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Recap: Matsukatsu Sashie – “Kaleidoscope” @ KP Projects

Today was the last day to see Masakatsu Sashie’s excellent Kaleidoscope at KP Projects in Los Angeles, an exhibition that sees him continue exploring works that have a distinctive surreal yet post-apocalyptic feel. The solo show from the Japanese artist allowed him present a series of paintings of his signature amalgamations of urban structures, the most recognizable being his suspended globes. On display also was a sweet sculptural work, a three dimensional representation of his orbs. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: @bshigeta, @bunnie_gram, […]

Previews: Amy Sol – “Bird of Flux” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Tomorrow night (March 3rd), Amy Sol (interviewed) returns to Thinkspace after an interval of almost two years (see 2016) for the opening of her latest solo show. Bird of Flux looks to be a more introspective body of work featuring the Nevada-based artist’s female characters and their animal companions in mainly melancholic twilight and night settings, which is also reflected in her choice of a more muted palette. Rounding out the exhibition will be her first forays into sculpture, bringing her imagery to life in 3D form. […]

Upcoming: James Jean – “Azimuth” @ Kaikai Kiki Gallery

On April 6th, James Jean (interviewed) will be opening a new show in Tokyo at Kaikai Kiki Gallery. Continuing to work with Takashi Murakami to present his work to Japanese collectors (see 2015), the American artist has prepared a series of new works collectively entitled Azimuth. One of the highlights will certainly be some new stained glass works (the triptych Portals seen here) that Jean recently revealed last weekend. Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta and the artist. Discuss James Jean here.

Releases: Alex Gross – “#monalisa2018” Print

Alex Gross (interviewed) just released a new print entitled #monalisa2018 thru his webstore. The image is taken from a recent painting that continues his exploration of the effects of social media and consumerism in our lives, but through the lens of a hypothetical modern version of Leonardo da Vinci’s muse. The contrast between such a well known character from the past and the technology and fashion of today is quite striking. The edition is limited to 75 (in addition to 10 AP’s), sized at 28″ x 21.5″, […]

Overtime: Feb 1 – Feb 25

More stories below (compiled with the help of YESNIK) mostly from February (click on bolded words for more information): Frieze to launch Los Angeles art fair at Paramount Studios in 2019. 5Pointz graffiti artist awarded $6.7 million for destroyed murals. Developer is planning to appeal. Another San Francisco art fair will target the ever-elusive tech industry collector. How the glitz and excess of the 1980s shaped contemporary art. Art storage facilities offer a new model for galleries priced out of Chelsea. For NY artist’s struggling […]

Streets: Andrew Hem (Italy)

A few months ago in Italy, Andrew Hem (interviewed) spent some time painting a stunning new mural for the Memorie Urbane. The multi-story piece created over several days in Fondi features one of his characters painted in his usual cartoonish style with what appear to be references to paintings of religious symbolism and iconography. Take a look at more detailed photos as well as some in-progress shots below… Photo credit: Flavia Fiengo. Discuss Andrew Hem here.

Showing: Travis Louie – “The Present Past” @ Creatura House

Showing at the just opened Creatura House in Seattle, Travis Louie (interviewed) currently has a small selection of paintings and drawings on view. Entitled The Present Past, the exhibition at the former Roq La Rue owner Kirsten Anderson’s new gallery features Louie’s depiction of endangered animals in his vintage photo-like Victorian style. For the first time, he has painted the eyes in color “illuminating that these species are still alive and need support and protection.” A portion of the proceeds will go towards Anderson’s non-profit – Creatura Wildlife […]

Previews: Adrian Cox – “Terra Incognita” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On February 24, Corey Helford Gallery in downtown Los Angeles will be hosting the opening of a new solo from Adrian Cox. Entitled Terra Incognita, the new showing sees the St. Louis-based painter add spectral forces to his narrative, adding tension as they are in opposition to his signature hybrid beings. Cox further states – “I’ve continued to expand on the mythological narrative of the Border Creatures, a race of hybrid beings that populate my work. The paintings in this show chronicle a time of conflict in […]

Valentine’s Day 2018

With Valentine’s Day in full swing, many artists took to social media to send well wishes to their followers. Some took the opportunity to reveal never before seen work (James Jean above), show appreciation for their loved ones (KAWS below), or just share a piece of artwork that resonated with the special day with their fans. Click through the names to see examples of what some artist’s had to say – Joel Rea, Gary Taxali, Todd “REAS” James, Gary Baseman, Hellovon, Kenny Scharf, Stella Im […]

Yoskay Yamamoto // Facebook Artist In Residence Program

Recently, Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed) became the latest to go through the FB AIR Program. The artist-in-residence initiative saw the Los Angeles-based artist set up one of his signature clustered installations in one of Facebook’s new offices on the Palo Alto campus. Featuring a series of patterned paintings inspired by the LA sky, sculptural pieces, and hanging elements, Cali Sunset was a welcome addition to the creative work environment. Photos via Derek Puleston, Facebook, and the artist. Discuss Yoskay Yamamoto here.