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Showing: Cripta Djan – “In The Name Of Pixo” (Birmingham)

The Brazilian artist and pixação painter Cripta Djan is currently showing an exhibition entitled ‘In The Name Of Pixo’ at The Tramshed in Birmingham, UK. The history of graffiti is often told as a simple linear narrative with its singular root in the wall-writing of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood and North Philadelphia in the late 1960s. However, this simplification ignores the multifaceted origins of the various strands of the global graffiti movement; these include the Old-English influenced Cholo graffiti from L.A.’s barrios, the Dishu ground calligraphy performed […]

Streets: Vhils – “Caniçada Dam Project” (Portugal)

Recently at the in Caniçada Dam in Northern Portugal, Vhils (interviewed) completed a striking new mural chiseled directly into the face of the water barrier. Created through EDP’s program of beautifying Portuguese dams with art and architecture, the new piece utilizing the Lisbon-based artist’s unique mark-making abilities features a “face inspired by the workers who gave their body and soul to the building of the dam, surrounded by a group of children and tree elements.” Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: EDP & Pedro Santasmarinas […]

Releases: Joe Ledbetter // DC Collectibles – “Batman Characters”

This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, some new figures designed by Joe Ledbetter will be on view at the DC booth. As part of DC Collectibles Artist’s Alley line, the 7″ figures take on the American artist’s signature vector-inspired aesthetic with each character imagined as the animal they are named after (Batman as a bat, Catwoman as a cat, Robin as a bird, and the Penguin as a penguin). Expect these to hit stores in 2019, with a retail price of $60 per figure. He further explains […]

Showing: KAWS – “HOLIDAY” Floating Companion @ Seokchon Lake (Seoul)

Judging from these photos, the long teased project from KAWS in Seoul has finally launched with his inflatable companion deployed in Seokchon Lake. Returning to Korea (see 2016) with a 92-foot-long (28 meters) floating HOLIDAY version of his signature character (and associated merch), the Brooklyn-based artist has harnessed the perfect relaxed vibe for this summertime installation. This piece is KAWS’ largest work to date and was masterminded by AllRightsReserved, follow in the footsteps of other similar installations like Florentijn Hofman’s giant floating duck in Hong Kong (covered). Photo credit: AllRightsReserved . Discuss KAWS here.

Previews: “The New Romantics” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On July 28th, Corey Helford Gallery will be presenting another group show curated by Caro Buermann. Entitled The New Romantics, the exhibition aims to “survey this moment’s neo-romantic yearnings for paradise, magic and transcendence above the climate of political, environmental and social turmoil.” Participants include: Adrian Cox (seen above), Akiko Ijichi, Alessandra Maria, Annie Stegg Gerard, Bao Pham, Camilla d’Errico, Carrie Pearce, Dilka Bear, Erika Sanada, Hannah Yata, Happy D, Hirabayashi Takahiro, Iva Troj, Jana Brike, Joanne Nam, Junko Mizuno, Kate Zambrano, kelogsloops, Lu Cong, Mandy Cao, […]

Interviews / Studio Visits: Sickboy

Sickboy’s red and yellow temples have been adorning Bristol’s dumpsters since the turn of the millennium.  Appearing like flowers blooming in the desert, their byzantine and seductive forms stand in stark contrast to the utilitarian and mundane objects on which they appear. The artist’s studio work has previously seen a broad array of cultural details filtered through a deeply surrealist imagination to create works which at one moment appear comforting and reassuring and at the next moment appear unnerving and unsettling. More recently, the canvases have seen […]

Showing: “Greatest Hits” Banksy Exhibition @ Lazinc

Last week, Lazinc in London opened a show featuring some of Banksy’s most iconic works (gleaned from private collections), focusing in on the 2002-2008 period of his career. Coinciding with some of the time Steve Lazarides spent as the elusive street artist’s photographer and gallerist, the work curated for the exhibition include stenciled canvases, unique paintings, sculptural pieces, limited-edition prints and more. Although not officially sanctioned by Banksy, the 40 or so pieces (supposedly not for sale) assembled along with Lazarides’ (who hasn’t spoken to the […]

Releases: Luke Chueh – “Wannabe” Flocked Dunny

Continuing to create art figures, something his character-based work seems suited for, Luke Chueh (interviewed) recently released a 5 inch “Wannabe” Flocked Dunny. Reprising Kidrobot’s most iconic platform toy, the Los Angeles-based artist reworked the sculpt into a version of his famous “possessed” bear with knife. Mixing the cute with the macabre with Chueh’s signature dark humor, the dunny comes in a generous edition of 1500 and can be purchased here for $55. Discuss Luke Chueh here.

Brad Kunkle // FindShadow App

Artist Brad Kunkle recently shared a piece he painted that holds deep meaning for him, inspired by the 39 days it took for him to be reunited with his lost dog Shadow in 2015. Entitled The Golden Corridor and embellished with the New York-based artist’s practice of using of gold leaf, the diptych is steeped in symbolism from circumstances surrounding the incident. The painting now hangs in the offices of FindShadow in Downtown Manhattan, an app Kunkle helped create when he realized technology could lead to […]

Overtime: July 9 – 15

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): UTA Moves Into a New Ai Weiwei-Designed Space in Beverly Hills. Cheim & Read partner Adam Sheffer to join Pace as vice president. From Frida Kahlo in London to Casanova in Boston, here are 29 museum shows worth seeing this summer. 130,000 unseen photos of Andy Warhol will be made public at The Warhol Foundation. Artist SMASH 137 sues GM for unauthorized use of his Detriot mural for a Cadillac ad. Red […]