Weekly Highlights: June 1-7
The first week of June is already behind us – can you believe it? Time flies when you have fun. As you know, at the end of every month, the Widewalls editorial team likes to reflect on the past for a bit before moving on towards the exciting future. Thus, we prepare lists of 10 Most Viewed Artists of the Month, 10 Widewalls Instagrams of the Month, 10 Galleries of the Month and 10 Videos of the Month. It is actually our readers who are the true makers of these rankings, as it is the stuff that you liked the most. We also like to narrow it down to weeks, and so there’s the Artist of the Week (where it gets harder and harder to choose every time), Upcoming Auctions, In Focus Next Week and of course, the Weekly Highlights. As you can see, there’s plenty of chance to rewind in case you missed something. Isn’t that great?
With an exception of a great exhibition coming to Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, all of this week’s popular topics were Widewalls’ own categories. You were curious to know who made it to our list of Most Viewed Artists of May (there were a couple of surprises), which art galleries stood out, which street artists were busy in the last week painting the world and who ended up being out artist of the week for some really good reasons. We absolutely agree – May was an exquisite month, and we are sure June will be even better.
Scroll down and enjoy the best of last week – and month as well.
May’s Most Viewed Artists
When there are so many wonderful artists out there, it gets really exhausting to pick a favorite. They all do something impressive, meaningful, breathtaking and simply beautiful that you just cannot wait for more. At the end of each month, we get a list of 10 most viewed artists, and while it is always more or less the same names, it seems unjust that only 10 of them get to be showcased like that. Not that their talent isn’t enough – heaven forbid – the list simply needs to be around 1000 times bigger than it is. At least. Still, every month brings certain changes in the order of the most popular artists, so this time we got debutants and a new king of the list. Can you imagine? It’s not Banksy? Who else could it be then?
Find out in Most Viewed Artists in May
May’s Top 10 Galleries
The rise of popularity of street and urban art may be identified in the fact that more and more galleries are becoming interested in street artists. We wouldn’t make a mistake if we said that street art has become a part of the mainstream within contemporary art. As so many contemporary art galleries opened their doors to the street artists and their works, urban art has become more reachable for collectors, art lovers and dealers. Don’t be surprised when you see our list; many of the galleries you will find here are specialized in street art.
Check them out in Top 10 Galleries of May
The 78th Street Update
It was a bit quiet week on the streets as opposed to a very vibrant life of urban art that keeps on expanding into the gallery spaces. Is this really a turning point of street art or this is just the calm before the storm. It seems that some street art festivals are starting to appear on the summer horizon. While we are waiting for that, we can check out 10 gripping street art installations that appeared on the streets in the last couple of years. If you are fond of urban art in a controlled reality of a gallery space, you should check out this new body of work by Italian artist RUN at Galleria Varsi in Rome. While in Rome, you can head to Wunderkammern Gallery and check out what 2501 and his Nomadic Experiments have to say. Dotmasters is celebrating his tenth anniversary with his second solo exhibition at Reed Projects Gallery in Stavanger, Norway.
But let’s see what happened on the streets! See the 5 best art pieces in Street Update #78.
John Wentz’s Imprints
Throughout his art practice, American artist John Wentz has always been posing very serious, deeply philosophical questions. Usually it is the exploration of the human condition utilizing psychological methods and analysis. Lately, however, Wentz became interested in researching the relationship between style and process. In art practice, does the process define style, or style influences the process? This important question came to Wentz’s mind when he read an interview where famous artist Chuck Close discussed this issue. Being motivated by Close’s argumentation that style is embedded in process, Wentz began to reevaluate his process and contemplate new ways to envision his own practice. In this context, the artist created his latest series of paintings, which will be exhibited at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, at the show entitled Imprints.
Read more in John Wentz at Hashimoto Contemporary
2501 - Widewalls Artist of the Week
Our artist of the week, 2501 is eager in his wish to conduct a research on the nature of art and his inner being and emotions. 2501 does not hesitate to paint on any surface, and whether that is an egg or a canoe, they all quickly become a proof of his emotional presence, psychograms of the moment. After finishing high school, Milanese artist 2501 moved to Brazil and got involved with the local street art scene, and after coming back to Europe, the real shift in the evolution of his art started. Figuration began to fade and colors returned back to their original state – black and white. It was both because of the practical and aesthetic reasons: the burden of carrying a lot of cans and paint, and planning in advance what to paint was a limiting factor for 2501 in his wish to just lay down an art piece.
See more in Artist of the Week – 2501
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