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Category Archives: Street & Urban Art

Overtime: May 20 – May 26

10,000 porcelain birds scorched with gunpowder installed at NGV in Melbourne by Cai Guo-Qiang. Kehinde Wiley’s new show depicting Tahiti’s Māhū community and referencing Ganguin opens in Paris. David Zwirner to now represent Nate Lowman. Which mega-gallery has poached the most artist in the last three years. KAWS Spongebob painting hits $5m at auction. JR reveals his digital mural at SFMOMA. A profile on Avery Singer who was included in this year’s Venice Biennale. A buyer’s guide to the Whitney Biennial. Marina Abramović speaks on becoming […]

Streets: Banksy (Venice)

Before his stunt of setting up shop without a permit to make a point about tourism on the streets during the Venice Biennale, Banksy had previously left an unconfirmed stencil on an abandoned house next to the canal. Created at water level, the elusive British artist must have used a boat to steady himself as he painted a young child wearing a life jacket and holding a pink flare up in the air. The piece located on the island of Dorsoduro continues Banksy’s work addressing the migrant crisis. Photo via […]

Streets: Nychos x Low Bros (Los Angeles)

Earlier this month in Los Angeles, Austrian artist Nychos and German duo Low Bros teamed up for a mural in the backyard of new gallery Studio MOMÉ. The wall is not the first collaboration between The Weird Crew members, and while it features Nychos’ signature dissected imagery, it interestingly seems to be missing the retro futuristic geometric forms from the Low Bros who opted to instead add some of their repeating motifs – tennis ball, soda cans, and rose – to the composition. Check out some more […]

Releases: PREF x Fendi – “Roma Amor” Collection

The latest artist to be commissioned to lend their imagery to high fashion, in this case Fendi, is graffiti artist PREF. The London-based artist and member of the ID crew is known for his word play and three dimensional lettering, oftentimes multilayered with one word laying on top of or inside of other words. This illusory aesthetic transferred extremely well to the new collaboration, in particular to the lettering of Roma Amor, a two word palindrome as well as the name of the new collection. PREF has also […]

Releases: Anthony Lister – “Prima Ballerina” Print

On May 23rd at 06:00 pm EST,  Anthony Lister (filmed) will be releasing a new print through Print Them All. Created as a lithograph on stone, the new edition entitled Prima Ballerina features one of the Australian artist’s most beloved motifs. His gestural dancers have graced walls around the world as well as in galleries, his way of bridging the low brow and high brow worlds with these symbols of sophistication rendered in such a gritty way. Head over to Print Them All at the appropriate time to […]

Streets / Videos: Banksy (Venice)

Making an uninvited appearance in the city during the Venice Biennale, Banksy decided to set up shop and appear to sell his art on the streets along with all the other vendors. The difference being he didn’t have a permit to do so and the art done in the elusive artist’s uniquely tongue-in-cheek style. Before he was told to leave, passerby’s were intrigued and confused by his paintings of Venice with the addition of the ubiquitous massive cruise ship in the background. Check the video below for […]

Streets: Pejac – “Gold Mine” Project @ El Dueso Prison (Spain)

Continuing his penchant of working on unconventional creative projects, Pejac recently completed a few interventions at the Penitentiary Center of El Dueso in Spain. Situated at the entrance of artist’s hometown of Santander, it was built at the beginning of the 20th century on the remains of one of Napoleon’s old forts and is considered the oldest prison in the country. Over the course of 11 days, the Spanish artist completed two murals and modified the backboard of a basketball hoop with a trompe l’oeil element. Considering where these […]

Showing: KAWS – “ALONE AGAIN” @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

A couple weekends ago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (with support from Library Street Collective) opened a new show from art superstar KAWS. Entitled ALONE AGAIN, the exhibition features five large scale companion sculptures and three paintings displayed on a special mural painted by the Brooklyn-based artist. Utilizing his signature bold colors and abstracted pop imagery, the paintings really stand out against the 62-foot black and white snoopy-esque backdrop. This wall also contrasts nicely with the dark FINAL DAYS, SMALL LIE, ALONG THE WAY, BETTER KNOWING, and AT THIS TIME […]

Streets: Invader (Versailles)

French artist Invader recently unveiled an ambitious project he has been secretly working on for two years now at the historic Palace of Versailles. The anonymous street artist has placed about 40 of his infamous tiled works around the city, with some that look to be hidden in plain sight on the grounds itself. If you follow him on Instagram, you will see he based the works on various artworks, motifs, and attractions (ie: the Hall of Mirrors and Sun King symbol) associated with the national […]

Overtime: May 6 – May 19

$91m sale of Rabbit once again makes Jeff Koons world’s most expensive living artist. It’s also costly to put on a Koons show – $1m price tag for one museum. $97m sale of Monet painting sets record for Impressionist work at Sotheby’s. Over at Christie’s, a $59m Cézanne sale leads sales. What does $89m sale of a prime Robert Rauschenberg at Christie’s mean for his long dormant market? Van Gogh’s letter to thank art critic goes on view in Amsterdam. Catherine Opie and Cindy Sherman make a […]