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POW! WOW! Hawaii ’18 / Previews: “Exploring The New Contemporary Movement” @ Honolulu Museum of Art School

With this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii fast approaching, it’s time to preview the annual associated Exploring The New Contemporary Movement group exhibition (see 2017 & 2016 & 2015 & 2014) curated by Thinkspace. The fifth iteration of the group exhibition will open on February 11th and will once again be held at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, featuring a larger 24″ x 24″ format. Participants for 2018 include Adam Caldwell, Alex Yanes, Alvaro Naddeo, Andrew Schoultz, Anthony Ausgang, Anthony Clarkson, Bezt, Bordalo II, Brooks Salzwedel, Carl Cashman, Casey Weldon, Christopher Konecki, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker , […]

Recap: Matzu // Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Afternoon Delight” @ Arsham Fieg Gallery

Recently in New York, a new showing from Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) finished its run at Arsham Fieg Gallery entitled Afternoon Delight. Displayed in the concept space on the second floor of KITH’s new flagship store, the new body of work featured the New York artist’s vibrant and colorful paintings as well as a sculptural piece that sees influence and techniques from both from his Japanese roots and American cultural upbringing. This particular exhibition looked to include more provocative themes and was “an exploration of how different social and cultural changes […]

Upcoming: Mattin Wittfooth – “Katabasis” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Here’s some really advance notice of a new solo show from Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) coming in October at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. As you can see from this in-progress photo of a new 85″ x 105″ piece entitled Conquest, there are some epic things planned for the new body of work collectively entitled Katabasis. He states “this series will feature the largest and most ambitious paintings of my career to date.” Discuss Martin Wittfooth here.

Releases: Jen Stark x Las Jaras Wines

For those who like to collect their own stash of bottles featuring the artwork of their favorite artists, Jen Stark has just released a design she collaborated with Las Jaras Wines on. Emblazoned on the side of the Napa Valley vineyard’s 2016 Pétillant Naturel Sparkling Rosé is one of the artist’s signature psychedelic patterns on a holographic label. Reasonably priced at $42, head over here if you are interested in purchasing it. Discuss Jen Stark here.

Upcoming: “Art Is Where The Heart Is” @ Galerie Droste (Paris Popup)

Starting tonight (February 2nd), Galerie Droste will be opening a two part exhibition entitled Art Is Where The Heart Is with volume two opening on February 15th. Heading to Paris (12 rue Commines, 75003) for the showings, the Wuppertal, Germany-based gallery has assembled an interesting list of artists who have made their names on the streets and transitioned to the more traditional art world with the first set of participants more rooted in the graffiti scene and the second set of artists focused on a more figurative mode […]

Releases: Naturel – “Death’s Playground” Print

Graphic designer and artist Naturel recently released a new print entitled Death’s Playground, a continuation of his popular death series. The image features skeletons playing basketball, all rendered in the Chamorro artist’s signature aesthetic that is modern take on cubism. Sized at 27 1/2″ x 19 3/4″, it’s limited to an edition of 23 and can be purchased here for $180.

Previews: David Lyle – “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” @ Lyons Wier Gallery

Tomorrow night (February 1st), Lyons Wier Gallery will be hosting the opening for Don’t Quit Your Day Job, David Lyle’s latest solo with the New York showspace. The new paintings stay true to the Brooklyn-based artist’s sardonic sense of humor with him re-imagining famous artists working side jobs to support their passion for art, something mirrored in his own life. Rendered like the photos from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s that he collects, Lyle’s pieces are created with a time-consuming process starting with black paint and then slowly […]

Previews: YESNIK EVAD & Cécile Granier de Cassagnac – “Subliminal Sanctuary” @ Jules Maeght Gallery

On February 8th, YESNIK EVAD aka Dave Kinsey will be presenting more work that explores the abstract direction he has taken recently with opening of his show with Cécile Granier de Cassagnac at Jules Maeght Gallery. Entitled Subliminal Sanctuary, the joint exhibition in San Francisco will see the American artist and French painter put on display their approach on portraying of outdoor landscapes with Granier de Cassagnac’s ethereal watercolors striking a nice contrast with Kinsey’s earth-toned totemic acrylic and collage works. Discuss Dave Kinsey here.

Releases: Luke Chueh – “Wish You Were Here” Print

1xRun has just released a new limited edition from Luke Chueh (interviewed) entitled Wish You Were Here, a homage to the Pink Floyd classic. Priced at $85, produced in a run of 100, and sized at 12″ x 12″, each print comes uniquely hand-torch as well as signed and numbered by Chueh. He further explains – “To me, the painting illustrates the sadistic relationship I have with my characters. I imagine the bear thinking of me – ‘Wish You Were here, on fire, you sadistic son of […]

Upcoming: Cleon Peterson – “Shadow of Men” @ MCA Denver

This Friday (February 2nd), the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) will be opening up an exhibition from Cleon Peterson spanning their entire second floor. Featuring the provocative artist’s starkly violent imagery, the show will put on display paintings, sculptures, and murals, including what looks to be a striking “wrap” of the building’s facade. If you plan to attend the winter opening celebration (also welcoming in new exhibitions from Diego Rodriguez-Warner and Arthur Jafa), you will need to procure tickets here. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.