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Previews: Jose Luis Ceña Ruiz & Ioan-Ștefan Botiș – “Beautiful Disasters” @ Tales Of Art Gallery

On June 9th, two young painters will be opening a joint show at Tales Of Art Gallery in Imola, Italy entitled Beautiful Disasters. Curated by Sasha Bogojev, the exhibition will contrast Spanish artist Jose Luis Ceña Ruiz’s obscured portraits of people hiding in lush foliage with Romanian artist Ioan-Ștefan Botiș’ obsession with capturing disasters like car crashes, with fire being the key component in many of his works. Take a look at some more preview images below…

Showing: Urs Fischer – “Things” @ Gagosian

With just one sculptural installation dominating Gagosian’s 511 Fifth Avenue space in Manhattan, Urs Fischer makes a bold statement about the nature of life itself. Constructed with aluminum and standing more than 10 feet tall, the life-size rhinoceros seems to absorb an assortment of everyday objects like a rollaway luggage, copy machine, car door and tires, toilet, vacuum cleaner, shovel, and laptop. With this piece, the Swiss-born artist hints that existences itself is “an accumulation, a collective gathering of physical and metaphorical baggage.” This installation is […]

Recap: “XXL #2” @ Montresso Art Space

The Montresso Foundation in Marrakesh, Morocco is currently wrapping up their latest group exhibition which was on view from April 16th to May 31st. Following up their XXL # 1 show in December 2017, XXL # 2 once again consisted of groundbreaking works by four emblematic artists representing the global urban culture. Focusing on the human condition while questioning the space and its relation to artwork, the large scale works by RERO, Hendrik Beikirch, Kouka and David Mesguich, combined for a strong, balanced showcase that engaged every corner of the imposing foundation space. […]

Videos: RAMMΣLLZΣΣ – “It’s Not Who But What”

RAMMΣLLZΣΣ, the legendary artist, graffiti writer, hip-hop pioneer, myth-maker, and New York cult icon currently the subject of RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder at Red Bull Arts New York. Although not all of us are able to visit the Big Apple to experience this momentous exhibition, those of us (ie: you) with an internet connection are able to view It’s Not Who But What, a streaming film created by Red Bull Arts New York and directed by Oscar Boyson. Created on the occasion of the aforementioned survey, the film is a mini-documentary that […]

Overtime: May 21 – 27

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Robert Indiana, pop purveyor of Love, Hope, and American Darkness, dies at 89. Robert Indiana’s estate will be used to turn his house and studio into a museum. A contentious legal fight is looming over control of Robert Indiana’s estate. Days before Robert Indiana’s death, an offshore shell company filed a copyright suit against him. Urban Outfitters removes vases ‘ripped-off’ from Bristol artist Sarah Wilton. A look inside Atiba Jefferson’s “Heart-Shaped Box” […]

Showing: Palms Casino – “Dust to Gold” Renovation

As part of the $620 million “Dust to Gold” renovation at the Palms Casino Resort, an impressive collection ranging from blue-chip works to street art murals was acquired, commissioned, and deployed throughout the hotel. Combined with pieces on loan from owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, the over 150 artworks fill every part of the casino – from the Damien Hirst shark above the Unknown Bar against a backdrop of his dots (seen above), to the KAWS statue outside the steakhouse, to the Felipe Pantone mural at the new Pearl Concert […]

Upcoming: Alex Israel – “New Waves” @ Gagosian (Hong Kong)

Tomorrow (May 24th) in Hong Kong’s Gagosian outpost, Alex Israel will be opening his exhibition entitled New Waves. For his first solo in the Chinese city-state, he is taking a truly multi-media approach to presenting work inspired by surfer culture and growing up in the sunny metropolis of Los Angeles. Along with pieces related to his 2017 film SPF-18 (trailer below), there are also some almost sculptural wave logo pieces – also used thematically in the promo animated short for the showing. Israel further explains […]

Showing: Mark Whalen – “Grab Bag” @ Arsham/Fieg Gallery

Arsham/Fieg Gallery in New York currently has a show from Mark Whalen on display entitled Grab Bag. The towering stack pieces are examples of the increasing more sculptural work that he has been experimenting with recently. Whalen further explains – “Lately, I have been formulating new relationships with sculptural work. Grab Bag is a new series of multi-dimensional work that presents non-traditional totems representing life’s folly. The result is familiar juxtapositions of materials, found objects, and everyday stockpiles.” Discuss Mark Whalen here.

Overtime: May 14 – 20

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Diddy revealed as the buyer of Kerry James Marshall’s record-breaking $21 million painting. New York’s spring art auctions have seen some yawns and some records. In a Warhol smackdown at Christie’s, which $30 million work is the better bet? How Steve Wynn’s $70 million Picasso was punctured and damaged. A $40,000 KAWS print leads Paddle8’s latest street art auction. $45.3 million Basquiat is top lot in $131.6 million Phillips sale of 20th-Century & […]

Showing: KAWS – “SEEING/WATCHING” Sculptures (China)

With the releases of associated products in recent days, fans of KAWS had been eagerly awaiting the unveiling of his SEEING/WATCHING duo of sculptures in China. Perched high above ground level on the Changsha IFS Tower in Hunan, the recognizable BFF and Companion characters from the Brooklyn-based artist were finally introduced to the public last week and sit back to back on the edge of a rooftop terrace. The site-specific installation was produced in collaboration with AllRightsReserved and is accompanied by panels of KAWS’ imagery as well as a display of his […]
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