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Banksy returned recently with an unlicensed street stall in Italy, offering a tableau of oil painting to unsuspecting passers-by near the ongoing Venice Art Biennale. A video of "Venice in Oil" was posted on the mysterious artist's Instagram recently, showing an unidentified figure setting up and manning the stall as pedestrians comment on the work. The artist's installation was accompanied by another work, a stenciled mural of a migrant child, a likely continuation of his work surrounding refugees in Europe.
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With "Louise Bourgeois in the Rijksmuseum Gardens," the Amsterdam museum offers the first major exhibition to focus solely on the beloved artist’s outdoor sculptures. More than half a century is represented in these works, which include her famed, enormous spiders and other unsettling metal forms. Works include “The Blind Leading the Blind” and “Crouching Spider,” both existing on opposite ends of her career.
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Kati Heck's wild paintings, sculptures, textile work, and photographs are featured in a new show at Tim Van Laere Gallery. "All my friends are wild" takes influence from philosopher Donna Haraway, who often explores concepts at the intersection of science and feminism. The show, running through July 6 in the massive space in Antwerp, collects both small and enormous works. Heck was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
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Oliver Vernon just finished his largest mural ever, a massive project organized by Kirk Gallery in Denmark. Working 12-hour days over two weeks, he created a piece that reflects his dynamic, abstract style. Vernon was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
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"The most Colombian of Colombian artists" is a descriptor self-bestowed by Fernando Botero, a figure whose legacy is a voluminous as the people, objects, and animals the 87-year-old has painted and sculpted for decades. The singular nature of that phrase is juxtaposed with the artist’s close-knit family life in the documentary “Botero.” The film, which has its European premiere at DocsBarcelona today, tracks the artist’s aim to “be a chapter in art history,” as one interviewee states, as he looms larger and larger in the art world—and at home.
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In his current show at Taglialatella Galleries, Logan Hicks reimagines moments from art history through his contemporary, stencil-and-aerosol techniques. “In Full Bloom” shows a collection of paintings, handsprayed duplicates, and prints from the artist, who was previously featured on HiFructose.com here. The show runs through June 10 at the space.
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Gina Kiel’s vibrant murals are informed by the spaces and walls they inhabit across the globe. Her work has recently adorned spots in New Zealand, Hawaii, and Mexico.
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Known for his lush and provocative illustrations and comics, Spanish artist Carles G.O’D. is the center of a major show at Tabularasa Tekè Gallery in Italy next month. “Closer to Heaven" kicks off on June 14 in the space and runs through Aug. 3. The massive trove of works on display include original drawings, comic pages, prints from his major projects, and more.
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Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan tackle displacement, community development, and memory in their cities and structures made of cardboard. Their work ranges from these sculptures and installations to drawing, paintings, and works on paper. Their current, major installation at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, "Pillars: Project Another Country," “explores fundamental ideas about what creates community, what constitutes family, and how homes are fabricated around human needs and relationships.”
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The London Police

When the first-ever END-to-END festival recently landed in Charlotte, N.C., it added nearly two-dozen murals to the 76-acre Camp North End, which began its existence as a Model T factory and is a now a burgeoning mixed-use site with industrial structures in-tact. Among the artists: The London Police (last featured on HiFructose.com here), Fabian Williams, James Moore (last featured here), Hnin Nie (last featured here), and several others.
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