It’s been 2 months to date since the 2018 edition of Nuart festival officially started (covered), and the filming crews that were documenting it all are still putting out some amazing footage from the event. Namely, FifthWall TV, who were capturing the action and getting artists and panel members to say a few things about the festival and this year’s theme, as well as MZM Projects who did a series of four films so far, providing us an extensive look into some of the most interesting […]
More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Ahead of midterms, artists diversify Norman Rockwell’s ‘Four Freedoms’ with help from Rosario Dawson. From coast to coast, here’s how artists are mobilizing before the midterm elections. Artist Michele Pred uses art and community to encourage voting, bringing a feminist art parade to NY. Women’s march 1968: Bev Grant and the art of protest. Why Hilma af Klint’s occult spirituality makes her the perfect artist for our technologically disrupted time. Hungary’s radical […]
Last month, another POW! WOW! wrapped up in Rotterdam, their first event in Europe. POW! WOW! Rotterdam featured live music and a special exhibition in the HAKA building, but of course our focus is on the street art that was created at Keilewerf 1 and 2, an area that used to be an industrial part of the city. Along with artists from the Netherlands like Super A (seen above) and Telmo Miel (seen below), the international roster did their best to brighten up the grim concrete walls. […]
More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Warhol’s newly restored 102-canvas work Shadows goes on show in New York. The artists turning famous photographs into elaborate dioramas. Artist Mickalene Thomas on how photography became the center of her practice. Alex Katz takes art lovers on a stroll through art history with his new book. Ben Eine elevates typography artworks for his London exhibition at StolenSpace. Picasso and the muse that was his modern day Mona Lisa. Mr. Brainwash is […]
Earlier this month, Okuda completed his largest public installation project to date in Boston’s Seaport District. Curated by Justkids, the seven large-scale sculptures from the Spanish artist features his distinctive kaleidoscope of colors and geometric shapes. Air, Sea, Land is inspired by the intersection of elements at the dynamic waterfront neighborhood and continues exploring some of the street artist’s favorite themes – “the tale of life and coexistence, and the mythological edge where the animal kingdom encounters with the human world.” Discuss Okuda here.
More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): In advance of the midterms, Barbara Kruger reprises MOCA mural that asks ‘Who is beyond the law?’ Jenny Holzer speaks out about the added impact of the abuse of power in the Trump era. Fierce Pussy releases poster urging people to vote. New York museums drop Saudi funding after journalist’s murder. Khashoggi scandal leads art world to rethink ties to Saudi Crown Prince. The 11 best booths at the 45th edition of the […]
Last month, Telmo Miel painted a mural entitled Prepared for the FestiWall public art festival in Italy. The touching image from the Dutch street artists features a woman putting a helmet on her armored son, symbolizing a mother’s love and the importance of family. Using their impressive spray paint skills, the duo from the Netherlands once again demonstrated their special blend of realism and abstraction with this multi-story wall in Ragusa. Discuss Telmo Miel here.
More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Tania Bruguera, Marilyn Minter, Trevor Paglen, and others to create political billboards ahead of US midterms. Outraged by Kavanaugh confirmation, social media users cite the vengeful women of art history. How the Swedish mystic Hilma af Klimt invented Abstract Art. Why AbEx painter Philip Guston’s return to figuration enraged the art world. Joan Mitchell on how to be an artist. Roberta Smith remembers dealer Phyllis Kind. Chinese artist and Netflix star Cai Guo-Qiang […]
Recently in Oulu, Finland, Andrew Hem (interviewed) completed by far the hardest mural he’s ever painted due to the challenging texture of the wall. Created for multi-city UPEA street art festival, Crystal Blue from the American artist has a pixelated feel to it due to the tiny rocks on the surface of the wall. Using masterful gradients of of red and orange in the background, the stunning piece really stands out from the surroundings. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Hannu Uusitalo, the artist, and the festival. Discuss Andrew Hem […]
It’s been a long while since our last Streets World Roundup but we felt like sharing so here’s a look at some recent street art. Headlining things is this clever series of handpainted sequential billboard takeovers from Mobstr (interviewed). Not sure where these pieces are located, but presumably in the UK somewhere. Wherever they are, the text-based work is a prime example of his wittiness, talent for placement, and minimalistic aesthetic. Other public art that caught our eyes last month include pieces from JR (Germany), AlfAlfA (Spain), Andrew […]
More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): The 18 best booths at Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Brooklyn Museum director Anne Pasternak joins #metoo debate. What Judy Chicago’s work reveals about the toxicity of masculinity. Jenny Saville painting sells for $12.4 million at Sotheby’s London, breaking record for living female artist. Rare Richter’s a bust, but Christie’s moves $25.9 million Bacon & a $21 million Fontana at London sales. Christie’s to auction works by Grenfell victim Khadija Saye. The de Koonings found […]
Last weekend marked the official opening of the second large exhibition of Urban Nation, Berlin’s unique and world’s museum of urban contemporary art. Featuring works by 50 artists from around the globe, including some of our favorites such as DALeast, Damien Hirst, Herakut, Jeff Soto, João Ruas, Sergio Garcia, Shepard Fairey, SHOK-1, Swoon and Vhils, the event also included the open studios of UN’s newest art residency program. We had a chance to sit and chat with Yasha Young, the director and curator of UN, and talk about […]