London: Kehinde Wiley – The world stage: Jamaica

Kehinde Wiley

Stephen Friedman Gallery is currently hosting ‘The World Stage: Jamaica‘, Kehinde Wiley‘s first ever UK solo show. Wiley redefine portraiture by featuring Jamaican men and women assuming poses taken from 17th and 18th Century British portraiture. The exhibition is the first one in the ‘World Stage’ series to feature portraits of women. Reflecting on the relationship between the island and her former colonial power, Wiley is restaging history, transforming the race and gender of the traditional art-historical hero to reflect the contemporary urban environment. Intricate backgrounds and patterns contradict the sombre posturing of the subjects and allude to the bold styles of urban fashion.

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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: Strarta Art Fair

STRARTA ART FAIR

STRARTA is a new Art Fair located at the Saatchi Gallery. Featuring 30 international galleries, the artwork on show includes modern paintings, drawings, limited edition prints, photography, sculptures and multi-media works ranging from £2,000 to well over £250,000.

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The Strarta Art Fair is also hosting ARTWARS, an exhibition showcasing a regiment of Stormtrooper helmets that have been customised by leading artists such as Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Jake and Dinos Chapman, D*Face, Mr Brainwash, Antony Micallef.

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STRARTA
9 -13 OCTOBER 2013
Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ,
King’s Road, London SW3 4RY

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London: Saatchi Thinking Big auction

Thinking Big - Saatchi Auction

The Saatchi Gallery and Christies are partnering for Thinking Big, a special auction of major contemporary sculpture and installation on 17 October offered to support the Saatchi Gallery’s continuing policy for free entry to all exhibitions, and free education programme for schools. To accommodate the monumental scale and scope of the work, Thinking Big is exhibited at The Sorting Office, a vast former postal depot in central London.

Thinking Big features the work of 50 artists who have been shown at the Saatchi Gallery, including YBAs, such as Tracey Emin and the Chapman brothers, as well as newer talents such as Toby Ziegler, Kader Attia, Conrad Shawcross, Kris Martin and Sterling Ruby. Among the many leading contemporary artists included are Berlinde de Bruyckere,  Gert and Uwe Tobias, David Altmejd, Karla Black and Liu Wei.

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Thinking Big
Old Sorting Office
New Museum Street, London

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London: JR – ACTIONS @ Lazarides Rathbone

JR ACTIONS

After inviting Londoners to his Inside / Out photobooth truck (covered here), JR  opened his solo exhibition ACTIONS at Lazarides Rathbone yesterday. The work on display includes ACTIONS that the French photographer and street artist has worked on around the world like his Wrinkles of the City in Berlin earlier this year, his journey to North Korea, and his 2005 Portrait of a Generation project.

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JR – Actions
Until 14th Nov 2013
Lazarides Rathbone
11 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HR

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Studio visit: Jorge RODRÍGUEZ-GERADA

Jorge RODRÍGUEZ-GERADA

Earlier this year we had the chance to visit Cuban American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Guerada in his studio in Barcelona. Known for his large scale charcoal photorealistic portraits on buildings since the 90s,  Jorge will be presenting a new solo show in Paris  at Mathgoth gallery on 11 October called TEXTURE URBAINE.

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More pics here.

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Paris: Kan at the Tour 13

Tour Paris 13 - Kan

Following our recent coverage on La Tour 13 in Paris, we interviewed French artist Kan about his installation.

When I saw the room I was invited to paint, the ceiling inspired me straight away… and then it hit me … the Sistine Chapel!
The ceiling is my interpretation of “The Creation of Adam” with the infamous “finger touch” by Michelangelo. For the walls, I was inspired by various scenes found in the chapel, while I also represented mosaics on the floor. My technique of pointillism may seem abstract for visitors, as it needs to be seen from a distance, so in the center of the room I installed a chrome ball that has the effect of condensing my work. When the visitor enters the room, he is surrounded by colored dots and when looking closer at the chrome ball he can see the reflection of the “Creation of Adam” and the other figures.

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Streets: BLO

BLO

While in Brest, French artist BLO let loose with some free hand painting adding a touch of Art Nouveau lettering and his melancholic figures to a vacant building

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Paris: Etat des lieux @ Agnès B.

Agnes B - Etat des lieux

Agnes B. gallery named La Galerie du Jour presents Etat des lieux until 26 October 2013. This group exhibition features works by Philippe Baudelocque, Jonone, monsieur Qui, Lek,Zeer, Fantin Leroux, Ludo, OX, PAL crew, Poch, Psyckoze, Seth, Sowat, 36recyclab, Wayla, LXA, Anti.

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Etat des lieux
Until 26 October 2013
Galerie du Jour
44 rue Quincampoix
75004 Paris

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Streets: JR Actions in London

JR - ACTIONS

JR is returning to London after five years with a two-part solo exhibition, ACTIONS, at Lazarides Rathbone and multiple sites across the capital. The Inside / Out photobooth truck stopped by this afternoon and Londoners black and white portraits were pasted alongside the Somerset House. More ACTIONS are expected around iconic London landmarks, so stay tuned for more details…

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Paris : Tracés Directs video screening

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A chalkboard in the main entrance of Parisian institution Palais de Tokyo certainly didn’t go unnoticed with French graffiti artists Lek and Sowat. During few months and without authorisation both artists have invited writers to perform and create ephemeral art using chalk and water. The installation “Tracés Directs” has been secretly filmed and will be shown during la Nuit Blanche on 5 October at  O’Connells.

Participating Artists: 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 (in order of appearance).

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Jacques Villegle

The film will be screened at O’Connells , 142 rue Oberkampf 75011 Paris
Tracés Directs on  5 October from 19:00

Pics by Butterfly and Sowat

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Paris: La Tour 13

Tour Paris 13

Over looking the Seine ,  La Tour Paris 13   is a project curated by Mehdi Ben Cheikh from Galerie Itinerrance. During a year the entire building was painted by 100 international street and graffiti artists, each leaving their mark with murals and installations within the 36 apartments over 9 floors and cellars.

Opening to the public for a month from 1  October, the building is due to be demolished in November, making it the largest temporary street art exhibition in France. To celebrate the upcoming launch a giant Keith Haring banner has also been erected along the building.

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Participating artists are: 08 (IT) – 2mil (BR) – Add Fuel (PT) – AGL (FR) – Agostino Lacurci (IT) – Alëxone (FR) –  A1one (Iran) - Amin (FR) - Aous (Saoudi Arabia) – AweR (IT) – Azooz (Saoudi Arabia) – Belem (PT) – Bom.K (FR) – BToy (ES) – C215 (FR) – Celeste Java (FR) – Cope2 (USA) – Corleone (PT) – Dabro (Tunisie) – Dado (IT) – Dan23 (FR) – David Walker (UK) – Eime (PT) – eL Seed (Tunisia) – Ethos (BR) – Etnik (IT) – Fenx (FR) – Flip (BR) – Gael (FR) – Gilbert (FR)- Guy Denning (UK)- Herbert Baglione (BR) – Hogre (IT) - Hopnn (IT) – Indie 184 (USA) – Inti Ansa (FR) – Inti Castro (Chili) – Jaz (Argentine) – JB Rock (IT) – Jimmy C (AUS) – Joao Samina (PT) - Jonone (USA) – Joys (IT) – Julien Colombier (FR) – Kan (FR) -Katre (FR) – Kruella (PT) – Legz (FR) – Lek (FR) – Liliwenn (FR) – Loiola (BR) – Ludo (FR) – Madame Sanbor (FR) – Mar (PT) – Marko93 (FR) – Mario Belem (PT) – Maryam (Saoudi Arabia) - Matéo Garcia Leon (FR) – Maz (Saoudi Arabia) – MoneyLess (IT) – Mosko (FR) – Mp5 (IT) – Myre (FR) – Nano (Chili) – Nebay (FR) - Nemi Uhu (FR) – Nilko (FR) – Orticanoodles (IT) – Pantonio (PT) -Rea 1 (FR) – Paulo Arraiano (PT) – Peeta (IT) – Philippe Baudelocque (FR) –  Rapto (BR) – Rodolphe Cintorino (FR) – Roti (FR) – Sambre (FR) – Sean Hart (FR) – Sebastien Preschoux (FR) – Senso (IT) – Seth (FR) – Shaka (FR) - Shoof (Tunisia) – Shuck2 (FR) – Sowat (FR) – Spazm (FR) – Speto (BR) – STeW (FR) – Stinkfish (CL) -Sumo (Lux) – Tellas (IT) – Tinho (BR) – Tore (FR) – Uno (FR) – Uriginal (ES) – Vexta (AUS) – Vhils (PT) – +- (or Maismenos) (PT).

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La Tour 13
5 rue Fulton Paris 13e.

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London: Dan Baldwin – Fragile

Dan Baldwin - Fragile

British artist Dan Baldwin just opened a new solo show titled “Fragile” at Gallery 8 in London, exploring the concepts of mortality and beauty. The theme of fragility has long been associated with Baldwin’s work, not only in its commentary upon the temporality of life but also in the delicate materials he uses. Encompassing ceramics, silkscreen prints, resin, acrylics, spray paint and found objects, the artist’s mixed media compositions are crafted with precision, resulting in complex and intricate pieces.

To coincide with the exhibition, CCA Galleries (publisher of Dan Baldwin’s limited edition silkscreen prints) are launching “Dan Baldwin: 23 Years”. The book is a visual retrospective of the artist’s career from art school, through the struggle to become a full-time artist, to his current international career.

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20 Sept-4 Oct 2013
Gallery 8
8 Duke Street
London SW1Y 6BN

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London: Hand to Earth at Scream

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Scream and British fashion designer Matthew Williamson are presenting a two-person exhibition Hand to Earth featuring Caroline Jane Harris (UK) and Shane McAdams (USA). Both artists experiment with unusual mediums – paper, ball-point pen ink, resin – taking nature and landscapes as a starting point but with very different results.

Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2012, Caroline Jane Harris explores the complexity of nature by creating intricate symmetrical patterns through a labour-intensive paper-cutting technique.  In contrast, Brooklyn-based painter Shane McAdams  creates his landscapes using layers of ball-point pen ink, oil and resin. Matthew Williamson was first inspired by McAdams’ work for his 2013 Summer Collection. And for his subsequent autumn collection Williamson presents a more organic, fractal pattern, which echoes Harris’s layered paper pieces.

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Hand to Earth
Caroline Jane Harris and Shane McAdams
6 September – 19 October 2013
Scream
27 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DH

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London: Platform 6 Charity Auction

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Not-for-profit arts organisation  Platform 6  have teamed up with Adidas and Moniker Projects to invite 16 personalities from the worlds of fashion, art, film, music and sport, including Naomi Campbell, Elton John, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, RYCA, Sharleen Spiteri, Viktor Ivanov, Carl Hopgood, to transform a pair of especially designed Adidas Platform 6 ‘Stan Smith’ trainers into bespoke works of art.

The finished articles are currently on display at The Bargehouse in Southbank’s Oxo Tower from Friday 6th September where they will be auctioned off with 100% of the profits being donated to Platform 6′s chosen charity Stonewall. The  auction will end at 6pm on the 14th September 2013.

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It is also the opportunity to see some additional artworks from the participating artists such as Carl Hopgood and Layla Lyons. 

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Platform 6 Auction  
7 – 14 September 2013
Bargehouse
Oxo Tower Wharf
London SE1 9HP

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London: Cranio at Fun Factory

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After proactively painting many murals across town, Brazilian artist Cranio has returned to London for a one night only show at Fun Factory, featuring a series of one off originals on paper with a screen printed version of his signature Amazonian Indian.

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It is the last week of the temporary space, but this will be celebrated in a bang with many events. Big up to Fun Factory for bringing back the FUN element in Brick Lane!

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133 – 135 Bethnal Green Road

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Streets: Gris1

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While in Brest, super prolific artist Gris1 has been colouring walls and shutters accross town with his bubbly characters.

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London: Know Hope – The abstract and the very real

Know Hope - Lazarides

Tel Aviv-based artist Know Hope makes his solo debut at Lazarides Rathbone with a new exhibition, The Abstract and The Very Real, featuring a series of works on found objects, vintage frames, and old papers that explore the collective social existence.

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The Abstract and the very Real
Until 29 August 2013
Lazarides Rathbone
11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR

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Brest (FR): Crimes of Minds

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During 3 years the Crimes of Minds project invited local and international artists to create 21 murals across the city of Brest (France), transforming the city into an urban art museum.  To celebrate the end of the project and launch of a book documenting the process, a retrospective exhibition has been organized within 22000 sq meters former warehouse, a perfect opportunity for artists to display artworks but also perform some  live painting.

Featuring Liliwenn (FR),  Jef Aerosol (FR), Guy Denning (UK), Ben Slow (UK),  Finbarr Dac (UK), Da Mental Vaporz (Bom.K, Blo, Brusk, Gris1, Kan, Sowat),  C215 (FR), Morten Andersen (DK), SLY2 (FR), Wen2 (FR), Alice Pasquini (IT), Kool Korr (US), Best Ever (UK), Pakone (FR), Celeste Java (FR), TSF, Antoine Stevens (FR).

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Full set of pics of the exhibition here

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London: Paul Insect & Sweet Toof

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Berlin: Blo – La petite Mort

BLO - La petite Mort

OpenWalls Gallery in Berlin just opened the solo show of French graffiti artist Blo
(see our recent studio visit here) called  La petite Mort.

Set in Stadtbad, former public baths reconverted into creative spaces, the first room presents one-off black ink hand drawings on watercolor paper.

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Upon entering a second room, viewers are surrounded by a “Duels” serie,
monochrome paintings using exclusively Krink.

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The grand finale consists of colorful canvases using spray paint and acrylic,
featuring erotic and androgynous figures in various oniric state.

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Blo also takes a twist on the icon Mary and Child with his “Madonne”,
and created two accompanying murals.
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View all the pics from the opening here

Check the online catalogue

BLO
“La Petite Mort”
Open Walls Gallery
Stadtbad, Berlin
6 July – 27 July 

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Berlin Streets: Os Gemeos, Blu and ROA

Os Gemeos - Berlin

Wandering through the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, it is a delight to see some gigantic murals standing the test of time, from the Yellow Man by Brazilian twins Os Gemeos,  to politically engaged Blu highlighting issues of consumerism and global warning, as well as signature animals by ROA.

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Berlin Streets: JR

JR - Berlin

As part of the Wrinkles of the city worldwide project, French photograffer JR has invaded the streets of Berlin with his giant black and white paste ups portraits.

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London: VII @ Stolenspace

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Celebrating their 7th year anniversary, and their new relocation to 1400 sq ft gallery space, Stolenspace presents their latest group show namely titled “VII“, inspired by this lucky and symbolic number.

Featuring: Aaron Rose, AndrewMcattee, Arth Daniels, C215, CharlieAnderson, Cope2, Cyrcle, D*Face, Dave Kinsey, David Bray, David Shillinglaw, Greg Lamarche, Jack Murray, Jim Houser, Joram Roukes, Josie Morway, Julie Impens, Kai & Sunny, Kelly Allen, Kelly McCallum, Kirsty Whiten, Maya Hayuk, Michael De Feo, Mysterious Al, Paul Stephenson, Ramon Maiden, Reka, Rone, Ronzo, Ryan Callanan, Sally Fuerst, Simon WG Butler, Stefan Strumbel, Toshi, Twoone, Usugrow, Vinnie Nylon, Word To Mother, XOOOOX.

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VII
Until 28 July
StolenSpace
17 Osborn Street
London E1 6TD

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London Streets: Miss Van & Ciroschu

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Studio Visits: BLO (Berlin)

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We visited the studio of French graffiti artist BLO, based in Berlin, as he prepares for his upcoming solo show “La Petite Mort” at Open Walls Gallery opening tonight.

La Petite Mort examines euphoric isolation of the artist, steeped in BLO’s past movements throughout the public sphere, from 1998 in the French Graffiti scene. This show has all the destructive elements of his youth – yet now he attacks his symbolic ancestors, from the Virgin Mary and Child to the Bleeding Heart.


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BLO (DMV) works with many juxtapositions in his dream-like images of damage. Negating the iconic pin-up of the graffiti scene, he labours intensively over androgynous women with mechanical limbs and lead pipe bones. The sculptural curves of the paintings mirror the heavy reflex of gesture seen in the other monochrome illustrations, that are ripped from their static respite to play on a series of wooden panels and stretched cotton throughout the show.

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Full set of pics here
View the online catalogue here

BLO

“La Petite Mort”
Open Walls Gallery
Stattbad, Berlin
6 July – 27 July 

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Mulafest: The largest wall of Spain (Madrid)

Mulafest
To celebrate the second edition of  MULAFEST, the Madrid Urban Trends Festival, street artists are currenly painting a gigantic mural of 1,800 square meters, the largest wall of Spain.

Featuring AryzSANHerbert BaglioneOkudaSixe Paredes and Suso33,  the mural is an explosion of colours.

Aryz provides some criticism on consumerism, while Okuda, Sixe Parades and Susso33 create a central mosaic from the big bang to the explosion of human population. Lastly the duo SAN and Herbert Baglione explore the symbiosis between humanity and technology.

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View all the pics here

MULAFEST
Feria de Madrid
27 – 30 June 2013

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London: The Many Faces of David Bowie

The Many Faces of David Bowie - Opera Gallery London

We attended the opening of “The Many Faces of David Bowie” at the Opera Gallery London (previewed here) where contemporary and street artists pay tribute to the iconic rock star.

Participating artists include: Lita Cabellut, David Mach, Joe Black, C215, The London Police, Mac1, Jimmy C, Kid Zoom, Mr. Brainwash, Kan (Da Mental Vaporz), Juan Barletta, Hisham Echafaki, Jef Aérosol, D*Face, Marco Lodola, André Monet, Nick Gentry, Zoobs, Eduardo Guelfenbein, Paul Alexis, Jean-Paul Donadini, Richard Young.

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All pics from the opening here

The Many Faces of David Bowie
21st June, 2013 – 31 August 2013
Opera Gallery London,
134 New Bond Street,
London W1S 2TF

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Studio Visits: Hisham Echafaki

Hisham Echafaki

We recently had the chance to visit pop-surrealist painter Hisham Echafaki‘s studio. Using acrylic and oil paint, the London-based artist loves exploring symetry and patterns, as well as depicting animals in a surreal environment, as shown in his kufic and butterflies series.

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We were fortunate to document some of the painting process of his Anthropomorphic Bowie pieces as he prepared for the upcoming group show The Many Faces of David Bowie at the Opera Gallery London.

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Here are some of his surrealist series:

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View the entire set of pics by Butterfly here

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Preview: The Many Faces of David Bowie (London)

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From June 21st, Opera Gallery London will be pleased to present a collection of David Bowie-inspired art, in parallel to the Victoria and Albert Museum milestone retrospective “David Bowie Is“. The group exhibition “The many faces of David Bowie” will offer a contemporary vision of ‘Bowie Mania’ with one-off masterpieces including tributes from some of today’s leading contemporary and street artists.

Paying homage to the iconic rock star with a creative juxtaposition of styles and techniques, it will showcase each artist’s unique interpretation of David Bowie’s unprecedented influence and inspiration on their lives.

David Bowie has endorsed the exhibition on both his official Facebook page and official website.

The participating artists are: Lita Cabellut, David Mach, Joe Black, C215, The London Police, Mac1, Jimmy C, Kid Zoom, Mr. Brainwash, Kan (Da Mental Vaporz), Juan Barletta, Hisham Echafaki, Jef Aérosol, D*Face, Marco Lodola, André Monet, Nick Gentry, Zoobs, Eduardo Guelfenbein, Paul Alexis, Jean-Paul Donadini, Richard Young.

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Juan Barletta Juan Barletta – I’m a World Champion

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Zoobs – Ashes to Ashes


From the 21st June, 2013
Opera Gallery London,
134 New Bond Street,
London W1S 2TF

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London: D*Face – New World Disorder

Dface - The New World Disorder

D*Face presents New World Disorder.This exhibition, showing a new body of work, marks the end of an era at StolenSpace before they relocate to a new location.

Elements of the show are inspired by The Tillman Story,the 2010 documentary film about the 2004 death of U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman in the war in Afghanistan, the cover-up of the true circumstances of his death, and his family’s struggle to unearth the truth.

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The exhibition also includes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the unique nerve centre of D*Face’s working environment by visiting his studio space, featuring old prints and sketch books.

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Next door is the screenprinted studio.
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The upstairs area display some street stencils as well as a series of new paintings and sculptures.

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Full set of pics here

The New World Disorder
Until 23 June 2013
Stolenspace.com

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Studio Visit: Gris1 in Lyon (FR)

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An  abundance of vibrant colours surround the studio of French graffiti artist Gris1, from his schooldesk, post-it notes, sketchbooks, drawings and paintings. Gris1 is also an expert in model trains, where he adds his unique writing touch.
The title of one of his latest paintings sums it well: “Colors make me smile”.

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More pics here

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London: Olek and the Elephant Family

Olek - London

Currently on display in London Covent Garden are two multi-coloured crocheted
elephants by NYC Street artist Olek.

The  Elephant Family  – an initiative that aims to protect Asian elephants and their
habitat –  enlisted the help of a host of leading artists, designers, photographers and creatives like Christian Lacroix, Matthew Williamson, Mario Testino, Missoni,
Fabergé, Cartier to participate in their charity event named the Animal Ball at the Lancaster House.

Artists have been tasked to create a bespoke pair of masks that reflect their
interpretation of an endangered animal, as well as bespoke elephant sculptures that
will be auctioned for charity on 9 July.  In addition, each of the 24 rooms of the
Lancaster House will be transformed into a magnificent indoor jungle, including a
crochet rainforest by Olek.

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View the full set of pics here

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London: Remed & Okuda live uncorked

Remed & Okuda - London
Remed and Okuda got together for a project with Campo Viejo vineyards touring through multiple cities like London, Barcelona, Stockholm.

Following an installation in Spain, both artists celebrated the Streets of Spain Festival in London Southbank by creating fiberglass sculptures and completing a large colourful mural.
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Vie the full set of pics here

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London: Zezao for the Canals project

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Local and international street artists have been invited by The Legacy List recently to create public works along along East London canals. The  roster includes artists Mark Lyken (Scotland), Teo Moneyless (Italy),  Zezão(Brazil), Remed (Spain),  Ekta Ekta (Sweden), and Interesni Kazki (Ukraine).

Curated by Cedar Levisham, the artworks will be installed during summer 2013 and should reflect the location and history of the canals in a variety of innovative ways. Take a look at what  Zezão, Mark Lyken and Moneyless painted below and read more about The Canals Project.

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London streets: Dal East – Part II

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After the recent murals ( covered here) Dal East continues to hit the London streets with his energetic animals.

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London streets: Faith47

Faith 47 - London

South African artist Faith47  just landed in London, and completed this two part mural in Shoreditch.

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London streets: Space Invader

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French artist Space Invader just hit the London streets with these massive new pieces.

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Paris: Bom.K – “Vertiges & Somnolences”

Bom.K - Vertiges et Somnolences

French graffiti artist Bom.k has launched his first ever solo show, Vertiges et Somnolence (Dizziness & Drowsiness), at Galerie Itinerrance in Paris, showcasing a series of large scale canvases, drawings, and sculptures. With a unique way to paint with spray cans, distorting caps for an ultimate precision of the lines, the founder of the Da Mental Vaporz crew invites the viewer into his world of disturbing hybrid creatures and urban landscapes. The result is breathtaking.

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View the full set of pics here

Bom.K – Vertiges & Somnolences
Until 1 June 2013
Galerie Itinerrance
7 bis rue René Goscinny, 75013 Paris

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London streets: Roa

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Belgian artist Roa has just finished a large scale mural in East London featuring his signature animals.
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London streets: Dal East

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South Africa based artist Dal East is back to the UK and has completed a few murals  from leaping tigers to surrealist creatures in East London.

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London: Pete Hawkins – Behind closed doors

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Painter Pete Hawkins returns to returns to The Outsiders with a new solo exhibition, Behind Closed Doors, featuring  a series of miniature modern fables painted on antique doors. “Doors hold a lot of meaning,” explains Pete, “and not only as transitional points in people’s lives. There’s the inherent sense of nostalgia they bear. Plus,” as children’s writer C S Lewis knew only too well, “there’s the compelling suggestion of what may
lie behind them.”

Pete Hawkins’ Behind Closed Doors is a gateway to the corners of your imagination.
Step through…
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Pics from the opening here

Pete Hawkins
Behind Closed Doors
Through May 25, 2013
The Outsiders, London

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Paris Match group show at Opera Gallery

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.

Click to view the catalogue here.

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Pics of the opening here

Paris Match – Une histoire de couvertures
Opera Gallery
356 Rue Saint-Honoré  75001 Paris

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Paris – Maripol tribute to Keith Haring

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Paris is celebrating American artist Keith Haring with 3 simultaneous retrospective exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the “104” and Colette .

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.

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Link to pics of the opening here

In parallel French/German TV channel Arte is broadcasting a special web documentary directed by Maripol  “Keith Haring – the Message” .

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Paris: Art Paris Art Fair

ART PARIS 2013

Founded in 1999 Art Paris Art Fair showcases 140 galleries from 21 nationalities in the prestigious surroundings of the Grand Palais.

While French galleries are represented in force, exhibitors coming from the Middle East and  Russia as guest of honour bring some exciting new talents.

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View the entire set of pics from the fair here

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Grand Palais
Paris
27 March – 1 April 2013

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Paris: Alexone & Christophe Roussel

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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.
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Chocotigre & Chococaniche
Citadium Beaubourg  (while stocks last)

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London: Horfee – Imaginarium

Horfee - Imaginarium

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.

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View pics from the opening here

Horfee Imaginarium
Until 23 March 2013
4 Wilkes St, London E1 6QF

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London: Joram Roukes – Les bons sauvages

Joram Roukes - Les bons sauvages

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.

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View pics from the opening here

‘Les Bons Sauvages’
By Joram Roukes
Until 31 March 2013
Stolenspace.com

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London: Art13 Fair

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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.

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From Asia to Europe and Middle East, the selection of artworks was certainly impressive and a breath of fresh air.  

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London: Conor Harrington @ the Outsiders

Conor Harrington

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.

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View the full set of pics here

Conor Harrington
A Whole Lot of trouble for a little bit of fun
The Outsiders – London
Until 9 March 2013

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London: Dan Witz – Prisoners 2012- 2013

Dan Witz

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 2012-13 at 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.

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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.

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Witz has also been dispersing his unique realistic stamp on the streets of London by painting one of his prisoners’ image onto phone boxes.

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Full set of pics here

Dan Witz
Prisoners 2012-2013
25th January 2013 – 23rd February 2013
Lazarides Rathbone
London, England

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