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Highlights from the Moniker Art Festival, London

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By Jessica Birkett in New Events on Wednesday 28 November 2012

Moniker Projects reputation is gained from the exacting and flourishing of its niche in the art market, hosting flagship artists such as Eine and Beejoir. Their broad ability to recognize contemporary art’s most distinctive and burgeoning talents is matched by their skill in harmonizing the work between them. All of which helped to produce another remarkable event.

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Ai Wei Wei goes Gangnam Style

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By Jessica Birkett in Video on Thursday 1 November 2012

Ai Wei Wei, a Chinese-born contemporary artist, is equal parts famous and infamous. Art collectors swooned for his exhibition at the Tate Modern, the world spent weeks within his design of the Beijing Olympic Stadium, Art Review named him #1 in their top 100 Power List (2011), and there was hardly a corner of the […]

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Aakash Nihalani’s geometric graffiti

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By Jessica Birkett in New Art on Monday 29 October 2012

We’ve seen Aakash Nihalani have a busy summer between his residency at the Willem de Kooning studio in East Hampton, NY, and the NUART festival in Norway. But if you can’t get enough, like us, here’s some of our favourites.

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Favorites from the Fame Festival in Italy

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By Jessica Birkett in New Events on Thursday 25 October 2012

For one month during Europe’s autumn, Italy’s Fame Festival turns into a street art playground. Above and underground, artists bury their work in tunnels and scale images across decaying walls, producing some of the world’s largest murals and most exclusive exhibitions. (Hosting artists such as Cyop & Kaf, Ericailcane, Internisi Kazki and Vhils: pictured).

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Murray Moss designs for Phillips de Pury in New York

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By Jessica Birkett in New Events on Wednesday 24 October 2012

Murray Moss, a champion of design amidst the celebrity of art, lamented that ‘Compared to art, it’s cheap … at least most of it. And it’s punished because it does more’. See everything he does with design and more in Phillips de Pury’s showcase in New York this month.

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Project Doggy from Yoshitomo Nara

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By Jessica Birkett in New Art on Tuesday 23 October 2012

The dictionary distinction between art and craft is that while art is to be admired, craft maintains a functionality. Something more than elmers glue and popsicle sticks, today artist collaborations in homewares like Kaws’ lightbulbs, Audrey Kawasaki’s brooches and James Jean’s scarves is something more akin to harmonizing of art + life. The favorite though […]

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Highlights from London’s Sunday Art Fair

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By Jessica Birkett in New Events on Tuesday 23 October 2012

The Sunday Art Fair, a favorite of London’s Art Week, has just completed its third annual and much lauded housing of contemporary art’s newest initiatives. The gallery-run endeavor hosts some of the art market’s brightest young talents and emergent galleries, and is considered an insight into the next generation of art commerce.

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New mural from Brazilian street artist Ethos in Istanbul

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By Jessica Birkett in New Art on Tuesday 23 October 2012

Street artist Ethos has been taking to the streets of Istanbul, decorating in his distinct, pretty, surreal style. Look at the results. What a lucky corner of the world!

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Highlights from NUART: an art fair in Norway

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By Jessica Birkett in New Events on Tuesday 23 October 2012

The European summer entails many things, but undoubtedly the most colourful is a continent-wide festival season for fine contemporary NUART. With just under a week to go and for those of us who just fall short of reaching that corner of the world, NUART’s blog is keeping us updated with images from this year’s artists, including Aakash Nihalani, Saber, Eine, Mobstr +.

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Highlights from London’s recent Frieze Art Fair

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By Jessica Birkett in New Events on Friday 19 October 2012

No event gets hotter for art than the institution that is the Frieze Art Fair in London. An all-star playground of the world’s most important galleries, artists and their patrons, this year did not fail to impress. A city-wide affair, the event has encouraged the forming of neighboring art fairs Moniker and Sunday, making London’s summer unmissable.

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New Os Gemeos exhibition in Boston

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By Jessica Birkett in New Art on Saturday 25 August 2012

Os Gemeos have generously created another stunning North American exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Seemingly serving as a coincidental retrospective, the exhibition showcases the range of Os Gemeos’ style, from tagging to muralling. Overwhelming, interactive and larger than life, the twins extract images from their canvases and turn them back into tactile reality, continuously causing every Os Gemeos show to become the best kind of circus.

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Yayoi Kusama is Big in Japan, then NYC

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By Jessica Birkett in New Art on Friday 24 August 2012

Contemporary art’s long-time all star and fresh designer darling has enveloped New York City this long summer, first with her much lauded Whitney Retrospective to her unmissable 120ft Yellow Trees mural in New York’s Meatpacking District, to now, in the key of Murakami, Kusama collaborates in and outside of Louis Vuitton’s flagship store, in launching her line, Infinitely Kusama.

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Vulture’s print-out Girls paper dolls

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By Jessica Birkett in New Trends on Friday 24 August 2012

If you find yourself twiddling your thumbs, waiting for the next season of Girls, then what could be better to bide your time than by hooking some scissors around those digits and re-inventing the Girls cast’s mishaps with Vulture’s print-out Girls paper dolls? Complete with interchangeable outfits, accessories and grimaces, shudder the days away with Jessa’s pregnancy scares and Shoshanna’s street drugs.

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Infamous Interventionists TrustoCorp strike again

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By Jessica Birkett in New Trends on Tuesday 17 July 2012

A lot of public artists get their thrills from mocking pop culture (Kaws, Mr. Brainwash), but TrustoCorp does it better than most. Following their re-branding campaign in your local markets and street sign altering in formations across New York, TrustoCorp has taken to the newsstands for some gab-mag real talk. Stay alert East Coast!

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Seismic Shift: a new art exhibition by David LaChapelle

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By Jessica Birkett in New Art on Friday 29 June 2012

Summer is festival season in the northern hemisphere, and there has been no more sensational a piece to be showcased so far than David LaChapelle’s Seismic Shift, hosted by the Paul Kasmin gallery at Art Hong Kong.

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