ArrestedMotion logo
Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Showing: Palms Casino – “Dust to Gold” Renovation

As part of the $620 million “Dust to Gold” renovation at the Palms Casino Resort, an impressive collection ranging from blue-chip works to street art murals was acquired, commissioned, and deployed throughout the hotel. Combined with pieces on loan from owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, the over 150 artworks fill every part of the casino – from the Damien Hirst shark above the Unknown Bar against a backdrop of his dots (seen above), to the KAWS statue outside the steakhouse, to the Felipe Pantone mural at the new Pearl Concert […]

Upcoming: Alex Israel – “New Waves” @ Gagosian (Hong Kong)

Tomorrow (May 24th) in Hong Kong’s Gagosian outpost, Alex Israel will be opening his exhibition entitled New Waves. For his first solo in the Chinese city-state, he is taking a truly multi-media approach to presenting work inspired by surfer culture and growing up in the sunny metropolis of Los Angeles. Along with pieces related to his 2017 film SPF-18 (trailer below), there are also some almost sculptural wave logo pieces – also used thematically in the promo animated short for the showing. Israel further explains […]

Showing: Mark Whalen – “Grab Bag” @ Arsham/Fieg Gallery

Arsham/Fieg Gallery in New York currently has a show from Mark Whalen on display entitled Grab Bag. The towering stack pieces are examples of the increasing more sculptural work that he has been experimenting with recently. Whalen further explains – “Lately, I have been formulating new relationships with sculptural work. Grab Bag is a new series of multi-dimensional work that presents non-traditional totems representing life’s folly. The result is familiar juxtapositions of materials, found objects, and everyday stockpiles.” Discuss Mark Whalen here.

Overtime: May 14 – 20

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Diddy revealed as the buyer of Kerry James Marshall’s record-breaking $21 million painting. New York’s spring art auctions have seen some yawns and some records. In a Warhol smackdown at Christie’s, which $30 million work is the better bet? How Steve Wynn’s $70 million Picasso was punctured and damaged. A $40,000 KAWS print leads Paddle8’s latest street art auction. $45.3 million Basquiat is top lot in $131.6 million Phillips sale of 20th-Century & […]

Showing: KAWS – “SEEING/WATCHING” Sculptures (China)

With the releases of associated products in recent days, fans of KAWS had been eagerly awaiting the unveiling of his SEEING/WATCHING duo of sculptures in China. Perched high above ground level on the Changsha IFS Tower in Hunan, the recognizable BFF and Companion characters from the Brooklyn-based artist were finally introduced to the public last week and sit back to back on the edge of a rooftop terrace. The site-specific installation was produced in collaboration with AllRightsReserved and is accompanied by panels of KAWS’ imagery as well as a display of his […]

Streets: Mar-1 / RAD Napa Project

Following up our previous coverage of the RAD Napa project (curated by Thinkspace and sponsored by The Napa Valley Wine Train), we now have photos from something Mars-1 (featured) painted recently. Creating a mural from his Infinite Tapestry series next to the railroad tracks, the Bay Area-based artist wove multiple globes of his bubbles together on the two part wall. The organic forms really pop against the stark black background, especially when viewed from the train. Photo & video credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Mars-1 here.

Showing: Inka Essenhigh @ Miles McEnery Gallery

Currently on view until May 25th at Miles McEnery Gallery in New York is a new selection of works from Inka Essenhigh. Returning to the medium of enamel, the locally-based artist has created surreal paintings that continue her imagery of flora and fauna frolicking in the woods, with a hint of inclusion of urban elements. Abstract and figurative at the same time, the cartoonish renderings feature a psychedelic Fantasia-like aesthetic that take the viewer into a different world. Photos via the gallery. Discuss Inka Essenhigh here.

Releases: YESNIK – “Hollow Heaven” & “King of Kings” Skate Decks

Entitled Hollow Heaven & King of Kings, two skatedecks were recently released by YESNIK featuring some of his signature imagery. Drawing from his experience living in an isolated mountain town in Central California, the Los Angeles-based artist has been painting totemic abstracted elements of the natural landscape for the last several years. Signed and numbered in an edition of 25, the two decks can be purchased as a set or separately for $200 & $125 respectively here. Discuss YESNIK here.

Overtime: May 7 – 13

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): A Look Inside Joshua Vides‘ “Reality to Idea” Exhibition in LA. Swizz Beatz & The Dean Collection will offer $5,000 to artists for putting on their own show. A closer look at the Artcurial “C.R.E.A.M.” auction and exhibition of Supreme grails. Donald Trump’s face will be sculpted on a glacier for $500,000. MoMA’s rich holdings on view in Collection Galleries 1880s – 1950s. After Frida Kahlo Barbie debacle, licensing company sues artist’s […]

Showing: Jasper Johns – “Something Resembling Truth” @ The Broad (Los Angeles)

Widely regarded as the greatest living artist in the world, Jasper Johns has not had a comprehensive survey of his work in Southern California in over 50 years. The Broad’s ambitious Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ show addresses this cruel absence and then some by meticulously bringing together 120 paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. Some may know him for his iconic flag paintings, and there is a room of those, but this show will allow you to explore his ideas – six decades worth – in much […]