Back in 2008 when the MOCA was bailed out by Eli Broad to the tune of $30 million, there was hope this would stabilize the financial status of the museum. However, recent controversy over the direction of the Los Angeles institution under the leadership of Jeffrey Deitch as well as continued monetary issues have finally led to a formal proposal for a takeover by LACMA (which surprisingly came at the request of the MOCA board). Only time will tell whether the leanings of the government-funded […]
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Tomorrow night (March 8th) in Glascow, Kirsty Whiten will be opening her solo show West End Bestiary at the Recoat Gallery. The UK-based artist has produced different series of provocative works in the past, but it appears this exhibition will be based on her set of drawings and paintings of unusual centaurs. She states “something about the bestial/male body meld is hot, disgusting and empowering all at once,” and we can see she certainly acted out her feelings about the subject in these new works. […]
Perhaps inspired by the shoes Os Gemeos were wearing for their opening in Los Angeles last year, friend and fellow street artist JR has produced some of his own footwear. Shoemakers Bagua recently teamed with the French photographer to create a pair of shoes based on his iconic eye as you can see above. Unfortunately at this time, they have only been made available to friends and family of the two collaborators. Via Hypebeast. Discuss JR here.
On Friday night (March 8th), Roq La Rue will be hosting the opening for exhibitions from Seamus Conley and Peter Ferguson. I Think We’re Alone Now consists paintings from the San Francisco-based Conley featuring of figures set against hazy and surreal backdrops that have a dream-like or sci-fi fell to them. In contrast, Ferguson is a painter from Montreal who combines the fantastical with scenes of explorers and adventurers, all rendered with the feel of early 20th century small town Americana. Discuss this show here.
After sharing some photos with you from Takashi Murakami’s studio at the beginning of the year, we now take a second look as he recently posted new images up on his Instagram (@takashipom). Along with some familiar imagery, you may also spot some new things from the Japanese artist perhaps headed for his show opening at Galerie Perrotin in May although only time will tell… All artwork by (C) Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd Discuss Takashi Murakami here.
After another enjoyable retreat in Hawaii for AM, it’s time to wrap up another successful POW WOW (see all our coverage here). Here are some of the other completed murals we saw while we were in town for the event that we haven’t focused on yet, including photos of walls that were in progress the last time we shared pics with you. Artists include ROID and Madsteez (seen above), as well as Apex, Askew, Bam, Ekundayo, Estria, Hannah Stouffer, Ian Kuali’i, Katch, Kamea Hadar, Meggs, […]
Starting on March 7th at Noon (PST) for 24 hours, the newest timed release from Jeff Soto (interviewed) will be released from Prints On Wood. Again, the print will be sized at 6″ x 6″ and priced at $25 (with $1 from every print going to plantabillion.org to plant one tree). The newest Seeker Friend is entitled The Wise and was inspired by the Riverside-based artist’s travels in Hawaii for POW WOW. Hear what he had to say about it below… “I’ve always felt the Seeker Friends might be […]
The Standard (Highline) in New York will be putting a new sculptural work from Kenny Scharf on display in the hotel’s plaza. Entitled Squirtz, the large physical personification of the Los Angeles-based artist’s imagery will be on view for the public through April 1st at which point it will move to the Paul Kasmin Gallery. Once at the Chelsea showspace, the eight foot tall piece will be be part of a solo from Scharf – Kolors – opening on April 4th that will feature a […]
Over the weekend at the Art13 art fair in London, the Circle Culture Gallery featured some paintings from Katrin Fridriks at their booth in the Olympia Grand Hall. The new works consisted of pieces with vibrant splashes of colors as well as abstract monochromatic offerings. Take a look at more detailed images below… Discuss Katrin Fridriks here.
On Friday night (March 8th), Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be welcoming in WK Interact for his second solo with the showspace at a temporary location (557 West 23rd Street). 360 is meant to be a mid-career survey of WK’s work, celebrating the last 25 years of the French-born, New York-based artist’s career. The exhibition will consist of a series of works on cardboard, paper and panels, large multi-paneled collages, as well as additional installations, memorabilia and photographs serve to document his early years and evolution as a […]