This past weekend, our friends at Complex held their first ever “pop culture world fair” in Los Angeles and it was pretty spectacular. Entitled ComplexCon, the inaugural convention gathered some of the top creative minds in the respective fields of fashion, music, culinary fare and of course art to create a unique two day event to satisfy even the most adventurous individual. The staff at AM had the run of the Long Beach Convention Center and there were more events & exhibits than we could […]
Category Archives: Contemporary Art
We stopped by the studio of Remi Rough while he prepared for his upcoming solo show entitled Post at the Speerstra Gallery in Switzerland. Since his first gallery exhibition in 1989, the British artist has successfully transitioned from his early graffiti style to create his own abstract geometrical language, recognisable regardless of its form, whether large scale murals or gallery works. Opening on the 12th of November, the exhibition will feature nineteen new works on paper and canvas. Remi Rough will redefine the idea of space and invite the viewer […]
Three months since its debut at the Seattle Art Fair (covered), the Juxtapoz x Superflat group show co-curated by Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco and Takashi Murakami opened on the November 5th at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Staying on view until February 5th, the programming included a mixture of talks, lectures, tours, and special guests. The original idea of the showcase was to expand Takashi’s original Superflat theory by including the artists who have been in the pages of the popular arts & culture magazine for the last 22 years. Building on what was on view in Seattle, this showing further […]
World renowned artist, photographer and skateboarder (or the other way around), Ed Templeton, recently released a new book of photographs with Nazraeli Press. Memories of the Salt… takes us along on a 5-day family roadtrip from Pismo Beach to San Francisco via Santa Cruz, through black-and-white and color photographs. This release is the 95th book in the publisher’s One Picture Book series which aims to make original artwork affordable. The uniformly designed, modestly-sized hardcover book, comprising 16 pages serves as a “canvas” for the artist to […]
American painter Glennray Tutor (interviewed) released his first ever limited edition print on November 4th, exclusively through Supersonic Art Gallery. Trio (Dreams Can Come True) is a classic example of his recent photorealistic metaphorical paintings that look at dimensions beyond our realization. Considered to be part of the photorealism art movement, Tutor has been painting almost exclusively still life’s since the 1980s. Composing images with the small commonplace artifacts of daily life, often nostalgic items such as glass jars, bottles, toys, and especially fireworks or marbles, […]
More stories from the week that ended Nov 6 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex Da Corte – A Man Full of Trouble show opens at Maccarone Gallery in New York. Norcia’s Basilica of San Benedetto among historic cultural sites destroyed by latest Italian earthquake. LAPD investigating Boyle Heights gallery vandalism as possible hate crimes sparked by gentrification fight. How Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev declared war on the art world. The bizarre fake death and resurrection of Gaetano Pesce. Ottawa police begin […]
On November 3rd, Lawrence Alkin Gallery opened Shoplifting, a new solo show by felt sculpture artist Lucy Sparrow. Inspired by the artist’s time spent working in a supermarket, the show will include a new range of daily products recreated as hand-crafted felt items. The “criminally good exhibition” focuses the spotlight on one of the most common everyday criminal acts – shoplifting aka the “five finger discount.” Taking a humorous look at themes of theft, the exhibition will include the most frequently robbed items in the UK as a commentary on types of people […]
For their election issue, New York Magazine turned to someone who they had worked with in the past, Barbara Kruger, to design the cover. Utilizing a variation of what is arguably her most iconic text-based work, the influential artist pasted a large red bar with the word “LOSER” across the face of Donald Trump. If interested, head over to NY mag here to read about the four ways they felt this image would be interpreted. Discuss Barbara Kruger here.
Following a mural painting trip through Italy (more on this later), MOMO concluded things with a solo exhibition at Studiocromie in Grottaglie. The new body of work on includes paintings on canvas, paper pieces, prints, and ceramics all demonstrating the American artist’s unique use of patterns, shapes, and colors, both seemingly random and purposeful at the same time. The sold out show apparently was on view for two days only but you can see more photos below on what was on display. Discuss MOMO here.
With the inaugural ComplexCon fast approaching this weekend, the people behind POW! WOW! are prepping their contribution – a living area with artist driven furniture from the likes of Risk, Sharktoof, Persue and others, as well as a gallery with original art from Yoskay Yamamoto, Aaron De La Cruz, Tristan Eaton and more. Created in partnership with Big Bad Wolf, Thinkspace, Cool Sofa, and Imprint, the area’s largest attraction though is probably a large scale installation from James Jean (interviewed) that visitors will be able to take a […]