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    "Sum Times" by Aakash Nihalani

    After sharing with you something we quite liked from Aakash Nihalani that he did for the Nuart Festival earlier this year, we were pleased to see that he has expanded on that piece in a series of works. Entitled Sum Times, the carefully executed pieces take advantage of existing urban elements and creatively applies the concepts of mathematics to them. Continuing to push the limits of the geometric forms that grew from the street placement of his original medium of choice - tape - Nihalani has introduced a new exciting facet in his rapidly expanding repertoire. Look for a solo from him in January at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Discuss Aakash Nihalani here.

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  • 12/29/12--04:00: Overtime: Dec 24 – Dec 30
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    Stories from the week that just ended:

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    Another week, another selection of great public art from around the world. This week's Streets World Roundup, the last of 2012, is headlined by a new piece from Martin Ron (in collaboration with Frederico Ron) entitled Lujuan Pedro and His Dog (source). The mural was painted for the Meeting of Styles event in Buenos Aires, held in the Barracas district. Other notable work this week comes from Phlegm - UK, Gaia x Freddy Sam - South Africa, Escif - Spain, Shepard Fairey - Miami, Pixel Pancho x 2501 x Ever - Miami (source), Mentalgassi - Spain, Momo - Spain (source), Hyuro - Spain, Celso Gonzalez - Miami (source), Philippe Baudelocque - France (source), Dhear One - Chile, and SmugOne - Belgium (source). All photos via the artists unless source otherwise specified. [caption id="attachment_208404" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Phlegm in Sheffield, UK.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208390" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Gaia collaboration with Freddy Sam in Johannesburg.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208391" align="aligncenter" width="1063"] Escif - "Panoptico" in Valencia, Spain.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208396" align="aligncenter" width="1063"] Escif - "SOS-tainability" in Valencia, Spain.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208397" align="aligncenter" width="1063"] Escif - "Black Christmas" in Valencia, Spain.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208394" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Shepard Fairey tribute mural to the late Tony Goldman at Wynwood Walls in Miami.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208401" align="aligncenter" width="970"] Pixel Pancho x 2501 x Ever in Miami. Photo via Ekosystem.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208402" align="aligncenter" width="787"] Mentalgassi for Getxo Photo 2012 in Spain.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208403" align="aligncenter" width="787"] Mentalgassi for Getxo Photo 2012 in Spain.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_208406" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Momo for Wynwood Walls in Miami. Photo via Vandalog.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208408" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Hyuro in Valencia, Spain.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208409" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Celso Gonzalez in Miami. Photo via StreetArtNews.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208411" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Philippe Baudelocque in Paris. Photo by vitostreet on flickr.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208412" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Dhear One in Chile.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208414" align="aligncenter" width="540"] SmugOne in Belgium. Photo via mashKULTURE / Street Art Belgium.[/caption]

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  • 12/31/12--12:00: Rewind: Dec 24 – Dec 30
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    This week's Rewind summary article of videos features a wide range of subjects. Leading things off is some behind-the-scenes footage of body artist Emma Hack's depiction of a car crash with the help of painted human bodies  (via Juxtapoz). The project was commissioned by the Motor Accident Commission road safety campaign in Australia and involved 17 people. Other worthy videos include:
    • Wheatpaste.Doc - a Brazilian documentary about wheat paste.
    • Pharrell Williams Interviews David Salle & KAWS.
    • An interview with Sarah Joncas about her show at Last Rites Gallery.
    • Some footage of ABOVE's murals in Miami.
    • The recent work of EIME (via Wooster Collective).
    • Steve "ESPO" Powers - studio gangster.
    • A look at APEX as he prepared works for his solo show REFLECTED at 941 Geary.
    • Cranio - Lost in London (via Hooked Blog).
    • D*Face's Equisite Corpse in action.
    • Absolut Art-Stream - Yué Wu presents The Circle of Life (via Slamxhype).
    • VernissageTV visits Art Basel.
    • El Mac for Style Jam (7th) 2012 hosted by The Saigon Project (via 12OzProphet).
    • Spending time with Hanksy (via Vandalog).
    • The Faith47 Rhapsody mural for Wall Therapy in Rochester, NY.
    • SheOne - Vapor Trail (via Graffuturism).

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  • 01/01/13--17:40: Art Focus: J.C. Leyendecker
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    For the new years holiday, we decided to explore the work of the great American artist J.C. Leyendecker. Known in the early 20th century as one of the pre-eminent illustrators, he was a predecessor and idol of the great Norman Rockwell. Perhaps one of his most famous series of works, and the reason why we are featuring him today, is his covers for the The Saturday Evening Post where he popularized his iconic New Year's Baby (the last from him being in 1943). Enjoy more examples of the traditional baby below as you think towards resolutions and plans for 2013 which we hope includes perusing the pages here on AM. Happy New Years! Tipped off by lines and colors.

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    After recently working on a mural in Miami (covered), MOMO headed to Besancon, France where he collaborated with Eltono on a series of public installations they entitled Impropbables. Sharing a penchant for geometric shapes and color theory, the two artists created a series of street interventions in 52 different locations with found materials, a hand saw, and a rubber mallet. Those interested in looking deeper into this series of works may be interested in purchasing a zine they published on the project here. Via Graffuturism. Discuss Momo here.

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    James Jean Tilton Gallery Parallel AM 01

    After a four year long wait, the LA-based James Jean (interviewed) makes his return to New York City with a solo at the Tilton Gallery. Entitled Parallel Lives, JJ created a fresh series of works for fans in the city where he completed his training (SVA) and started his journey in the arts. The highly anticipated exhibition will kick off on January 9th and we'll bring you all a look at the opening action, but until then enjoy this inside look into James' studio as he prepared for the show as well as an early peek at some of the treasures that have been created. Discuss James Jean here.

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  • 01/03/13--09:00: Streets: Slinkachu (Russia)
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    It appears cold weather hasn't deterred the skills and intentions of street miniaturist Slinkachu. The London-based artist continues to hit up major metropolitan areas around the world (the theme of his last solo show) - this time in Gorky Park (Moscow, Russia). Looks like his tiny people sculptures should watch out for giants aka humans. Discuss Slinkachu here.

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    Faile AM 01

    It's a brand new year and the Patrick's (aka FAILE) are leading things off with a special project that's been under wraps for quite a while. Earlier in the year when we visited Faile's studio while they were working on their trip to Mongolia, we were excited to learn about an upcoming collaborative endeavor with the New York City Ballet, but we were asked to keep this project air tight. The time has come now to share with you information about the large-scale exhibition at the Lincoln Center that will feature the many facets of the duo's work including Faile boxes, sculptures, paintings, collages and even street visuals. The new art series lauched by the NYCB will feature commissions from contemporary artists of original works of art inspired by their spectacular dancers, energetic choreography, and one of a kind repertory of performances. Having already worked with the likes of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Julian Schnabel in the company's history, Les Ballets de Faile will now join the rich history of the New York institution. As you can see in the teaser video, there will be two special performances (Feb 1st & May 29th) where art fans will be able to get ANY SEAT at the Lincoln Center for only $29 dollars where everyone in attendance will be receiving a unique piece of original Faile artwork to take home. Tickets go onsale for friends of Faile & AM right now until Sunday (11:59pm) HERE with this exclusive passcode: FAILE86. So, book your night of enjoying both the art of ballet and the art of Faile. Discuss Faile here.

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  • 01/05/13--04:00: Overtime: Dec 31 – Jan 5
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    Overtime stories of the week:
    • Impossible Architecture, a series of works utilizing digital collaging technique & real photos from Filip Dujardin.
    • Nigeria seeking return of art from Britain, which they say looted works from them more than a century ago.
    • Workers uncover six murals by Otto Dix behind a bookshelf in the artist's former home during renovations.
    • The story of how Peru High School in Peru Indiana acquired its multimillion dollar art collection.
    • William Cole criticizes today's art market and wonders aloud if we are in a bubble.
    • TEFAF looks at the Gerhard Richter market.
    • Daily Paintworks, which sells paintings and charges artists a monthly membership fee, is thriving online.
    • The Economist writes about Artsy and the digital realm of the art market.
    • What’s next for Simon de Pury and Phillips now that they’ve gone their own separate ways?
    • Today's artists are rediscovering wallpaper due to improved new technology.
    • US art will travel to South Korea and in exchange Korean art will be coming to America in cultural exchange.
    • Anonymous donor gives Seaport Museum $500,000 for post-Sandy repairs.
    • Tim Noble and Sue Webster divorce, but will continue to make art together.
    • Australia's totemic ghost gum trees made famous by Albert Namatjira's watercolors burnt in suspected arson.
    • NY Times culture editor Jonathan Landman to accept buyout and leave paper.
    • George Ball sues Cook Fine Art for $5.3 million due to missing art.
    • Epidemic of sculpture knock-offs plaguing the art world while law enforcement has a difficult time keeping up.
    • Picasso authentication now streamlined and simplified to a single person - his son Claude.
    • Joerg Colberg looks back at the best photobooks of 2012.
    • Miami NewTimes' Top 10 New Wynwood Murals.
    • Quentin Blake has been knighted in the New Year honours list for his work as an illustrator.
    • Bedford (UK) coffee shop boasts Michelangelo fresco recreation will last thousands of years.
    • Kanye West is going to design Lil Wayne's new album cover.
    • Pharrell Williams to collaborate with Zaha Hadid.
    • Paula Deen is also an artist.
    • A look at Lena Dunham's art world roots.
    • The first image from Nate Frizzell's upcoming solo show released.
    • Martha Cooper had her portrait painted by Os Gemeos.
    • Street Art London unveils an iPad app
    • Dabs Myla choose some music for a road trip.
    • Eric Fortune documents a new piece he is working on.
    • Phlegm's new drawing and new year's greeting.
    • WeiWei-isms - A Dissident's Tips for Survival - new book from Ai Weiwei.

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    We start this month's survey of street art with this sweet new piece from El Mac painted on what looks to be the side of a train car. The LA-based artist painted the portrait as a tribute to his friend and gifted photographer Estevan Oriol. Coincidentally, we shared a portrait of photographer Martha Cooper with you painted by Os Gemeos only earlier today. Other worthy walls featured this week come from M-City - India, Mar - California, ROA - Argentina (source), Sokram - Spain (source), Waone (from Interesni Kazki) - India, Hyuro - Spain, Never2501 - Baltimore (source), Leon Keer - Florida (source), Sarah Rudder - Washington (source), Snyder - California, and Ludo. All photos via the artists unless sources are otherwise specified... [caption id="attachment_208733" align="aligncenter" width="960"] M-City in Mumbai, India.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208748" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Mar! - "Rehearsal by the Sea" in Los Angeles.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208735" align="aligncenter" width="700"] ROA in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo via BA Street Art.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208737" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] SOKRAM in Spain for the DesOrdes Creativas festival.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208741" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Waone - "Lost Sheep" in Fort Kochi, Cochin, Kerala, India.[/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_208746" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Ludo - "Space Cake"[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208750" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Never2501 in Baltimore. Photo via StreetArtNews.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208754" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Sarah Rudder in Bellingham, Washington for International Yarn Bombing Day. Via Vandalog.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208761" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] Snyder in Carlsbad, California.[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_208752" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Leon Keer in Sarasota, Florida for the On Chalk Festival. Photo via Street Art Utopia.[/caption]

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  • 01/06/13--04:00: Rewind: Dec 31 – Jan 6
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    For this week's video Rewind, we start things off with news that starting Wednesday and running through Feb. 5, about 3,000 New York City taxis will feature a 30-second video from Ryan McGinley. The short clip, called Varuo, is gleaned from footage from the photographer and director's video for the Icelandic band Sigur Ros (seen below) and shows a girl skipping barefoot through the streets of NYC with gold glitter streaming from her hair. Other videos you may want to watch:
    • A look at Eric Fortune's process.
    • An interview and profile of Joanne Lefrak and her etchings on plexiglass.
    • Creating sound with your face with Daito Manabe (via Animal NY).
    • REAK, KOKA, BELIN, ALTER working on a new mural in Mexico (via Graffart).
    • Waone putting in work in Fort Kochi, Kerala (India).
    • MOCAtv video featuring archived interviews with Patti Astor, Fab5 Freddy, Brathwaite & Jean Michel Basquiat.
    • The skills of Lascelles Thornton (via UK Adapta).
    • Louis Vuitton: Yayoi Kusama "Her Story #4: 100 Paintings" Video (via Hypebeast).

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    Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada was recently invited to Amsterdam to work on a piece for the International Human Rights Day that helped to launch Vogelvrije Vrouwen (Defend women who defend human rights!). This campaign raises awareness to the plight of Mesoamerican women who are illegally targeted and terrorized for defending human rights in that region and was commissioned by feminist foundation Mama Cash. The large-scale land portrait that spanned almost two football fields (created with the help of 80 volunteers) is part of the Cuban American artist's ongoing Terrestrial Series. He states - "I chose to use fertile soil to create this piece as a metaphor for what can come forth from the vision of these women if it is respected and allowed to bring about change." Take a look at the video below as well as some in progress photos...

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  • 01/10/13--23:29: Streets: Phlegm (London)
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    It seems the Sheffiled-based Phlegm has headed south again to London for another mural. This newest piece is on the Village Underground wall on Holywell Lane and features some of the long legged creatures he has been painting as of late (see here), as well as one of his classic characters catching a ride. He has also been hard at work on a book that hopefully will be released soon. See some updates here, here, here, and here. Photo credit: Claudelondon. Discuss Phlegm here.

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  • 01/12/13--09:00: Overtime: Jan 6 – Jan 12
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    Overtimes stories of the week:
    • Ai Weiwei's stacked bike installation part of his solo currently at Galleria Continua in Italy.
    • RIP: Japanese photography legend Shomei Tomatsu, who died at the age of 82.
    • RIP: New York photography dealer Bonni Benrubi died of cancer at age 59.
    • Uriel Landeros finally surrenders after being on the run for a year, accused of vandalizing a Picasso painting.
    • Administrators at the National College of Arts may be charged with blasphemy, a crime punishable by death.
    • Matisse painting stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm in 1987 resurfaces and is recovered.
    • Toledo Museum of Art returning ancient water jug to Italy after it was determined that it was dug up illegally.
    • The Hades terracotta head J. Paul Getty Museum acquired in 1985 being voluntarily sent back to Sicily.
    • Titian painting rediscovered in depths of National Gallery.
    • Six people charged in connection with the theft of paintings, wine and jewelry from Jeffrey Gundlach's home.
    • Oakland Museum could have a serial burglar on its hands.
    • Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum closes due to political unrest in Egypt.
    • Magdalena Dabrowski claims Richard Serra threatened to withdraw one of his works from Broad collection.
    • Eli Broad marks milestone "topping out" in the construction of his namesake contemporary art museum.
    • LACMA acquires nine more works for the collection.
    • Denver Art Museum’s Becoming van Gogh exhibition tickets completely sold-out, including 24-hour final day.
    • Portland arts organizations receive some grants, including a $60,000 one from the Warhol Foundation.
    • Ada Huxtable gives her estate (and her husband's) as well as archives to the Getty Research Institute.
    • Tate Modern attracted 5.3 million visitors through its doors in 2012, the most in its history.
    • WSJ discovers The Center for the History of Collecting.
    • Greenbox, a Saudi art gallery in Amsterdam, is the most popular Dutch museum online.
    • Toronto arts groups hoping to receive city funding.
    • A glimpse into what's happening art-wise in Los Angeles during Oscars week.
    • Jonathan Jones thinks art critics today are way too polite and need to be more lethal.
    • Tracey Emin appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
    • China takes just nine months to convert former power station into its first state-run contemporary art museum.
    • Abu Dhabi starts constructing Louvre Museum branch (designed by Jean Nouvel) after delays.
    • Andy Warhol is the artist with the biggest total sales at auction in 2012. He is followed by Picasso and Richter.
    • Sotheby's auction includes a Basquiat painting once owned by U2.
    • Christie's tests China's appetite for Renaissance Art with upcoming auction in Hong Kong.
    • Bloomberg writes about Christie's Impressionist and modern art sale.
    • Sotheby's predicts the year for art in 2013.
    • The Arts Newspaper looks to see what 2013 holds for the market and thinks the top end will continue to thrive.
    • Art Places list of top 12 art cities in America.
    • How and where to find good and bad graffiti and street art in New York.
    • Jerry Saltz writes about MoMA’s Inventing Abstraction exhibition.
    • A revealing looking into Banksy's notebook.
    • Luc Tuymans discusses his work and his thoughts on the market for his work.
    • James Turrell is designing a gallery for Kayne Griffin Corcoran, which is moving from Santa Monica this spring.
    • Damien Hirst's design for the Brit Award unveiled.
    • Paul Emsley paints the first official portrait of Kate Middleton.
    • Ellsworth Kelly receives Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement from CAA.
    • John Baldessari puts his artwork on LA city buses.
    • Jean Abreu to use 25 works by Gilbert and George as backdrops for his dance performances.
    • Serpentine Gallery releases limited edition (of 500) Maurizio Cattelan 2013 calendar.
    • David Bowie releases first single in a decade and it has a video directed by Tony Oursler.

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    Kaws Boba Fett Original Fake AM 1

    After creating interpretations of iconic Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader and the Storm TrooperKAWS gives his vision on how the legendary Boba Fett will look with his signature "XX". One of the most popular villans and definitely the most feared intergalactic bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe, Boba has one of the coolest character designs and weaponry in Hollywood. The design looks incredible as KAWS and Medicom actually craft jaw dropping detailings such as the wear and battle damage on the battle armored Boba. This little bad-ass will be releasing exclusively in Japan through OriginalFake. on January 26th. Discuss KAWS here.

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    Continuing to produce public displays of his geometric mastery, James Marshall aka Dalek (interviewed) recently painted another mural at the Hobie Surf Shop in Corona Del Mar. Orange County is kind of ground zero for fans of the American artist's work because of his affiliation with Hurley - leading to many shows, product lines, and associated events in and around Hurley Space. Check out some more shots below... Photo credit: James Ng for Arrested Motion. Discuss DALEK here.

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    It's been a while since we caught up with Brian Adam Douglas, a.k.a. Elbow-Toe (interviewed) - the last time probably being in 2011 when we watcheuphill work on the streets as well as open a solo at Black Rat Projects (covered). The Brooklyn-based artist recently surfaced to paste up this new piece entitled Tastes Like Chicken in his borough. The style mimics the time-intensive collage technique he uses for his cut-paper works some of which you can see in March at the Andrew Edlin Booth at The Armory Show in NYC as well as The Dallas Art Fair in April topped off with a big solo in NYC in the fall. Front photo by Sam Horine. Discuss Elbow-Toe here.

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    Prolific artist Escif recently started a series of murals entitled Les Fleurs Du Mal, or The Flowers of Evil painted in different cities in Europe like Besançon (France), Zagreb (Croatia), Navarra & Albacete (Spain), Niort (France), and his home city of Valencia (Spain). The different species of flowers (like hemlock, nightshade, wolfsbane, and more), all beautiful in their own right, all have deadly effects when combined with human biology. Check out more information on his blog, including some historical context and enjoy the rest of the photos below... Photos in Croatia by Piget. Discuss Escif here.

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    The anatomical dissections of local animals and Chinese propaganda, two types of imagery that you wouldn't think would work as a collaboration. However, that is exactly what happened when ROA and Ever joined forces in Argentina for a joint mural entitled The people feed communism to the beast. This piece, painted over the Christmas holiday, was placed on a squatted building in Palermo Viejo in Buenos Aires and features Mao head offered up to an elephant seal. Photo credit: Graffitimundo. Discuss ROA here.

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