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BLIK, Removable Wall Graphics
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:03

We've been fans of Bilk, the maker of self-adhesive, removable surface graphics, for years. They got loads of designs and original art patterns to choose from including some from Upper Playground, Sanrio, Keith Haring Estate, Nintendo and Charles & Ray Eames - and so many more.

We're privy to this one by Jim Houser, one of five available. -- Blik can also print your own designs as well. Check it.

Removeable wall designs by Jim Houser through Blik

$100,000 GRANT for Mid-Market
Friday, 21 February 2014 16:03

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is looking for arts and technology visionaries to collaborate on large scale, high impact light, media or visual art installations in San Francisco's Central Market District.


The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is seeking proposals for projects that will activate key blocks of Central Market with impactful arts programming and contribute to the area' s vibrancy and identity as an arts and technology district. Interested applicants and/or organizations should focus on the theme of Imagining Central Market, a new initiative designed to encourage interaction and dialogue around the concepts of identity and place. The organization or team selected will be awarded $100,000 to use toward the realization of their project.

CCA MFA Open Studios this Sunday, the 23rd
Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:46

Wanna see some of the best new work being made in San Francisco? CCA is hosting an Open Studios with its MFA students this Sunday Feb 23rd (1-4pm) at its 8th St campus ~DETAILS

We're sure there's some crud in there, but you're also likely to find a few of the next Bay Area art stars too. Grab an afternoon coffee, chat with the students and see what the next generation is banging out.

CCA MFA Open Studios is like a box of chocolates...

LUDO & Kevin Cyr @Jonathan Levine
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:42

NYC --- We've featured Paris based street artist LUDO for some time and his bright green massive wheatpastes thrown up about Europe. His solo show at White Walls here in SF ran back in

LUDO along with Kevin Cyr will be opening two solo shows at NYC's Jonathan Levine this Thursday, Feb 20th. ~COMPLETE DETAILS

Work by LUDO

Work by Kevin Cyr

$$$$ & Banksy
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:09

Another Banksy from his NYC "show" is off to auction.

$1 Million Dollar Protest
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:03

MIAMI --- "Oops" is what local Miami artist Maximo Caminero thought after dropping and breaking a vase worth 1 million dollars in what he said was "an act of performance protest" on behalf of "all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here".

Caminero could serve up to 5 years in prison for his protest, and to be frank, we're not sure if his work is worthy of a mueseum show to begin with. Hey, he got some press though... just may have to spend a few years in prison for it.

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei Tuesday shrugged off the smashing of a $1 million Han dynasty vase that was part of his exhibition at a Miami museum, saying his works often get broken.

Maya Hayuk & New American Paintings
Friday, 14 February 2014 12:04

Congrats to Maya Hayuk whose mural work graces the cover of New American Paintings and is featured within their newest issue.

Speaking of Maya, did you see the mural she did for Fecal Face's 10 year anniversary show that was like... already 3 1/2 years ago?!... Holy shit, time is going way too fast!

Congrats to our friend Maya Hayuk on her work gracing the cover of New American Paintings

Didn't You Mean "The Emperor Norton Bay Bridge"?!
Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:44

Maybe you've noticed that some politicians in the state of California awarded one of their own with the honor of having the new span of the Bay Bridge named after themselves.

Well, shouldn't the people who paid for it have the right to name it? How about being named for someone other than a self-serving politician? A few names can come to mind like Harvey Milk, Vince Guaraldi, Ansel Adams, Richard Serra, Bruce Lee, Tupac Shakur and so many others... but the one who the bridge should be named for is Emperor Norton, the character who embodies San Francisco's soul (or past soul) and who envisioned the bridge being built back in the 1880s.

We proudly call the new span of the Bay Bridge the "Emperor Norton" Bay Bridge

Late Monday night, a group of unidentified artists installed a large sign at the Bay Bridge onramp at Fifth Street, commemorating Joshua A. Norton, not Willie L. Brown. Norton was a famed 19th Century San Francisco eccentric, known for his many, many proclamations, notably the one where he declared himself Emperor of the United States, and later tacked on "Protector of Mexico" to his title. In addition, Norton is best-known for his many decrees about bridges and tunnels that he had hoped to build, connecting San Francisco and Oakland. ~continue reading

Can't we get this petition going again?!

THIS IS NOT A TOY, An Exhibition of Contemporary Art + Collectible Design
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:30

TORONTO --- Are you a fan of art toys? If so, you're going to want to get to Toronto to view the massive show This Is Not A Toy, guest curated by music and fashion mogul Pharrell Williams.

The first time coveted artists, Brooklyn's KAWS and Japan's Takashi Murakami, have shown their work in a design museum. Dedicated to exploring the conceptual toy - a form made solely as an expression of an aesthetic or idea - as a fine art and design object, as well as a contemporary cultural signifier, This Is Not A Toy marks the first time these vibrant collectible sculptures, figures and paintings have collectively been on display in a museum setting. ~complete details

This Is Not a Toy at Canada's Design Museum, Design Exchange, featuring Better Knowing by KAWS

Ferris Plock Print
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:30

Ask for this and you get this: Tiny Showcase is running right beside you with a new edition by Ferris Plock this week.

Russ Pope @Needles & Pens Saturday
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:02

Our buddies at Needles & Pens here in San Francisco are set to open a solo show with LA based artist/ skateboarder Russ Pope this Saturday, Feb 15th, there on 16th St. ~~Show details

We've featured Pope's colorful figure themed work over the years. He's painted skate ramps, canvases, wood and check out the works he did with the likes of Rich Jacobs, Nate Russell, Mike Giant, Matt French and Zio Ziegler for the Vans US Open of Surfing.

Opening Sat 2/15, (7-9:30pm)
3253 16th St

Thanks For Coming Out
Monday, 10 February 2014 11:31

Thanks to all who braved the damp evening, line and crowds to get a first look at Mike Giant's newest show "Modern Hieroglyphics" now running at FFDG through March 8th. Photos from the opening as well as available works will be posted online this week -- We'll also have a rpint available as well.

FFDG is open this week Wednesday through Saturday (1-6pm).

Many came out to support Mike Giant last Friday evening in San Francisco.

Mike Giant Friday
Thursday, 06 February 2014 17:05

Mike Giant working on a mural for his solo "Modern Hieroglyphics" opening Friday, Feb 7th (6-9pm) at San Francisco's FFDG. RSVP on Facebook

Mike Giant interview - preview inquires, email: info(at)ffdg.net

Mike Giant working on a mural at San Francisco's FFDG

Bill Daniel @Adobe Books Thursday
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:02

SAN FRANCISCO --- First off, have you viewed the great documentary WHO IS BOZO TEXINO? (The Secret History of Hobo Graffiti)? If not, do watch this great doc by Bill Daniel and get excited about Thursday's show here in SF at Adobe Books. ~DETAILS

Mostly True, an exhibition that showcases 5 artists from Bill Daniel's book of the same name. Opening: Thursday, 6pm at Adobe Books - 3130 24th St.

Event Details ~~

A Little Time in LA
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 14:56

Had to drop off and pick up some art in Los Angeles last week and had the privilege to dine with these great people in Echo Park... Is everyone moving to LA these days? Seems that way.

Congrats to Mel Kadel on her current Juxtapoz cover, Jay Howell for his Sanjay and Craig cartoon on Nickelodeon, Travis Millard for being awesome and Jessica Trippe on the forthcoming little Trippe.

Speaking of Jay Howell, his next solo show opens in August at FFDG. Stoked.

Travis Millard, Mel Kadel, Jay Howell, and Jessica Trippe

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