After an Istanbul premiere in January of 2016, Banksy’s unofficial and unauthorized retrospective is currently on view at Amsterdam’s Beurs van Berlage. The Art of Banksy includes over 85 pieces selected by the elusive artist’s former agent, Steve Lazarides, making it the biggest show of Banksy work ever put together.
Along with some previously unexhibited originals, including crude oils, works on paper, wood, canvas as well as rare sculptural works, the exhibition also includes previously unseen behind the scenes as well as work in progress images from curator’s personal archives. Carefully selected in order to cover most of artist’s recognizable periods or bodies of work, the showcase consists of privately owned pieces by some 30-40 collectors from around the globe. Giving a great overview of his limited edition releases, from the most well known ones to the rarest and most limited ones, each piece is accompanied with a little bit of info. Sometimes a technical fact, sometimes a story, sometimes trivia related to the piece, these explanations give a nice personal note to the whole showing. (more…)
Several weeks ago, Blu was invited to Porto Torres, Sardinia, by the C.S.O.A. Pangea Posthudorra collective. During his visit, the Italian artist painted another impressive piece in the Villaggio Satellite residential part of town.
The finished mural depicts a large head whose face is formed with a human puzzle, sending a message of unity. Done using a signature illustrative style with a lot of small detail that creates the story, the piece is painted on a colorful gradient background which accents the main image. The idea of the organizers and the artist was to create this work in a less popular area of the town, hoping to initiate similar actions and bring more focus and life to it. (more…)
After two months of participating in 999 Foundation’s Artist Resistance Residency, Seth aka Julien Malland will be revealing his solo show entitled Range Ta Chambre (Clean Up Your Room) in Rome on the 7th of July. On view for only one night, the show will be held at Teatro India in Rome’s Ostiense district, and will be followed by similar events by Horfee, Brad Downey, Moneyless, and more.
Created as a collaboration between 999Contemporary
and Teatro di Roma – Teatro Nazionale
, the curator of the show, Stefano Antonelli, says the idea was to infuse new creative energy into one of the most beautiful industrial archaeology structures. As the first artist to participate in this program, the French artist was invited to create works and installations inside of former soap factory that’s been abandoned since the 50s. From the preview images we’ve received, it looks like Seth has worked on new canvases, but also, on several in situ installations around the former factory.
Phlegm has made good use of his visit to New Zealand to get up some of his signature imagery. Along with a piece in Dunedin, he also painted a larger piece in Wellington on the side of a building where sound heads were made for movie projectors. He incorporated one of his characters with one of these devices as one of the elements that formed a large head. Take a look at more photos below…
Photo credit: StreetKiwi (via StreetArtNews).
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We’ve seen Pejac paint large indoor murals, small street pieces, window drawings, install sculptural works in public, create visual illusions on facades and walls, but we never seen him turn his paintings into reality. Until now.
The Spanish artist just shared his latest project, Heavy Sea, titled after his watercolor painting from a few years ago depicting a lifesaving ring on top a tire dump. Recently, he came across a location that looked pretty much exactly like the one he drew, so he decided to re-create the image in reality. The result is this unsettling footage of the artist climbing the black rubber mountain while carrying the orange throw ring, and finally – the ring itself floating in the sea of disused tires. Always focused on the environmental issues, this project pushes Pejac’s work a few steps further, turning his dark vision into a real life nightmare. Finding himself in the middle of his fictional setting was both overwhelming and disturbing for the artist, and the whole process made it more obvious how disconnected mankind is from the Earth. (more…)
You may already seen the mural we shared with you yesterday painted by Sabek for Urban Xchange in Penang, so here is a followup on another artist who painted a piece for the event. The image of the phoenix can be seen soaring up on a wall near the Hin Bus Depot, created with bundles of kinetic wires, a technique that is signature to the work of DALeast (interviewed). What is interesting is the Chinese artist using a red palette this time, perhaps referencing how the the mythologic bird rises from the ashes.
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