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Last month in Zaragoza, Spain, Aryz and his friend SAN (Daniel Muñoz) painted the chapel of an old psychiatric hospital for Festival Asalto. Covering the exterior of the building with their distinctive imagery, the two spanish artists skillfully worked around all the architectural details while creating an intriguing juxtaposition between the new and old world. Take a look at more photos below… Discuss Arzy here.
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At the end of last month, David Shrigley revealed his public art commission standing on the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square. Entitled Really Good, the seven-meter-high bronze piece featuring an extra long thumbs up was sand cast in 50 pieces over 9 months. The British artist hopes that this 11th sculpture for the long running arts program will become a “self-fulfilling prophecy –  that things considered bad, such as the economy, the weather and society will benefit from a change of consensus towards positivity.” Photos via It’s […]
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With this year’s Murals In The Market from 1xRUN in full swing, photos of the new public art are starting to be shared all over the interwebs. One of the pieces that grabbed our attention was this new wall painted by 1010 entitled Abyss. Although what the German street artist contributed to the event over several days was one of his signature multicolored portals, he changed things up by adding some jagged edges. He further elaborates – “Love Detroit in all its facets!! Just had to paint something […]
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For this year’s Life Is Beautiful arts and music festival, JUSTKIDS / Charlotte Dutoit once again put together a worthy roster to add their unique talents to the outdoor vistas of downtown Las Vegas. We initially shared Bezt from Etam Cru’s piece with you a couple days ago, but other artists for 2016 included Shepard Fairey, Dulk, Tristan Eaton, Crystal Wagner, Amanda Parer, Martin Whatson, Mark Drew, Justin Favela, Fafi, and Felipe Pantone who created an amazing mural with added 3D elements (seen above). Take a look at photos of all […]
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More stories from the week that ended Oct 2 (click on bolded words for more information): Conceptual Fine Arts discusses Michael Rey’s show at ZERO. RIP: Nils Erik Gjerdevik, who passed away suddenly at the age of 54. RIP: Shirley Jaffe, passes away at the age of 93. Candice Hopkins writes an Elegy for Annie Pootoogook (1969–2016). Render Stetson-Shanahan stabs roommate Carolyn Bush to death. Both artists were recent Bard graduates. Activists in Russia force closure of Jock Sturges’s show over child porn. Police investigating whether Annie Pootoogook’s […]
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Last week in Las Vegas, Bezt from Etam Cru painted a lovely new mural entitled The Sleeping Knight for the Life Is Beautiful Festival. Curated by JUSTKIDS, artists from all over the world came to leave their mark on Sin City including one half of the Polish street art duo. Painting a boy asleep in church juxtaposed by the stain glass image of a knight in armor slaying a dragon, one can almost imagine the dream he must be having. Discuss Etam Cru here. Photo credit: JUSTKIDS, @eltipoese, […]
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Following in the footsteps of Shepard Fairey (featured) of creating art at the Eiffel Tower (covered), Cleon Peterson has done something Mr. Obey has never had the opportunity to do – painting the first mural ever directly below the famed monument. Created for this year’s Nuit Blanche in Paris (organized by Palais de Tokyo), the piece is entitled Endless Sleep, a reference to the famous late-night cultural festival. The circular piece features the Los Angeles-based artist’s signature figures inspired by Greco-Roman frescos sans the usual provocative imagery. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.
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The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia, recently hosted Isaac Cordal as the next artist to participate in their Spajalica public art project. The Galician artist spent over a week in the coastal town working on a series of installations that continue his previous work. Inspired by the city’s rich industrial and cultural heritage, Cordal cleverly used the aged buildings and facades as backdrop for his recognizable work. Armed with a ladder, reflective jacket, glue and bag full of works, he roamed the streets and alleys […]
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Recently in Kiev, Liqen painted a stunning large-scale mural on the side of a residential building on Bratislavskaya Street. Originally asked by the curators of the event to paint imagery that opposed the war, the Spanish artist had planned something a little more provocative but ultimately scaled things back to this just as amazing portrait of a titan. Interestingly, the figure with a with a pot for a head holds a hybrid woman-plant in his arms – you can read more explanation here as well as look […]
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Over the weekend, Ai Weiwei unveiled a provocative new installation on the facade of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence which continues his commentary on the current refugee crisis in Europe. Entitled Reframe, the Chinese artist’s latest public work will features 22 life rafts attached to the historic building’s windows, a striking critique of the handling of the humanitarian crisis. Inside, an exhibition entitled Libero will be Italy’s first major retrospective of the dissident – artist’s work including “key monumental installations, sculptures and objects, as well as videos and photography series […]
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More stories from the week that ended Sept 25 (click on bolded words for more information): Karon Davis’ Pain Management at Wilding Cran exhibition images are up on the gallery’s website. RIP: Annie Pootoogook, who passed away at the age of 47. Her death is being investigated. RIP: Jan Statman, who passed away at the age of 81 after being involved in a vehicular accident. RIP: Wilf Roberts, who passed away at the age of 75 following an illness. RIP: Hassan Sharif, who passed away at the age of 65 […]
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A few weeks ago, MTO visited the Ukrainian capital to take part in the ongoing Art United Us (see our coverage of other murals) project curated by Iryna Kanishcheva and Geo Leros. During his stay, he painted a large elaborate mural inspired by the unprecedented hack of Ukraine’s power grid last December. With his recent work, the French artist is including the events from the cyber world into his imagery while creating sort of a reality glitch. This particular piece was his visual representation of the hacker attack that left 230,000 Ukrainian residents in the […]
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