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Recap: Pejac – “Waterline” (Paris)

For a just a few days leading up and through the last weekend, Pejac held a special showing of his work inside an old ‘péniche’ boat moored right next to Notre-Dame. Entitled Waterline, the exhibition consisted of around 30 drawings and studies on paper as well as a couple clever installations. Evident in the work displayed were some elements of the Spanish artist’s work that make him special including commentary on environmental and socio-political issues, art history references, technical skill, and his dark humor. Photo credit: @SashaBogojev. Discuss Pejac here.

Overtime: June 18 – 24

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): A new cryptocurrency art auction is selling shares in an Andy Warhol painting. An ambitious Whitney show will investigate Warhol’s early and lesser-known works. David Nash comes to terms with the end of ‘Ash Dome’. Why have there been no great black art dealers? How a small but influential group is correcting history. Here’s the 2018 exhibitor list for 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London. After sixteen years in operation, the Pasadena […]

Upcoming: POW! WOW! Long Beach 2018

Running from June 24-30, the fourth edition of POW! WOW! Long Beach (see 2015, 2016, 2017) will be fast upon us with another great lineup of artists (see below). With public art as the cornerstone to the event, 20 more murals and art installations will be added to the existing  50+ murals covering nearly 40 square miles of the Southern California city. Also, “events and activities will be held throughout the week including the POW! WOW! Long Beach Pop-Up Shop located at MADE by Millworks, film […]

Upcoming: Haroshi – “NANZUKA at Petzel” @ Petzel Gallery

As part of the second New York edition of Condo, a gallery share program conceived of as an alternative to the traditional art fair, Nanzuka Gallery from Tokyo will opening a show at Petzel Gallery (35 E 67th Street location) on June 29th. The resulting three person exhibition (also featuring Makoto Taniguchi & Mori Masato), sees Haroshi (featured) putting 29 of his half kaiju half wood monsters on display. Hand crafted from skatedecks, the sculptures from the Japanese artist always have a distinctive look and certainly make an impressive looking installation. Via Hypebeast. Discuss Haroshi here.

Streets: Banksy (Paris) – Part I

Seemingly coinciding with Paris Fashion Week, a few new yet unconfirmed pieces from Banksy recently materialized in the French capital. We have three murals for you so far, starting with the wall above featuring a girl spray painting a damask-like pattern over a swastika, speaking to the loss of innocence and the fears of rising anti-Semitism in Europe. The second stencil attributed to the surreptitious British artist was a clever riff on the neoclassical painting, Napoleon Crossing the Alps by artist Jacques-Louis David, with the notable change […]

Interviews / Showing: Michael Kagan – “Mavericks” @ Tennis Elbow

Continuing their ongoing rich program, which rotates weekly, featuring solo-presentations at their project space (Tennis Elbow), The Journal Gallery in NYC is currently showing work by Michael Kagan (featured). Coinciding with International Surfing Day, which is held annually on the third Saturday of June, the gallery has his all-new series of works titled Mavericks on display through today. We had a chance to chat with the artist about this all-new series of work, and find out a bit about his connection with surfing, the inspiration behind this series […]

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Fool’s Gold” @ Modernism Gallery

Coming up on July 11th, Shawn Huckins (featured) will opening a solo show at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco. Entitled Fool’s Gold, the exhibition will feature 18 works from the Denver-based artist’s The Erasures series, replicated paintings from The White House Art Collection with seemingly randomly painted erasure marks superimposed over top – the familiar gray and white checkered pattern signifies a software’s ‘eraser’ tool has removed the underlying image. Continuing Huckins’ practice of overlaying familiar elements of the modern age over traditional paintings, the new collection of acrylic on […]

Releases: KAWS x Uniqlo x Sesame Street Collection

Tripling down on his collaboration with Uniqlo, KAWS will be releasing a new collection that re-imagines the world of Sesame Street. The new selection of adult and kids t-shirts from the Brooklyn-based artist is a follow-up to his Peanuts (covered) & Companion (covered) projects with the Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer. The line features imagery of the famous puppets, remixed with his signature XX aesthetic as well as frolicking with his Companion figures including the BFF (which seems to be inspired by Sesame Street in the first place). Availability […]

Previews: Ben Tolman – “New Drawings” @ Jonathan LeVine Projects

This Saturday (June 23rd), Jonathan LeVine Projects in New Jersey will be presenting the insanely detailed drawings of Ben Tolman in a solo show. Working with both geometric forms and urban sprawl, the Washington D.C.-based artist creates frenetic compositions that will introduce you to some new intriguing new element with each viewing. Take look at some more preview images below but these must really be in seen in person to be truly appreciated. Discuss Ben Tolman here.

Streets: Telmo Miel – “As Far As The World Extends” (Rotterdam)

Earlier this month in the Netherlands, Telmo Miel got up a majestic new mural for the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps. Working on the historical ‘Van Ghent’ Base in Rotterdam, the Dutch duo titled the piece after the motto of the elite amphibious infantry unit – As Far As The World Extends. The project strikes close to home for the locally-based street artists and it’s evident they put out their best effort in painting this wall. Check out more photos and a video below… Photos and video via the artists and […]