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Showing: Tom French – “Paralax” @ Unit London

On the 1st of June, Unit London opened a new exhibition of work by Tom French (featured) titled Parallax. Through this show, the London-based artist explores the literal, metaphorical and metaphysical manifestations of perspective and visual perception through his expressive monochromatic works. Stepping away from his previous work that used illusion and double images, French is this time focusing on the apparent displacement of his subject matter and its relation to the viewer. With this in mind, he snatches his figures, preserves them in oils with photographic clarity and incorporates them within abstract […]

Overtime: May 29 – June 4

More stories from the week that ended June 4 (click on bolded words for more information): Rome’s first permanent installation of contemporary art is Giuseppe Penone’s Foglie di pietra. RIP: Ronald Markman, who passed away at the age of 86. RIP: Dan Tranberg, who passed away at the age of 53. Sam Durant sculpture will likely be removed from the sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center after Native American protests. Walker Art Center postpones opening of sculpture park after the protests. The work will be dismantled […]

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Somewhere to Nowhere” @ Goodwin Fine Art

Following up on his show there last year (covered), Shawn Huckins (featured) will be opening Somewhere to Nowhere at Goodwin Fine Art on June 9th. The new distinctive text-based works are a response to his previous body of work where he overlaid today’s digital conversations (complete with abbreviations and mistakes) over scenes of traditional 18th and 19th century paintings. This time around, he uses phrases he finds from traditional pen and paper communications from a time when words seemed to be chosen more carefully and more meaningful and combined it with […]

Overtime: May 22 – May 28

More stories from the week that ended May 28 (click on bolded words for more information): Eileen Kinsella provides a look at the Marciano Art Foundation museum. KCRW also looks at the museum, as well as the growth of private museums in general. The Hollywood Reporter also covers the opening. Christopher Knight reviews the museum and shows. Tim Schneider also provides his opinion. Christopher Hawthorne explores the architecture of the museum. RIP: Stanley Brouwn, who passed away at the age of 81. RIP: Dan Campanelli, who passed away at the […]

Ryan McGinley Photographs Brad Pitt For GQ

Continuing to capitalize on the demand for his commercial work, Ryan McGinley recently shot Brad Pitt for a feature in GQ magazine. Hitting three national parks (The Everglades, White Sands, and Carlsbad Caverns) on a epic cross county road trip shoot like the ones he is famous for, the New York-based photographer used his unique talents to catch candid images of the famous actor. Examples of McGinley’s signature use of light and motion, penchant for capturing raw images of humans interacting with nature, and compositional style […]

Upcoming: “Potatostamp – 15 Years of Prints by Jeff Soto” @ Volcom Gardens

This Saturday, May 27th, Jeff Soto (interviewed) will be opening a retrospective of his screenprinted gig posters and fine art prints from the last 15 years. Hosted at Volcom Gardens in Austin thru June 18th, the exhibition will be Soto’s first in Texas and will be include over 60 pieces, spanning from 2002 to 2017.  Many will be available for purchase, along with show and fine art editions of the Grim Reaper, his newest print. Discuss Jeff Soto here.  

Showing: “What In the World: The Juxtapoz Edition” @ Urban Nation

Urban Nation in Berlin recently teamed up with Juxtapoz Magazine, and its editor Evan Pricco, to curate their latest edition of PM/events. What In the World: The Juxtapoz Edition is the title of the group show that opened on May 19th, further introducing the wide range of urban art that this upcoming museum will be showing and supporting. The idea of this vibrant exhibition was to present the non-existence of boundaries in this lively art movement, through work by mostly Europe-based artists. Not defined as graffiti, […]

Studio Visits: James Jean

As we mentioned before, James Jean (interviewed) has a live and work space in West LA near Little Osaka. Called Hide Out, the house has already won multiple awards including the A+ Award from Architizer and the Honor Award for Residential Adaptive Reuse from AIA LA. The design of the remodel by Dan Brunn Architecture includes features like a 12′ x 14′ pivot door, a Japanese tea room inspired library, and wood stairs created by using an algorithm to calculate the most optimized curve based on a selection of […]

Overtime: May 15 – May 21

More stories from the week that ended May 21 (click on bolded words for more information): Yusaku Maezawa bids record-breaking $110.5mil. on Basquiat painting at Sotheby’s auction. Time’s Money section profiles the collector. CNBC has more on him. RIP: Lee Hall, who passed away at the age of 82. Kenya makes it to the Venice Biennale, despite receiving no money from its government for its pavilion. Raining fake Random International Rain Rooms in China. Two Ron English sculptures removed from outside department store in Shanghai within hours of […]

Interviews/Releases: Dale Marshall – ‘Vacant Hero’ Print

Dale Marshall originally started painting graffiti under the name Vermin in the early 1990s and he was a founding member of Bristol’s Souls On Fire crew, who were known for their visceral and heretical style. However, as the decade was coming to an end, his life was spiraling increasingly out of control because of heavy drug use and a resulting mental breakdown which resulted in him being sectioned in a Cornish psychiatric hospital, all of which Marshall has been very open about. Since switching to producing […]