More stories from the week that ended March 27 (click on bolded words for more information): Keith J Varadi reviews Ajay Kurian’s show at JOAN. Museums, as well as other institutions and transport in Brussels, on lockdown following terrorist attacks. Bozar later opens with increased security. Syria antiquities chief Maamoun Abdelkarim vows to rebuild Palmyra temples razed by IS. El Sexto arrested during protest in Havana. Censorship growing in Turkey as museums seek to help those affected by legal action. Monts 14 group launches final […]
Leading up to the opening of their solo show this weekend at Corey Helford Gallery, Herakut painted a new mural featuring their signature mix of photorealistic and abstract elements. The new piece on the side of the gallery was painted next something Ron English put up and you can definitely see that what they chose to paint was partially in reaction to that. More photos below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Herakut here.
Earlier this month, the POW! WOW! crew spent a second year (see 2015) at SXSW painting murals for festival goers to enjoy. The roster this year included artists like Esao Andrews, Fafi, Jasper Wong, Jeffrey Gress, Kamea Hadar and Madsteez as well as local muralists like Dave Lowell, Eleanor “Niz” Herasimchuk, Jason Eatherly (seen above), Scott Tarbox, and Wade “Fish” Thompson, See some of what they painted below… Photo credit: Jasper Wong.
PangeaSeed Foundation recently took off on another large expedition – accompanied by 29 international and local artists as they launched the newest edition of their Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans street art festival in Napier, New Zealand. This initiative is part of their ongoing efforts to raise awareness, stimulate dialogue, change perception, and inspire positive change around pressing ocean environmental issues through the power art, science, and creativity. During the week from March 11-20, 29 murals were designed to raise awareness about the ocean while beautifying the town. Organized in collaboration […]
It’s time we do another summary of public art from around the globe with another Street World Roundup feature. Leading things off is an impressive new anamorphic mural from eL Seed that covers almost 50 buildings in the neighborhood of Manshiyat Nasr in Cairo, Egypt. Entitled Perception, the piece from the Tunisian artist tries to clear up some of the misconceptions about the Coptic community of Zaraeeb – read more about the project here. Other notable murals come from Bik Ismo – Puerto Rico, Retna […]
More stories from the week that ended March 20 (click on bolded words for more information): Artinfo visits David Hammons: Five Decades at Mnuchin Gallery. Brian Boucher shares 11 things we should know about David Hammons. RIP: Henrike Grohs, who passed away at the age of 51 after being killed by terrorists. RIP: Giuseppe Rossi, the surgeon who saved Andy Warhol’s life after he was shot. RIP: Anita Brookner, who passed away at the age of 87. Toronto’s Feature art fair shuts down. Five Francis Bacon paintings stolen from home in […]
This week’s Art Focus highlights the meticulously detailed drawings of Ben Tolman and his surreal imagery. In some of his work (seen above), the Washington DC-based artist builds urban environments with a god-like eye as the viewer is able to take in the scene from a distance. More recently, he has been rendering some smaller, more abstract pieces that take things into the more improbable realm (seen below). These he has labeled the Sarajevo Drawings – soon to be exhibited at a yet to be disclosed location. Keep you eyes […]
Not long after the duo’s US debut show (covered), Interesni Kazki’s Waone flew to Varkala, India, where he painted his first black and white mural. The Ukrainian artist, known for his surreal public works, colorful paintings, and elaborate drawings, was able to fulfill his goal of creating a B&W mural, resulting in this striking wall being painted on a local rooftop with the help of his family and friends. Waone fell in love with the lines of rare engravings when he visited the library at the St. Ottilien Abbey in Germany back […]
Bringing back the Rewind feature this week, we are sharing some art related videos that you might find interesting. First up is the trailer for an amazing upcoming film Loving Vincent on the turbulent life of Vincent Van Gogh. The project features 12 hand-made oil paintings per second that were created in the style of the renowned painter with one hour of film equaling 43,200 paintings. Other notable videos include: Interview with Felipe Pantone about his new book. The WK Interact – Pistorius project video released. Rime […]
More stories from the week that ended March 13 (click on bolded words for more information): Ben Davis writes about the opening exhibition at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. Christopher Knight also has a review for the LA Times. RIP: Tamuna Sirbiladze, who passed away at the age of 45 due to cancer. RIP: Robert Redbird, who passed away at the age of 76 after an extended illness. RIP: Pirro Cuniberti, who passed away at the age of 92. RIP: Fred Holland, who passed March 5 in Columbus Ohio. RIP: Marty […]
After buffing his murals in Berlin back in December 2015, protesting against gentrification of the area, Blu just started erasing all of his murals in Bologna. Backed up by his friends from the XM24 and Crash collectives, many murals were destroyed over night and more are being deleted today. The reason for such drastic action is an upcoming show Street Art: Banksy & Co. – L’Arte allo Stato Urbano, opening on the 18th of March in his hometown. Promoted by the most important bank foundation in town […]
After painting the impressive Kaos Temple few months ago in Spain (covered), Okuda San Miguel recently got an opportunity to paint another place of worship, with the result being pretty impressive. Located in Youssoufia, Morocco, the church was completely covered with the imagery of the prolific Spanish artist for the Street Art Caravane event. The finished work titled 11 Mirages to the Freedom consists of 11 main characters that are incorporated in the architectural sections of the building itself. With bright yellow as the background, Okuda covered the building with his geo shapes and familiar […]