London: Vhils – Dissonance @ Lazarides

Vhils - Dissonance

After showing at Lisbon’s EDP Museum and Vestiges, showcased in Paris (see our coverage here) , multidisciplinary Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils is returning to London for a new solo exhibition called ‘Dissonance‘ at Lazarides.

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Vhils – Paris 2014

The show reflects on how various factors compose the contemporary urbanised world that is shaping its inhabitants, while personal identities are vanishing under the visual urban noise and surrounding clutter.

The subjects being portrayed disappear through multiple layering of billboards and stratification on metal and wood.

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Alexandrea Farto aka Vhils – Dissonance
Until 23rd of April 2015
Lazarides Rathbone
London

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Video: Jessica van der Weert – Flipside

Following our recent coverage (see here) of Jessica van der Weert exhibition Flipside in London, here is a video from the event and after party.

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Berlin: Urban Nation PM/7 – Part 2

Urban Nation PM7

In parallel to the windows and facade they decorated with their Persons of Interest (see here) 12 Brooklyn based artists were given carte blanche to decorate the walls of the Urban Nation Haus for a pop up show in Berlin, where nothing was for sale. Each of the participating artist including Icy & Sot, Don Rimx, Case, Specter, Swoon, NohJColey, Dain, Chris Stain, El Sol 25, Esteban Del Valle and Gaia used their own tools and techniques to create a colourful and ephemeral display directly onto the walls.

Here are some behind the scenes shots:

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Large crowds attended the opening to celebrate the links between New York and Berlin. Amongst the guests was  Gaia‘s Persons of Interest Fereshta Ludin discussing with curators  Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington

Urban Nation PM7

Many international artists and friends also joined in to  show their support: David Walker (UK),  Strøk (NO)REKA (AUS), Herakut (DE), MACCLAIM (DE), Vermibus (DE), Mark Rigney (UK), Aida Bragstarr (UK), Onur Dinc (CH), NeverCrew (CH), DotDotDot (NO), Schwarzmaler (CH) and Andreas Englund (SE).

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View the full set of pics here  and full coverage on Street Art News

Persons of Interest PM/7
URBAN NATION
Bülowstraße 97
10738 Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany

 http://www.urban-nation.net

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Video: WK Interact – D-Day

WK Interact - D-DAY Paris

A new video showing some exciting behind the scenes process on how French born New York based artist WK Interact created his massive 400 ft mural to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day at the Geode and his paste-ups in the streets of Paris last summer.

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London: Pixel Pancho – Memory of Life @ StolenSpace

Pixel Pancho - Memory of Our Life

StolenSpace Gallery is currently hosting Memory of Our Life, the first London solo exhibition by Italian artist Pixel Pancho.

The artist has transformed the gallery space into installations featuring surreal robotic characters using pieces of furniture, musical boxes and and also created some sculptures with moving mechanisms, including Michelone, an edition of 10 handmade and articulated robots . The new body of works with acrylic and pencil on wood, showcases robotic figures that explore the circle of life, from the moment they grow while also making and learning from mistakes. The show also displays an antique customised sketchbook ‘Memory of Our Life’ containing 34 hand drawn sketches in ink.

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In parallel to the show Pixel Pancho also hit the London streets with several murals, including this one with Evoca1.

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Pixel Pancho & Evoca1

View the full set of pics here

Pixel Pancho – Memory of Life
StolenSpace Gallery
Until 12th April 2015
London

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Berlin: Persons of Interest @ Urban Nation PM/7 – Part 1

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BSA is in Berlin this month to present a new show of 12 important Brooklyn Street Artists at the Urban Nation haus as part of Project M/7. PERSONS OF INTEREST brings to Berlin a diverse collection of artists who use many mediums and styles in the street art scene of Brooklyn. By way of tribute to the special relationship that artist communities in both cities have shared for decades, each artist has chosen to create a portrait of a Germany-based cultural influencer from the past or present, highlighting someone who has played a role in inspiring the artist in a meaningful way.

The four storey facade of the Urban Nation building has been painted by Icy & Sot, featuring a female portrait with the words FREEDOM. Looking closer it shows the population celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Urban Nation PM7 - Icy & Sot

Puerto Rican born  Don Rimx opted for the German civil engineer John A. Roebling, who designed the Brooklyn Bridge in the late 1800’sMuralist artist Gaia has chosen Afghanistan-born German Muslim school teacher Fereshta Ludin who won the right to wear her headscarf in the public school system 12 years ago. Inspired by mid-century Hollywood actresses, street artist Dain decided to illustrate the infamous German actress Marlene Dietrich. 

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Celebrating urban diversity,  Swoon decided to illustrate Turkish Immigrants, the largest ethnic minority in Germany.

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Known for depicting the struggles and hopes of the working class in the US, stencil artist Chris Stain has picked German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer Charles Bukowki as his Person of Interest.

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Street artist Cake‘s wheat pasted paintings are paying tribute to German artist Käthe Kollwitz, whose works depict both aspects of life from the suffering to the truly happy sides.

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Multi-disciplinary artist Specter is featuring a Brooklyn based and German born photographer Sally Montana, symbol of the connexion between Berlin and NY.

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Artist NohJColey has decided to pay tribute to Afro-German feminist writer and activist Katharina Oguntoye, because of her contribution to the woman’s equality movement in Germany.

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Brooklyn based collage artist El Sol 25 is paying tribute to Hannah Höch, a Berlin rebel and one of the most important collage artists of the 20th Century, innovator in the original Dada movement. Activist Esteban Del Valle picked George Grosz , known for his corrosive caricatures during Berlin roaring 1920’s. Del Valle revisited Grosz’ own 1926 painting, Eclipse of the Sun, with a contemporary twist.

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In parallel to the Brooklyn based artists, Onur Dinc (CH), NeverCrew (CH), DotDotDot (NO), Schwarzmaler (CH) and Andreas Englund (SE) completed new murals around the Urban Nation Building.

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View the full set of pics here  and full coverage on Street Art News

Urban Nation PM/7
Persons of Interest
Curated by Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington
of Brooklyn Street Art
Bülowstraße 97
10738 Berlin
Germany

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London: David Bray – Wrong Turn @ Stolenspace

David Bray - Wrong Turn

Gallery One at StolenSpace is currently showing a new body of works by British artist David Bray in a solo exhibition titled ‘Wrong Turn‘. Featuring works on wood with paint, pen and pencil with frames using reclaimed wood, the imagery is heavily influenced by hand poked tattoos, simple line drawings and erotic ladies, but also inspired by Eric Gill, James Ensor, Eric Stanton, Bart Simpson as well as ancient Greece. David Bray explains that many of the images comes from getting lost in America when on a trip with musician Georg Lubitzer, which in turn led them to meet someone called Yossarian who gave the artist names, subjects and compositions that he should use.

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David Bray – Wrong Turn
StolenSpace Gallery
Until 12th April 2015
London

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Video: Nuart Festival 2014 Recap

Hypebeast did a nice video recap of the Nuart Festival 2014 in Norway (covered here) with founder Martyn Reed and the participating artists.

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London: Slinkachu – Miniaturesque @ Andipa

Slinkachu - Miniaturesque

Since 2006 street artist Slinkachu has been abandoning his miniature people in the streets and has taken in-situ photographs creating a new narrative. Andipa Gallery is presenting a major new exhibition called Miniaturesque. 

Shot in London during different seasons over the past year, Slinkachu’s new body of work draws upon our desire to seek out and recreate the natural world amongst the urban metropolis with a certain dose of irony. His miniature people, photographed on the streets of London and then left in situ – or ‘abandoned’ – by the artist, explore the hidden enclaves of the wild within our city.

The show features seventeen new images on paper and aluminium as well as new sculptural pieces, including Slinkachu’s biggest yet with over 200 miniature figures in a recreation of The River Thames.

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Slinkachu – Miniaturesque
Andipa Gallery
Until 11 April 2015
162 Walton Street
Knightsbridge
London SW3 2JL

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London Streets: Phlegm

Phlegm - London

UK Street artist Phlegm is back to the streets of London with a new large scale mural in Shoreditch. Check the work in progress shots below.

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London: Remi Rough – Previously @ Morgan

Remi Rough - Previously

After showing in Dubai, Germany and New York, UK artist Remi Rough is returning to London with a retrospective exhibition entitled ‘Previously‘ featuring a series of unseen paintings between 2009 and 2012 showcased by Morgan Furniture.

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Remi Rough – Previously
Until 27 March
Morgan
1 Dallington Street
London EC1V 0BH

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London: Sotheby’s Bear Witness Auction

Sotheby's - Bear Witness Auction

For their upcoming auction ‘Bear Witness‘, Sotheby’s has been turned into a giant party house inside out. The facade is ornated by a giant bear neon sign, and even the wallpaper and walls have been redecorated with bear patterns.  Sothebys wanted to recreate the house of an eccentric collector who gathered one of the most extraordinary collections to have ever been assembled, and acquired over decades since 1976.

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Bear Witness features a wonderland of astonishing art and curious artefacts with major works by the pioneers of post-war and contemporary art alongside countless artefacts, curiosities and objets d’art drawn from across the globe. From Warhol, Haring, Koons, YBAs like Hirst, Chapman Brothers to Renaissance era marble skulls, Art Deco sculptures and 19th-century theatrical props – from the classical to the kitsch – it is a collection with no parallel or precedent.

The collection is unified by two recurring motifs – the bear, symbol of power, strengh and life, and the skull, a reminder of our own mortality, a memento mori.

Three sales will take place over three consecutive days, culminating with the first, and most probably only, dedicated “Bears & Skulls” auction on 12 March. The sheer breadth and diversity of the works on offer is reflected in their estimates, which range from as little as £20 to in excess of £2,000,000.

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Sothebys – Bear Witness auction
10 – 12 March 2015
New Bond Street
London

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London: Bicicleta Sem Freio – Fera

Bicicleta Sem Freio - Fera

Following their recent  monumental murals across Europe and the US in major cities likes London, Berlin, Miami, Las Vegas or Los Angeles, the Brazilian duo of illustrators Bicicleta Sem Freio (“Bicycle Without Brake”), aka Douglas de Castro and Renato Perreira just launched their first London solo exhibition with Justkids and RexRomae.

The show entitled “Fera”, which means ‘wild’ in Portuguese, features a series of black and white ink illustrations as well as vibrant and colourful paintings juxtaposing 80’s iconography, female figures, exotic animals and rock’nroll imagery.

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Bicicleta Sem Freio – Fera
JustKids
Until 8 March 2015
9 Kingsland Road
London E2 8AA

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London: Jessica van der Weert – Flipside

Jessica van der Weert - Flipside

In conjunction with Beautiful Crime and Eddie Lock, photographer Jessica van der Weert  presents FlipSide, the culmination of an incredible 2-year project shooting some of the world’s biggest and most influential dance music producers and DJs, following their passions away from music . The exhibition aims to raise awareness of tinnitus and funds for the British Tinnitus Association.

Flipside features 28 DJs and Music Producers, including Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, Example, Adam F, Carl Cox, Boy George, DJ Fresh, Zane Lowe, Shy FX, Chase & Status, Annie Mac, DJ Hype, Andy C, Orbital and Judge Jules to name a few. Each portrait offers a unique insight into the interests and hobbies of the featured DJ and Music Producer,  from racing classic cars, Brighton and Hove Albion football club, Coronation Street to the film Platoon.

The first instalment of the touring exhibition is currently on view in London at the Hoxton Gallery, followed by New York, Los Angeles and Ibiza.

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View the full set of pics from the opening here

Jessica van der Weert – Flipside
Until 4th March
Hoxton Gallery
9 Kingsland Road
London E2 8AA

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London: Mehdi Ghadyanloo – Perception

Mehdi Ghadyanloo - Perception

Having painted over a hundred murals in Tehran, Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo is making his debut London show ‘Perception‘ with Howard Griffin Gallery. The show features a series of paintings, miniature sculptures and a cube installation with visual effects playing with perception and depth.
Ghadyanloo’s work provides an insight into an impenetrable Iran, revealing a struggle and a desire for expression and a wider exploration of the human condition and life – carrying universal themes of hope, anticipation, loss and sadness.

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In parallel the artist also created a large scale mural in Shoreditch entitled ‘We did not start the game”, where three girls are jumping rope, while giant crows are overlooking them. For Ghadyanloo, the purpose of street art is to ‘beautify’ this grey and polluted city. Through the use of optical illusion, he portrays impossible scenes and gravity defying figures from radically altered perspectives. His escapist, surreal imagery aims to project an image of a utopia on the walls of the city, bending reality to provide a shared public space for dreaming.
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Mehdi Ghadyanloo – Perception
Until 2 April 2015
Howard Griffin Gallery
189 Shoreditch High St
London E1 6HU

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Video: Banksy in Gaza

Some new pictures and video from Gaza appeared on Banksy’s website, featuring a stencil version of the mythical female Greek character, Niobe, turned to stone and weeping continuously for her children.

‘If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, we side with the powerful – We don’t remain neutral’
Banksy

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London: Borondo – Animal @ RexRomae

Borondo - Animal

Following our recent Borondo’s studio visit (covered here) where we could see some of the work in progress, it is great to see the final installations in the gallery space. ‘Animal’ aims to explore the relationship between human and nature. Visitors experience a journey through eight thematic spaces, with a multitude of techniques and artworks, from glass scratched painted windows and shadows, raw classical paintings on wood to collaboration with Carmen Maín (ES) on video installations and impressive sculptural installations with Edoardo Tresoldi (IT) and  Despina Charitonidi (GR).

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Borondo – Animal
Until 26 February
Rex Romae
London Newcastle Project Space London

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London: dran – Public Execution (Part III)

Dran - Public Execution

We returned to the  dran show ‘Public Execution’ (covered here) on its closing day on 21 February. Since the past two weeks the white empty walls with spray painted frames have gradually become more colourful and different characters have started to appear.

The Gallery assistant got a brand new desk. Playing with architecture, a little green hood in the woods reveals two skeletons from another angle. Dran’ signature characters evolve through different situations, from love relationships to being chased by the police, or simply have fun and spring for freedom.

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On a darker note, dran also highlights housing and homeless issues, with a reversed ad campaign promoting green areas coming soon to the grey city center.

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Here are some before / after shots to spot the differences:

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And if like the devil, you are turning green when looking at the electricity bill, need some oil to make your machine work or power up like Superman, if you are getting insanely cluttered with folders, listen to the advice on the computer ‘ Take some holidays’ and you’ll be flying high like the cat…

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London: Damien Hirst – Love @ Paul Stolper

Damien Hirst - Love Exhibition

Damien Hirst is currently having a pop-up exhibition titled ‘Love‘ featuring a series of prints and sculptural editions at Paul Stolper gallery.

Focussing on the theme of love, the exhibition includes ‘LOVE Gold’, a portfolio of love heart prints each foil blocked with a single butterfly in gold leaf, as well as two love heart pill sculptures ‘♡YU4EVA’, and ‘Love Struck’, a heart pierced by a crossbow bolt suspended in a sweet jar.

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Damien Hirst – Love
Until 21 February
Paul Stolper
31 Museum Street
LONDON WC1A 1LH

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London: Alex Chinneck car installation

Alex Chinneck - London

Hackney-based artist  Alex Chinneck created an illusionary public installation titled Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together. Located on a car park in London SouthBank, a Vauxall Corsa looks suspended in the air over 4.5 meter high upside down on a wave-shaped portion of tarmac that seems peeled back from the ground and folded back on itself.

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Until 25 February
Hungerford Car Park
Belvedere Road, London

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London: dran – Public Execution (Part II)

Dran - Public Execution Show

Ideally located in Soho between a sex shop, a pub and a primary school, the dran show ‘Public Execution’ is evolving on a daily basis. Last week opening (covered here) saw crowds facing white empty walls with spray painted frames .

As mentioned on Pictures on Walls website, the exhibition is a  ‘live’ masterclass in ‘spontaneous creativity’ happening in ‘real time’ and the show is being created from scratch.  Lucky ones can even manage to see dran in action.

Colourful background walls were painted overnight and every time we pop in, we can witness new witty characters being painted: a farmer’s revolution on a football pitch, an arachnophobe Spidermana sad clown painted upside down, a maid sweeping a flow of question marks, a flower pot ‘loading’ and growing by the day…

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Upon completion on the 21 Feb, the show will close immediately so check it out this week.

Check our Part III and finale of the show here

dran – Public Execution
Until 21 Feb 2015
35 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1

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London: Antony Micallef – Self

Antony Micallef - Self

London based artist Antony Micallef is returning to Lazarides with a solo exhibition entitled ‘Self’. Departing from his style and language from his earlier series like Impure Idols (2007), Becoming Animal (2009) and Happy Deep Inside My Heart (2011), Self features a series of energetic self-portraits paintings with colourful three dimensional brushstrokes and charcoal on paper.

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Antony Micallef – Self
Lazarides Rathbone
Until 19th March 2015

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London: XXX show @ Jealous

XXX - Jealous / Moniker

Ahead of this year’s Valentine’s Day, Moniker Projects and Jealous Gallery have teamed up to put together an exhibition featuring valentine’s themed artworks from 25 artists including Benjamin Murphy, Ben Slow, Best Ever, The Connor Brothers, Zeus, David Shillinglaw, Inkie, Mark McClure, Lauren Baker, Jon Burgerman Jonesy, Carl Cashman, Hannah Dickens, Hayden Kays, Keira Rathbone, Mantis, Mobstr, Jo Peel, Malarky, Eine, Ben Slow, Mr Penfold, Static, Magda Archer, Sickboy and RYCA.

In parallel Ben Eine is releasing a limited edition silkscreen prints featuring a cheeky XXX. The overall selection provides varied interpretations of the theme as the artists are themselves, from romantic to the downright debauched and the sugary sweet.

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Triple XXX
Jealous Gallery
Until 15 February
53 Curtain Road
London EC2A 3PT

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London: Vestige Group show @ Coates & Scarry

Vestige - Coates & Scarry

Curated by Coates and Scarry, the group exhibition ‘Vestige’ brings together a new body of works that subtly or overtly reference historical imagery and objects.

Participating artists include Lisa Wright, Emma Vidal, Penny Byrne, Aaron Smith and Henry Hussey. 

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Merging together fragments of history like ribbons, ruffs, wigs and petticoats, Lisa Wright’s historical portrait paintings and drawings are simultaneously rooted in the past and the present.

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Australian artist Penny Byrne transforms porcelain figures with wry humour and gives them a voice, highlighting current political conflicts and protests.

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Using charcoal, French artist Emma Vidal creates drawings and three dimensional works with spiritual and cultural symbolism depicting a post-apocalyptic world in ruin.

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Inspired by photographic portraits from the Edwardian and Victorian eras, LA based artist Aaron Smith gives a contemporary twist to male portrait paintings. By skilfully layering and interweaving text, imagery together with vintage, hand-dyed, printed fabrics and embroidery, UK artist Henry Hussey creates highly complex and colourful textile works.

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View the full set of pics here

Vestige Group Show
Until 21 Feb 8
Duke Street
London SW1Y 6BN

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London: dran – Public Execution show

Dran - Public Execution Show

Returning to London after five years, the French master draughtsman dran has just launched a new solo show entitled ‘Public Execution‘ . Announced at the last minute on Pictures on Walls, the show ‘ promises to be a ‘live’ masterclass in ‘spontaneous creativity’ happening in ‘real time’. All of which actually means he hasn’t done much yet. Over the next three weeks dran will be creating an art show from scratch in full public view in an empty shop in Soho. Upon completion it will close immediately.
The public are invited to visit at any time, but may not always be welcome.’

Despite the last minute announcement, eager fans came in force to the opening, and were welcome with enormous cheese platters, wine and beers. Sitting behind a broken laptop and copy machine, a painted female assistant is greeting  visitors.  Next to her features a canvas of a little boy dressed up in shiny costume made of snack packaging. Guests are invited to put bids and comments to get it. And so far the walls are covered with painted blank frames. So we’ll see how the show will evolve  and what surprises lay in store.

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dran – Public Execution
Until 21 Feb 2015
35 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1

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London: Ron English @ Boxpark

Ron English @ Boxpark London

Legendary New York based artist Ron English is currently in London for a series of events. Artrepublic is showing at Boxpark a retrospective of his famous works like Marilyn Monroe with Mickey Mouse breasts, the corpulent fast food spokesman MC Supersized, or Abraham Obama. In parallel we will see the exclusive launch of the  Camo Deer Print. See more details here.

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We were lucky to meet Ron English while he’s currently painting a large mural of his Camo Deer.  Join the Q&A session in London organised by VNA Magazine this Thursday at Boxpark, Shoreditch from 6-9 pm. If you’d like us to ask him something, send your questions on Twitter to @vnamagazine & @boxpark.

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Ron English
Boxpark
2-10 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6GY

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Studio Visit: Borondo – “Animal” @ RexRomae

Borondo - Studio Visit 'Animal'

We visited the studio of prolific Spanish artist Gonzalo Borondo ahead of his upcoming solo exhibition “Animal”.  Curated by Rom Levy, founder of  RexRomae, and Charlotte Dutoit of Justkids, the show will be set up at the London Newcastle Project Space in Shoreditch . It’s Borondo’s most ambitious show to date and the atmosphere in the studio is buzzing and fun. Prolific is an euphemism when we see the variety of techniques and medium used: wood, mesh, glass, videos and so on…

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The comprehensive body of work ranges from his signature paintings on glass and raw classical paintings on wood to collaboration with Carmen Maín (ES) on video installations and impressive sculptural installations with Edoardo Tresoldi (IT) and Despina Charitonidi (GR). Focussing on “the conflict between our innate animal instincts and our present lives, which are coated with the dependence of technology and our fear for the unknown”, Borondo invites the viewer to a sensory journey through eight thematic spaces, exploring the relationships between human beings and nature. Humans  try to tame nature and control everything around them through technology in the delusional hope to reach immortality instead of embracing the wildness and freedom that nature has to offer.  And as a bonus for those attending the opening night on 5 February, a limited edition signed screen-print entitled “Fake Paradise” will be released.

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Borondo – Animal
5 – 26 February
Rex Romae
London Newcastle Project Space London

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Paris: Jeff Koons Retrospective – Centre Pompidou

Jeff Koons Retrospective - Pompidou

In collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris is currently presenting the first exhaustive retrospective devoted to Jeff Koons in Europe until 27 April 2015.

Through a chronological itinerary, the retrospective features around 100 sculptures and paintings sourced from all over the world, including all the landmarks in the artist’s career for the past 35 years.

Inspired by Marcel Duchamp “readymade’ objects, Jeff Koons started his first series Inflatables, by displaying coloured inflatable toys on mirrors. He then turned his attention to household appliances like the vacuum cleaner for his New series (1981), set in display cases illuminated by fluorescent light. They represent the American society aspiring to pragmatism and personal success through technology.

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Pursuing his topic of the American Dream with the desire for upward mobility, Jeff Koons used the notion of sports as a way for underpriviledged to climb the social ladder, and created the Equilibrium series (1985), where basketballs float in aquarium-like glass tanks.  In parallel he also challenged the notion of light objects in creating identical bronze casts (snorkel, Aqualung, lifeboat).

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Jeff Koons Retrospective - Pompidou

With Statuary, Jeff Koons replicated to the perfection familiar figurative decorative objects in stainless steel in order to appeal to widest public possible. Rabbit(1986)  is a perfect example. Using skilled artisans, he raised new heights in porcelain and sculpture on woods with his large scale works from the Banality series like Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988).

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Having married adult film star and Italian parliamentarian Ilona Staller, alias Cicciolina, Jeff Koons then decided to feature himself in explicit photographs set in dream-like landscapes or sculptures for Made in Heaven (1989-1991).

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Based on the original photographs he was asked to produce for a calendar, Celebration features large scale paintings and monumental sculptures from hearts, beribboned eggs, party balloons and toys using cutting edge technology and craftspeople.

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The hugely ambitious technical and financial demands of Celebration  resulted in a delayed public launch. So Jeff Koons responded with Easyfun, a series of playful mirror sculptures linked to childhood, illustrating animal shapes and cartoon esthectics.

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Popeye and Hulk Elvis epitomise the American mass culture that Jeff Koons so values. Inspired by inflatable toys caught in unlikely situations, the sculptural objects are perfect replicas of the original models cast in aluminium and then painted over to create an illusion. The end result is so good that audience members and children are automatically fooled and attracted to touch the sculptures raising the alarm. A green Hulk appears to be screaming with his piano keyboard.

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For the Antiquity series Jeff Koons revisits the landmarks of the history of art. His canvasses include a juxtaposition of photographs of inflatable objects and reproduction of statues of Aphrodite. The background, which evokes an abstract painting, may also conjure up the sea foam from which the goddess first emerged. In the foreground, Koons’s marker drawing of a sailboat makes a highly stylised allusion to Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World. The famous Palaeolithic Venus of Willendorf is transformed into Ballon Venus and so on.

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Gazing Ball is Jeff Koons’s most recent series, featuring replicas of infamous masterpieces of classical sculpture. Created out of white plaster, they are adorned by a bright blue glass globe, a nod to his father’s furniture and decorative shop ornaments.

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Despite all the surrounding controversy and blatant narcissism, there is no denying that Jeff Koons ‘ artworks have gained perfection in their technique and end result.

View the full set of pics here

JEFF KOONS RETROSPECTIVE
Centre Pompidou – Paris
until 27 April 2015

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London Streets: Ludo

London streets - Ludo

French artist Ludo is back to London where he put a couple of his signature neon green pasters  across the streets. Here is some pics of a giant butterfly in South London.

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London: Mapping the City – Somerset House

Mapping the City - Somerset House

Following the success of the 2014 exhibition Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru by Sixe Paredes (featured here), the collaborative arts organisation Approved by Pablo is curating a new exhibition entitled Mapping the City at Somerset House in London.

Over 50 internationally recognised artists from the street art and graffiti scene including Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Swoon, Momo, Remed  take over the New Wing of Somerset House to  share their knowledge of each city’s secrets and urban landscape through a variety of media from illustrations, paintings, sculptures, installations and videos.

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Full list of participating artists include:  108 (IT), 3TTMAN (ES), Aryz (ES), Augustine Kofie (US), Boris Tellegen (NL), Brad Downey (US), Caleb Neelon (US), Cali Thornhill Dewitt (US), Chu (AR), Cleon Peterson (US), Cult of RAM:ELL:ZEE (UK), Egs (FI), Ekta (SE), Eltono (FR), Erosie (NL), Filippo Minelli (IT), Gold Peg (UK), Graphic Surgery (NL), Herbert Baglione (ES), Honet (FR), Horfee (FR), Huskmitvan (DK), Isauro Huizar (DK), Isaac Tin Wei Lin (US), James Jarvis (UK), June (US), Ken Sortais (FR), Les Freres Ripoulain (FR), Malarko (UK), Mathieu Tremblin (FR), Martin Tibabuzo (AR), Mike Ballard (UK), Momo (US), Mudwig (UK), Nano184 (ES), Nug (SE), OX (FE), Petro (UK), Psychoze (FR), Remed (FR), Ron English (US), Russel Maurice (UK), Shantell Martin (UK), Shepard Fairey (US), Sixe Parades (ES), Spok (ES), Susumu Mukai (JP), Swoon (US), Tim Head (UK), Will Sweeney (UK)

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 To complement the exhibition, Somerset House and A(by)P are hosting a diverse series of events, including a series of film and music evenings, artists talks, performances and interactive workshops, all inspiring visitors to re-evaluate their own relationship to the cities in which they live. View the full program of events here

Mapping the city
Somerset House
Until 15 February 2015

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London: Mark Jenkins – Moment of Impact

Mark Jenkins - Moment of Impact

Following his participation to 2014 Paris Nuit Blanche (covered here) and Art Basel Miami, American artist Mark Jenkins returns to London for a solo exhibition ‘ Moment of Impact‘ at Lazarides Rathbone. Featuring a new body of hyper-realistic works with three dimensional canvases from his continuing ‘kicked series’ and life-sized sculptures, Mark Jenkins is also introducing a brand new series of child-size mixed media sculptures.

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Mark Jenkins – Moment of Impact

Until 5 Feb 2015
Lazarides Rathbone
London W1T 1HR

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London: Post Pop – East meets West @ Saatchi Gallery

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The Saatchi Gallery is bringing together 250 works by 110 artists from China, the Former Soviet Union, Taiwan, the UK and the USA in a comprehensive survey celebrating Pop Art’s legacy. Post Pop: East Meets West shows the powerful influence of the Pop Art movement over artists from world regions regardless of their political ideologies.
The exhibition is presented through the framework of six themes:

Art History

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Religion and Ideology

Grisha BruskinAidan SalakhovaSergey ShutovGu Wenda & Recycle Group     Gu Wenda

Sex and the Body

Julian OpieMarc QuinnMichael Craig-Martin   Paul McCarthy  Michael Craig-Martin

Advertising and Consumerism

Alexander KosolapovJeff Koons     Daniel ArshamTom Sachs

Celebrity and Mass Media

Oleg KulikDaniel Arsham     Daniel ArshamGeorge Pusenkoff     Gary Hume

Habitat

Vladimir KosinClay Ketter     Bill Woodrow

View the full set of pics from the exhibition here

Full List of participating artists here

Post Pop – East meets West
Saatchi Gallery
Until 25 February 2015

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London: D*Face & Rebels Alliance Takeover at StolenSpace

D*Face & Rebels Alliance Takeover

Last Thursday D*Face & Rebels Alliance took over the StolenSpace gallery with lots of goodies for the festive season, from T shirts, limited edition Esses Magazines, Evisu exclusive products and Rebels Alliance hand made merchandise. Bikers also came in force to support the event while D*Face was signing books and other memorabilia to the delighted crowd.

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To mark his recent collaboration with U2 on their ‘California‘ video, D*Face released a 3 layered 17 colour screen print with interchangeable background titled ‘Rear View’.

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Screenshot from the U2 California video

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London: Here Today Exhibition

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened and Endangered Species, an exhibition entitled ‘HERE TODAYopened at the Old Sorting office in London, supported by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Baku Magazine.

Curated by international curatorial collective, Artwise, the exhibition includes specially commissioned interactive installations and artist’s rooms, and features works of  50 world leading artists from a variety of international backgrounds and range of media. The show takes the visitors on a journey of artworks on endangered species and environmental concern from artists including George Condo, Tracey Emin, Andy Warhol, Gavin Turk, Peter Blake, United Visual Artists, Douglas Gordon, Stephanie Quayle, Gordon Cheung, , Julian Opie, Mariko Mori, Carsten Höller, and more.

Here Today… takes on the challenge of raising awareness of today’s most pressing environmental issues, and seeks to raise funds to keep the hundreds of species facing extinction here tomorrow and beyond.

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Here Today
Until 17 December
Old Sorting Office
London

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London: Smile Britannia Charity Auction 2014

Smile  Britannia Auction 2014

London Westbank Gallery, the Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Foundation and Temwa gathered for a second year running for a fantastic charity fundraising event Smile Britannia at the Houses of Parliament in London. The auction featured an impressive line up of artists from Nick Walker, Zeus, Dan Kitchener, Copyright, Gemma Compton, Matt Small, Rowan Newton, Will Barras, Banksy as well as Turner Prize nominee Richard Long, and last but not least Picasso.

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The full list of artists includes: Andy Council, Art is Trash, Banksy, Beejoir, Belinda Frikh, Ben Allen, Benjamin Murphy, Chapter, China Mike, Copyright, Cunni Outsider, Dank, David Walker, Ellie Steele, Elmo Hood, Fin DAC, FLX, Gemma Compton, Goldie, Gil Carvelho, Henry Hate, Hornhead, INKIE, James Mylne, Jim Starr, Jim Vision, K-Guy. Lhouette, Lucy Sparrow, Matt Small, Mau Mau, Mr. Cenz, Mr. Jago, Nick Walker, Osch, Paul McGowan, Patrick Bremer, Richard Long, Rowan Newton, RYCA, Schoony, Stiffado Dante, Studio Philly, Tim Fowler, Toaster, Tommy Penton, Will Barras, Yuliya Danylyuk, and Zeus.

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Big up to the organisers, participating artists and generous bidders for making this happening in this magical venue!

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London: Phillips Auction – Under the influence

Phillips - Under the Influence

The upcoming London auction at PHILLIPS titled ‘Under the Influence‘ features a selection of works by Contemporary and Urban artists, including Kaws, Ryan McGinley, Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Revok, Mr, Ai Weiwei, Retna, Rero, Seen.

Here are some preview pics:

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Browse the catalogue here

PHILLIPS – Under the influence

10 December 2014
30 Berkeley Square
London W1J 6EX UK

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London: Smile Britannia Charity Auction 2014

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On Saturday 13 December 2014, the Houses of Parliament open their doors for the second ‘Smile Britannia ’ – a charity auction night where some of the UK’s best contemporary and urban artists will auction off their work to support projects improving lives across the globe.

Last year (see our 2013 coverage here) pieces from Banksy, Nick Walker and Shephard Fairey went under the hammer, raising over £80,000 for incredible causes.

With the gathered funds from last year’s auction the ‘Smile Britannia’ collaboration between  London Westbank Gallery, the Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Foundation and Temwa has already helped thousands of people, from funding a clean drinking water project in rural India benefiting thousands of people, to training over 1,400 Malawian farmers in sustainable agricultural practices and empowering disadvantaged communities in London through art.

This year the collection features works by leading artists including Goldie, Inkie, Copyright and Turner Prize winner Richard Long, and another piece by Banksy.

Celebrating the Royal Doulton’s 200th anniversary in 2015, Nick Walker has collaborated with Royal Doulton to create a unique new figurine, Vandal vs Parliament, a 3D form of his signature vandal character. The limited edition will be first launched at Smile Britannia to support the charity projects.

The full list of artists includes: Andy Council, Art is Trash, Banksy, Beejoir, Belinda Frikh, Ben Allen, Benjamin Murphy, Chapter, China Mike, Copyright, Cunni Outsider, Dank, David Walker, Ellie Steele, Elmo Hood, Fin DAC, FLX, Gemma Compton, Goldie, Gil Carvelho, Henry Hate, Hornhead, INKIE, James Mylne, Jim Starr, Jim Vision, K-Guy. Lhouette, Lucy Sparrow, Matt Small, Mau Mau, Mr. Cenz, Mr. Jago, Nick Walker, Osch, Paul McGowan, Patrick Bremer, Richard Long, Rowan Newton, RYCA, Schoony, Stiffado Dante, Studio Philly, Tim Fowler, Toaster, Tommy Penton, Will Barras, Yuliya Danylyuk, and Zeus.

View the lots here

Tickets to the event will cost £100 which includes a Champagne reception with canapes, and entry to the after-party at the Groucho Club. Online, phone and reserve bidding will be available this year for those unable to attend in person.

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For more information visit www.smilebritannia.org
book at info@smilebritannia.org

 

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London: Anthony Lister – Hurt People Hurt People

Anthony Lister - Hurt People Hurt People

Despite being recently arrested and charged for graffiti in his home city of Brisbane ( see here), Australian artist Anthony Lister made it through to the UK for his new solo show entitled ‘Hurt People Hurt People‘ at Lazarides Rahtbone gallery in London.  He also managed to paint three murals in the streets on London.

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The exhibition features colourful canvases highlighting contemporary issues, from seductive female figures in superhero outfits to soldiers and still life paintings. It is also the opportunity to view a series of bronze sculptures.

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Anthony Lister
Hurt People—Hurt People
Until 20 December 2014
Lazarides Gallery, London

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London: Giacomo Bufarini a.k.a. RUN – Parabola di G

Giacomo Bufarini - Parabola di G

Howard Griffin Gallery is currently presenting an exhibition and sculptural installation by Giacomo Bufarini a.k.a. RUN entitled Parabola di G. The London-based began painting murals on abandoned walls in Bologna and Florence in the 1990s under the pseudonym ‘RUN’ and his signature characters with interlocking hands and faces can be found from China to Senegal. Moving to London in 2007, the Italian artist continued his street work as RUN while developing his studio work.

In this exhibition, Bufarini leads the viewer through a semi-autobiographical narrative told through a series of highly detailed pen and ink drawings that collectively make up a book within an immersive gallery wide monochrome installation. The imagery follows the journey of a semi-fictional character, G, as he falls through levels of reality into a dreamscape. As they walk through the space, visitors discover a story within a story, stepping into the unfolding drawing pages. Through a host of metaphorical characters in surreal scenes, the show explores ideas of imagination and creativity and spirituality.

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View pics from the opening here

Giacomo Bufarini – Parabola di G
Until 21 December
Howard Griffin Gallery
189 Shoreditch High Street
London, E1 6HU

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Video: Scratch Bandit Crew & Brusk

French graffiti artist Brusk continues his collaboration with DJ group Scratch Bandits Crew (covered here) on a new video for their single titled Soundboy. The upcoming EP Soundboy will be released on 1 December 2014.


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London: Daniel Arsham – Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

Daniel Arsham

New York based contemporary artist Daniel Arsham launched a wall intervention called ‘Bound Figure’ at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London. Using fiberglass, a pair of shoes, and manipulating the surface, the artist created an optical illusion of a human figure trapped by the gallery walls.

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The gallery is also displaying a series of signature artworks like a disused walkman, camera, guitar and boombox.

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View the full set of pics here

In parallel Daniel Arsham is also participating to the awaited show  Post Pop: East Meets West show at Saatchi Gallery.

Lastly to coincide with a new limited edition sculpture release, the artist premiered his film Future Relic 02 film, featuring James Franco.

Daniel Arsham – Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
Until 5 January 2015
6 Heddon Street
London W1B 4BT

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London: Nigel Cox – Oblivious

Nigel Cox - Oblivious

Irish artist Nigel Cox is currently showing a new body of works entitled “Oblivious’ with contemporary curatorial duo Coates & Scarry in London. Nigel Cox creates minimalistic oil paintings with an extraordinary realism and meticulous details.

Inspired by ordinary people going about their everyday lives and immersed in their own routine, he captures their moments unaware.

The abandonment of background detail focuses the viewer directly on the subject, whose face is not visible, and creates a feeling of inner calm and tranquillity.

 

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Nigel Cox – Oblivious
Coates & Scarry
Gallery 8
8 Duke Street

London SW1Y 6BN.

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Paris: Richard Prince – New Figures

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New York based contemporary artist Richard Prince  goes neo-Cubist with a beautiful body of photo collage paintings titled New Figures at Gallery Almine Rech in Paris.

The drawn lines, pale colors, and collaged shapes refer to Picasso’s elegant lines and Matisse’s scissor-snipped collages, before American art went Pop and life turned electronic. Some of the girls are covered with drawn bodies, another’s arms morph into geometric or schematic appendages in a freehand combination of image, design, and drawing.

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Richard Prince – New Figures
Until 20 December 2014
Almine Rech Gallery
Paris

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London: David Walker – A Blank Canvas is a White Flag

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Lawrence Alkin Gallery is presenting brand new works by David Walker at the Hoxton Gallery in London. The show entitled ‘A Blank Canvas is a White Flag’ features sculpture, photography and printmaking, made in collaboration with RYCA and Schoony.

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Working only with spray paint, his signature multi-layered colourful portraiture has evolved through different techniques. For his ‘Pour Paintings’, David Walker created portraits by literally pouring paint onto canvas.

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A medical cabinet displays a series of colourful multilayered fragments, results of years of spraypaint accumulation. These are featured in his new photographic series.

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The main body of new works in the show titled as ‘arrangements’ are made of single portraits created across multiple canvasses each with their own self-contained colour theme and nuance, from monochrome to photorealistic sections.

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On this collection of works, Walker comments:“The arrangements are a way for me to revitalise my process, the different coloured backgrounds suggest different approaches and colour logic to each, seeing both the individual and the whole. This is what I want the viewer to experience- first acknowledging the portrait in its entirety – then as the eye moves across each canvas the image is decoded and in some instances its elements become abstract.“

View the full set of pics here

David Walker – ‘A Blank Canvas is a White Flag’
Until 30 November 2014
Lawrence Alkin Gallery
9 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA

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London: VNA Issue 28

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Very Nearly Almost Magazine launches the VNA 28 Limited Edition, featuring a screenprinted box set from Rebel8’s head clothing designer, Mike Giant.

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The issue features the first interview with the entire Da Mental Vaporz crew from their infamous Exquisite Corpse paintings to what keep them going for over a decade.

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DMV – Copenhagen 2011 – Photo by Butterfly

Taking a look at INSA’s career to date, VNA delve into his past, from his childhood bedroom posters to his very latest app release – a neat little piece of tricknology by the name of ‘GIF-ITI”.

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INSA – London 2012 – Photo by Butterfly

VNA 28 also features exclusive interviews with NUNCA, DAN HILLIER, SMUG, NICK WALKER, ALEXANDER MITCHELL/BACKWOODS, CHAD MUSKA, 1UP CREW AND INTI…

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Nick Walker – Bristol 2012 – Photo by Butterfly

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Pics courtesy of VNA unless otherwise stated.

The book launch party is held at Nelly Duff in Columbia road tonight from 6-9pm.
To buy regular copies of VNA 28, check the online store:

www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-28-pre-orders

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Video: 11 urban artists for U2 Films of Innocence

Following U2 ‘s initial release  Songs of Innocence, a video project called Films of Innocence involving 11 international urban artists is due out digitally on December 9 through Islands Records and listed on the iTunes store.

The clips combine animation with live action, and the project is presented as “a visual counter-point to the album.” The artists involved are Oliver Jeffers, Robin Rhode, D*Face, Mode 2, Chloe Early, Ganzeer, Vhils, Maser, ROA, DALeast and Todd James. Jefferson Hack is credited as director.

Watch a short trailer of Films of Innocence below.

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Paris: Vhils – Vestiges

Vhils - Vestiges

After completing his walls for the Paris Nuit Blanche (Covered here), Portugese artist Vhils just opened a new solo show ‘Vestiges‘ at Magda Danyz gallery. Engraving portraits and abstract patterns on cork, metal, wood and paper, Vhils continue to explore the city and its habitants’memory.

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Vhils – Vestiges
Until 15 November 2014
Galerie Magda Danysz
78 rue Amelot, 75011 Paris

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Studio Visit: Pimax (Paris)

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We popped by the studio of Parisian artist Pimax as he prepares for his upcoming group show ‘GOLDO Expo’ at  Galerie Sakura.

The studio space which used to store graves is surrounded by giant spraycans, a lifesize dummy policeman, as well as melting sculptures and toys, king kong sculptures with rubicube twin towers.

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Addicted to the 80’s Japanese manga TV series Goldorak, Pimax created his signature icon ‘Goldofuck’, a figurine portrayed in every possible situation. From stencils, paintings to resine casts, Pimax experiments with multiple supports.

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Pimax also enjoys reinterpreting objects from the pop and manga culture into colourful melting sculptures.  His ‘Impressionourf’ painting series is a tribute to the Impressionnism movement with his own twist.

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Goldo Expo
5 Nov – 17 Jan 2105
Galerie Sakura, Paris

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

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

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

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London: Duane Hanson – Reality Check

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

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

31 St. George Street
London

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