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    First Inventory of Damage to U.S. Capitol Building Released

    #masthead-section-label, #masthead-bar-one { display: none }The Presidential TransitionliveLatest UpdatesCalls for Impeachment25th Amendment ExplainedTrump Officials ResignHow Mob Stormed CapitolAdvertisementContinue reading the main storySupported byContinue reading the main storyFirst Inventory of Damage to U.S. Capitol Building ReleasedThe damage was largely limited to broken glass, busted doors and graffiti, the report said.Capitol Police surveyed the damage to an entrance to the U.S. Capitol building on Thursday, a day after a mob of Trump supporters broke in and vandalized the building.Credit…Jason Andrew for The New York TimesJan. 8, 2021, 6:07 p.m. ETThe office of the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, the office that preserves and maintains the building’s art and architecture, released Friday the first inventory of the damage sustained during Wednesday’s riot.Damage to the interior of the building was largely limited to broken glass, busted doors and graffiti, the report said, though it noted that statues, murals and historic benches displayed the residue of various pepper sprays, tear gas and fire extinguishers deployed by both rioters and law enforcement personnel. They will need to be carefully cleaned and conserved, the report said.Outside the building, two bronze light fixtures designed in the late 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted, the American landscape architect, and that illuminate the grounds at night, were broken. The report also noted graffiti on the west side of the building near stands which are being constructed for the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. later this month.The Rotunda doors of the U.S. Capitol building sustained damage after rioters broke in on Wednesday. Credit…Jonathan Ernst/ReutersRioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday afteroon overturned tables and smashed windows, but left the singular artwork intact.Credit…Andrew Harnik/Associated PressNo major artworks were reported damaged, despite the violent demonstrations inside the building by Trump supporters that took the Capitol Police nearly four hours to quell. A mob broke into rooms on the south side of the Capitol (including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office), smashed windows and then marched through the National Statuary Hall, waving American, Confederate and “Trump Is My President” flags.Vandals in red “Make America Great Again” hats, many of whom photographed and recorded themselves, wreaked havoc in Congressional offices and the Rotunda. One man crammed a framed photo of the Dalai Lama into his backpack, while another smoked marijuana in a room with maps of Oregon on the wall. A 19th-century marble bust of former President Zachary Taylor was defaced with a red substance that looked like blood.Workers cleaned up broken glass and debris inside the U.S. Capitol building on Thursday.Credit…Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBut the large-scale, 18-foot paintings by Trumbull and other artists that depict scenes from the republic’s founding in the Rotunda, and the dozens of statues that fill the National Statuary Hall to the south that filled the background of many of the rioters’ photos, all appear to have escaped damage.The office noted on Thursday that many of its employees had worked through the night to clean up the trash, glass and other debris that littered the building and begin repair work.“Wednesday was a difficult day for our campus,” the architect of the Capitol, J. Brett Blanton, said in a statement. “As the Architect of the Capitol mission calls us to serve, preserve and inspire, it was particularly hard to watch the scene unfold.”AdvertisementContinue reading the main story More

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    Artist Interview: TIDE

    TIDE is an emerging name in the art scene both in Japan and internationally. Since 2009, his palette consisted mostly of monochrome colours. Recently, TIDE had his first solo exhibition ‘DEBUT’ (2020) in Harajuku, Japan.

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    While his cat-inspired work has been gaining increasing popularity in the international art scene, I had the chance to interview TIDE to discuss his oeuvres and talk about it conceptually and technically, as well as getting an overview of the artistic influences behind his work.

    Rom Levy: To begin, can you tell me a little about yourself and your background?
    TIDE: My real name is TATSUHIRO IDE, but I work as TIDE by combining the first letter of my first name and my family name. I began to paint while I stayed in Australia at the age of 22, and when I was 24, I started my career as a painter based in Tokyo.
    Could you please describe your work process in terms of composing an image as well as a technical approach to creating the work.
    For the cat and bedroom series I’m mainly drawing at the moment, after deciding the position and posing of the character, I roughly decide the bedding, furniture, and background after which I compose a draft. I value the harmony of the curves, straight lines, and silhouettes of each part.
    The painting process is the reverse of the draft, starting with the background and finally finishing with the character. I change matiere in each part, and each layer has a change. For example, I spray the outside of the window to express abstract elements, and the window frame is represented by rough brush strokes to express wood grain. In addition, I use an airbrush for the bedding to create a delicate atmosphere.

    Let’s talk about your current subjects. What inspired them, and what are your source materials?
    The influence of the work covers a wide range of topics, but the heaviest inspiration is the works of Japanese manga artist Shigeru Mizuki. I have been familiar with the Yokai he drew since I was a child, and in particular, my encounter with his work “Nonnonba” inspired me to draw a picture. As for recent materials, I often refer to animations from the 30s to 50s, scenes from old Hollywood movies, manga magazines, and still life around me.
    How long have you been developing this visual language?
    It was 10 years ago that I started drawing and aspiring to be a painter. At first, I used pointillism to draw trees and imaginary landscapes, but about two years later, I started pencil drawing, and mainly produced imaginary seascapes for 5-6 years. During that time, I also tried a little watercolor painting, and I started the acrylic painting which is my current drawing style about two years ago.
    In the beginning, I painted the stuffed animal my daughter had very precisely on a monochromatic background, but reversing that relationship I got to my current style of letting a flat character juxtapose together in the elaborate background.

    About your color palette, can you tell me more about the reason you chose to paint in greyscale and would you consider anything else?
    I don’t even know the real reason myself.
    Maybe it is because I started drawing inspired by cartoons drawn in monochrome, or because using a lot of colors probably exceeds the capacity of my technique. However, I feel it is most beautiful to draw my work in grayscale. When the color scheme, density, area, and balance and rhythm of black, white, and grey are in harmony, the painting looks like it’s shining.
    One thing I can say for sure is that it becomes unclear blurry when other colors get in there.
    Speaking of art history, do you have a particular artist or art movement that influences or inspires you?
    One is Roy Lichtenstein. His flat works are an important element of my current style. On the contrary, Christopher Wool is also a significant figure to me. His attitude towards art is my mental support of my creative activities. In addition, it is because of Takashi Murakami’s concept of Superflat that I can draw a character as a Japanese artist and announce it as a piece of art.

    As a Tokyoite, how is your relation to the local street culture?
    There may not be much relation. I tried skateboarding, but it didn’t take root in my current life. However, I long for street culture that appears as an expression of emotions.
    Have you ever been intrigued to transfer your studio work onto a mural / public art ?
    I’m interested in any field of expression that I have never tried. Facing mural paintings would require a different kind of mental toughness from canvas. It would be an opportunity to provide feedback to canvas works by exploring new ways of drawing and new processes.
    I am interested in the ephemerity of paintings, do you view your own work as precious? If you are unhappy with a work, do you tend to desstroy it or would you rather put it in storage for a while and alter them at a later date?
    There is always a correct piece which will complete my artwork. I will continue to paint until I find it. I talked about how paintings ‘shine’, and I keep working on it until I feel that way.

    Let’s talk about the work you are making for 2021. What type of works are you preparing? Does it connect to previous works, or did you try something new?
    Every time I draw new work, I always try new things even if they are small. I will continue to make the CAT series, but at the same time, I will use trial and error to show the next stage.
    There are also ideas for other themes, so you can see a series of works that go one step further in 2021.
    Will you be showing your work somewhere any time soon? Any other plans for the foreseeable future?
    The schedule has already been roughly decided until 2022, but in the near future, it seems that there will be an opportunity to show my artwork next spring.

    How else will you be keeping yourself busy this Christmas Season?
    Everyday life will continue without anything in particular. However, it is my favorite season of the year. The atmosphere of the city is calm and I feel very comfortable just looking out the window. Happy Holidays. More

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    Shepard Fairey “AK-47 Lotus” & “AR-15 Lily” Print Release – January 7th

    American contemporary street artist Shepard Fairey will be releasing a new print edition entitled “AK-47 Lotus” & “AR-15 Lily” this January 7th.

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    “These images are inspired by Vietnam War protesters who would put flowers in the gun barrels of the National Guard who were brought in to suppress their protests for peace. I’m a pacifist, whether that means finding diplomatic solutions to prevent and avoid war internationally or finding diplomatic solutions to prevent and avoid gun violence at home. I’m not anti- Second Amendment, so trolls can calm down… I’m not interested in macho blathering, I just want fewer people to die unnecessarily. Brady United is doing good work preventing gun violence so they will receive a portion of proceeds from these two prints. Thanks for caring” Shepard stated.

    AK-47 Lotus & AR-15 Lily are screen prints on thick cream Speckletone paper and measures 18 x 24 inches. Both prints come in an edition of 550 (Signed and Numbered). The prints are priced at $55 and proceeds will go to Brady United.
    AK-47 Lotus & AR-15 Lily are available on Thursday, January 7th @ 10 AM PDT at More

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    New mural by Ludo in Paris, France

    Streetartist Ludo just sent us some images of one of his newest works for 2021 he just unveiled somewhere on the streets of Paris, France.

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    The mural features a skull warped into a pineaaple, with a nose similar to Pinocchio’s. The artwork shows an exchange of words below “2021?” “Everything’s gonna be alright”.
    Ludovic Vernhet, known by the name Ludo and sometimes even referred to as Nature’s Revenge, is an artist born and raised in Paris. As an ever-changing character of urban contemporary art, Ludo’s art is expressed through diverse mediums, from giant murals on streets, to canvases, installations, drawings, sculptures and photographs as gallery and museum exhibition pieces.

    Ludo utilizes a signature style of no other, the use of three colours in his work; black, white and neon green. Precise drawings of biotechnological occurrences, merged with our technological dimension. His shows have been exhibited across the world in cities such as London, Amsterdam, Zurich, Rome, Paris, San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles.
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    “GATES” Light Installation by Marina Zumi in Ostend, Belgium

    “GATES” is the latest site specific light installation by Argentinian native and Berlin based artist Marina Zumi. This geometric sculptural path, was presented in Oostende, Belgium for The Crystal Ship by Night, curated by All About Things, a local initiative that brought public art installations to be enjoy from the afternoon till night before the curfew in an ephemeral way.

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    Gates, is a subtle link to the ‘Pass Throw’ feeling so much need it in this actual times, from a positive abstract perspective. The artist brings an interactive installation where the public have a 1min calm walk, through a 50-meter long light path, composed by 11 white/silver pentagons pulsing softly, in a calm ‘light heart beat’, transmitting harmony and a positive overcome glimpse.

    Marina believes in natural wisdom, interconnectivity and the power of colour. Her favorite places are the streets and big walls, which she is re-visiting and transforming into colourful paintings. Through depictions of geometry and symmetry – the recognizable method of her creations – Marina emphasizes the importance of an equilibrium.
    Zumi combines idealized versions of animals, vegetation and nocturnal scenes for the creation of her very own natural bio-luminescent landscapes, with which Zumi aims to provide oases of serenity among the crowded and noisy city streets.
    Check out below for more images of the installation. More

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    “Garbage Tail” by Murmure Street in Martinique

    French duo Murmure Street is back with a new mural entitled “Garbage Tail”. This project was done in collaboration with the IPAF Festival organized by Milsmurs in the Terres Sainville district of Fort-de-France in Martinique. This monumental wall is part of their “Garb-age” series which is based on dreamlike and poetic twists of the garbage bag. This object, symbol of our era and of our consumerist civilization, that invades our daily life and the environment.

    The theme of the festival this year was “Men and the Caribbean Sea”. As whale watching becomes more and more popular in the Caribbean, this work reminds us that scientific studies indicate that by 2050 the oceans will have more waste than fish if nothing is done.

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    Following on the “Garbage Whale” mural produced in Vladivostok, this work takes up the zoomorphic theme of the garbage bag whale. Like the tip of an iceberg, the tail of the whale is the only visible part of the animal, symbolizing the plastic pollution of our oceans. It thus suggests the most invisible part of the beast. Because if the presence of plastic is known to everyone, especially throughout the existence of the “seventh continent”, a large part of it remains invisible in the form of microscopic particles in the water but just as dangerous.
    “Garbage Tail” is entirely made in acrylic and brush with a deliberately realistic rendering that catches the viewer’s eyes, reminding them of the urgency of the situation.

    Murmure Street is a French street artist duo composed of Paul Ressencourt and Simon Roche. The main focus of Murmure Street is to create playful, dreamlike and poetical artworks interacting with the urban environment they are set in. Although there is always a message when created by the artists, everyone is free to interpret Murmure’s work as they wish. Combined with acrylic, spray paint and black chalk, Murmure Street aims for an hyper realistic rendering mixed with surrealism making their graphic signature unique.
    Take a look below for more images of the thought-provoking mural. More

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    Futura, a King of Graffiti, Returns to His Roots

    #masthead-section-label, #masthead-bar-one { display: none }The Best of 2020Best ComedyBest TV ShowsBest BooksBest MoviesBest AlbumsThe graffiti artist Futura, born Leonard McGurr, near the Eric Firestone Gallery in Manhattan, where “Futura 2020,” his first solo exhibition in New York in 30 years, is on view.Credit…Celeste Sloman for The New York TimesSkip to contentSkip to site indexFutura, a King of Graffiti, Returns to His RootsThe artist has gone from painting subway cars to the runways of Comme des Garçons. After a hiatus, his two exhibitions are his first in his hometown in 30 years.The graffiti artist Futura, born Leonard McGurr, near the Eric Firestone Gallery in Manhattan, where “Futura 2020,” his first solo exhibition in New York in 30 years, is on view.Credit…Celeste Sloman for The New York TimesSupported byContinue reading the main storyPublished More

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    Coverage: “NO ART HERE” by Javier Calleja at Nanzuka 2G at PARCO & 3110NZ by LDH Kitchen, Tokyo, Japan

    Two years after his solo debut with NANZUKA, Javier Calleja is back to Japanese capital for another solo exhibition which will be presented on 2 locations – at NANZUKA 2G space at PARCO in Shibuya, and at transforming gallery space 3110NZ in collaboration with Sushi Saito.b-sm = 300×250; sm > none; Calleja produces work that brings surprise and… More