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Ron English on The Great Outdoor Art Shows

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By Ron English in New Art on Monday 22 October 2012

Street Art is fast becoming an international institution, the likes of which the insular Art World has never seen. As a cultural phenomenon, Street Art has become something more akin to a stadium rap/rock concert than the sparsely attended pictures on walls model which has served as the Art World’s signature profile for some time now.

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New art by Beau Stanton

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By Ron English in New Art on Tuesday 16 October 2012

Delivering a profound statement in a seductive manner is the ultimate goal of artist Beau Stanton. Balancing a love for innovation and an intrigue of decay, Beau poetically expresses steely-eyed vision of the now simultaneously seen from the future and the past. Stanton caught the attention of the art world last season with a solo show in New York’s Chelsea arts district and then spent the summer spreading the love street art style throughout Europe, culminating with a painting on a section of the Berlin Wall.

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Shepard Fairey’s latest mural project

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By Ron English in New Art on Tuesday 16 October 2012

I was with Shepard Fairey this summer creating art for The London Pleasure Gardens. His trial was still pending, which I am sure was causing him some stress and also creating a distortion lens for his art career. Most talk about Shepard had been about his celebrity or his public foibles eclipsing his artwork.

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Mars 1, Brin Berliner, Alex and Allison Grey: The Visionaries

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By Ron English in New Art on Monday 15 October 2012

When I hear about ‘visionary art’ I usually react with a cringe. Most of this genre is the product of under-talented, overdosed navel gazers. Many who are attracted to visionary arts are promised a retinal nirvana, a focused porthole into another dimension, a deeply conceptual experience that is a visual open door. But this artistic sojourn requires such an intense level of skill and endurance that only a blessed few are up for the task. I recently had the good fortune to spend an evening with three artists who have taken that difficult journey to its biblical mountaintop.

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Ron English writes about his latest art projects

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By Ron English in New Art on Saturday 13 October 2012

My solo show, Crucial Fiction, opens November 1 at Opera Gallery NYC. It’s a collaboration with my former self. I thought it was time to ask my inner child to help me remember what it was that he saw so that I could finally animate his vision. I also curated the Politics and Art November issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.

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Beinart

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By Ron English in New Art on Friday 30 July 2010

A collective of mind numbing new surrealists from around the globe, this one stop visual shop is the quickest way to get current on the movement.

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That One Guy: Mustaches

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By Ron English in New Music on Friday 30 July 2010

Marches, dances, boogies, woogies and outrages to his own drummer — himself. A one man rappin’ band, That One Guy is good enough to agitate your parents and your children alike.

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Mika

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By Ron English in New Music on Thursday 24 June 2010

A little infectious lollipop rock anyone? Feel free to embarrass yourself singing along at the stoplight. If the other drivers give you that look, roll down the windows and spread the love.

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Les Claypool

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By Ron English in New Music on Monday 21 June 2010

The Travis Louie cover on Les Claypool’s latest offering Fungi and Foe serves as the perfect lure into a backwoods intellectual playground of the man who graced us with the iconic group Primus. A grovin’ bass player with Captain Beefheart cool and Daniel Johnston soul, Les paints lovingly jagged portraits of something slightly akin to […]

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Montana Alien Paint

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By Ron English in New Trends on Monday 21 June 2010

Montana has been the high octane fuel driving the global graffiti revolution for some time now. With the advent of the Alien line they have unleashed World War III weaponry in the battle against the banal.

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Primary Flight

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By Ron English in New Art on Thursday 10 June 2010

Logan Hicks is the Johnny Appleseed of art. Hicks and his partners curate the neighborhood-engulfing project they call Primary Flight, enlisting the world’s best artists to pit their skills against the walls of South Beach, Florida, for a mindblowing outdoor art gallery.

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MGMT

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By Ron English in New Music on Monday 7 June 2010

I was first drawn to MGMT by the awesome Ausgang album cover for Congratulations, and they did not disappoint. They are like a secret spaceship hidden in your garage waiting to jet you away to world smoothed over with imagination and magic.

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The Apples in stereo

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By Ron English in New Music on Thursday 3 June 2010

Exquisite harmonic tapestries woven together with pop perfect hooks are the staple of The Apples in stereo overture and the latest release Travellers in Space and Time once again crystallizes their unique brilliance for the ages.

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Mod Melange

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By Ron English in New Art on Thursday 3 June 2010

Spearheaded by the young art star Beau Stanton, this is hip art collective stages museum quality pop-up art exhibitions featuring art at cash-machine price limits. While last-generation luminaries are getting off-the-easel prices of a million dollars, the Mod Melange offers an affordable entrance-level ticket on the collecting carousel. Get tomorrow’s stars at today’s prices

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Mr Smolin

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By Ron English in New Music on Thursday 3 June 2010

I don’t know what he’s smoking but I’d be happy to buy him a pack. Singing from the folk side of the fence, Mr. Smolin is a joyous companion to the voices in your head.

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