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Recap: Alex Katz – “Portraits” @ Galeria Javier Lopez

On February 5th, Galería Javier López in Madrid officially closed their exhibition by the New York artist Alex Katz. Portraits included a selection of works which brought the artist wide recognition, including some of his most recent pieces, both oil on canvas and studies on board. Katz’ unique style that distinguishes him from his contemporaries was the result of the influence of photography, cinema, television and advertising of the sixties. Using a large canvas format as a movie screen and trying to re-create similar aesthetics, his work has always been […]

Overtime: Feb 1 – Feb 7

More stories from the week that ended Feb 7 (click on bolded words for more information): W Magazine has photographs from the Paramount Ranch art fair. RIP: Yoshiko Kakudo, who passed away as a result of a stroke. Saudi court overturns Ashraf Fayadh’s death sentence, instead gives him eight-year prison term & 800 lashes. Mark Rothko’s son, Christopher Rothko, denies authenticating paintings at Knoedler fraud trial. Artnet covers Stephen Polcari’s testimony during the case. Eleanore De Sole testifies and cries on the stand. NY Times writes about artwork authentication in relation […]
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Upcoming: James Jean – Chinese New Year Installation @ interTrend

With Chinese New Year coming up on Monday, interTrend in Long Beach has teamed up with James Jean (interviewed) for an interactive installation to celebrate the occasion. The project centers around the red envelopes given out around the holidays by families for good luck. In this case, they have been secured to the front of the company’s building (228 E. Broadway), set to be revealed tomorrow morning to be gifted to the public. As the red packets are removed, the imagery of Jean will be slowly revealed in […]

POW! WOW! Hawaii ’16 / Previews: “Exploring The New Contemporary Movement” @ Honolulu Museum of Art School

Tomorrow (February 7th) will mark the third time Thinkspace has curated a show in association with POW! WOW! Hawaii at the Honolulu Museum of Art School (see 2015 & 2014). The event will continue their push to further the art of what they call the “New Contemporary Movement” and will include an installation from Aaron Li-Hill. Other participating artists this year include: 1010, Aaron Nagel, Adam Caldwell, Alex Garant, Alex Yanes, Amanda Marie, Andrew Schoultz, Anthony Clarkson, Apex, Baghead, Bec Winnel, Ben Frost, Benjamin Garcia, Brian Mashburn, […]

Upcoming: Thomas Doyle – “If The Creek Don’t Rise” @ Hudson River Museum

Today at the Hudson River Museum, sculptor Thomas Doyle is opening a new show entitled If The Creek Don’t Rise. The first museum solo for the Westchester County-based artist will feature more of his signature miniatures that center on the suburban home and the families that occupy them, often threatened by chaos and calamity – known and unknown. Along with smaller scale works, the showstopper will a swollen riverbed that crosses the gallery space double dammed up by paraphernalia in two directions with a house in between. Discuss Thomas Doyle […]

Openings: KAWS @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park

As we previously mentioned, KAWS is currently in UK where he is officially opening his first UK museum exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the 6th of February. The show was revealed for selected museum members and fans of NY-based artist on the 5th of February, and we just received these exclusive preview images from the event, shot by WillNYC. With the focus of the show being on his sculptural work, a direction of his oeuvre that began with the release of his first vinyl toy back in […]

Openings: Linnea Strid – “Love Me When I’m Gone” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Last month, the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City kicked off the new art year with Linnea Strid as one of the featured artists. Love Me When I’m Gone filled the project room space with the Swedish artist’s hyperrealistic paintings, portraiture accented by the subjects interaction with water whether that be submerged or enjoying a shower. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss this show here. Discuss Linnea Strid here.

Ai Weiwei Poses As Drowned Syrian Child Alan Kurdi

The disturbing photo of the Syrian child Alan Kurdi laying drowned on the beach has become an a rallying point for those concerned about the refugee crisis. Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei recently posed as the boy for a photograph shot by Rohit Chawla for an upcoming issue of one of India’s largest news publications – India Today. AWW has spent much time visiting the refugee camps and has been bringing attention to the situation in many other ways including recently canceling an exhibition in Copenhagen after […]

Openings: Hajime Sorayama @ NANZUKA Gallery

Last weekend in Tokyo, renowned creator of the “sexy robot” Hajime Sorayama opened a solo show at NANZUKA Gallery. Along with a couple sculptural representations of his erotic automatons, the Japanese artist also introduced a new series of works inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her famous quote – “An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine.” Take a look at more photos from the exhibition below… Artwork: ©Hajime Sorayama (courtesy of NANZUKA). Photo credit: Intelligence & NANZUKA (installation shots). Discuss Hajime Sorayama here.

Streets: Javier Calleja (Genalguacil, Spain)

Genalguacil is a small town in southern Spain which has been involved in supporting and organizing art projects for the last 20 years. Slowly turning the town into an open space museum, the locals recently invited Javier Calleja from nearby Malaga to add his contribution to the collection. Inspired by the winding mountain roads between his hometown and the destination, the artist created this interesting sculptural installation titled Up, depicting a giant stubby pencil drawing a simple line on a white facade. This writing utensil is often […]