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Previews: Tiffany Bozic – “The Five Elements” @ Talon Gallery

Tomorrow night (May 4th) at Talon Gallery in Portland, Tiffany Bozic will be opening a show alongside new work from Josh Keyes (covered). Her new pieces are centered around the idea of The Five Elements (Air, Earth, Fire, Water, ​Easther) of nature, filled with creatures of the wild rendered with exquisite detail and created with a geometric shape in mind. You can head here for an thoughtful explanation behind each piece – for example, the piece seen first is Earth – the cubed cross section of the evolutionary […]

Previews: Mark Drew – “What Goes On?” @ Spoke Art (New York)

On May 5th, Spoke Art’s New York location will be opening a new solo show from Mark Drew entitled What Goes On? The new body of work continues the Tokyo-based Australian artist’s instantly recognizable mashups of Peanuts comics and 90s rap lyrics, like the painting seen above featuring the rhymes of Nas. That piece, Maintain (Nas), will also released as a limited edition screen print and be available in person at the opening. Discuss Mark Drew here.

Upcoming: Sam Flores – “Where’d the Wild Things Go” @ 111 Minna

This Friday night (May 4th), Sam Flores (interviewed) will be opening a new exhibition at 111 Minna in San Francisco entitled Where’d the Wild Things Go. It’s been a minute since we last saw a show from the locally-based artist so it’s nice seeing the familiar elements of his imagery – the long faced costumed girls, oversized hands, ships, and more. Take a look at a few more preview images down below… Discuss Sam Flores here.

Streets: Peanuts Global Artist Collective (New York)

As mentioned in our introduction to the Peanuts Global Artist Collective earlier this month, murals featuring the work of some of the participating artists were unveiled in New York. Painted on the side of downtown office buildings on the West Side near Hudson Square, imagery inspired by Charles M. Schulz’s famous comic strip could be seen by passerby’s from Mr. A (seen above), AVAF, FriendsWithYou, Kenny Scharf, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Rob Pruitt. Head over here for more info as there are plans to hit up 7 cities internationally with more […]

Overtime: April 23 – 29

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): David Hockney painting to go on the block at Sotheby’s in May, with $20-$30m. estimate. Christie’s adds 22 Richard Diebenkorn works to May auctions in New York. Marc Chagall painting will not be sold, National Gallery says. Is stock market volatility good for the art market? How Danh Vo rocketed to market stardom with art designed to confound collectors. What you need to know about J.M.W. Turner, Britain’s great painter of tempestuous seas. […]

Previews: Camille Rose Garcia – “The Wonderful World of Dr. Deekay” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Following up on her show in 2016 (covered here & here), Camille Rose Garcia will be opening her solo soon in downtown Los Angeles at Corey Helford Gallery on May 12th entitled The Wonderful World of Dr. Deekay. As referenced by the title of the exhibition, the work centers around imagery from her new illustrated dystopian novel and stop motion animation documenting the horror of her real life dental experience of enduring “11 root canals, a full mouth reconstruction, gum surgery, and finally a bad reaction to an anti-anxiety pill […]

Art Focus: Stephen Fox

Fascinated by the play of light within the nighttime landscape ever since he was a young boy, Stephen Fox has taken that interest and translated it into a career of painting. In particular, we were drawn to the Brooklyn-based artist’s The Drive-Ins series of works that depict various nostalgic scenes of outdoor theaters steeped with an air of mystery. Interestingly enough, a good number of these pieces seem to have made it into the hands of producers, which makes sense due to the subject matter, including Larry Mark (producer […]

Overtime: April 16 – 22

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Max Hollein and Julian Schnabel open monumental show in San Francisco. New York’s Burning in Water Gallery to open San Francisco space. Los Angeles’s CB1 Gallery accused of not paying its artists. CB1 Gallery in the DTLA Arts District to close after artists allege nonpayment. Collector sues Gagosian Gallery, Jeff Koons Studio for ‘non-delivery’ of three sculptures. Juliette Dumas’s large-scale whale paintings evoke the giant mammals’ suffering and scarring. Jerry Saltz Pulitzer […]

Basel Week HK’18 / Openings: James Jarvis – “The Waste Man” @ Aishonanzuka Gallery

On display through April 28th in Hong Kong at Aishonanzuka Gallery, The Waste Man is the latest exhibition from James Jarvis (interviewed). Known for his commercial work as a designer as well as a fine artist, his comics-style imagery (often humorous) is influenced by “philosophy, alternate realities, minimalism and skateboarding.” The show mainly consists of drawings of his signature character, something the British works on quite frequently, as well as a few larger gestural pieces on canvas. Photo credit: @SashaBogojev (via Juxtapoz). Discuss James Jarvis here.

Upcoming: Lisa Ericson & Lindsey Carr @ Antler Gallery

Coming up on April 26th, Antler Gallery in Portland will be opening a new show featuring the paintings of Lisa Ericson (seen above) and Lindsey Carr (seen below) both of whom have taking their work in a direction we find interesting. Referencing environmental issues while creating surreal pieces based on the ideas of of “mobile habitats” Ericson clusters smaller creatures like refugees on top of turtle shells or aquatic life flourishing around coral fish hybrids. Carr, who has been known in the past for her imaginative take on traditional […]