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Previews: “Paintguide” @ Unit London

On November 27th, a group exhibition organized by Henrik Uldalen, the founder of Paintguide on Instagram, will open at Unit London. One can say the Norwegian oil painter’s success has come in part because of social media, something that more and more collectors are using to find and purchase artwork. The show also is a product of the Instagram account as the participants were invited take over the account a week at a time with their artwork in the past. Artists who contributed works include Uldalen […]

Showing: Miaz Brothers – “Timeless” @ Fabien Castanier Gallery (Bogota)

Fabien Castanier Gallery recently marked the grand opening of the gallery’s second location in Bogotá, Colombia, with a solo exhibition by the Miaz Brothers. Timeless is an extension of the artists’ Antimatter Series which features a series of new pieces showcasing the artists’ unique form of portraiture. From portraits of their friends, their dearly departed (Ghosts), philosophers, fashionable female Japanese adolescents (Kawaii), and figures from the era of the English Restoration and the Renaissance (Masters), the Antimatter Series is a unique take on conventional portraits. This particular exhibition includes two installments of the series – […]

Previews: KAWS – “Permanent Vacation II” @ Eden Rock Gallery

On November 28th, KAWS will be returning to the Eden Rock Gallery at the Eden Rock – St Barths hotel in St. Barths for a another showing (see 2014). Presented by Galerie Perrotin and Art Saint Barth, Permanent Vacation II will be bringing the New York-based artist’s distinctive to the Caribbean for the second year in a row. Where would you rather be this time of year, relaxing in Saint Barthélemy with a side helping of art or enjoying one of art world’s biggest events of the year in Miami? Or maybe both? Discuss […]

Showing: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Somewhere Here” @ Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery

Last week in Luxembourg, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) presented new works entitled Somewhere Here at Zidoun-Bossuyt Galley. The Japanese artist’s new solo included a series of vibrant new paintings as well as steel sculptures created in monochromatic gold and silver. The New York-based Matsuyama’s characters were both rendered against complex “deco-florative” patterns in irregularly shaped canvases set in striking contrast against the white walls as well as were seen in a more minimalistic outline in sculptural form both inside and outside the gallery space. Take a look at more installation photos below… Discuss Matzu here.

Openings: James Jean – “Zugzwang” @ Hidari Zingaro

Earlier this month, as a part of GEISAI∞infinity project curated by Takashi Murakami, James Jean (interviewed) opened up a solo show at Kaikai Kiki’s Hidari Zingaro in Tokyo. Entitled Zugzwang, the new body of work highlighted some of the American artist’s imaginative imagery in a large scale form that mirrored his moleskin sketches that we have come to love. Along with these figurative gems created in a blue hue and accented with red and pink, Jean also contributed a more painterly triptych that dominated the room. Photo credit: Ksn. Discuss this show here. Discuss James Jean here.
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Rewind: Oct 26 – Nov 22

Leading off this latest Rewind feature is a 30 minute documentary on Banksy’s recent Dismaland project (covered). One of the hosts in the video is none other than one of our photographers and writers – Butterfly. Follow her as she walks through the “theme park” and watch the footage as she explains the different installations. Other notable videos include: Pussy Riot’s music video filmed at Banksy’s Dismaland. Jen Stark’s work for MTV and Miley Cyrus. JR joins Pharrell and Scott Vener on OTHERtone. Behind the scenes look […]

Overtime: Nov 16 – Nov 23

More stories from the week that ended Nov 23 (click on bolded words for more information): Images and information up for John Bock show at Regen Projects. RIP: Paul Laffoley, who died at the age of 75 after battle with congestive heart failure. RIP: Fabian Stech, who died after being shot at the Bataclan Theater in Paris. RIP: Alban Denuit, who died at the age of 32 after being shot at the Bataclan Theater in Paris. LA Times writes about the closing of the Paris Photo fair […]

Upcoming: Patrick Martinez – “The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Defeat” @ New Image Art

Tonight at New Image Art in Los Angeles, the Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Defeat: Sports In Contemporary Art group show will be opening. Curated by Patrick Martinez, the exhibition will feature a diverse range of sculpture, drawings, paintings, and photography from him as well as Gregory Bojorquez, Hiro Kurata, Mark Mulroney, Shizu Saldamando, Patrick Martinez, Andrew Schoultz, Vincent Valdez, and Mario Ybarra Jr. The chosen theme highlights parallels between sports and the pursuit of artistic endeavors, such as the drive, talent, and passion needed […]

Showing: Pedro Matos & Hubert Marot “Where There’s Something Hiding Beneath The Surface” @ Bid Project Gallery

Bid Project Gallery in Milan currently has a two man show on display featuring new works by French artist Hubert Marot and Portuguese artist Pedro Matos. Where There’s Something Hiding Beneath The Surface opened on November 3rd and will include works by the two contemporary artists in two separate spaces of the gallery until November 30th. Marot’s works are the results of various photo development and printing experiments. Transforming the fundamental principles of photography, he plays with shapes, cuts, borrowed prints, fake collages, overlaps, color flows, and more, […]

Streets: Jen Stark (Los Angeles)

Recently to the delight of her fans in the Los Angeles area, Jen Stark painted some of her signature imagery on the facade of PLATFORM, a retail venue opening next year in Culver City. The psychedelic drips of color that are often seen in her mural painting mirror the geometric colors seen in her papercut sculptures, leading to a cohesive aesthetic seen across the versatile artist’s oeuvre. If you look closely, you can see how Stark even weaved her patterns throughout the open window frames. […]
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