London: Smile Britannia Charity Auction

Smile Britannia Auction

For the first time ever, the Houses of Parliament hosted an historic charity art auction called Smile Britannia on Friday 13 December 2013.

Supported by MP Mike Weatherley, Smile Britannia is a charity art project launched by the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation and the London Westbank Gallery in collaboration with Temwa.

Featuring an impressive artist line up including  Nick Walker, David Walker, Inkie, Copyright, Emma Compton, Mau Mau, Jim Starr, Jim Vision, Rowan Newton, Shoony, Toasters to name a fewas well as the first Banksy stenciled artwork in Bristol

100% of proceeds will be donated to the charitable bodies the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation, Temwa and the Smile Britannia project.

A unique and historical venue, great artworks and great cause, all the ingredients for a fantastic evening!

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View pics from the evening here 

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London: Stolenspace Winter Group Show

Stolenspace Winter Group Show 2013

Stolenspace Winter Group gathers a full roaster of artists and plenty of goodies for the festive season, from limited edition books, prints, drawings, paintings, as well as brand new D*Face Tshirts and D*Dogs vinyl sculptures.

Participating artists include:
Alo – Allison Hueman Torneros – Andrew McAttee – Arth Daniels – Beau Stanton Charlie Anderson – C215 – Cope2 – David Bray – D*Face – Eine – Evan Hecox – Josie Morway Kai and Sunny – Kelly Allen – Kelly McAllum – Max Rippon – Meggs – Miss Van – Mysterious Al – Paul Stephenson – Ramon Maiden – Reka – Rone Ronzo – Ryan Callanan – Sail (uselessarm) – Shepard Fairey – Simon WG Butler – Twoone – Vinnie Nylon – Will Barras -Zio Ziegler.

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View the full set of pics from the opening here

Until 22 Dec 2013
STOLENSPACE GALLERY
17 Osborn Street
London E1 6TD

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London: Shok-1- X Rainbow

Shok1 X Rainbow

London graffiti artist SHOK-1 is currently showing X-Rainbow at Pictures on Walls.

Within black painted walls, a multicolored skeleton overlooks the exhibition space from the ceiling while a heart shaped noose hangs high. Mastering the spraycan since the 80s, SHOK1 created a series of translucent x-ray inspired prints, canvases in a rainbow palette, featuring femur bones, hands and insects.

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View the full set of pics here

Shok1 – X Rainbow
Until 19th Dec 2013

Pictures on Walls
46-48 Commercial Street
London

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Video: Crimes of Minds

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London: Urs Fischer – Melodrama

Urs Fischer - Melodrama

Swiss contemporary artist Urs Fischer is currently exhibiting “Melodrama” at Sadie Coles in London. Featuring 3,000 hand modelled plaster giant raindrops suspended throughout the gallery, the installation creates a pastel rainbow rainstorm cloud which weaves in a swirling movement through the space.

Underneath this multicoloured rain are a series reclining life sized beheaded nudes made out of clay, sometimes painted, sometimes in discarded state with just a carrot.
Putting the fun back into art.

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Urs Fischer – Melodrama
Until 18 Jan 2014
Sadie Coles
62 Kingly Street
London W1

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London: Cyclops – The way of all flesh

Cyclops

The Outsiders London is currently hosting a new solo show by Cyclops, titled The way of all flesh. Cyclops’s art has evolved since his days in the London’s Burning Candy graffiti crew. His new body of work features large format oil paintings inspired by Baroque portraiture, religious iconography and contemporary photorealism.

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View the set of pics here

Cyclops – The way of all flesh
Until 24 Dec 2013
The Outsiders
London

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London: Edouard Martinet @ Sladmore

Edouard Martinet

French artist Edouard Martinet has been collecting every day objects and scrap metal from flea markets for decades. He then hand crafted intricate sculptures of life-like animals melting metal and using small screws. From a dragonfly, frog to a beetle, the results are breathtaking. The collection is on display at London’s Sladmore Contemporary until January 31 2014.  

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Edouard Martinet
Sladmore Gallery
32 Bruton Place
London W1J 6NW

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London: ZAK OVÉ – Speaker

Zak Ove - Speaker

London-based artist Zak Ové works between sculpture, film and photography. His mission is to reignite and reinterpret lost culture using found, cast and recovered material, while paying tribute to both spiritual and artistic African and Trinidadian identities.

We first saw Ové’s work at Lazarides Minotaur exhibition (featured here)

Following on from his recent participation in Glasstress at the Venice Biennale, Vigo Gallery presents his first solo show with the gallery.

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ZAK OVE – SPEAKER
Until 2 Juanuary 2014
Vigo Gallery
21 Dering Street
London W1S 1AL

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Video: Tracés Directs (Paris)

After being screened at Palais de Tokyo, we can now see what Lek, Sowat and their artists friends have been up to illegally during 7 months using chalks and water on a blackboard inside the Palais de Tokyo.

With (by order of appearance) Philippe Baudelocque, Wxyz, Alëxone, Smo, L’Outsider, Sowat, Babs, Skki, Jay one, Tcheko, Apôtre, Kan, Seb174, Sambre, Nassyo, Popay, Spé, Fléo, Lek, Dem189, Swiz and Jacques Villeglé.

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Paris: Lasco project at Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo - Paris

Opening in Paris on 21 Nov is the second instaltment of the ongoing project “Les Entrailles” at Palais de Tokyo, this time called “Lasco”.
Lek and Sowat and curator Hugo Vitrani have brought together 50 artists from different generations and field of practice to invade the secondary spaces of Palais de Tokyo not initially intended to accommodate exhibitions and closed to the public. Within this raw space and minimalist lighting, every artist has contributed with their skills and gesture to produce a collective work overlapping styles and techniques using spray paint, paintbrush, pencil, chalk, and other salvaged materials found on site.

“Lasco” session
With: ALËXONE, PHILIPPE BAUDELOCQUE, DRAN, HOCTEZ, JAY ONE, KAN, LEGZ , SILVIO MAGAGLIO, NASSYO, O’CLOCK, SEBASTIEN PRESCHOUX, ROTI, SKKI, and special  guests like LARRY CLARK,  MARTHA COOPER

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Les Entrailles – First session
With : ALËXONE, AZYLE, BABS, BOM.K, COKNEY, DEM189, DRAN, HONDA, HORFÉ, KATRE, LEK, OUTSIDER, RIZOTE, SAMBRE, SETH, SOWAT, SWIZ, VELVET, WXYZ, ZOER And also : ALZO, BADHYPNOZ, BRUSK, BORE, BORIS, CYRIAK, DEMON, DRAS, EMOY, GOMER, GRIS1, HOBZ, INÉ, JAW, KAN, KÉBOY, KENO, KENCE, LEGZ, MEKO, MR. QUI, NEXT, NIBOR, OGRE, ONDE, PEAMS, RUSTY, SAEYO, SINDÉ, SIRIUS, SMOE, SODA, TCHEKO, TEURK,WO, XABY

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In parallel to the Lasco project the screening of Traces Direct (covered here) will be shown.

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Palais de Tokyo
From 21 November
13 Avenue Du Président Wilson, Paris 75016

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Paris: JR Inside / Out

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After completing his tour in London (covered here) JR photobooth truck is now back to Paris to complete some INSIDE/OUT action at Palais de Tokyo.

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In parallel JR took also the time to invade the Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris
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Paris: French Fairs FIAC and Slick

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France contemporary art fair, the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) celebrated its 40th edition this year at the Grand Palais in Paris. Featuring 184 exhibitors from 25 countries, the fair continues to hold a strong French presence with 30 % of the exhibitors. Some of the highlights include the Iron Tree from Ai Weiwei, Dan Colen at the Gagosian, Yue Minjun at Daniel Templon, a giant Kaws at Galerie Perrotin, and a wrecked Ferrari by Bertrand Lavier.

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In parallel to the FIAC, on the Banks of the Seine, SLICK Art Fair to bring together the vitality of 50 younger galleries and talents. Some pics below.

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London: Hush – Fatales

Hush - Fatales

British artist HUSH is debuting a London solo show at the Outsiders.  Initially known for his portraiture of Japanese women, the “Fatales” exhibition expand also into European muses. Featuring a series of twelve paintings depicting seductive female figures,  Hush successfully illustrates women sensuality and mystery.

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Hush – Fatales
Until 23 Nov 2013
The Outsiders
8 Greek Street, Soho,  

London W1D 4DG

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Paris: Live painting session

During the busy art week in Paris, a series of leading international artists have been invited to paint in front of the Drouot building for the Digard Street Art Auction: Nick Walker (UK), Logan Hicks (US), Mear One (US), Miss Tic (FR), Seth (FR), Katre (FR), Cope 2 (US) and Indie 184 (US) . Legendary photographer Martha Cooper was also onsite to document the events.

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The artworks will be auctioned in May 2014

View the full set here

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Video: Kehinde Wiley

Following the recent London opening of Kehinde Wiley ‘The World Stage: Jamaica‘(covered), here  is a video where he explains his creative process.

View the full set of pics from the show here

Kehinde Wiley – The world stage: Jamaica
Until 16 Nov 2013
Stephen Friedman Gallery
25-28 Old Burlington Street
London W1S 3AN

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London: Kate Moss unseen first photos

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Pictures of Kate Moss’s first ever photoshoot are being displayed at London’s Lawrence Alkin Gallery.

Photographer David Ross was asked by his friend – Sarah Doukas, who had recently set up her own modelling agency, Storm – to take pictures of a then-14-year old ingénue called Kate Moss.

“Kate was a young girl like any other, but with a certain teenage air about her that was piercing,” said Ross. “She was against the grain of any other look of the time. She was a cool kid and refreshing in that sense. She just had an attitude and an expression that kind of came easy, I guess.”
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Kate Moss: Roll 1
Until November 3
Lawrence Alkin Gallery, Soho, London

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Video: Kan at La Tour 13 (Paris)

Following our recent coverage on French graffiti artist Kan at la Tour 13 here is a video by MOUARF showing the intricate creation process.

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London: Moniker Art Fair

Moniker Art Fair 2013

Following our recent coverage ( see here) on the artists project spaces  at Moniker Art Fair , we now focus on the participating galleries: Andenken Gallery, artAZ, Coates and Scarry, Future Tense, Hang-Up Gallery, Imitate Modern, Jealous Gallery, Kallenbach Gallery, London Westbank Gallery, Look For Art, Moniker Projects, Scream Editions, Souled Out Studios, St. Art gallery, StolenSpace, and TAG Fine Arts.

From pop-surrealism paintings, urban art to sculptures and installations, Moniker has definitively stepped up during the busy London Art week.  

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View the full set of pics here
Moniker Art Fair
17 – 20 October 2013
The Old Truman Brewery,
91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

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London: Frieze Art Fair 2013

Frieze Art Fair 2013

Frieze Art Fair returns to London from 17 to 20 October 2013 showcasing 152 galleries from around the world. Highlights this year include the Gagosian Gallery, displaying five large scale works by pop artist Jeff Koons, from his stainless steel inflatable sculptures series to his Sacred Heart sculpture estimated to $2 billion.
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At the Stephen Friedman Gallery booth, viewers can enjoy the ultimate rebirthing experience by interacting with a giant sculptural self portrait of American artist Jennifer Rubell by climbing into a cavity made in her pregnant stomach. Lisson Gallery is focusing on veteran minimalist Dan Graham’s spiraled plexiglas pavilion, which visitors can enter and be temporarily taken away from the crowd whilst still in full view. Gavin Brown has put in some fun with a series of humanoid traffic cone sculptures by Robb Pruitt.

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Galerie Perrotin is displaying a golden sculpture, Naked self portrait with POM, by Takashi Murakami while numerous paintings and sculptures by Yoshimoto Nara can be seen at Pace Gallery and Blum & PoeAnd lastly, a series of photographs by Ryan McGinley, titled Me & My Friends is featured at the Team Gallery booth.
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London: Jeff Koons x Dom Perignon sculpture package

Jeff Koons x Dom Pérignon

Earlier this year Jeff Koons x Dom Pérignon partnered to create the Balloon Venus Sculpture Package. During Frieze art week in London the Balloon Venus package was unveiled together with the launch of two special “Dom Pérignon by Jeff Koons” boxes, designed by Jeff Koons himself.

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View pics from the private launch here

The Balloon Venus sculpture package is made to order for £15,500 along with the Dom Pérignon Vintage Rosé. Alternatively you can also opt for the special Koons boxes of Dom Pérignon Blanc de Blancs (£130) and Rosé (£315) sold online here.

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