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Releases: James Jean – “Sun Tarot” Print

Tomorrow (June 12th) starting at 8:00 AM PDT, James Jean (interviewed) will be making a new print available for 24 hours only. Entitled Sun Tarot, this time-limited giclee comes with gold foil accents and custom designed embossments and of course will be signed and numbered. Measuring 27″ tall × 19-1/2″ wide (image size 23-3/4 ″ tall × 17″ wide), this edition based on a painting (seen below) from James’ recent show in Japan (covered) will be available here starting at the appropriate time. Discuss James Jean here.

Overtime: June 4 – 10

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Anthony Bourdain dead at 61 of apparent suicide. Anthony Bourdain bought this ominous John Lurie painting days before he died. Summer preview: the most promising museum shows and biennials around the world. Must-See Art Guide, Seoul: Featuring Xu Zhen, Jacob Kassay, Joris Laarman, and more. Picasso, Warhol & more iconic artists spotlighted in major Australia exhibit. Australia’s largest contemporary art gallery to be built in Melbourne. The Uffizi Gallery gathers some heavy hitters […]

Previews: Emily Mae Smith – “Feast of Totems” @ Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin)

Tomorrow night (June 9th), a new exhibition from Emily Mae Smith opens to the public at Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin. Entitled Feast of Totems, the show is well named as it features the re-occurring imagery of fruits, droplets, tongues, lips, and teeth that signal a grotesque consumption running through the new body of work. Also seen in multiple paintings is one of the Brooklyn-based artist’s most recognizable motifs, the totemic broom lady posed in familiar positions that harken back to classic paintings in art history. Utilizing a flat […]

Recap: Anthony Iacono – “Talking to Strangers” @ P·P·O·W

Closing at the end of last month in New York, Anthony Iacono’s show at P·P·O·W intrigued us with his provocative subject matter as well as technique. While many of the New York-based artist’s pieces seem to be referencing BDSM fantasies (some more directly with colorful renderings of kinky scenes and some more subtle by incorporating rope or cords into the compositions), the imagery is tempered by his dark humor and the way he never expands the viewer’s field of vision to take in the entire spectacle. Also of interest […]

Previews: “LAX/PDX” Curated By Thinkspace @ Antler Gallery

On June 9th, a massive group show will open at Antler Gallery in Portland entitled LAX/PDX. The exhibition is the 13th iteration of an effective way Thinkspace shares their roster of artists around the world by curating exhibitions for their friends at different galleries. You can see a full list of the artists below and some preview images but a few things that caught our eyes included another shark from Josh Keyes (seen above), a timely piece from OakOak, Matthew Grabelsky taking his animals off the subway, Mark Dean […]

Previews: Kevin Earl Taylor – “Apex” @ Circle Gallery (Berlin)

On June 23rd, Circle Culture’s Berlin branch will be opening an exhibition with Kevin Earl Taylor, his third with the gallery. Entitled Apex, the new body of work features paintings, works on paper and site-specific installations that seem to explore some the environmental issues facing our world today. Much of the San Francisco-based artist’s imagery documents moments of encounter between different species of the natural world, separated by constructs like glass spheres and pedestals. At the opening reception, author Carl von Siemens will be presenting his book Der […]

Overtime: May 28 – June 3

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Ed Ruscha still has plenty more to say about America. LAXART reopens in LA with a renewed mission and a giant Barbara Kruger mural. Dealer Steve Lazarides plans an unsanctioned show of the artist’s ‘Golden Years’. Banksy’s dismal opinion on advertising industry resurfaces on the web. ‘TIME’ Magazine’s “The Drone Age” cover displays one of the biggest drone shows in the U.S. Interview Magazine (1969-2018): ‘An enduring symbol of downtown cool, even as […]

Previews: Jose Luis Ceña Ruiz & Ioan-Ștefan Botiș – “Beautiful Disasters” @ Tales Of Art Gallery

On June 9th, two young painters will be opening a joint show at Tales Of Art Gallery in Imola, Italy entitled Beautiful Disasters. Curated by Sasha Bogojev, the exhibition will contrast Spanish artist Jose Luis Ceña Ruiz’s obscured portraits of people hiding in lush foliage with Romanian artist Ioan-Ștefan Botiș’ obsession with capturing disasters like car crashes, with fire being the key component in many of his works. Take a look at some more preview images below…

Showing: Urs Fischer – “Things” @ Gagosian

With just one sculptural installation dominating Gagosian’s 511 Fifth Avenue space in Manhattan, Urs Fischer makes a bold statement about the nature of life itself. Constructed with aluminum and standing more than 10 feet tall, the life-size rhinoceros seems to absorb an assortment of everyday objects like a rollaway luggage, copy machine, car door and tires, toilet, vacuum cleaner, shovel, and laptop. With this piece, the Swiss-born artist hints that existences itself is “an accumulation, a collective gathering of physical and metaphorical baggage.” This installation is […]

Recap: “XXL #2” @ Montresso Art Space

The Montresso Foundation in Marrakesh, Morocco is currently wrapping up their latest group exhibition which was on view from April 16th to May 31st. Following up their XXL # 1 show in December 2017, XXL # 2 once again consisted of groundbreaking works by four emblematic artists representing the global urban culture. Focusing on the human condition while questioning the space and its relation to artwork, the large scale works by RERO, Hendrik Beikirch, Kouka and David Mesguich, combined for a strong, balanced showcase that engaged every corner of the imposing foundation space. […]