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Upcoming: “Shared Space : KAWS, Karl Wirsun, Tomoo Gokita” @ Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane

Coming up on September 9th, the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane will be hosting Shared Space : KAWS, Karl Wirsun, Tomoo Gokita. The artists involved are obvious from the title, but the interesting arrangement will see 17 works from KAWS on display, but also seen will be pieces from his personal collection – 26 works by Karl Wirsum including drawings, paintings, and sculptures from 1968 to 2011, as well as 9 faceless portraits and one sculpture by Tomoo Gokita. KAWS states – “I think of collecting like building […]
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Openings: “Shapeshifters & Sharpshooters” @ 886 Geary Gallery

Showing through today, Shapeshifters & Sharpshooters (curated by Sven Davis) at the 886 Geary Gallery features work from an international cast of artists. Coming from a diverse background from traditional art school teaching practices to graffiti writing, the participants all take abstract art-making in their own unique direction. Included in the San Francisco exhibition are works from Chris Mendoza, Christopher Derek Bruno, Clemens Behr, Drew Tyndell, Eltono, Jerry Inscoe, Liam Snootle, Matthew Chavarria, Michael Bennett, Nawer, Poesia, Richard Caldicott, Sean Newport, St Monci, and Will Sears. Discuss this show […]
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Upcoming: Jose Parla – “Segmented Realities” @ The Standard, High Line

Starting on this Thursday, the Standard Hotel on The High Line will be be hosting new work from Jose Parla. Segmented Realities will be the Brooklyn-based artist’s first outdoor installation in New York and will consist of three two sided sculptural paintings that mirror the crumbling, graffiti covered walls that he sees and often documents on his travels. A similar selection of works was displayed in Cuba recently (seen above and below) and at the High Museum of Art last year (covered). For those interested, if you […]
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Overtime: July 20 – July 26

More stories from the week that ended July 26 (click on bolded words for more information): Images and information up for David Hockney’s show at L.A. Louver. Sergei Ustinov, founder of Museum of Jewish History in Russia remains hospitalized after being shot in head. Gerhard Richter disowns his early works from West German period. Georg Baselitz follows through with his threat to remove his artwork on loan to German museums. Xiao Yuan accused of stealing 143 paintings over course of two years and replacing them with forgeries. […]
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Releases: Pharrell Williams x Todd “REAS” James x Mr. x Zaha Hadid x Cass Bird adidas Originals Supershell Collection

American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and fashion designer Pharrell Williams once again has collaborated with adidas Originals on a soon to be released collection with the Supershell. Williams teamed up with Todd “REAS” James, Mr., architect Zaha Hadid, and photographer Cass Bird on a series of sneakers that features a different graphic or sculpt to the shelltoe. Six were designed by Williams himself which in total comprised the 10 different designs, which will be offered in black or white colorways starting next month. Via Hypebeast.
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Previews: Dave Kinsey – “The Modern Condition” @ FFDG

Continuing his exploration of a new series first seen in Cologne & Detroit for a show in San Francisco, Dave Kinsey (featured) has prepared a new body of work entitled The Modern Condition. Comprising of nine works on canvas created with collage and acrylic paints, the new pieces from the Los Angeles-based artist features semi-abstracted figures surrounded with textures and colors from the natural world. Drop by FFDG on August 14th for the opening reception if you are in the area, you won’t be disappointed. Discuss Dave Kinsey here.
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Overtime: July 13 – July 19

More stories from the week that ended July 19 (click on bolded words for more information): Images and info up for Michael Rey show at ZERO. RIP: Lee Towndrow and Amber Scorah’s son, who died at three months during first day of daycare. RIP: unnamed 28-year-old construction worker from Pakistan killed while working on Louvre Abu Dhabi. German government cultural protection law plans could cripple the market for German artists and undermine the country’s role in the art market. Georg Baselitz withdraws loaned artworks from German museums […]
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Food Face Portraits As Sculptures By Philip Haas

Currently (thru October 18th) at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Philip Haas has installed his larger than life sculptures that take Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s famous face portraits (made from fruits, vegetables, flowers) into the third dimension. Taking inspiration from the Renaissance painter’s The Four Seasons set of paintings, Haas has impressively recreated the characters in 360 degrees and at fifteen feet high and placed them on the south lawn of the museum. Make sure you head inside to check out the smaller scale models as well if you plan to visit. […]
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Showing: Snarkitecture / Daniel Arsham – “The Beach” @ National Building Museum

For those who have a chance to visit Washington DC through September 7th, make sure you stop by the National Building Museum to check out an immersive installation from Snarkitechture. Cofounders Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham have imagined up a beach with an ocean of 750,000 recyclable plastic balls. The monochromatic and minimalistic installation certainly mirrors the aesthetic seen in many of their previous projects and is certainly something visitors of all ages will enjoy. Photo credit: Noah Kalina (via Designboom). Discuss Daniel Arsham here.
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Previews: “Step and Repeat” @ The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Step and Repeat, MOCA’s annual celebration of performance art, comedy, poetry, live music, and other pleasant surprises, returns this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend-long celebration will take place at The Geffen Contemporary and will feature never been seen performances by Geo Wyeth, James Fauntleroy, Cali Thornhill Dewitt, and Juliana Huxtable, and other artists. Come and see other ways of experiencing art besides viewing paintings on the wall or objects on the floor.
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