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2015 Highlights

As 2015 comes to an end, we look back at the highlights of this incredible artistic year across Europe. Click on the pics to view more info.

Solo Shows: Dran, Mark Jenkins, Antony Micallef, Cranio, Daniel Arsham, David Shillinglaw, Julian Opie, Brusk, Angela Lizon, Pixel Pancho, Lisa Wright, Vhils, Anj Smith, Remi Rough, 100Taur, Hisham Echafaki.

Dr an - Public Execution Show
Mark Jenkins - Moment of Impact    Antony Micallef - Self      Cranio - Amore$    Daniel Arsham - Future Relic 3 Cannes David Shillinglaw    Julian Opie - Alan Cristea Gallery    Brusk - Ad vitam Eternam
Angela Lizon - Menagerie    Pixel Pancho - Memory of Our Life Lisa Wright - The Unversed    Vhils - DissonanceAnj Smith - Hauser & Wirth    Remi Rough - Home   Lusus Naturae - 100Taur & Hisham Echafaki

Murals and Festivals:  Artists for Je suis Charlie in Paris, El Seed, Ron English and Meetings of Style in London, Urban Nation M7 in Berlin, Open Summer Festival in Toulouse, Bom.K for Moniker,  MAUS Festival in Malaga.

Tribute - Je suis Charlie    El Seed - London Ron English @ Boxpark LondonUrban Nation PM7 - Icy & Sot100TAUR - SAINT DOMINIQUEOpen Summer Festival - ToulouseGreen House Effect     Moniker Art Fair 2015MAUS - Malaga 2015

Museum Exhibitions: Jeff Koons at Pompidou Paris, D*Face & Shepard Fairey at the CAC Malaga

Jeff Koons Retrospective - Pompidou    D*Face - Wasted Youth @ CAC MalagaShepard Fairey - Your Eyes Here Malaga

Studio Visits: Borondo, Reso, Nick Walker.

Borondo - Studio Visit 'Animal'Reso Studio Visit (Toulouse)    Reso Studio Visit (Toulouse)Nick Walker - Studio Visit 2015

Group Exhibitions: Mapping the City,  Endangered Species, The London Project, LAX/LHR, Painting Guide, Empowered Printworks, Creve Hivernale

Mapping the City - Somerset HouseMagda Danysz - London Project    Paintguide - Audrey KawasakiLAX / LHR - Stolenspace    Endangered Species — MYA Gallery
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Last but not least Banksy’s Bemusement Park Dismaland

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THANK YOU to all the artists, organisers, publications and art enthusiasts for your actions in 2015.

Best wishes of Peace, Love and Happiness surrounded by amazing Art !


Video: One Day in Banksy’s Dismaland

To complete the last instalment of our extensive coverage on Banksy’s Dismaland, here is a thirty minutes documentary we had the pleasure to host, a Red Tower Films Production in cooperation with ARTE Creative TV.

Big thanks to Banksy and the Dismaland team,  Simone Hoffmann, Lars Pedersen, René Kästner, Aris Bibudis, Michael Schmidt and Evgeniy Grinko.

You can view the German version here

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Dismaland: POW Participating artists

Dismaland - Paul Insect / Bast

Amongst the 50 participating artists exhibited at Dismaland, Banksy invited a few from the POW roster: Bill Barminski (present at the 2011 Christmas show), Paul Insect, Bast, Escif, ESPO, Jimmy Cauty, Lush, Pure Evil and David Shrigley.

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Bill Barminski

Dismaland - ESPODismaland Bemusement Park

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Paul Insect and Bast

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Paul Insect

Dismaland - Escif
Escif – American Peace (Piss)

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Jimmy Cauty

Dismaland - Guerilla Island
Pure Evil

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Weston Super Mare
Until 27 September 2015

Dismaland Focus: Galleries

Dislamand - Galleries

As we enter the premises through a cardboard security control room built by Bill Barminksi  ( featured at the 2011 POW show) the security staff ask the most random questions.

After the clearing security, doors open to a sinister derelict place with trash, paper on the floor and mud. It almost looks like a dump. The surrounding staff dressed in pink hi-vis, is looking bored, miserable and haggard, sometimes holding David Shrigley’s ‘I’m an Imbecile’ balloons. When asking questions, they responded whispering messages beyond understanding. Customer service is below standard and not responsive at best.

Dismaland - Bill Barminski
Dismaland - Bill Barminski    Dismaland - Bill Barminski

A large indoor space is dedicated to ‘the finest collection of contemporary art ever assembled in a North Somerset seaside town’, featuring artworks from 50 artists from over 17 countries.

The exhibition starts off with an installation by Caroline McCarthy, whose flowers are growing out of packaging boxes, a smiley animation by James Joyce. Jenny Holzer’s electronic road signs surround Andreas Hykade’s drawing desk animation. Banksy Grim Reaper ‘ Dance of Death’ also makes a come back from BOTI.

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Dislamand - Galleries

Alongside Banksy artworks (covered here),  many artworks relate to the seaside and funfair with a certain twist: Damien Hirst’s beach ball  is floating above a sea of razor sharp knives, Ben Long  giant Ice Cream Cone made of DIY objects, a wooden carved merry-go-round horse sculpture by Maskull Lassere,  apocalyptic funfair paintings by Jeff Gillette and seaside paintings by Leigh Mulley. 

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Cereal boxes become a nightmare with Jani Leinonen. Tree houses, safe refuge for children, are either made from broccoli, through a photograph by  Brock Davis, or a mushroom cloud by  Dietrich Wegner.  Jessica Harrisson‘s tatooed ceramic dolls dance around stitched car installation by Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė. 

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Environmental issues and relationships between human and nature are highlighted with porcelain animals from Kate MacDowell, paintings by Paco Pomet, Josh Keyes, or pastel drawings showing global warming from Zaria Forman while Lee Madgwick shows architectural landscapes.

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Palestinian artists Sami Musa and Shadi Alzaqzouq are confronting the Israelo-Palestinian conflict. When realizing his work was exhibited alongside Israelian artists like Neta Harari Navon and Amir Shiby, the palestinian artist Shadi Alzaqzouq decided to initiate a protest and hide his artwork from the public.

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Dislamand - Galleries     Dislamand - Galleries

The last room is dedicated to Lush paintings with miniature figures and an apocalyptic model village by James Cauty.  

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Dislamand - Galleries   Dislamand - Galleries

Entitled ‘The aftermath dislocation principle’, James Cauty installation features a miniature post-apocalyptic world, burned, looted and devoid of all human life apart from a swell of police make up. The construction is a vast 1:87 scale model detailing the desolate, charred aftermath of what appears to have been a crazed riot in London. The only visible people are the 5,000 or so policemen at the scene armed with vans and weapons ready to control and quell. The whole scene is set into motion for the show as ambulance and street lights strobe in the darkness.

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Dismaland Focus: Banksy


We take a closer look at the Banksy artworks featured at the ‘Dismaland Bemusement Park’ (covered) that opened officially this week end in Weston-Super-Mare.

The Ice Cream van (first seen at the Bristol Museum exhibition in 2009) is back.

Ten new pieces are featured in the show including a woman attacked by seagulls, a killer whale jumping out of a toilet seat,  a butcher on a merry-go-round with a hanging horse dripping blood next to boxes of lasagne ( nod to the 2013 horse meat scandal).

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Within the gallery space new artworks include a canvas featuring a revisited version of the Creation of Adam, the hand of God being replaced by the Devil. In the fireplace we recognise a familiar image of the spraycan candle,  tribute to King Robbo (as seen in the streets of London in 2011).  A seaside painting shows a mother and child playing on the sand unaware of the tsunami of detritus coming to them. Banksy continues his animatronic series that we much enjoyed at the Bristol Museum (2009), with an animated rabbit that took control and made the magician disappear from the circus tent.

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Banksy also created some pieces relying on the participation of the audience while highlighting political and environmental issues. Local families visiting the park were confused with the Mediterranean Boat Ride, as  the public could drive robotic boats of migrants amongst dead floating people. Kids were desperately looking for disappearing golf balls on the impossible Mini Gulf course or playing at ‘ Fish a Duck’ drown in oily waters. We also see the return of the Pier Pressure / Dolphin Ride ( protest against BP’s 2010 Deep Horizon oil spill ) and the Dance of Death (seen in BOTI).

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Banksy plays with placement in this new stencil where a woman is showering while kids are peeping through the steel curtain.

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A billboard falls down due to the weight of a fat cat having diner while his wife and kids are still standing and waiting.

Dismaland - Banksy

Surrounded by murky water with a dumped riot van transformed into an impromptu water fountain, a decrepit fairy-tale castle ‘shows how it feels to be a real princess’: a sinister Cinderella pumpkin crash sculpture is lit up by the swarm of paparazzi, with flashing cameras taking photo after photo of the tragic crash scene echoing Princess Diana’s death. And you can pose and have your souvenir photo. Truly depressing.

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Dismaland Bemusement Park

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Until 27 September 2015
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Weston Super Mare