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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

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 […]

Overtime: Sep 11 – Sep 17

More stories from the week that ended Sep 17 (click on bolded words for more information): Huffington Post has a review of Kara Walker show. RIP: Axel Kasseböhmer (1952–2017). British Museum apologizes after curator’s tweet provokes accusations of racism against Asians. Jonathan Poole gets four years in prison after pleading guilty to 26 counts of fraud and theft. Ann Freedman, former Knoedler director, settles tenth and final lawsuit related to forgeries. Documenta 14 director Adam Szymczyk led it to the brink of bankruptcy, after exhibition ran way […]

Openings: Urban Nation Museum, Berlin

After 4 years of preparations, series of Project M events (covered), shows and countless walls, installations and interventions created around German capital, the long awaited Urban Nation Museum officially opened doors on Saturday, 16th of September. In presence of some of the most recognized urban artists from around the globe, curators, gallery owners, partners of the project and media representatives, the museum proudly revealed its impressive collection of works as well as its unconventional architectural concept. Located on Bülowstraße in Berlin-Schöneberg, Urban Nation Museum now offers a clear […]

Showing: Mr. – “Floating in the Air in the Vicinity of a Convenience Store” @ Lehmann Maupin (HK)

Following up on last year’s showing (covered) at the New York location of Lehmann Maupin, Mr. returns to Asia with an exhibition at the gallery’s Hong Kong space. Entitled Floating in the Air in the Vicinity of a Convenience Store, the new solo features paintings, a sculpture, and a series of drawings that show his artistic process comprising of notes, scribbles, and sketches. As you can see, the Japanese artist continues to create work influenced by his love for manga and anime, a characteristic of his mentor Takashi Murakami’s “superflat” movement. […]

Installation: Faith XLVII & Lyall Sprong – “Astronomy Nova”

During the recent Artscape Festival in Sweden, Faith XLVII teamed up with Lyall Sprong to create an immersive site specific installation set deep in the Värmland forest. Depicting the moon glowing and rotating within the tall trees, this piece is another example of how the South African-born artist is stepping further away from the classic street/urban art niche. The artists describe the piece as a “homage to our great timekeepers and the ancient internal rhythms that predate the construct of time, an ode to our connection with the external forces that define us.” Astronomy […]

Releases: Aron Wiesenfeld – “Bonny Doon” Print

Recently, Aron Wiesenfeld released a new print entitled Bonny Doon through Static Medium. The image features a characteristically atmospheric scene from the artist featuring a girl running through the woods. Sized at 15″ x 21.5″ (including a 1″ border), the edition size will be 100 and the price $95. Head over here to add this to your collection if you so desire. Discuss Aron Wiesenfeld here.

Nuart 2017 / Murals (Part II)

We’re wrapping our reporting from Nuart festival 2017 with the 2nd part of the recap of all the public works created through Stavanger for this year’s event. These pieces make it obvious that Nuart decided to challenge the common idea of “street art” by inviting both the veterans as well as young blood, in order to present a diversity of possibilities and approaches when creating public art. One of the artists that definitely pushed that idea far beyond what’s familiar was Igor Ponosov with his Too […]
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