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Streets: World Roundup (Aug 1 – Sept 11)

With the end of another week of summer (good weather for outdoor mural painting), it’s time for another Streets World Roundup. Leading things off are these two murals seen above from Shok-1 and Marina Zumi for the Lollapalooza Berlin Festival. The public art is part of a program put together by Urban Nation to beautify the area up for the festival goers’ enjoyment as part of their art pavilon DREAMSCAPE. Other recent notable walls come from Bordalo II (Aruba), Sabek (Aruba), Seth Globepainter (China), Atlas (Russia), Aryz […]

Nuart ’16 / Openings: “Post-Street Art” @ Tou Scene

After days of preparation, the central event of each year’s Nuart Festival was held on Saturday, the 10th of September. On view was a group show by participating artists titled Post-Street Art was in the tunnels of Tou Scene. Like in the past, the space of the former brewery was divided between the artists, some sharing the rooms with collaborative installations and some showing works by themselves. Including contributions by 10 artists, most of the pieces were created exclusively for this event and won’t be exhibited anywhere […]

Overtime: Sept 5 – Sept 11

More stories from the week that ended Sept 11 (click on bolded words for more information): David Shrigley’s Memorial, his largest sculpture so far, installed in Central Park’s Doris C. Freedman Plaza. RIP: Emilio Prini, who passed away at the age of 73. 38 ex-workers, including art handlers and auctioneers, from the Drouot auction house get jail time for thefts. Çanakkale Biennial cancelled for 2016 due to hostile climate towards artists and journalists in Turkey. Michael Shvo charged with tax evasion on art and luxury purchases in New […]

Previews: Takashi Murakami – “Learning the Magic of Painting” @ Galerie Perrotin (Paris)

Continuing his long-time collaboration with Galerie Perrotin, Takashi Murakami will be opening a new solo at the three Paris locations tomorrow night (September 10th). Learning the Magic of Painting will be the renowned Japanese artist’s 12th showing in over 20 years with the gallery and will feature over 40 artworks. Included in the exhibition will be some pieces from his recent retrospective at the Mori Art Museum (covered), a group of works focusing on the theme of arhats, some painting from his Ensō series, and a new set […]

Releases: Katrin Fridriks – “Noble Awareness” Print

As part of the Lazarides Gallery 10th Anniversary celebrations, Lazarides Editions studio just released Katrin Fridriks‘ latest print Noble Awakening. The second collaboration between the acclaimed Icelandic artist and her London-based gallery is sort of a follow up to her solo show Macrocosm (covered). As a part of her ongoing Flying Awareness series, the print explores the themes of time and space through abstract expressive paint manipulation. Juxtaposing the vibrant colors against a silver background, the edition recreates the fluidity and vibrant color of the original painting that was exhibited at […]

Streets: Nuart 2016 (Part II)

With only one day left for artists to finish their works for this year’s Nuart Festival, a lot murals and smaller pieces are getting completed as we’re writing this. Here’s another quick overview of what’s been happening on the streets of Stavanger in the last two days since our last update. German artist Evol created a series of stenciled buildings on electricity boxes (seen above) around the very center of the town. American-Spanish Axel Void wrapped up his large mural painted on a local kindergarten and is currently […]

Upcoming: Atsuko Goto – “An Empty Idol” @ Lower Akihabara

Tonight (September 9th) in Tokyo, Atsuko Goto will be opening a new solo show at Lower Akihabara. Entitled An Empty Idol, the exhibition includes ethereal mix-media paintings from the locally-based artist featuring her signatures portraiture which draws inspiration from the Shinto religion. The subjects of the Japanese artist’s imagery are in tune with nature with birds, butterflies, flora, and animals nesting and interacting with their hair and faces. Discuss Atsuko Goto here.

Releases: James Jean – “Chang’e” Print

In celebration of another Chinese holiday (also see CNY), James Jean (interviewed) will be releasing a new print for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Entitled Chang’e, the edition will be time limited for 24 hours from 8:00 AM PDT on Thursday, September 15th and ending at 7:59 AM PDT on Friday, September 16th. Priced at $200 and sized at 25.5″ x 20″, the new print can be purchased here at the appropriate time. Discuss James Jean here.

Openings: Jeff Gillette – “Dismayland Nord” @ Nuart Gallery

One of the events that marked the official opening of this year’s Nuart Festival on the 8th of September was the opening of Jeff Gillette’s solo show at Nuart Gallery. For Dismayland Nord, the Detroit-based artist brought his iconic “dismayland” imagery to the idyllic city of Stavanger in Norway. As it was his first Scandinavian solo, Gillette prepared a brand new body of work for the exhibition. Along with signature collages and paintings that mix the post-apocalyptic imagery of broken down amusement parks and modern world slums, he also created a […]

Previews: Tomoo Gokita – “Out Of Sight” @ Mary Boone Gallery, Chelsea

Mary Boone Gallery in New York will be opening Out Of Sight, a solo by Tomoo Gokita (featured) on the 10th of September. For his second showing with the Chelsea gallery, the Tokyo-based artist painted a new body of work consisting of mostly large canvases. Staying true to his recognizable visual language, Gokita’s portraits are done exclusively in black & white and countless shades of gray. Inspired by retro films and photographs, they depict a fictional world of gangsters, starlets, movie stars and ordinary people. Using different ways to […]