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Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism

Previews: “Immersion” @ Richard Heller Gallery

This Saturday night, March 24th, Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles will be opening a group show entitled Immersion. Artists were asked to create work that play off the title of the exhibition – literally depicting immersion, working with the complete immersion into other worlds, or make pieces that involve the process of immersion in the creative process itself. Participating artists include Dan Attoe (seen above), Amy Bennett, Morgan Blair, Ryan Travis Christian, Hanna Hansdotter, Kajahl, Matthew Palladino, Super Future Kid, Christian Rex van Minnen, Mark […]

Overtime: March 12 – 18

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): H&M files lawsuit against graffiti artist Jason “Revok” Williams, then apologizes. Is H&M’s graffiti scandal apology too little too late? Why that story about H&M stealing graffiti isn’t so simple. Street artists in the US have more rights than they thought. How now, they’ll be taken more seriously. The most promising Spring museum shows and biennials around the world. New exhibition focuses on KAWS-style customizations. Dealer Johann König on why art galleries need […]

Releases: James Jean x Defonce – Custom Chocolate Bar

James Jean (interviewed) recently announced the release of a collaborative product with Defonce Chocolatiers that feature his artworks and design. The custom bar features cannabis-infused white chocolate splashed with Rosé champagne and showered with pistachios and strawberries. If interested, check out an unpackaging video on his IG here as well as retailers where it can be purchased. Discuss James Jean here.

Releases: Luke Chueh – “Bruised Lee” Figure

After seeing the 4 foot version of this figure back in 2015, the vinyl version of Luke Chueh’s (interviewed) Bruised Lee figure is now available for purchase. Created as a sculptural rendition of his It Takes More Than A Jumpsuit (And Nunchakus) painting, the 6.3″ high art toy available through VTSS Toys for $100 shipped worldwide and is limited to a run of 500. Combining the Los Angeles-based artist’s signature sad bear with Bruce Lee’s classic yellow jumpsuit from movie, The Game of Death, the first figure offered is the unbruised version […]

Releases: Audrey Kawasaki – “Madame Una” & “Arianna” Prints

Starting on March 17th (12am midnight PST), two new limited editions will be available from Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) time limited to 48 hours. Entitled Madame Una & Arianna, the images are taken from two paintings she contributed to a mini show (covered) at last year’s Moniker Art Fair in London in which she was exploring a new style inspired by old advertisements posters for circus performers. The giclee prints will be signed and numbered (edition sized determined by how many orders made within 48 hours time period), sized at 18″ […]

Showing: Jean-Pierre Roy – “Aporetic Sequence” @ Volta NYC / Gallery Poulsen

With Armory Week 2018 being in full swing this weekend in NYC we keep getting reports of new shows, releases, openings and some interesting behind the scene stories from the fairs. One that is getting a lot of attention is the sale of Jean-Pierre Roy‘s painting from Aporetic Sequence show/booth with Gallery Poulsen at Volta NYC. The NYC-based artist has been preparing this particular body of work for over half of year now, which resulted in nine oil paintings comprising a unique narrative that plays out over each canvas and onto […]

Releases: Kenny Scharf – “Sloppy Melt” Lithograph

Print Them All recently teamed up with legendary artist Kenny Scharf (interviewed) for a fresh new limited edition release. As a part of his recent Sloppy Styles series, Sloppy Melt is a new take on his signature cartoon-inspired imagery. The California-born artist was a contemporary of such names as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol or Keith Haring, working alongside them in the 80s in NYC. His graffiti-based work has been called pop abstract surrealism, and is constructed of alien-like cartoonish characters that form everything from single portraits to complex multidisciplinary installations. […]

Upcoming: Robert Williams – “Slang Aesthetics” @ LSU Museum of Art

On March 8th, the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge will be opening Slang Aesthetics from Robert Williams, a show that has travelled thru Los Angeles (covered), Sonoma County, and Santa Fe, and the Midwest (covered) already. Presented by Thinkspace Gallery and Josef Zimmerman, the exhibition will feature over 30 oil paintings as well as ephemera and drawings from the “godfather of the lowbrow and pop surrealist art movements.” You can take a look at some other associated events here if you are interested. Discuss Robert Williams here.

Basel Week HK ’10 / Update: Mark Ryden

Currently in Hong Kong, Mark Ryden (interviewed) has a striking new sculptural piece on view in the foyer of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Entitled Dodecahedron–Quintessence 132, the twelve-faced piece features symbolic imagery on each side including the all-seeing eye that the Lowbrow artist is known for. Ryden further explains – “Quintessence 132 is a sculptural piece that continues my interest in the Dodecahedron. I have been numbering my paintings and sculptures since my first major solo exhibition in 1998. This is number 132. On this piece, I […]

Overtime: Feb 26 – March 4

More stories below (compiled with the help of YESNIK) from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Kaws’ Small Lie figure installation at Hamad International Airport in Qatar (photo credit: @dash.jpg). 39 must-see gallery shows in New York this March. Russell Crowe “The Art Of Divorce” auction. What’s driving nonprofits into the art world’s arms. 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2018 exhibitor list revealed. Artists Space NY adds Barbara Gladstone to the board. Former Artforum Editor Michelle Kuo joins MoMA as curator. […]