Cheltenham: Banksy Spy Booth

Banksy - Cheltenham

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

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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

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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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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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Toulouse (FR): Memoire Industrielle Hors Serie 3.0 – JOB

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Back in 2011, French graffiti writers from Toulouse, namely Dark, Dspri, Keyler, Mikoz, Spazm, Spot and Xerou who are sharing the same passion for abandoned spaces, decided to create a touring exhibition called Memoire Industrielle. Using found objects from various industrial sites across France gathered through the different stages of the project, artists have reconstructed a large scale modelling version of an abandoned factory.

For the 8th edition of this touring exhibition, Memoire Industrielle has taken over the former JOB paper factory (famously illustrated by A. Mucha during the Art Nouveau period for its cigarette paper).  The show also features artworks and a series of prints on original papers issued from the JOB factory with two special guests: Korail and Dran.

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Memoire Industrielle Hors Serie 3.0
12- 18 May 2014
Espace JOB
105 Route de Blagnac, Toulouse

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Preview: Sixe Parades – Futurismo Ancestral

Sixe Parades - Futurismo Ancestral

We were granted access during the set-up as Barcelona based artist Sixe Paredes (formerly known as Sixeart) is launching his new exhibition titled Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru at Somerset House in London and curated by ApprovedByPablo.  Inspired by his travels in Peru  Sixe Parades pays tribute to Peruvian and Andean aesthetics. Using techniques and collaborating with the local creative community, Sixe Parades has created 25 colourful large-scale works from tapestries, totem sculptures, arches, ceramics and quipus.  A series of multisensorial events, from food, film and music is also planned in parallel to the exhibition. See the full program here.

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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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London: Mobstr – Sex, Drugs & Painting Canvases

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UK-based artist Mobstr recently launched his solo exhibition Sex, Drugs & Painting Canvases at The Old Truman Brewery in London.

Following his street works,  Mobstr has gathered a collection of thoughts using black and white canvases with witty text messages, flyers to support a ‘Save the trees’ campaign, and a series of installations  from dummy spray painters to the recreation of the artist at work surrounded by a sea of draft messages. 

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Mobstr – Sex, Drugs & Painting Canvases
Until 20 May 2014
Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, London

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London: Miaz Brothers @ Lazarides

Miaz Brothers - Dematerialized

Italian contemporary painters Miaz Brothers debuted their UK solo exhibition at Lazarides Rathbone titled Dematerialized: A New Contemporary Vision.

The show features a selection of large portrait paintings from their Antimatter series, utilizing the layering of spraypaint to create a special blurry effect. Looking close, the paintings look abstract, but from a distance, portraits are revealed. A selection of sculptures are also on display.

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Miaz Brothers
Dematerialized: A New Contemporary Vision
Until 15 June 2014
Lazarides Rathbone
London

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Books: Patti Astor – Fun Gallery…The True Story

Patti Astor - Book signing

The original ‘Queen of the Downtown Scene’ Patti Astor, has released her memoirs, Fun Gallery… the True Story, chronicling her experiences and those of her friends during the 1980′s legendary NYC East Village scene.   The book features stories about Keith Haring, Fab 5 Freddy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, DONDI, LEE, Kenny Scharf, Zephyr and more.

Patti Astor was recently in Brighton at the Inkd Gallery doing a book signing and reading some excerpts from her fabulous experiences.

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Personally signed copies of FUN Gallery…The True Story are available at www.thefungallery.com

 

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London: Miss Van & Olek @ Stolenspace

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StolenSpace gallery  just opened a double exhibition by leading female street artists, Miss Van and Olek. Despite having worked on public installations and group shows across the globe, it is the first time they produce a two-person show together. Based on their strong friendship and artistic sisterhood, both artists are showing their mutual appreciation for each other work .

Miss Van new body of work titled Glamorous Darkness maintain the signature aesthetic of her ‘poupées’ (dolls) within a dreamlike landscape and colours. Adorned with masquerade, animal-like masks her sensual and erotic female characters evolve and interact with each other.

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In a tribute, Olek has recreated several of Miss Van’s favourite paintings in crochet form with intricate details, from the masks, corsets, wigs, hats to lips and nails and is displaying these artworks as photographic representations. Her exhibition title, Let’s not get caught, let’s keep going, borrows itself from a Thelma and Louise film quote which reminds the artist of her friendship with Miss Van. Along with these new works, Olek has taken over the gallery space and covered the floor to ceiling in her signature crochet.

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Miss Van & Olek
Until 1 June 2014
Stolenspace Gallery
17 Osborn Street
London E1 6TD
United Kingdom

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San Francisco: Space //Square @ White Walls

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Opening this Saturday 10 May at White Walls in SF, Space//Squared is a group exhibition curated by Sven Davis focused around notions of the architectural landscape.

With a single set criteria of using a 10×10 inch format, over 100 artists have created each a piece of artwork with their own  interpretation of space & form exploring the constructed and natural environment using differing media and techniques .

Accompanying the exhibition, artists Adam Friedman and Robert Minervini will create a site-specific installation inside the gallery space featuring a series of paintings interwoven with mural elements thematically exploring similar territories.

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Participating Artists:
2501, Adam Friedman, Adam Weir, Akiko Masker, Alex Lukas, Alicia Dubnyckyj, Alvaro Ilizarbe, Alyssa Dennis, Amy Casey, Amze Emmons, Andrew Mackenzie, Ben Venom, Benjamin Rawson, Bill McRight, Blaine Fontana, Bonnie Brenda Scott, Brian Robertson, Brian Sanchez, Brooke Grucella, Carl Cashman, Casey Gray, Catherine Borowski, Chazme, Chris Ballantyne, Chris Blackstock, Chris Scarborough, Chris Valkov, Christina Empedocles, Christopher Derek Bruno, Clayton Brothers, Conall Hann, Conrad Crespin, Cranio, Crystal Wagner, Damion Silver, Dave Kinsey, David Bray, David Cook, David Shillinglaw, Deedee Cheriel, Derm, Dimitri Kozyrev, Drew Tyndell, Duncan Jago, Duncan Johnson, Ellanah Sadkin, Eltono, Erik Otto, Erin Murray, Erin Riley, Evah Fan, Florence Blanchard, Francesco Igory Deiana, Gabriel Shaffer, Gianluca Franzese, Graphic Surgery, Greg Eason, Greg Lamarche, Gregory Euclide, Hannah Lee, Ian Francis, Jack Sutherland, Jacob Whibley, James Benjamin Franklin, James Kidd, Jason Thielke, Jeff Gillette, Jenny Odell, Jens Hausmann, Jerry Inscoe, Jocelyn Duke, Jon Burgerman, Jordin Isip, Jud Bergeron, Julie Gross, Kai & Sunny, Kema, Kenji Hirata, Kevin Peterson, Know Hope, Kristen Schiele, Kyle Jorgensen, Lauren Napolitano, Leah Mackin, Lee Baker, Liam Snootle, Lori Larusso, LX One, Mario Wagner, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Schoening, Mark Warren Jacques, Martina Merlini, Mary Iverson, Matthew Craven, Matthew Feyld, Max Kaufman, Megan Gorham, Michael Peck, Mike Egan, Mike Maxwell, Mike Perry, Moneyless, Morgan Blair, Nawer, Newso, O.Two, Pedro Matos, Persue, Poesia, Ramblin Worker, Rebecca Carino, Rich Jacobs, Ricky Allman, Robert Minervini, Russell Leng, Ryan Bubnis, Ryan De La Hoz, Ryan Dineen, Ryan Stewart Nault, Saner, Scott Listfield, Scott Malbaurn, Seonna Hong, Sinc, Sophie Roach, St. Monci, Sweet Toof, Teresa Duck, Tofer Chin, Tom French, Tyler Bewley, Von, Will Sears, William Sager, Winston Smith, Zaria Forman, Zoer

Space//Squared
Until June 7, 2014
White Walls
886 Geary Street, San Francisco

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London Streets: Olek

Olek

Polish artist Olek just completed a 26ft crocheted mural on Corbett Place by the Truman Brewery in East London. With her signature intricate and colourful patterns, an embroidered message says Let’s not get caught, Let’s keep going, a quote from Thelma and Louise‘s movie. Olek didn’t get caught and even managed to find time for a tango.

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London: Anoint Group Show @ The Outsiders

Anoint Group Show - Outsiders

The Outsiders London is currently hosting a group exhibition called Anoint, which refers to oily marks made on a surface. Curated by Steve Lazarides, the show features a selection of artworks from international established and emerging contemporary artists including Adam Batchelor, Antoine Correia, Cyclops, Bill Dunlap, Billy Norrby and Margherita Marzotto.

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View pics from the opening here

Anoint Group Show
Until 7 June
The Outsiders
8 Greek Street
London W1D4DG

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Bristol: Banksy Mobile Lovers – Update

Banksy - Mobile Lovers

In the latest twist  regarding Banksy Mobile Lovers ( covered here),  currently on display at the Bristol Museum, the owner of the Youth Club who removed the piece just received a letter from Banksy confirming his ownership, and it is now up to him to decide what’s next.

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London: Remed & Okuda

Remed & Okuda 2014

For the second year Spanish based artists Remed & Okuda return to London Southbank to celebrate the Streets of Spain festival curated by Campo Viejo. Using their trademark multicolour symbolism both artists painted a glass box live for the delight of the onlookers.

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Movie: Jellyfish Eyes by Takashi Murakami

With over ten years in the making, Jellyfish Eyes is the feature film debut by renowned  Japanese multidisciplinary artist Takashi Murakami.

Set in a post-Fukushima world,  the sci-fi fantasy film blends computer-animated graphics with live-action cinematography. The movie tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the Japanese countryside with his mother in the wake of a natural disaster. After returning home from his new elementary school one day, Masashi discovers a flying jellyfish-like creature whom he befriends and names Kurage-bo. Masashi soon discovers that all his classmates have similarly magical pets, known as F.R.I.E.N.D.s, which are controlled by electronic devices that the children use to battle one another. Despite their playful appearances, however, these F.R.I.E.N.D.s turn out to be part of a sinister plot that will threaten the entire town. 

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Takashi Murakami - Jellyfish Eyes, 2013. Film still
© 2013 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Murakami is currently doing a screening tour of art institutions and cultural venues across the United States. For more info visit  www.jellyfisheyesthemovie.com

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London: Julian Schnabel – Every Angel Has a Dark Side

Julian Schnabel

Brooklyn based artist and film-maker Julian Schnabel is returning to London after 15 years with an exhibition titled Every Angel Has a Dark Side at the Dairy Art Centre.

Bursting onto the New York art scene in the late 1970s, Julian Schnabel became one of America’s most famous living artist.   But Schnabel artistic career was almost eclipsed by his second passion as a film-maker. In 1996 he made a biopic of his late friend Jean-Michel Basquiat, played by Jeffrey Wright, which also starred Gary Oldman and David Bowie. In 2007 Schnabel was nominated for an Oscar and won Best Director at Cannes and the Golden Globes for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.  On a humorous note he mentions ‘All the guys that were in my movies end up being in Bond films — Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric and Javier Bardem. But I don’t want to direct a Bond movie!

Now Schnabel is back in vogue on both sides of the Atlantic. Already this year he has had two exhibitions in New York ( at the Gagosian NY) and one in Dallas (his first museum show in the US since the 1980s). For his London show Schnabel is keeping with his trademark use of multi-textured materials, using cowhide, polyester, canvas and tarpaulin. A video on Nowness shows his creative process.

This show is a capsule of what happened, a selection of paintings from the past 10 years, more or less. It’s a continuum of ways that I have made marks, used materials and created images.”

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Every Angel Has a Dark Side
The Dairy Art Centre
Until July 27 2014

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Bristol: Banksy Mobile Lovers

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When Banksy recently updated his website with new pictures featuring a stencilled couple holding mobile phones, it generated a complete frenzy.

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Banksy website

It was located and identified in Bristol on a wooden door outside a youth club.

Within 24 hours the door was removed by Dennis Stinchcombe, the Broad Plain Boys’ Club manager, who decided to charge viewers before trying to sell it at auction in order to support his ailing club.
However the building of the youth club is council owned. So the Bristol Council then started to intervene and confiscated the artwork. The Mayor of Bristol has asked the piece to be to moved to the Bristol Museum while a battle of ownership continues.

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Banksy Mobile Lovers is currently on display at the Bristol Museum until further notice…

Banksy - Mobile Lovers

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London: Zhang Huan – Spring Poppy Fields

Zhang Huan - Spring Poppy Fields

Having exhibited in Beijing and New York, contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Huan opened his first UK solo show at Pace GallerySpring Poppy Fields feature fourteen new oil on linen paintings inspired by his travels to Buddhist sites in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India between 2011 and 2014.

Using a pointillist technique, his colourful and psychedelic paintings provide the viewer with some optical illusions. Looking closer skulls appear from their abstraction, while some grinning faces remind of the Cheschire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Drawing inspiration from the hallucinatory effects of the poppy’s opiate properties, the use of skulls motifs reflects the Tibetan beliefs of endless deaths with their cycle of birth, death, rebirth and journey to nirvana.

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Zhang Huan – Spring Poppy Fields
Until 31 May 2014
Pace London
6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET

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Bristol: Jessica Albarn – Resurrection

Jessica Albarn - Resurrection

Located behind a small door in the old town wall where the See No Evil street art festival takes place (covered here) , the Crypt of St John the Baptist is hosting an exhibition by UK artist Jessica Albarn  with a series of works on canvas, paper, glass, wax and clay. Through her delicate and intricate drawings, she is paying tribute and celebrating the small and the endangered species, like the bees that are under threat of extinction.

When asked about the show and inspiration, Jessica Albarn indicates: When I draw dead things I do so because I want to draw out the beauty, preserving it and disconnect it from the decay, treasure it and in some sense resurrect it. For the exhibition in the crypt I wanted to create work that I hope embraced the space and connected with the ancient symbolism within it. 

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View the full set here

Jessica Albarn – Resurrection
Until 27 April 2014
Crypt of St. John the Baptist Church, Bristol

The exhibition continues on 13 June at  The Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London , followed by a drawing performance in the garden of The Natural History Museum on 14-15 June 2014

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London: Vinz – Tempus Fugit

Vinz - Tempus Fugit

Spanish artist VinZ opened his latest solo show Tempus Fugit at Rex Romae Gallery in Shoreditch.Tempus Fugit showcases a series of original works and sketches as well as pictures of their street counterparts. The show features narratives through different stages of life, with originals sharing moments of youth and beauty while the streets works represent the ephemeral and aging moments.

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View the full set here

Tempus Fugit
Until April 30th 2014
Rex Romae
132 Commercial Street,
London

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London: Stealing Banksy

 

Stealing Banksy

This week end takes place an exhibition called Stealing Banksy featuring pieces that have been removed from the streets to be sold at auction.

The event organisers  claim that “the Sincura Group do not steal art, nor do we condone any acts of wanton vandalism or theft. We have never approached anyone to remove any artwork or encouraged its removal. We do not own the pieces of art. To date we have made no financial gain from the sale of any street art.”

To view the exhibition tickets costs between £17.50 to £200 per person for corporate packages, with a portion going to Nelson Mandela Charity.

On his website, Banksy statement is clear and also tongue in cheek:

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None of the artworks do have formal authentication by Banksy.

First is a trailer that was painted before the owners drove the truck to the Glastonbury Festival in 1998, and which was then auctioned in 2008 in London.

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Appearing in East London in 2006, OldSkool features  four pensioners dressed in hoodies and baseball caps and a boombox.

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Painted in 2009 in Tottenham Green, London, the No Ball Games piece showing two children playing  has been cut into a rather heavy  triptych.

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With Robin Barton from Bankrobber

The Boy with heart (2006) was already shown in another exhibition of street “reclaimed” artworks Banksy Please Love Me back in 2009 in London Covent Garden (covered here) . Also featured is a vandalised door from a Berlin with some rats (2003) and a board depicting a stenciled guard with a witty message “Secured by sleepy migrant workers on minimum wage” .

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Banksy Sperm Alarm, placed on a Hotel in London Victoria in 2011, made the headlines when it was stolen and the thief arrested and sentenced after trying to flog it on ebay (more info here). It is now offered for sale at an estimate price of £150 000.

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The Sincura Group has estimated that Banksy’s murals will sell at the following prices:
No Ball Games – estimated value is £1m
Old Skool – £750,000
Liverpool Rat – £225,000
Sperm Alarm – £150,000
Silent majority – £175,000
Girl With Balloon – £400,000
2 Rats – £200,000

Interestingly a large canvas Brace Yourself is also featured in the exhibition, but not for sale, as if to legitimate the whole show. The canvas was given to Simon Duncan for changing his initial band’s name “Exit Through the Gift Shop” to Brace Yourself so that Banksy could use it for his projects.

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View the full set of pics here

The whole point of street art is placement and its ephemeral nature for the public to enjoy. It is not intented to be moved or be preserved, but evolve with the environment. By removing the Banksy street pieces, the original message is lost and definitively does not work in the settings of a chic hotel or for selected greedy investors.

 

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London: Lynn Chadwick steel beasts at RA

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

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View the full set here

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

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London: Hebru Brantley – Everyone’s Everything

Hebru Brantley

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

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

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

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London: Tauba Auerbach – New Ambidextrous Universe

Tauba Auerbach

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

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

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

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

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


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

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London: Liu Bolin – The Heroic Apparition

Liu Bolin - The Heroic Apparition

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

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View the full set of pics from the opening here

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

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London: Chloe Early – Suspended

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

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Chloe Early – Suspended
Until 3 May 2014
Outsiders London

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London: YZ – Lost in the City

Yz - Lost in the City

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

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

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

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London: Rafael Gómezbarros @ Saatchi Gallery

Rafael Gomezbarros

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

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

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

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

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London: Tomory Dodge @ Alison Jacques

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

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

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Streets: Banksy #withSyria

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

On his website the following statement reads:

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

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London: Hysteria @ Maison Bertaux

Hysteria

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

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

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London: Brett Amory – Twenty Four @ Lazarides

Brett Amory

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

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

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View all the pics from the opening here

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

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London: Alexis Diaz & Jaz – La Linea

Alexis Diaz & Jaz - Rex Romae

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

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

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View the full set of pics from the opening here

 

 

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

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Streets: MSK crew in London

AROE / MSK Crew

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

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London: PRO176 – Liquid Mechanism

PRO176

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

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

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