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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Overtime: March 6 – March 12

More stories from the week that ended March 12 (click on bolded words for more information): RIP: Howard Hodgkin, who passed away at the age of 84. RIP: Bill Leak, who passed away at the age of 61. Visitor attacks and smashes bottle over security guard’s head at Met Museum. Chaos during Louvre’s current Vermeer exhibition as large crowds and threat of strikes by security staff ensue. Anti-oil activists stage protest performance at Louvre, calling for museum to drop sponsorship deal with Total. German police raid […]

Showing: “Interferences: Contemporary Op and Kinetic Art” @ GR Gallery (NY)

Currently at the GR Gallery location in New York, a group show featuring Felipe Pantone, Gilbert Hsiao, Nadia Costantini, and Sandi Renko is on view thru April 16th. The exhibition entitled Interferences: Contemporary Op and Kinetic Art brings together four artists from Europe and America who draw their influence from the long history of a visual artform that uses elements of optical illusion. Their modern takes on the style see them also master form, color, and linework while putting their own unique take on the aesthetic. […]

Showing: Austin Lee – “Serious Works” @ Kaikai Kiki Gallery

On March 3rd, Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Motoazabu, Tokyo, opened a debut Japan solo exhibition by American artist Austin Lee. Serious Works is sort of a parody title for a show that consists of paintings and sculptures done in Lee’s colorful, naive style. For this showcase, the NYC-based artist created an extensive installation within the gallery space. His large animal mural and chess board floor pattern make an eclectic environment in which his playful and poppy imagery feels at home and well presented. His sculptural piece titled Duo, a bubble gum-like […]

Releases: Adam Neate – “PORTRAIT no.1” Edition

Adam Neate (interviewed) just released one of his peculiar dimensional paintings as a handmade multiple edition in collaboration with Elm Lesters Painting Rooms. Using variety of techniques and the highest standard of materials, the artist and the gallery managed to produce a striking edition of classic Neate portraits. This edition sees him stepping away from the series of expressive and abstract portraiture that the Brighton-based artist introduced as his first dimensional work back in 2009. Extensively refining the concept over the years, he produced a whole body of work […]

Releases: KAWS x Air Jordan 4

Sporting a cool grey color reminiscent of his iconic vinyl figures, the KAWS x Air Jordan 4 is set for release later this month. Featuring graphic detailing from the Brooklyn-based artist and his famous double x’s on the heel tab as well as a glow in the dark outsole. Rumored to be priced at $350, these are a must have for KAWS collectors out there. Photos by s.sam.group (via KicksOnFire). Discuss KAWS here.

Overtime: Feb 27 – March 5

More stories from the week that ended March 5 (click on bolded words for more information): Vogue Italia visits Terence Koh’s show at Moran Bondaroff. RIP: Leigh Markopoulos, who passed away at the age of 48. RIP: Gustav Metzger, who passed away at the age of 90. Bomb threats to Jewish museums and community centers forces evacuations in US, UK, and Australia. Juan Garcia Mosqueda detained, questioned, and denied entry into US last week after a trip to Buenos Aires. Parkett to cease print magazine after publishing them for 33 […]

Releases: Jeff Soto – “The Magic Message” Print

Jeff Soto (interviewed) just released a new giclée print through Pangeaseed entitled The Magic Message. Hand embellished and featuring deckled edges, the 18 x 18″ edition was produced in a run of 50, costs $100, and will come signed and numbered. The image highlights the Atlantic Goliath Grouper classified as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Soto further states – “My love and respect for nature was instilled in me at a young age. My parents enjoyed the outdoors and took us camping as often as they could. As […]

POW! WOW! Hawaii ’17: James Jean

Amidst all of the street art during this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii, one of the more unique elements of the event that could be observed were the portrait sessions with James Jean (interviewed). Featuring a diverse selection of subjects, the six chosen ones sat for a few hours with the gifted artist as he masterfully captured their visages in a series of loose yet detailed paintings. At the conclusion of the live session, the lucky subject was gifted the portrait – something they will treasure in their collections […]

Recap: Urban Nation’s “Secret Dinner” Event

On the 22nd of February, Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin hosted a Secret Dinner event for friends, supporters, contributors and artists participating in their ongoing programs. Around 100 guests from around the globe attended the event organized by the museum director Yasha Young and Berliner Leben, a non-profit foundation that initiated the UN project in 2013. The dinner was held in the future museum building, where construction was put on hold because of the event. Some of the permanent collection was on display and each […]

Releases: Damien Hirst – “Schizophrenogenesis” Book

Paul Stolper Gallery in London recently announced a must-have release for all the Damien Hirst fans and collectors out there. Today, they released his Schizophrenogenesis book together with Other Criteria, available in both regular and limited edition. The book covers Hirst’s Schizophrenogenesis series which was shown with the gallery back in October of 2014. With this body of work, the British artist examines our faith in science and the pharmaceutical industry through a series of sculptures and prints based on the minimal aesthetic of the medicinal pill. […]