Black Lives Matter

Photo Courtesy of Nadia N. Aziz via Twitter.

 

The Mayor of Washington, DC, just had ‘Black Lives Matter’ painted in 35-foot-wide letters on the protest route leading to the White House. It was intended to send a message of support and solidarity to Americans outraged over the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.

“There is a lot of distrust of police and the government. There are people who are craving to be heard and to be seen and to have their humanity recognized,” the mayor said. “We had the opportunity to send that message loud and clear on a very important street in our city.”

The artists community voiced their support to the Black Live Matter movement

 

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Shepard Fairey

Banksy

 

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Covid’Art: Banksy ‘Game Changer’ gift to the NHS

Banksy has donated a new piece of artwork to be displayed in a hospital corridor of Southampton General Hospital.

The piece, entitled Game Changer shows a boy dressed in dungarees playing with a nurse superhero toy, with figures of Batman and Spiderman in a basket on the floor.

The nurse, wearing a cape, face mask and a white apron featuring a red cross, has her arm raised as if she is flying.

Banksy left a note for hospital workers, saying: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if its only black and white.”

Paula Head, chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Here at Southampton, our hospital family has been directly impacted with the tragic loss of much loved and respected members of staff and friends.

“The fact that Banksy has chosen us to recognise the outstanding contribution everyone in and with the NHS is making, in unprecedented times, is a huge honour.

“It will be really valued by everyone in the hospital as people get a moment in their busy lives to pause, reflect and appreciate this piece of art.

“It will no doubt also be a massive boost to morale for everyone who works and is cared for at our hospital.”

The hospital previously paid tribute to members of staff Mike Brown, 61, and Katy Davis, 38, who both died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Mr Brown, a linen porter who had been with the organisation for 20 years, died on April 29 after receiving care in the hospital’s critical care unit.
He was described as a well-recognised and popular member of staff who shared his good sense of humour with those around him.

Ms Davis, who worked in child health, had been unwell for some time before her admission to hospital and died on April 21 after testing positive for Covid-19.
She was described by Ms Head as a “nurse people would aspire to be like”.

The one meter sized artwork is now visible to staff and patients on level C of the Southampton General. It will then be auctioned to raise money for NHS charities this autumn.

Pictures courtesy of Banksy’s instagram and Nurse Jennifer Hammond

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Covid’Art: More colouring packs from your favourite artists

We have gathered additional colouring pages from your favourite artists to let your creativity loose during these uncertain times. You can also check our previous selection here.

  • Illegal painting from Toulouse presents 2 volumes of colouring pages (link)  featuring 62 artists including Miss Van, Mademoiselle Kat, Tilt and more

  • Romero Britto is sharing a free colouring book (link)

  • Japan Society – Yoshitomo Nara (link)

  • Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans  / ThePangaseed Foundation offers 5 volumes of colouring books (link) to help save our seas
    Illustration below by Mateus Bailon

  • Library Street Collective – We All Rise ebook (link)
    with 100% of proceeds to benefit Living Arts Detroit, a non-profit with the goal of igniting creativity in the lives of Detroit youth through the performing, visual and media arts.

          

Participating artists include: Virgil Abloh, Nina Chanel Abney, Doug Aitken, Daniel Arsham, McArthur Binion, Amoako Boafo, Nick Cave, Dabls, Torkwase Dyson, Conrad Egyir, Shepard Fairey, Sam Friedman, Beverly Fishman, FriendsWithYou, Haroshi, Carole Harris, KAWS, Eddie Martinez, Tiff Massey, Charles McGee, Allie McGhee, Simphiwe Ndzube, Jordan Nickel, Jose Parla, Jason REVOK, Julia Wachtel, Austyn Weiner, Wendy White, and Tyrrell Winston.

  • Tara Mc Pherson is offering 6 colouring pages with her iconic characters (link)

Thank you to all the artists for their generosity !! We love you

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Covid’Art: Get creative with colouring packs from your favourite artists

During this quarantine period, we would like to thank artists who are offering generously their artworks for download as colouring sheets to keep the little ones busy but also get everybody to show their artistic sides. Only requirement is to either print the templates or use a tablet and then share your input back to the artists.

But feel free to donate or purchase artworks to support living artists. Stay home , stay safe and get creative!

Here is a first compilation :

  • Eelus has launched the Contagious Creativity Club with multiple templates (link)             
  • Editions Terrain Vague have produced a 31 pages colouring book (link) with 1984 crew and their friends including Lek and Sowat

  • Illegal Painting has gathered 25 artists in their Street Art Kit (link) including Mademoiselle Kat, Sherio, and Tilt

  • Phlegm is doing a Pandemic diary with multiple drawings to download ( link)

  • Italian association ‘Il Cerchio e le Gocce‘ created a colouring pdfColoravirus featuring over 150 artists (link)

     

  • Speedy Graphito is offering a Cahier de Jeux (link)

  • Urban Signature has gathered 57 graffiti and street artists templates. Just indicate your email HERE to get the link to download  or try this

ARDIF – Cameleon Mechanimal

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Covid’Art: Artists tribute to Healthcare support staff – Free Download

With the COVID-19 pandemic, artists around the world are creating Thank You tributes to all essential frontline workers in all fields who help provide our food and services, and to all the doctors and nurses and medical professionals that are making great sacrifice.
To encourage them in these challenging times, to lift their spirits and send them love and appreciation, when so much is expected of them and so many people depend on their work, you can download the following artworks, print them and display them on your window.

Many artists have uploaded their artworks on Amplifier.org like Thomas Wimberly  (cover image)

Here is a selection below:

Shepard Fairey – Angel of Hope

Fake – Super Nurse

Michelle Kato – Nurse of No Mans Land

British artist Damien Hirst has also created a rainbow and a butterfly heart of hope in support of the NHS and the Evening Standard charity campaign to help the hungry.

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Artist Focus: Icy & Sot (IR)

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During this period of lockdown, we look through the artistic journey of Iranian brothers  Icy & Sot and their recent show ‘Fences Faces’ at Magda Gallery in Paris.

Iranian refugees now living in New York, they started their practice using stencils to highlight political and social messages. We first met them in Norway in 2014 for Nuart (covered) and again in 2015 in Berlin for Urban Nation (covered here).

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For the past four years the brothers have detached themselves from stencils and moved on to experimenting with new materials which helped them sharpen and strengthen their political and social messages.

They created sculptures like the refugee boat in Dresden (Magic City 2017) or in-situ installations made of iron and barbed wire in Berlin (Urban Nation 2017), Ostend (Crystal Ship 2018), or London (Watch this space 2019) which we were fortunate to witness.

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While exploring new techniques and tools, they have continued questioning and reflect on immigration, borders, refugees, social issues, women rights, freedom and capitalism.

The result is a new body of work presented earlier this year at ‘Fences Faces’ , their first solo in Paris at Magda Gallery.


The show features sculptural installations using raw material like barbed wire, iron wire, old rusty shovels or oil cans, new paintings created with a self- made cut-out steel tool, as well as photographs of previous ephemeral installations they built in different countries.


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Through their unique visual language, they are delivering powerful, moving universal statements on the human condition, with poetry and fragility, while letting the door open to hope and dreams.

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View the full set of pics here

Icy & Sot – Fences Faces
Magda Gallery
Paris

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London: Watch this space @ Lazinc

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Remi Rough – Watch this space

Since November the ‘Watch This Space‘ project has transformed the Lazinc gallery in London into an open studio where over 25 artists share their processes and create site-specific works in front of the visitor’s eyes. Curated by Magda Danysz ,this ephemeral project is being played out over both floors of the gallery. The phrase ‘watch this space’ denotes a period of transition and impermanence, and reflects Lazinc’s own phase of transformation.

This ongoing project showcases the creative processes of a diverse range of artists all entering into a unique dialogue with one another.

Featured Artists include 1010 (Poland), Andre (France) Tarek Benaoum (Lebanon), Craig Costello (USA), Faith XLVII (SA), Icy & Sot (Iran), Jan Kalab (Czech Republic), Dan Lam (Vietnam), Ludo (France),Miaz Brothers (Spain), Charles Petillon (France), Sebastien Preschoux (France),Remi Rough (UK), Okuda San Miguel (Spain), Alex Senna (Brazil), Gary Stranger (UK), Slinkachu (UK), Jan Vormann (The Netherlands), Vhils (Portugal), Nick Walker (UK),YZ (France)

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By creating new works live in the gallery, the artists highlight the ephemeral nature of contemporary life.

View the full set of pics here

On view until 7 March 2020

Watch this space
Lazinc Gallery
Sacksville, London

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Bristol: Banksy new mural for Valentines

A new mural popped up in Banksy’s hometown yesterday baring all the hallmarks of the elusive artist. Located in Barton hill, precisely where he started painting graffiti in his early days, the new artwork depicts a little girl holding a slingshot toward the sky with an explosion of red roses and poppies.

It’s a clear nod to his iconic artwork Girl with Balloon, but the heart balloon is smashed in pieces of roses and poppies. The girl is in the rebellious pose, reminiscent of his Flower Thrower image.

Barton Hill Girl – Detail

Flower Thrower image courtesy Stephen C.

Barton Hill mural – Detail

It is the second attempt to destruct this image. We think about ‘Love is in the bin’ performance in 2018 where the artist self destructed his artwork live during Sotheby’s auction.

Timing is also essential, as it coincides both with the recent auction sale of Vote for Love for 1,15 million pounds (here) at Sothebys , and Valentines day.

Banksy - Vote to Love

So is there no hope now for Love?

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Daniel Arsham ‘Paris 2030’ at Galerie Perrotin

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Galerie Perrotin in Paris is currently showing ‘Paris 2030‘ an exhibition of new works by New York-based artist Daniel Arsham (covered here), through March 21, 2020.

For this exhibition, Daniel Arsham is presenting a new suite of large-scale sculptures based on iconic busts, friezes and sculptures from classical antiquity. Over the past year, Arsham has been granted privileged access to the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais (RMN), a 200-year-old French molding atelier that reproduces masterpieces for several of Europe’s major encyclopedic museums. Arsham was able to use molds and scans of some of the most iconic works from the collections of the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Acropolis Museum in Athens, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and the San Pietro in Vincoli as source material for this new body of work.

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Ranging from Michelangelo’s Moses to the Vénus de Milo, each item was cast in hydrostone to produce a perfect to scale replica of the original sculpture, a process that shares formal qualities with historic wax casting. Similar to those used by classical sculptors, Arsham utilizes natural pigments such as volcanic ash, blue calcite, selenite, quartz, and rose quartz. From that, individual erosions are chiseled into the surface of the hydrostone, a nod to the sculpting techniques of the Renaissance sculptors. Finally, Arsham applies his signature tactic of crystallization.

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Arsham is best known for visually transforming ready-made objects of the last half century into subtly eroding artifacts. Historically, he has focused on items that act as containers of memory like an original Apple computer, a Mickey Mouse phone, or Leica cameras. Arsham continues his decade long exploration into fictional archaeology as a fictionalized account of the past, as well as a tool with which to collapse the past and the present. Making use of classical and ancient objects, this new body of work experiments with the timelessness of certain symbols, furthering Arsham’s previous investigations into objecthood.

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For Paris, 3020, Arsham borrows display strategies from the modern museum, including elevated plinths, dimmed lights, and a series of nested exhibition spaces. By appropriating the visual language of the encyclopedic museum, Arsham makes deliberate reference to how museums have showcased and shaped object history, specifically as a vehicle that canonizes objects within a greater narrative of progress.

In parallel to the sculptural works are a series of graphite process drawings by Arsham depicting eroded icons of classical antiquity. Displayed together, these new works are transformed to compress time, at once referencing the past, informing the present, and reaching towards a crystallized future.

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View the full set of pics here

Daniel Arsham, Paris 2030
Solo Show
Until 21.02.2020
Galerie Perrotin
76 rue de Turenne 75003 Paris

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Book Release: Street Art Today 2

Following the 2016 book release Street Art Today, we are pleased to have contributed again to a new version of the book entitled Street Art Today 2 with Björn Van Poucke and Elise Luong by Lannoo Publishers.

Street Art Today 2 gives an overview of the 50 most relevant artists now. Including the likes of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, JR, Okuda, MadC, Wasted Rita, Icy & Sot, Faith47, Axel Void, etc.

The book features introductionary essays, preface and interviews with a wealth of colourful images structuring the most relevant 50 artists in four sections: Abstract, Figurative, Realism and Urban Interventionism.

Artists who serve as an example of what street art is today and will be tomorrow. Over the last few years, we see street art festivals rising up around the world, companies hiring artists to paint billboards in the city and city councils attracting artists to gentrify neighbourhoods. The questions rises: ‘Is street art still street?’. Having escaped the underground scene in many instances, how has it evolved and what is its future?

Street Art Today 2
Product form: Hardback
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 280×220 mm
EAN: 9789401461597
Publisher: Lannoo

https://www.lannoopublishers.com/en/street-art-today-2

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Birmingham: Banksy festive artwork to highlight homelessness

Banksy has unveiled new artwork in Birmingham to highlight homelessness this Christmas.

The painted mural appeared on a brick wall on Vyse Street in the city’s jewellery quarter on 9 December. In a video posted to Banksy’s Instagram page, a homeless man named Ryan can be seen having a drink before settling down on a bench with his belongings. As the camera pans outwards, a pair of reindeers can be seen painted next to the bench, appearing to carry him away into the star-filled sky.

The caption with the video reads: “In the 20 minutes we filmed Ryan on this bench passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter – without him ever asking for anything.”

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London: Stormzy portrait goes on display at the National Portrait Gallery

The cover art for Stormzy’s upcoming album has been hung in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The photographic portrait by Mark Mattock is on display in the gallery from December 5 and displays the south London artist holding the Banksy stab-proof vest from his Glastonbury performance with the letters H.I.T.H serving as a crown.

H.I.T.H. stands for Heavy Is The Head, the title of his forthcoming album to be released on 13 December.

The stab vest was also visible recently at the Gross Domestic Product pop up shop (featured here) designed by Banksy in Croydon, birth city of Stormzy.

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Stormzy at Glastonbury Festival 2019

The Gallery director Nicholas Cullinan commented “Stormzy has undoubtedly had a significant influence on British culture today, both through his music and work with minority groups and young people, and we hope our visitors will enjoy the juxtaposition of this new work with historic paintings of influential figures from the Victorian era, from politicians, royalty and radicals to artists, sporting heroes and singers.”

 

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Video: Hisham Echafaki for the Musee de la Poste

 

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Paris: Okuda & Remed “Temples et Ames”

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ADDA & SARTO Gallery in Paris is currently showing a duo exhibition with artists OKUDA and REMED titled ‘ Temples et Ames’.

One is from Lille in France, the other from Santander in Spain. Madrid adopted them both and they each developed in their own way a very particular style of urban art. On one side the poetry of REMED, on the other side the inexhaustible energy of OKUDA, both playing with sunny colours inspired by the Spanish sun.

OKUDA SAN MIGUEL and REMED worked together for the first time in 2011 on two canvases, linking their styles within their work. In 2012, under the direction of Anna Dimitrova, they began a long serie of collaborations together that took them to more than 20 countries around the world. From Moscow to Miami via Oslo, Madrid, Mexico… These are the cities that inspire them and where they accumulate life experiences closely linked to their creations. They are multidisciplinary artists: from walls to giant sculptures, canvases, boats…

A real synergy has been developing between them and their work. Evolving through the years, their creativity gave birth to a third artist.

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While they both continue their path with exhibitions around the world and notable mural interventions, their strong creative connection remains present.

“Temples and Souls” showcases just how contemporary their work is, far from their debut on the streets

Okuda San Miguel & Remed collaborative pieces

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Okuda  invites the viewer into a psychedelic vortex of colours and geometric patterns.
In his work, rainbow geometric architectures blend with organic shapes, bodies without identity, headless animals and symbols. His works often raise questions about existentialism, the universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, and the contradictions of the false freedom of capitalism, showing a conflict between modernity and our roots.

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Remed works harmoniously with geometry and calligraphy, developing a universal language of shapes and colors. Playing with the visible and invisible, figurative and abstract, he makes his figures disappear within vivid colours and flat patterns. He also loves playing words and created several typographies His artworks tell intricate stories and poems on the significance of life and love.

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View the full set of pics here

Okuda san Miguel & Remed ‘Temples et Ames’
Adda & Sarto Gallery
35 Avenue Matignon
Until End December 2019

 

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Paris: Hisham Echafaki for the Musee de la Poste

The Musee de la Poste has been undergoing massive transformation and architectural refurbishing during the past 6 years. To celebrate its reopening, we have collaborated with artist Hisham Echafaki to create specific artworks for the facade of the new building.

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A series of festive panels illustrate different postal boxes through the years and pays tribute to many art movements from Art Nouveau, Art Deco to Pop Art and more.
In parallel, Hisham Echafaki integrated messages about the acceleration of the fauna extinction ( from trophy hunting to the increased plastic pollution).

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The last panel represents bees taking over a postal box and launching an S.O.S.

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The Musee de la Poste will open to the public on 23 November.

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View the full set of pics here

L’Adresse Musee de la Poste, 34 Bd de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris

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Banksy’s online store: ‘Why does art matter?’

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Two weeks ago Banksy opened a homewares store called Gross Domestic Product TM in Croydon, South London ( see our coverage here ). He made it clear that interested buyers weren’t in for a regular shopping experience and while the store attracted crowds, it physically did not open and it was not possible to purchase anything. Now that the pop up display shop has closed, the Gross Domestic Product TM official website reveals the homewares brand from BanksyTM.

In true subversive and irreverent Banksy style, the English artist continues to offer an unconventional retail experience where fans can, not purchase, but apply to purchase some of the pieces that were displayed in the Croydon pop-up.

The Gross Domestic Product online store offers merchandise with prices starting at £10 ($13) for a Banksy branded aerosol of paint to £850 for the stab vest as worn by Stormzy at the Glastonbury Festival in June.

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A “Banksy Welcome Mat,”  is “hand stitched using the fabric from life vests abandoned on the beaches of the Mediterranean,” the website says. The product is produced in collaboration with the organization Love Welcomes, which works with refugee women to produce mats from “life vests and blankets worn by frightened, exhausted Syrians as they wash up on European shores” and directs proceeds back to the refugee weavers.

The site also warns customers that they may have a “disappointing retail experience,” explaining, “Everything is produced by a handful of people using recycled material wherever possible in a workplace culture of daytime drinking. So there isn’t loads of it and it’s not all ready to ship straight away.”

Each Banksy’s creations will be sold to the most deserving bidder, as determined by his good will. There are some strict specific rules.

The website is clear from the outset that the store doesn’t work on a “first come, first serve” basis. Until October 28, shoppers can browse the items and sign up to a list. Each buyer can only sign up for one item—so choose wisely.

Those who want a Banksy original must answer the question ‘Why does art matter?’, with the ‘Why’ crossed out, in 50 words or less, and supply their contact information.

The reply to this question will be vital—if demand spikes, they will be used to help evaluate who gets to make the purchase. In fact, buyers are asked to make their answers “as amusing, informative or enlightening as possible.”

Applications will be randomly selected and then narrowed down. According to the website, answers will be assessed by an impartial and independent judge, namely a professional stand-up comedian. Winning registrants will receive word that they have won the option to purchase the selected item.

The original products, which will be awarded a certification of authenticity on the second anniversary of the purchase, are priced far below market value.

In fact, Gross Domestic Product isn’t aimed at the high-end collector. A disclaimer on the store’s website actually states that wealthy art collectors should “refrain from registering at this time,” in order to give lower-income art lovers a chance at this piece of history.

It will be interesting to see if Banksy’s safeguards keep these items out of the hands of people looking to flip the work and make a profit and, instead, into the homes of those who could never afford a $12 million painting.

So to enter the competition to purchase an item from Banksy’s online store, please provide your answer to the question “Why does art matter?”  on www.GrossDomesticProduct.com by 28 October 2019

Photo credit: Gross Domestic Product website

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Toulouse: Rose Beton Biennale Part II

We continue our coverage of the Rose Beton Biennale in Toulouse ( check our previous report here). In parallel to the open air gallery, with street walls being painted throughout the city, the Museum of contemporary art, Les Abattoirs is hosting an exhibition featuring three international artists: Tania Mouraud, Todd James and Cleon Peterson.

Patron of the Biennale,  Tania Mouraud (b.1942) is a French multidisciplinary artist whose practice has been deployed since the late 1960s through paintings, installations, performances and videos. Her distinctive calligraphic style  is highlighted by seven kakemonos from the series Mots-Mêlés  surrounded by a large mural ‘Only the sound remains’, playing between letters, barcodes and graphic design.

Los Angeles based artist Cleon Peterson (b. 1973) painted a monumental and dystopic mural. Using a restricted colour palette, Cleon Peterson depicts a violent and chaotic world, inspired by mythological tales, historical facts as well as the current reality of our world.

New York based graffiti artist Todd James (b. 1969) showcases a series of fierce and acidulous paintings. Inspired by pop culture and action painting, his sexy curvaceous blonde character is playful, and grin in the face of machines and destruction.

Pictures by Prune Mahe for Butterfly Art News

Rose Beton – Les Abattoirs
Until 5 January 2020
Toulouse

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Smashing record of £9.8m for Banksy Devolved Parliament at Sotheby’s London

Banksy’s painting depicting chimpanzees sitting in parliament has sold for more than £9million at auction, breaking the record price for a work of the elusive British artist.

‘Devolved parliament’, in which chimpanzees replace politician in the House of Commons, measures 4 meters long, making it Banksy’s largest known canvas. Despite being painted in 2009, many commentators have drawn comparisons to current-day politics, and the chaos witnessed in the House of Commons over Brexit.

It was first unveiled as part of the Banksy versus Bristol exhibition in 2009, and was lent to the Bristol Museum earlier this year, marking both the exhibition’s 10th anniversary and Britain’s original planned exit from the EU on 29 March. At the time, Banksy wrote ‘I made this 10 years ago. Bristol museum have just put it back on display to mark Brexit day. Laugh now, but one day no one will be in charge.’

‘Devolved Parliament’ surpassed its estimated price tag of £1.5m to £2m, with the auctioneer declaring ‘history is being made’ at one point during the sale that was being streamed live. After bidding that lasted 13 minutes, the2009 artwork from a private collection sold to loud applause for a hammer price of £8.5m, giving a final price of £9,879,500 ($12.2m) with added fees.

‘Record price for a Banksy painting set at auction tonight. Shame I didn’t own it.’ Banksy wrote on his instagram feed. He added a quote by critic Robert Hugues about the value of artworks: ‘ The price of a work of art is now part of its function, its new job is to sit on a wall and get more expensive. Instead of being the common property of humankind the way a book is, art becomes the particular property of someone who can afford it.’

Before Thursday ‘s sale, the auction record for Banksy work was £1.4m for ‘Keep it spotless’ which sold at Sotheby’s in New York in 2008. It also comes a year after another Banksy canvas, ‘Girl with Balloon’, shredded itself in front of shocked onlookers at Sotheby’s auction just as it was sold.

Watch the live stream of the bidding here

 

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London: Kaws – Black Out at Skarstedt

KAWS just opened a new solo exhibition called ‘BLACK OUT’ at Skarstedt in London. Featuring a series of ten new abstract paintings and two new sculptures. BLACKOUT coincides with KAWS: COMPANIONSHIP IN THE AGE OF LONELINESS at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, which follows a further solo presentation, ALONE AGAIN, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. This exhibition continues to further explore the emotional content of the artist’s work.

While retaining his colourful acrylic palette, the abstract compositions within his paintings contain figurative elements that suggest traps, pathways, bridges and boundaries. This imagery alludes to the artist’s underlying concern about the divisions within and across societies. He reminds us that despite living in a time of connectivity and constant communication we are separated by the toxic nature of current political and public discourse that also permeates social media.

With the sculptures KAWS uses two of his characters to convey opposing human attitudes.

In SHARE, the Companion is secure and looks outward, holding but not attached to the toy in its hand. KAWS’ figures, as ever, poignantly reveal to us the human condition in the contemporary world and also offer an alternative way of being.

In the sculpture TAKE, the BFF holds a child Companion defensively, pulling it back in a gesture of mistrust as if to prevent someone else from touching it; the child cowed looks to the ground, the fear is transferred.

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KAWS – BLACK OUT
Skarstedt

Until 9 November 2019

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London: Banksy – Gross Domestic Product Installation

During the busy Frieze Art week 2019, elusive artist Banksy has opened a new pop up store overnight in Croydon, South London called Gross Domestic Product.
In a statement Banksy mentions it follows a legal dispute over Banksy’s trademark.
“[It is] possibly the least poetic reason to ever hold an art show,” Banksy says.


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The homeware store – essentially a window display that will never actually open—is selling a range of items, from mugs, spray cans, prints, t-shirts to editions of the stab vest worn by the artist Stormzy at Glastonbury, welcome mats hand-stitched by women in detainment camps in Greece. The objects have all been installed in a series of window displays along with often-reproduced paintings such as Banksy’s Flower Thrower.


Prices start at £10, but the merchandise range will only be available to buy online after the shop shuts in two weeks. Until then, collectors will have to settle for window shopping. Proceeds from the merchandise will go to purchase a boat for the refugees to replace the one that was confiscated by Italian authorities.

Banksy says an unnamed greeting card company is contesting his trademark rights to his own name and imagery, “so they can legally use it to sell their fake Banksy merchandise”. He adds: “I think they’re banking on the idea I won’t show up in court to defend myself.”
Describing Banksy as “the most infringed artist alive”, DACS chairman and media lawyer Mark Stephens says: “What you have here is frankly ludicrous litigation, but the law clearly states that if the trademark holder is not using the mark then it should be handed to someone who will.” His solution? Create a merchandise range and open a shop.
Everything in the store “has been created specifically to fulfil a particular trademark category under EU law”, Banksy says. “I had the legal sheet pinned up in the studio like a muse.” He adds: “John Lennon said: ‘I’m an artist, give me a tuba and I’ll get something out of it.’ I feel the same way about a trademark dispute.”

“If Banksy wants to keep enforcing any of his trademarks in courts around the world, and avoid the risk of them being cancelled for lack of use, he will need to show judges stronger evidence of his brands being used in the market,” Enrico Bonadio, a senior lecturer in intellectual property law at City University of London, noted at the time. “This probably means he needs to start regularly producing and selling his own branded merchandise through a specialised commercial vehicle. The problem is that Banksy is a contradictory character. I wouldn’t be surprised if he started a proper business plan, while also continuing to send out his anti-consumerist message,” he says.

Banksy stresses that, despite trying to defend his rights in this particular case, he hasn’t changed his position on copyright. “I still encourage anyone to copy, borrow, steal and amend my art for amusement, academic research or activism. I just don’t want them to get sole custody of my name,” he says.

 

 

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Paris: District 13 Art Fair 2019

District 13 Art Fair 2019

The second edition of District 13 – International Art Fair returns to Drouot auction house in Paris from 25 to 29 September 2019.
Featuring 17 international galleries, the District 13 – International Art Fair presents a global landscape of emerging and established artists from the street art and contemporary art scene.

In addition to an eclectic mix of international exhibitors, the fair is bringing together a comprehensive side program including book releases ( D*Face Monograph for example), print releases, conferences and more.

Here are a few highlights from the second edition

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District 13 Art Fair
25-29 September 2019
Drouot Paris

For tickets and programme please visit
district13artfair.com

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Toulouse: Rose Beton Biennale 2019

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The third edition of The ROSE BETON FESTIVAL becomes a biennale dedicated to urban practices and cultures in Toulouse. National and international artists continue to  invade the Pink City walls and cultural venues.

Back in  2016 legendary graffiti artist FUTURA painted a train carriage in the courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Toulouse, Les Abattoirs ( see our coverage here ).

The 2019 edition, co-curated by TILT and Nicolas Couturieux, pursues the expansion of the ‘open air gallery’ with outside walls painted by RERO , MOMO, JEROEN EROSIE, MADEMOISELLE KAT, MOSES AND TAP, HENSE as well as installations by MARK JENKINS.

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Installation by Mark Jenkins © Benjamin Roudet

The second part of the Rose Beton Biennale will kick start on  26 September with an exhibition featuring works and installations from TANIA MOURAUD, TODD JAMES and CLEON PETERSON inside The Abattoirs, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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Tania Mouraud Guest of honour of the Rose Beton Biennale

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Todd James

Many events, mediation, tours, workshops, and conferences are scheduled throughout the Rose Beton Biennale. For full programme, please visit the website

Photos © Butterfly Art News unless otherwise stated

ROSE BETON BIENNALE
26 September 2019 – January 5, 2020
Les Abbatoirs
76 allées Charles-de-Fitte
31300 Toulouse

 

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Grenoble: Obey Giant – 30 Years of Resistance

To kick start the 30th Year anniversary of Obey Giant, the Street Art Fest in Grenoble (France) presents the largest exhibition ever organized dedicated to the prolific career of American artist Shepard FAIREY.

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Starting in 1989, Shepard Fairey became known for his stickers featuring Andre the Giant, and then for the Obey the Giant campaign. He became world famous by producing Obama’s campaign poster “Hope” in 2008. In France, his ‘Marianne’ portrait, tribute to the victims of Paris terrorist attacks, adorns the office of the French President, while protesters have revisited this image with a blinded Marianne.

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Spanning over 30 years (1989-2019), this comprehensive exhibition offers a global vision of the work of the artist with 600 works, with a selection of his best visuals, enriched with anecdotes and detailed information.
From his first hand-made stickers to his latest multilayered screenprints, visitors get to understand the esthetic and dissent messages by Shepard Fairey and his prolific body of work. A chronologic timeline presents a selection of 150 iconic screenprints, complemented by thematic sections like environment, politics, charities, peace, and music. The exhibition curated by Jérôme Catz provide a comprehensive picture of Shepard’s Fairey 30 years career.

 

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View the full set of pictures here

In parallel to the exhibition, Shepard Fairey also painted a monumental mural entitled ‘Rose Girl’ in Grenoble (see our coverage here).

Obey Giant – 30 Years of Resistance
Ancien Musée de Peinture
Place de Verdun 38000 Grenoble
Until 27 October 2019
Wed – Sun from 1PM-7PM

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Mr. & Pharrell Williams ‘Call to Action’ (Paris)

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The Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts (MNAAG) in Paris, home to the largest collection of Asian arts in Europe, gave ‘Carte Blanche’ to a site-specific installation created by Japanese contemporary artist Mr. and curated by Pharrell Williams : it’s a ‘Call to Action’.

Located on the fourth-floor rotunda beneath the dome of the main Guimet building, the exhibition runs until September 23, 2019. The project started five years ago based on an idea by Pharrell Williams–who is a self-proclaimed fan of Mr.’s work. The result of this long standing collaboration is an installation of bright, child-like figures sporting a military aesthetic while some carry firearms: the duo emphasizes the importance of younger generations in a world tormented by adult choices.

Pharrell Williams commented: “Kids run the world and this work is a challenge to leaders to do something immediately – for a better, bright future.”

Featuring painting, sculptures and neon signs, Mr. invites the viewer into an immersive pastel coloured world, which aims to represent a positive and peaceful momentum in finding solutions for today’s problems. “Amid the tension and crisis of uncertainty that we live in today, we need to believe in the hope that can be found in children, and take inspiration on the promise of their optimistic outlook and spirit. Kids have the power. With art, we start this dialogue in this way” says Mr.

The toy-looking rifles do not symbolise violence literally, but militance. Children’s best weapon, to be protected at all costs, is their creativity and imagination.

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Carte Blanche to Mr. & Pharell Williams
A Call to Action
Musee National des Arts Asiatiques – Guimet
6 Place Iena, Paris
Until 25 September 2019

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Grenoble: Rose Girl Mural by Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey and the Obey Giant team kicked off the start of the Obey 30th world tour in Grenoble, France with a new mural titled ‘Rose Girl’ for the Street Art Fest curated by Jerome Catz.

The mural features a female figure adorned with three roses on her head, symbol of Grenoble. Located between the Alps, Grenoble is a city ecologically responsible and continues to improve upon it. The ‘Rose Girl’ mural is a reminder to preserve the environment and to be at peace between human beings and the planet.

Painted with the Obey Giant team, it can be seen on the wall of the CROUS, in the heart of the students area.

Location is key as it represents hope with the future generations, but it also can be visible from the mountains and gondola lifts.

The Mayor of Grenoble, the Crous director, the Students Union and Jerome Catz, curator of the Grenoble Street Art Fest joined Shepard Fairey to inaugurate the Rose Girl monumental artwork.

In parallel to the mural, l’Ancien Musee de la Peinture de Grenoble is dedicating a comprehensive print survey of Shepard Fairey / Obey Giant spanning over 30 years of resistance with 600 artworks.

Stay tuned as we will come back with further coverage…

Grenoble Street Art Fest
Shepard Fairey – 30 Years of resistance
Ancien Musee de la Peinture
Until 27 October 2019

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London: Banksy back to the Royal Academy

Banksy created a new artwork for upcoming The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition that will open to the public on 10 June in London.

Following last year’s participation with ‘Vote to Love’ (covered here) , Banksy created another politically charged artwork about Europe and Brexit.

The artwork features a closed shutter with a ‘Customs’ sign for arrival from the EU.

Looking at the bottom of the shutter, a cheeky stencilled rat stole the T of the ‘KEEP OUT’ sign to use it as a hammer over the padlock that keeps the borders closed.

Above Pics by Tagfinearts & Peter Jones

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Vote Love – Banksy’s artwork for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018

 

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Banksy stunt during the Venice Biennale 2019

During the opening of the Venice Biennale a few stencils appeared across the city which gave indication of the presence of the elusive British artist.
While still unconfirmed yet, a politically charged piece shows a young child wearing a life jacket and holding a pink flare up in the air, a migrant calling for rescuers. It was spotted on the island of Dorsoduro.

On Banksy’s website and his social media the artist posted a video in Venice with following comment
‘ Setting out my stall at the Venice Biennale.
Despite being the largest and most prestigious art event in the world, for some reason I’ve never been invited.’

The stall presents a series of small oil paintings featuring a large cruise boat over the Venice canals

The popped up stall is reminiscent of his New York stunt in 2013 where he sold his canvasses for $60 to passers by.

 

Stay tuned for further update.

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Los Angeles: Josie Morway – Remediators

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In parallel to the Lucky 13 Group show (covered), Corey Helford Gallery is also hosting a solo exhibit ‘The Remediators’ by Boston-based painter and designer Josie Morway. Combining technical influences of oil paintings from Dutch Masters and religious icon paintings with hyper-modern color and design elements, Josie Morway portrays surrealist paintings of wildlife and flora that are both politically charged and ethereally poetic.
Inspired by research into processes of bioremediation – by which plants, animals or microorganisms break down contamination in soil or water, the artworks present a new system by which nature might respond to crisis.

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Josie Morway – Remediators
Until 11 May 2019
Corey Helford Gallery
571 S Anderson St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Los Angeles: Ben Frost – Pure Sugar

Australian artist, Ben Frost is currently featured at Corey Helford Gallery with an explosive exhibition of over 70 new works, entitled “Pure Sugar.

Ben Frost, who is coming off a recent collaboration with fashion designer Jeremy Scott for his Winter 2018 Moschino line, is known for his kaleidoscopic Pop Art, mash-up paintings that take inspiration from areas as diverse as graffiti, collage, photo-realism and sign-writing. “PURE SUGAR” is a playful and often confronting exploration of the nature of “excess” within our contemporary society. Using colorful and dynamic pop art motifs, the artist presents a series of satirical and provocative observations of western culture that is as sour as it is sweet.

The exhibition consists of over 70 new paintings, from large scale acrylic and spray paint stencils on canvas, to tiny hand painted “found” packages such as McDonald fry boxes, pharmaceutical packages, fashion bags and cereal boxes. Both a celebration and critique of consumerist culture, Frost’s work is paradoxically a love/hate affair with the colors, icons and logos of the advertising world that we are obsessively immersed within.

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Ben Frost – Pure Sugar
Until 11 May 2019
Corey Helford Gallery
571 S Anderson St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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London: Banksy new artwork supporting Extinction Rebellion protests

A new Banksy mural appeared in Marble Arch, London to mark the end of the 10 days of climate change protests by Extinction Rebellion activists.

The environmental artwork sprung up on a wall in Marble Arch around the time the demonstrators gathered nearby to celebrate the closing of their spell of disruption in central London. On Sunday Great Thunberg addressed the crowd and the Parliament on climate change issues. Massive Attack also played a concert on the Extinction Rebellion stage.

Although unconfirmed yet, the artwork bears all the marks (location, style and message). The multilayered stencil of the little girl has been used previously by Banksy in his Walled Off Hotel (covered here)

In her hand she is holding the logo of the Extinction Rebellion activists.

A slogan next to her reads “From This Moment Despair Ends And Tactics Begin”.

 

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Los Angeles: Lucky 13 at Corey Helford Gallery

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Corey Helford Gallery is currently celebrating its 13th Anniversary with a group show co-curated by graffiti artist Kelly (RISK) Graval : LUCKY 13- FINE ART OF STREET & GRAFFITI

When Corey Helford opened in Culver City in 2006 and street art and graffiti was still seen as marginalized or criminal back then. But they continued to champion and support artists from the urban art movement and pop surrealism that went to become internationally acclaimed artists.

Participating artists include: Ron English, Miss Van, Buff Monster, D* Face, Eine , Hush , Risk , Pure Evil , Herakut , Logan Hicks, Okuda San Miguel , Lauren YS , Ramiro Davaro-Comas , Jillian Evelyn , Angela Ho “Ahoy” , Bisco Smith , seenaeme , La Belle Epoque , Faith XLVII , Cryptik , Jecks , Aspire , Zlism , Senna , Hoxxoh , Estevan Oriol , Defer , Bio Tats Cru , Sel , CES , TAZ , Candybird , Caratoes , Mauy , Messy Desk , Starman , Bates , RISK x HOXXOH , Kwest , Barlo , Simple Bao , Seen , Og Abel , Quick , Skeme , Sever , kaNO

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Lucky 13 Anniversary
Until 11 May 2019
Corey Helford Gallery
571 S Anderson St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Los Angeles: Takashi Murakami – GYATEI2

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Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is currently showing a new exhibition entitled GYATEI² at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles.

The exhibition title comes from the Buddhist Hannya Shingyo (Heart Sutra), an incantation often chanted by Zen groups before or after a meditation and translates roughly to “gone, gone, gone beyond, gone completely beyond, enlightenment, svāhā.”

GYATEI² reveals myriad variations of interconnected imagery, each permutation and combination generating new meaning.

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Murakami’s first character, Mr. DOB—a whimsical, sharp-toothed Mickey Mouse–like character—reappears in different forms, as does the ubiquitous rainbow flower.

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Elsewhere, images of doorways, graffiti of the word “viral,” and a self-portrait of the artist and his dog are overlaid onto dense graphic patterns.

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A Statue of Flower Parent and Child (2019), cast in bronze and covered in gold leaf, stands sixteen feet tall and shows an enormous flower character with its flower offspring. Similarly, the rabbit like Kaikai and three-eyed, smiling Kiki (both 2019) are rendered in cast bronze covered in platinum leaf, the cute yet imposing characters illustrating Murakami’s interest in paradox, as kikikaikai describes something that is dangerous yet appealing.

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The seventeen-panel Qinghua (2019) reinterprets a motif originally painted on a vase from the Chinese Yuan Dynasty (c. 1206–1368), whose imagery mingled in Murakami’s memory with childhood trips to the riverside with his father, where fishers would haul enormous carp. At almost eight feet high and fifty-eight feet wide, the image proceeds panel by panel, like an enormous storyboard, or a vase that has been unrolled like a long scroll along the gallery’s walls.

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Takashi Murakami – GYATEI²
Gagosian Gallery
456 North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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Los Angeles: Hisham Echafaki at The Other Art Fair

London based artist Hisham Echafaki is currently exhibiting a new series of large scale multidimensional paintings at The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles.

Continuing to push the limits, the trompe l’oeil effects are so intricately done, that the eyes can be deceiving in believing these are real insects, butterflies and dragonfly. But, no , the visual effect are the results of a long and detailed process of acrylic paint and layers of resin. Even a closer look can leave the visitors puzzled as to whether these specimen really exist.

Playing with depth, iridescence and transparence, Hisham Echafaki imaginary creatures seem to be floating in space. A magical moment not to be missed.


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The Other Art Fair – Los Angeles
Booth 95
The Magic Box – The Reef
Los Angeles 90015 CA

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Paris: Jean-Michel Othoniel ‘Oracles’

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Galerie Perrotin presents a new solo show of French contemporary artist Jean-Michel Othoniel in Paris, following several important personal exhibitions in Canada, USA and France in 2018.

Jean-Michel Othoniel’s enchanting aesthetics revolves around the notion of emotional geometry. Using the repetition of modular elements such as bricks or his signature beads, which are his most recurring motif, he creates exquisite jewelry-like sculptures whose relationship to human scale ranges from intimacy to monumentality

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The exhibition entitled ‘Oracles’ brings together fifteen minimalistic, enigmatic sculptures made of glass or metal bricks, the artist has systematized the use of a module that entered his work in 2009, after a journey to India. On the road from Delhi to Firozabad, a city with an age-old glassmaking tradition, he was struck by the stacks of bricks accumulated in the hope of building a house and by the countless altars covered in offerings and multicoloured necklaces. Since then, he has called on the knowledge of Indian glassblowers to blow blue, amber, yellow and grey glass bricks.

Monumental yet delicate, the sculptural installations allow the viewers to inhabit his world through reflection and motion.

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Jean Michel Othoniel – Oracles
Until 8 June 2019
Galerie Perrotin, Paris

 

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Celebration of Female Artists

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We would like to celebrate our favorite female artists worldwide, who are pushing boundaries in graffiti /street art as well as contemporary art. The list is unlimited so we are sending much love and support to ALL the female artists.

Keep doing what you are doing!

AIDA WILDE (UK)
Aida Wilde

BARBARA KRUGER (US)
Barbara Kruger - Forever

AYA TAKANO (JP)
Aya Takano

CARRIE REICHARDT
The Art of Politics

CHIHARU SHIOTA (JP)
Chiharu Shiota

FAITH47 (SA)
Faith47 - London

HERA (DE)
Herakut


LADY AIKO (US)

Aiko -Unstoppable Waves

MAD C (DE)
Marrakech Biennale MB6 Street Art

MAYA HAYUK (US)MIMA - Maya Hayuk

MISS VAN (FR)
Rose Beton Festival - Toulouse

NATALIA FABIA (US)

OLEK (US)
Olek - London

SWOON (US)
MIMA - Swoon

TARA MCPHERSON (US)
Tara McPherson

YAYOI KUSAMA (JP)
Yayoi Kusama

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London : el Seed – Tabula Rasa

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Tunisian-French contemporary artist, eL Seed has just opened his first UK exhibition entitled Tabula Rasa at Lazinc in London. We documented his previous visit to the UK capital in 2015 ( see here), where he painted a mural with this signature style: an adaptation of traditional Arabic calligraphy.

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Within his intricate compositions, el Seed emphasises the curves and loops of the script removing a layer of legilibility and adding mystery to the meaning behind the words he chooses.

eL Seed commented: “I truly believe that art is a way to open dialogue. I like to think that my artwork can cut through the boundaries that we place between ourselves; whether physical, cultural or linguistic. My exhibition at Lazinc represents a new style of painting, where I am attempting to break down my thought process into layers. It also asks the audience to question the way they think and how much they have been affected by assumption or misconception.”

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For this exhibition, the artist has developed on his process, stripping down the works, in an effort to access his own ‘tabula rasa’.
The concept of ‘tabula rasa’, pioneered by 17th Century philosopher, John Locke, argues that at birth the human mind is a complete, but receptive blank slate, upon which experience imprints knowledge. In relation to his canvases, eL Seed has taken the idea of the tabula rasa as a starting point, with the aim to alter deep-seated preconceptions that are commonly held about the Arabic script and culture.

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In contrast to eL Seed’s usually polished and perfected canvases, the works at Lazinc appear with an unfinished aesthetic. The surface calligraphy is ripped and torn to reveal phrases and imagery below, which materialise slowly and differently with each viewing.
The layering of words and ideas offer an insight into the thought process of the artist.

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Guests are invited to reconsider all that they previously thought about Arabic and immerse themselves in the calligraphic experience.

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View the full set of pics here

elSeed – Tabula Rasa
Until 9 march 2019
Lazinc Sacksville
29 Sackville Street
London W1S 3DX

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Banksy News

Three major headlines related to Banksy

London: Banksy enters the permanent collection of the British Museum

The British Museum in London has acquired its first work by the anonymous artist, a fake £10 banknote depicting Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, which will join its collection of coins, medals and other currency.
The work, entitled Di-faced Tenner, was one of thousands of copies produced by the artist in 2004 as part of a planned art performance. Unlike ‘Peckham Rock’, a fake cave painting on concrete , which was part of a 2005 stunt and loaned again to the museum for a recent exhibition on dissent and protest in 2018 (see our coverage here), the note has been donated to the museum by the artist’s representative Pest Control.

It is the only official banknote ever released by Banksy. Any other kind of currency note are simply NOT by the artist, so fans and buyers beware. And the Banksy Di-Face Tenner indicates on its back ‘Trust No One’.

Palestine: Banksy creates a new artwork at the Walled Off Hotel

Two years after the official opening his artivist hotel in Bethlehem, Banksy just revealed a new artwork inside the Walled Off Hotel.

Conveying a message of Love and Peace, the artwork depicts a little veiled girl playing with coloured 3d block shapes looking at a giant heart shaped hole in a concrete wall which shows a neon light blue sky. Looking closer the 3D block shapes on the floor are iconographic symbols of all monotheist religions, from the cross to the start and crescent. Messages of peace are graffitied on the wall while Banksy’s signature is engraved in the concrete.

Paris: Banksy’s tribute to Bataclan’s victims is stolen

Sadly less than seven months after Banksy painted his tribute on the fire-exit door of the Bataclan theatre, where Islamist militants killed 90 people three years ago, the artwork has been stolen, the venue has said.
The work, one of a series of murals during Banksy’s invasion of the French capital last June, showed a veiled female figure in a mournful pose. ( Check our initial coverage about the artwork  here)
We are today filled with a deep sense of indignation. The work of Banksy, a symbol of contemplation belonging to all – residents, Parisians and citizens of the world – has been taken from us,” the Bataclan said in a Twitter post. A police investigation continues.

Stay tuned for further updates

 

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Paris: André x Futura – Chez Nous

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André & Futura have joined forces for a unique collaborative show at Danysz Gallery in Paris with their signature pictorial characters. Aptly entitled André x Futura – Chez Nous, the show presents a series of unseen works where they answer each other and merge their energetic painterly gestures. Futura (whose real name is Lenny McGurr) otherworldly characters, such as the Pointman, echo Saraiva’s Mr A. whimsical dancing figures, as if their pictorial alter ego were enjoying themselves as much as both artists did in this adventure.

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André x Futura – Chez Nous
Until 9 February 2019
Magda Danysz Gallery, 78 rue Amelot, Paris

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Banksy ‘ Season Greetings ‘

For the festive season, Banksy just revealed a new artwork in Port Talbot, South Wales. As usual placement is key and the image appears on two sides of a garage depicting a child enjoying snow falling – while the other side reveals it is a fire emitting ash.

Later a video posted on his social media account confirmed the artwork.

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. . . . Season’s greetings . . .

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Speculation that the piece was a genuine Banksy piece was fuelled when a sketch bearing striking similarities to the latest piece emerged. It appeared in a documentary last year, featuring exchanges between the film director Danny Boyle and Banksy, as they collaborated on an alternative “nativity” play in Bethlehem.

Photos: Banksy, Wales News Service

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London: Sweet Toof – Mid Nite Crisis

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Legendary UK street artist Sweet Toof is returning to the London East End (118 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7NY) with a solo exhibition entitled Mid Nite Crisis. Opening on the 14th of December, the exhibition features paintings, sculptures, ceramics, miniature portraits, linocut prints and more surprises. With bright colours and his signature gums and teeth, there is a bit of eye candy for everyone during the festive season. Check out some preview images of the not to miss show below…

Screenprint Queen Aida Wilde is celebrating 10 years anniversary of print collaborating with Sweet Toof with a special release : From EAST END SUCKS to GentriFUCK

 

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From EAST END SUCKS➡️GentriFUCK❗️ 10 YEARS & MORE AFTER….. We've been through the Highs, the Lows & everything in between. Many misadventures were had & if you were there with us, then you know. Thought it was time I celebrate one of my longest working partnerships with a new collaborative screen print with the artist & friend who opened so many doors for me way back when, that was the 'golden age' of the street art world…. We've Gentrifucked our way through the East End & here we are now! A little glimpse into our legacy. Here's to the next decade @thesweettoof🍾🍭 . MidNite Crisis Sweet Toof Solo Exhibition 118 Stoke Newington High St N16 7NY 14.12.18 PV Tonite 8pm⬆️ . . . #gentrifuck #gentrifuckation #sweettoof #aidawilde #gentrification #eastendsucks #eastend #print #screenprint #serigraphy #streetart #urbanart #eastlondonstreetart #midnitecrisis #rocketbarbers #eastend #highrollersociety #printmaking #legacy #history

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MidNite Crisis
Sweet Toof Solo Exhibition
118 Stoke Newington High St
London N16 7NY
14.12.18

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London: Art Car Boot Fair Christmas Wrap Party

Art Car Boot Fair Christmas

Running for the 15th year, The Art Car Boot Fair  brings together 70 arists in a covered venue in the heart of Vauxhall’s gallery district for its Christmas Wrap Party. Artists show up in person to flog their specially made just-for-the-day ware to the public. So with incredible Christmas gift bargains, mystery prizes, raffles, pass the art parcel, art bingo and the Secret Santa Casino, hand finishing and personalisations directly by the artists, there is something for everyone. 

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Participating artists include: Rachel Howard . Geraldine Swayne . Jessica Voorsanger . Polly Morgan . Kristjana S Williams . Marcus Harvey . Bob & Roberta Smith . Mat Collishaw . Gavin Turk . Mr Bingo . Patrick Hughes . Barry Reigate . Kate Knight . Carrie Reichardt . Amelia Troubridge . True Rocks . Christabel McGreevy . Laura New . Sara Pope . Camille Phoenix . Colin Self . Andrew Weatherall . James Birch . Justin Robertson . Silvia Ziranek . Matt Small . Charming Baker . Trolley Books & TJ Boulting . Cob Gallery & Help Refugees . Ian Dawson. Ava May Hayward . Turps Painters . Jake Clark . David Batchelor . Dion Kitson . Christian Furr . Wildcat Will . Rennaissance Selfies . Keira Rathbone Typewriter Artist . L-13 with Jamie Reid . Liam Ryan . Sadie Hennessey . Paul Sakoilsky . Wilfred Wood . Tony Beaver . Stephanie Carlton Smith . Holly Allan . Ruth Fox . James Joyce . David David . Cate Halpin and the Outside World . The Misfortune Teller . Meanmail . Wilma Johnson . Alice Herrick & Rachel Megawhat . Jennifer Binnie . Christine Binnie . Paul Davis . Elli Popp . Morel Books . Flying Leaps . Lady Muck . Sean Worrall . Emma Harvey . Quiet British Accent . Julie Maddison . Misha Milovanovich . Kelly-Ann Davitt . Wildcat Will . Jane Howard . Atom Gallery . Richard Clegg & Zach . Keeler Tornero . Alteria Art with Nancy Fouts . Jealous Gallery with Charming Baker, Chris Levine, Ben Eine, Ceal Warnants, Dave Buona Guidi + . Moniker Projects with Matt Small and Lucas Price . Art on a Postcard with Russian Dolls (more details soon) . The Beauty Papers with Gillian Wearing, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Julie Verhoeven + . Bumble & Earwig . Joseph Gibson . Smithson Gallery with Frea Buckler, Gillian Garnica, Sarah Duncan, Jason Lilley . Jono Boyle, Rose Emerson, Andrew Millar, Charlotte Farmer and Claire Halifax . Abigail Fallis . Aster Guinness . Beatrice Brown.Bertie Bannerman with Orfeo & Fred.

Art Car Boot Fair Christmas Wrap Party
9 December 2018
26 Lambeth High Street SE1
London

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London: Seth- Chambrum Rangeam

Dorothy Circus Gallery is currently showing a double solo shows in Rome and London, with French street artist Seth. Julien Malland, aka SETH, portrays children, dwelling in imaginary environments that, like in a trompe l’oeil painting, belong to our reality while also opening up to a new visionary dimension. His children float in a timeless space where everything is eternal and contemporary at the same time. Moving away from an ‘easy’ graffiti code made of skulls and enraged icons, Seth celebrates innocence and simplicity by depicting extremely coloured and ordered compositions where the viewers get loose.

The title of the show, ‘Chambrum Rangeam’ means “clean up your room” – words everyone has heard from his/her mother when you are young, too young to care, too lost in a parallel universe of images, colours, and floating thoughts often too deep to describe with words. The same universe is brought back to life by the French artist who, through lines and hues and figures, helps us recall the dreams we dreamt in our bedrooms.
Each image is an invitation to navigate through the memories of a lost time where we can still find our inner child. The chambre where we meet the artist is the same room where we can find our lost fantasy, our purest emotions – the magic pixie dust that helps us fly.

Seth – Chambrum Rangeam
Until 7 December 2018
Dorothy Circus London and Rome

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London: Choose Love – Help Refugees and win a Banksy

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In the middle of Carnaby street in London during the busy Christmas shopping period, a new pop up shop opened with a mission: help refugees.

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Choose Love is the world’s first shop where you can buy real products for refugees. From emergency blankets to school bags and medical equipment, you can shop to your heart’s content, leave with nothing, and feel great. All funds raised will go directly to Help Refugees, supporting our work across Europe and the Middle East.

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Help Refugees is a pioneering organisation working on the frontline of the refugee crisis in Europe and beyond. Founded in 2015 as part of a grassroots movement of volunteers, in just two years they have become one of the most prominent and effective humanitarian aid organisations working directly with refugees.

Josie Naughton, CEO of Help Refugees, said: “It’s easy to forget how lucky we are to have a bed, a blanket and a roof over our heads. For thousands of refugees this winter, these basic human needs are completely out of reach. This shop is all about one simple idea: that we should all Choose Love and help those in need.”

Banksy Boat raffle
Elusive artist Banksy has teamed up with Choose Love and is putting his remote controlled  ‘ dream boat’ up for a raffle competition. This coin operated sculpture was created as part of his acclaimed theme park Dismaland. Is it a darkly satirical work of art or a remote control toy in very bad taste? It might be both. It certainly is unique and it could be yours in time for Christmas…
Make a minimum donation of £2 and guess the weight until 22 December  here.

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The items on sale include emergency blankets, children’s shoes, warm socks, mobile phone credit and more. Costs range from £4.99 to £499 – to ‘buy the store’.

You can also visit the online shop here.

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CHOOSE LOVE LONDON
Until January 2019
30-32 Fouberts Place, Carnaby, London, W1F 7PS
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 – 6 pm, Sunday 12 – 6 pm

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Milan: Tavar Zawacki – Shapeshifting ( Wunderkammern)

While in Milan we popped by to see the latest exhibition of Californian based artist Tavar Zawacki aka Above, whom we previously met in Berlin ( see our coverage here) in 2017.

For twenty years (1996–2016) the artist created and signed all of his artworks with his street artist pseudonym, ‘ABOVE’. In January 2017, he decided to step out of his self-imposed shadow of anonymity and start signing artworks with his real birth name – allowing more freedom of creative exploration, as well as liberation from the arrow icon he has associated himself with. His painting styles with mural works in large scale, as well as his indoor fine art are characterized by the use of hard-edge painting, color field, geometric abstraction, Op art, and Trompe-l’oeil painting styles. Since 2005 the artist displayed his work in galleries and creative institutions around the world.

The solo exhibition ‘Shapeshifting‘ at Wunderkammern Gallery reflects on the concept of metamorphosis intended in a personal and artistic sense, where the artist is testing himself with the use of different types of shapes and colors. The exploration of different forms and their intersections is seen by Tavar Zawacki as a stimulating game and a continuous experimentation, materializing in a visual aesthetic and in a use of techniques that enhance the color. The geometric shapes are combined freely as if they were puzzles. Playing with size, shapes and colours, canvases and sculptures leave the viewer the opportunity to look at his works from multiple angles.

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Tavar Zawacki – Shapeshifting
Until 22 December 2018
Wunderkammern Milano
Via Ausonio 1A, 20123 Milano

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Milan: The Art of Banksy – A Visual Protest

Various exhibitions of Banksy’s work have taken place in art galleries, but until now no public museum has ever given the artist a solo exhibition.

The Italian culture museum in Milan, MUDEC – Museo delle Culture – is presenting for the first time a solo exhibition of elusive artist Banksy. The unauthorised retrospective titled ‘ The Art of Banksy. A visual protest”, curated by Gianni Mercurio, unites under one roof more than 70 works, including paintings, sculptures and prints by the artist, and accompanied by objects, photographs and video. For the first time a public institution takes a retrospective look at the work, socio-political context and philosophy of Banksy.

Stay tuned for further updates and behind the scenes access.

MUDEC
“The Art of Banksy. A Visual Protest”
21 November 2018 – 14 April 2019

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Paris: FIAC Highlights 2018

Two weeks after FRIEZE in London, Paris attracts the center of the art world for a week with FIAC (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain).

Located in the spectacular venue of the Grand Palais, the 45th edition of FIAC featured 195 galleries from 27 countries. The five-day fair, held in the majestic setting of the Grand Palais, combines contemporary and modern art under one soaring steel-and-glass roof, and attracts about 75,000 visitors, according to the organizers. The Frieze and Frieze Masters fairs, which separate contemporary and modern, each attract 60,000.

Here are some highlights from this year’s edition

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FIAC – 18-21 October 2018
Grand Palais
Paris

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London: Moniker Art Fair 2018

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Moniker Art Fair returned to East London last week, celebrating their 10th edition, by taking over the upper floor of The Old Truman Brewery and extending their 30,000 square foot fair space outdoors with their first-ever Formula-E art car painted by British street artist D*Face, as part of their ongoing collaboration with Kaspersky Lab.

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For the 10th edition, Moniker Art Fair has also partnered with Berlin’s Urban Nation Museum to present ‘UNCENSORED, a wholly unfiltered and unrestricted celebration of the revolutionary elements of urban contemporary art with a series of immersive installations.

Upon entering the upper floor of the Truman Brewery, visitors were greeted by a giant maze by French duo Lek & Sowat and had to navigated through to get to the entrance of Moniker.

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Uncensored Installation Hall Co-Curated by Urban Nation features the works of Lek & Sowat (France) / Herakut (Germany) / FaithXLVII (South Africa) / Ann J Lewis (USA) / Li’Hill (Canada) / David Mesguich (France) / Dan Rawlings (UK)

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In parallel Moniker also featured Artists Open Studios with VESOD (Italy) Vermibus (Spain) / Bom.K (France) / Axel Void (USA) / Dont Fret (USA) / Skewville (USA) / Louis Masai (UK)

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Moniker also hosted a series of talks and conferences in partnership with the Nuart Journal, and film screenings including X Art documentary

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Galleries and international artists showing works at the Fair include :
Under The Radar Gallery (London, UK) / Jewel Goodby Contemporary (London, UK) / Thinkspace Projects (Los Angeles CA, USA) – Solo show by Kaili Smith / Jealous Gallery (London, UK) / Landmark Street Art (Carlisle, UK) / BSMT SPACE (London, UK)/ 1963 Gallery (London, UK)/ Egle Zvirblyte (Lithuania) / Curious Duke Gallery (London, UK) / The Art Hound Gallery (Cambridge, UK) – Solo show by Lauren Baker / Well Hung Gallery (London, UK) / Graffik Gallery (London, UK) / Spoke Art Gallery (NYC and SF, USA) – Solo show by Erik Jones / The Moleskine Project presented by Spoke Art / The Secret Art Prize / Fοusion Gallery (Barcelona, Spain) / Fanakapan (London, UK) / Vinyl on Vinyl (Manila, Philippines)

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Click below to view a photo gallery of the London Moniker Art Fair 2018

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Moniker Art Fair
4-7 October 2018
Truman Brewery

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London: Banksy self destructs live at Sotheby’s

With the crazy art week and all the collectors gathered in London for the Frieze Art Fair and plethora of glamourous art events, a series of artworks by elusive artist Banksy were presented at prestigious auction house Sotheby’s, including his iconic Girl with Balloon for the evening auction of 5 October 2018.

Girl with a Balloon (2006) was the final lot of the night, and just as the canvas hammered at £953,829 ( totally 1,042,000 GBP after taxes) — exactly the same figure as the artist’s previous auction record, achieved in 2008 — an alarm was triggered inside the work of art. Onlookers turned just in time to see the canvas slip through its faux-gilt frame and be shredded into pieces.

 

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“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, the auction house’s head of contemporary art, Europe, immediately after the sale. “He is arguably the greatest British street artist, and tonight we saw a little piece of Banksy genius,” he said, adding that he was “not in on the ruse”, although it is not clear whether other members of staff were. Some commented on the unusually thick frame, which could have easily concealed a shredding mechanism.

After a man dressed in black sporting sunglasses and a hat was seen scuffling with security guards near the entrance to Sotheby’s shortly after the incident, speculation mounted that the elusive artist had himself pressed the button that destroyed the work. According to the provenance, Girl with a Balloon was acquired directly from the artist in 2006.

“We are busy figuring out what this means in an auction context,” Branczik said. “The shredding is now part of the integral art work. We have not experienced a situation where a painting has spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a record for the artist.”
One potential outcome, according to a spokeswoman, is that the destroyed painting could be preserved as a document of the guerrilla tactic. “You could argue that the work is now more valuable,” Branczik said. “It’s certainly the first piece to be spontaneously shredded as an auction ends.”

On his social media account Banksy captured the moment with a caption ‘Going, Going, Gone…’

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London: PAD Art Fair

The 12th edition of the Pavilion of Art and Design (PAD) fair kicks off on October 1 with a fine line-up of 58 returning exhibitors. Set in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, PAD focusses on masterpieces across design, art, antiquities, tribal art and collectible jewellery.

10 new exhibitors join the prestigious roster of returning galleries and include: Achille Salvagni (London), Veta Stefanidou Tsoukala (Athens), 18 Davies Street (London), Karen Swami (Paris), and Robert Zehil (Monaco) in the fields of design and decorative arts; Hélène Bailly (Paris) in the field of 20th century art; Walid Akkad (Paris), Lorenz Bäumer (Paris), Valery Demure (London) and G by Glenn Spiro (London) in the field of collectible jewellery. With the arrival of these new renowned exhibitors, the fair will have a focus on collectible jewellery this year with a dedicated alley.

With the recent launch of PAD Genève and the ever-growing success of PAD Paris, PAD reinforces its position as Europe’s leading cross-collecting fair group based in three prime locations.

Here are some selected highlights.  Click on the images for more information.

PAD Art + Design Fair
1-7 October 2018
Berkeley Square
Mayfair
London W1J 5AX

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Paris: District 13 – International Art Fair

The first District 13 – International Art Fair will be held from 26 – 30 September in Paris at Drouot, an iconic institution of art history. Located in the heart of the capital, District 13 offers the public a curated selection of international galleries and international renowned street artists.

District 13 finds its inspiration in the city’s 13th district, with a long history of supporting street art with Street Art 13, an open air museum led by Galerie Itinerrance and the Mayor of the 13th District, as well as the more recent project Tour 13 (covered here).

Opened in 1852 in Paris, Hotel Drouot is the world’s largest auction house. Over the years, this institution has forged a place as a focal point for contemporary art. Works from the greatest names throughout the history of art, including Picasso, Matisse, Braque and Dalí, have been sold under the hammer of Drouot’s auctioneers.

For the first time ever, Drouot will be hosting a fair dedicated to Urban Art – a movement that is undergoing a complete transformation and lies at the heart of the debate and future of contemporary art.

District 13 will host a series of events.

Participating exhibitors include a carefully selected range of galleries and international street artists (from Paris, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, etc): Garey The Third (OTI),Galerie Itinerrance, Subliminal Projects, Galerie LJ, Corey Helford Gallery, Dorothy Circus Gallery, 39.63 Project, Hellion Gallery, HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture, Galería Lira, Pure Evil Gallery, Art & Craft Galerie, Avenue des Arts, Orlinda Lavergne Gallery, Yosr Ben Ammar Gallery , GCA Gallery, France Albin Michel Editions Beaux Livres, Galerie At Down, France Backside Gallery,France Swinton Galler, Graffik Gallery, What’s Art Gallery, Lavo//Matik.

The programme also features conferences, meeting with artists, guided tours, and an auction for the final day of the fair.

District 13 International Art Fair
26- 30 September 2018
Drouot
9, rue Drouot
75009 Paris, France

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