Coinciding with London Fashion Week 2018, Superflat master Japanese artist Takashi Murakami continued his collaboration (covered) with American creative designer Virgil Abloh and presented a series of joint works entitled Future History at the Gagosian Gallery in London. The exhibition runs until April 7th and features large-scale paintings, sculptures and an installation drawing references to Abloh’s signature Off-White motifs alongside Murakami’s iconic cast of anime characters, reflecting incisively on the signs of the current times. Amongst the works, visitors can enjoy the sculpture Life Itself, a kind of architectural […]
Category Archives: Contemporary Art
On 23rd of February, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils will be presenting his first solo show in the US, marking the launch of Over The Influence Los Angeles, an impressive 7,000 square foot gallery in the city’s Arts District. Created over the course of two years, Annihilation consists of an all new body of work inspired by the Portuguese artist’s fascination with the erosion of cultural uniqueness within the saturated environments of contemporary urban society. Known for presenting the connection between people and urban environments using uncommon techniques […]
Recently in France, Leandro Erlich reimagined Le Bon Marché’s signature escalators, utilizing his penchant for illusory installations. Following in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei, Edoardo Tresoldi, and Chiharu Shiota, who have all transformed the interiors of the famed Parisian department store, the Argentinian artist added a twist to the escalator’s exterior as well as set up lights inside that changed depending on the hour and season. Rounding out the site-specific work entitled Sous le Ciel (after an Edith Piaf song) are mirrors that create an infinite optical illusion as […]
With Valentine’s Day in full swing, many artists took to social media to send well wishes to their followers. Some took the opportunity to reveal never before seen work (James Jean above), show appreciation for their loved ones (KAWS below), or just share a piece of artwork that resonated with the special day with their fans. Click through the names to see examples of what some artist’s had to say – Joel Rea, Gary Taxali, Todd “REAS” James, Gary Baseman, Hellovon, Kenny Scharf, Stella Im […]
This past weekend, from the 8th until the 11th February, the 19th edition of Art Rotterdam took place in the historical Van Nelle factory in the industrial area of one of the Europe’s major port cities. Focused on presenting mainly young art, but also internationally recognized names (such as Daniel Arsham whose work is on the header image, seen on Ron Mandos booth), the fair attracted 26,500 art lovers and professionals, both domestic and international. As one of the biggest art events on the old continent, the […]
Recently at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, official paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled at a special ceremony. For the first time in the gallery’s history, African American artists were commissioned by the president and first lady for the portraits with Kehinde Wiley working with the Mr. Obama and Amy Sherald capturing Mrs. Obama’s likeness. In these charged times, it was especially fitting to choose artists in which the politics of race have figured prominently in their past work. Photo credit: Gabriella […]
On February 9th, Yoshitomo Nara will be opening a show at Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo. Entitled Drawings: 1988-2018 Last 30 Years, the exhibition looks to be a retrospective of the Japanese artist’s drawings as well as the beginning of the gallery’s representation of Nara seeing as they will also be hosting a solo booth of his work at Art Basel Hong Kong in March. Discuss Yoshitomo Nara here.
With this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii fast approaching, it’s time to preview the annual associated Exploring The New Contemporary Movement group exhibition (see 2017 & 2016 & 2015 & 2014) curated by Thinkspace. The fifth iteration of the group exhibition will open on February 11th and will once again be held at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, featuring a larger 24″ x 24″ format. Participants for 2018 include Adam Caldwell, Alex Yanes, Alvaro Naddeo, Andrew Schoultz, Anthony Ausgang, Anthony Clarkson, Bezt, Bordalo II, Brooks Salzwedel, Carl Cashman, Casey Weldon, Christopher Konecki, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker , […]
Recently in New York, a new showing from Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) finished its run at Arsham Fieg Gallery entitled Afternoon Delight. Displayed in the concept space on the second floor of KITH’s new flagship store, the new body of work featured the New York artist’s vibrant and colorful paintings as well as a sculptural piece that sees influence and techniques from both from his Japanese roots and American cultural upbringing. This particular exhibition looked to include more provocative themes and was “an exploration of how different social and cultural changes […]
For those who like to collect their own stash of bottles featuring the artwork of their favorite artists, Jen Stark has just released a design she collaborated with Las Jaras Wines on. Emblazoned on the side of the Napa Valley vineyard’s 2016 Pétillant Naturel Sparkling Rosé is one of the artist’s signature psychedelic patterns on a holographic label. Reasonably priced at $42, head over here if you are interested in purchasing it. Discuss Jen Stark here.