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Streets: Nuart 2019 (Part III)

We’ve been waiting for the official round-up video to give you the final look at the murals, installations, and interventions created through Stavanger during the 19th Nuart Festival which took place this past September. With a series of murals and public interventions, 0.5 kilometers of wall space for their indoor show at Tou Scene (covered), the European premiere of Martha: A Picture Story in the presence of Martha Cooper (interviewed) alongside the director Selina Miles, and a series of academic talks, debates, and presentations, Nuart raised […]

Streets: Life Is Beautiful 2019 (Las Vegas)

This year’s Life Is Beautiful arts and music festival (also see 2016, 2015, and 2014) once again collaborated with JUSTKIDS / Charlotte Dutoit on bringing more public art to downtown Las Vegas. The new works this year include a trompe l’oeil butterfly casing piece from French artist Mantra (seen above), a shadow mural from India’s Daku, the debut wall from Lithuanian artist ​Ernest Zacharevic, one of HOTTEA’s signature hanging installations, something on the former Las Vegas Motel by AKACorleone, and a playful mural from Zosen & Mima Hamada. Take […]

Upcoming: Barry McGee – “The Other Side” @ Perrotin Gallery (Hong Kong)

On Thursday (October 10th), Perrotin’s Hong Kong space will be opening an exhibition from Barry McGee, his first with the gallery. Entitled The Other Side, the show features new works, ephemera, and archival materials from the San Francisco-based artist and will include familiar elements such as his floating heads, geometric patterns, and typography as well as will incorporate found objects sourced during his stay in Hong Kong. This will be the first solo for the American-born artist in the region where part of his heritage lies, as he […]

Showing: Banksy – ‘Gross Domestic Product’ (Greater London)

Unless required for work or family reasons, many Londoners balk at the prospect of journeying to the other side of their city. Localism or laziness are often at play. So if you ever wish to check the status of your relationship with a Londoner, there’s a simple test we believe is about 50% reliable: In case that person is based in West London, suggest meeting up for drinks in East London (or vice versa). And if they live north of the River Thames, invite them […]

Interviews: Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey (interviewed) officially became a household name in 2008 when he created the Obama Hope poster. But even years before that, the South Carolina-born artist already had a notorious reputation for his André the Giant Has a Posse sticker that transformed into the now legendary OBEY GIANT art campaign. Through his career, Fairey has addressed critical topics such as climate change, the Me Too movement, world politics, while basically reinventing the way people see art and the urban landscape. On October 5th, his series of shows around […]

Streets: Tauba Auerbach – “2020” (San Francisco)

Over the course of a few weeks, Tauba Auerbach was able to complete stunning mural in San Francisco with the help of a two man crew. Situated in the Tenderloin and arranged with the help of Luggage Store Gallery, the wall sees the locally-based artist step out of her comfort zone (like with NY Fireboat project) to create something special, what she calls her largest painting ever. Entitled 2020, the piece features patterns no doubt inspired by some function of math and physics, which Auerbach takes to […]

First Look: Banksy – “Gross Domestic Product” (Greater London)

An unusual new housewares “store” called Gross Domestic Product opened overnight in the south London town of Croyd0n. Turns out Banksy has now confirmed that the elaborate art installation is his, an attempt to hold off a greeting card company from seizing legal custody of his name by creating his own range of merchandise. The showroom on view for two weeks and featuring its own security guards will never open its doors, with all eventual sales being conducted online. No word yet on exactly what, when, or how […]

Previews / Videos: SNIK – “Ephemeral” @ The Crypt Gallery

Following their showcase at Moniker Art Fair during London’s Frieze week, British artist duo SNIK will be presenting a solo exhibition entitled Ephemeral at The Crypt Gallery from 17- 20 October 2019. As with their first solo exhibition, the show will present and push forward their signature work done exclusively with original hand-cut stencils. Active for over a decade, Laura Perrett and Nicholas Ellis are well known in the world of Street Art for creating large scale outdoor murals, as well as paintings on canvas, sculptures, and limited […]

Streets: Super A @ POW! WOW! Rotterdam

Continuing to work in his recent distinctive style of unravelling cartoonish characters to revel their true world counterparts inside, Super A recently painted a new mural in the Netherlands. Created for the second edition of POW! WOW! Rotterdam, the wall from the Dutch artist features his version of Pinnochio and Jiminy Cricket with a little boy and insect inside. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: @droningnmad, @pascalsweet, @thinkspace_art, @powwowworldwide, @powwowrotterdam, and the artist. Discuss Super A here.

Showing: Jose Parla – “Textures Of Memory” (Hong Kong)

Currently at the HOCA Foundation and Ben Brown Fine Arts and in Hong Kong, Jose Parla has a comprehensive showing over the two venues entitled Textures Of Memory. The exhibition includes 12 paintings and sculptures created from 2004 t0 2018 as well as a new series of works from 2019 by the Cuban American artist, all fine examples of the complex and rich, textures and layers of his work overlaid with graffiti influenced scrawl. Always inspired by the urban environment, Hong Kong is a fertile source of material for the New […]