Following a number of screenings across the US this year, Wall Writers has been released on iTunes. The meticulously researched documentary chronicles the birth of graffiti and explains how working class kids wrote their names as an assertion of their existence and their personal identity, distinct from the political and gang graffiti which preceded the movement. This, along with an accompanying book by the same name, is the latest project by Roger Gastman, who previously co-curated MOCA’s landmark Art in the Streets exhibition (covered) and […]
While spending about a week in Panjim, India, Faith47 painted a series of works entitled La Petite Mort. Using the imagery of the lotus flower, strikingly contrasted against the gritty streets of the capital city, the South African artist sends a hopeful message to those that happen across her pieces. She further states – “The lotus, while rooted in the mud, blossoms on long stalks floating above the mud. This ability for something so strong and pure growing out of dirty water is symbolic of our […]
More stories from the week that ended Dec 18 (click on bolded words for more information): Aperture writes about Matthew Brandt’s new works. Palmyra attacked and recaptured by Isil militants and fears are growing over its fate. PULSE cancels New York edition of its far and launches new year-round programming. Heritage auction house sues Christie’s and Collectrium over alleged data theft. Henry Rollins thinks that burning punk rock artifacts and memorabilia is not punk. American Institute of Architects posthumously awards Paul Revere Williams its highest honor. […]
Tonight in Los Angeles, Nucleus Gallery will be hosting a new exhibition from Junko Mizuno entitled Takarabune. The solo from the Japanese artist continues her exploration of the pop culture and the spiritual aspects of her country with an emphasis on the Seven Lucky Gods, as referenced by the title of her show. A collection of hand-made head dresses and accessories inspired by Mizuno’s paintings by artist Alston Stephanus will also be on display during the opening. Discus Junko Mizuno here.
In addition to the new murals (covered) painted at Wynwood Walls for this year’s Basel Week Miami, Goldman Global Arts also opened an exhibition at the Garden House in the complex. The group show featured original paintings and sculptural works from many of the artists who have been involved with Wynwood Walls in the past. Take a look at more photos from the opening below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Basel Week Miami here.
Currently at Deitch Projects in New York through December 23rd, Ai Weiwei has an immersive installation on view entitled Laundromat. Continuing to address the refugee crisis in Europe, the Chinese artist (once a refugee himself) has filled the large space with garments, shoes, and personal effects that he acquired from the refugee camps housing Syrian immigrants near the border of Greece, along with snippets of media coverage and photos he took. The wet and soiled items were left behind in Idomeni as the refugees moved on, at […]
It’s hard to believe but the Peyote Blossoms print from El Mac is still available from Santo Press. The 13.5″ x 10.5″ image on 17.5″ x 13.5″ paper comes in an edition of 45 and costs $300. The beautiful six color relief print from photopolymer plate and multi-block linocut comes signed and numbered and can be purchased here. Discuss El Mac here.
Just in time for Christmas, Jeff Soto (interviewed) has designed some ornaments based on his flower and seeker imagery. Released through Plywerk, each one is $26 each or can be purchased in a set like the flower bundle where each bloom represents a month of the year. Check out all the available options here. Discuss Jeff Soto here.
While in Miami, we of course stopped by the Wynwood Walls complex to see what new updates they had to their program this year. One of the highest profile street art related projects for Basel Week Miami added new murals this year from Audrey Kawasaki (offsite – previously covered), AVAF, Beau Stanton, Case, Dasic Fernandez, David Choe (seen above), Faith47, Felipe Pantone, Findac, Okuda, Pixel Pancho (seen above), Risk, and Tatiana Suarez. The theme for this year was “Fear Less,” something curator Jessica Goldman Srebnick, elaborated on – “Every year we […]
Double-sized Overtime this week. More stories from the week that ended Dec 4 (click on bolded words for more information): Artinfo visits Danny Fox’s A Spoon With The Bread Knife at V1 Gallery. RIP: Chen Shaoxiong, who passed away at the age of 54. RIP: Ousmane Sow, who passed away at the age of 81. At least 33 die in fire at Oakland Ghost Ship artists’ collective space. LA Times looks at who the victims were. Paper Magazine writes about media coverage of the tragic fire. […]