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Openings: “Death and the Maiden 2” & Femke Hiemstra – “The Sand Castle Battle and Other Tales” @ Roq la Rue

Well folks, this is it. The swan song as the sun sets on Roq la Rue, one of the most influential galleries of low brow turned pop surrealism and new contemporary the scene has ever seen. Owner Kirsten Anderson has decided that after eighteen years, it’s time to begin a new adventure in the name of the nameless, starting a non-profit to aid in the protection of animals that are illegally hunted and poached. Her philanthropy has spilled into several animal benefit shows over the […]

Openings: Guillermo del Toro – “At Home With Monsters” @ LACMA

Legendary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (renowned for movies such as Hell Boy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, and Crimson Peak) opened At Home With Monsters last weekend at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). We got the chance to take a peek at all the toys he keeps in Bleak House, his second museum – like home that mainly stores all his props and what keeps him inspired. When we spoke to the show’s curator Britt Salvesen, she said it took them two days to clear out […]

Streets: El Mac – “Spark of Divinity” (Sedona)

Recently in Sedona, Arizona, El Mac finished painting a mural that was commissioned by a local Whole Foods store. Near and dear to his heart, the piece featured a portrait of his mother-in-law and her granddaughter juxtaposed against a background inspired by the famous Beethoven Frieze by Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. His work was inspired by a “Beethoven symphony from 1824, which was inspired a poem, Ode To Joy, by Friedrich Schiller from 1785 which begins with the line – “Joy, beautiful spark of divinity…” – giving this mural its title. […]

SDCC ’16: South Park 20th Anniversary Art Show

During this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, adult animated sitcom South Park hosted a 20th anniversary art show as part of their South Park 20 experience. Curated by Ron English, many of the participants are of course known to readers of AM including Buff Monster, Anthony Ausgang, Sas Christian, RISK, Kenny Scharf, Faile, and more. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos.

Streets: JR (Rio de Janeiro) – Part I

French artist JR (interviewed) recently completed a new installation in Rio de Janeiro utilizing an intriguing new technique lending the work a more three-dimensional feel. The clever new piece is based on a photo of Mohamed YOUNES IDRISS of Sudan (who didn’t qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics) performing a high jump over the top of building with the assistance of some scaffolding. Discuss JR here.

Openings: Cinta Vidal – “Gravities” @ Thinkspace

A couple weekends ago at Thinkspace, new paintings from Cinta Vidal collectively entitled Gravities were unveiled in their project room. The small selection of works featured her signature gravity defying globe like structures and their inhabitants. There was also a piece with a field of floating furniture which was mirrored by similar imagery on a wall mural the Spanish artist painted for the exhibition. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Cinta Vidal here.

Streets: World Roundup (July 11 – July 31)

We end July this year with another Streets World Roundup, covering some of the public art from around the globe that you may have missed. Leading things off is a 600 meter mural Evoca1 painted in Abu Dhabi just in time for Eid al-Fitr. Other notable walls come from Case (Belgium), Natalia Rak (Spain), Jonathan Bergeron (Montreal), Dabs Myla (Iceland), Odeith (UK), Faith47 (USA), Aryz (Belgium), Shok-1 (UK), Hyuro (Spain), Nychos (USA), Leon Keer (UK), Vhils (Senegal), Outings Project (France), Monsieur Qui (France), and Aakash Nihalani.   […]

Showing: Eishi Takaoka – “Socks” @ Giant Robot 2

Continuing his longstanding relationship with Giant Robot, Eishi Takaoka is currently showing a new body of work entitled Socks at their gallery location – GR2 in Los Angeles. The Japanese artist’s serene head sculptures usually include something sprouting or interacting with their faces, oftentimes carved from one piece of wood. These extrusions are outwardly manifestations of his bottled up emotions and hidden frustrations with lower middle class life in Japan. Discuss Eishi Takaoka here.

Upcoming: Kevin Peterson – “Sovereign” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Following up on news of his recent album cover with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kevin Peterson will be opening an exhibition on August 20th at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City. Entitled Sovereign, the solo from the Houston-based artist will be hosted in the main space. After a enjoying his Los Angeles showing there in 2015 (covered), fans of his work will once again be able to take in scenes with his child characters passing through urban environments with their animal friends. Discuss this show here. Discuss […]

POW! WOW! Long Beach ’16 / Openings: “Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension” @ LBMA

A couple weekends ago, in association with POW! WOW! Long Beach, a massive group show opened at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension was presented by the museum in collaboration with Thinkspace & POW! WOW!, a followup on last year’s debut showing (covered) with another amazing series of installations and murals from a new roster. Not only did fans in the beach city get to see murals from some of their favorite artists (covered), but also a high quality selection of work in a museum […]