Alice Gallery in Brussels recently had a solo from Clare Rojas on display entitled The Inexhaustible Middle. Continuing her move to abstraction and color study, the new works from the American artist distill her folk art-like imagery into patterns, geometric shapes, and linear forms in her distinctive palette. Along with presenting her latest works on canvas and paper, Rojas also performed songs in her “folk-bluegrass” style under the pseudonym of singer-songwriter Peggy Honeywell. Photos via Juxtapoz. Discuss Clare Rojas here.
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Lat month, Studio Voltaire in London opened an exhibition from Jamian Juliano-Villani entitled The World’s Greatest Planet on Earth. For her first solo outside the United States at a public institution, the New York-based artist prepared a series of her painted collages featuring appropriated images, personal photographs, and reproductions of existing artworks, reinterpreted into surreal amalgamations with a touch of dark humor. Along with these paintings, some never before exhibited sculptural installations rounded out the show that will be on view until December 11th. Photos via Studio Voltaire. Discuss Jamian Juliano-Villani here.
More stories from the week that ended Oct 30 (click on bolded words for more information): Artspace profiles Nathan Cash Davidson, Torey Thornton, and Avery Singer. (above: Torey Thornton’s Rapport Vroom show at Shane Campbell Gallery). Frieze reviews Jamian Juliano-Villani’s The World’s Greatest Planet on Earth at Studio Voltaire. RIP: Raymond Brown, who passed away during scaffolding accident in Miami while painting a mural. RIP: Tom Doyle, who passed away on Oct 8. RIP: Marwan Kassab-Bachi, who passed away at the age of 82. RIP: Steve Dillon, who passed away […]
Last night, Jacob Lewis Gallery held the opening reception for their inaugural show with Hajime Sorayama. A few weeks after announcing his representation, the Chelsea-based gallery revealed his newest body of work featuring his signature Sexy Robots. The 10 new acrylic paintings and one sculpture were created around the idea of re-inventing American icons. From Hollywood starlets to pop culture idols (fashion and music stars), the Japanese artist presented his vision of these characters as one of his retro-future pinups. Examples include Kate Moss shown as a bionic Playboy bunny, Elvis Presley as […]
Today in Hong Kong (October 27th) the HOCA Foundation will be opening to the public a new exhibition from Shepard Fairey (featured). Visual Disobedience will be the famed American street artist’s first solo in the Chinese city-state which will include an extensive survey including original stencils, rubyliths, canvases, and prints that will encourage “the audience to contemplate one’s relationship with the environment both physically and philosophically, and attempts to stimulate curiosity and reevaluate one’s perception of visual disobedience, simultaneously embedding HOCA’s commitment to promoting awareness and access to […]
Last week, the heavily anticipated major survey exhibition of the work of KAWS opened at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, a followup to a show at the same institution in 2011 (covered). Curator Andrea Karnes and the Brooklyn-based artist carefully chose works that would give a complete look at his career starting from his time on the streets with his now famous bus stop interventions and culminating with works that led to his recent meteoric rise in the contemporary art world. A master at subverting pop culture […]
Currently showing at Monnaie de Paris, Not Afraid of Love is Maurizio Cattelan’s largest exhibition since his retrospective in New York five years ago (covered). The controversial artist’s largest ever showing in Europe will also be one of his most personal with the works chosen by himself that he considers most life-important and significant. Hosted in the historical institution through January 8th, the Italian artist’s irreverent work will play a sharp contrast to their surroundings. Cattelan further explains his comeback – “This exhibition it’s the very first, after the Guggenheim show, that […]
On October 28th, Andenken Gallery in partnership with Makerversity Amsterdam, is proud to present two tandem solo exhibitions from two American artists in the Dutch capital. Returning to Amsterdam, Evan Hecox will be showing Northern while Drew Leshko will be presenting Heaven Is Whenever, his debut show in Amsterdam and even Europe. One year since his last show with the gallery (covered), the Colorado-based Hecox will be presenting a new series of paintings based on photos from his recent trips to Iceland and The Netherlands. Still presenting mundane city scenes in a cinematic style, […]
More stories from the week that ended Oct 23 (click on bolded words for more information): FIAC expands into the Petit Palais with performance section and sculpture park. Artinfo has a preview of the fair. Artnet’s choices for the top booths at the fair. Artnet has a FIAC sales report and The Art Newspaper also has one. [Image above: Joe Bradley at Petit Palais] RIP: Kengiro Azuma, who passed away at the age of 90. Andrew J. Hall may have bought a number of Leon Golub fakes […]
Nike recently released their collaboration with Romon Kimin Yang (Rostarr) featuring his calligraphy-inspired imagery on a selection of running footwear and apparel. While working with the company on the design of the collection, the New York-based artist was inspired by run crew culture and marathons leading him to embed abstract runners into his pattern of brushstrokes. He further explains – “This project is about isolating the energy that happens when you run with a big group of people. I tried to capture the rhythm and feeling of movement created when […]