London: Lynn Chadwick steel beasts at RA

Lynn Chadwick - RCA

A group of sculptures by Lynn Chadwick RA (1914 – 2003) has been installed in the Royal Academy‘s Annenberg Courtyard, as part of celebrations to make the centenary of his birth. The installation, organised in collaboration with Blain Southern gallery, features four works from his series of steel beasts that were made between 1989-1990. It is the first time that this group of sculptures has been shown together in public.

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View the full set here

Lynn Chadwick
Until 16 May 2014
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
London W1J 0BD

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London: Hebru Brantley – Everyone’s Everything

Hebru Brantley

Chicago based artist Hebru Brantley recently launched his UK solo show  Everyone’s Everything at Mead Carney Fine Art in London.

Inspired by pop culture icons, comic book heroes, Japanese anime, the body of works consists of a series of paintings and sculptures featuring child like heroes surrounded by colourful imaginary landscapes and scribble text, exploring the optimism and possibilities of youth.

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Hebru Brantley – Everyone’s Everything
Until 3 May 2014
Mead Carney Fine Art Gallery
London

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London: Tauba Auerbach – New Ambidextrous Universe

Tauba Auerbach

San Francisco-born, New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach, who works in a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, painting, weaving and book design is showing her first solo exhibition at the ICA in London.
Passionate about topology, the mathematical study of shapes, Auerbach show’s title “New Ambidextrous Universe” comes from a book by Martin Gardner, a popular math writer famous for his puzzles in Scientific American magazine.

The show features newly created sculptures and photographs leveraging a mathematician’s model of symmetry and reflection as a means to hint at an alternate, mirror universe. Geometrical steel sculptures refer to mathematical puzzles but also patterns and symmetry found in life. Some wavy wooden sculptures represent her interpretation of a piece of plywood sent into a fourth dimension.

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Tauba Auerbach – The New Ambidextrous Universe
Until 15 June 2014
ICA
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
London
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London: Rone – Wallflower

Rone - Wallflower

Known for his large scale female portraits across the globe, Australian street artist Rone has debuted his first UK solo show Wallflower at StolenSpace in London.

The exhibition showcases a series of artworks with his female muse surrounded by flowers on reclaimed wooden crates. Through a clever juxtaposition of layers, delicate and transparent portraits blend on a decaying background. While in London, Rone also painted a mural in London Brick Lane.


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Rone – Wallflower
Until 4 May 2014
Stolenspace
17 Osborn St, London E1 6TD

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London: Liu Bolin – The Heroic Apparition

Liu Bolin - The Heroic Apparition

Chinese artist Liu Bolin debuted his first UK solo show The Heroic Apparition at Scream in London. The exhibition features a series of photographic self-portraits from around the world where Liu Bolin, dubbed the “invisible man”, paints himself to merge with his background. The results are breathtaking.

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Liu Bolin – The Heroic Apparition
Until 9 May 2014
Scream
27-28 Eastcastle St
London W1W 8DH

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London: Chloe Early – Suspended

Chloe Early
London based painter Chloe Early debuted her solo show titled Suspended at The Outsiders. Featuring a series of large-scale paintings alongside a selection of exquisite smaller works, the exhibition explores the themes of weightlessness and gravity.
Her female subjects seem to be floating into a celestial space and enjoy a state of enlightenment.

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Chloe Early – Suspended
Until 3 May 2014
Outsiders London

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London: YZ – Lost in the City

Yz - Lost in the City

Lost in the city’ is the first solo show by French street artist YZ in the gallery frenchartstudio in London.

YZ questions the duality of two cities from an architectural perspective, Paris vs Hong Kong through a series of monochrome artworks depicting architectural elements such as facades, monuments, ornaments and highlights what make them such unique and fascinating places. Going further, YZ integrates classic architectural elements from Paris into Asiatic traditional run downed surroundings to create great aesthetical harmony.

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YZ – Lost in the city
Until 27 April 2014
French Art Studio
58 Gloucester Road
London SW7 4QT

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London: Rafael Gómezbarros @ Saatchi Gallery

Rafael Gomezbarros

Columbian artist and sculptor Rafael Gómezbarros has brought his army of giant ants to Saatchi Gallery. Titled “Casa Tomada”, (Seized House), the ants represent the displacement of columbian peasants due to war and strife. Spreading aggressively over all the walls, these 2 feet sculptures made of fiberglass are taking power .

Gómezbarros previously deployed his legion of ants onto historical buildings such as Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino – the haçienda where Simón Bolívar spent his final days – as well as Barranquilla’s customs building.

Ants being usually associated with hard labour and a complex social organization are turned into phantasms of the disappeared, ghost like figures that have acquired the capacity to take over national monuments.

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Rafael Gómezbarros
Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road
London SW3 4RY

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London: Tomory Dodge @ Alison Jacques

Tomory Dodge
Californian based artist Tomory Dodge opened his third solo show at Alison Jacques Gallery in London.  Using a technique of repeated layering process Dodge created a series of abstract paintings that he defines as ‘phantom figuration’, distorted imagery distant from its physical origins.

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Tomory Dodge
Until 17 April 2014
Alison Jacques Gallery
London W1T 3LN

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Streets: Banksy #withSyria

#Syria - Banksy London
To mark the third anniversay of the Syrian conflict, Banksy has reworked his iconic portrait of a girl with heart balloon, to depict a young Syrian refugee wih a head scarf.
A “global recreation” of the moving Banksy piece saw the release of red balloons en masse around the world while the stencil have been projected on major landmarks, like the Nelson Column in Trafalgar Square in London, or the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

On his website the following statement reads:

“On the 6 March 2011 in the Syrian town of Daraa, fifteen children were arrested and tortured for painting anti-authoritarian graffiti. The protests that followed their detention led to an outbreak of violence across the country that would see a domestic uprising transform into a civil war displacing 9.3 million people from their homes.
#WithSyria ”.

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Amsterdam
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London: Hysteria @ Maison Bertaux

Hysteria

Ahead of their upcoming exhibition opening on March 12th at the legendary patisserie and gallery, Maison Bertaux, in Soho, London, we met up with the all girl collective HYSTERIA in their Hastings studio. Made up of Collagism, Aida Wilde and Shuby, the UK based collective creates colourful artworks  featuring eggs, legs, bananas, bunnies, cats, cupcakes, jewellery and bold iconography using mixed media collage and screenprinting techniques.

Their new body of work explores their relationship between food, sex, gender and symbolism. Their interpretation of celebrity subversion devours pop culture serving it up in as explosive dish of delectable proportions. Spanned across two floors, the exhibition promises riotous visual misconduct and infamous bad behavior using mainstream, historical and religious imagery all to be enjoyed with the sumptuous taste of Maison Bertaux’s legendary tea and cakes. Throughout the tenure of the show,  the Hysteria crew will be running a series of workshops and High Tea events, giving visitors and insight into their collaborative workings.
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HYSTERIA
Until 15 June
Maison Bertaux
28 Greek Street
Soho, London W1D

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London: Brett Amory – Twenty Four @ Lazarides

Brett Amory

Continuing his ‘Waiting’ series, Californian contemporary artist Brett Amory presents Twenty-Four in London, at Lazarides Rathbone, featuring twenty-four paintings of London’s most iconic locations, from Kensington, Soho to Hackney and Brixton, alongside multimedia installations.

Portraying a localised arena including  a diverse demographic of the city dwellers from night clubbers, commuters, school children and traders on their daily routine, Brett Amory offers visitors a unique and an intimate snapshot of London through his own eyes.

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Brett Amory – Twenty Four
Until 13th April 2014
Lazarides Rathbone
11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR

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London: Alexis Diaz & Jaz – La Linea

Alexis Diaz & Jaz - Rex Romae

Running for one week until the 12th March 2014, La Linea is a joint pop up exhibition in London organised by Rex Romae displaying works by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz and Argentinian artist Jaz (Franco Fassoli)

For La Linea, Jaz juxtaposes football hooliganism with wrestling using different mediums such as tar, petrol, or lime, while Diaz depicts surrealistic creatures by morphing different animals into each other and including elements of the human body.

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Alexis Diaz & Jaz  - “Linea”
Until 12th March 2014
Rex Romae
132 Commercial Street,
E1 6NG London

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Streets: MSK crew in London

AROE / MSK Crew

The MSK crew was in London over the week end taking advantage of the great weather.
AROE and the rest of the crew completed this mural undisturbed under the watchful eye of some “special visitors”.

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London: PRO176 – Liquid Mechanism

PRO176

French artist PRO176 debuted his London solo show at Pure Evil Gallery. Inspired by comic books the show features colourful paintings within a sci-fi universe where vilains meet superheroes in futuristic machines and other spaceships.

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PRO176 - Liquid Mechanism
Until 30th March 2014
Pure Evil Gallery

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London: Hackney Wick Takeover at the V&A Museum

Hackney Wick at the V&A Museum

For one night only the creative teams of Hackney Wick have taken over V&A Museum in London with art, music and many workshops.

In the Grand Entrance designer Charlotte Papon created giant HW paper installation, where visitors could participate by adding their own personalised origami piece to the surface and watched as the shapes and colours of Hackney Wick emerged. 

In one of the rooms, street artist OKO created a large drawing installation with animal creatures and romantic envisagings.

The Pen Pushers team invited participants to their drawing workshop and create a fairy tale interpretation of Hackney Wick and Fish Island complete with pirates and canal monsters.
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Exiting through the gift shop of the museum (no pun intented…) viewers could enjoy an installation by  graffiti artist Sweet Toof, featuring a model version of his infamous water tank in New York (covered here) with his trademark teeth and gums, as well as miniature trains with Paul Insect

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Streets: Best Ever in London

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The british duo Best Ever recently completed this mural in London, off Hanbury St, using their signature hyperealism touch.

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London: Phillips Contemporary Art Auction

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London auction house Phillips is hosting a contemporary art auction featuring works by major contemporary artists. It is a great opportunity to see works by Warhol, drawings by Keith Haring, sculptures by Marc Quinn, an installation by Barry McGee, pictures by Ed Templeton and more. Last but not least, viewers can also enjoy Banksy Happy Shopper and Rembrandt that were shown at the Bristol Museum vs Banksy 2009 exhibition (featured here)

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Phillips de Pury – London
Contemporary Art Auction
11-12 February 2014

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London: C215 – Back to Black

C215 - Back to Black

French stencil artist C215 just launched a new solo show called “Back to Black” at Stolenspace in London. Drawing inspiration from his different encounters through his travels in Europe, C215 decided to use a restricted colour palette on a series of portraits on a multitude of materials and recycled objects such as folders, luggage and tins.

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View the full set of pics from the opening here

C215 – Back to Black
Stolenspace – London
Until 02 March 2014

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London: Phlegm – The Bestiary

Phlegm - Bestiary

For his first ever solo show Phlegm created a large scale installation called the Bestiary at the Howard Griffin Gallery in London. Using wood, clay, plaster and spraypaint, Phlegm invites us in his imaginary world, where strange animals and other street artists are stored in jars and shelves, from Descreet, Burning Candy to Banksy to name a few. Upon entering the main room, we are surrounded by different narratives, on one hand a vessel reminiscent of Noah’s Ark, while a giant owl overlooks a scene of fleeing animals.  Also to note that nothing is for sale, but a true experiment for the viewers.

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Phlegm – The Bestiary
Until 4th March 2014
Howard Griffin Gallery
London

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London: Sage Vaughn – Nobodys Home

Sage Vaughn - Nobody's home

LA based artist Sage Vaughn is back to London for a solo exhibition called “Nobody’s home” at Lazarides Rathbone. The show features a series of paintings with collages of pastel coloured wildlife birds and butterflies in stale interiors. On one of the paintings, an MSK tatooed bird seats proudly outside his cage. Nobody’s Home challenges viewers to break free from routine acceptance of our domestic and public surroundings and look at the beauty of nature has to offer in this lifetime.

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View the full set of pics from the opening here

Sage Vaughn – Nobody’s home
Lazarides Rathbone
London
Until 1 March 2014

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London: Jef Aerosol – One Another

Jef Aerosol - One Another
French stencil artist Jef Aerosol returns to London for a solo show one another at French Art studio.
The exhibition showcases a large number of recent and older stencils on cardboard and canvas, depicting a series of cultural icons and anonymous portraits with his signature red arrow.

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Jef Aerosol – One Another
French Art Studio
Until 27 February
58 gloucester road
London SW7 4QT

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London: Saber – The Ugly American

Saber - the Ugly American

After Newcastle, LA based graffiti artist Saber launched the second installment of his first European solo show “The Ugly American” at The Outsiders London.

Suffering from epilepsy and being denied healthcare, the politically engaged artist decided to voice issues  and battles for universal care by attacking and transforming iconic images of US and Union Jack flags. Using found packing crates, the flags have been scratched and look raw and angry.  

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On the other hand Saber’s abstract paintings, made with layered collages and painted paper, juxtapose harmoniously a delicate texture with his strong and powerful sharp signature lines.

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Saber – The Ugly American
Until 15 February 2014
The Outsiders

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London: Jake and Dinos Chapman – Come and See

Jake & Dinos Chapman

Jake and Dinos Chapman are currently exhibiting at the Serpentine Gallery. Come and See demonstrate the range of the artists’ output – from painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, to film, music and literature – approaching controversial subjects with provocation and dark humour.

A dozen of shop window mannequins dressed as Klu Klux Klansmen in rainbow socks with birkenstocks are stationed throughout the exhibition with different state of expression looking at the art and visitors. One of the rooms in the centre of the gallery is filled with cardboard dinosaurs and models of their earlier works and exhibitions, complete with little painted card spectators.

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The vision of Hell of the Chapman brothers has been expanded with monumental landscapes in scale. Extremely detailled, these apocalyptic landscapes depict surreal scenes of excessive brutality, blending miniature figures of Nazi soldiers and concentration camps with corporate insignia of McDonald’s characters.

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View the set here

Come and See
Until 9 February 2014
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London W2 2AR

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London: Smile Britannia Charity Auction

Smile Britannia Auction

For the first time ever, the Houses of Parliament hosted an historic charity art auction called Smile Britannia on Friday 13 December 2013.

Supported by MP Mike Weatherley, Smile Britannia is a charity art project launched by the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation and the London Westbank Gallery in collaboration with Temwa.

Featuring an impressive artist line up including  Nick Walker, David Walker, Inkie, Copyright, Emma Compton, Mau Mau, Jim Starr, Jim Vision, Rowan Newton, Shoony, Toasters to name a fewas well as the first Banksy stenciled artwork in Bristol

100% of proceeds will be donated to the charitable bodies the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation, Temwa and the Smile Britannia project.

A unique and historical venue, great artworks and great cause, all the ingredients for a fantastic evening!

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London: Stolenspace Winter Group Show

Stolenspace Winter Group Show 2013

Stolenspace Winter Group gathers a full roaster of artists and plenty of goodies for the festive season, from limited edition books, prints, drawings, paintings, as well as brand new D*Face Tshirts and D*Dogs vinyl sculptures.

Participating artists include:
Alo – Allison Hueman Torneros – Andrew McAttee – Arth Daniels – Beau Stanton Charlie Anderson – C215 – Cope2 – David Bray – D*Face – Eine – Evan Hecox – Josie Morway Kai and Sunny – Kelly Allen – Kelly McAllum – Max Rippon – Meggs – Miss Van – Mysterious Al – Paul Stephenson – Ramon Maiden – Reka – Rone Ronzo – Ryan Callanan – Sail (uselessarm) – Shepard Fairey – Simon WG Butler – Twoone – Vinnie Nylon – Will Barras -Zio Ziegler.

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Until 22 Dec 2013
STOLENSPACE GALLERY
17 Osborn Street
London E1 6TD

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London: Shok-1- X Rainbow

Shok1 X Rainbow

London graffiti artist SHOK-1 is currently showing X-Rainbow at Pictures on Walls.

Within black painted walls, a multicolored skeleton overlooks the exhibition space from the ceiling while a heart shaped noose hangs high. Mastering the spraycan since the 80s, SHOK1 created a series of translucent x-ray inspired prints, canvases in a rainbow palette, featuring femur bones, hands and insects.

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Shok1 – X Rainbow
Until 19th Dec 2013

Pictures on Walls
46-48 Commercial Street
London

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Video: Crimes of Minds

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London: Urs Fischer – Melodrama

Urs Fischer - Melodrama

Swiss contemporary artist Urs Fischer is currently exhibiting “Melodrama” at Sadie Coles in London. Featuring 3,000 hand modelled plaster giant raindrops suspended throughout the gallery, the installation creates a pastel rainbow rainstorm cloud which weaves in a swirling movement through the space.

Underneath this multicoloured rain are a series reclining life sized beheaded nudes made out of clay, sometimes painted, sometimes in discarded state with just a carrot.
Putting the fun back into art.

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Urs Fischer – Melodrama
Until 18 Jan 2014
Sadie Coles
62 Kingly Street
London W1

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London: Cyclops – The way of all flesh

Cyclops

The Outsiders London is currently hosting a new solo show by Cyclops, titled The way of all flesh. Cyclops’s art has evolved since his days in the London’s Burning Candy graffiti crew. His new body of work features large format oil paintings inspired by Baroque portraiture, religious iconography and contemporary photorealism.

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Cyclops – The way of all flesh
Until 24 Dec 2013
The Outsiders
London

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London: Edouard Martinet @ Sladmore

Edouard Martinet

French artist Edouard Martinet has been collecting every day objects and scrap metal from flea markets for decades. He then hand crafted intricate sculptures of life-like animals melting metal and using small screws. From a dragonfly, frog to a beetle, the results are breathtaking. The collection is on display at London’s Sladmore Contemporary until January 31 2014.  

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Edouard Martinet
Sladmore Gallery
32 Bruton Place
London W1J 6NW

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London: ZAK OVÉ – Speaker

Zak Ove - Speaker

London-based artist Zak Ové works between sculpture, film and photography. His mission is to reignite and reinterpret lost culture using found, cast and recovered material, while paying tribute to both spiritual and artistic African and Trinidadian identities.

We first saw Ové’s work at Lazarides Minotaur exhibition (featured here)

Following on from his recent participation in Glasstress at the Venice Biennale, Vigo Gallery presents his first solo show with the gallery.

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ZAK OVE – SPEAKER
Until 2 Juanuary 2014
Vigo Gallery
21 Dering Street
London W1S 1AL

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Video: Tracés Directs (Paris)

After being screened at Palais de Tokyo, we can now see what Lek, Sowat and their artists friends have been up to illegally during 7 months using chalks and water on a blackboard inside the Palais de Tokyo.

With (by order of appearance) Philippe Baudelocque, Wxyz, Alëxone, Smo, L’Outsider, Sowat, Babs, Skki, Jay one, Tcheko, Apôtre, Kan, Seb174, Sambre, Nassyo, Popay, Spé, Fléo, Lek, Dem189, Swiz and Jacques Villeglé.

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Paris: Lasco project at Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo - Paris

Opening in Paris on 21 Nov is the second instaltment of the ongoing project “Les Entrailles” at Palais de Tokyo, this time called “Lasco”.
Lek and Sowat and curator Hugo Vitrani have brought together 50 artists from different generations and field of practice to invade the secondary spaces of Palais de Tokyo not initially intended to accommodate exhibitions and closed to the public. Within this raw space and minimalist lighting, every artist has contributed with their skills and gesture to produce a collective work overlapping styles and techniques using spray paint, paintbrush, pencil, chalk, and other salvaged materials found on site.

“Lasco” session
With: ALËXONE, PHILIPPE BAUDELOCQUE, DRAN, HOCTEZ, JAY ONE, KAN, LEGZ , SILVIO MAGAGLIO, NASSYO, O’CLOCK, SEBASTIEN PRESCHOUX, ROTI, SKKI, and special  guests like LARRY CLARK,  MARTHA COOPER

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View the full set of pics here

Les Entrailles – First session
With : ALËXONE, AZYLE, BABS, BOM.K, COKNEY, DEM189, DRAN, HONDA, HORFÉ, KATRE, LEK, OUTSIDER, RIZOTE, SAMBRE, SETH, SOWAT, SWIZ, VELVET, WXYZ, ZOER And also : ALZO, BADHYPNOZ, BRUSK, BORE, BORIS, CYRIAK, DEMON, DRAS, EMOY, GOMER, GRIS1, HOBZ, INÉ, JAW, KAN, KÉBOY, KENO, KENCE, LEGZ, MEKO, MR. QUI, NEXT, NIBOR, OGRE, ONDE, PEAMS, RUSTY, SAEYO, SINDÉ, SIRIUS, SMOE, SODA, TCHEKO, TEURK,WO, XABY

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In parallel to the Lasco project the screening of Traces Direct (covered here) will be shown.

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Palais de Tokyo
From 21 November
13 Avenue Du Président Wilson, Paris 75016

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Paris: JR Inside / Out

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After completing his tour in London (covered here) JR photobooth truck is now back to Paris to complete some INSIDE/OUT action at Palais de Tokyo.

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In parallel JR took also the time to invade the Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris
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Paris: French Fairs FIAC and Slick

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France contemporary art fair, the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) celebrated its 40th edition this year at the Grand Palais in Paris. Featuring 184 exhibitors from 25 countries, the fair continues to hold a strong French presence with 30 % of the exhibitors. Some of the highlights include the Iron Tree from Ai Weiwei, Dan Colen at the Gagosian, Yue Minjun at Daniel Templon, a giant Kaws at Galerie Perrotin, and a wrecked Ferrari by Bertrand Lavier.

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In parallel to the FIAC, on the Banks of the Seine, SLICK Art Fair to bring together the vitality of 50 younger galleries and talents. Some pics below.

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View the set of pics  here

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London: Hush – Fatales

Hush - Fatales

British artist HUSH is debuting a London solo show at the Outsiders.  Initially known for his portraiture of Japanese women, the “Fatales” exhibition expand also into European muses. Featuring a series of twelve paintings depicting seductive female figures,  Hush successfully illustrates women sensuality and mystery.

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View all the pics here

Hush – Fatales
Until 23 Nov 2013
The Outsiders
8 Greek Street, Soho,  

London W1D 4DG

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Paris: Live painting session

During the busy art week in Paris, a series of leading international artists have been invited to paint in front of the Drouot building for the Digard Street Art Auction: Nick Walker (UK), Logan Hicks (US), Mear One (US), Miss Tic (FR), Seth (FR), Katre (FR), Cope 2 (US) and Indie 184 (US) . Legendary photographer Martha Cooper was also onsite to document the events.

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The artworks will be auctioned in May 2014

View the full set here

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Video: Kehinde Wiley

Following the recent London opening of Kehinde Wiley ‘The World Stage: Jamaica‘(covered), here  is a video where he explains his creative process.

View the full set of pics from the show here

Kehinde Wiley – The world stage: Jamaica
Until 16 Nov 2013
Stephen Friedman Gallery
25-28 Old Burlington Street
London W1S 3AN

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London: Kate Moss unseen first photos

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Pictures of Kate Moss’s first ever photoshoot are being displayed at London’s Lawrence Alkin Gallery.

Photographer David Ross was asked by his friend – Sarah Doukas, who had recently set up her own modelling agency, Storm – to take pictures of a then-14-year old ingénue called Kate Moss.

“Kate was a young girl like any other, but with a certain teenage air about her that was piercing,” said Ross. “She was against the grain of any other look of the time. She was a cool kid and refreshing in that sense. She just had an attitude and an expression that kind of came easy, I guess.”
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View the full set of pics here here

Kate Moss: Roll 1
Until November 3
Lawrence Alkin Gallery, Soho, London

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Video: Kan at La Tour 13 (Paris)

Following our recent coverage on French graffiti artist Kan at la Tour 13 here is a video by MOUARF showing the intricate creation process.

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London: Moniker Art Fair

Moniker Art Fair 2013

Following our recent coverage ( see here) on the artists project spaces  at Moniker Art Fair , we now focus on the participating galleries: Andenken Gallery, artAZ, Coates and Scarry, Future Tense, Hang-Up Gallery, Imitate Modern, Jealous Gallery, Kallenbach Gallery, London Westbank Gallery, Look For Art, Moniker Projects, Scream Editions, Souled Out Studios, St. Art gallery, StolenSpace, and TAG Fine Arts.

From pop-surrealism paintings, urban art to sculptures and installations, Moniker has definitively stepped up during the busy London Art week.  

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View the full set of pics here
Moniker Art Fair
17 – 20 October 2013
The Old Truman Brewery,
91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

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London: Frieze Art Fair 2013

Frieze Art Fair 2013

Frieze Art Fair returns to London from 17 to 20 October 2013 showcasing 152 galleries from around the world. Highlights this year include the Gagosian Gallery, displaying five large scale works by pop artist Jeff Koons, from his stainless steel inflatable sculptures series to his Sacred Heart sculpture estimated to $2 billion.
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At the Stephen Friedman Gallery booth, viewers can enjoy the ultimate rebirthing experience by interacting with a giant sculptural self portrait of American artist Jennifer Rubell by climbing into a cavity made in her pregnant stomach. Lisson Gallery is focusing on veteran minimalist Dan Graham’s spiraled plexiglas pavilion, which visitors can enter and be temporarily taken away from the crowd whilst still in full view. Gavin Brown has put in some fun with a series of humanoid traffic cone sculptures by Robb Pruitt.

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Galerie Perrotin is displaying a golden sculpture, Naked self portrait with POM, by Takashi Murakami while numerous paintings and sculptures by Yoshimoto Nara can be seen at Pace Gallery and Blum & PoeAnd lastly, a series of photographs by Ryan McGinley, titled Me & My Friends is featured at the Team Gallery booth.
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London: Jeff Koons x Dom Perignon sculpture package

Jeff Koons x Dom Pérignon

Earlier this year Jeff Koons x Dom Pérignon partnered to create the Balloon Venus Sculpture Package. During Frieze art week in London the Balloon Venus package was unveiled together with the launch of two special “Dom Pérignon by Jeff Koons” boxes, designed by Jeff Koons himself.

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View pics from the private launch here

The Balloon Venus sculpture package is made to order for £15,500 along with the Dom Pérignon Vintage Rosé. Alternatively you can also opt for the special Koons boxes of Dom Pérignon Blanc de Blancs (£130) and Rosé (£315) sold online here.

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London: Moniker Art Fair – Project spaces

Moniker Art Fair 2013

Moniker Art Fair returns for its fourth year to London, focusing on contemporary art and urban culture. This year Moniker is sharing its venue with  The Other Art Fair , leading artist led Fair, at the iconic Old Truman Brewery in East London.

Moniker features artist project spaces, international galleries, and a series of activities, from artists book launch, talks and printing sessions. See the full programme here.

For the project spaces, David Shillinglaw invites viewers into his studio “Off Keys”, while Jo Peel recreated a side street of London. Zeus and The London Police built a playful city installation complete with motorway and dogs.  Beejoir and the SOS crew installed a military bunker full of goodies.  Stay tuned for the rest of our coverage on Moniker 

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Moniker Art Fair
17 – 20 October 2013
The Old Truman Brewery,
91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

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London: Dmitry Shorin – Flight

Dmitry Shorin - Flight

Russian artist Dmitry Shorin is currently exhibiting at Erarta Galleries in London.

The show titled Flight features his acclaimed paintings focused on the aviation theme and sculptures from his series I believe in Angels,  first unveiled at Art Paris 13  (covered here).

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Dmitry Shorin – Flight
Until 16 Nov 2013
Erarta Galleries
8 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DN
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London: Joe Black – Ways of Seeing

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British artist Joe Black just debuted his first solo show “Ways of Seeing” at the Opera Gallery London. Using small common objects with intricate details, such as test tubes, toy soldiers and badges, Joe Black creates large scale portraits or tributes to his subject, from Obama, Margaret Thatcher, Mao Zedong to Lady Di .

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View the entire set of the opening here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAmG-ooQP3M&feature=youtu.be

Joe Black – Ways of Seeing
Until November 19 2013
Opera Gallery London
134 New Bond Street, London W1S 2TF

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London: Mr Brainwash – Pop on Paper

Mr Brainwash - Westbank Gallery

Mr Brainwash is returning to London for  “Pop on Paper” at the London West Bank Gallery. The show features  40 works on paper, with a mix of revisited classics , stencils and silkscreens.

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Mr Brainwash – Pop on Paper
London West Bank Gallery
Until 23 October 2013
133-137 Westbourne Grove, London w11 2rs

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Paris: Lek x Sowat x Legz x Roti for La Tour 13

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Following our recent coverage on La Tour 13 (covered here) French artists Lek, Sowat, Legz, and Roti collaborated together on this extensive insitu installation “Minotaur” in the building’s basement.

Sowat explains in his words below the concept behind the installation:

Lek and I chose to work inside the tower’s basement. With its bad lighting, small corridors and dark atmosphere, the place looked so much like a maze that we decided to base our installation on Greek Mythology’s Minotaur.

First, we excavated various objects left in the basement by the building’s former tenants and covered them with white fluorescent paint before displaying them in key parts of the cellar. Secondly we asked Roti, to build a plaster Minotaur that we placed at the center of the maze. We then painted all pipes and hoses leading to the beast with fluorescent paint. Legz, one of the first French graffiti writer who left the streets to paint exclusively in abandoned places, then started painting his signature interlacing spaghetti’s all around the basement empty boxes. Finally, using only black light and fluorescent paint, we covered the rest of the basements with our own lines, shapes and abstract calligraphies.

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London: BRUTAL off-site show @ Lazarides

Brutal - Lazarides

Following Bedlam (2012), The Minotaur (2011), Hell’s Half Acre (2010), Lazarides  and the Vinyl Factory are hosting their sixth adventurous off-site exhibition coinciding with Frieze Art Fair. In response to the theme BRUTAL nineteen artists are showcasing dynamic installations, murals, film, animation, sound and dance interventions in a  cavernous space below 180 The Strand, a massive 40,000 square foot building.  BRUTAL explores the brutality of the times we live in, how this is reflected in the objects around us and our perception of the world.

Featuring:
Antony Micallef, Ben Woodeson, James Lavelle, Katrin  Fridricks, DALeast, Karim Zeriahen, Brad Downey, Bill McRight, Conor Harrington, Cleon Peterson, Doug Foster, Estevan Oriol, Know Hope, Lucy McLauchlan, Mark Jenkins, Miaz Brothers, Pose, Sebastian Horsley, Todd James.

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BRUTAL
15 – 27 October 2013
180 Strand

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