Recently in Sedona, Arizona, El Mac finished painting a mural that was commissioned by a local Whole Foods store. Near and dear to his heart, the piece featured a portrait of his mother-in-law and her granddaughter juxtaposed against a background inspired by the famous Beethoven Frieze by Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. His work was inspired by a “Beethoven symphony from 1824, which was inspired a poem, Ode To Joy, by Friedrich Schiller from 1785 which begins with the line – “Joy, beautiful spark of divinity…” – giving this mural its title. […]
French artist JR (interviewed) recently completed a new installation in Rio de Janeiro utilizing an intriguing new technique lending the work a more three-dimensional feel. The clever new piece is based on a photo of Mohamed YOUNES IDRISS of Sudan (who didn’t qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics) performing a high jump over the top of building with the assistance of some scaffolding. Discuss JR here.
We end July this year with another Streets World Roundup, covering some of the public art from around the globe that you may have missed. Leading things off is a 600 meter mural Evoca1 painted in Abu Dhabi just in time for Eid al-Fitr. Other notable walls come from Case (Belgium), Natalia Rak (Spain), Jonathan Bergeron (Montreal), Dabs Myla (Iceland), Odeith (UK), Faith47 (USA), Aryz (Belgium), Shok-1 (UK), Hyuro (Spain), Nychos (USA), Leon Keer (UK), Vhils (Senegal), Outings Project (France), Monsieur Qui (France), and Aakash Nihalani. […]
More stories from the week that ended July 31 (click on bolded words for more information): Piston Head II show, including a car by Richard Prince (above), comes to Venus Over Los Angeles. RIP: S.H. Raza, who passed away at the age of 94. RIP: Anne Chu, who passed away at the age of 57 due to cancer. RIP: Wendy Snyder MacNeil, who passed away at the age of 72. The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Hawaii faces financial troubles and leadership scandal. How political instability is […]
For our latest Art Focus feature, we turn our attention to Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski. As you can see from some examples here, the award winning cartoonist’s work dealing with technology and its effect on modern society was what caught our eye, especially his latest piece referencing the Pokémon Go phenomenon. His satirical illustrations touch on other topics too so if you are interested in seeing more, you can take a look at his shop and/or website. Tipped off by @hifructosemag.
Sebas Velasco recently painted a new mural in the old town of Croatian harbor city of Rijeka. Blending his expressive painterly style with the aged building and its unusual architecture, he created a narrative dedicated to the workers of the city. Invited in by the local Museum of Contemporary Art, the Spanish artist contributed to their ongoing program of creating public works in order to revitalize quiet and forgotten parts of the city. As a busy harbor and railroad intersection, Rijeka has always long been an industrial […]
Last week, Invader started his first wave of public art in the city of Toulouse with some of his iconic tile-based works. Choosing an appropriate color for his video game-based characters, the French artist glued up ten different pieces in the “Pink City,” known for the pinkish terracotta bricks used in its architecture. Toulouse is the 66th city to be “invaded” by the street artist – you can see more in the photos below… Discuss Invader here.
With the second edition of POW! WOW! Long Beach successfully completed, it’s now time to review the murals painted for the event. The street art festival upgraded itself this year with a more extensive list of artists including 123Klan, Aaron Li-Hill, Andrew Hem, Brendan Monroe, Cinta Vidal, Dave Van Patten, Defer, Dragon76 (seen above), Edwin Ushiro, Ernest Zacharevic, Evah Fan, Felipe Pantone, Gail Werner, Gary Musgrave, Hitozuki, Hula, James Molina, James Haunt, Jeff McMillan, Kaplan Bunce, Karshink, Mr44, OG23, OG Slick, Pantonio, Sarah Joncas, Sket One, Telmo Miel, and Yoskay […]
More stories from the week that ended July 24 (click on bolded words for more information): Yanyan Huang – Giardino del Tempo at Tomorrow Gallery featured by Mousse Magazine. RIP: Mladen Stilinović, who passed at the age of 69 after battling a serious illness. RIP: Billy Name, who passed away at the age of 76. When he turned Andy Warhol’s Factory silver. RIP: Carlos Nine, who passed away at the age of 72. Jeff Koons’ studio lays off 14 workers. Met Museum might let go of as much as 100 […]
After sharing with you murals from Rustam Qbic & Sebas Valasco for the Art United Us project in Kiev, we now return with photos of the latest addition to the series of works from James Bullough. The massive undertaking will eventually feature 200 walls painted during the next 2 years around the world to raise public awareness and attention to the problem of war, aggression and violence. Bullough further explains his piece – “At a time when conflict and confusion have a hold in so many corners […]
More stories from the week that ended July 17 (click on bolded words for more information): Patrick Jackson’s Drawings and Reliefs at Ghebaly Gallery is an Artforum Critic’s Pick. RIP: Alan Vega, who passed away at the age of 78. RIP: Bill Jones, who passed away at the age of 81. RIP: Gabrielle “Gabby” Tillman, who passed away at the age of 23 after taking her own life. RIP: Harold E. “Hank” Muma, who died at the age of 94 due to respiratory failure Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and […]
This week in Providence, Nychos continued his hectic schedule with a snow leopard mural for the INFLUX public art festival put on by The Avenue Concept. The nonprofit organization working to bring sustainable public art to Rhode Island welcomed in the Austrian artist (with the help of INOPERAbLE) to paint his distinctive cartoonish dissected imagery for the project concentrated in two locations – downtown Providence and the “Cultural Corridor” between Classical and Central High Schools. Take a look at more photos of the piece below… Photo […]