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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Videos / Teaser: Lazarides Minotaur Event @ The Old Vic Tunnels

Perhaps influenced by the pop-up restaurant The Tree House (see video above) in Frankfurt for which he presumably curated the artwork for, Lazarides will be bringing the PRET A DINER concept in for his newest project in London. During Frieze and the London Restaurant Festival, from October 10 – 25, the gallery will be organizing a show and pop-up fine dining experience in The Old Vic Tunnels, site of 2010’s Hell’s Half Acre exhibition. Preparing the food will be top Michelin-starred chefs Nuno Mendes (Viajante, London), […]

Openings: Richard Hambleton – “A Retrospective” @ Valmorbida x Phillips de Pury

AM recently caught the opening of Richard Hambleton’s A Retrospective at Phillips de Pury’s Park Avenue gallery space. The two floor location showcased a survey of Richard’s long history of working in both street and fine art with pieces dating back to 1982 on display including his classic shadow silhouettes to his more recent contemporary landscapes that he names “beautiful paintings.” Of course, much like the last opening hosted by Valmorbida, the fashion week event drew a mix of New York’s elite to catch this […]
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Showing: Ai Weiwei – “Circle of Friends / Zodiac Heads” @ LACMA

Prolific, yet increasingly mum (in the wake of his release from his illegal detention), Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has brought one of his six sets of larger than life bronze zodiac heads sculptures to Los Angeles. With previous installations over the summer in New York’s Central Park as well as in conjunction with his Lisson Gallery exhibition in London, Circle of Friends / Zodiac Heads is now on view at Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA). In his first public sculptural project ever, the […]
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Openings: “Reflections” @ fordPROJECT

Opening a couple weeks ago at Midtown Manhattan’s fordPROJECT was Reflections, a exhibition of three contemporary Japanese painters curated by fordPROJECT’s director Rachel Vancelette in collaboration with Tokyo’s Tomio Koyama Gallery. The highlight of the show for us was Hideaki Kawashima, who presented a mix of his newer style, more realistic paintings and his older style, more atmospheric ones, including a series of simple portraits that perfectly addressed the theme of reflection. Alongside Kawashima were two younger artists, Makiko Kudo and Toru Kuwakubo. Kudo’s work […]

Overtime: Sept 19 – Sept 25

Morgan Spurlock follows Mr. Brainwash for the latest episode of his “A Day in the Life”. REVOK calls out Fab 5 Freddy over his most recent exhibition of works. Check out Remi/Rough’s new iPad app. Phil Frost street piece attempted to be passed off as a Basquiat? New street work by Invader (Brazil), Eine (SF) Escif (France), and Isaac Cordal (Milan). Complex interviews Eric Haze about his new show. A new print and sticker set soon to be released from Hush. Roberta Smith pleads to […]
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Art Focus: Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery is the associate publisher of Dazed & Confused, but our art focus on him today is because of his practice of the Situationist tradition of detournement, which he interprets by replacing advertisements, often times illicitly, with his own poetry. Sounds like on the surface, a more intellectual form of street art doesn’t it? Besides this particular method of expression (which you can see examples of after the jump), he is also known for creating a series “recycled sunlight” pieces that combines solar cells […]
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Streets: Dave Kinsey @ The Standard (Los Angeles)

Dave Kinsey, designer and fine artist, arrived in Los Angeles this week and created his latest work of art on the walls of the Standard Hotel, the same location painted in the past by Eric Haze (covered) if you remember. For his mural, Kinsey mainly used black and white, which can be seen driving down the streets of Downtown L.A. The artist had been hard at work beginning on Monday and his latest effort is simply a precursor of things to come as he will […]
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Streets: Jeff Soto (Lyon) Part II

Last week, we brought you photos of the cat-inspired mural Jeff Soto (interviewed) painted while in France for the Les Enfants TERRIBLES exhibition. It looks like that wasn’t the last of the feline-inspired walls that Jeff endowed on the city of Lyon as he now sends us a second set of photos of this large Le Chat Terrible piece, one of the largest outdoor works he has done in recent memory. The industrious Riverside-based artist finished it in pretty much in one day after sketching it […]

Openings: “Reality Bites” @ Post No Bills

Last week, Post No Bills held their third exhibition thus far entitled Reality Bites. The show centered around the work of various artists including Borf, Brett Amory, Sage Vaughn, Kelsey Brookes, Mark Jenkins, Morley, and Ravi Zupa who supplied new limited edition prints as well as hand finished multiples. Among some of the night’s highlights, Shark (seen previously here) by Brookes was one which clearly got the attention of the visitors. Featuring the use of neon-colored lines and an array of colors, the piece was […]

Preview: “Sink or Swim” Benefit Show @ Spoke Art

Tomorrow night, September 23rd, marks the opening of the Sink or Swim benefit show for PangeaSeed, a grassroots organization based in Japan dedicated to educating and raising international awareness on the plight of sharks and the destruction of their habitat. The group show, which will be held at Spoke Art Gallery features artist like Dan May, Dave Kinsey, Ingri Haraldsen, Jen Lobo, Jessica Ward, Kevin Earl Taylor, Mike Stilkey, Paul Chatem, Roland Tamayo and more. Of note, the much anticipated Scorch I print from Josh […]