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Frieze Week London ’17 / Previews: KAWS @ Perrotin Gallery

One booth you don’t want to miss while in London for Frieze Week will be the Perrotin booth as they have dedicated their entire space to KAWS. Continuing to push the boundaries of his aesthetic, the Brooklyn-based artist explores different palettes as well as incorporates more of his “scribbles” in the new work. Rounding out the showing is one of the American artist’s father and son companion sculptural duos as well as a larger piece in the Frieze Sculpture Park. Take a look at more preview […]

Showing: Jonathan Chapline – “House Work” @ Victori + Mo

Victori + Mo gallery in New York is currently showing House Work, a solo exhibition and installation of new works by Jonathan Chapline. On view until October 22th, the show includes a series of paintings and sculptures, a result of his ongoing investigation of digital aesthetics. Trained as a painter, Chapline uses traditional technique along with rendering software, balancing between the analogue and digital modes of production. Particularly interested in exploring how technological developments impact the ways we mediate, his works carry aesthetics of early computer generated […]

Overtime: Sep 25 – Oct 1

More stories from the week that ended Oct 1 (click on bolded words for more information): Images and information for Cheyenne Julien’s Homegrown exhibition now up on Smart Objects site. RIP: Jim Walrod (1968 – 2017). RIP: Marian Horosko, who passed away at the age of 92. RIP: Valton Tyler, who passed away at the age of 73. RIP: Carolus Enckell (1945–2017). Ghost Ship warehouse owner Chor Ng receives $3mil. insurance payout from deadly fire. Puerto Rican art spaces, like everyone else on the island, significantly affected […]

Openings: Pejac – “A Forest”, Venice

Last night, Pejac officially opened his two day pop-up show A Forest at Squero di San Troves in the very heart of Venice. Using this unique setting as a backdrop for his newest exhibition, the Spanish artist created an impressive new body of work only one year since his successful and sold out London show (covered). Set in one of the very last places where the iconic gondolas are still made by hand, and just around the corner from the path of mega yachts and large cruisers while […]

Previews: Yukimasa Ida – “Bespoke” @ Labassa Woolfe

On October 6th, Japanese artist Yukimasa Ida will be opening his first international solo show in collaboration with art dealer Justin Cook. Bespoke, his first major show outside of Asia, will be installed for a week at the Labassa Woolfe shop in London’s Fitzrovia and will include works exclusively painted for this exhibition. Coming from an artistic family, Ida started showing interest for painting at very young age and went to study oil painting and contemporary art at the Tokyo University of the Arts. After the […]

Showing: Jose Parla – “Mirrors” @ Brand New Gallery (Milan)

Last weekend, a new collection of works from Jose Parla was unveiled at Brand New Gallery in Milan entitled Mirrors. The fresh pieces featured less prominent roles for the his signature script and instead had a more collage feel to them through the incorporation of parts of posters ripped off the walls of Milan, Rome, Napoli, Matera, Bari, Lecce and Bologna. These richly textured offerings from the Brooklyn-based artist reflect on his travels in Italy as well as pays homage to several artists including Mimmo Rotella, Isidore Isou, Tristan Tzara, and Burhan Dogancay. […]

Overtime: Sep 18 – Sep 24

More stories from the week that ended Sep 24 (click on bolded words for more information): Five Banksy street murals (including pictured above) sold to a buyer from the Middle East for £3.2mil. RIP: Liliane Bettencourt, who passed away at the age of 94. Museums in Mexico scramble to locate staff and assess damage caused by major earthquake. Matt Furie’s lawyers take legal action against the alt-right with their use of his Pepe the Frog character. Hito Steyerl and other artists protest Rheinmetall’s sponsorship of […]

Showing: Yoshitomo Nara – “For Better Or Worse” @ Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

Showing through this weekend at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art is a retrospective of Yoshitomo Nara’s career spanning 30 years. Entitled For Better Or Worse, the exhibition includes wide range of work including installations, paintings, sculptures, and drawings. As stated by the museum – “‘For better or for worse’ is a wedding vow: a lifetime commitment from one person to another. This exhibition is Nara’s promise to his works—they are his past, his present, and his future. They are his destiny.” Photo credit: Keizo Kioku (via Hypebeast). Discuss Yoshitomo […]

Showing: Jeff Soto – “Potatostamp” @ Riverside Art Museum

Currently at the Riverside Art Museum, Jeff Soto (interviewed) has a show on view featuring his screen-printed gig posters and fine art prints from the last 15 years. Entitled Potatostamp, the retrospective look at this aspect of the locally-based artist’s career includes over 70 posters, as well as 40 original ink drawings. Also on display are over 100 screen-printed works from Soto’s collection in an adjacent mini group show. He states – “A different frame of mind comes into play when creating gig posters. They are illustrative and serve as merch […]

Releases: Javier Calleja – “Missing The Blue Sky” Figure

After successful Asian debut with AishoNanzuka Gallery in Hong Kong earlier this year (covered), Javier Calleja recently teamed up with the Asian art institution APPortfolio to transform one of his paintings into 3D sculpture. The result is meticulously crafted figure titled Missing The Blue Sky, that will be released in a limited edition of 200 pieces worldwide. The Spanish artist is known for his playful yet poignant drawings and paintings that usually portray children with a subtle twist of adult humor. Using everyday objects, symbols or phrases, Calleja’s images are easy […]