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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Overtime: June 13 – June 19

More stories from the week that ended June 19 (click on bolded words for more information): Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Floating Piers opens in Italy on Lake Iseo. RIP: Bill Berkson, who passed away at the age of 76 due to a heart attack. RIP: Gillett Griffin, who passed away due to natural causes at the age of 87. The art world responds to the mass shooting tragedy in Orlando. Casey Nocket pleads guilty to several acts of vandalism in national parks for painting on rock formations. David Nahmad adamant […]

Showing: KAWS : GISWIL @ More Gallery

Coinciding with the start of Basel Week Switzerland, an exclusive opening night on June 12th was held for KAWS’ latest solo showing. Three years since his debut show with the gallery (covered), the New York-based artist is back in Giswil for another exclusive showcase with More Gallery. This time around, the American artist again used the unique industrial setting indoors to present his large scale works. The picturesque mountain area seemed like the perfect setting to introduce his latest work from his series of large wooden sculptures titled Together. Featuring two of […]

Showing: Tom Sachs – “Tea Ceremony” @ Noguchi Museum

Tom Sachs’ current exhibition (through July 24) is unprecedented in the 30 year history of the Noguchi Museum in that he is the first artist to be awarded a solo at the institution other than the original founder. The collection of works are the American artist’s homage to the ancient Japanese tradition of chanoyu, the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea. Created in his signature bricolage technique, the objects Sachs has engineered together from novel materials include a tea garden (complete with bonsai tree & koi pond), tea room, and the […]

Basel Week Switzerland ’16 / Highlights: Art Basel (Part II)

After our initial overview from the main fair for Basel Week Switzerland, we’re bringing you the second part of our highlights from this year’s Art Basel – from bustling booths of world’s biggest galleries to sneak peeks from their back rooms. While the first part of our coverage was mostly from the ground level, the second part includes mostly works on view on the first floor of the Switzerland’s largest exhibition site. With the event bringing quality artworks from every part of the globe, the general public patiently queued […]

Showing: Peter Gronquist – “Refuge” @ Joseph Gross Gallery

Currently on view at Joseph Gross Gallery in Chelsea, NY is Refuge, a solo exhibition featuring thirteen works by Peter Gronquist. The show includes all-new pieces that combine creative uses of material, such as LED lights, shaped frames, and silk flowers, with traditional painting techniques. The pieces interact with the viewer both spatially, with paintings that appear to be falling on top as they look up, such as with Master Cleanse, and visually, with its pleasant rich blue gradient. Glitch 1 and 2 appear to allude […]

Basel Week Switzerland ’16 / Highlights: Art Basel (Part I)

46 years since art gallerists Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt of Basel created an international art fair, the world’s leading art event opened its door to the general public on the 16th of June. The fair was created with an idea to connect the world’s premier galleries and their patrons, as well as serve as a meeting point for the international art world, and this year, 280 of the world’s leading galleries are showing works from over 4,000 different artists. Ranging from modern […]

Showing: Geoff McFetridge – “The Quiet Of Not Listening” @ V1 Gallery

V1 Gallery is currently showing Geoff McFetridge’s The Quiet Of Not Listening. As his third solo with the gallery in Copenhagen, this exhibition features nine paintings on canvas and five large drawings. Following his signature style of portraying mundane imagery through a flat, minimalist approach, a few of the new works include images of folding chairs. Drawn from his memory, it wasn’t until recently that Mcfetridge realized his images were actually incorrect. Ubiquitous and specific to western culture, the chairs on his paintings are both pure and wrong, but they represent […]

Previews: KAWS – “BFF” @ Central Embassy (Bangkok)

Along with peeks at the new 8 meter tall sculpture from KAWS to be unveiled soon in Thailand, fans of the Brooklyn-based artist are also excited to see a new product line release. The project at Central Embassy in Bangkok, produced with the help of curator AllRightsReserved, will feature a new character called BFF that looks to be a mix between Elmo and the Cookie Monster with the artist’s distinctive double X’s for eyes. There will also be a plush version (edition of 1000) of the sculpture for sale at ‪‎SIWILAI Store from 30th […]

Showing: Ugo Rondinone – “Seven Magic Mountains”

Art fans have been making the trek out to the outskirts of Las Vegas since last month (mentioned here) to see seven columns of vibrantly colorful stacked rocks from artist Ugo Rondinone, Entitled Seven Magic Mountains, the large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15 will be on view for the next 2 years for those willing to make the trip. According to Swiss artist, “the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial: the natural is expressed by […]

Releases: Adam Neate – “Imploding Head” Print

Adam Neate (interviewed) recently released a new limited edition from his ongoing Dimensional Editions. Published by Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, Imploding Head was produced in a very limited edition of only 18 pieces. This silkscreen release, the British artist’s first, is based on his recent painting Simulation Theory Anxiety No.1 which was featured in the exhibition Dimensionalist Painter held at the gallery in October 2015 (covered). The edition was produced as a four layered silkscreen with matte acrylic, gloss enamel and silver ink highlights, printed on Somerset Tub Sized Satin 410 gsm paper […]