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Amelia Calavera – Day of the Dead Sugar Skull

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Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) is a holiday celebration which is held from October 31 to November 2, not only observed throughout Mexico but also in other cultures around the world, including most Latin American countries. This popular tradition is all about the boundaries between life and death, and how people honour and celebrate their deceased loved ones as a way to reconnect with them.

Amelia was inspired by this colorful celebration and by the beautiful botanic imagery from early 1900’s. © Sandra Vargas

External Link: Amelia Calavera – Day of the Dead Sugar Skull

Cotton Candy Autopsy for Guzu Gallery’s Icons of Horror

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A piece for the upcoming Icons of Horror group art show at the Guzu Gallery opening Halloween night entitled Cotton Candy Autopsy. The limited edition serigraph was inspired by both Stephen King’s “It” character Pennywise the Clown and Mark Dery’s essay “Cotton Candy Autopsy: Deconstructing Psycho-Killer Clowns”. The serigraph measures 12?x18?, hand-printed silkscreen on acid-free 100# Cougar Natural cover stock, and limited to 44 signed/numbered prints.

Icons of Horror will be on display Oct. 31st – Dec. 1, 2014 at 5000 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas.

External Link: Cotton Candy Autopsy for Guzu Gallery’s Icons of Horror

Extra Ordinary – Tilen’s 2014 Solo Singapore Exhibition

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Extra Ordinary
Opening: 7pm, Tuesday, 21Oct 2014
21Oct-02Nov 2014
Utterly Art Gallery
20B Mosque Street Level 3
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About the Exhibition
We often seek out the new and exotic, forgetting that beauty can be found in the everyday and commonplace.

In Extra Ordinary, Tilen Ti celebrates the little moments, familiar scenes and simple pleasures that make up so much of our lives and memories, and give them meaning. This is Tilen’s fourth solo exhibition.

External Link: Extra Ordinary – Tilen’s 2014 Solo Singapore Exhibition

Stolen Cavalier: Cellini’s “Worthless” $60 Million Salt Cellar

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Written and illustrated by Travis Simpkins, this post on Stolen Cavalier looks at a theft that occurred in the early morning hours of May 11, 2003, when a lone thief broke into Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum and stole a rare golden 16th Century Saliera by Benvenuto Cellini, valued at $60,000,000.

External Link: Stolen Cavalier: Cellini’s “Worthless” $60 Million Salt Cellar

Kareem Rizk @ Moniker Art Fair 2014 represented by Smithson Gallery

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I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be showing a new series of works at the Moniker Art Fair for the first time this year in London. I’ll be represented there by the UK based Smithson Gallery, being one of only four artists featured by the gallery at this event. I’ll be in attendance on October 16th for the opening night preview.

My new featured works will be a series of 32 handmade mixed media multiples titled ‘Circus’, featuring 4 unique designs and 8 different colour-ways. This series however will only be revealed after the opening night. Other new works that I’ve just recently finished include two big original works on canvas, 200 x 100 cm (80 x 40 inches) and 110 x 180 cm (43 x 70 inches).

The above piece called ‘Ruby Throat’ is currently for sale along with other pieces via Smithson’s website.

External Link: Kareem Rizk @ Moniker Art Fair 2014 represented by Smithson Gallery

Moniker Art Fair (London)

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Moniker Art Fair

Now in it’s fifth year Moniker Art Fair has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting, international contemporary art fairs. It has grown significantly since 2010 both in terms of audience and relevance- the fair attracts more than 12,000 visitors over its four day duration.

Held during London’s busiest arts and culture week, Moniker Art Fair spotlight emerging and established talent, celebrating a generation of artists at the forefront of a unique contemporary art movement. The fair attracts some of the most talked about artists, galleries and collectors from the finer side of the street art movement and its related subcultures.

Garnering a reputation for the dedicated artist project spaces, and defying the typical constraints of the regular Art Fair format, Moniker Art Fair has become renowned for delivering a rich and varied programme of highly curated, experiential and immersive gallery spaces, live artwork, events, talks and workshops. Staying true to the artist’s vision, this expressive and immersive approach sets Moniker apart by offering partner galleries and artists more opportunity for experimentation.

Building on the foundations of four years experience and innovation, 2014 sees Moniker Art Fair continuing to co-host with London’s leading artist- led fair – The Other Art Fair – in what will again be a showcase of independent and established talent, forming the major satellite events of London’s Art Week when 60,000 visitors descend on the city to form an unparalleled international art audience.

External Link: Smithson Gallery at Moniker Art Fair

Halloween International Group Show (Australia)

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Auguste Clown Gallery is Australia’s underground gallery dedicated to showcasing the most notable and interesting pop surrealism artists from around the globe.

The upcoming exhibit: Halloween International Group Show will showcase the following artists: Absurd Toys, Abbybelle, Alec Huxley, Augie Pagan, Avery Palmer, Benjamin Lukas, Bennett Slater, Bev Hogue, Buddy Nestor, Casey Weldon, Cat Rabbit, Cheshire Street, Chet Zar, Chris Haas, Clare Toms, Cody Williams, Dan Harding, Dave Burke, Dave Kohlmon, David Richardson, Don Picton, Double Parlour, Emi Slade, Eric Alos, Eric van Straaten, Eva Devon, Frank Forte, Geoffrey Gersten, Grayson Fogg, Horrible Adorables by Jordan Elise, Inga Lena, Irene Garcia, Jake Waldron, Jasmine Worth, Jason Hite, Jed Leiknes, Jeff Christensen, Jen Musatto, Joanna Mulder, Joe Scarano, John Pinkerton, Jonathan Payne, Joshua Harker, Kamilla Mlynarczyk, Kane Kokaris, Kat Caro, Lacey Bryant, Larkin, Lee Harvey Roswell, Lori Nelson, Mai-Ja, Mark Brown, Martin Tomsky, Matthew Dutton, Matthew Levin, Melanie Ashton, Paul Welsh, Puzgle, Ramon Maiden, Rudy Faber, Sandra Arteaga, Selena Leardini, ShirrStone Shelter Dolls, Steph Sciullo, Steve Ferrera, Tate Steinsiek, Tim Lee, Tokyo Jesus, Vincent Cacciotti, Zombienose.

External Link: Halloween International Group Show at Auguste Clown Gallery

Old Boxes New Lives

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One day my sister and I were scavenging our grandfather’s attic and we stumbled upon these intricate little boxes with slide covers and carved handles. We stuck them with glue against the walls that were inside our closets and those boxes became our secret treasure compartments where we’d collect and hide our findings, like comic book clippings and little mice figures that my sister made out of cloth material.

Then I grew up and boxes just stayed with me. Now I go to antique shops and buy old cigar boxes. I try to look for the old wooden ones that are dark and deeply stained so when I carve into the wood, the lighter colored or the unstained wood shows through and creates a good contrast to the carved images.

External Link: Old Boxes New Lives