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Controversy Surrounding The South Park 20th Anniversary Show Censorship

Tonight, the South Park 20th Anniversary Show held in conjunction with San Diego Comic-Con unveiled works from artists asked to create works influenced by the animated series. Included here are some of the pieces painted for the exhibition, but the two first ones from Paul Insect (above) and Andrew Schoultz (directly below) were allegedly censored by the South Park Public Relations Team. We find it strange that an irreverent show that is and has embraced controversial topics in the past would decide to block works created in the […]

Releases: Ian Francis – “Revolving Cage” Print

Lazarides just announced the release of a new print from Ian Francis (featured) entitled Revolving Cage. The image is taken from a painting he submitted earlier this year for the gallery’s 10 year anniversary show (covered) and features the British artist’s melding of photorealistic and abstract imagery. Available in a run of 100 and sized at 50 cm x 70 cm, the signed and numbered edition costs £175.00 and can be purchased here. Discuss Ian Francis here.

Showing: Mr. – “Sunset in My Heart” @ Lehmann Maupin

Currently at the New York outpost of Lehmann Maupin, Sunset in My Heart from Japanese artist Mr. will be display through August 12th. For this new body of work, the former protégé of Takashi Murakami has created a series of anime and otaku culture inspired pieces painted on distressed and sullied canvases, accented by graffiti. This technique of first burning his canvases and then leaving them on his studio floor to collect dirt and debris is inspired by his interest in the Italian art movement “Arte […]

Upcoming: “Juxtapoz x Superflat” @ Pivot Art

Set to coincide with the Seattle Art Fair, Juxtapoz x Superflat is a group exhibition with an impressive roster curated by the arts & culture magazine and Takashi Murakami himself. The show running from  August 4-7 at Pivot Art will feature work from Chiho Aoshima, Urs Fischer, Kazunori Hamana, James Jean (previewed in this article), JH Kagaku, Friedrich Kunath, Takashi Murakami, Kazumi Nakamura, Otani Workshop, Mark Ryden, David Shrigley, Katsuya Terada, a selection from Toilet Paper Magazine, Yuji Ueda, He Xiang Yu, Zoer & Velvet, Trenton […]

Installs: Ai WeiWei “F Lotus”, Vienna

In his continuing effort to raise awareness about the refugee crisis, Ai Weiwei recently installed a new piece at Vienna’s Belvedere Palace as a part of his first solo exhibition in Austria, translocation – transformation. Titled F Lotus the piece consists of 201 rings with 5 life jackets on each, floating like lotus flowers and forming a big letter F. After installing 14,000 jackets on the columns Konzerthaus Berlin of in Berlin in February (covered), the Chinese artist once again wanted to bring attention to what is happening on the shores of EU. […]

Releases: Kevin Cyr – “4 Queens” Print

Kevin Cyr recently released a print through Dynamo Editions entitled 4 Queens in a low edition of 25 featuring some of his signature distressed and graffiti covered vehicles.  Interestingly enough as you can see from the photos below, the van started blank before the Brooklyn-based artist starts his hand embellishing process. The print is sized at 16 x 20″ and costs $375 here for those interested in adding it to their collection. Discuss Kevin Cyr here.

Showing: “Night & Day” @ Joseph Gross Gallery

Opening last Thursday at Joseph Gross Gallery was Night & Day, an exhibition featuring the work of 9 multi-disciplinary artists: Lucinda Grange, Erik Otto, Jason Peters, LaLa Abaddon, Boris Ipsum, George Kroenert, Will Penny, Dave Singley, and Eric Ruggiero. The show, which was conceived, organized, and curated by the gallery’s director Lynzy Blair, centers on pieces that have dual lives, one in daylight and one in darkness. The artists were challenged to create new works that maintain a distinct look during the day under external lighting. During the night and in […]

Overtime: July 11 – July 17

More stories from the week that ended July 17 (click on bolded words for more information): Patrick Jackson’s Drawings and Reliefs at Ghebaly Gallery is an Artforum Critic’s Pick. RIP: Alan Vega, who passed away at the age of 78. RIP: Bill Jones, who passed away at the age of 81. RIP: Gabrielle “Gabby” Tillman, who passed away at the age of 23 after taking her own life. RIP: Harold E. “Hank” Muma, who died at the age of 94 due to respiratory failure Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and […]

Scott Campbell x Hennessy – VS Cognac Bottle

This week, we saw the release of Hennessy’s annual artist designed VS cognac bottle, tapping contemporary & tattoo artist Scott Campbell for the new look. Long an AM favorite, the New York-based artist brings a unique visual aesthetic which fuses his eye for the human “exterior” design with his use creative mediums (such as re-imagining the use of uncut US currency or creating graphite drawings on the interior of an eggshell) to reinterpret the iconic VS cognac bottle. Joining a notable list of peers who have worked on […]

Showing: Taylor McKimens – “Swapping Paint” @ Dio Horia

Athens’ Dio Horia gallery recently hosted Taylor McKimens in their one month long residency program where he created a whole new series of paintings that are currently on view. Swapping Paint continues his recent Stoic Youth show (covered), which also explored his take on Hellenistic art. Utilizing the figurative part of his imagery as a repeating theme, the NY-based artist focused instead on the background, colorways, patterns, and the surrounding abstract elements. Combining old and the new in technique, medium, and style, the work on display break the boundaries of collage, painting and drawing. Wanting authentic […]