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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Publications: Barbara Kruger x New York Magazine Cover

For their election issue, New York Magazine turned to someone who they had worked with in the past, Barbara Kruger, to design the cover. Utilizing a variation of what is arguably her most iconic text-based work, the influential artist pasted a large red bar with the word “LOSER” across the face of Donald Trump. If interested, head over to NY mag here to read about the four ways they felt this image would be interpreted. Discuss Barbara Kruger here.

Recap: MOMO @ Studiocromie

Following a mural painting trip through Italy (more on this later), MOMO concluded things with a solo exhibition at Studiocromie in Grottaglie. The new body of work on includes paintings on canvas, paper pieces, prints, and ceramics all demonstrating the American artist’s unique use of patterns, shapes, and colors, both seemingly random and purposeful at the same time. The sold out show apparently was on view for two days only but you can see more photos below on what was on display. Discuss MOMO here.

ComplexCon ’16 / Previews: POW! WOW! x James Jean

With the inaugural ComplexCon fast approaching this weekend, the people behind POW! WOW! are prepping their contribution – a living area with artist driven furniture from the likes of Risk, Sharktoof, Persue and others, as well as a gallery with original art from Yoskay Yamamoto, Aaron De La Cruz, Tristan Eaton and more. Created in partnership with Big Bad Wolf, Thinkspace, Cool Sofa, and Imprint, the area’s largest attraction though is probably a large scale installation from James Jean (interviewed) that visitors will be able to take a […]

Upcoming: Ryan McGinley – “YEARBOOK” @ La Térmica

On November 19th, Ryan McGinley will be opening another iteration of his YEARBOOK project at La Térmica in Malaga, Spain. Consisting of studio portraits of over two hundred nude models, the display of these photos are usually in installation form, this time impressively adhered to all of the cultural center’s walls in their showspace. For those interested, there will be an artist talk the November 18th at 7 pm. Discuss Ryan McGinley here.

Showing: Jose Parla – “Instincts” @ The Goss-Michael Foundation

Heading into the final days (thru November 11th) at the The Goss-Michael Foundation is Instincts from Jose Parla, the inaugural exhibition at the new smaller and more focused space on Wycliff Ave in Dallas. The new site-specific pieces from the Cuban-American artist are richly textured, heavily influenced (as is his practice) by the gritty and decaying walls on the streets with layers and layers of calligraphic gestures. Utilizing intense colors and free flowing script, the paintings and sculptures speak to the Brooklyn-based artist’s “creative instinct,” the overarching theme of the new body of work. […]

Showing: Cali Thornhill DeWitt – “29 Flags” @ Eighteen

Eighteen in Copenhagen, a new space by V1 Gallery, is currently showing 29 Flags, a solo exhibition/installation by Cali Thornhill DeWitt. The exhibition opened on October 13th and will stay on view until October 14th. DeWitt’s new body of work consists of 29 vintage Stars & Stripes with flock lettering reflecting on the infamous moments that marked the last few decades of American life. Installed hanging off the ceiling through the gallery space, the flags come in various sizes and from various time periods and places. Fitting […]

Recap: Clare Rojas – The Inexhaustible Middle” @ Alice Gallery

Alice Gallery in Brussels recently had a solo from Clare Rojas on display entitled The Inexhaustible Middle. Continuing her move to abstraction and color study, the new works from the American artist distill her folk art-like imagery into patterns, geometric shapes, and linear forms in her distinctive palette. Along with presenting her latest works on canvas and paper, Rojas also performed songs in her “folk-bluegrass” style under the pseudonym of singer-songwriter Peggy Honeywell. Photos via Juxtapoz. Discuss Clare Rojas here.

Showing: Jamian Juliano-Villani – “The World’s Greatest Planet on Earth” @ Studio Voltaire

Lat month, Studio Voltaire in London opened an exhibition from Jamian Juliano-Villani entitled The World’s Greatest Planet on Earth. For her first solo outside the United States at a public institution, the New York-based artist prepared a series of her painted collages featuring appropriated images, personal photographs, and reproductions of existing artworks, reinterpreted into surreal amalgamations with a touch of dark humor. Along with these paintings, some never before exhibited sculptural installations rounded out the show that will be on view until December 11th. Photos via Studio Voltaire. Discuss Jamian Juliano-Villani here.

Overtime: Oct 24 – Oct 30

More stories from the week that ended Oct 30 (click on bolded words for more information): Artspace profiles Nathan Cash Davidson, Torey Thornton, and Avery Singer. (above: Torey Thornton’s Rapport Vroom show at Shane Campbell Gallery). Frieze reviews Jamian Juliano-Villani’s The World’s Greatest Planet on Earth at Studio Voltaire. RIP: Raymond Brown, who passed away during scaffolding accident in Miami while painting a mural. RIP: Tom Doyle, who passed away on Oct 8. RIP: Marwan Kassab-Bachi, who passed away at the age of 82. RIP: Steve Dillon, who passed away […]

Openings: Hajime Sorayama @ Jacob Lewis Gallery

Last night, Jacob Lewis Gallery held the opening reception for their inaugural show with Hajime Sorayama. A few weeks after announcing his representation, the Chelsea-based gallery revealed his newest body of work featuring his signature Sexy Robots. The 10 new acrylic paintings and one sculpture were created around the idea of re-inventing American icons. From Hollywood starlets to pop culture idols (fashion and music stars), the Japanese artist presented his vision of these characters as one of his retro-future pinups. Examples include Kate Moss shown as a bionic Playboy bunny, Elvis Presley as […]