The official opening of the Urban Nation Museum this weekend in Berlin turned the entire area into an open-air art gallery with an extensive program that included performances, workshops, show acts and more. For this event, the organizers managed to shut a section of the bustling Bülowstrasse and turn it into an art venue called Art Mile. This part of the museum inauguration included the most exceptional works that the curators and artists produced for the Berlin’s latest art institution. Beneficial both for the museum as well as the artists, this initiative allowed […]
With the imminent opening of the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat scheduled for the 21st, a couple Banksy pieces have shown up near the venue overnight. On his Instagram account, Banksy noted the irony of the Barbican, “a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls”, hosting the work of the legendary graffiti artist. The main piece, what we like to call “SAMO Stop & Search” if you will, has been done with stencil spraypaint, freehand spraypaint and oil […]
More stories from the week that ended Sep 17 (click on bolded words for more information): Huffington Post has a review of Kara Walker show. RIP: Axel Kasseböhmer (1952–2017). British Museum apologizes after curator’s tweet provokes accusations of racism against Asians. Jonathan Poole gets four years in prison after pleading guilty to 26 counts of fraud and theft. Ann Freedman, former Knoedler director, settles tenth and final lawsuit related to forgeries. Documenta 14 director Adam Szymczyk led it to the brink of bankruptcy, after exhibition ran way […]
After 4 years of preparations, series of Project M events (covered), shows and countless walls, installations and interventions created around German capital, the long awaited Urban Nation Museum officially opened doors on Saturday, 16th of September. In presence of some of the most recognized urban artists from around the globe, curators, gallery owners, partners of the project and media representatives, the museum proudly revealed its impressive collection of works as well as its unconventional architectural concept. Located on Bülowstraße in Berlin-Schöneberg, Urban Nation Museum now offers a clear […]
Recently in New York, Spoke Art opened a solo show from Dan Quintana entitled Tidepools. The exhibition sees the Los Angeles-based artist continue his dark and erie portraiture of beautiful women, oftentimes with surreal elements. Take a look at more photos from the opening reception below… Photos via the gallery. Discuss Dan Quintana here.
Following up on last year’s showing (covered) at the New York location of Lehmann Maupin, Mr. returns to Asia with an exhibition at the gallery’s Hong Kong space. Entitled Floating in the Air in the Vicinity of a Convenience Store, the new solo features paintings, a sculpture, and a series of drawings that show his artistic process comprising of notes, scribbles, and sketches. As you can see, the Japanese artist continues to create work influenced by his love for manga and anime, a characteristic of his mentor Takashi Murakami’s “superflat” movement. […]
During the recent Artscape Festival in Sweden, Faith XLVII teamed up with Lyall Sprong to create an immersive site specific installation set deep in the Värmland forest. Depicting the moon glowing and rotating within the tall trees, this piece is another example of how the South African-born artist is stepping further away from the classic street/urban art niche. The artists describe the piece as a “homage to our great timekeepers and the ancient internal rhythms that predate the construct of time, an ode to our connection with the external forces that define us.” Astronomy […]
Recently, Aron Wiesenfeld released a new print entitled Bonny Doon through Static Medium. The image features a characteristically atmospheric scene from the artist featuring a girl running through the woods. Sized at 15″ x 21.5″ (including a 1″ border), the edition size will be 100 and the price $95. Head over here to add this to your collection if you so desire. Discuss Aron Wiesenfeld here.
Recently in Tecate, at the US-Mexico border fence, JR (interviewed) has installed a provocative new project featuring a Mexican boy peering over the barrier. Best viewed from the US side, the new work towering over 70 feet utilizes the scaffolding technique he introduced at the recent Olympics in Brazil (covered) and deals wth a topic the French photograffeur often touches on – immigrants and refugees. He states – “People will always migrate. When we built walls, people built tunnels. When we closed places, they went by the water. The […]
Coming up on October 5th, Shawn Huckins (featured) will be presenting new work at the Foster/White Gallery in Seattle. Athenaeum (I Can’t Pretend That This Is Poetry) will feature paintings from his two series – The American Revolution Revolution and The American __tier – both which highlight his distinctive aesthetic of classical 18th- and 19th- century style portraits overlaid with text referencing unique social media speak and texting acronyms. With this juxtaposition of modern day verbiage and classic imagery, Huckins brings up the question of whether how we communicate governs the value of what we […]