Hot off a mural tour that took him to Philadelphia, Chicago and New York, Shepard Fairey recently traveled to Berlin for to create a new street piece for Urban Nation’s “One Wall” project. The arts platform is behind the interdisciplinary Project M (see our coverage here and here) and recently invited Fairey, Dutch collage artist Handiedan and Irish muralists Icy & Sot to create large-scale wall works. In his typical propaganda fashion, Fairey’s mural champions creative freedom with the slogan “Make Art Not War.” Read our recent interview with Fairey here and take a look at some photos of the piece by Henrik Haven below.
In his upcoming solo exhibition at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne, Australia, James Reka examines the transition in a city from winter to spring. Perhaps no other city experiences such a drastic change during this time, than does Berlin, which come April is flooded with people riding bikes, picnicking in parks and soaking up the sunshine. Earlier this year, Reka came to Berlin as the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Urban Nation Workspace in the former West Berlin neighborhood of Schöneberg. His abstract paintings of women pulse with a dynamic spirit that captures not only the city’s newfound spring life, but also Berlin’s struggles with gentrification. Working in Schöneberg, an area noted for both its upscale residences and regular prostitutes, Reka is no stranger to this paradox of imported poshness and crude authenticity.
Founded by Yasha Young of arts platform Urban Nation Berlin, Project M/ goes beyond the idea of a traditional gallery, utilizing the exterior walls, street-facing windows and building interior of the Berlin art space for murals, installations and studio artwork. For its latest incarnation, M/4, Urban Nation Berlin invited Andrew Hosner of LA gallery Thinkspace to curate the huge group show “LAX/TXL” featuring an extensive roster of big names and noteworthy up-and-comers in New Contemporary art, street art and beyond: Yoskay Yamamoto, Brett Amory, Amy Sol, Andrew Hem, Nosego and dozens more.