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Paris: Aya Takano – The Jelly Civilization Chronicle

Japanese painter, illustrator, sci-fi writer and manga artist Aya Takano, is exhibiting ‘The Jelly Civilization Chronicle’, a selection of 26 paintings and several drawings on celluloid, all preparatory studies for a 186-page manga, unveiled in its entirety at Galerie Perrotin … Continue reading

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London streets: Fanakapan

Street artist Fanakapan recently completed series of murals  in the streets of East  London. Using a shiny silver inflatable 3D style, the artist painted a silver balloon dog,  a  duo of clown characters holding a smiley balloon , and a tribute to Peanuts fictional characters by Charles … Continue reading

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London: Ryoji Ikeda π, e, ø @Almine Rech

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda is currently showing  a solo exhibition ‘ π, e, ø,’ organised with Olivier Renaud-Clement at Almine Rech Gallery in London Ryoji Ikeda has gained a reputation as a unique artist working across … Continue reading

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Streets: Banksy Brexit mural in Dover

When Banksy confirmed on Instagram a new mural in Dover last Sunday, it created an internet frenzy (covered).  We popped by to have a closer look at the biggest unauthorised work by the elusive artist in the UK . As usual … Continue reading

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Streets in France: Recognize! Vote!

With the historical Presidential election in France divided with candidates including Far Right, we followed anonymous activist artist < + + as he campaigned prolifically as the 12th candidate. His pasters  feature his signature peaceful and poetic futuristic creatures and guardians of an imaginary micronation, … Continue reading

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Streets: New Banksy in Dover

As the UK heads towards a general election and Britain prepares to leave the EU, a three-storey version of the European Union flag appeared painted on to a residential building, on Saturday morning, near the ferry port off the A20 … Continue reading

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Paris: JR – Wrinkles of the City Istanbul

Gallery Perrotin in Paris is currently showing the latest instalment of ‘Winkles of the City – Istanbul’, a project created by French artist JR, featuring monumental portraits across cities dedicated to the elderly people and their stories. In May 2015, JR … Continue reading

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Paris: Faile ‘Meet Me Halfway’

Brooklyn-based duo Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller a.k.a FAILE are exhibiting for the first time in Paris at Magda Danysz Gallery. The show titled ‘Meet Me Halfway’ presents a large range of media, from paintings, collages and stencils and works on carved wood featuring their … Continue reading

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Paris: Bom.K – Effets Secondaires

Four years after his last solo show in Paris (covered), graffiti artist Bom.K is returning to Paris for a solo show entitled Effects Secondaires (Side Effects) at Galerie Itinerrance opening on April 21st. The title of the exhibition refers to the sensations … Continue reading

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London: East End Mob

In the last decade London’s East End has seen some remarkable changes. The wave of gentrification has forced the once industrial sprawl and urban wasteland of the area into adopting a different facade.  ‘East End Mob’ presents work from iconic artists … Continue reading

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Paris: Levalet – ‘Nobodies’ solo show

After five years of touring France and abroad with his in-situ characters,  French street artist Levalet is presenting a new solo show in Paris at Galerie  BRUGIER-RIGAIL entitled ‘Nobodies’. The exhibition plays on identity and judgement. Even though « you … Continue reading

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Urban Art Fair Paris 2017

Following last year’s success with more than 20.000 visitors, the second edition of the Urban Art Fair in Paris is gathering art critics, galleries, collectors, artists and fans of urban art at the Carreau du Temple from April 20 to … Continue reading

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Book release: ‘Street Art’ by Lonely Planet

This Friday, Lonely Planet will release ‘Street Art’, a guide to street art featuring 140 street art hotspots in 42 cities around the world. To mark the launch of Street Art, the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol will host a weekend of street … Continue reading

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Magic City – The Art of the Street comes to Munich

After its successful first instalment in Dresden, ‘MAGIC CITY – THE ART OF THE STREET‘ is now coming to the Olympia Hall in Munich, opening on the 13th April 2017. This one of kind touring and evolving exhibition, built as … Continue reading

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London streets: Wasp Elder

Cardiff painter Wasp Elder is opening a new solo show ‘ Victims of Circumstance’  at 1963 Gallery this Thursday in London. With the help of Monoprixx,  Wasp Elder just completed a large muralcalled’ Manufacturing Consent’  in Hanbury Street, off Brick Lane … Continue reading

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London: Mat Collishaw – The Centrifugal Soul

The Centrifugal Soul is the title work and centrepiece of British contemporary artist Mat Collishaw‘s new exhibition at Blain|Southern in London. The sculpture, in the form of a zoetrope a pre-film animation device that produces the illusion of motion through … Continue reading

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Studio visit: Hisham Echafaki

We stopped by the London studio of contemporary artist Hisham Echafaki as he prepares a new body of work with drawings, surrealist paintings,3D paintings and prints to be showcased at the Talented Art Fair opening this Friday. His surrealist compositions show a … Continue reading

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Dresden: ‘Monument’ to Aleppo sparks emotional debate

A Syrian war memorial is currently dividing Dresden, itself a symbol of the ravages of war. ‘Monument’, featuring three buses standing upright, was erected in February 2017 next to the famous baroque Frauenkirche, which was initially devastated by Allied bombs … Continue reading

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Nice: C215 ‘Introspective’ @ GCA Gallery

A month after his opening of his show ‘Athlètes’at the Musée National du Sport, French stencil artist C215 is back to Nice, South of France, for an exhibition entitled ‘Introspective’ at the GCA Gallery. Featuring a series of intricate stencilled … Continue reading

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Bethlehem: Banksy opens The Walled Off Hotel

10 years after his first initiative in Bethlehem, elusive British artist Banksy has returned to unveiled his latest project: The Walled Off Hotel , with 10 rooms nestled against the controversial barrier wall separating Israel from the Palestinian territories. Located in the … Continue reading

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Malaga: Mark Ryden’s  “Cámara de las Maravillas”

Since its opening last December “Cámara de las Maravillas”, the first solo show in Europe by American artist and father of Pop Surrealism Mark Ryden (1963, Medford, Oregon), has brought thousands of people to the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) … Continue reading

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Dresden: Magic City – Art of the streets

Opened since last October in the German city of Dresden, ‘MAGIC CITY – THE ART OF THE STREET‘ is a touring and evolving exhibition showcasing over 40 international street artists as well as local graffiti writers with their different practices and … Continue reading

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Paris: Lab14

Between December and 26 Feb 2017 a former building belonging to the French Post Office in the 14th district of Paris has been transformed by 30 street artists before its refurbishment.  Supported by ARTANA, Poste Immo and Altarea Cogedim, the … Continue reading

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Paris: Cleon Peterson ‘ Victory’ @ Galerie du Jour

American artist  Cleon Peterson  presents his first solo show at Agnés B’s Galerie du Jour in Paris. Entitled VICTORY, the new body of work features sculptures and paintings with his instantly recognizable black and white characters entangled in vicious cycles of violence. With a … Continue reading

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Paris: Invader PA_1266

In parallel to his current show ‘Hello My Game is’ at Musee en Herbe (covered) , French artist Space Invader is back to the streets of Paris with a new large mosaic featuring a self portrait in action, masked and … Continue reading

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Paris: Invader – My Game is…@ Musee en Herbe

Invader takes over Le Musée en Herbe in Paris for an exhibition entitled Hello, My Game Is… with over 100 new works on show. It’s the first exhibition of Invader in Paris since 2011 (see our coverage of the 1000 exhibition) . … Continue reading

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London: Daydreaming with UNKLE – The Road Soho @ Lazarides

James Lavelle , infamous DJ and electronic recording artist, better known as founder of Mo ‘Wax record label and co-founder of music group UNKLE is curating a multisensory exhibition at Lazarides Rathbone titled: Daydreaming with… Lavelle’s Lazarides show is celebrating 25 years … Continue reading

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2016 HIGHLIGHTS

With 2016 coming to a close, we look back at the highlights of the year. Click on the titles to view more information. Banksy – Les Miserables (London) Venturing Beyond @ Somerset House (London) Space Invader – Wave 18 in … Continue reading

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Toulouse: #Creve Hivernale / Decembrrrr 016

December 2016.  A wasteland surrounded by barbed wire with a view on passing trains, home to travellers and less fortunate people. This is not a picture taken in a distant country, but actually in the center of Toulouse, France. With … Continue reading

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Video: ART4SPACE with Space Invader

Back in 2012, prolific Parisian artist who has ‘Invaded’ cities around the world took over a new territory by sending a piece into the stratosphere, becoming the first artist to send an artistic creation this far above the earth’s surface. … Continue reading

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No Commission : London with The Dean Collection x Bacardi

Following the success of previous events in Miami  and New York,  The Dean Collection & Bacardi are presenting their immersive art and music event No Commission: London from December 8-10. Curated by music producer Swizz Beatz, the art fair is designed specifically to … Continue reading

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Release: Underground Does not Exist Anymore

Fresh from their return from their one year artistic residency at Villa Medici, Lek & Sowat present their latest book  ‘Underground Does not Exist Anymore‘ together with curator Hugo Vitrani. The book retraces the events between December 2012 and June 2014, … Continue reading

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London: Gavin Turk @ Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery is showing the first major solo exhibition of work by British artist Gavin Turk since 2002. ‘Who What When Where How and Why’ spans twenty-six years of the artist’s career throughout Newport Street’s six gallery … Continue reading

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Book release: Gris1 – Opus Delits #71

We are happy to have collaborated on the upcoming ‘Opus Delits’ #71, a monograph dedicated to the prolific French artist Gris1. The subtitle ‘ Enjoy your life’ embodies Gris1′ energetic and cheerful artistic approach. For the past 20 years, the … Continue reading

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Paris: Sowat – Studio Visit

From September 2015 to August 2016, French artists Lek & Sowat were the first Graffiti writers to become artists-in-residence at the prestigious Academy of France in Rome, the Villa Médicis. A mark of recognition for this atypical duo whose path has led them … Continue reading

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London: Frieze Sculpture Park

One of the many highlights of the Frieze Art Fair in London remains its sculpture park.  Curated by  Clare Lilley (Yorkshire Sculpture Park), Frieze Sculpture Park features 18 artworks spread amongst Regent’s Park, with a mix of 20th century classics and … Continue reading

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London: Remi Rough – Studio Visit

We stopped by the studio of British artist Remi Rough while he prepares for his upcoming solo show  entitled ‘Post’ at the Speerstra Gallery in Switzerland. Since his first gallery exhibition in 1989, Remi Rough has successfully transitioned from his … Continue reading

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London: Frieze Art Fair 2016 – Projects

In parallel to the regular booths at Frieze Art Fair (covered) , selected artists have been commissioned to create unusual projects.  Artist Julie Verhoeven intervened in one of its lavatories. Upon arrival, visitors are led by the pink and blue coloured … Continue reading

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London: Lucy Sparrow – Shoplifting

British seamstress Lucy Sparrow launches her latest solo show in London this November. Banishing banality, Sparrow invites you in to her makeshift store at Lawrence Alkin Gallery to lift whatever you can get away with. Shoplifting is a collection of … Continue reading

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London: Frieze Highlights 2016

The 14th edition of the London Frieze Art Fair gathered over 160 of the world’s leading galleries showcasing works by newly discovered artists alongside some of the most respected names in contemporary art.  We were lucky to visit the Fair … Continue reading

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London : Christian Hook @ Clarendon Gallery

Christian Hook, 2014 Winner  of The Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year just unveiled his new collection of paintings and exclusive editions, as well as the release of his new hardback book ‘La Busqueda’ at Clarendon Gallery in London. The … Continue reading

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Toulouse: Bleu Bleu @ ‘Printemps de Septembre’ Festival

We continue our coverage on the Printemps de Septembre Festival in Toulouse  with the Bleu Bleu Project (named after a mythical bar in Toulouse attended by the young art scene), a multifaceted project curated by Manuel Pomar. Originating from a scenario and … Continue reading

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London: Save Yourselves @ Stour Space

For at least a decade, the urban art landscape of the East London area called Hackney Wick has shaped and developed the aesthetic of this unique pocket of London. Many of these artists have gone on to become some of … Continue reading

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Toulouse: David Shrigley @ ‘Printemps de Septembre’ Festival

The Printemps de Septembre (Spring in September) returns this year after a three year hiatus to Toulouse in Southern France. The festival, which was recently redefined as a Biennal by founder Marie-Thérèse Perrin, takes place throughout the city with a … Continue reading

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London: Frieze Masters Highlights

As the entire art world collides to London for a plethora of exhibitions and fairs, Frieze Masters presents antique works from the Egyptian era to Modern Masters, 130 international galleries with 1000 years of art under one roof.   We selected … Continue reading

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London: Moniker Art Fair and Other Art Fair

During a week, all the art world gathers in London, from collectors, curators, galleries and artists. The Truman Brewery building in Eats London is hosting 3 satellite Fairs to the infamous Frieze Art Fair. Moniker Art Fair, now in its … Continue reading

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Toulouse: Mister Freeze Festival

Following the recent Rose Beton Festival back in June ( see our full coverage here), the French pink city is currently hosting Mister Freeze ( a nod to the infamous art fair in London). Thirty international graffiti and street artists … Continue reading

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London: Ryan Hewett @ The Unit

South African artist Ryan Hewett is returning to London for a third solo show at the Unit London called ‘Order‘. Moving away from his chaotic creative process of construction and destruction towards a more considered and confident approach, the new … Continue reading

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London: START Art Fair 2016 Highlights

START Art Fair returns to Saatchi Gallery in London for its third edition from 15-18 September 2016. The fair focusses on emerging artists and new art scenes featuring 70 international galleries from London, Seoul, Hong-Kong, Dehli, Cape Town to Taipei … Continue reading

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London: Conor Harrington ‘ Watch Your Palace Fall’

After nine months of preparation,  Irish born, London based artist Conor Harrington is presenting a new solo exhibition ‘Watch Your Palace Fall’ at Pace Gallery London in Soho. Continuing his narrative of politically charged oil paintings, Conor Harrington depicts fights between military … Continue reading

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