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Ai Weiwei Poses As Drowned Syrian Child Alan Kurdi

The disturbing photo of the Syrian child Alan Kurdi laying drowned on the beach has become an a rallying point for those concerned about the refugee crisis. Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei recently posed as the boy for a photograph shot by Rohit Chawla for an upcoming issue of one of India’s largest news publications – India Today. AWW has spent much time visiting the refugee camps and has been bringing attention to the situation in many other ways including recently canceling an exhibition in Copenhagen after […]

Openings: Hajime Sorayama @ NANZUKA Gallery

Last weekend in Tokyo, renowned creator of the “sexy robot” Hajime Sorayama opened a solo show at NANZUKA Gallery. Along with a couple sculptural representations of his erotic automatons, the Japanese artist also introduced a new series of works inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her famous quote – “An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine.” Take a look at more photos from the exhibition below… Artwork: ©Hajime Sorayama (courtesy of NANZUKA). Photo credit: Intelligence & NANZUKA (installation shots). Discuss Hajime Sorayama here.

Upcoming: Cleon Peterson – “The Judgement” @ PLUS ONE

Tonight in Antwerp, Cleon Peterson will be presenting a new exhibition at PLUS ONE entitled The Judgement. The showing will feature, for the first time in Europe, a large scale sculpture from the provocative American artist – a three dimensional representation of the chaotic and brutal imagery seen in his work. Curated by Case Studyo, who have collaborated with him on sculptures and editions in the past, the solo show will also feature his violent paintings filled with clashing figures, tormentors and victims, made all the more […]

Upcoming: Rime – “Conclusions” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

On February 20th, Rime (otherwise know as Jersey Joe) will be opening his debut show with Jonathan LeVine Gallery at their 529 West 20th Street location in New York. Conclusions will feature a future turn towards figurative abstraction from the MSK-affiliated graffiti artist making use of bold colors and energetic compositions. Take a look at the image above, a detailed crop of one of the works the Brooklyn-based writer will be putting on display at the Chelsea showspace and make plans to be at the opening (6-8 pm). […]

Previews: Jonathan Viner – “Strange Math” @ Roq La Rue

Tomorrow night (February 4th), a new solo show will open at Roq La Rue from Jonathan Viner. Strange Math features eight new paintings from the Brooklyn-based artist that continues his nostalgic look back at his youth with his subjects dressed the part while utilizing an era-appropriate palette. His oil on canvas pieces which focus on the the stylish men and glamourous women of the time almost seem like snapshots from period movies with its cinematic compositions. Discuss Jonathan Viner here.

Releases: Mark Ryden – “Surrealist Plate”

Those who followed our coverage of Baby Tattooville last year probably remember one of the prized possessions attendees received during the event – a plate designed by Mark Ryden (interviewed). Featuring his iconic imagery, the “Surrealist Plate” was used during the special dinner prepared for the Surrealistic Ball (covered) he hosted with Marion Peck on the final night. Porterhouse has now made this collectible plate available starting on 8 am on February 12th for $250. Details can be found here. Discuss Mark Ryden here.

Upcoming: Vhils – “Debris'” @ HOCA Foundation

Coming up in March, the HOCA Foundation will be presenting new works from Vhils (filmed), his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong (more info here). Towards the end of last year, the Portuguese street artist, whose real name is Alexandro Farto, had already created several public works (seen below) in the Chinese city-state with various techniques. For Debris, he will introducing another urban intervention, this time on one of the city’s iconic trams. At the same time, he will be holding an exhibition at Pier 4 where he […]

Upcoming: Jonathan Yeo @ The Museum of National History // Frederiksborg Castle

On March 20th, Jonathan Yeo will be unveiling a series of portraits he has been working on with Cara Delevingne at Denmark’s Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Copenhagen. He choose the English fashion model and actress as his muse because of her ability to change and curate her image in this age of social media. The exhibition will be the painter’s largest retrospective to date and will have a room solely dedicated to his collaboration with Delevingne over the last 18 months. He further explains […]

LA Art Show ’16: Recap

Last week, the LA Art Show was in town for another go around bringing in more than 120 galleries representing 22 countries. The 2016 edition was the 21st iteration of the fair, but third year for a special section of the event entitled Littletopia (see 2014, 2015). Our coverage will mainly focus on this area, led off by the Jeff Gillette designed entrance inspired by his participation in Banksy’s Dismaland. Photo credit: Birdman Photos.

Previews: Alex Garant – “Wakefulness” @ Spoke Art

Coming up on February 4th, Spoke Art Gallery will be opening a new show from Alex Garant entitled Wakefulness. The Toronto-based painter is known for her double-exposed portraiture, lending a surreal quality to her subjects. This fresh collection of paintings utilizes a over-saturated vivid palette, part of her goal to overstimulate the viewer with her imagery. She further explains this new body of work – “I went through a big introspection as I was started Wakefulness. It has been suggested that human beings are not awake […]