Celebrating the 64th anniversary of French magazine Paris Match, in partnership with Opera Gallery in Paris, 19 artists paid tribute by revisiting some of their iconic covers in paintings, sculptures, photos and other mixed media. Participating artists included Speedy Graphito, C215, Blek Le Rat, The London Police, Kan, Dest, Paul Alexis, G.J. Plisson & Brusk, Andre Monet, Gully, Gris1, Brusk, Tilt, Hisham Echafaki, Ron Agam and Zeus.
Moving to NY in the 80′s, French artist and fashion designer Maripol, became a close friend of Keith and Madonna, and a regular feature of the Factory with Andy Warhol. For the Keith Haring – Fashion exhibition at Colette, Maripol shares photographs, videos and fashion accessories.
For Easter, French graffiti writer Alexone has teamed up with chocolatier extraordinaire Christophe Roussel to create two limited chocolate creations: Chocotigre and Chococaniche.
Some great eye candy, but also delicious creations with exotic tastes of passion/coco for Chocotigre, and raspberry for Chococaniche. Alexone was celebrating the launch and signing copies at Citadium Beaubourg.
Prolific Parisian graffiti writer Horfee is having a pop up solo exhibition titled “Horfee’s Imaginarium” at Topsafe, London. For his largest exhibition to date, Horfee is featuring various stages of his colourful and creative mind, from drawings on paper, works canvas, video animations, sculptures and bespoke installations.
For his London solo exhibition “Les Bons Sauvages” at Stolenspace, Dutch painter Joram Roukes brings together human/animal morphing figures in a fragmented yet cohesive collage way. Through large scale colourful oil paintings, figures are shown in various situations, from celebrating in folklore costumes to relaxing within a dreamy landscape.
ART13, created by the owners of ART HK, is London’s new art fair for modern and contemporary art. Taking place at Olympia Grand Hall, it features 129 galleries from 30 different countries with thousands of artworks, including painting, sculpture, photography, prints and editions or multimedia.
Lazarides’ squat featuring Banksy, JR, Conor Harrington and Vhils amongst others attracted many onlookers. Artists like Polly Morgan, Patricia Piccinini unveiled their latest sculptures, while ART13 was also the opportunity for Katrins Fridiks to present her new solo show with Circle Culture Gallery.
From Asia to Europe and Middle East, the selection of artworks was certainly impressive and a breath of fresh air.
Conor Harrington is returning to London for another exhibition titled A Whole Lot of Trouble for a Little Bit of Win, this time at The Outsiders. The show features 20 studies and works on paper leading up to the Morning Glory painting he did for his 2012 exhibition called Dead Meat. The UK-based artist calls these his Morning Glories as he paints them daily, first thing upon arrival at his east London studio to catalyse the creative process.
Using oils and spray paint on canvas, Conor Harrington depicts ethereal multi-ethnic portraits, with a reference to the duality between East and West and the rise of new superpowers, like China.
New York-based artist Dan Witz, who has been a pillar of street art over the past 30 years, just opened a brand new exhibition,Prisoners 2012-13at Lazarides in London. Witz’ debut at Lazarides features his paintings from his signature Mosh Pit series, where figures intertwine and climb over one another with different stages of expressions during a mosh pit, from the pressure, pain and joy.
For the adjacent Prisoners series, Witz partnered with Amnesty International – the world’s largest human rights organization. As a symbolic reference to their real-life struggles, each of these imprisoned individuals is portrayed with few clothes, masked or with their hands tied.
Witz has also been dispersing his unique realistic stamp on the streets of London by painting one of his prisoners’ image onto phone boxes.