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    John Fekner – Detective Show – Bio Editions Book Release

    The latest release from UK publishing house Bio Editions is a photography book from John Fekner, entitled ‘Detective Show’. Featuring a foreword by legendary art critic, Carlo McCormick, the title explores the formative steps of street-art-as-installation, transporting readers back to 1970s Queens, New York, and shining a light on an era of authentic, artistic freedom.Detective Show maps the conception and creation of a strikingly unique outdoor urban art event organised in 1978, spanning the breadth of an unloved park in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC. Contributors included Fekner himself, Don Leicht, and numerous acclaimed artists, including Richard Artschwager and Gordon Matta-Clark.Fekner ultimately decided to invite those he shared studio space with in the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center to join him in hiding works across the park, including Richard Artschwager, Gordon Matta-Clark, Len Bellinger, Don Leicht, Frances Hynes, Claudia DeMonte and Karen Shaw among others.Envisioned as a ‘beyond the visible’ hide-and-seek art game of sorts, with visitors given clues and urged to seek out the works strewn across the concrete expanses or even hidden among the trees, Fekner’s objective was simply to create thoughtful interaction with surroundings through art, to the benefit of the public, young and old alike. The end result, he hoped, would provide what he thought of as ‘the magic of discovery by happenstance’.Careful to ensure that the painted and sculpted contributions worked in harmony with the space, Fekner notes he “had to place some restrictions on the artists – no monumental stuff that might disturb the park.”Interspersed between photographs documenting the scope and joy of the show, artists fondly recall a period of artistic freedom that felt unencumbered by the trappings of commercial art.“It’s hard to remember what an exciting and different time 1978 was in the art world. It was pre-PR machines, hype, mega-money, business plans,” notes DeMonte.“For a few weeks in the spring of 1978, about two hundred kids were exposed to original artwork in their own backyard, by some of the most renowned artists of the day,” adds Dave Santaniello, “and that experience changed their perception of their environment forever.”Fekner himself was particularly pleased by the low-key nature of the show’s impact: “The Detective Show was quite unlike current street art festivals with their spectacular large murals, bright colours and street fair atmosphere.“The show was quiet and removed; distanced from the usual New York art world locations and audiences. Extremely low key, it was a temporary art installation about subtlety, nuance, and the magic of discovery by happenstance.”Many of the artists involved in the show have since gone on to become revered names within the contemporary art world, some were renowned before they took part, and others went on to teach, or lead ‘ordinary’ lives. This only serves to further act as tribute to a show that was created with solely the art and those who would experience it in mind, a great unifying cause for creators that urged others to look for beauty in hidden places.In notable contrast to today’s large scale mural-style street art festivals, this 84-page book charts an ideologically-pure reinvention of the urban landscape for the benefit of all, made without corporate sponsorship or underlying motives.Like the show itself, the book – which includes numerous lovingly-printed photographs documenting the event, flyers, newspaper clippings & other ephemera, and written recollections by many of the artists themselves – is a love letter to the innovation of art within public spaces.Two editions of the book, including those featuring limited-edition prints, will be available from 5pm on 1st December 2022.In addition to the first Edition of 450, Bio will also release a special edition of 78, signed by John Fekner. These are sold along with a limited edition gicleé print with silkscreen varnish, signed and numbered by the artist.Detective Show will be available to order via Bio Editions’ website. Photography courtesy John Fekner / Bio Editionswww.bioeditions.com More

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    Cheng Cheng Yi “Dragon Summoner” Limited Edition Print – Available November 10th

    Chinese contemporary artist Cheng Cheng Yi have collaborated with ArtPort for his latest limited edition screenprint entitled “Dragon Summoner”. Dragon Summoner comes in an edition of 25 and measures 70 x 56 cm. The print features Yi’s signature characters that often tell stories about adolescence and the dreams of the young generation.Born in 1985, Cheng Cheng Yi is a contemporary artist from Beijing. Since his graduation from the prestigious Anhui Normal University in 2011, Yi has been constantly honing his technical skills and style, from gentle brush strokes and soft colours to his current unique and elaborate aesthetic, a mix between shape and bold, captivating tones.Skillfully and meticulously executing his works with utmost care and attention to every detail, Yi plays with codes, geometric shapes and silhouettes that remind us of Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama, placing the figure of a boy – his own self-portrait – in an urban environment. With the use of a primary palette and monochromatic backgrounds, the artist conveys his vision of the individual living in contemporary society.Dragon Summoner will be available on 10 November 2022, Thursday. 7PM HK Time (7AM NYC, 4AM LA, 9PM Melbourne, 12PM UK, 8PM Tokyo) at ArtPort website.ArtPort is a publishing house established in 2020. ArtPort supplies limited high-quality editions and prints by artists from the new contemporary art wave. Created around the theme of travelling, ArtPort aims to have people on board, offering them a journey through the art world and an easy way to bring it to their homes. Each edition is a unique and exclusive collaboration between ArtPort and leading contemporary artists. More

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    Thomas Canto “Intersections” Limited Edition Artwork – Available Now

    French artist Thomas Canto have collaborated with ArtPort for his latest limited edition artwork entitled “Intersections”. Intersections is an edition created in the line of the body of work Structural Reflections. These works present a vision of infinite rhythms, verticality, and visual harmony. They also refer to ideas of alienation or loss of bearings. These are sensations that anyone can experience by experimenting with the geometric constructions that constitute the megalopolises of the whole world.“Intersections” comes in an edition of 5 + 2AP and measures ø 49 cm with depth of 4.5 cm.  You can shop the artwork at ArtPort website.The main apparent inspiration of these works “the Cities” represents for the artist a concentration or a superposition of realities of which he endeavors to show the multiple interactions.Inspired by experts across a variety of industries, Thomas Canto has charged himself to find the connection between the different areas. He is known for his work distorting speed and city structures until their original forms are effectively unrecognizable. His works focus on creating new images through technology that express the relationship between humans and architecture. More

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    KAI “Attack” Limited Edition Print – Available July 7th

    Japanese artist KAI have collaborated with ArtPort for his latest limited edition screenprint entitled “Attack”.  Attack comes in an edition of 50 and measures 50 x 50 cm.Kai is a self-taught artist who started creating art in October 2021. He paints monsters in a monochrome world. His monsters, however, have friendly and playful features painted in black and white. Kai aims for the number of expressive and unique monsters to proliferate.Attack will be available on July 7, 2020, Thursday. 7PM HK Time (7AM NYC, 4AM LA, 9PM Melbourne, 12PM UK, 8PM Tokyo) at ArtPort website.Take a look below for more photos of Attack. More

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    Yosuke Ueno “Flowers” Limited Edition Print – Available March 18th

    Japanese pop surrealist artist Yosuke Ueno have collaborated with ArtPort for his latest limited edition print entitled “Flowers”. This print features one of Yosuke’s original characters projected over a colorful floral scene.Flowers comes in an edition of 40 and measures 70 x 58 cm.It will be available in March 18, 2022, Friday 5PM HK Time (7AM NYC, 4AM LA, 10PM Melbourne, 11AM UK, 8PM Tokyo) at https://artport.travelYosuke Ueno is a self-taught Japanese artist, working in the style of pop surrealism. Born in Japan in 1977, Ueno’s artworks are inspired by the Japanese religion of Shinto that is based on particulars and enjoyment of nature. Cartoonish elements, young characters, unlikely plants, anthropomorphic animals and creatures populate his surreal galaxies painted on canvas, and live all happily in a psychedelic dimension of shiny surfaces. More

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    Carlos Rodriguez “Primer Encuentro” Limited Edition Print – Available October 21st

    Artist Carlos Rodriguez have collaborated with ArtPort for his newest limited edition print entitled “Primer Encuentro”. Primer Encuentro (First Encounter) is the painting that opens the artist’s series ‘Costumbres Amorosas de los Animales’ (The Loving Habits of Animals).The overall motif of it was to explore the similarities between human and animal behaviours when interacting with other living beings. Primer Encuentro is also a sort of fable about love at first sight. The character is naked in a mysterious and exotic jungle with Henry Rousseau’s touch. He embraces a gigantic rhinoceros, in a magical encounter, under an intense orange afternoon sun that permeates everything with a golden hue, to Rodríguez that light cast a touch of eternity and a sort of solemn happiness.Primer Encuentro comes in an edition of 30 and measures 50 x 70 cm. Technique used is Giclee & Etching on SIHL Smooth Matt Cotton Paper 320 gr.The print will be available on October 21, 2021, Thursday 7PM HK Time (7AM NYC, 4AM LA, 9PM Melbourne, 12PM UK, 8PM Tokyo) at ArtPort website.The paintings in the series all have a short text written on the back of the canvas. Rodríguez imagined the moment when two people meet for the first time as two inevitable forces colliding. The animals he related to the most were rhinoceroses with their brute and intense force, mainly because they are solitary, very territorial and practically blind creatures. They were portraited in early medieval drawings wearing strange armours. The back of Primer Encuentro (First Encounter) reads:We, two irresistible forces that have met,lonesome and armoured, a little clumsy and blind,surrendering ourselves to a greater love.Rodríguez is known for his drawings, paintings, and ceramics that explore the male body, sexual desire as a creative impulse, and issues of gender and identity. Inspired by classical paintings, naïve art and porn, his playful work reveals scenes of men naturally engaged in their games and fantasies.ArtPort is a publishing house established in 2020. ArtPort supplies limited high-quality editions and prints by artists from the new contemporary art wave. Created around the theme of travelling, ArtPort aims to have people on board, offering them a journey through the art world and an easy way to bring it to their homes. Each edition is a unique and exclusive collaboration between ArtPort and leading contemporary artists. More

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    Clown Skateboards – Guest Art Project – Adam Neate

    Adam Neate, an old friend of Clown Skateboards and self-taught artist, is next up to bat in their Guest Art Project series. Neate’s boards are a reflection of the ‘family’ that is the skateboarding community. By celebrating gender fluidity in today’s society, the triptych proclaims that love and mutual support are far more important than gender.Putting this ethos into practice, this edition of Family will be pressed at the Far Skate Foundation, a charitable organisation which empowers young people through skateboarding, and will be hand screened by Clown’s master printer Tommy.An acclaimed British painter, conceptual artist and one of the world’s best-known street artists, Adam Neate began his career painting the streets, whilst also skating them.“Those years were my art school,” says Neate. “I learnt about colour and composition simply through practice. The critics were there every day…”Now based in São Paulo, Brazil, his work is displayed in collections around the world. A fearless painter, he has developed his own language of ‘Dimensional Painting’ where the viewer moves and changes the painting depending on their vantage point, to get the full multi-dimensional effect.‘Reconnecting with Adam on the Guest Art Project was always a priority for us. When he first delivered the new artwork for the boards, we were sold with not just the art, but also the message. Skateboarding is such a great support network and loving community and we think these boards truly reflect how open skateboarding is to all communities. It is just such a perfect fit for what we are about and what we are trying to achieve through ‘IN Action’.’ – Jeff Boardman, Clown Skateboards FounderThe Family sets will be the most complex hand-printed series in Clown’s history. Each set is made using 26 screens and hand-produced in a way that does justice to the original artwork. This will be a signed and numbered edition of only 35 sets.Adam’s Family is released on the 20th July at the Guest Art Project – www.clownskateboards.com/guest-art-projectwww.instagram.com/clown_skateboardswww.instagram.com/adam_neate More

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    Roby Dwi Antono “Ranger Merah” Limited Edition Print – Available May 20th

    Indonesian artist Roby Dwi Antono have collaborated with ArtPort for his latest limited edition screenprint entitled “Ranger Merah”. In his print, a child with insidious eyes that somehow bleed innocence is portrayed with a dead dinosaur corpse behind her. She stands staring right back at the viewer, smugly wearing her prey’s head, holding the weapon with a sense of uncertainty washing over her face.Ranger Merah comes in an edition of 50 and measures 67 x 50 cm. The print is priced at 5,850 HK$.Ranger Merah will be available in May 20, 2020, Thursday 7PM HK Time (7AM NYC, 4AM LA, 9PM Melbourne, 12PM UK, 8PM Tokyo) at ArtPort website.Roby Dwi Antono is a visual artist mainly creating surrealistic paintings as well as sculptures and prints. His work opens a portal to another universe where spaceships, aliens, dinosaurs and creatures with humanly features come together. These surrealistic creations that once lived only in Dwi Antono’s imagination come to life in a new realm on his canvas.ArtPort is a publishing house established in 2020. ArtPort supplies limited high-quality editions and prints by artists from the new contemporary art wave. Created around the theme of travelling, ArtPort aims to have people on board, offering them a journey through the art world and an easy way to bring it to their homes. Each edition is a unique and exclusive collaboration between ArtPort and leading contemporary artists.Take a look below to view more photos of Ranger Merah screenprint. More