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Openings: Mike Egan & Hollis Brown Thornton – “Live Fast, Die Faster” & “A Long Time Ago” @ Gauntlet Gallery

Gauntlet Gallery in San Fransisco is currently showing two exhibitions that celebrate both the analogue and the digital side of the artistic spectrum. Mike Egan’s (interviewed) solo exhibition Live Fast, Die Faster continues his heavily stylised and instantly recognisable series of paintings inspired by German Expressionism, Day of the Dead imagery and his former career as an embalmer and funeral director. The Pittsburgh-based artist’s subject matter celebrates both life and death in equal measure. Amidst the chaos of the the skeletal figures and devils that features so prominently […]
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Openings: OFFICIELLE Art Fair (Paris)

After a look at the main FIAC art fair in Paris, we now bring you photos from a satellite event – the OFFICIELLE Art Fair. The event held at the Les Docks-Cité de la Mode et du Design on the other side of town hosted over 60 galleries with a focus on emerging artists and more of an emphasis on French galleries. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Karl Hab.
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Tomokazu Matsuyama x Adam Wojcinski Tea Ceremony

A couple weekends ago, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) & Lesley Kehoe Galleries invited a small group of guests to his Brooklyn studio to participate in a formal tea gathering and to watch a Butoh performance. The unique setting featured a background of the Japanese artist’s paintings, juxtaposed with the skills of Australian born and Paris-based Ueda Sōko Ryū Tea Master and Butoh artist Adam Wojcinski. Take a look at some more photos below of the cross-cultural experience… Discuss Matzu here.
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Releases / Signings: Lisa Yuskavage – “The Brood” Book

Tonight (7pm) at Strand Books in New York, Lisa Yuskavage will be launching her comprehensive new monograph – The Brood. Released through David Zwirner Books, whose associated gallery she showed at back in June (covered), the 242 page hardcover features work from 1991 – 2015. Those who miss the signing tonight can head over to the New York Public Library on October 28th (6pm) for another book event. Discuss Lisa Yuskavage here.
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Rewind: Jul 14 – Oct 25

This latest edition of our Rewind article is headlined by a trailer for a new short film by JR (interviewed) starring Robert De Niro. Entitled Ellis, the footage follows the Academy Award Winning actor as he stars as an immigrant whose pursuit of a new life expired at Ellis Island. Traversing an abandoned hospital complex, De Niro is confronted with ghostly archival photographs of immigrants and hospital patients taken over a century ago pasted up by the JR, part of the French artist’s Unframed series of works. […]
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Recap: FIAC 2015

Over the weekend, the FIAC art fair opened their doors to the public at the Grand Palais in Paris. The 42nd edition of the annual event featured artwork presented by 173 galleries from 23 different countries. Parisians and visitors took advantage of their opportunity to peruse and add to their collections with this being the premiere art event in the country every year. Take a look at some more photos from the event below… Photo credit: Karl Hab.
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Overtime: Oct 19 – Oct 25

More stories from the week that ended Oct 25 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex Israel – Sightings opens at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Arts Council of England warns British museums of “severe and imminent” threat of “attack.” Claude Monet’s ghost may be haunting the Cleveland Museum of Art. UK’s Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey places temporary export ban on Rembrandt portrait worth £35mil. Bruegel currently in collection of Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna may have been looted from Poland. DeYoung Museum’s CFO Michele Gutierrez accuses President Dede Wilsey of […]
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Previews: Katrin Fridriks – “New Wave” @ Circle Culture Gallery

To close a successful year, Katrin Fridriks is about to open a new solo with Circle Culture Gallery at their space in Hamburg on November 6th. From the preview photos and info we just received from the Icelandic artist’s worshop, New Wave looks like a coherent show of exclusively square shaped canvases focused on the law of gravity. These new works continue her Riding Awareness series in which paint is captured on the surface of her canvases while flowing and forming spontaneous and unplanned shapes. Seemingly calmer and […]
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Showing: Felipe Pantone – “Stereodynamica” @ Backwoods Gallery

The residents and visitors of Melbourne have only few more days to check out a solo show by Felipe Pantone closing on October 25th at Backwoods Gallery. For his Australian debut, the Spain-based artist prepared a whole new body featuring his signature stereoscopic works on canvas and paper. Through analog methods of painting, using spraypaint and acrylic, the Argentinian-born is re-creating glitches, mistakes and other digital distortions. Using pixels, QR codes, grids, gradients and spectrums, his vibrant pieces stand out with their contrast of shapes, forms as […]
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Showing: Paul Wackers – “New Alphabet” @ Alice Gallery

New Alphabet, a solo from Paul Wackers will be showing through the rest of the week in Brussels at Alice Gallery. His imagery is almost collage-like in the way he puts together everyday objects, plants, and abstract shapes into one cohesive composition. Along with his signature color-filled paintings that can be seen as a modern take on still life portraits, he also produced some pieces that were in black and white. Photo credit: The gallery & artist (via Emporium’s) Discuss Paul Wackers here.