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"the aim of every artist is to arrest motion..." -Faulkner
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    More stories from the week that ended July 30 (click on bolded words for more information):
    • Julian Schnabel’s work in permanent collection currently on view at Glass House. Artsy also has info and images.
    • RIP: Cool "Disco" Dan, who passed away at the age of 47.
    • RIP: Robert Loder (1934–2017).
    • Breese Little gallery closing its doors.
    • Three paintings on loan from the Louvre destroyed in fire on a French island of Tatihou.
    • Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí decries Dali exhumation, saying it is inappropriate and ungrounded.
    • Jaime Botín faces prison and €100mil. fine for allegedly trying to smuggle a Picasso on his yacht.
    • Berkshire Museum's plans to auction 40 works of art from its collection may violate museum code of ethics. American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors issue open letter criticizing the deaccession plan.
    • Serial art thief, at it for 20 years, caught in Avignon, France.
    • Abounaddara remove videos from the internet, in response to alleged improper use by exhibition.
    • Leon Zinder admits to attempting to sell stolen artwork through a Manhattan flea market.
    • Skepta’s clothing line MAINS accused of plagiarism by Ilyes Griyeb.
    • Protesters call on ICA Boston to cancel Dana Schutz show.
    • Six former South Korean officials sentenced to prison for blacklisting artists due to their political beliefs.
    • Menil Drawing Institute opening delayed due to construction issues.
    • Kunstmuseum Bern embarks on provenance research as it takes possession of first works from Gurlitt trove.
    • Basquiat's strength in pop culture as opposed to his lack of institutional support.
    • Ida Ekblad wins court battles over appropriated Birkenstock ad image.
    • Legal battle over the ownership of Paul Klee seized by Nazis reaches a settlement.
    • Kenny Schachter visits Los Angeles and writes about his thoughts and experiences in the city.
    • Grenfell victims and survivors honored with London mural by Ben Eine reproducing Ben Okri’s poem on the fire.
    • Family discovers that their Norman Rockwell is actually an original and not a print.
    • Banksy's Girl With Balloon voted UK's favorite work of art.
    • Rosetta Stone can now be viewed in 3D from the comfort of your own home.
    • Italian government can proceed with plan to create a new archaeological park around the Colosseum in Rome.
    • François Pinault funds restoration of historic drawings of Paris's former stock exchange.
    • LACMA plans satellite location in South LA.
    • Smithsonian successfully uses Kickstarter to raise money.
    • Jerry Saltz writes about MoMA's expansion.
    • Beirut Arab Art Museum, a private museum of Arab art, is in the pipeline for 2020 opening.
    • Getty Museum's recent windfall Old Masters acquisitions said to come from the collection of Luca Padulli.
    • Jewish History Museum acquires Phillip Ratner's sculpture models of immigrants on Ellis and Liberty Island.
    • University of Chicago Library receives gift of vintage Vivian Maier prints from John Maloof.
    • Tate Liverpool honoring its art handling manager, Ken Simons, with his own show drawn from its collection.
    • Artnet has info and images from the Dana Schutz show at ICA Boston.
    • Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical retrospective now on view at the Met Breuer.
    • Paul Ramírez Jonas making fake IDs at his exhibition and residency Half Truths at New Museum.
    • Thomas Campbell awarded the Getty Rothschild Fellowship.
    • Ei Arakawa’s Skulptur Projekte Münster work repaired.
    • Artnet has the full list of artists participating in the 15th Istanbul Biennial.
    • Yorkshire Sculpture International triennial expected to launch in summer 2019.
    • Five must-see exhibitions during Pacific Standard Time.
    • Pussy Riot embarks on six-week immersive theater experience called Inside Pussy Riot at Saatchi Gallery.
    • Sotheby's share price hits record high.
    • Laura Paulson appointed Vice Chairman of Christie’s Americas Advisory Board and Senior Advisor. Jonathan Stone and Tina Zonars to head Christie’s Asian Art dept.
    • Drawing of the Manhattan skyline by Donald Trump sells for $29,184 at Nate D. Sanders auction.
    • We Dream Under the Same Sky show at Palais de Tokyo feature works that will be sold in aid of NGOs.
    • Tim Schneider's thoughts on Artsy's funding and valuation, as well as other topical issues.
    • Artnet's How to Master the Old Master Market: 7 Practical Strategies From Top Experts. Five areas of value in the Old Masters market.
    • Olivia Erlanger announced as artist selected to create first BMW Open Work for Frieze London 2017.
    • Expo Chicago reveals artists who will participate in the fair's In/Situ sector.
    • Ren Hang’s photographs will be featured in Shanghai Photofairs’ new Spotlight section.
    • Art Chengdu art fair to launch next year in China.
    • Philippe de Montebello, joins Acquavella Galleries as director.
    • Condo launching in Shanghai and Mexico City in 2018.
    • Interview with Cheech Marin about his collection.
    • Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump disclose $25mil. art collection.
    • The use of Bitcoin in the art market.
    • Artsy writes about the ways artists can get gallery representation.
    • Kara Walker speaks to WABE 90.1.
    • Carroll Dunham talks to Joe Bradley.
    • Elizabeth Peyton paints Angela Merkel for Vogue.
    • Markus Lüpertz to create a multipart mural depicting story of Genesis in subway stations of Karlsruhe.
    • Farah Atassi's show at Ghebaly Gallery is an Art Forum critic's pick.
    • Artnet looks at Gelatin's current work.
    • Ana Teresa Fernández, Hank Willis Thomas, others transform Muslim prayer rugs for For-Site Sanctuary show.
    • Artnet interviews Marguerite Humeau.
    • Rachel Whiteread works on structures in Joshua Tree, CA.
    • Artnet profiles Marinella Senatore.
    • Standard looks at 7 emerging artists out of Los Angeles.
    • WestwoodWestwood interviews Simon Birch.
    • Michael Fried's new book of poetry, Promesse du Bonheur, published by David Zwirner Books and
    • Frick Diptychs series of books to be published by Frick that pair masterworks from its collection with essays.
    • Newly released Twyla x i am OTHER Collection includes work by Freegums, Angelica Hicks, M. Tony Peralta.
    • Turntable Lab releases Keith Haring collection of items.
    • Roman Abramovich, Jeff Koons, and Larry Gagosian's homes in Curb's list of outrageous NY megamansions.

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    With the beginning of August upon us, It's time to take a look back at some murals that caught our eye last month in this edition of Streets World Roundup, mostly painted in July. First up is this amazing makeover of a 19th century castle in the Loire Valley of central France by Okuda featuring his colorful and prismatic style (photo edited from ChopemDown Films). Entitled Skull in the Mirror, this project (part of the recent Label Valette Festival) by the Spanish artist is not the first time he has taken on an architectural challenge (see Koas Temple & a Moroccan church) and hopefully won't be his last. Other worthy pieces come from: Aaron Li-Hill (Canada), Nychos (Mexico), Spok (Mexico), Alexis Diaz (USA), Nicolas Alfalfa (Germany), Jaz (Ukraine), SFHIR (Portugal), Joram Roukes (Netherlands), Natalia Rak (Netherlands), Invader (France), Bordalo II (Canada), Leon Keer (Denmark), SatOne & Axel Void (Germany), Collin van der Sluijs & Super-A (Netherlands), Vhils (China), Fintan Magee (Italy), Dale Grimshaw (Italy), and Dragon76 (USA). [caption id="attachment_324987" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Aaron Li-Hill - "On The Brink" in Churchill, Canada for PangeaSeed.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324991" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Nychos -"Translucent Whale Shark" in Cancun, Mexico for PangeaSeed.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324992" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Spok - "Game Over" in Cancun, Mexico for PangeaSeed.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324977" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Alexis Diaz in New York for rag & bone. Photo by @Just_a_spectator via Graffitistreet.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324973" align="aligncenter" width="1053"] Nicolas Alfalfa in Berlin, Germany with support from Urban Nation.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324980" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Jaz in Kiev, Ukraine for Mural Social Club : Back to School! Photo by Alena Saponova.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324981" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] SFHIR in Guarda, Portugal for Art Festival siac2. Via StreetArtNews.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324982" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Joram Roukes - "Tropic Thunder" in Rotterdam, Netherlands for the Sober Walls. Photo by @rozaschous.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324983" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Natalie Rak - "Resurrection" in Rotterdam, Netherlands for the Sober Walls. Photo by @rozaschous.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324984" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Invader on the way to Versailles, France.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324985" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Bordalo II in Moncton, Canada for Festival Inspire.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324988" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Leon Keer - "Vindkraft" for International Street Art Festival in Brande, Denmark.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324993" align="aligncenter" width="1349"] SatOne & Axel Void - "HARMONY" in Munich, Germany.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324995" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Collin van der Sluijs and Super-A - "The Big Draw" in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Photo by Sjoerd Bijlsma.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324996" align="aligncenter" width="1900"] Vhils on the Portuguese Embassy in Beijing, China.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_324998" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Fintan Magee - "Drowning While Standing" in Acquapendente, Italy for Urban Vision Festival.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_325004" align="aligncenter" width="1340"] Dale Grimshaw for Memorie Urbane Festival in Formia, Italy. Photo by Flavia.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_325003" align="aligncenter" width="852"] Dragon76 for the Levitate Music Festival in Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA.[/caption]

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    Festival Iminente (previewed) opened recently and will bring two days of art and music to London's Brick Lane. The festival serves as both a celebration of Portuguese and pan-European culture and a warning of what may be lost as a result of the UK's exit from the European Union. Vhil's cast concrete sculpture is based upon a sketch which he drew on a previous trip to the capital. The portrait is surrounded and interwoven with fragments of a city as viewed from above and the crevices created by the metropolis' roads and alleyways which are interwoven with the facial features. Our cities, perhaps more visibly than anywhere else, display the richness that is created when different cultures and nationalities coalesce. Aside from curating, Vhils' other major contribution to the event is part of a large collaborative work which forms the centrepiece of the outside space and also features the typography of Halfstudio, the portraiture of Draw+Contra and the illustration-influenced work of The Caver. This large-scale collaboration underlines the importance of cooperation, which in the European Union has benefited areas as diverse as national security, scientific research and environmental issues. Visitors enter the festival via Mais Menos' border control post which is strongly reminiscent of Checkpoint Charlie, which for decades stood on the border in central Berlin when Europe was divided during the Cold War. Elsewhere, Mais Menos uses simple but effective wordplay to highlight other challenges which face the continent; the slogan 'Leave Us A Loan' looms large over the festival and the words 'Private Poverty' adorn his border fence which encircles the site. Eine's piece is appropriately rendered in his trademark-style Circus font and strikes a more ambiguous tone; 'The Circus' to which it refers could easily be the behaviour of fractions on either side of the Brexit debates or the media through which that debate has been channelled. Conor Harrington's large scale painting is suggestive of the UK pulling the plug on the European project and putting an end to 44 years of endeavours; the work is rendered in the blue and gold colours of the EU and the subject's weathered face speaks of all the effort which has been put in and which are now going down the proverbial plughole. Sickboy's Italo Disco-flavored installation features a comatose skeleton, a giant glitter ball and a giant speaker in the shape of a crucifix and Wasted Rita's sloganeering installation proudly proclaims 'Sex Toys Before Boys' and that 'All Feminists Go To Heaven'. In addition to a pop-up gallery presented by Underdogs Gallery, the festival also includes contributions from Add Fuel, AkaCorleone, André da LobaBordalo II and Mar. The festival is being supported by Super Bock and will run (2pm to 3am) Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July 2017 at 93 Feet East, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL. Tickets are available now from Photo credit: @feralthings

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    Spanish artists Sebas Velasco & Iñigo Sesma, recently took part in the refreshing Graffiti Na Gradele festival on the scenic island of Brac in Croaita. The two San Sebastian-based friends and studio mates painted a new collaborative piece titled Yugoslav riviera at the children park on the edge of the local harbor. Though fine art painters rather than street artists, Velasco and Sesma enjoy working in the urban environment and translating their painterly approach on a bigger scale in public. Coming without any preparation or sketches, the two took a graffiti artist's approach to creating the mural by collaging their imagery into a final piece. Taking inspiration from their trip trough Croatia and neighboring countries, the two put together a composition that includes typical residential building blocks, an old Yugo car, a portrait of a local festival goer, along with some elements from an old tourist catalog. Using similar visual language as well as technique, the duo nicely blended all these elements together, forming a somewhat of a postcard image from the festival. Photo credit: @SashaBogojev

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    Only a month ahead of the 17th edition of Nuart Festival in Stavanger, the Nuart team announced their latest public art project - Nuart RAD (River Arts District), which kicked off in Oslo last week with Isaac Cordal. Through this project, the team will be exploring the socio-economic and racial dividing line between east and west of the city by curating a series of public artworks along the length of the Akerselva river. To start things off, they chose to present the miniature works from the Spanish artist which proved to be a great trigger for curiosity and interaction in different communities worldwide. During his recent stay in the city, Cordal installed a total of 21 sculptures from Frysja in the north to Grønland in the south, inviting the locals to explore the area. Hiding in the wall gaps, on top of poles, facades and behind street lights, these miserable men are symbols for the causes of all the troubles that the residents have been through. This public art project aims to celebrate the diversity of the four neighborhoods through which the river flows (Nordre Aker, Sagene, Grünerløkka and Gamle Oslo), and will be ‘officially’ launched with a conference and series of events, film screenings and workshops this fall. Photos courtesy the artist and Trym Schade Warloe. Discuss Isaac Cordal here.

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  • 08/06/17--17:40: Overtime: July 31 – Aug 6
  • More stories from the week that ended Aug 6 (click on bolded words for more information):
    • Alex da Corte's Slow Graffiti at Vienna Secession.
    • RIP: Harold M. Williams, who passed away at the age of 89.
    • RIP: Concetto Pozzati, who passed away at the age of 81.
    • Israeli authorities arrest five Palestinian antiquities dealers in Jerusalem connected to Hobby Lobby scandal.
    • Skulptur Projekte Münster attracts repeat acts of thievery and vandalism.
    • Police arrest 67-year-old woman accused of stealing Basquiat painting (of questionable authenticity).
    • Anti-gentrification movement in Southern California spreads to South Los Angeles art spaces.
    • Rainer Ganahl's works removed by Surf Lodge due to customer complaints.
    • Questions about whether the land surrounding Michael Heizer’s City will stay protected.
    • Robert M. Rubin criticizes Jeff Koons for giving his Bouquet of Tulips to Paris, calling it a poisoned chalice.
    • The Met surrenders possibly looted ancient greek vase to the authorities for investigation.
    • Javier Pes to step down as editor of The Art Newspaper.
    • Stolen Guercino painting that was rolled inside a carpet will need a year of conservation.
    • Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction did not welcome Kanye West this year to its event.
    • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum director Anne Hawley to step down after 25 years.
    • Artnet profiles those that have closed their galleries and their next steps.
    • 80 National Academy members sign letter in support of Dana Schutz and ICA Boston.
    • Street art in Bulgarian village of Staro Zhelezare.
    • Uri Vaknin working to bring a art museum to downtown Las Vegas.
    • US's National Endowment for the Humanities awards $39mil. in grants in last round of funding for 2017.
    • Julie Mehretu executes commission for SFMoMA.
    • LACMA Art+Film Gala to honor Mark Bradford and George Lucas.
    • Wildenstein Platter Institute puts letters of Picasso’s dealer and Impressionist archives online.
    • Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art announces major Gerhard Richter retrospective.
    • Treasures on Trial exhibition at Winterthur Museum includes a fake Rothko painting from Knoedler.
    • Artspace visits Yayoi Kusama's five Infinity Rooms at the Seattle Art Museum.
    • The Philadelphia Museum of Art to exhibit Marcel Duchamp and the Fountain Scandal.
    •  Matisse in the Studio at the Royal Academy of Arts will exhibit Matisse's possessions.
    • The Drawing Center will host Eddie Martinez exhibition.
    • Bass Museum acquires Allora & Calzadilla petrol pump installation.
    • The 9 most audacious museum designs that were never built.
    • How Getty's Multicultural Internship Program is changing the face of arts leadership in L.A.
    • Jimmie Durham show curator Anne Ellegood discusses the complexities of his native identity and work.
    • Artnet interviews Philippe de Montebello.
    • Bill Sherman appointed director of Warburg Institute at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
    • Budi Tek to be awarded France’s premier award, the Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur.
    • How to start having an amazing print collection.
    • Paul Walter’s collection to be sold by Christie's.
    • Sotheby’s increases private sales, but loses ground on auction sales in first half of 2017.
    • Graham Nash auctioning his Robert Crumb originals through Heritage Auctions.
    • Vanity Fair takes us inside the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation auction fundraiser.
    • Artspace shares 8 Highlights From the Seattle Art Fair 2017. Artnet covers the fair.
    • Contemporary Istanbul announces participating exhibitors and program.
    • NY Times writes about Mark Grotjahn and the market for his work. Jerry Saltz responds to the piece.
    • Tim Schneider's thoughts on deaccessioning, Philippe de Montebello, and the Artist Pension Trust controversy.
    • How artwork is now used to market and sell condos.
    • Marinaro Gallery will move to Chinatown from Lower East Side.
    • Sherrie Levine now represented by Xavier Hufkens.
    • Yusaku Maezawa buys Jenny Holzer work at Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation auction.
    • Jamian Juliano-Villani and Kara Walker's exhibitions currently on view in Hydra.
    • Cindy Sherman has been on Instagram and her account is now public.
    • LA Weekly writes about David Choe's The Choe Show.
    • Mitch Cairns wins $100k Archibald Prize for portraiture.
    • Sheila Hicks's Hop, Skip, Jump, and Fly: Escape From Gravity on the High Line.
    • Alex Chinneck's Six pins and half a dozen needles (2017) public work unveiled in UK.
    • Performa teams up with MIT scientists to find out if rapid 3-D printing can boost performance art.
    • Artsy looks at the greatest bromances in art history.
    • Ai Weiwei’s film Human Flow picked up by Amazon.
    • Brillo Box (3¢ Off) documentary comes to HBO.
    • Original works available by Cool "Disco" Dan.
    • New JR print with Laz Inc.
    • Ben Venom limited edition embroidered patch released.
    • Artware having a sale on art products.
    • Miley Cyrus wants to exhibit her artwork in a New York gallery.

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    Last weekend saw 250 artists and an estimated 40,000 members of the public descend on Bristol's Southville and Bedminster neighborhoods for Upfest. The event has grown into the largest annual painting festival in Europe since its inception in 2008 and this year's installment included large-scale murals by Kobra, Eelus and Jody Thomas. Will Barras and Xenz collaborated on a new wall which is teeming with detail that draws the eye in and holds the viewer's attention; utopian landscapes and opalescent butterflies are intertwined with timeless cosmonauts and solitary motorcyclists. The two artists originate from the graffiti hotspots of Birmingham and Hull and are now both based in London but it was in Bristol that they made their names and 15 years ago Barras regularly painted with other members of Xenz's TCF crewNomad Clan are fresh from having recently completed the UK's tallest mural in Leeds and the duo's wall brings an octopus and seasoned mariner face to face; the piece underlines that, while both are sentient beings, only one lives in harmony with its environment. Buff Monster completed his second largest mural to date employing his trademark melty-goodness ahead of his new exhibition at Stolenspace GalleryWen2's urban landscapes, Filthy Luker and Pedro Esrellas' inflatable tentacles and Cheba's abstract depiction of the cosmos further demonstrate the diversity of the work on display. The larger works will remain on the streets over the next 12 months and their locations can be found on the Upfest website.

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  • 08/10/17--21:54: Studio Visits: Brandi Milne
  • With Brandi Milne's solo Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom opening soon (August 19th) at Corey Helford Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles, now is a good time to bring you some shots from her studio. Surrounded by her paintings, reference photos, and various paraphernalia, the locally-based artist definitely has many sources of inspiration in her work space. Take a look at more photos that give you an idea of what to expect when the exhibition opens as well as an interview with Milne below... Photo and video credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Brandi Milne here.

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  • 08/13/17--14:13: Streets: Bezt (Poland)
  • After many international projects and murals, Bezt from Etam Cru recently got a chance to paint a mural in his homeland. The result is this peaceful yet intriguing piece titled Blue Monday in Bielsko Biała, in the south of Poland. Choosing a very limited color palette, mostly consisting of different shades of blues and purples, the Polish artist painted this four story tall image of a woman carrying a lush flower pot for the "oBBraz miasta # 4" project organized by the Bielska Gallery Foundation and Bielsko BWA Gallery. Following the ridge on the side of an old Art Nouveau structure and nicely blending his imagery in with the building's ornamental elements, the composition utilizes the white negative space as the background for this effective piece. The leaves of Swiss Cheese Plant form different shading effects on the main character as well as between each other. The organic shapes are further juxtaposed with sharp geo patterns on woman's dress which adds an almost surreal-like feel to the quiet image. Photo credit by Discuss Etam Cru here.