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JR WINS TED PRIZE

jr wins ted

This morning the web was abuzz with exciting news that the thoughtful and talented street artist JR won the 2011 Ted Prize. It’s exciting to see the world traveling artist receive the level of recognition he deserves. Not only is his art impressive – it masterfully captures the beauty of its local residents and brings attention to many forgotten communities worldwide. As the NY Times eloquently states, he’s an “artist who gives slums a human face.” Congrats to JR on his selection and we look forward to seeing what opportunities he’ll create for the underprivileged with this prize. Click Read More for additional information.

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BRASILIA EXHIBITION

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Brazil’s capital, Brasilia is a group show exhibiting photography by Brazilian photographer Murillo Meirelles. Located at the 1500 Gallery, the show includes images from the planning, construction and inauguration phase of the city in 1958 – 1960. As the gallery describes it, “A city planned and built from scratch in the very center of the country, Brasilia replaced Rio de Janeiro as the capital of Brazil in 1960. The architectural, figurative and photojournalistic images in the Brasilia exhibition highlight the idealism of Juscelino Kubitschek’s socialist government and its team of visionary urban planners, architects and landscape designers including Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx. The eight images in the exhibition include a pictures of workers cutting steel and laying beams, an aerial view of the Esplanade under construction, and several images of the National Congress.”

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SHANGHAI STACKING

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After spending time in Shanghai, french photographer Alain Delorme expresses what he saw culturally with his latest exhibition, Totems at the Magda Dansyz Gallery. Each photo displays enormous stacks of goods piled and carried around the urban grid. By people, rickshaw or wagon each stack suggests a supernatural ability and slight obsession. If you find yourself in Paris, definitely check out Alain’s exhibit. It’s on show now until September 25th. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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SERGE MENDZHIYSKOGO

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Ever since my first kaleidescope I’ve appreciated the beauty of distortion. And it’s Serge Mendezhiyskogo’s subtle distortion that makes his art so beautiful. Part pixelated dream world and part post card, his art re-imagines the traditional travel poster. We’d love to have a few of these hanging at the studio. View more examples of his work below.

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HELSINKI BIKE LANES

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Safety doesn’t come easy. Despite the brilliant efforts of safety campaigns, many city officials still don’t get it. There’s no excuse for a city without bike lanes. It’s obvious they improve road safety. That’s why we appreciate Lansivayla’s take on the issue. The Helsinki based collective invited people to join their guerilla operation and paint a bike lane on Hameentie – one of the main roads leading through the Northern part of central Helsinki. Not only is this generally awesome, it looks beautiful too. We also love that the idea was inspired by a few creative folks in Berlin. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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JIM DENEVAN

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We discovered Jim Denevan when his artwork used beach-coasts as a canvas. Now, we find him trekking to the far reaches of Siberia to create another massive installation. The Anthropologist traveled with Jim to document his work. As they describe it: “Jim Denevan is in pursuit of the impermanent. From the vanishing curl of a wave to sand briefly stilled between tides, nature’s fleeting moments are his stock-in-trade. The frozen surface of Siberia’s Lake Baikal presented a shifting, snow-blanketed canvas for Denevan’s specific brand of art: massive geometrical patterns carved into the earth, ever vulnerable to the elements.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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PAYSAGES EN EXIL

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Some artists paint with paint, and others use clouds to form their abstractions. In a unique blend of architecture and nature, Nicolas Dorval-Bory and Raphael Betillon have created Paysages in Exil. It’s an experiential pathway from a greenhouse in Toulouse, France that blasts a cloud through a tunnel. Arch Daily has a nice review where they explain, “The Cloud brings a level of abstraction to those wandering on the path to the garden, almost containing people in this experience and separating them from the rest of the world for the duration of the walk.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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