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Recap: Cai Guo-Qiang – “Color Mushroom Cloud” @ University of Chicago

Earlier this month, Cai Guo-Qiang launched one of his explosive new works in Chicago that he entitled Color Mushroom Cloud. Realized at exactly December 2, 3:25pm CST, the timing of the 75 meter tall piece coincided with the 75th year anniversary of the first controlled, self sustained nuclear chain reaction at the same location at the University of Chicago. Commissioned by the UChicago Arts the Smart Museum of Art, the site-specific creation from the Chinese artist is part of an ongoing series of public events – Reactions: New Perspectives On Our Nuclear Legacy. Via Designboom. Top photo by John Zich, courtesy Cai Studio. Discuss Cai Guo-Qiang here….

Streets: Dabs Myla (Los Angeles)

With Christmas soon approaching, now would be a good time to tell you about a project from Dabs Myla that opened recently in Los Angeles. With the support of LeBasse Projects, the Australian duo created a series of installations at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Covering three blocks of the popular shopping & dining thoroughfare with holiday themed imagery, the two artists were able to give visitors perfect photo opportunities to remember this festive season. Discuss Dabs Myla here. …

Showing: Ron Mueck – “Mass” @ National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria recently commissioned Ron Mueck to create an installation for their permanent collection, his most ambitious project to date. Entitled Mass, the work which debuted at the inaugural NGV Triennial, features 100 fibreglass and resin skulls, each one measuring about a meter high. As one of the most gifted living Australian sculptors, Mueck almost exclusively creates smaller or larger than life-size pieces. Judging from the stunning result of these skulls being housed in the 17th to 18th Century European Paintings Gallery, we think we can agree he made the right choice in this case. Discuss Ron Mueck here. Photos via…

Showing: JR – “Mind the Gap” @ Château La Coste

Currently at Château La Coste in France, JR (interviewed) has an exhibition on view featuring a nifty installation that is a play on some of his most well-known works like his Women Are Heroes project in Kenya. Entitled Mind the Gap, the piece in the Renzo Piano Pavilion features a series of hanging circular tracks that have miniature trains running in different directions, all pasted with the French artist’s photographs. The hypnotic motion of the 700 train cars creates a captivating sight for visitors of the exhibition which runs through the end of February. Discuss JR here. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bcm4-BpDjU8/? …

Video: Danny Boyle x Banksy – “The Alternativity” Film

After revealing two new pieces in the holy city of Bethlehem on the eve of Alternativity play held around the corner from his Walled Off Hotel, Banksy premiering the The Alternativity film on BBC Two this Sunday, the 17th of December.  The feature directed by Danny Boyle follows his experience of directing, producing and setting up this performance together with local theater director, performance artist, actress and teacher at Bethlehem University, Riham Isaac. The film premiere was announced with a new artwork from Banksy that mixes his commonly used chalk doodle style with more elaborate stencil and hand painted elements. In this particular case,…