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"the aim of every artist is to arrest motion..." -Faulkner
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  • 11/14/17--22:04: Overtime: Nov 7 – Nov 13
  • More stories from the week that ended Nov 12 (click on bolded words for more information):

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  • 11/16/17--13:57: Streets: Escif (Europe)
  • Spanish artist Escif was very active in the last couple of months, travelling around Europe and creating new public works inspired by the local issues and history. Often criticizing aspect of human activity, or choices made by part of population, his pieces balance between conceptual interventions, large illustrations and classic murals. Back in October Escif finished one of his larges pieces to date, on the 100m long back wall of the Modern Art Museum in Valencia (Institut Valencià d'Art Modern—IVAM). Marking the opening of a new outdoor section of the institution, Plot of the solar was meant to be "a wall that can be heard, containing the noise of the neighborhood, its history and its inhabitants." As part of the same project, he painted a mural depicting a unicorn statue with a statement Fuera Droga Del Barrio, which is a play on words that talks about the drug issues in the neighborhood. Catalogue of fences / wall of shame piece was painted only few days later in neighborhood of Nazaret in Valencia. As a critique of the wall which was built in order to allow the expansion of the Port of Valencia while blocking the neighborhood's exit to the sea, the image points out at a long history of inequality in personal and social development of the area. From there, the artist flew to Poland where he painted a big radiator with a text Opor/Resistance above it. Symbolically celebrating the resistance of the locals against Nazi occupation, then to the Soviet occupation, the idea of this work was to warm up and encourage locals to keep warm against globalization and gentrification. Finally, he recently stopped in Brittany, France to participate in the Teenage Kicks festival with a Saumon sauvage/Savage Salmon piece that refers to Wild Salmon, a species that can still be found only in Brittany. As commentary on climate change, as well as excessive consumption of this fish, the disappearance of endemic species serves as a metaphor for the existence of humans. Discuss Escif here.

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  • 11/19/17--11:41: Overtime: Nov 14 – Nov 19
  • More stories from the week that ended Nov 12 (click on bolded words for more information): Photo credit: Drew Angerer (Getty Images).

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    Recently in Beirut, Lebanon, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada (featured) completed a mural entitled Connection with support from BAD (Built by Associative Data). The wall now (commissioned by Beirut Digital District) features a young boy exploring an electric circuit board, touching on the need for innovation and education in building a better future for the country. Taking a full ten days for the Cuban-American artist to complete, the piece deftly navigates various architectural elements to spread across the structure. Discuss Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada here.

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    Several weeks ago we got to visit the studio of Sainer, one of two members of the infamous Etam Cru from Poland. We wanted to check out the groundbreaking new body of work for his upcoming Paris show opening on the 2nd of December at Openspace Gallery, as well as to hear what else the street art duo is up to these days. Some two months after his partner Bezt had a solo show in NYC (covered), Sainer will be opening what is shaping up to be his most daring exhibition to date. The two artists responsible for some of the most recent striking murals worldwide, are currently putting their collaborative work to rest and developing their individual careers. With their private lives heading in different directions, the two high school friends are now living a few hours away from each other so they decided to focus on their own work instead of trying to pursue their previous practice. They still collaborate on murals and projects that fit their schedules, but are more focused on improving their own visual languages and techniques. In such an effort, Sainer has been working on his Chaotic Harmony show in Paris. Taking the gallery space into account as a guideline to showcase his artistic progress, he prepared 3 or 4 different styles of work, each presented in a different section of the venue. Starting with his most recognizable works that mix his distinctive painterly skills with playful yet eerie surreal settings, the works gradually give way to more minimalist and graphic paintings. Stripped of excessive details, these fresh pieces mix vibrant colors and drawing-like elements with more elaborate imagery, influenced by personal life and urban culture. Also part of the exhibition are very minimalist landscape works and also fully abstract compositions in which Sainer is exploring an entirely new field of expression. Along with these acrylics on canvas and panels, the Polish artist has prepared a series of new drawings in which he successfully mixes meticulous ink line work with spray painted light and shadow effects. Brave and confident, the upcoming show is set to be a milestone event in the career of this young artist and we're looking forward to seeing it installed in Paris. Photo credit: Sasha Bogojev for Arrested Motion. Discuss Etam Cru here.

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  • 11/28/17--16:45: Overtime: Nov 20 – Nov 27
  • More stories from the week that ended Nov 12 (click on bolded words for more information):
    • Opening of Dubai Frame pushed back to January 2018.
    • 11 takeaways from the $2.3 billion worth of art sold in NY last week.
    • Guantanamo prisoners don't own their own art.
    • Adidas settles lawsuit for launching "Art Basel" shoe without authorization.
    • Monet's glasses sell for $51,000 in Asia.
    • Jake Gyllenhaal set to take role as art critic in new movie.
    • Using AI to identify good investments in art.
    • The next novel use for AI might be in authentication and identifying forgeries.
    • $10 flea market find might be a photo of Billy the Kid and worth millions.
    • Lineup for Pacific Standard Time's performance art festival announced.
    • Thief walks out of gallery with a €425,000 bronze. Two suspects charged.
    • Doubts Leonardo da Vinci painted the $450 million Salvator Mundi.
    • Madsaki talks ahead of his exhibition at Galerie Perrotin Seoul.
    • An interview with Dalek on the return of the space monkey ahead of his Thinkspace show.
    • Audrey Kawasaki already at work on her new mural for Art Basel Week Miami.
    • Swoon working on a new series of art under glass domes.
    • John Baldessari and emojis.
    • Cai Guo-Qiang to detonate artwork in Chicago for 75th year anniversary of 1st nuclear reaction.
    • An interview with Kehinde Wiley.
    • Oscar Murillo hangs his black flags in Palestine.
    • Katy Perry and Urs Fischer create sculpture together.
    • How Yayoi Kusama built a market for her work.

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  • 11/29/17--22:32: Recap: POW! WOW! Korea 2017
  • At the end of September, the people behind POW! WOW! Hawaii held their event celebrating culture, music and art in a new country - South Korea. Hitting seven locations in Seoul (Sangdo-dong, Yeonnam-dong, Mullae-dong, Hongdae, Sookmyung Womens’ University, Hapjeong, Janghanpyeong) in eight days, five local artists Jay Flow, Royyal Dog, Xeva, Sixcoin, Yoon Hyup and five overseas artists, Andrew Hem, Cryptik, Jasper Wong, Tristan Eaton, and Persue gave the public a chance to see their live mural painting. Check out a photo recap (including the collaboration between Eaton and Persue above) and some footage from first ever POW! WOW! Korea below... Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta (with top image via Unrated).

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  • 12/02/17--08:51: Streets: Peeta (Italy)
  • Recently in Agropoli, Italy, Peeta completed a mind bending new mural for the a.DNA project that is a prime example of his style. Spanning four walls at the Liceo Statale A.Gatto public school, the piece from the Venice-based artist features lettering from his graffiti background as well as an anamorphic technique that deceives the eye. Take a look at more detailed and in-progress shots below... Photos via the a.DNA project, the artist, and Cilento Channel.

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  • 12/04/17--13:35: Overtime: Nov 28 – Dec 3
  • More stories from the week that ended Nov 12 (click on bolded words for more information):