankind’s strenuous odyssey. The signal […]

Releases: El Mac – “Sun And Clouds” Print

Tomorrow (October 3rd) 10am PST, El Mac will be releasing a new print entitled Sun And Clouds on his website. The edition, which will come in two versions – gray & blue, was adapted from a drawing of his son form last year. He further explains – “The drawing was inspired by my son’s radiance– that special radiance found in small children that glows with love and joy, and can part the clouds in the sky. Leonard Cohen wrote that ‘as our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armor […]

Showing: Aya Takano – “Let’s Make The Universe A Better Place” @ Perrotin (Seoul)

Currently at the Perrotin space in Seoul, Aya Takano has a new selection of sixteen drawings and ten works on canvas on view in a show entitled Let’s Make The Universe A Better Place. Inspired by a visit to girls’ schools in Korea, the Japanese artist sees herself in the students in uniform – “under strict rules and conformity, homogeneous thoughts and beliefs are encouraged.” This has lead Takano to take a new direction for her instantly recognizable manga-inspired young girls, turning the focus on emotional and interpersonal relationships as […]

Openings: Hush @ Galerie Itinerrance

Last weekend in France, Galerie Itinerrance was able to open to the public with their first exhibition since the pandemic started. For his first solo show in Paris, Hush (interviewed) prepared a series of works that continues his exploration of feminine sensuality through the lens of his east meets west aesthetic. Taking inspiration from various influences, The London-based creates his portraiture by layering in patterns and graffiti-based elements into the composition leading to the unique feel of his imagery. Photo credit: HUSH/Galerie Itinerrance. Discuss Hush here.

Streets / Videos: Xenz – “Concrete Jungle” (Oslo)

Recently in the Sandvika, Norway, Xenz was invited in to create a delightful new installation on some concrete columns under a railway bridge featuring his distinctive birds and butterflies. Completed over the course of five days, the Concrete Jungle was brought to life with the British artist’s colorful trompe-l’œil technique and gave him a chance to point out unexpected parallels between the Impressionst and graffiti movement. He further explains – “Putting paint in tubes gave the Impressionists the opportunity to work en plein air for the first time. In […]

Showing: Michael Johansson – “Cubic” @ Changwon Sculpture Biennale

For the currently showing Changwon Sculpture Biennale, Swedish artist Michael Johansson (featured) was invited to create an installation at Yongji Park. Unable to travel to Korea because of the pandemic, the sculptor known for his real life Tetris-like installations, had to design the piece from afar and then supervise the sourcing of local objects and assembly of the artwork. Cubic gives new life to everyday items, a perfectly fitted multiple container-high stack that is “a materialization of the rebirth of the useless and the discarded.” Photo credit: @417stevie & […]

Streets: D*Face // London Mural Festival

With the global pandemic starting to loosen its grip on some areas of the world, it’s nice to see artists out painting walls again. The first ever London Mural Festival kicked off this month (created by Global Street Art) with a roster the included the locally-based D*Face (interviewed). The new piece created in his segmented style features his cartoonish imagery while also including what looks to be a partial self portrait. As the event was sponsored by Zippo, there appears to be some lighters produced with […]

Releases: Faith XLVII x Hennessy – VS Cognac Bottle

Following in the footsteps of a long line of artists who have collaborated with Hennessy on their VS Cognac Bottle, Faith XLVII recently unveiled her contribution to the project. As the first female voice to join the Limited Editions series, the South African artist took inspiration from ancient alchemical manuscripts, sundials and calendars with a design that speaks to the seasons and the cyclical order of planetary movements. Take a look at the video below to hear more of her thoughts behind the collaboration… Discuss Faith47 here.

Banksy Funded Refugee Rescue Boat

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 […]