San Francisco: Space //Square @ White Walls

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Opening this Saturday 10 May at White Walls in SF, Space//Squared is a group exhibition curated by Sven Davis focused around notions of the architectural landscape.

With a single set criteria of using a 10×10 inch format, over 100 artists have created each a piece of artwork with their own  interpretation of space & form exploring the constructed and natural environment using differing media and techniques .

Accompanying the exhibition, artists Adam Friedman and Robert Minervini will create a site-specific installation inside the gallery space featuring a series of paintings interwoven with mural elements thematically exploring similar territories.

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Participating Artists:
2501, Adam Friedman, Adam Weir, Akiko Masker, Alex Lukas, Alicia Dubnyckyj, Alvaro Ilizarbe, Alyssa Dennis, Amy Casey, Amze Emmons, Andrew Mackenzie, Ben Venom, Benjamin Rawson, Bill McRight, Blaine Fontana, Bonnie Brenda Scott, Brian Robertson, Brian Sanchez, Brooke Grucella, Carl Cashman, Casey Gray, Catherine Borowski, Chazme, Chris Ballantyne, Chris Blackstock, Chris Scarborough, Chris Valkov, Christina Empedocles, Christopher Derek Bruno, Clayton Brothers, Conall Hann, Conrad Crespin, Cranio, Crystal Wagner, Damion Silver, Dave Kinsey, David Bray, David Cook, David Shillinglaw, Deedee Cheriel, Derm, Dimitri Kozyrev, Drew Tyndell, Duncan Jago, Duncan Johnson, Ellanah Sadkin, Eltono, Erik Otto, Erin Murray, Erin Riley, Evah Fan, Florence Blanchard, Francesco Igory Deiana, Gabriel Shaffer, Gianluca Franzese, Graphic Surgery, Greg Eason, Greg Lamarche, Gregory Euclide, Hannah Lee, Ian Francis, Jack Sutherland, Jacob Whibley, James Benjamin Franklin, James Kidd, Jason Thielke, Jeff Gillette, Jenny Odell, Jens Hausmann, Jerry Inscoe, Jocelyn Duke, Jon Burgerman, Jordin Isip, Jud Bergeron, Julie Gross, Kai & Sunny, Kema, Kenji Hirata, Kevin Peterson, Know Hope, Kristen Schiele, Kyle Jorgensen, Lauren Napolitano, Leah Mackin, Lee Baker, Liam Snootle, Lori Larusso, LX One, Mario Wagner, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Schoening, Mark Warren Jacques, Martina Merlini, Mary Iverson, Matthew Craven, Matthew Feyld, Max Kaufman, Megan Gorham, Michael Peck, Mike Egan, Mike Maxwell, Mike Perry, Moneyless, Morgan Blair, Nawer, Newso, O.Two, Pedro Matos, Persue, Poesia, Ramblin Worker, Rebecca Carino, Rich Jacobs, Ricky Allman, Robert Minervini, Russell Leng, Ryan Bubnis, Ryan De La Hoz, Ryan Dineen, Ryan Stewart Nault, Saner, Scott Listfield, Scott Malbaurn, Seonna Hong, Sinc, Sophie Roach, St. Monci, Sweet Toof, Teresa Duck, Tofer Chin, Tom French, Tyler Bewley, Von, Will Sears, William Sager, Winston Smith, Zaria Forman, Zoer

Space//Squared
Until June 7, 2014
White Walls
886 Geary Street, San Francisco

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London Streets: Olek

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Polish artist Olek just completed a 26ft crocheted mural on Corbett Place by the Truman Brewery in East London. With her signature intricate and colourful patterns, an embroidered message says Let’s not get caught, Let’s keep going, a quote from Thelma and Louise‘s movie. Olek didn’t get caught and even managed to find time for a tango.

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London: Anoint Group Show @ The Outsiders

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The Outsiders London is currently hosting a group exhibition called Anoint, which refers to oily marks made on a surface. Curated by Steve Lazarides, the show features a selection of artworks from international established and emerging contemporary artists including Adam Batchelor, Antoine Correia, Cyclops, Bill Dunlap, Billy Norrby and Margherita Marzotto.

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View pics from the opening here

Anoint Group Show
Until 7 June
The Outsiders
8 Greek Street
London W1D4DG

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Bristol: Banksy Mobile Lovers – Update

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In the latest twist  regarding Banksy Mobile Lovers ( covered here),  currently on display at the Bristol Museum, the owner of the Youth Club who removed the piece just received a letter from Banksy confirming his ownership, and it is now up to him to decide what’s next.

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London: Remed & Okuda

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For the second year Spanish based artists Remed & Okuda return to London Southbank to celebrate the Streets of Spain festival curated by Campo Viejo. Using their trademark multicolour symbolism both artists painted a glass box live for the delight of the onlookers.

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Movie: Jellyfish Eyes by Takashi Murakami

With over ten years in the making, Jellyfish Eyes is the feature film debut by renowned  Japanese multidisciplinary artist Takashi Murakami.

Set in a post-Fukushima world,  the sci-fi fantasy film blends computer-animated graphics with live-action cinematography. The movie tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the Japanese countryside with his mother in the wake of a natural disaster. After returning home from his new elementary school one day, Masashi discovers a flying jellyfish-like creature whom he befriends and names Kurage-bo. Masashi soon discovers that all his classmates have similarly magical pets, known as F.R.I.E.N.D.s, which are controlled by electronic devices that the children use to battle one another. Despite their playful appearances, however, these F.R.I.E.N.D.s turn out to be part of a sinister plot that will threaten the entire town. 

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Takashi Murakami – Jellyfish Eyes, 2013. Film still
© 2013 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Murakami is currently doing a screening tour of art institutions and cultural venues across the United States. For more info visit  www.jellyfisheyesthemovie.com

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London: Julian Schnabel – Every Angel Has a Dark Side

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Brooklyn based artist and film-maker Julian Schnabel is returning to London after 15 years with an exhibition titled Every Angel Has a Dark Side at the Dairy Art Centre.

Bursting onto the New York art scene in the late 1970s, Julian Schnabel became one of America’s most famous living artist.   But Schnabel artistic career was almost eclipsed by his second passion as a film-maker. In 1996 he made a biopic of his late friend Jean-Michel Basquiat, played by Jeffrey Wright, which also starred Gary Oldman and David Bowie. In 2007 Schnabel was nominated for an Oscar and won Best Director at Cannes and the Golden Globes for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.  On a humorous note he mentions ‘All the guys that were in my movies end up being in Bond films — Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric and Javier Bardem. But I don’t want to direct a Bond movie!

Now Schnabel is back in vogue on both sides of the Atlantic. Already this year he has had two exhibitions in New York ( at the Gagosian NY) and one in Dallas (his first museum show in the US since the 1980s). For his London show Schnabel is keeping with his trademark use of multi-textured materials, using cowhide, polyester, canvas and tarpaulin. A video on Nowness shows his creative process.

This show is a capsule of what happened, a selection of paintings from the past 10 years, more or less. It’s a continuum of ways that I have made marks, used materials and created images.”

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Every Angel Has a Dark Side
The Dairy Art Centre
Until July 27 2014

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Bristol: Banksy Mobile Lovers

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When Banksy recently updated his website with new pictures featuring a stencilled couple holding mobile phones, it generated a complete frenzy.

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It was located and identified in Bristol on a wooden door outside a youth club.

Within 24 hours the door was removed by Dennis Stinchcombe, the Broad Plain Boys’ Club manager, who decided to charge viewers before trying to sell it at auction in order to support his ailing club.
However the building of the youth club is council owned. So the Bristol Council then started to intervene and confiscated the artwork. The Mayor of Bristol has asked the piece to be to moved to the Bristol Museum while a battle of ownership continues.

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Banksy Mobile Lovers is currently on display at the Bristol Museum until further notice…

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London: Zhang Huan – Spring Poppy Fields

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Having exhibited in Beijing and New York, contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Huan opened his first UK solo show at Pace GallerySpring Poppy Fields feature fourteen new oil on linen paintings inspired by his travels to Buddhist sites in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India between 2011 and 2014.

Using a pointillist technique, his colourful and psychedelic paintings provide the viewer with some optical illusions. Looking closer skulls appear from their abstraction, while some grinning faces remind of the Cheschire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Drawing inspiration from the hallucinatory effects of the poppy’s opiate properties, the use of skulls motifs reflects the Tibetan beliefs of endless deaths with their cycle of birth, death, rebirth and journey to nirvana.

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Zhang Huan – Spring Poppy Fields
Until 31 May 2014
Pace London
6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET

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Bristol: Jessica Albarn – Resurrection

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Located behind a small door in the old town wall where the See No Evil street art festival takes place (covered here) , the Crypt of St John the Baptist is hosting an exhibition by UK artist Jessica Albarn  with a series of works on canvas, paper, glass, wax and clay. Through her delicate and intricate drawings, she is paying tribute and celebrating the small and the endangered species, like the bees that are under threat of extinction.

When asked about the show and inspiration, Jessica Albarn indicates: When I draw dead things I do so because I want to draw out the beauty, preserving it and disconnect it from the decay, treasure it and in some sense resurrect it. For the exhibition in the crypt I wanted to create work that I hope embraced the space and connected with the ancient symbolism within it. 

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View the full set here

Jessica Albarn – Resurrection
Until 27 April 2014
Crypt of St. John the Baptist Church, Bristol

The exhibition continues on 13 June at  The Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London , followed by a drawing performance in the garden of The Natural History Museum on 14-15 June 2014

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London: Vinz – Tempus Fugit

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Spanish artist VinZ opened his latest solo show Tempus Fugit at Rex Romae Gallery in Shoreditch.Tempus Fugit showcases a series of original works and sketches as well as pictures of their street counterparts. The show features narratives through different stages of life, with originals sharing moments of youth and beauty while the streets works represent the ephemeral and aging moments.

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View the full set here

Tempus Fugit
Until April 30th 2014
Rex Romae
132 Commercial Street,
London

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London: Stealing Banksy

 

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This week end takes place an exhibition called Stealing Banksy featuring pieces that have been removed from the streets to be sold at auction.

The event organisers  claim that “the Sincura Group do not steal art, nor do we condone any acts of wanton vandalism or theft. We have never approached anyone to remove any artwork or encouraged its removal. We do not own the pieces of art. To date we have made no financial gain from the sale of any street art.”

To view the exhibition tickets costs between £17.50 to £200 per person for corporate packages, with a portion going to Nelson Mandela Charity.

On his website, Banksy statement is clear and also tongue in cheek:

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None of the artworks do have formal authentication by Banksy.

First is a trailer that was painted before the owners drove the truck to the Glastonbury Festival in 1998, and which was then auctioned in 2008 in London.

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Appearing in East London in 2006, OldSkool features  four pensioners dressed in hoodies and baseball caps and a boombox.

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Painted in 2009 in Tottenham Green, London, the No Ball Games piece showing two children playing  has been cut into a rather heavy  triptych.

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The Boy with heart (2006) was already shown in another exhibition of street “reclaimed” artworks Banksy Please Love Me back in 2009 in London Covent Garden (covered here) . Also featured is a vandalised door from a Berlin with some rats (2003) and a board depicting a stenciled guard with a witty message “Secured by sleepy migrant workers on minimum wage” .

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Banksy Sperm Alarm, placed on a Hotel in London Victoria in 2011, made the headlines when it was stolen and the thief arrested and sentenced after trying to flog it on ebay (more info here). It is now offered for sale at an estimate price of £150 000.

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The Sincura Group has estimated that Banksy’s murals will sell at the following prices:
No Ball Games – estimated value is £1m
Old Skool – £750,000
Liverpool Rat – £225,000
Sperm Alarm – £150,000
Silent majority – £175,000
Girl With Balloon – £400,000
2 Rats – £200,000

Interestingly a large canvas Brace Yourself is also featured in the exhibition, but not for sale, as if to legitimate the whole show. The canvas was given to Simon Duncan for changing his initial band’s name “Exit Through the Gift Shop” to Brace Yourself so that Banksy could use it for his projects.

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View the full set of pics here

The whole point of street art is placement and its ephemeral nature for the public to enjoy. It is not intented to be moved or be preserved, but evolve with the environment. By removing the Banksy street pieces, the original message is lost and definitively does not work in the settings of a chic hotel or for selected greedy investors.

 

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London: Lynn Chadwick steel beasts at RA

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A group of sculptures by Lynn Chadwick RA (1914 – 2003) has been installed in the Royal Academy‘s Annenberg Courtyard, as part of celebrations to make the centenary of his birth. The installation, organised in collaboration with Blain Southern gallery, features four works from his series of steel beasts that were made between 1989-1990. It is the first time that this group of sculptures has been shown together in public.

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Until 16 May 2014
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
London W1J 0BD

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London: Hebru Brantley – Everyone’s Everything

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Chicago based artist Hebru Brantley recently launched his UK solo show  Everyone’s Everything at Mead Carney Fine Art in London.

Inspired by pop culture icons, comic book heroes, Japanese anime, the body of works consists of a series of paintings and sculptures featuring child like heroes surrounded by colourful imaginary landscapes and scribble text, exploring the optimism and possibilities of youth.

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Hebru Brantley – Everyone’s Everything
Until 3 May 2014
Mead Carney Fine Art Gallery
London

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London: Tauba Auerbach – New Ambidextrous Universe

Tauba Auerbach

San Francisco-born, New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach, who works in a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, painting, weaving and book design is showing her first solo exhibition at the ICA in London.
Passionate about topology, the mathematical study of shapes, Auerbach show’s title “New Ambidextrous Universe” comes from a book by Martin Gardner, a popular math writer famous for his puzzles in Scientific American magazine.

The show features newly created sculptures and photographs leveraging a mathematician’s model of symmetry and reflection as a means to hint at an alternate, mirror universe. Geometrical steel sculptures refer to mathematical puzzles but also patterns and symmetry found in life. Some wavy wooden sculptures represent her interpretation of a piece of plywood sent into a fourth dimension.

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Tauba Auerbach – The New Ambidextrous Universe
Until 15 June 2014
ICA
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
London
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London: Rone – Wallflower

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Known for his large scale female portraits across the globe, Australian street artist Rone has debuted his first UK solo show Wallflower at StolenSpace in London.

The exhibition showcases a series of artworks with his female muse surrounded by flowers on reclaimed wooden crates. Through a clever juxtaposition of layers, delicate and transparent portraits blend on a decaying background. While in London, Rone also painted a mural in London Brick Lane.


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Rone – Wallflower
Until 4 May 2014
Stolenspace
17 Osborn St, London E1 6TD

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London: Liu Bolin – The Heroic Apparition

Liu Bolin - The Heroic Apparition

Chinese artist Liu Bolin debuted his first UK solo show The Heroic Apparition at Scream in London. The exhibition features a series of photographic self-portraits from around the world where Liu Bolin, dubbed the “invisible man”, paints himself to merge with his background. The results are breathtaking.

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View the full set of pics from the opening here

Liu Bolin – The Heroic Apparition
Until 9 May 2014
Scream
27-28 Eastcastle St
London W1W 8DH

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London: Chloe Early – Suspended

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London based painter Chloe Early debuted her solo show titled Suspended at The Outsiders. Featuring a series of large-scale paintings alongside a selection of exquisite smaller works, the exhibition explores the themes of weightlessness and gravity.
Her female subjects seem to be floating into a celestial space and enjoy a state of enlightenment.

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Chloe Early – Suspended
Until 3 May 2014
Outsiders London

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London: YZ – Lost in the City

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Lost in the city’ is the first solo show by French street artist YZ in the gallery frenchartstudio in London.

YZ questions the duality of two cities from an architectural perspective, Paris vs Hong Kong through a series of monochrome artworks depicting architectural elements such as facades, monuments, ornaments and highlights what make them such unique and fascinating places. Going further, YZ integrates classic architectural elements from Paris into Asiatic traditional run downed surroundings to create great aesthetical harmony.

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YZ – Lost in the city
Until 27 April 2014
French Art Studio
58 Gloucester Road
London SW7 4QT

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London: Rafael Gómezbarros @ Saatchi Gallery

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Columbian artist and sculptor Rafael Gómezbarros has brought his army of giant ants to Saatchi Gallery. Titled “Casa Tomada”, (Seized House), the ants represent the displacement of columbian peasants due to war and strife. Spreading aggressively over all the walls, these 2 feet sculptures made of fiberglass are taking power .

Gómezbarros previously deployed his legion of ants onto historical buildings such as Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino – the haçienda where Simón Bolívar spent his final days – as well as Barranquilla’s customs building.

Ants being usually associated with hard labour and a complex social organization are turned into phantasms of the disappeared, ghost like figures that have acquired the capacity to take over national monuments.

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Rafael Gómezbarros
Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road
London SW3 4RY

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London: Tomory Dodge @ Alison Jacques

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Californian based artist Tomory Dodge opened his third solo show at Alison Jacques Gallery in London.  Using a technique of repeated layering process Dodge created a series of abstract paintings that he defines as ‘phantom figuration’, distorted imagery distant from its physical origins.

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Tomory Dodge
Until 17 April 2014
Alison Jacques Gallery
London W1T 3LN

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Streets: Banksy #withSyria

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To mark the third anniversay of the Syrian conflict, Banksy has reworked his iconic portrait of a girl with heart balloon, to depict a young Syrian refugee wih a head scarf.
A “global recreation” of the moving Banksy piece saw the release of red balloons en masse around the world while the stencil have been projected on major landmarks, like the Nelson Column in Trafalgar Square in London, or the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

On his website the following statement reads:

“On the 6 March 2011 in the Syrian town of Daraa, fifteen children were arrested and tortured for painting anti-authoritarian graffiti. The protests that followed their detention led to an outbreak of violence across the country that would see a domestic uprising transform into a civil war displacing 9.3 million people from their homes.
#WithSyria ”.

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London: Hysteria @ Maison Bertaux

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Ahead of their upcoming exhibition opening on March 12th at the legendary patisserie and gallery, Maison Bertaux, in Soho, London, we met up with the all girl collective HYSTERIA in their Hastings studio. Made up of Collagism, Aida Wilde and Shuby, the UK based collective creates colourful artworks  featuring eggs, legs, bananas, bunnies, cats, cupcakes, jewellery and bold iconography using mixed media collage and screenprinting techniques.

Their new body of work explores their relationship between food, sex, gender and symbolism. Their interpretation of celebrity subversion devours pop culture serving it up in as explosive dish of delectable proportions. Spanned across two floors, the exhibition promises riotous visual misconduct and infamous bad behavior using mainstream, historical and religious imagery all to be enjoyed with the sumptuous taste of Maison Bertaux’s legendary tea and cakes. Throughout the tenure of the show,  the Hysteria crew will be running a series of workshops and High Tea events, giving visitors and insight into their collaborative workings.
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HYSTERIA
Until 15 June
Maison Bertaux
28 Greek Street
Soho, London W1D

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London: Brett Amory – Twenty Four @ Lazarides

Brett Amory

Continuing his ‘Waiting’ series, Californian contemporary artist Brett Amory presents Twenty-Four in London, at Lazarides Rathbone, featuring twenty-four paintings of London’s most iconic locations, from Kensington, Soho to Hackney and Brixton, alongside multimedia installations.

Portraying a localised arena including  a diverse demographic of the city dwellers from night clubbers, commuters, school children and traders on their daily routine, Brett Amory offers visitors a unique and an intimate snapshot of London through his own eyes.

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Brett Amory – Twenty Four
Until 13th April 2014
Lazarides Rathbone
11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR

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London: Alexis Diaz & Jaz – La Linea

Alexis Diaz & Jaz - Rex Romae

Running for one week until the 12th March 2014, La Linea is a joint pop up exhibition in London organised by Rex Romae displaying works by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz and Argentinian artist Jaz (Franco Fassoli)

For La Linea, Jaz juxtaposes football hooliganism with wrestling using different mediums such as tar, petrol, or lime, while Diaz depicts surrealistic creatures by morphing different animals into each other and including elements of the human body.

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Alexis Diaz & Jaz  – “Linea”
Until 12th March 2014
Rex Romae
132 Commercial Street,
E1 6NG London

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Streets: MSK crew in London

AROE / MSK Crew

The MSK crew was in London over the week end taking advantage of the great weather.
AROE and the rest of the crew completed this mural undisturbed under the watchful eye of some “special visitors”.

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London: PRO176 – Liquid Mechanism

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French artist PRO176 debuted his London solo show at Pure Evil Gallery. Inspired by comic books the show features colourful paintings within a sci-fi universe where vilains meet superheroes in futuristic machines and other spaceships.

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PRO176 – Liquid Mechanism
Until 30th March 2014
Pure Evil Gallery

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London: Hackney Wick Takeover at the V&A Museum

Hackney Wick at the V&A Museum

For one night only the creative teams of Hackney Wick have taken over V&A Museum in London with art, music and many workshops.

In the Grand Entrance designer Charlotte Papon created giant HW paper installation, where visitors could participate by adding their own personalised origami piece to the surface and watched as the shapes and colours of Hackney Wick emerged. 

In one of the rooms, street artist OKO created a large drawing installation with animal creatures and romantic envisagings.

The Pen Pushers team invited participants to their drawing workshop and create a fairy tale interpretation of Hackney Wick and Fish Island complete with pirates and canal monsters.
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Exiting through the gift shop of the museum (no pun intented…) viewers could enjoy an installation by  graffiti artist Sweet Toof, featuring a model version of his infamous water tank in New York (covered here) with his trademark teeth and gums, as well as miniature trains with Paul Insect

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Streets: Best Ever in London

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The british duo Best Ever recently completed this mural in London, off Hanbury St, using their signature hyperealism touch.

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London: Phillips Contemporary Art Auction

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London auction house Phillips is hosting a contemporary art auction featuring works by major contemporary artists. It is a great opportunity to see works by Warhol, drawings by Keith Haring, sculptures by Marc Quinn, an installation by Barry McGee, pictures by Ed Templeton and more. Last but not least, viewers can also enjoy Banksy Happy Shopper and Rembrandt that were shown at the Bristol Museum vs Banksy 2009 exhibition (featured here)

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Phillips de Pury – London
Contemporary Art Auction
11-12 February 2014

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London: C215 – Back to Black

C215 - Back to Black

French stencil artist C215 just launched a new solo show called “Back to Black” at Stolenspace in London. Drawing inspiration from his different encounters through his travels in Europe, C215 decided to use a restricted colour palette on a series of portraits on a multitude of materials and recycled objects such as folders, luggage and tins.

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View the full set of pics from the opening here

C215 – Back to Black
Stolenspace – London
Until 02 March 2014

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London: Phlegm – The Bestiary

Phlegm - Bestiary

For his first ever solo show Phlegm created a large scale installation called the Bestiary at the Howard Griffin Gallery in London. Using wood, clay, plaster and spraypaint, Phlegm invites us in his imaginary world, where strange animals and other street artists are stored in jars and shelves, from Descreet, Burning Candy to Banksy to name a few. Upon entering the main room, we are surrounded by different narratives, on one hand a vessel reminiscent of Noah’s Ark, while a giant owl overlooks a scene of fleeing animals.  Also to note that nothing is for sale, but a true experiment for the viewers.

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Phlegm – The Bestiary
Until 4th March 2014
Howard Griffin Gallery
London

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London: Sage Vaughn – Nobodys Home

Sage Vaughn - Nobody's home

LA based artist Sage Vaughn is back to London for a solo exhibition called “Nobody’s home” at Lazarides Rathbone. The show features a series of paintings with collages of pastel coloured wildlife birds and butterflies in stale interiors. On one of the paintings, an MSK tatooed bird seats proudly outside his cage. Nobody’s Home challenges viewers to break free from routine acceptance of our domestic and public surroundings and look at the beauty of nature has to offer in this lifetime.

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View the full set of pics from the opening here

Sage Vaughn – Nobody’s home
Lazarides Rathbone
London
Until 1 March 2014

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London: Jef Aerosol – One Another

Jef Aerosol - One Another
French stencil artist Jef Aerosol returns to London for a solo show one another at French Art studio.
The exhibition showcases a large number of recent and older stencils on cardboard and canvas, depicting a series of cultural icons and anonymous portraits with his signature red arrow.

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View pics from the opening here

Jef Aerosol – One Another
French Art Studio
Until 27 February
58 gloucester road
London SW7 4QT

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London: Saber – The Ugly American

Saber - the Ugly American

After Newcastle, LA based graffiti artist Saber launched the second installment of his first European solo show “The Ugly American” at The Outsiders London.

Suffering from epilepsy and being denied healthcare, the politically engaged artist decided to voice issues  and battles for universal care by attacking and transforming iconic images of US and Union Jack flags. Using found packing crates, the flags have been scratched and look raw and angry.  

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On the other hand Saber’s abstract paintings, made with layered collages and painted paper, juxtapose harmoniously a delicate texture with his strong and powerful sharp signature lines.

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View the full set of pics of the opening here

Saber – The Ugly American
Until 15 February 2014
The Outsiders

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London: Jake and Dinos Chapman – Come and See

Jake & Dinos Chapman

Jake and Dinos Chapman are currently exhibiting at the Serpentine Gallery. Come and See demonstrate the range of the artists’ output – from painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, to film, music and literature – approaching controversial subjects with provocation and dark humour.

A dozen of shop window mannequins dressed as Klu Klux Klansmen in rainbow socks with birkenstocks are stationed throughout the exhibition with different state of expression looking at the art and visitors. One of the rooms in the centre of the gallery is filled with cardboard dinosaurs and models of their earlier works and exhibitions, complete with little painted card spectators.

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The vision of Hell of the Chapman brothers has been expanded with monumental landscapes in scale. Extremely detailled, these apocalyptic landscapes depict surreal scenes of excessive brutality, blending miniature figures of Nazi soldiers and concentration camps with corporate insignia of McDonald’s characters.

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View the set here

Come and See
Until 9 February 2014
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London W2 2AR

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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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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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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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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

JR INSIDE / OUT - PALAIS DE TOKYO PARIS

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

FIAC PARIS 2013

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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