London: XX Group show @ Saatchi Gallery

XX - Saatchi Gallery

Following the recent opening of the all female Group show ‘Champagne Life’ (covered here) Saatchi Gallery also launched an exhibition called ‘XX: A MOMENT IN TIME‘.

Curated by Olly Walker and supported by Yasha Young, the show features new works by contemporary female street & graffiti artists from around the globe.

The artists participating in the exhibition include Aiko (Japan/USA), Alice Pasquini (Italy), Caratoes (Belgium/Hong Kong), Crajes (Spain), Elle (USA), Faith 47 (South Africa), Handiedan (Netherlands), Hera (Germany), Hueman (USA), Lora Zombie (Russia), Madamoiselle Maurice (France), Marina Zumi (Argentina), Martha Cooper (USA), Mimi S (Germany), Miss Van (France), Olek (Poland), Sandra Chevrier (Canada), Vexta (Australia) and Zabou (France).

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XX – A Moment in time
Until 6 March 2016
Saatchi Gallery

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London: Miro’s Studio @ Mayoral

Miro's Studio - Galeria Mayoral

“My dream, when I can settle down somewhere, is to have a large workshop” –Joan Miró, 1938

60 years since Joan Miró’s studio was founded in Mallorca in 1956, the workshop has been reconstructed in London as an intensely immersive piece: an incredibly detailed work that mirrors the poetic environment of this leading avant-garde artist’s atelier. Featuring 25 of Miró’s paintings and drawings as well as copied everyday ephemera objects; the space has been rearranged as both installation and exhibition.

This studio was the first long-term residence for Miró , having lived in locations across Europe throughout his life and often travelling between two homes in Paris and Spain for example. Once established in Mallorca in 1956, the artist remained here, working here relentlessly until his death in 1983.

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Initially designed by the artist’s friend and renowned Catalan architect, Josep Lluís Sert worked on it from New York by sending Miró a series of letters which are also included within the show; giving some insights into the development of the studio, but also into the great artist’s preferences, relationships and voice.

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Miró’s Studio
Until 12 February
Mayoral Galeria d’Art
6 Duke Street
London SW1Y 6BN.

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Preview: Kaws @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park

 

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), the largest of its kind in Europe, presents the first UK museum exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist KAWS from Feb 6th to June 2016.

The exhibition, in the expansive Longside Gallery and open air, features over 20 works: commanding sculptures in bronze, fibreglass, aluminium and wood alongside large, bright canvases immaculately rendered in acrylic paint.

The artist has made a series of five paintings especially for the exhibition. Each measuring 112 x 92 inches, they will span the largest wall of the spacious gallery, creating a swathe of brilliant colour and complex energy. Constructed with painstaking attention to detail, the abstracted forms overlay and interweave, forming shadows and deepening space to reveal a slinking, enigmatic figure.

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The Park’s historically designed landscape becomes home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures, including a new six-metre-tall work, which take KAWS’s idiosyncratic form of almost-recognisable characters in the process of growing up.

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Pictures by @kaws and @sovietuk

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London: Jef Aerosol & Lee Jeffries – Synergy

Synergy - Jef Aerosol / Lee Jeffries

‘Synergy’ is an artistic and social encounter between French street artist Jef Aérosol and British photographer Lee Jeffries.

Stemming from the original ‘Synergy’ exhibition that took place in Paris at Mathgoth gallery in March 2015, this collaboration casts a new light on a sensitive topic: the homeless.

The models in Lee Jeffries’photographs are homeless people that he has met in Europe and in the United States: «Situations arose, and I made an effort to learn to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to do their portrait.» From then onwards, his photographs portray his convictions and his compassion to the world.

The artistic chemistry was sparked when Jef Aerosol and Lee Jeffries first met in London, early 2014. They both felt the urge to explore and share with the public their vision of this universal issue. Together, they explore faces and confront techniques to give another life to the forgotten of the streets.

10% of the sales will be donated to the Connection, a homelessness charity in Central London.

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Jef Aerosol & Lee Jeffries
Synergy
Until 25 February 2016
French Art Studio
58 Gloucester Rd, London SW7

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Streets: Banksy – Les Miserables (London)

Banksy - London 2016

As mentionned earlier (see here) Banksy created a new artwork in London on Saturday night. As usual location is key and the new stencil appeared  on the corner of a very busy road of Knightsbridge, surrounded by lots of CCTV but most importantly opposite the French Embassy under the watchful eyes of security guards.

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The mural is a re appropriation of the iconic image of Cosette for Les Miserables, the little girl depicted in the historical novel of Victor Hugo during the French Revolution, whose mum left to another family hoping she would get a better life.

The French flag, used as symbol of Freedom during the French revolution but also for Les Droits de L’homme (Human rights) is torn apart. Grey tears are rolling down the girl’s face, provoked by a cloud of teargas from the CS cannister laying on the floor.

The mural is a continuation of Banksy’s engagement in raising awareness about the migrant situation in Europe, and specially in Calais. It’s a direct comment on the recent actions by French authorities to destroy part of the Jungle and evict around 1,500 refugees using teargas.

France is the ‘Pays des Droits de l’Homme’, country of Human Rights, but looking closer at the living conditions in the “Jungle” camp of Calais, it is a total disgrace.

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The mural also features an interactive piece, a QR code that directs you to a video showing the use of CS gas by French Police towards the migrants.

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As soon as the mural was confirmed on Banksy’s website, a few attempted to steal the artwork overnight, but it only resulted in some visible damages.

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While builders were having a meeting on how to protect / remove the piece, more media and fans arrived at the scene.

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It was not long before builders tried to remove it, and failed miserably, noticing it was glued to another board (video).

It was subsequently covered and watched over by a security guard before being taken down permanently, only to appear in the near future at some art dealer or gallery.

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Despite the short lifespan of the artwork, let’s hope that it continues to raise awareness about the refugees crisis and inhuman living conditions in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp and that authorities (regardless of their country flags) will work to  improve the situation for both migrants and local residents.

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Farewell Cosette …

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Streets: Banksy in London

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A new stencil by Banksy highlighting the use of teargas in the “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais has appeared on a building opposite the French Embassy in London.

The stencil on board features a CS can on the floor spreading a teargas cloud. With the French flag waving in the background, the infamous character Cosette from Les Miserables emerges with tears in her eyes.

The work is the latest in a series of pieces by the graffiti artist criticising Europe’s handling of the ongoing refugees crisis, after earlier his stencils in Calais (featured) . It is a direct comment on the recent actions by French authorities to destroy part of the Jungle and evict around 1,500 refugees.

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In a first for the elusive graffiti artist, the artwork is interactive and includes a stencilled QR code beneath. If viewers hold their phone over the code, it links them to an online video of a police raid on the camps on 5 January.

 

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Streets: ESPO – Love Letters Brooklyn to be demolished

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Back in 2011, we were in Brooklyn as street artist Steve Powers ESPO was painting his monumental ‘LOVE LETTERS BROOKLYN’ (covered here) on the facade of the Macy’s parking garage.

As an ode to the borough of Brooklyn and its 99cents stores below, ESPO adorned the building with black and white sentences like ‘Euphoria is you for Me’, ‘Turn to Me, I see Eternity’,

Macy’s restructuring plan to close 36 stores in the United States this year is also affecting one of the most treasured mural in the local community. In a recent Instagram post, Powers confirmed the closing of the garage, and thanked fellow artist Dave Chino, mural painters Colossal Media, Macy’s, and Brooklyn “for making [him] the man [he is] today.”

Developpers will transform the parking into a residential high-rise with construction planning to start next spring.

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London: Lumiere Festival

Lumiere London - Westminster Abbey / Patrice Warrener

During four evenings from the 14th-17th of January, visitors could experience installations from the world’s most exciting artists working with light at across 30 locations in the UK capital for the Lumiere London Festival.

Architectural landmarks are being coloured with 3D projections like Westminster Abbey by Patrice Warrener, the Kings Cross Granada Building by Ocudo, or Piccadilly by NOVAK.

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While Center Points lights have been temporarily moved to the National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square fountains are transformed into Plastic Islands’ by activist group  Luzinterruptus .

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In  shop windows, shimmering dresses by Tae gon KIM change colours with their fibre-optic LEDs, giving them a Cinderella-esque touch.

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Within the famous pedestrian Carnaby Street, passers-by can enjoy the newly permanent installation Shaida Walking by Julian Opie.

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Drawing massive crowds, the iconic phone box is turned into an aquarium by Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille.

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Gigantic  fishes Lumineoles are flying above Piccadilly, while Travellers figures by Cedric Le Borgne adorn rooftops of nearby buildings. Neon birdhouses by Sarah Blood are nestled within Brown Hart Gardens.

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The French collective TILT (not the graffiti artist from Toulouse) have created a giant luminous tropical garden in the centre of Leicester Square.

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Janet Echelman used the data of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami from 2011, to create a 3D representation called 1.8 London. 

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Further pictures from the Lumiere London Festival in Mayfair and King’s Cross below:

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Check the full programme here.

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London: Champagne Life @ Saatchi

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Coinciding with its thirtieth birthday, Saatchi Gallery is opening on 13th January an all female show ‘Champagne Life’ featuring a cast of emerging international artists: Julia Wachtel, Mequitta Ahuja, Virgile Ittah, Marie Angeletti, Julia Dault, Alice Anderson, Jelena Bulajic, Mia Feuer, Sigrid Holmwood, Seung Ah Paik, Maha Malluh, Suzanne McClelland, Stephanie Quayle and Soheila Sokhanvari.

The exhibition title is based on one of the artwork from participating artist, Julia Wachtel. Her canvas represents an inverted image of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian with a poorly copied plastic sculpture of Minnie Mouse, convergence between the fantastical with the real world. Epitome of the current culture driven by the lust for celebrity, champagne is a relatively affordable signification of luxury life, the highest aspiration and emptiest cipher.

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Food for Thought – Al-Muallaqat‘ installation by Saudi Arabian artist Maha Mallu highlights the impact of globalisation and consumer culture within her nation. Suspended used aluminium pots refer to The pre-Islamic 6th century Suspended Odes or Hanging Poems traditionally hung in Mecca.

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A blue papier mache donkey lays down attached with rope. ‘Jerusalem Donkey’ is a collaborative work by Mia Feuer and Palestinian children, a tribute to the animal used during roadblocks in the region as it was forbidden for Palestinians to drive motor vehicles.

The taxidermy horse sculpture ‘Moje Sabz’ by Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari is a visual metaphor of the ‘Green Movement’ uprising of 2009, in which violent protesters’ demonstrations led to the annulment of a fraudulent election result.

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Extracting text, colour and forms from various political and cultural sources, the abstract paintings by US artist Suzanne McClelland focus on the omnipresence of data and code and illustrate evasive domestic terrorists in the US.

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Marie Angeletti juxtaposes a series of images, photographies, canvases, watercolors a bit like a quick Google image search, providing different interpretations to the meaning or the associative links.

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Cultivating plants and making her own hand made dye and pigments, Sigrid Holmwood‘s peasants paintings have fluorescent and psychedelic colours and reminiscent of the Impressionism era.

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Pale and frail life-size bodies made of wax and marble powder by Virgile Ittah are laying on iron beds, looking mortified. In the same room, intricate charcoal portraits of the older generation by Jelena Bulajic play with scale, whether miniature or monumental. ‘I am attracted to the human ‘map’ contained within a face, and the layers of its skin – a bodily margin that bridges the distance between the inner and the outer.’

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Ossifying objects using copper thread, symbol of neural transmitter of information and communication, Alice Anderson explores the transition of the physical world to the digital one. Her large bobbin sculpture ‘Bound’ is a reference to the game Freud used to play with his grandson to calm him down.

Inspired by ancient textile printing and stamping techniques, Mequitta Ahuja‘s work depicts cobalt blue female figures and self portraits in a fantastic universe.

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Korean artist Seung Ah Paik explores the relationship with her own skin through monumental flesh coloured raw canvases zooming on human details like hands, limbs, nipples.

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Large clay sculptures by Stephanie Quayle depict animals and the force of nature inherent within. ‘Two Cows’ are gazing at the viewers while Lion Man ‘s muscular figure radiates strongly with its presence.

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Using plexi materials, individually contorted and controlled by strings and boxing glove strapping, Julia Dault‘s sculptures are ready to spring open at any moment. The title of the artworks also indicates the length of time that the artist has wrestled with the materials).

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Champagne Life – Saatchi Gallery
Until 6 March 2016
Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Rd
London SW3 4RY

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London: Michael Craig-Martin – Transience

Michael Craig-Martin

To kick start 2016 with colourful artworks, the Serpentine Gallery is currently hosting  the first solo show of British artist Michael Craig-Martin in a London public institution since 1989.

Entitled ‘Transience‘, the exhibition gathers  works from 1981 to 2015, including his era-defining colourful representations of once familiar yet obsolete technology; laptops, games consoles, black-and-white televisions and incandescent lightbulbs that highlight the increasing transience of technological innovation.

From the earliest work in the show, a wall drawing first produced in 1981 (the same year that the first personal computer was made available), to a painting from 2014 that depicts the minimal lines of an iPhone, Craig-Martin’s work has recorded the profound impact that electronic technology has had on the way we consume and communicate.

The exhibition explores the seismic shift from analogue processes to digital technologies that informed the production and distribution of new kinds of objects in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

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Michael Craig-Martin
Transience
Until 14 Feb 2016
Serpentine Gallery
London

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2015 Highlights

As 2015 comes to an end, we look back at the highlights of this incredible artistic year across Europe. Click on the pics to view more info.

Solo Shows: Dran, Mark Jenkins, Antony Micallef, Cranio, Daniel Arsham, David Shillinglaw, Julian Opie, Brusk, Angela Lizon, Pixel Pancho, Lisa Wright, Vhils, Anj Smith, Remi Rough, 100Taur, Hisham Echafaki.


Dr an - Public Execution Show
Mark Jenkins - Moment of Impact    Antony Micallef - Self      Cranio - Amore$    Daniel Arsham - Future Relic 3 Cannes David Shillinglaw    Julian Opie - Alan Cristea Gallery    Brusk - Ad vitam Eternam
Angela Lizon - Menagerie    Pixel Pancho - Memory of Our Life Lisa Wright - The Unversed    Vhils - DissonanceAnj Smith - Hauser & Wirth    Remi Rough - Home   Lusus Naturae - 100Taur & Hisham Echafaki

Murals and Festivals:  Artists for Je suis Charlie in Paris, El Seed, Ron English and Meetings of Style in London, Urban Nation M7 in Berlin, Open Summer Festival in Toulouse, Bom.K for Moniker,  MAUS Festival in Malaga.

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Museum Exhibitions: Jeff Koons at Pompidou Paris, D*Face & Shepard Fairey at the CAC Malaga

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Studio Visits: Borondo, Reso, Nick Walker.

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Group Exhibitions: Mapping the City,  Endangered Species, The London Project, LAX/LHR, Painting Guide, Empowered Printworks, Creve Hivernale

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Last but not least Banksy’s Bemusement Park Dismaland

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THANK YOU to all the artists, organisers, publications and art enthusiasts for your actions in 2015.

Best wishes of Peace, Love and Happiness surrounded by amazing Art !

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London: Damien Hirst Christmas Tree

Damien Hirst - Christmas Tree 2015

Next to the Connaught Hotel in London Mayfair stands a 30 feet tall Christmas tree adorned with flying doves and unusual decorations: snowmen formed of giant pills, medical instruments, scissors, syringues, scalpels…

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This is the work of  controversial artist Damien Hirst, who generated some complaints from local residents who found it inappropriate and culturally insensitive and dangerous as it is on a public highway next to a church and a homeless center.

Hirst said: “The Christmas tree is a celebration of togetherness, a joyful symbol of hope and love. For the decorations, I wanted to reference some of the amazing things that give us hope in the world today.”

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Video: Creve Hivernale – Toulouse

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Toulouse : Creve Hivernale Exhibition @ Frigo

Creve Hivernale - Toulouse

Initially planned for 4-5-6 December, an exhibition called ‘CREVE HIVERNALE / COPS31 / MARKER V’ in Toulouse has been extended to 11-12 -13 December with a grand finale on 30 December in support of La Cimade (not for profit organisation helping refugees and homeless people).

Located in the ‘Frigo’, 378, route de Launaguet, the show explores notions of homelessness and the Syrian migrant crisis that has been affecting Europe. The exhibition features a series of live performances, murals, photos, testimonies, dialogue between habitants, in-habitants, the visible and in-visible, installations and interventions.

Participating artists include anonymous artivist < + + , Fred Calmets,A4Putevie, photographer Balint Pörneczi, screenprints and Tshirts by Cleangraphics and more…

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To dissolve the incessant influx of refugees in the Calais’ Jungle, French government has been dispatching migrants via private jets to various CRA (retention centers) in France, Toulouse being the largest one (see here).

#CREVE HIVERNALE plays on the term ‘Treve hivernale’ which indicates the temporary period during which housing expulsion notices are suspended in the cold months of winter. ‘Creve’ also means ‘to have a cold’ and /or ‘die’.

Photographer Balint Pörneczi, winner of the Zoom 2015 prize at the Salon de la Photo in Paris, has been accompanying and documenting migrants through their journey in Europe.

Upon entering this massive industrial freezing warehouse nicknamed ‘Le Frigo’, we are faced with a series of photos in the outskirts of Toulouse and La Rocade depicting the precarious living conditions of the Syrian migrants. This aims to create a dialogue and wake up call with locals as they recognise the areas and drive past oblivious on a daily basis.

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In the main space large black and white portraits pay tribute to migrant families and their difficult journey through the Hungarian borders to get to a safer place.

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Toulousan artist A4Putevie created an immersive experience with a large scale mural with rainbow coloured fighter jets and temporary shelters. Sleeping or frightened figures are appearing ghostly, cut out in mattresses,while being overlooked by an observation tower.  Nearby stands a children treehouse, symbol of safe heaven, looking very fragile and on the brick of collapsing. Inscriptions on the wall reveals messages about surveillance, losing freedom rights, and an increased fear and manipulation of the mind.

#‎MATELAS / Mattress Piece of furniture used by people to lie down, element of comfort, often linked to a bed. Comes from the arab word ‘matrah’ .

#‎CABANE / HUT, seasonal housing construction serving as temporary shelter.

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Anonymous artist and long time activist <++ pays tribute to the less fortunate with his infamous series of hanging visible /invisible totem figures, from camouflage to  reflecting versions. Like a scene after a war explosion, layers of feathers (symbol of peace), broken mirrors (distorted reality), dirt, and faded tulips are juxtaposed on mattresses, surrounded by candles.

The use of #‎TULIPE represents capitalism speculation and over consumerism, in reference to the Tulip mania 

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In parallel to the installations, <++ did a couple a live painting performances and created a cabane for people to discuss, share experiences and enjoy some tea.
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A mural by Fred Calmet & Kegrea shows an upside down bird surrounded by men with protective clothes and masks.
Further down an installation using found objects recreate a raft, depicting the fragility of the current situation.

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CREVE HIVERNALE / COPS31/ MARKER V
GRAND FINALE ON 30 DECEMBER
OPEN / FREE ENTRY
From 15:00 to 00:00
Le Frigo, 378, route de Launaguet – 31140 Launaguet,
next to Toulouse

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Streets: Banksy in Calais

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After Dismaland, Banksy continues to hightlight the migrant crisis and horrific living conditions of Syrian refugiees in the Jungle of Calais by painting a portrait of Steve Jobs, reminding us that he is the son of a Syrian migrant. Steve Jobs is depicted carrying a travel bag with his iconic mac computer.  Further messages say “NOBODY DESERVES TO LIVE THIS WAY!”

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Additional murals and messages have been painted in the camp and the city center of Calais. The others pieces are showing a stenciled young girl and her telescope, a text piece which reads “Maybe This Whole Situation Will Sort Itself Out” and a piece showing a refugee raft inspired from the “The Raft of the Medusa” by Géricault and dubbed “Maybe We Are Not All In The Same Boat”. On a side note, this is the first ever time Banksy paints in France.

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Pictures on www.banksy.co.uk

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Paris: Brandalism – 600 ad takeover denouncing the hypocrisy of COP21 Climate talks

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Over 600 artworks critiquing the corporate takeover of the COP21 climate talks were installed in advertising spaces across Paris this weekend -ahead of the United Nations summit beginning Monday 30 November.

Amidst the French state of emergency banning all public gatherings following the terrorist attacks on 13 November in Paris, the ‘Brandalism‘ project has worked with Parisians to insert unauthorised artworks across the city that aim to highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change.

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The artworks were placed in advertising spaces owned by JC Decaux -one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising firms and an official sponsor to the COP21 climate talks.Other prominent corporate sponsors of the climate talks such as AirFrance, GDF Suez (Engie) and Dow Chemicals are parodied in the posters -whilst heads of state such as Francois Hollande, David Cameron, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and Shinzo Abi also feature.

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The artworks were created by over 80 renowned artists from 19 countries across the world including Jimmy Cauty, Banksy-collaborator Paul Insect,Escif and Kennard Phillips – many of whom featured at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition in England this summer (see our coverage here), as well as Aida, Arnaud Liard, AlexOne, Barnbrook, David De La Mano, Fra BiancoShock, Hobz,John Felkner, Ron English, Jon Burgerman, Noel Douglas, Lapiz, Mobstr to name a few.

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Joe Elan from Brandalism said, “By sponsoring the climate talks, major polluters such as Air France and GDF-Suez-Engie can promote themselves as part of the solution – when actually they are part of the problem.”

Elan continued, “We are taking their spaces back because we want to challenge the role advertising plays in promoting unsustainable consumerism. Because the advertising industry force feeds our desires for products created from fossil fuels, they are intimately connected to causing climate change. As is the case with the Climate talks and their corporate sponsored events, outdoor advertising ensures that those with the most amount of money are able to ensure that their voices get heard above all else.” The art works were installed on ‘Black Friday‘ or ‘Vendredi Noir’; the most hectic and competitive shopping day of the year.

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Other posters called on people to take to the streets as part of the”Climate Games” – the world’s largest disobedient adventure game as well as protesting the “Solutions 21” conference – a large corporate exposition being held at the Grand Palais during the climate talks .

Bill Posters from Brandalism said “Following the tragic events on 13th November in Paris, the government has chosen to ban the big civil society mobilisations – but big business events can continue. The multinationals responsible for climate change can keep green washing their destructive business models, but the communities directly impacted by them are silenced. It’s now more important than ever to call out their lies and speak truth to power. We call on people to take to the streets during the COP21 to confront the fossil fuel industry. We cannot leave the climate talks in the hands of politicians and corporate lobbyists who created this mess in the first place.”

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London: Paintguide @ Unit London

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Unit London is presenting Paintguide, a collaborative exhibition  of new works by 60 international painters, as featured on the instagram account @Paintguide.

Curated over the past year, the show is a physical representation of Henrik Uldaden‘s @Paintguide instagram feed  to promote emerging international artists. Each week a new artist is appointed as a curator posting works that have inspired them as well as their own pieces.

Participating artists include :Aaron Nagel, Aron Wiesenfeld, Alessandra Peters, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Andrew Hem, Andy Espinoza, Anthony Hurd, Anthony J. Waichulis, Audrey Kawasaki , Benjamin Bjorklund, Brad Kunkle, Casey Weldon, Casey Baugh, Conrad Roset, Daniel Ochoa, Dan Quintana, David Kassan, Eric Fortune, Eloy Morales, Erik Jones, Esao Andrews, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Hollis Dunlap, Brandon Holt, Henrik Uldaden, Hsiao-Ron Cheng, Ivan Alifan, Jake Wood-Evans, Jean Paul Malozzi, Jeff Hein, Jeremy Mann, Jeremy Geddes, Jesse Draxler, Joao Ruas, Joel Rea, Julio Reyes, Kai Samuel Davis, Kenichi Hoshine, Kim Cogan, Kit King, Linsey Levendall, Lewellyn, Marco Mazzoni, Martin Wittfooth, Matt R Martin, Michael Hussar, Morten Thyholt, Nicomi Nix Turner, RICO BLANCO, Ryan Hewett, Sail, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Serge Marshennikov, Sean Cheatham, Sverre Malling, Shawn Barber, Tom Bagshaw, Tony Curanaj, and Vincent Xeus.

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Paintguide
Until 20 December 2015
Unit London
W1, London

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Paris: Shepard Fairey ‘Earth Crisis’ at the Eiffel Tower

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Shepard Fairey unveiled his latest work “Earth Crisis”: a giant sphere suspended between the first and second floor of the Eiffel Tower, a call to action to address the global environmental crisis. Visible from November 20 to 26th, it is a strong artistic gesture for Paris that will host the World Conference on climate change COP21.

This project designed and implemented by Gallery Itinerrance comes from the combination of resolute commitment of the artist, the Mayor of Paris and the operating company of the Eiffel Tower, in favor of sustainable development. The sphere, called “Earth Crisis,” weighs 2.3 tons and displays 8 meters in diameter for a printed surface area of ​​over 200 meters squared. Suspended more than 60 meters above the ground, it is a strong call to reflection on the future of our planet and the threats to its sustainability.

“My political stance on protecting the planet is driven by my concern for the quality of life for future generations. I’m not an alarmist, but I do think people need to understand that we are facing an earth crisis. I think it is exciting that the globe provides different experiences for the viewer from a distance and up close while living in the heart of the Eiffel Tower. I hope the Earth Crisis Globe appeals visually but also generates a needed conversation about the fate of our planet.” -Shepard

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‘Public art has the power to engage people emotionally and intellectually. The Earth Crisis Globe is a mandala designed to provide a unified ornamental structure that evokes floral motifs and harmony with nature. Housed within the mandala’s shields are images that symbolize both threats to nature and incitement to respect it. The mandala images, composed of climate change and environmentally themed graphics, are positioned to raise awareness and provoke discussions about the Earth’s future. The colors used in the globe design connect blue and green of air, water, and vegetation that allow the earth to sustain life. ‘

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Shepard Fairey explains in details the panels of the Earth Crisis Globe:

EARTH CRISIS

My political stance on protecting the planet is driven by my concern for the quality of life for future generations. When I look at the motives of those who deny climate change, they are not driven by a quest for truth, but by greed or, in the case of politicians, the benefit of aligning themselves with certain corporate donors. The correlation between Carbon emissions and climate change is virtually unanimous in the scientific community. I’m not an alarmist, but I do think people need to understand that we are facing an earth crisis. If you aren’t a bit concerned about climate change, what will it take… NYC and Bangladesh under water?

ENDLESS POWER

The Endless Power image is designed to feel like a vintage ad celebrating the abundance of gasoline and the bright future of the American Dream. The claim that petrol provides an unlimited future is a snapshot of the overly-optimistic wish that oil is unlimited. Oil is finite and a major factor in climate change, but reliance on it is so extreme that the power wielded by those who control oil is virtually unlimited. Scientists hired by fossil fuels corporations represent the 1% minority of the scientific community who claim that oil and gas don’t contribute to climate change. These are the same scientists who, if paid, would claim that smoking cures asthma or that gas fumes are a cure-all lung tonic.

 

EARTH CRISIS

My political stance on protecting the planet is driven by my concern for the quality of life for future generations. When I look at the motives of those who deny climate change, they are not driven by a quest for truth, but by greed or, in the case of politicians, the benefit of aligning themselves with certain corporate donors. The correlation between Carbon emissions and climate change is virtually unanimous in the scientific community. I’m not an alarmist, but I do think people need to understand that we are facing an earth crisis. If you aren’t a bit concerned about climate change, what will it take… NYC and Bangladesh under water?

GREEN POWER

Green Power was created as part of my Power & Glory series. The series explores various notions of power and glory in terms of industry, authority, energy, the environment, politics, vice, and virtue. Many of my Power & Glory images critique fossil fuels and explore their accompanying oil and gas iconography as symbols of what literally and metaphorically drives America. Green Power was one of the images from the series in support of green energy. Rather than subsidizing dirty fossil fuels, tax revenues should be supporting research and development for renewable power sources.

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RESPECT AND JUSTICE

The Respect & Justice image is a call to celebrate, respect, and nurture the planet. The inter-dependence of earth’s eco-systems inspired the concept of Gaia, or the earth as one organism with a respiratory system. The earth’s delicate respiratory system can be thrown dangerously out of balance by climate change. True justice for the earth and future generations of all species can only be achieved by respecting the fragility of the eco-systems that sustain life. The future is in our hands.

PAINT IT BLACK

Paint it Black Hand is inspired by the Rolling Stones song and is about oil influencing too much of U.S. energy policy and foreign policy. Imagine if all the money spent on wars and strategic interests in the Middle East had been spent on developing green energy alternatives. Instead, the government subsidizes the highly profitable oil and gas industries for billions a year because no politician wants a rise in the price of gas to be blamed on them. The need for gas will remain, but countries and companies need to invest in sustainable energy alternatives to help with the transition away from the finite supply of fossil fuels that are also responsible for CO2 emissions and climate change.

LIFEGUARD NOT ON DUTY

This Lifeguard Not On Duty image was inspired by vintage scenic postcards and some old photos I saw of oil derricks down the beach on the California coast. There are still oil drilling platforms visible from the beach in Santa Barbara where there have been several oil spills. Beyond just the environmental hazards of oil spills and climate change, Lifeguard Not On Duty is also about our collective lack of foresight in transitioning away from oil, which is finite, to energy sources which are renewable. The tide will turn, and the question is whether the worldwill be technically equipped to adapt.

GLOBAL WARMING

The Global Warning image was inspired by watching my wife Amanda sunbathe with a newspaper over her face. I imagined the irony of newspaper headlines about climate change while the sunbather remains blissfully ignorant while the warnings about global warming are literally right in front of her face! I photographed my wife on the spot to make an illustration and then I had fun critiquing the right-wing climate change deniers in the satirical newspaper articles. Considering the magnitude of climate change, it is surpring that it does not make newspaper headlines with greater frequency.

SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT

This image was originally created in the late 90’s for an organization called Save Our Environment which was founded by Mike D of the Beastie Boys. At the time, wind energy was becoming more cost-effective, and therefore viable, as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Wind is actually free, so the biggest challenge to implementing wind turbines is the up-front cost. I think the investment in wind energy to save our environment is well worth it. I designed this image to suggest that windmills or turbines are iconic symbols of a healthy earth.

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Pictures by Aline Deschamps, Milan Poyet, SETE/ E.Livine  for Galerie Itinerrance and the artist

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London: Anj Smith – Phosphor of the palms @ Hauser & Wirth

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For her new solo show at Hauser & Wirth in London, contemporary artist Anj Smith has been working tirelessly for the past three years to produce a series of twenty one paintings. Inspired by a variety of sources, from psychological states, nature, fashion subcultures, the artworks are rich in detail, colour and texture.

During a conversation with Laurence Sillars, Chief Curator, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Anj Smith explains her thought process behind the work.

‘Phosphor on the Palms’ is characterised by its exploration of the liminal. The exhibition’s title alludes to the poem ‘Fabliau of Florida’ by Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955), in which natural elements morph into new configurations. Smith writes: ‘Difficulties in identifying and separating out phenomena aren’t artificially simplified but embraced in all their complexities. Thresholds are hard to determine; clouds in the sky are indistinguishable from the scum washed up with the surf’. These paintings explore shifting boundaries and disintegration, encompassing death and desire, sexuality and language.

Her portrait, landscape and still life paintings merge together harmoniously. In a landscape painting, the sitter although not visible has left signs of presence through different objects.

Anj Smith explore identity, ambiguity and gender in her enigmatic androgynous portraits. Within these works, she acknowledges how clothing is used as a tool to project a certain identity. Intricate botanical and animal imagery also permeates the paintings, from gecko, pangolin to monkeys and rodents that morph into a headdress.

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Anj Smith – Phosphor on the palms
Until 21 Nov 2015
Hauser & Wirth London
23 Savile Row
London W1S 2ET

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London: Empowered Printwork @ Women Art Library

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After completing a residency at the Women Art Library in Goldsmiths in conjunction with the Being Human Festival, street artist and printmaker Aida and artist friend and archivist Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski are presenting an exhibition titled Empowered Printwork.

Being Human Festival is a festival demonstrating the strength and diversity of the humanities, and how they can help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.

The Empowered Printwork  exhibition showcases newly created posters for Radical New Cross inspired by a collection of hundreds of posters from the women’s movements of the 1970s and 80s as well as a selection of posters from the Women Art Library archive about equality, freedom, solidarity, diversity and women rights.

Powerful and colourful posters feature slogans from ‘ Resist, Reject, Rethink’ to the infamous Aida’s Hashtag series ‘A hashtag might not save the world but… women might’ .

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Women art Library
310 New Cross Rd,
Goldsmiths
SE14 6NW

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Video: One Day in Banksy’s Dismaland

To complete the last instalment of our extensive coverage on Banksy’s Dismaland, here is a thirty minutes documentary we had the pleasure to host, a Red Tower Films Production in cooperation with ARTE Creative TV.

Big thanks to Banksy and the Dismaland team,  Simone Hoffmann, Lars Pedersen, René Kästner, Aris Bibudis, Michael Schmidt and Evgeniy Grinko.

You can view the German version here

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London Opening: Lusus Naturae – 100Taur & Hisham Echafaki

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Here is a photo recap of ‘Lusus Naturae’ we have been pleased to curate with French artists 100Taur and Hisham Echafaki.

Viewers were introduced to the dark enchanted world of 100Taur with his hypnotic hybrid creatures from a weird Buffalo, a meditating and multitasking Holy Slug to some cheeky ‘Blood Brothers’ and a flying Mandrill.

Trompe l’oeil paintings by Hisham Echafaki captivated the audience, while they were intrigued by his oniric butterflies in three dimensions.

Congratulations to the talented artists 100Taur and Hisham Echafaki on this fantastic body of work. We would like to extend massive thanks to Dave Skelly, Bassim and Tunde for their precious help and all the people who have been supporting this event.

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Lusus Naturae
100Taur & Hisham Echafaki
94 Leonard Street
EC2A 4RH

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London: Remi Rough – Home @ Scream

Remi Rough - Home

After nine years, Remi Rough is returning to London with a solo exhibition ‘Home’ at Scream London. The show features a large collection of complex works on wood, handmade paper and canvas, playing with themes such as balance and imbalance, tension and geometric calculations – referencing Russian Constructionists such as Theo van Doesburg and Kazimir Malevich. A large scale installation also adorns the wall of the gallery with Remi’s vibrant colours. Join Scream London on 22 October for a special Q&A session with the artist and TIMID.

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Remi Rough – Home
Scream London
Until 3 November 2015
Eastcastle Street, London

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Paris: Roule Petit Ougandais @ Quartier General

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From 23 to 25 Octobre 2015, the association Roule Petit Ougandais and Yvette Production present Road to Mukono, an exhibition of customised skateboards by 80 international artists at Quartier Général  in Paris. The funds will help children in Uganda to learn and play skateboard.

Full list of participating artists include : 7MAPLES & MOT / ALX / ALICE BARTHELEMY / ALOHA / AMARA POR DIOS / ANTOINE GAMARD / BASTO / BABS UV-TPK / BLO / BUD ONE / BUST THE DRIP / BROK 3HC TNB VBA / CASE MCLAIM / DER / DIRT / DSPRI / EELCO (VIRUS) / EL CUERVO / EL RAL / FANAKAPAN / F.BEL / FIO SILVA / FOSCA MORE / GERZ / GRIZZ / HALL / HOPARE / ILK / INTI ANSA / IVES ONE / JACOBA IGNACIO / JEF AEROSOL / JU / JULIEN RAYNAUD / JULIETTE LABORDE /JHANO / JO DI BONA / JON ONE / KANT (KMHCORP) / KURAR / L’ATLAS / LENZ / LZK /JM ROBERT / KARL KNAPP / KASHINK / MADC / MA2J / MANON LACOSTE & TOBER / MAYE / MELCHIOR / MH (KMHCORP) / MONDE / MANYAK ONE / NASTY / NATALIA RAK / NOON / NOSBE / NIKKO KKO / NS / OKUDA / PANKS / PAU / PRO 176 / PEETA / RESO / ROBIN ORB / ROMAIN FROQUET / RYSOM / SARA POIX / SARAH SCHENTEN / SHERIO / SIKER / SJEM BAKKUS / SLIKS / SOTEN ONE / SPEEDY GRAPHITO / TAKT / TIERI TRADEMARK / TILT / TOIZER / TONCE / TINHO / TUCO / XER’S / ZEST / KONGO / SHUCK ONE / HONDO / & MAMA PETULA

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London: Moniker Art Fair 2015

Moniker Art Fair 2015

Celebrating its sixth year anniversary the Moniker Art Fair returned to the Truman Brewery in East London from 15-18 October 2015.

Featuring twenty national and international galleries with contemporary and urban artists, the Moniker Art Fair also introduced Bitcoin through the Renaissance is Now installation with Ben Eine and Schoony. UK stencil artist Nick Walker canvasses were presented in an immersive dining space with Lauren Baker chandeliers for The Art of Patrón Cocktail Cantina.

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Supporting the  Hepatitius C Trust, Art on a Postcard showcased two hundred postcard size artworks from renowned artists priced at £50 through a lottery raffle including Gilbert& George, Harland Miller and more.

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Visitors could also enjoy some live performances like Mark Powell biro drawings or French graffiti artist Bom.K from the DMV crew painting live while MYA Gallery was presenting his UK solo show.

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A crucified Star Wars trooper by RYCA / Ryan Callanan (Tag Fine Arts, UK) overlooked the space while a three dimensional portrait by Matt Small (34 Fine Arts) greeted the visitors. Monochrome artworks by French artist WK Interact (Kallenbach Gallery, NL) were also  exhibited.

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Drawings by Betz/ Etam Cru were also on show with MyFinBec, while London Westbank presented many artists like Inkie. Stencil godfather Blek Le Rat was featured at 44309 Street//Art Gallery. Prints by Hush and Japanese contemporary artists like Chiho Aoshima and Takashi Murakami were presented by Kumi Contemporary.

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Secondary works by Banksy and Peter Blake were also presented amongst the exhibitors. See additional pics below from Curious Duke Gallery, Folly & Muse, Graffik Gallery, Hawkins & Blue, Iaysha Art, Smithson Gallery, and Worldart.

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In parallel Jealous Editions were also showing their printing process to the public.

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Moniker Art Fair
15 – 18 October
The Old Truman Brewery
London E1 6QL

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London: Lusus Naturae – 100TAUR & Hisham Echafaki

Hisham Echafaki - Sunset Moth (detail)

We are excited to curate Lusus Naturae,  a two-person exhibition with French artists 100TAUR andHisham Echafaki featuring a series of new paintings, drawings and three dimensional works.

In natural history, the latin terminology ‘Lusus Naturae’ is used to describe any creature or specimen that defied classification, an animal or a person that is markedly unusual or a freak of nature.

The show explores notions of anthropomorphism, human fascination with oddities or monstrosities and our fragile relationship with the natural world.  100TAUR’s mythical monsters are portrayed in a surrealist dark enchanted world with colourful details rich in narrative.

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Hisham Echafaki’s paintings play with intricate repetitive patterns found in nature and examine the impact that humankind exerts on its fragile balance.

Hisham Echafaki - Ballet 03 For the first time Hisham Echafaki will also present a series of his three-dimensional paintings. Using a unique technique of resin layering and acrylic paint, the artist meticulously builds layers to create three-dimensional insects in transparent boxes. Oniric butterflies, bees and dragonflies appear to be suspended and preserved in the manner of fragile taxidermy insects.
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LUSUS NATURAE By 100TAUR & Hisham Echafaki
94 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH

14 OCT 11AM – 10PM
15 OCT 11AM – 10PM
16 OCT 11AM – 7PM

Private view 14 OCT 6-10PM
RSVP info@butterflyartnews.com or here

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Release: Nick Walker – The Last Ride Print

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Nick Walker (check the studio visit here) will have a new print on sale on Monday 12th October at 3.30pm DST UK time,  entitled The Last Ride.

The print is based on a portrait I took of the UK artist during a visit in Paris.  He’s wearing his signature Vandal outfit and umbrella while riding a carousel horse next to the Eiffel Tower. A quite surreal experience…

Produced in an edition of 150 on Somerset Satin 410 gms , measuring  66cm x 96 cm, it will be available for £400 online from  www.theartofnickwalker.com .

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London: Lisa Wright – The Unversed

Lisa Wright - The Unversed

Coates & Scarry are currently showing a new body of works ‘The Unversed” by Lisa Wright.

The exhibition features a series of drawings, paper studies and paintings exploring the theme of emotional and physical vulnerability during puberty.  Interweaving motifs and ideas from historical paintings with contemporary concerns, Lisa Wright’s work moves between and through different times.

Often isolated, the figures within Wright’s paintings and drawings hover on the brink of adulthood. With puberty, emotions are intensified, the insignificant is magnified and the importance of the presentation of the self, of body image, predominates. Many of the figures are unclothed and adorned with fragment of formal adult, decorative clothing – ribbons, ruffs and petticoats.

They wear simple black or white masks, reminiscent of Venetian carnival masks, emphasising the search for identity and construction of the self. Likewise, the title of the exhibition, ‘The Unversed’, alludes to the figures lacking the language, skills and experience to express themselves or to describe their experiences adequately. Instead, emotions and ideas are untold: lives remaining in a state of anticipation and a state of potential.

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Lisa Wright – The Unversed
Coates & Scarry
Until 17 October
8 Duke Street
London SW1Y 6BN

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London: MAD C – Character @ Pure Evil Department Store

Mad C - Character @ Pure Evil

After her first successful solo show in 2011, MadC returns to London‘s Pure Evil Gallery. The title „Character“ sums up MadC‘s work since she started painting graffiti 19 years ago.
A character can be a symbol or a letter, a figure or a person‘s nature. MadC says: „To get somewhere in the graffiti world, you need character. To get known in the graffiti world, you need characters to form a name. To learn how to use a spray can to it‘s full extent, you need to paint characters.“

MadC‘s work has progressed immensely in the last decade. Transparent layers of calligraphy on canvas dominate her work today. The movements are taken from her energetic wildstyle street pieces. „Character“ is the sum up of MadC‘s progress till date and her installations are a glimpse into the artists work in the future.

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MAD C – Character
Until 31 October 2015
Pure Evil Department Store
96/98 Leonard Street, London

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Studio visit: RESO – Toulouse

Reso Studio Visit (Toulouse)

While in Toulouse, we popped by the studio of French graffiti writer RESO
His graffiti letters and figurative style have adorned walls of numerous cities across the world for the past 20 years, making him one of the key French writers of his generation.

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During the visit with other graffiti writers, we left our signature on the wall, while some writers went a little overboard…

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When RESO is not busy taking a residency in Marrakesh at Jardin Rouge, he also curates with the Faute O Graff organisation recurrent graffiti jams and art exhibitions  in Toulouse like  Open Summer Festival  or Mr Freeze, which is currently running until 3 rd October 2015.

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Check our previous coverage on Mr Freeze here

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Dismaland: POW Participating artists

Dismaland - Paul Insect / Bast

Amongst the 50 participating artists exhibited at Dismaland, Banksy invited a few from the POW roster: Bill Barminski (present at the 2011 Christmas show), Paul Insect, Bast, Escif, ESPO, Jimmy Cauty, Lush, Pure Evil and David Shrigley.

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Bill Barminski

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Paul Insect

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Pure Evil

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Dismaland
Weston Super Mare
Until 27 September 2015

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London: LAX/LHR @ Stolenspace

LAX / LHR - Stolenspace

Continuing their series of shows like in HK, SF, Berlin, or Detroit, Thinkspace Gallery is co-curating their LAX-LHR show with  Stolenspace in London showcasing the usual format of 12″ x 12″ works from each artist.

Participating artists include Aaron Nagel, Adam Caldwell, Alex Yanes, Alexis Diaz, Allison Sommers, Amanda Marie, Andrew McAttee, Andy Kehoe, Angry Woebots, Anthony Clarkson, Arth Daniels, Atsuko Goto, Baghead, Beau Stanton, Bec Winnel, Ben Frost, Ben Turnbull, Brian Mashburn, bumblebeelovesyou, Carl Cashman, Casey Weldon, Charles Krafft, Charlie Anderson, Chie Yoshii, Chris Stead, Christine Wu, Cinta Vidal, Cleon Peterson, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Cryptik, Crystal Wagner, Curtis Kulig, David Bray, David Cooley, Derek Gores, Drew Leshko, Drew Young, EINE, Ekundayo, Erik Siador, Evoca1, Frank Gonzales, Fumi Nakamura, Haroshi, Herakut, Hueman, Jacub Gagnon, James Bullough, Jana & JS, Jason Thielke, Jeff Ramirez, Jeremy Fish, Jeremy Hush, Jim Houser, Joanne Namk, Jolene Lai, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Joseph Martinez, Josie Morway, Kari-Lise Alexander, Kelly Vivanco, Ken Flewellyn, Kevin Peterson, Ki Sung Koh, Kikyz1313, Kojiro Ankan Takakawa, Kozyndan, Kwon Kyung-Yup, Kyle Stewart, Lauren Napolitano, Lindsey Carr, Linnea Strid, Liz Brizzi, London Police, Low Bros, Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai, Mary Iverson, Matt Linares, Matt Small, Matthew Grabelsky, Meggs, Meryl Donoghue, Mike Egan, Monica Canilao, Mysterious Al, Nosego, Nychos, Nylon, Okuda, Ozabu, Pam Glew, Paul Barnes, Paul Stephenson, Persue, Peter Adamyan, Ramon Maiden, Reka, Rone, Ronzo, Ryan Callanan, Sandra Chevrier, Scott Listfield, Sean Mahan, Sebastian Wahl, Shepard Fairey, So Youn Lee, Snik, Stinkfish, Sylvia Ji, Tony Philippou, Tran Nguyen, Troy Lovegates, Twoone, Von, Will Barras, and X-O.

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In parallel a series of 32″x 32″ artworks are also featured from Audrey Kawasaki, Alexis  Diaz,  C215,  Curiot,  Cyrcle,  D*Face,  David Cooley, Erik Jones, Joram Roukes, Kai & Sunny, Kevin Peterson, Low Bros, Maya Hayuk, and The London Police.

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LAX/LHR
Until 4 October 2015
STOLENSPACE GALLERY
17 Osborn Street
London E1 6TD

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Dismaland Focus: Galleries

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As we enter the premises through a cardboard security control room built by Bill Barminksi  ( featured at the 2011 POW show) the security staff ask the most random questions.

After the clearing security, doors open to a sinister derelict place with trash, paper on the floor and mud. It almost looks like a dump. The surrounding staff dressed in pink hi-vis, is looking bored, miserable and haggard, sometimes holding David Shrigley’s ‘I’m an Imbecile’ balloons. When asking questions, they responded whispering messages beyond understanding. Customer service is below standard and not responsive at best.

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A large indoor space is dedicated to ‘the finest collection of contemporary art ever assembled in a North Somerset seaside town’, featuring artworks from 50 artists from over 17 countries.

The exhibition starts off with an installation by Caroline McCarthy, whose flowers are growing out of packaging boxes, a smiley animation by James Joyce. Jenny Holzer’s electronic road signs surround Andreas Hykade’s drawing desk animation. Banksy Grim Reaper ‘ Dance of Death’ also makes a come back from BOTI.

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Alongside Banksy artworks (covered here),  many artworks relate to the seaside and funfair with a certain twist: Damien Hirst’s beach ball  is floating above a sea of razor sharp knives, Ben Long  giant Ice Cream Cone made of DIY objects, a wooden carved merry-go-round horse sculpture by Maskull Lassere,  apocalyptic funfair paintings by Jeff Gillette and seaside paintings by Leigh Mulley. 

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Cereal boxes become a nightmare with Jani Leinonen. Tree houses, safe refuge for children, are either made from broccoli, through a photograph by  Brock Davis, or a mushroom cloud by  Dietrich Wegner.  Jessica Harrisson‘s tatooed ceramic dolls dance around stitched car installation by Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė. 

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Environmental issues and relationships between human and nature are highlighted with porcelain animals from Kate MacDowell, paintings by Paco Pomet, Josh Keyes, or pastel drawings showing global warming from Zaria Forman while Lee Madgwick shows architectural landscapes.

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Palestinian artists Sami Musa and Shadi Alzaqzouq are confronting the Israelo-Palestinian conflict. When realizing his work was exhibited alongside Israelian artists like Neta Harari Navon and Amir Shiby, the palestinian artist Shadi Alzaqzouq decided to initiate a protest and hide his artwork from the public.

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The last room is dedicated to Lush paintings with miniature figures and an apocalyptic model village by James Cauty.  

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Entitled ‘The aftermath dislocation principle’, James Cauty installation features a miniature post-apocalyptic world, burned, looted and devoid of all human life apart from a swell of police make up. The construction is a vast 1:87 scale model detailing the desolate, charred aftermath of what appears to have been a crazed riot in London. The only visible people are the 5,000 or so policemen at the scene armed with vans and weapons ready to control and quell. The whole scene is set into motion for the show as ambulance and street lights strobe in the darkness.

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Studio Visit: Nick Walker

Nick Walker - Studio Visit 2015
Ahead of his upcoming solo show ‘Entrophy’ at Above Second Gallery in Hong Kong, we popped by the studio of Bristol artist Nick Walker.

For this new show, Nick Walker has been exploring new ideas and broadening the scope of his signature Gentleman Vandal series to more abstract imagery and new techniques playing with metal and sculpture.

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“A new element I am exploring with this show is ‘Numbers’ which I call the Smoke series. Originally I was inspired by Jasper Johns some time back and began to implement numbers into my paintings as background or fragmented, but now I am focusing solely on the numbers themselves.”

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Having visited Hong Kong in December to gather inspiration and collect photos some new pieces featuring the Hong Kong busy urban landscape, Nick Walker mentions “It [has] an abundance of old signage and history, and also a very gritty edge which is something I love to portray in my street scenes.”

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Dismaland Focus: Banksy

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We take a closer look at the Banksy artworks featured at the ‘Dismaland Bemusement Park’ (covered) that opened officially this week end in Weston-Super-Mare.

The Ice Cream van (first seen at the Bristol Museum exhibition in 2009) is back.

Ten new pieces are featured in the show including a woman attacked by seagulls, a killer whale jumping out of a toilet seat,  a butcher on a merry-go-round with a hanging horse dripping blood next to boxes of lasagne ( nod to the 2013 horse meat scandal).

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Within the gallery space new artworks include a canvas featuring a revisited version of the Creation of Adam, the hand of God being replaced by the Devil. In the fireplace we recognise a familiar image of the spraycan candle,  tribute to King Robbo (as seen in the streets of London in 2011).  A seaside painting shows a mother and child playing on the sand unaware of the tsunami of detritus coming to them. Banksy continues his animatronic series that we much enjoyed at the Bristol Museum (2009), with an animated rabbit that took control and made the magician disappear from the circus tent.

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Banksy also created some pieces relying on the participation of the audience while highlighting political and environmental issues. Local families visiting the park were confused with the Mediterranean Boat Ride, as  the public could drive robotic boats of migrants amongst dead floating people. Kids were desperately looking for disappearing golf balls on the impossible Mini Gulf course or playing at ‘ Fish a Duck’ drown in oily waters. We also see the return of the Pier Pressure / Dolphin Ride ( protest against BP’s 2010 Deep Horizon oil spill ) and the Dance of Death (seen in BOTI).

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Banksy plays with placement in this new stencil where a woman is showering while kids are peeping through the steel curtain.


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A billboard falls down due to the weight of a fat cat having diner while his wife and kids are still standing and waiting.

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Surrounded by murky water with a dumped riot van transformed into an impromptu water fountain, a decrepit fairy-tale castle ‘shows how it feels to be a real princess’: a sinister Cinderella pumpkin crash sculpture is lit up by the swarm of paparazzi, with flashing cameras taking photo after photo of the tragic crash scene echoing Princess Diana’s death. And you can pose and have your souvenir photo. Truly depressing.

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Dismaland
Until 27 September 2015
Tropicana
Marine Parade BS23 1BE
Weston Super Mare

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Weston-Super-Mare (UK): Banksy – Dismaland Bemusement Park

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Banksy is returning to the UK and curating a pop up festival / bemusement park entitled ‘Dismaland’. Located on the seaside front of Weston-Super-Mare, not far from Bristol, Dismaland will be running from 22 August until 27 September at the Tropicana, a former Lido.  Revisiting Disneyland with a sinister twist, the park features attractions, sculptures and installations, three galleries showcasing the largest contemporary artwork collection ever assembled in a north Somerset town, a model village, a Cinderella’s Castle, a Guerilla Island, a cinema, a puppet show, a circus tent and a mini Golf to name a few.

Here is a map from the Dismaland’s website:

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Dismaland presents a selection of international artists coming from a wide range of countries and backgrounds, with artists coming from Syria and the Middle East,   an installation from Burning Man, artists from the contemporary art scene, YBA and more: AAndreas Hykade (Bavaria), Amir Schiby (Israel), Axel Void (USA), Banksy (UK), Barry Reigate (UK), Ben Long (UK), Bill Barminski (USA), Block9 (UK), Brock Davis (USA), Caitlin Cherry (USA), Caroline McCarthy (UK), Damien Hirst (UK), Darren Cullen (UK), David Shrigley (UK), Dorcas Casey (UK), Dietrich Wegner (USA), Ed Hall (UK), El Teneen (Egypt), Escif (Spain), Espo (USA), Fares Cachoux (Syria), Greg Haberny (USA), Huda Beydoun (Saudi Arabia), James Joyce (UK), Jani Leinonen (Finland), Jeff Gillette (USA), Jenny Holzer (USA), Jessica Harrison (UK), Jimmy Cauty (UK), Joanna Pollonais (Canada), Josh Keyes (USA), Julie Burchill (UK), Kate MacDowell (USA), Laura Lancaster (UK), Lee Madgwick (UK), Leigh Mulley (UK), Lush (Australia), Mana Neyestani (Iran), Maskull Laserre (Canada), Michael Beitz (USA), Mike Ross (USA), Neta Harari Navon (Israel) , Nettie Wakefield (UK), Paco Pomet (Spain), Paul Insect & BAST (UK/USA), Peter Kennard & Cat Phillips(UK), Polly Morgan (UK), Pure Evil (UK), Ronit Baranga (Israel), Sami Musa (Palestine), Scott Hove (USA), Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė (Lithuania), Shadi Alzaqzouq (Palestine), Suliman Mansour (Palestine), Tammam Azzam (Syria), The Astronauts’ Caravan (UK), Tinsel Edwards (UK), Wasted Rita (Portugal), Zaria Forman (USA).

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In parallel several live events will also be taking place every Friday night including Peanut Butter Wolf, Pussy Riots, Kate Tempest or Massive Attack.

Book your tickets now on  Dismaland.co.uk

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Dismaland
Until 27 September 2015
Tropicana
Marine Parade BS23 1BE
Weston Super Mare

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Malaga: D*Face – ‘Wasted Youth’ @ CAC Malaga

D*Face - Wasted Youth @ CAC Malaga

CAC Málaga, in collaboration with the British Council, recently opened up the first solo exhibition in Spain from D*Face (see the studio visit here). The London-based artist’s work was seen for the first time in Málaga in 2013 when he created an immense mural for the MAUS Project (covered) along with Shepard Fairey. Wasted Youth is his first solo exhibition for a museum, and includes 40 works created during his 15 year long career, some of which are on show for the very first time.

Featuring paintings, screenprints, sculptures, stencils as well as a huge skeleton installation, the show is currently on view through September 27th and is running alongside Fairey’s Your Eyes Here (covered).

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D*Face – Wasted Youth
Until 25 Sept 2015
CAC Malaga, Spain

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Upcoming: Nuart Festival 15

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Nuart Festival (see last year coverage here) will take place on the first week of September, 2015 in Norway. Renowned artists from around the world will come to the city of Stavanger with murals, installations and interventions and Tou Scene centre for contemporary arts, a former 19th century brewery, will host the festival’s indoor exhibition.

Nuart Festival 2015 artists include: Bordalo II (PT), Bortusk Leer (UK), Dolk (NO), Dotdotdot (NO), Ella & Pitr (FR), Ernest Zacharevic (LT), Futura (US), Harmen de Hoop (NL), Icy & Sot (IL), Isaac Cordal (ES), Jamie Reid (UK), Martha Cooper (US), Martin Whatson (NO), Outings Project (FR), Pejac (ES), Pixelpancho (IT). 

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Nuart will  also attempting  to create the world’s largest outdoor mural of 21,000m2 in Klepp on the outskirts of Stavanger with French artists Ella & Pitr  alongside partners Block Berge Bygg. In parallel, Sandra Chevrier (CA) will be introducing the Aftenblad Wall.

Nuart Plus, the festival’s annual symposium of academic and industry debates, artist presentations and film screenings will take place at Scandic Stavanger City hotel from Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 September. Here, key figures such as Evan Pricco (Juxtapoz), Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington (Brooklyn Street Art) and critic and author Carlo McCormick will come together with artists and academics to delve into the culture’s roots and reflect on its place within the wider contemporary art canon.
Alongside the recurrent theme of Situationism, this year’s festival will explore notions of play and the ludic tendencies within street art and urban culture. From Jamie Reid – pioneer of the punk visual aesthetic – to conceptual artist Harmen de Hoop, photographer Martha Cooper and abstract graffiti pioneer Futura, leading practitioners from across the spectrum of street art will demonstrate how they approach their craft within the subject of play.

Find out more details about the programme and participants of this year’s event over at Nuartfestival.no.

Nuart 15
Festival: 3-5 September 2015
Exhibition: 6-11 October 2015

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Malaga: Shepard Fairey – ‘Your Eyes Here’ @CAC Malaga

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Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey is having his first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, curated by Fernando Francés. With over 300 pieces, this is the largest body of work from Shepard Fairey to ever be exhibited. The retrospective ‘Your Eyes Here’ spans over 25 years, and features paintings, silkscreens, stencils, stickers, illustrations, collage, photographs, sculptures and works in wood and metal. The show is structured in thematic sections that retrace Fairey’s artistic influences like music, politics – war and peace – and environmental issues. There are also selected examples of his early works, street art and portraits of musicians, artists and activists, as well as an impressive collection of his screenprints, an essential part of his production.

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In parallel to the museum exhibition, he and his team also painted a new ‘Mujer Fatal’ mural in the Soho district and some Obey Giant paste up and stencils could be found across the streets of Malaga.

View the full set of pics from the exhibition here

Shepard Fairey – Your Eyes Here
CAC Malaga
Until 25
September 2015

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London: Complicit @ Coates & Scarry

Complicit @ Coates & Scarry

Coates & Scarry are hosting a group exhibition Complicit featuring a collection of artworks by a trio of strong female artists: Kate MccGwire, Juliette Losq, and Jayne Anita-Smith. Each artwork acts as a sensory invitation to explore other worlds and the show as a whole offers a place for unique and unsettling encounters. Returning from Glasstress 2015 Gotika at the 56th Venice Biennale and a recent show at the RWA Bristol with Peter Randall Page, renowned British sculptor Kate MccGwire creates original sculptures through multiple techniques and materials including paper, glass and a variety of bird feathers that are transformed with swirling or concentric forms. An overflowing vase with ondulating waves of feathers, kaleioscopic creations, and unconventoional scultptures challenge the viewer to think about the relationship between human and nature.

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Similarly disconcerting qualities can be found within Juliette Losq’s two-dimensional and installation pieces. Highlighting neglected and abandoned semi-urban landscape clearings strewn with rubbish or covered in graffiti, her practice uncovers a beauty and a wildness within these familiar but liminal spaces. The works are devoid of all human figures but traces of their activity are left behind.

For the exhibition, Juliette Losq also created a large shaped installation in the lower ground floor space with intricate painted paper, which is then rolled and torn over. The exhibition space has been transformed into a surreal beautiful and romantic place where the viewer become a protagonist within the scene, and anything could happen.

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Smith’s drawings and paintings, meanwhile, depict ambiguous environments populated by strange human figures in overt pain and in suffering. Sometimes these places seem to depict lush forests or aspects of domestic interiors, such as Rococo chandeliers or wall paper patterns formed from curls, drips and washes of ink. Naked and fully clothed figures wearing historical garments emerge from whirling forms derived from memories and found images. Their character and emotional expression are informed by the artist’s reactions to images of suffering in the media. Smith’s works have a heightened feeling of movement. They seem to shift and form new patterns and figures constantly.

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Complicit
Until 4 July 2015
8 Duke Street
London SW1Y 6BN

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London Streets: El Seed @ Shubbak Festival

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For the Shubbak Festival, A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, Cedar Lewison invited French Tunisian ‘calligraffiti’ artist eL Seed to paint his first UK commission on the wall of Village Underground in London Shoreditch.

We previously seen his work in person back in 2013 in Paris for La Tour 13 ( covered here) and more recently for Le Pont des Arts.

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Blending Arabic calligraphy with graffiti techniques, eL Seed has developed a distinctive and striking style, fusing poetry and language with dramatic design to create large-scale works.

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The Shubbak Festival runs until 26 July 2015

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London Streets: Ana Marietta new mural

Ana Marietta - London Streets

Puerto Rican born, Houston based artist Ana Marietta is currently in London and just finished painting a new mural in Brick Lane featuring her surrealistic animal universe.

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London: Nick Walker Book Launch @ Boxpark

Nick Walker - Book launch

Bristol based artist Nick Walker launched his brand new book “The Art Of Nick Walker” at Box Park in Shoreditch, including customised cover versions. The 152 page hardback retrospective with hundreds of full colour images comprising 20 years of ‘The Art Of Nick Walker’ was initially available at the recent solo exhibition in New York City, but you can also order a copy online from Nick’s website.

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Nick Walker - Book launch

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Toulouse: 100TAUR new mural for the Dominicans

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A surreal encounter between French graffiti artist 100Taur and the Dominicans: for the celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the  Order of Preachers  , founded in Toulouse (FR), the Dominicans asked lowbrow artist 100TAUR  to create a 100 square meters mural on their convent in Toulouse.

It’s a fusion between two worlds that coexist little: that of a religious order and that of a lowbrow and graffiti artist who created a (sometimes scary) fantasy world. A proof that 100Taur is open to all artistic challenges and encounters.

Surprising as it may seem, it also follows the ongoing collaboration of Dominicans with contemporary artists, like Matisse in 1951 when he created the Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence.

For a week, 100Taur has painted a huge portrait of Saint Dominique on the outside wall of the Dominican monastery. The artist studied the iconography of St. Dominique and incorporated many symbols including a lily flower for purity, the Toulouse cross, as well as his signature ‘Slug ‘character, symbol of resilience.

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More than 600 persons came to the inauguration were the mural was officially blessed. ‘St Dominique’ can be seen at the Couvent des Dominicains, Metro Faculte de Pharmacie, in Toulouse.

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View the full set of pics here and a video below (in French).

 

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Malaga: Remed & Okuda at MAUS 2015

MAUS - Malaga 2015

For the second edition of the MAUS festival in Malaga  (Malaga Arte Urbane en el Soho) curated by Fer Francés, many international artists have been invited to paint in the Soho district and along the Guadalmedina river.
Remed and Okuda painted a 30 meters high Venus on the facade of the Hotel Bahia Malaga, mixing their signature colourful style.

The mural is entitled ‘La Danse de Venus et du Marin’.

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Along the river each of the artists also created further artworks, both typographic as well as figurative.

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Stay tuned for more pics from the MAUS Festival 2015 in Malaga!

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London: Batman – Arkham Knight ‘Cape and Cowl’ Exhibition

Batman: Arkham Knight ‘Cape and Cowl'

WB Games UK has teamed up with Moniker Projects to invite twenty of the most exciting contemporary artists and media celebrities to produce the UK edition of Batman: Arkham Knight ‘Cape and Cowl’ Exhibition.

The artworks stand within dimly lit Victorian railway arches, casting a procession of silhouetted Batman shadows onto the bare-brick walls. The occasional rumble of overhead trains resonate over the ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ sound track, which together with the backdrop of the ‘Holding Cells’ set captures the atmospheric Gotham City aesthetic.

Mondays preview was attended by artists, celebrities and press. Guests experienced the twenty diverse approaches to re-designing the iconic Batman ‘Cape and Cowl’ within a Gotham City immersive setting.

The exhibition is now open to the public and continues until Sunday 28th June and features the creations of artists’ Nancy Fouts, Lauren Baker, Hayden Kays, Inkie, Pam Glew, INSA, The Connor Brothers, Zeus, Matt Small, Jon Burgerman, CASE, CRASH, Cyclops, Kid Acne, Logan Hicks and Pure Evil and media celebrities Jonathan Ross, Noel Clarke, Eliza Doolittle and Jodie Kidd.

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Curated & produced by Moniker Projects Frankie Shea & Lindsay Edmunds, the exhibition is a rare opportunity to see these works on display together and to witness the exceptionally inspired approaches to what is a comic book, film and video game phenomenon.

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The Batman: Arkham Knight Cape & Cowl Exhibition
Until 28 June
Kachette, 347 Old Street,
London EC1V 9LP

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Paris: Brusk – ‘Ad Vitam Eternam’

Brusk - Ad vitam Eternam

Member of the Da Mental Vaporz crew , multidisciplinary artist Brusk is one of the leading figures of Street Art in France, with mastering techniques in graffiti , but also lightgraff, sculpture, installation and 3D animation. For his first Parisian show ‘AD VITAM ETERNAM?‘ at Galerie Itinerrance, Brusk concentrated more than twenty years of exceptional practice on a series of paintings and sculptures. All his imagery is there: ripped icons, symbols of polluted consumerism, children drawings made out of acid colors, ironic references to the masters. Magritte’s ‘Red Model’ is revisited with Nike shoes, Rodin’s ‘Thinker’ is melting away.

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The artist trademark rainbow dripping technique creates volume and lighting effects that evolve in an impressive 3rd dimension.  A sculpture of a real size baby elephant holding a spraycan defies gravity leaving his footprints on the ceiling and walls. A shining and melting bleeding heart sculpture is made of two kissing skulls, symbol of love until death.
‘AD VITAM ETERNAM?’ questions the place of humanity in its urban environment and invites the viewer to reflect on the future of the living and its relationship with death.

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Many artists like Seth, Legz , Choq and members of the DMV crew (Jaw, Kan, Sowat) also came in force to celebrate the opening.

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Brusk – Ad Vitam Eternam?
Until 11 July 2015
Galerie Itinerrance
Paris

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London: Masters of Urban Art @ Magda Danysz

Magda Gallery - London Project

Following her success in Paris and Shangai, French gallerist Magda Danysz recently launched a pop-up gallery space in London called the London Project for a duration of 100 days (covered here).

While the lower ground floor is dedicated to in-situ installations by international artists and evolving across the 100 days, the first floor is currently hosting an exhibition entitled The Masters of Urban Art.

Participating artists include: Banksy, Blek Le Rat, Futura, Jef Aerosol, JonOne, L’Atlas, Obey, Pure Evil, Remi Rough (pictured), Space Invader, Sten & Lex, West and Yz.

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Magda Danyz – The London Project
Masters of Urban Art
61 Charlotte Street
London W1T

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London: Julian Opie – Alan Cristea Gallery

Julian Opie - Alan Cristea Gallery

The Alan Cristea Gallery  in London is currently showing new editions by Julian Opie alongside prints and animations,  produced in a variety of media.

Inspired by different views of the town and countryside, the London series present us with observations of the everyday life: figures of walking in the rain, tourists on the Southbank, passers-by at school gates and busy crowds of workers descending on the city.

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The series, French Landscapes (2013), based on photos taken by the artist in France at different times of the day in different weather conditions, present us with revisited versions of Hiroshige’s nineteenth-century woodblocks of Japanese landscapes using lenticular or computer technology.

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For the first time, Opie reveals a new series of metal wall hangings, Nature 1. (2015), depicting boats, sheep, carp and pebbles which have been cut from sheet aluminium.

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Running until the 18th July, the exhibition, displayed across the two spaces of the gallery also feature small sculptures, metal silhouettes, screenprints and lenticulars, dating from 2012 – 2015.

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Julian Opie
Until 18 July 2015
Alan Cristea Gallery
31 / 34 Cork Street
W1S 3NU London

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