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Art Fri Aug 02 2013

Hebru Brantley's Pop-Up Shop Kicks off Today at Noon

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Bronzeville native Hebru Brantley is a renowned visual artist whose work has been featured on the local, national, and international levels; in addition to numerous exhibitions and gallery shows here in Chicago and in major cities including Los Angeles, Miami, and Atlanta, two of his paintings are currently on display at the Embassy of the United States in Stockholm.

Brantley, also a music enthusiast, creates social and political art that "draws influence from an array of pop culture icons, comic book heroes, and Japanese anime"; it is this unique style that caught the attention of hip hop superstars including Chicago's own Lupe Fiasco, Q-Tip, Lil Wayne, and Jay Z, who are all part of his clientele.

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Beginning today at noon and throughout the weekend, Chicago art lovers can view--and shop--at "Penny Candy," Hebru Brantley's pop-up shop, featuring limited edition Hebru Brand merchandise. Starting at $10, items including tote bags, iPhone cases, stickers, T-shirts and more, featuring global icons such as Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Grace Jones, and also characters created by Brantley, will be available for purchase.

Brantley will be on hand to greet fans; in addition, guest DJs, as well as Chicago hip hop artist Chance the Rapper, will perform for the crowd today at 3pm.

Visit "Penny Candy" from 12pm to 8pm, August 2-4, at 902 S. Wabash; for more information about Hebru Brantley, visit

Photos courtesy of Kristie Kahns Photography.

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