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Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism

Overtime: May 15 – May 21

More stories from the week that ended May 21 (click on bolded words for more information): Yusaku Maezawa bids record-breaking $110.5mil. on Basquiat painting at Sotheby’s auction. Time’s Money section profiles the collector. CNBC has more on him. RIP: Lee Hall, who passed away at the age of 82. Kenya makes it to the Venice Biennale, despite receiving no money from its government for its pavilion. Raining fake Random International Rain Rooms in China. Two Ron English sculptures removed from outside department store in Shanghai within hours of […]

Openings: “Flourish” @ Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Over the weekend, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona hosted the opening of Flourish, a group show curated by Thinkspace Gallery. Over 100 artists contributed to the exhibition but the standouts for us were the murals from Esao Andrews and Nosego as well as a sweet hanging installation from Felipe Pantone. Full roster of artists includes: 1010, Aaron Nagel, Alex Garant, Alexis Diaz, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Bec Winnel, Benjamin Garcia, Cinta Vidal, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Curiot, Daniel Bilodeau, David Cooley, David Rice, Derek Gores, Dulk, Erik Siador, Ernest Zacharevic, Fernando Chamarelli, Frank Gonzales, Ian […]

Releases: Mark Ryden – “Princess Praline and Her Entourage” Print

With his upcoming New York show featuring artwork from the ballet (covered) he worked on with the American Ballet Theater opening on May 20th, Mark Ryden (interviewed) will also be releasing an associated print on May 19th. Princess Praline and Her Entourage looks to be an image taking from some of Ryden’s concept art from his set and costume design work. The print will be produced in a run of 1000, measuring 13.5″ x 39″, and will be priced at $250 (a portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Ballet Theatre). Head […]

Recap: Brendan Monroe – “Mammatus” @ Curator’s Cube

Earlier this year, Brendan Monroe (interviewed) held a showcase in Japan at Curator’s Cube entitled Mammatus. The exhibition in Tokyo featured several of the American artist’s distinctive ceramic sculptures and some of his organic black and white patterned drawings, which were complemented nicely with a wall mural. Take a look at more photos of the event below… Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.

Overtime: May 8 – May 14

More stories from the week that ended May 14 (click on bolded words for more information): Heather Hart installation at Storm King Art Center turns a roof into a stage. RIP: Jack Tilton (1951–2017). The British Museum sees rise of pencil graffiti on its ancient sculptures, raising concerns about monitoring. Jersey City residents criticize offensive murals commissioned by city and demands proper vetting process. Questioning the Venice Biennale’s nation-state design. Is the Venice Biennale too commercial? Victor Ehikhamenor accuses Damien Hirst of copying well-known ancient Nigerian work, Head of Ife. […]

Upcoming: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “No Strings” @ KP Projects Gallery

Returning for a 6th solo show with KP Projects Gallery in Los Angeles, Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) will be unveiling a new collection of surreal paintings on May 20th ([email protected]) featuring his fantastical creatures and characters. Entitled No Strings, the new body of work includes references to the story of Pinnochio as well as the idea of escaping reality. Simkins further states – “In painting this show, I found myself examining my own life and insecurities while looking at my role as a father and seeing my sons make […]

Recap: Art Market San Francisco 2017

A couple weeks ago the seventh edition of Art Market San Francisco returned to the Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion to the delight of collectors and art fans in the Bay Area. Featuring works from artists working with an international selection of 80 different galleries, the event looked to have something for everyone. Check out some of the highlights from the photos below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos.

Previews: “Flourish” @ Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

On May 12th, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum will be opening Flourish, a group show curated by Thinkspace Gallery. Continuing to promote what they call the New Contemporary Art Movement, the exhibition features work from 1010, Aaron Nagel, Alex Garant, Alexis Diaz, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Bec Winnel, Benjamin Garcia, Cinta Vidal, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Curiot, Daniel Bilodeau, David Cooley, David Rice, Derek Gores, Dulk, Erik Siador, Ernest Zacharevic, Fernando Chamarelli, Frank Gonzales, Ian Francis (seen above), Icy and Sot, James Bullough, Joel Daniel Phillips, Jolene […]

Fashion: James Jean x Prada 2018 Resort Collection

Following up on his work with Prada in 2008 and other projects through the years, James Jean (interviewed) has collaborated with the Italian fashion house on part of their 2018 resort collection. Staged for the first time at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio in Milan, the runway show featured the illustrator and visual artist’s imagery prominently on parkas, a pantsuit, dresses as well as many of the handbags. Take a look at more images as well as a video of the collection below… Discuss James Jean here.

Previews: Joao Ruas – “Geist” @ Jonathan LeVine Projects

This Saturday, May 13, Joao Ruas will be opening a solo at Jonathan LeVine Projects in New Jersey entitled Geist. The concept behind the new work, according to the Sao Paulo-based artist, was inspired by The Phenomenology of the Spirit by G. W. F. Hegel, and uses “modern and ancient metaphorical allegories, religious scenes and historical characters to address attempts to change the inexorable universal pendulum of creation and destruction through endless ages. The new paintings look to be great examples of Ruas’ haunting work […]