Paris: Quentin Garel, AJ Fosik & Kate Clark @ Galerie LJ

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Galerie LJ is currently featuring a group exhibition on the theme of animal sculptures, with works from Quentin Garel, AJ Fosik and Kate Clark whose sculptures are a mix between taxidermy and anthropomorphism.

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View pics from the opening here

AJ Fosik, Kate Clark, Quentin Garel
Until 15 Nov
Galerie LJ
12 rue Commines
FR-75003 Paris

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London: Duane Hanson – Reality Check

Duane Hanson - Reality Check

American sculptor Duane Hanson is currenly on view at Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery. The mini retrospective ‘Reality Check‘ features a selection of his most important lifesize hyper-real sculptural portraits of middle class Americans, from a Man on mower, a High School Student, a Bodybuilder, a Bus Stop Lady and a Baton Twirler.

During his career he only produced around 180 unique works, many of which are held in major museum collections around the world, making “Reality Check” a rare opportunity to survey Hanson’s work.
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Duane Hanson – Reality Check
Until 7 November
S|2 Gallery

31 St. George Street
London

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Paris: Fondation Louis Vuitton

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Fondation Louis Vuitton, the philanthropic wing of luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, is opening a 41,441-square-foot art museum in Paris on 27 October to share its cultural values with the general public.

The new glass building was designed by the architect Frank Gehry for more than $130 million, and is adjacent to the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne of the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

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The building will be showing a collection combining works owned by LVMH and his Chairman Bernard Arnault including John Giorno ‘Dial a Poem’ Phones, Bertrand Lavier neon installation, Gerhard Richter paintings. It will also act as a showcase for temporary exhibitions and performances by contemporary artists.

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For site-specific installations, the foundation commissioned works by Ellsworth Kelly, Olafur Eliasson, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Sarah Morris, Taryn Simon, Cerith Wyn Evans and Adrián Villar Rojas.

Kelly made a curtain, Spectrum VIII (2014), consisting of 12 coloured strips, for the building’s auditorium. Eliasson created Inside the Horizon (2014), made up of 43 prism-shaped columns that are illuminated from the inside and placed along a walkway. Villar Rojas created a water tank containing found objects, discarded sneakers and plants.

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Prior to the official public opening, the museum was also celebrated with musical performers during the special inaugural weekend.

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While the museum has been funded by LVMH and bears the name (and logo) of its flagship brand, Louis Vuitton, it will pass into the hands of the city’s government after 55 years.

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View the full set of pics from the opening here

Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris

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Paris: FIAC Highlights

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The 41 Edition of the French International Art Fair (FIAC) started with a bit of scandal. The ‘Christmas Tree‘ by Paul McCarthy on Place Vendome which was supposed to officially launch the FIAC was destroyed before the opening by vandals as it looked too much like a butt plug.

Paul McCarthy
(photo Bertrand Guay)

While French Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls opened the Fair, they bumped into former escort girl turned muse Zahia Dehar for Pierre & Gilles (Galerie Daniel Templon).

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Berlin-based neugerriemschneider was showing sculptures by Olafur Eliasson including ‘The new planet’, an oloid sculpture made from painted glass and aluminium and halogen. On the Gagosian booth visitors could see a series of sculptures by John Chamberlain. 

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Many artists were also on site during the VIP opening including UK artists like Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George (at Thaddaeus Roppac),  French artist Orlan or NY based Ugo Rondinone (for Glastone Gallery).

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Artist Kirsten Pieroth created a brick wall for Galeria Franco Noero, while a marble gas mask by Ai Weiwei was on view at Galeria Continua, and Yayoi Kusuma polka dots sculptures were displayed at David Zwirner gallery and Victoria Miro. 

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New York’s Nahmad Contemporary and Helly Nahmad Gallery were showing a $20 million oil-on-canvas Picasso from 1972, as well as a drawing by Basquiat priced at $2.4 million. Two more works by Basquiat “Made in Japan”were reunited since a very long time for an undisclosed price.

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Hauser & Wirth was showing portraits from actress Isabelle Huppet by artist Roni Horn, while French dealer Yvon Lambert was featuring a neon installation by Mounir Fatmi for his last FIAC before closing his gallery.

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FIAC
23-26 October 2014
Grand Palais, Paris

 

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Paris: FIAC / (OFF)ICIELLE ART FAIR / STREET ART

Hors les Murs - Da Mental Vaporz

Also new this year for the FIAC / (OFF)ICIELLE  Art Fair is a Street Art programme, curated by Nicolas Laugero Lasserre. French and international artists have been invited to paint the walls on the wharf of the Cité de la Mode et du Design. Participating artists include: Bault, Gris1, Katre, Kouka, Lek, Monkey Bird Crew, Sowat, Swoon. 

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View the full set of pics here

(OFF)ICIELLE
www.officielleartfair.com
Cite de la Mode et du Design
34 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

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Paris: (OFF)ICIELLE Art Fair

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After the art week in London ( covered here), Paris is hosting a series of art fairs and events. (OFF)ICIELLE, FIAC’s new event, is held from 22 to 26 October at Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design. The satellite fair is featuring 68 galleries from 14 different countries, specializing in contemporary and emerging art, from young galleries and newcomers to the international art scene.

Some highlights include a flying carpet by Moussa Sarr, a poem within an ice cube by Paula Doepfner, a burnt canvas ‘Bordeline’ by Sonne Kasper,  a taxidermist bear by Abraham Pointcheval and a monochromie series by Esther Stocker.  Artist Ofri Cnaani was doing a non-stop-performance with the participation of the visitors.

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See the full set of pics here

On the wharf is also a Street Art programmation which we will cover shortly. So stay tuned for more info.

(OFF)ICIELLE
www.officielleartfair.com

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Paris: 100Taur – Monsters in my closet

100TAUR - Monsters in my closet

French Lowbrow artist 100TAUR ( see our studio visit here) just opened his latest solo show ‘Monsters in my closet‘ at Artoyz gallery in Paris. The exhibition features a comprehensive body of work, from drawings, engraving, mixed media paintings to taxidermy sculptures. In parallel 100TAUR created a large site specific installation with a boat and  hybrid creatures.

100TAUR’s fantastic world is full of happy monsters, multi-eyed slugs and hybrid creatures that seems to be floating and dancing within an oniric universe, while some pop classics like Sponge Bob are  reinterpreted with his own personal touch.

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View the full set of pics from the opening here

100TAUR – Monsters in my closet
Until 15 Nov 2014
Artoyz Gallery
53 Bd Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

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London: Frieze Art Fair 2014 – Highlights

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The leading international contemporary art fair, Frieze London, returns to the heart of the UK’s capital, London’s Regent’s Park, for its 12th edition.

This year’s event brings together 162 of the world’s top contemporary galleries in the UK and features exhibitors from 25 countries.

Artist Carsten Holler transformed the Gagosian booth into a giant and fun playground ‘Kinder Garten‘, with oversized dice and giant scrabble, where visitors were invited to squeeze a plush octopus, much to the children’s delight.

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With a price tag of $300K,  Jamie Lee Byars created a pink silk ‘Hat for Ten” for the Michael Werner Gallery. Ten participants, all dressed in black, interact and collaborate in a form of contemporary dance, all connected through the hoods.

New York based artist Kaws was heavily present at the Perrotin Gallery, from his giant Companion sculptures to colourful canvases.

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Brit artist Mark Wallinger selected works by different artists in order to recreate Sigmund Freud’s Hampstead study for the Hauser&Wirth booth. In the corner, oblivious to the dialogue between the conscious and unconscious, is Christoph Buchel ‘s Sleeping Guard. And for 80,000 Euros you can buy the concept, not the man.

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The most expensive price tag goes to Damien Hirst at the White Cube Gallery. The two part work of fish in formaldehyde from 1993 ‘Because I can’t have you I want you’ sold for £4 millions within the first 15 minutes of the VIP opening.

Sunny smiley objects from Takura Kawata, Jayson Musson and the Smile Face Museum adorn the walls of the New York gallery Salon 94  with a canary-yellow floor, bringing a happy face to the visitors.

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Colour is also a big theme for several galleries, from Yves Klein and Jason Martin at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, to Steven Shearer & Lothar Hempel at Stuart Shave/Modern Art. 

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View the full set of pics here

Frieze Art Fair
13- 18 October 2014
Regent Park, London

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London: Frieze Sculpture Park 2014

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With the launch of the Art week in London is the opening of the Frieze Sculpture Park, selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Located in the beautiful surroundings of the English Garden, The Sculpture Park features contemporary sculptures alongside historical pieces, with new works by both established and emerging artists represented by Frieze London and Frieze Masters exhibitors.

The exhibited artists include:
Caroline Achaintre, Reza Aramesh, George Condo, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Gabriele De Santis, Matt Johnson, KAWS, Yayoi Kusama, Seung-taek Lee, Roelof Louw, Marie Lund, Fausto Melotti, Richard Nonas, Not Vital, Kristin Oppenheim, Jaume Plensa, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Thomas Schütte and Franz West.

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Frieze Art Fair
15-18 October 2014
Regent’s Park
London NW1 4NR

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London: Jonas Burgert – Stuck Hirn Blind

Jonas Burgert - Stuck Hirn Blind

This week London is being taken over by the art world as Frieze kicks off, so we attended the first London solo show of German painter Jonas Burgert in over five years, following his last exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in 2006.

‘STÜCK HIRN BLIND’ (Poison Against Time) at Blain|Southern gallery features monumental paintings illustrating the meaning of existence through apocalyptic scenes with unearthly creatures, amazons, skeletons, animals, as well as bronze sculptures.

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Jonas Burgert – Stuck Hirn Blind
Until 22 November 2014
Blain|Southern gallery
Hanover Square, London

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London: Yoshitomo Nara @ Dairy Art Centre

Yoshitomo Nara - Dairy Art Center

London’s Dairy Art Centre is presenting a major solo exhibition by the Japanese contemporary artist Yoshitomo Nara. This is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition in the UK to date and is featuring seminal pieces by the artist, many of which have never been shown before in the UK including paintings, sculptures, and a unique retrospective of Nara’s drawings spanning 30 years.

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 Yoshitomo Nara
Until 14 December 2014
The Dairy Art Centre London  

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London: Ludo – Chaos Theory

Ludo - Chaos Theory

Following our recent studio visit (see here), we attended the solo exhibition ‘Chaos Theory‘ of French artist Ludo at Lazarides Rathbone in London. Live butterflies were fluttering during the opening much to the delight of onlookers. Inspired by the theory of “The Butterfly Effect,” Ludo decided to focus on a more personal interpretation of his cultural inspirations with a selection of neon green and monochrome canvases.

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Ludo – Chaos Theory
Lazarides Rathbone, London
Until 15 November 2014

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London: Word To Mother & Beau Stanton @ Stolenspace

Word to Mother - Too blessed to be stressed

Stolenspace is celebrating a duo show this week with UK based artist Word To Mother ‘Too Blessed To Be Stressed’ and Brooklyn based artist Beau Stanton ‘Tenebras Lux’.
‘Too Blessed to Be Stressed’ presents a selection of multi-layered paintings on wood and antique paper featuring WTM’s bespoke iconography and positive word play with contemplative figures, cartoon references and London architectural landscapes.

“I wanted to express a positivity and appreciation for everything we have, rather than comparing ourselves and our lives to anyone else’s. The glorification of instant celebrity status, vacuous reality television and narcissistic Instagram accounts are contributing to an ever growing Comparison-Culture in which people are more concerned with what they don’t have than what they have already been blessed with.”

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In the Gallery 2,  former apprentice for Pop Iconoclast Ron English, Beau Stanton has created a  new body of work inspired by the imagery and techniques found in sacred spaces: stained glass windows, elaborate oil paintings, and ornamented sacred objects using medieval techniques alongside contemporary digital media.  Cleverly manipulating light and shadow, the finished artworks result in vividly illuminated images appearing like religious icons.

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Beau Stanton – Tenebras Lux
Until 02 Nov 14
17 Osborn Street, London E1 6TD

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London: Faith47 – Aqua Regalia

Faith47 - Acqua Regalia

In parallel to the upcoming Moniker Art Fair  a solo show ‘Aqua Regalia‘ by South African artist Faith47 just opened at the Old Truman Brewery in London.  Juxtapozing religious iconography and sacred geometry with everyday found objects, her artworks illustrate pictorial representations of incarnated divinity from wildlife to female figures.

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Faith47 – Aqua Regalia
Until 19 October 2014
91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL

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Studio Visit: 100TAUR (Toulouse)

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Following his group shows in the US and recent installation at the Toulouse Museum (FR), we visited the cabinet of curiosities of Low Brow French artist 100taur as he prepares for his upcoming solo show ‘Monsters in my closet’ at the Artoyz gallery in Paris.

100taur is a multidisciplinary artist, whose creativity expands from graffiti, paintings, drawings, engraving to sculpture, installations and taxidermy. His sources of inspiration come from Greek mythology, hybrid creatures like Chiron, known for his kindness, knowledge and skills with medicine, but also Japanese culture and sci-fi and horror films. Passionate by the natural world, 100taur also studies and breeds insects that he draws with the ultimate details.

100taur’s fantastic world is full of happy monsters, multi-eyed slugs and hybrid creatures that seems to be floating and dancing within an oniric universe, while some pop classics like Sponge Bob are  reinterpreted with his own personal touch.

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100taur – Monsters in my closet
16 Oct – 11 Nov 2014
Artoyz Gallery
53 Bd Beaucmarchais, 75003 Paris

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Streets: Paris Nuit Blanche 2014 – Part 3

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For the last instalment of our Nuit Blanche  coverage  in Paris dedicated to Street Art, Swoon covered the walls of former Massena train station. The installation refers to the Motherhood theme, and her intricate lace paper cut-outs highlight the fragility and beauty of life.

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French artist L’Atlas adorns the walls with his signature geometric typography, while American artist Mark Jenkins put his tape figures in surprising locations and situations throughout the city: a girl is dangling her head on a fishing line from a balcony, a hooded man seems locked to the gate of a building, much to the awkward looks from the residents.

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French stencil artist Yz painted a large floral mural using only natural material like wood, paper, zinc and black ink.

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View the full set of pics from the Nuit Blanche here

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Streets: Paris Nuit Blanche 2014 – Part 2

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As we continue wandering through the streets of Paris for the Nuit Blanche (covered here) we saw the new mural from Portugese artist Vhils at the Children Hospital Necker.

As they were adding the finishing touches in the Halle Freyssinet, we bumped into French artist Jef Aerosol who invited some artists friends including Brusk, Jean Faucheur, Dan 23, STF Moscato, Monkey Bird, Mademoiselle Maurice, Rouge.

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Streets: Paris Nuit Blanche 2014 – Part 1

Tristan Eaton - Nuit Blanche Paris 2014

While usually artworks during the Nuit Blanche only last one night, this year selected artists have been invited to create long term works. We caught up with some of them as they prepare for the big night.  Large scale murals are being painted  throughout the 13th District like Borondo (covered here). ‘THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TRIVIALIZED’ by Tristan Eaton is a tongue in cheek play on the famous Gil Scott Heron quote: ‘The revolution will not be televised’. “In a time when protests are becoming the norm from Ferguson to Hong Kong and beyond, it’s easy to see how civil unrest is often co-opted, undermined or diluted by the opportunistic.”

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Spanish art activist SpY ( which we saw at Nuart earlier) is creating a large scale slogan in UV light “I’M NOT A REAL ARTIST”.

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Parisian artist Thomas Canto is taking over a tunnel with his monochrome and dynamic lines.

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Berliner artist Jan Vormann is building an installation ‘ Disptachwork’ made of multicoloured bricks.

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Streets: Borondo (Paris)

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This year edition of the Nuit Blanche opening on the 4th October in Paris is celebrating Street Art with an open air museum in some districts. Fresh from the Nuart festival (covered here), Spanish artist Borondo has started painting a large mural in the 13th district of Paris.

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Stay tuned for further info and pics about the Nuit Blanche here

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Studio Visit: Ludo – Chaos Theory (Paris)

Ludo - Chaos Theory

We visited the studio of French artist Ludo in Paris as he prepares for his London solo show Chaos Theory at Lazarides Rathbone.

Using his trademark neon green and monochrome palette, Ludo’s new body of work illustrates themes of dissolute time and resolute chaos, through a battalion of futuristic mechanical butterflies.

Blending nature and human technology with anatomical and technical precision, Ludo references the accelerated pace of life in which people continually strive to keep up with the ongoing race against the clock. The frail and ephemeral butterfly image is reincarnated into hybrid creatures that possess strength and durability reminiscent of combat weaponry: the Butterfly effect.

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Ludo ‘Chaos Theory’
10 Oct – 13 Nov 2014
11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR

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Interview: Tilt

TILT - Panic Bathroom

While at the Nuart Festival in Norway, we caught up with French graffiti artist Tilt for a few questions…

Where does your artist name come from?
I started painting graffiti in 1988 in Toulouse. A graffiti writer named Declic (which means to click) was the person who inspired me select my name Tilt, which means in French an A-Ha / Eureka moment. And Declic’s partner 2Pon became my mentor.

Any reasons why you prefer to use bubble letters in your work?
During 15 years I did Wild Style graffiti, influenced by NY kings, and mastered the lines and techniques. However at night I would go out and enjoy painting some throw-ups and bubbles letters spontaneously. So I decided to move towards bubble letters, even through I got lots of backlash at first.

Graffiti has its own language and secret codes, and it takes years to understand it. I love the simplicity and curves of the bubble letters, and love the fact that using the alphabet you can incorporate them and create any portrait or image with many messages.

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Can you tell us about your Flags project?
Well it’s is an ongoing one, every country I visit I leave a local Tilt flag. Sometimes it can be like a thank you for the people I met but most of the time it s just the idea to ” leave my mark on society and not in society.” I hope to complete all the country flags during my lifetime.

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Street art or graffiti?
I’m a graffiti artist at heart. I enjoy doing illegal throw-ups in the streets, the freedom, the adrenaline, put flops everywhere I can just to promote the pure essence of graffiti.

TILT & KOOLT - Norway

A recent “Street Art’ collaboration with French graffiti artists and Monoprix (equivalent of Tesco in the UK) caused quite a controversy in France. What is your reaction towards collabs with brands?

It has always existed. But it depends on the product/brand, some of the end products do not look great, but the overall aim to make it accessible and affordable to the wider audience is acceptable. I would consider what could be accessible to my mum, so in this case she would be able to afford a customised product from Monoprix rather than a Louis Vuitton scarf. But more importantly it’s the legitimity of the brand to do such collabs, specially in 2014. Using Graffiti and Street Art for any kind of purposes is quite depressing and overwelming.

What do you think of the rise of the muralism?
Even though more and more people tend to assimilate Street Art to muralism, it is a good thing that Public Art is evolving and growing into multiple directions as it is gaining more acceptance from the general public as an art form. Muralism is mostly based on legal support from cities and festivals, but graffiti is my core passion so I will continue to promote it.

What did you do for the NuArt Festival?
I enjoyed the NuArt Festival because you get to meet different kinds of international artists from activists to muralists and the NuArt team is also an exceptional family. Big up to Martyn, Sofy, Maiken, Tor, Vegar, Leon, Nina, Luam & Epifany, Frank & Rashid, Einar, Trym, Ken and Si.

For the outdoor part I painted a huge grenade with bubble letters.
I like to present objects or items that are instantly recognisable, but at the same time contain a series of hidden personal messages through the bubble letters. The viewer will look at it, find an immediate connection and then discover maybe another layer or two, and then realise there are a lot more. That’s what graffiti is about, coded messages.

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For the indoor installation I recreated my panic room, this time a panic bathroom. People usually don’t want to look at tags, drips, it’s dirty, it’s what they call vandalism, they tend to look away etc.  Same for the bathroom, you go there because it’s a need, not necessarily because you enjoy it.

In this installation the public is facing my schizophrenic sides: the balance between the clean and structured element and the out of control, colourful, dirty dripping elements of graffiti. Is this art? For me yes.

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London: Geraldine Swayne – How are You

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Filmaker and member of the music band Faust, Geraldine Swayne is also a painter and is currently showing a series of miniature works titled How are you? at the Fine Art Society.

Swayne creates intimate paintings with enamel on small copper or aluminium panels, featuring contemporary subjects from sources as diverse as pornography, landscape painting and portraits of friends.

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Geraldine Swayne – How are you?
Until 24 September
Fine art Society London

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London: Juliette Losq – Nemora @ FAS

Juliette Hosq - Nemora

The British artist Juliette Losq just opened her solo show Nemora at Fine Art Society in London. Inspired by English ‘Gothic’ of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Losq depicts liminal landscapes by juxtaposing rococo prints, Victorian newspaper illustrations,  sci- fi and horror films, as well as detritus. Working over the surface repetitively, multiple painted layers simultaneously obscure and reveal those beneath.  In parallel to her mixed media paintings,  Juliette Hosq has created three site specific installation works including a piece that revisits the gallery’s historic ground floor fireplace. Another work will features a 3m high wave of painted paper tumble from an antique grandfather clock.

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Juliette Losq- Nemora
FAS
Until 2 October

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Paris Streets: Invader ‘Picasso’

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During the summer Space Invader put up a new piece featuring a large pixelated portrait of Pablo Picasso. As always, placement is key, and it can be seen close to the Musee Picasso in Paris.

The artist’s instagram account also features the piece being created.

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London: Phlegm at the Royal Opera House

Phlegm - Royal Opera House London

UK based artist Phlegm  is collaborating with the Royal Opera House in London Covent Garden this month.  We followed Phlegm as he created a large scale outdoor installation for the Festival of Myth curated by Minna Moore Ede of the National Gallery and the Royal Ballet, which will be on display until September 28.  Influenced by the Greek myths, Prometheus and Leda and the Swan, cut out wooden panels build an imposing sculptural fortress that stands tall on the piazza entrance to the opera house, and Phlegm’s signature characters blend harmoniously with mythological figures.

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Phlegm also painted a large mural on the inside of the opera house depicting a tree hung with smoldering objects and entangled with celestial orbs, which will be up for at least the next year. A series of nine hand made coper etching are also displayed next to his indoor mural.

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Phlegm
Royal Opera House London

 

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London: Reka / Twoone @ StolenSpace

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StolenSpace Gallery is opening the new season in London with two concurrent solo shows from Australian artists based in Berlin: Reka’s “Trip the Light” and Two One’s “The Hunted Hunter’s Head.

Reka’s new body of work is inspired by his mother who was a ballerina. His brushstrokes reflect the graceful movements of a female dancer though a monochrome palette. Referenced in John Milton’s 1645 poem L’Allegro, to “trip the light fantastic” alludes to those who dance without inhibition.

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In parallel Reka has given a new life to disused rusted spray cans found throughout his adventures and repurposed them into new works of art.

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Japanese born Hiroyasu Tsuri aka Two One emigrated to Australia before relocating recently to Berlin. Continuing his ongoing series that he calls “Psychological Portrait”, Two One uses patterns and human-animal hybrids portraits to show more of the inner character and personality.

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Reka – Trip the Light
TwoOne – The Hunted Hunter’s Head
Until 4 October 2014
StolenSpace Gallery

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London Streets: Eelus

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UK based artist Eelus (interviewed here) has returned to East London with a new stencil depicting a female angel. It can be seen on Hanbury Street. Eelus fans will be pleased to know that he will be showing some new works at the upcoming Moniker Art Fair next month.

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London: Ian Francis – Endless Summer

Ian Francis - Endless Summer

Following his exhibition 10,000 Years from Now at Lazarides Rathbone, Bristol-based Ian Francis is returning to London for a solo exhibition Endless Summer at the Outsiders. Blending photorealism with abstract landlanscapes, the show features a series of same sized intimate studies that encapsulate a collection of multiple narratives and disparate moments in time. Take a look at more photos from the opening below.

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Ian Francis – Endless Summer
Until 4 October
The Outsiders, Greek Street, London

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NuArt Festival: Street Art and Activism

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With the growing rise of Muralism, it was a breath of fresh air to see activist artists pursuing their actions, whether through interventions in the streets of Stavanger or through the heated debates at NuArt Plus.
±MAISMENOS± (PT) played with letters to highlight political and media issues: Norway becomes No Way, the Medium is the Mess Age, while SPY (ES) uses blacklight to show T error.

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Icy & Sot (IR) stencils depicted images of war, peace and society issues.

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The floating rocks from Andreco (IT) paid tribute to nature and ecology, while Levalet (FR) created installations with reference to the oil issue.

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Media is also a hot topic for activist artists like John Felkner (US), and Fra.Biancoshock (IT) provocative piece on social media definitively generated a multitude of reactions, while the Facebook wall from Martin Tremblin (FR) in a tunnel of Stavanger invited the public to interact.

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 NUART 2014
September 7-October 12
Tou Scene (Kvitsøygaten 25, 4012 Stavanger, Norway

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London: Adam Neate – Dimensionalism

Adam Neate - Dimensionalism

After two years, UK-based artist Adam Neate has returned to London with a new solo Dimensionalism at Elms Lester (showing until the 18th of October). Playing with perspective, painted shadows, space and sculptural form, the artist is pushing further his exploration of 3D paintings. As a result, the featured artworks seem to interact with the public when shifting the viewing angle. Take a look at more photos from the opening below…

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Adam Neate – Dimensionalism
Until 18 October
Elms Lester
London

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NuArt Festival: Borondo

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Known for his large scale expressionistic portraiture and his “glass scratching’ painting technique, Spanish artist Borondo created an oudoor mural as well as an indoor installation for the Nuart Festival.

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Borondo - NuArt

The indoor installation features a quirky wooden house which lines look like they come out of a Scandinavian fairy tale.
In parallel a selection of scratch-painted windows have been suspended. Playing with light and shadows, viewers can see an image on the window, while its shadowy reflection on the wall shows added or different elements. For example a skull projects a shadow of a face, a tree of life comes out of a female body, and so on. The public reaction is impressive as they are left confused and wondering how did this happen?

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Etam Cru – Back to school mural for NuArt

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Sainer and Bezt of the Etam Cru kick started the NuArt Festival in Norway, illustrating a little school boy fallen asleep. Looking at the content of his bag, it seems to have been a busy day, between the lessons from his storybook and some spraypraint activities. So tired that he left his lunch half eaten, much to the delight of a little mouse posing on top.

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Etam Cru - NuArt

Etam Cru - NuArt

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Norway: NuArt International Street Art Festival

NuArt International Street Art Festival based in Stavanger is due to open on 6 September. Founder and Director Martyn Reed and his team have been running the non for profit festival since 2005, and it has grown into one of the leading global art festival, showcasing pioneers and emerging talents within the street art scene.

From the first week of September an invited international team of street artists will start to leave their mark on the city’s walls, both indoor and out, including: Andreco (IT), Borondo (ES), Dotdotdot (NO), Etam Cru (PL), Fra.Biancoshock (IT), Icy & Sot (IR), John Fekner (US), Leval (FR), M-City (PL), Martin Whatson (NO), Mathieu Tremblin (FR), SPY (ES), Strøk (NO), Tilt (FR), ± Maismenos ± (PT).

In parallel NuArt Plus series will host a series of workshops, panel discussions and film screenings.

For the full programme check here

NuArt International Street Festival
Opening weekend 4 — 7 September 2014
Nuart Plus talks, debates, film screenings and tours , 4th-6th Sept.
The Nuart exhibition opens on Saturday 6th September at 7pm.

 

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Cheltenham: Banksy Spy Booth

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Back in April, following the scandal around the alleged use of mass surveillance programmes by UK intelligence services, a stencil depicting men spying on a phone booth  appeared next to the government communications headquarters, GCHQ in Cheltenham (UK). When Banksy confirmed on his website in June that he had done the piece, this created a frenzy and attracted hordes of visitors.

Shortly after it was boarded and destined to be removed and sold to a London Gallery. In the turns of events, the Cheltenham Borough Council served a notice to stop work on the Grade II listed building for 28 days.  In parallel a campaign to save the “Banksy Spy Booth” artwork has raised 115 000 pounds from the public so far. To be continued…

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London: The Unauthorized Banksy Retrospective

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Curated by Banksy’s former gallerist Steve Lazarides, the Unauthorized Retrospective hosted at Sotheby’s gallery space S|2 is a selling exhibition featuring from prints, originals on canvas and wood as well as sculptures. With 70 pieces from the mid-1990s to 2009, the show displays some works to the public for the first time like the stencil version of the Kissing Coppers, a Monkey Queen portrait, or “Banksus Militus Vandalus,” a taxidermy sculpture illegally installed in a natural history museum in 2004. On view through July 25, the retrospective will give Banksy fans a chance to view these rare, much talked-about works in a strange collision of worlds — from the street to the high-end auction house.

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The Banksy Unauthorized Retrospective
Until 25 July 2014
S|2
St George Street, London

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London: Katrin Fridriks – Flying Awareness

Katrin Fridriks

Icelandic abstract painter Katrin Fridriks is launching her first solo show at Lazarides Rathbone in London, following her participation in Lazarides’ 2013 group shows BRUTAL and Fresh Paint. The exhibition titled “Flying Awareness” features a brand new body of work with her signature style of idiosyncratic dripping enlargements and bold kaleidoscopic leaking effects.

With her distinctive liquid drippings, Fridriks creates a new architectural dimension to discover inside the artwork itself, reminiscent of satellite imagery or through the lenses of drones. A video also displays a drone flying around the gallery space.

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Katrin Fridriks – Flying Awareness
Until 24 July 2014
Lazarides Rathbone
11 Rathbone Place
London W1T 1HR

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Video: Banksy ‘Sirens of the Lambs’ @ Glastonbury 2014

The “Sirens of the Lambs” truck that Banksy initially showed in New York (see here) during last September is now touring at Glastonbury 2014.

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Paris: G I R L @ Perrotin

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After initially meeting up in Miami in 2007, multi-talented musician/designer Pharrell Williams and French gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin decided to continue their artistic collaboration seven years later with an exhibition curated especially for Galerie Perrotin’s new space, the Salle de Bal in Paris.

Set in a former ballroom at the Hôtel du Grand Veneur, a 17th century Hôtel
Particulier in the Marais area of Paris, “G I R L” is a contemporary art exhibition, which brings together 48 artworks – including 12 specially produced works. The show pays tribute to femininity through the vision of 37 artists / including 18 women.

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Pharrell says, “Just like my album [G I R L], what I tried to do is offer many different facets of my appreciation for women…I love women everywhere. I make no apologies for the wide spectrum of affinity for women.”

Participating artists include: Marina Abramovic & Ulay, Chiho Aoshima, Daniel Arsham, Valérie Belin, Sophie Calle, Johan Creten, Tracey Emin, Daniel Firman, Gelitin, Guerrilla Girls, Laurent Grasso, Gregor Hildebrandt, JR, Alex Katz, KAWS, Bharti Kher, Klara Kristalova, Mr., Guy Limone, Annette Messager, Ryan McGinley, Takashi Murakami, Prune Nourry, Yoko Ono, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Rob Pruitt, Paola Pivi, Terry Richardson, Germaine Richier, Cindy Sherman, Taryn Simon, Mickalene Thomas, Aya Takano, Agnès Thurnauer, Xavier Veilhan, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann…
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Some artists have also decided to illustrate Pharrell in their artwork like Takashi Murakami. Daniel Arsham’s The Future Pharrell features a glass and resin life-size statue  while Laurent Grasso painted Pharrell as Napoleon on a horse before a  colossal statue of an Egyptian queen. The Japanese artist Mr. and the American artist Rob Pruitt have created, respectively, a painting of Pharrell with the word “GIRLS” on it, and a sofa, Studio Loveseat, which depicts Pharrell’s image over the years.

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“G I R L”, curated by Pharrell Williams

Until June 25, 2014
Salle de Bal, Galerie Perrotin, Paris

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Video: Banksy – Better Out than In

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Paris: Futura – Introspective

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In parallel to his recent intervention at Palais de Tokyo ( covered here) NYC graffiti legend Futura opened a new solo exhibition in Paris at Magda Danysz Gallery. Titled “Introspection“, the show features a new body of works from his street influenced abstractions, large scale paintings with colourful atom and elliptic patterns, drawings depicting his signature pointman character. Taking a step further, Futura also presented a selection of digitally manipulated photos.

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Futura – Introspection
Until 26 July 2014
Magda Danysz Gallery
78, rue Amelot , Paris 11, France

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London: Seen Superheroes @ Opera Gallery

Seen - Opera Gallery London

The world renowned ‘Godfather of Graffiti’  SEEN is currently showing at the Opera Gallery in London.  The exhibition takes inspiration from the ever-growing American comic book cultural phenomenon.  Colourful large scale paintings depict the world’s most iconic crime fighters and villains, including Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Captain America and Spiderman.

Some superheroes were also attending the opening with SEEN who was happily chatting and signing posters for delighted guests.

Since beginning his career by painting on New York Subway trains in the 1970s, SEEN has used different mediums in his work from canvas,  3D sculpture, mixed media and even tattooing.  SEEN has inspired so many generations of artists and is also credited with pioneering the transition of urban art moving from the streets into the contemporary art world by showcasing in major galleries and museums worldwide.

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SEEN
Opera Gallery London
Until 4 July 2014
Bond Street London

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Paris streets: Alexone & Supakitch

Alexone & Supakitch

French artists Alexone and Supakitch recently collaborated on a small house on the infamous Canal St Martin in Paris for Converse Clash Walls.

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Paris: Lasco #3 – Palais de Tokyo

Lasco Project - Palais de Tokyo

For the third instalment of the Lasco Project ( covered here) curator Hugo Vitrani invited seven  internationally renowned graffiti artists to infiltrate the Palais de Tokyo‘s cavernous basement level for the first time.

LA based illustrator Cleon Peterson created a large black and white mural depicting urban violence and social tension with policemen and crack addicts.

Parisian graffiti artists Horfé and Ken Sortais intervention is inspired by the underground Japanese manga “Violence Jack,” created in 1973 by Go Nagai, in which heroes, resistance fighters, victims and survivors-turned-executioners in a post-apocalyptic, violent urban setting.

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Stencils of Berlin based artist Evol transform the inner walls of the Palais de Tokyo into miniature buildings with balconies, windows and satellite dishes as a pointed comment on the failure of an architectural and political utopia.

Arrested by the police’s anti-graffiti task force in 2012, Parisian artist Cokney, who was tried and was fined over 200,000 euro for his illegal paintings on trains and subway cars, decided to combine paintings with the estimates, complaints and reports generated during his trial.

Portugese artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, used destruction as a creative force to chisel an anonymous portrait into walls, like for his signature “Scratching the Surface” series.

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On a wall visible to the public, NY graffiti legend Futura 2000 created a minimalist version of his usual style with a composition of stripes and stencilled dots.

Last but not least, on the underground tunnels not accessible to the public, is an inter-generational dialog between  Futura, Mode 2, Lek & Sowat called “Underground does not exist anymore”.

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Palais de Tokyo
Lasco #3
13 Avenue Du Président Wilson, Paris 75016

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London: Jessica Albarn – Resurrection

Jessica Albarn - Resurrection

After Bristol, the touring exhibition of Jessica Albarn (covered here) is now showing in London at Lawrence Alkin Gallery. Resurrection showcases a series of works on canvas, paper, glass, wax and clay about the lost beauty of the dead, treasuring the extinct, rare and endangered in our natural world.

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Jessica Albarn – Resurrection
Until 28 June 2014
Lawrence Alkin Gallery
London

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Nantes (FR): Royal de Luxe – Le Mur de Planck

Royal de Luxe - Nantes 2014

A new performance in the fantastic Giants saga signed Royal de Luxe took place  in Nantes from 7 to 9 June 2014.  On this occasion, Royal de Luxe, the street theatre company known around the world for its giant marionettes,  created two giants, a Mere Grand  and a Little Giant.  They took audiences on long promenades through streets, neighbourhoods, and city centre of Nantes.

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“The grandmother of Nantes” is  7.50 m tall, with a shoe size 276,  and she told us  tales drawn from her memories or the history of the city. Aged 85 with Breton and Irish origins, she has  a real character, both fearless, mischievous and full of tenderness. We saw her sitting in her wheelchair, walking with a cane, drink some whiskey after her nap and even spit and fart in the street … The Little Giant was dancing in the streets, sleeping and meeting with Mere Grand.

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Monday afternoon, countless onlookers crowded around the Anne-de-Bretagne bridge, under a blazing sun, attended a rather happy nautical parade shaped burial. Grandmother, closely followed by Little Giant, both lying in a bed, left by the river, in a last goodbye, but it is said that they could return.

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Toulouse: Mr Freeze Nite & Day – Part 2

Mr Freeze - 50cinq

Following our recent coverage on  Mister Freeze  Nite & Day (see here) we attended the second place that was revealed at the last minute. The 50cinq features large scale installations, sculptures and murals by international artists.

Participating artists include:  Sike, Momies, Opium, Astro, Tonce, Tanc, Wany, Zepha, Mlle Boo, Lek, Sowat, Pro176, Zest, Landry, Fode, Scred, Reso, Sherio, Katre, Tilt, Demon, Costa, F.Bel, Gris1, Legz, Zoer, Case, Wow123, Velvet, MissVan, Ditno, Ciro, Oko, Panks, Dely, and Stop.

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Mister Freeze Nite & Day

50CINQ
55 avenue Louis Breguet
31400 Toulouse

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London: Jacky Tsai – Eastern Orbit

Jacky Tsai - Scream

Chinese born artist Jacky Tsai is launching his first solo exhibition at Scream in London. Like the iconic floral skull motif that he created for British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, Tsai’s artwork is a fusion of East and West. Utilising the traditional techniques of lacquer carving, silk embroidery, hand-painted porcelain and cloisonné, the show Eastern Orbit addresses the cultural exchange between Asia and the West and the artist aspires to revolutionise contemporary Chinese art and craft with Western Pop imagery.

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Jacky Tsai – Eastern Orbit
Until 20 June
Scream London

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London: Sixe Parades – Futurismo Ancestral

Sixe Parades - Futurismo Ancestral

Following our recent coverage ( see preview) we attended the opening of   Barcelona based artist Sixe Paredes new exhibition titled Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru at Somerset House. 

A colourful delight for all senses from food, music, sculptures and installations.

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Futurismo Ancestral:
An Offering to Peru by Sixe Paredes
Until 26 May 2014
Somerset House, Great Arch Hall,
Lightwells & Deadhouse, South Wing

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Toulouse: Mr Freeze Nite & Day – Part 1

Mr Freeze - Frigo

For the second year running the association Faute O Graff is curating ”Mister Freeze”,  an exhibition featuring small gallery artworks to large scale installations. This year the exhibition is taking place in two abandonned places:  Le Frigo (“The Fridge”) where the first exhibtion took place in 2013 with small scale artworks, and large scale installations in a secret place.

For this new episode of Mister Freeze Nite & Day, street and graffiti artists are playing on both fields and showing their diversity of tools and techniques.

Participating artists include:  Sike, Momies, Opium, Astro, Tonce, Tanc, Wany, Zepha, Mlle Boo, Lek, Sowat, Pro176, Zest, Landry, Fode, Scred, Reso, Sherio, Katre, Tilt, Demon, Costa, F.Bel, Gris1, Legz, Zoer, Case, Wow123, Velvet, MissVan, Ditno, Ciro, Oko, Panks, Dely, Stop. 

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View the full set of pics from the Frigo here

Mister Freeze
Until 1 June 2014
Frigo
378 route de Launaguet
31140 Launaguet

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London: Richard Jackson – New Paintings @ Hauser Wirth

Richard Jackson

Los Angeles-based artist Richard Jackson just opened an exhibition at Hauser & Wirth in London. Inspired by abstract expressionism and action painting, Jackson has created dynamic sculptures around which paint is thrown or shot out loosely. An installation features a row of sculptures of men bending over forwards with their trousers at their ankles, aiming their rears at the wall. Upon activation of Jackson’s device, paint squirted out of each of their rear ends, staining the wall.

Another installation, “Shower Room” (2013), show smeared paint inside a shower room, with an uncanny resemblance to blood, reminding of a reconstitution of the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”

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Richard Jackson: New Paintings
Hauser & Wirth
Savile Row, London
Until July 26

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