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

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.                  View … Continue reading

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London: Duane Hanson – Reality Check

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

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Paris: Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton, the philanthropic wing of luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, is opening a 41,441-square-foot art museum in Paris on 27 October to share its cultural values with the general public. The new glass building was designed by the architect … Continue reading

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Paris: FIAC Highlights

The 41 Edition of the French International Art Fair (FIAC) started with a bit of scandal. The ‘Christmas Tree‘ by Paul McCarthy on Place Vendome which was supposed to officially launch the FIAC was destroyed before the opening by vandals … Continue reading

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

Also new this year for the FIAC / (OFF)ICIELLE  Art Fair is a Street Art programme, curated by Nicolas Laugero Lasserre. French and international artists have been invited to paint the walls on the wharf of the Cité de la Mode … Continue reading

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Paris: (OFF)ICIELLE Art Fair

After the art week in London ( covered here), Paris is hosting a series of art fairs and events. (OFF)ICIELLE, FIAC’s new event, is held from 22 to 26 October at Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du … Continue reading

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Paris: 100Taur – Monsters in my closet

French Lowbrow artist 100TAUR ( see our studio visit here) just opened his latest solo show ‘Monsters in my closet‘ at Artoyz gallery in Paris. The exhibition features a comprehensive body of work, from drawings, engraving, mixed media paintings to taxidermy … Continue reading

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London: Frieze Art Fair 2014 – Highlights

The leading international contemporary art fair, Frieze London, returns to the heart of the UK’s capital, London’s Regent’s Park, for its 12th edition. This year’s event brings together 162 of the world’s top contemporary galleries in the UK and features … Continue reading

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London: Frieze Sculpture Park 2014

With the launch of the Art week in London is the opening of the Frieze Sculpture Park, selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Located in the beautiful surroundings of the English Garden, The Sculpture Park … Continue reading

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London: Jonas Burgert – Stuck Hirn Blind

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

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London: Yoshitomo Nara @ Dairy Art Centre

London’s Dairy Art Centre is presenting a major solo exhibition by the Japanese contemporary artist Yoshitomo Nara. This is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition in the UK to date and is featuring seminal pieces by the artist, many of … Continue reading

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London: Ludo – Chaos Theory

Following our recent studio visit (see here), we attended the solo exhibition ‘Chaos Theory‘ of French artist Ludo at Lazarides Rathbone in London. Live butterflies were fluttering during the opening much to the delight of onlookers. Inspired by the theory of “The … Continue reading

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London: Word To Mother & Beau Stanton @ Stolenspace

Stolenspace is celebrating a duo show this week with UK based artist Word To Mother ‘Too Blessed To Be Stressed’ and Brooklyn based artist Beau Stanton ‘Tenebras Lux’. ‘Too Blessed to Be Stressed’ presents a selection of multi-layered paintings on wood … Continue reading

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London: Faith47 – Aqua Regalia

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

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Studio Visit: 100TAUR (Toulouse)

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

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Streets: Paris Nuit Blanche 2014 – Part 3

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

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Streets: Paris Nuit Blanche 2014 – Part 2

As we continue wandering through the streets of Paris for the Nuit Blanche (covered here) we saw the new mural from Portugese artist Vhils at the Children Hospital Necker. As they were adding the finishing touches in the Halle Freyssinet, we … Continue reading

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Streets: Paris Nuit Blanche 2014 – Part 1

While usually artworks during the Nuit Blanche only last one night, this year selected artists have been invited to create long term works. We caught up with some of them as they prepare for the big night.  Large scale murals … Continue reading

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Streets: Borondo (Paris)

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

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Studio Visit: Ludo – Chaos Theory (Paris)

We visited the studio of French artist Ludo in Paris as he prepares for his London solo show Chaos Theory at Lazarides Rathbone. Using his trademark neon green and monochrome palette, Ludo’s new body of work illustrates themes of dissolute … Continue reading

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Interview: Tilt

While at the Nuart Festival in Norway, we caught up with French graffiti artist Tilt for a few questions… Where does your artist name come from? I started painting graffiti in 1988 in Toulouse. A graffiti writer named Declic (which … Continue reading

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London: Geraldine Swayne – How are You

Filmaker and member of the music band Faust, Geraldine Swayne is also a painter and is currently showing a series of miniature works titled How are you? at the Fine Art Society. Swayne creates intimate paintings with enamel on small … Continue reading

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London: Juliette Losq – Nemora @ FAS

The British artist Juliette Losq just opened her solo show Nemora at Fine Art Society in London. Inspired by English ‘Gothic’ of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Losq depicts liminal landscapes by juxtaposing rococo prints, Victorian newspaper illustrations,  sci- fi and … Continue reading

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Paris Streets: Invader ‘Picasso’

During the summer Space Invader put up a new piece featuring a large pixelated portrait of Pablo Picasso. As always, placement is key, and it can be seen close to the Musee Picasso in Paris. The artist’s instagram account also features … Continue reading

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London: Phlegm at the Royal Opera House

UK based artist Phlegm  is collaborating with the Royal Opera House in London Covent Garden this month.  We followed Phlegm as he created a large scale outdoor installation for the Festival of Myth curated by Minna Moore Ede of the National … Continue reading

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London: Reka / Twoone @ StolenSpace

StolenSpace Gallery is opening the new season in London with two concurrent solo shows from Australian artists based in Berlin: Reka’s “Trip the Light” and Two One’s “The Hunted Hunter’s Head.” Reka’s new body of work is inspired by his mother … Continue reading

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London Streets: Eelus

UK based artist Eelus (interviewed here) has returned to East London with a new stencil depicting a female angel. It can be seen on Hanbury Street. Eelus fans will be pleased to know that he will be showing some new … Continue reading

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London: Ian Francis – Endless Summer

Following his exhibition 10,000 Years from Now at Lazarides Rathbone, Bristol-based Ian Francis is returning to London for a solo exhibition Endless Summer at the Outsiders. Blending photorealism with abstract landlanscapes, the show features a series of same sized intimate … Continue reading

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NuArt Festival: Street Art and Activism

With the growing rise of Muralism, it was a breath of fresh air to see activist artists pursuing their actions, whether through interventions in the streets of Stavanger or through the heated debates at NuArt Plus. ±MAISMENOS± (PT) played with … Continue reading

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London: Adam Neate – Dimensionalism

After two years, UK-based artist Adam Neate has returned to London with a new solo Dimensionalism at Elms Lester (showing until the 18th of October). Playing with perspective, painted shadows, space and sculptural form, the artist is pushing further his exploration of 3D paintings. As a … Continue reading

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NuArt Festival: Borondo

Known for his large scale expressionistic portraiture and his “glass scratching’ painting technique, Spanish artist Borondo created an oudoor mural as well as an indoor installation for the Nuart Festival. The indoor installation features a quirky wooden house which lines … Continue reading

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Etam Cru – Back to school mural for NuArt

Sainer and Bezt of the Etam Cru kick started the NuArt Festival in Norway, illustrating a little school boy fallen asleep. Looking at the content of his bag, it seems to have been a busy day, between the lessons from his … Continue reading

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Norway: NuArt International Street Art Festival

NuArt International Street Art Festival based in Stavanger is due to open on 6 September. Founder and Director Martyn Reed and his team have been running the non for profit festival since 2005, and it has grown into one of the … Continue reading

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Cheltenham: Banksy Spy Booth

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 … Continue reading

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London: The Unauthorized Banksy Retrospective

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 … Continue reading

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London: Katrin Fridriks – Flying Awareness

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 … Continue reading

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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

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 … Continue reading

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Video: Banksy – Better Out than In

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Paris: Futura – Introspective

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 … Continue reading

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London: Seen Superheroes @ Opera Gallery

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 … Continue reading

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Paris streets: 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.       View the full set of pics here

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Paris: Lasco #3 – Palais de Tokyo

For the third instalment of the Lasco Project ( covered here) curator Hugo Vitrani invited seven  internationally renowned graffiti artists to infiltrate the Palais de Tokyo‘s cavernous basement level for the first time. LA based illustrator Cleon Peterson created a large black and … Continue reading

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London: 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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Toulouse: Mr Freeze Nite & Day – Part 2

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, … Continue reading

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London: Jacky Tsai – Eastern Orbit

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 … Continue reading

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London: 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.         … Continue reading

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Toulouse: Mr Freeze Nite & Day – Part 1

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 … Continue reading

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London: Richard Jackson – New Paintings @ Hauser Wirth

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 … Continue reading

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