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Showing: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Somewhere Here” @ Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery

Last week in Luxembourg, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) presented new works entitled Somewhere Here at Zidoun-Bossuyt Galley. The Japanese artist’s new solo included a series of vibrant new paintings as well as steel sculptures created in monochromatic gold and silver. The New York-based Matsuyama’s characters were both rendered against complex “deco-florative” patterns in irregularly shaped canvases set in striking contrast against the white walls as well as were seen in a more minimalistic outline in sculptural form both inside and outside the gallery space. Take a look at more installation photos below… Discuss Matzu here.
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Basel Week Miami ’15 // Previews: Christian Rex van Minnen // Poulsen Gallery @ PULSE

Another artist whose work we’ve been following for some time, Christian Rex van Minnen (featured), will be introducing his newest work during Basel Week Miami. Showing with Gallery Poulsen from Copenhagen, the NY-based artist prepared two large pieces for this event along with other artists represented by the gallery including Aaron Johnson, Mi Ju, Mu Pan, William Powhida, Jean-Pierre Roy, and Nicola Verlato. Both pieces from van Minnen, Grotto with Nietzsche and Anal (top) and Deez Mothafuckin Chakraz!, are oil paintings on linen, measuring 72 x 48″. One is a classic van […]
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Openings: James Jean – “Zugzwang” @ Hidari Zingaro

Earlier this month, as a part of GEISAI∞infinity project curated by Takashi Murakami, James Jean (interviewed) opened up a solo show at Kaikai Kiki’s Hidari Zingaro in Tokyo. Entitled Zugzwang, the new body of work highlighted some of the American artist’s imaginative imagery in a large scale form that mirrored his moleskin sketches that we have come to love. Along with these figurative gems created in a blue hue and accented with red and pink, Jean also contributed a more painterly triptych that dominated the room. Photo credit: Ksn. Discuss this show here. Discuss James Jean here.
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Basel Week Miami ’15 / Previews: Jeff Gillette // Copro Gallery @ SCOPE

Some 10 days before the official start of Basel Week Miami in Florida, Copro Gallery has introduced two new works by Jeff Gillette, created exclusively for this occasion. The originator of Dismayland concept (covered), created two paintings influenced by his recent participation in Banksy’s Dismaland (covered). The first piece titled Dismaland Castle depicets a post-apocalyptic Dismaland setting. With the infamous torn down Disney castle in the center, WSM seaside in the back, and the entire area being covered with rubbish and slum-like constructions, it looks like a bad case future scenario to say […]
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Rewind: Oct 26 – Nov 22

Leading off this latest Rewind feature is a 30 minute documentary on Banksy’s recent Dismaland project (covered). One of the hosts in the video is none other than one of our photographers and writers – Butterfly. Follow her as she walks through the “theme park” and watch the footage as she explains the different installations. Other notable videos include: Pussy Riot’s music video filmed at Banksy’s Dismaland. Jen Stark’s work for MTV and Miley Cyrus. JR joins Pharrell and Scott Vener on OTHERtone. Behind the scenes look […]
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Overtime: Nov 16 – Nov 23

More stories from the week that ended Nov 23 (click on bolded words for more information): Images and information up for John Bock show at Regen Projects. RIP: Paul Laffoley, who died at the age of 75 after battle with congestive heart failure. RIP: Fabian Stech, who died after being shot at the Bataclan Theater in Paris. RIP: Alban Denuit, who died at the age of 32 after being shot at the Bataclan Theater in Paris. LA Times writes about the closing of the Paris Photo fair […]
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Openings: Jeremy Fish – “O Glorious City” @ San Francisco City Hall

It’s always a treat to attend Jeremy Fish (featured) openings. This particular opening was truly special as well. When we arrived at City Hall, an hour before the opening, there was already a long line of the locally-based artist’s devotees. As we walked past the line, we noticed Fish tattoos, t-shirt, hoodies, hats and one guy even had limited edition Fish leather shoes! San Francisco mayor, Ed Lee, declared November 19th as the official Jeremy Fish day. Why didn’t this happen sooner? We cannot think of one other […]
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Previews: Roland Tamayo – “Collection of Curiosities” @ Flower Pepper Gallery

This Saturday night (November 21st), Roland Tamayo (interviewed) will be opening up a joint show with Alex Louisa at Flower Pepper Gallery in Los Angeles. The timely choice of imagery from Tamayo, seeing as the new Star Wars movie opens soon, features his tasty-treat Star Destroyers, a perfect example of how the locally-based artist likes to draw inspiration from memories of his childhood. He further states – “These pieces are a collection of treats enjoyed by my sons, along with nostalgic treats from my childhood, connected by […]
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Previews: Glenn Barr – “Hidden Persuasion” @ Inner State

Tomorrow night (November 20th) in Detroit, Inner State Gallery will be hosting the opening of Glenn Barr’s new solo show. Entitled Hidden Persuasion, the paintings from the locally-based artist this time have less of the surreal imagery he has been known for, but focuses in more on the cinematic quality of his work. He further states – “My new work in Hidden Persuasion is a tiny bit of a departure for me. In my past work, surreal manifestations inspired by the unconscious mind came to life. […]
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Previews: Ray Caesar – “Pretty Little Predators” @ Gallery House

This weekend in Toronto, Ray Caesar (interviewed 2011, 2013) will be hosted by Gallery House as he unveils works he has created for a new solo show entitled Pretty Little Predators. Created painstakingly with 3D modeling programs and released as limited editions and one offs, the Canadian artist’s work draws from life memories and events mixed in with fantastical and often disturbing imagery. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Ray Caesar here.