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Streets – Upfest (2018) Bristol

Upfest returned to celebrate its 10th anniversary recently with approximately 350 artists from across the globe leaving their mark on the streets of Bristol. A central theme across the whole weekend was the 100 years which have passed since some women first got the right to vote in the UK. For example, Jody Thomas‘ gold-masked figure takes the meek and victimized Little Red Riding Hood from Victorian fairytales and recasts her as someone who is both eminently capable and confidently self-assured. The festival also saw The London Police bring their […]

Overtime: Aug 6 – 12

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Sterling Ruby creates new artworks for concurrent exhibitions in Belgium. San Francisco’s new transit center features public art by Jenny Holzer, Julie Chang, and Ned Kahn. NADA cancels its New York City fair to shift focus to supporting member galleries. Here are all the galleries heading to Art Berlin’s new home in Tempelhof Airport. Sotheby’s disappointing earnings highlight risk of art market’s overreliance on trophy lots. Sotheby’s and Steve Lazarides team up […]

Openings: Faile & Bast – “Deluxx Fluxx” @ The Belt (Detroit)

Over the weekend, Deluxe Fluxx opened in a new permanent home at The Belt in Detroit, a downtown alleyway with art curated by the Library Street Collective. The immersive art installation & arcade by Brooklyn-based artist duo Faile and artist Bast has traveled to multiple locations around the world, but will be putting down its roots in the Motor City as a bar and music venue. Those hunting for the location should look on the north side of the alley for a door with neon X’s, which […]

Previews: “2nd Annual Delusional Art Competition” @ Jonathan LeVine Projects

As a followup to last year’s art competition (covered) put on by Jonathan LeVine Projects, the winners of the 2nd Annual Delusional Art Competition will have their works on display tonight at the New Jersey gallery. Just like 2017’s exhibition, this was a great opportunity for us to learn about some interesting new artists. Participating artist include: Alayna Coverly, Amy Guidry, Anthony Solano, Anton Hoeger, Blank William, Risa Tochigi (boogieREZ), Carly Slade, Caroline Pool, Cesar Piette, Cielle Graham, Daniel Coves, Eelco van den Berg, Floria Gonzalez, […]

Streets: El Mac (US-Mexico border)

Commissioned by the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE), El Mac recently completed a mural at the US-Mexico border entitled Abuelita de Presidio (Desert Rose). The piece was painted on a ten-story high water tank in the remote border community of Presidio, Texas, facing its southern neighbor Ojinaga, Chihuahua. Visible from both countries, the portrait featuring his distinct style was based on a 62-year-old Presidio resident who runs a secondhand shop just a stone’s throw from the International Port of Entry who was originally from Mexico. The Los Angeles-based artist further explains – […]

Showing: “Alter Ego” (Macao)

Between 8th of July and 9th of September 2018 a series of six individual exhibitions will be on view in Macao, organized as a part of the annual art exhibition program between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries. Titled Alter Ego, these showcases are curated by Portuguese artist Vhils (interviewed) and French gallery director, Pauline Foessel, two creatives with strong connections both with Hong Kong and China, as well as Portugal. Organised by The Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government, each of the of six exhibitions work as an independent concept while contributing to […]

Overtime: July 16 – 22

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Jonathan Gold, food critic who celebrated L.A.’s cornucopia, dies at 57. The rapid rise of Millennial collectors will change how art is bought and sold. As attendance plummets, New York dealers are scrambling to secure their future. Why one gallerist says Berlin is no longer hospitable to contemporary art dealers. What does gallery foot traffic really look like at Chelsea’s inaugural Art Walk? Ralph Rugoff’s Venice Biennale will respond to the rise […]

Showing: Cripta Djan – “In The Name Of Pixo” (Birmingham)

The Brazilian artist and pixação painter Cripta Djan is currently showing an exhibition entitled ‘In The Name Of Pixo’ at The Tramshed in Birmingham, UK. The history of graffiti is often told as a simple linear narrative with its singular root in the wall-writing of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood and North Philadelphia in the late 1960s. However, this simplification ignores the multifaceted origins of the various strands of the global graffiti movement; these include the Old-English influenced Cholo graffiti from L.A.’s barrios, the Dishu ground calligraphy performed […]

Streets: Vhils – “Caniçada Dam Project” (Portugal)

Recently at the in Caniçada Dam in Northern Portugal, Vhils (interviewed) completed a striking new mural chiseled directly into the face of the water barrier. Created through EDP’s program of beautifying Portuguese dams with art and architecture, the new piece utilizing the Lisbon-based artist’s unique mark-making abilities features a “face inspired by the workers who gave their body and soul to the building of the dam, surrounded by a group of children and tree elements.” Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: EDP & Pedro Santasmarinas […]

Showing: KAWS – “HOLIDAY” Floating Companion @ Seokchon Lake (Seoul)

Judging from these photos, the long teased project from KAWS in Seoul has finally launched with his inflatable companion deployed in Seokchon Lake. Returning to Korea (see 2016) with a 92-foot-long (28 meters) floating HOLIDAY version of his signature character (and associated merch), the Brooklyn-based artist has harnessed the perfect relaxed vibe for this summertime installation. This piece is KAWS’ largest work to date and was masterminded by AllRightsReserved, follow in the footsteps of other similar installations like Florentijn Hofman’s giant floating duck in Hong Kong (covered). Photo credit: AllRightsReserved . Discuss KAWS here.