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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 […]

Overtime: May 1 – May 7

More stories from the week that ended May 7 (click on bolded words for more information): Matthew Marks Gallery exhibiting the last paintings Ellsworth Kelly made before he died. RIP: A. R. Penck, who passed away at the age of 77. RIP: Jordan Vaughn, aka Tead, who passed away at the age of 34. RIP: Stephen McKenna, who passed away in his home in Co Carlow. Matt Furie kills off Pepe the Frog. Man with a knife slashes Christopher Wool painting at Opera Gallery in Aspen. Visions Gallery […]

Openings: Robert Williams – “Slang Aesthetics!” @ Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Last month, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (in association with Thinkspace Gallery) hosted the opening of Robert Williams’ Midwestern debut. Along with some new works, the exhibition introduced to fans in Indiana many of the pieces that others have enjoyed in Los Angeles (covered), Sonoma County, and Santa Fe, (shows which were also entitled SLANG Aesthetics!) Those can make it before the close date of July 23rd will be rewarded with a display of rich and surreal paintings as well as large-scale sculptural works from the champion of the Lowbrow art […]

Previews: “TONDO” @ Spoke Art (SF)

This Saturday night, May 6th, Spoke Art in San Francisco will be opening a new group show entitled TONDO. As the name of the exhibition suggests, over 50 artists were asked to contribute works that were round with creative license to use their own style and imagery. Take a look at examples of the works below (and above from Amy Sol) and make plans to hit the opening if you are in the Bay Area this weekend.        

Previews: “Lush Life” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

On May 6th, Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco will be hosting a group show curated by Kirsten Anderson (owner of the recently closed Roq La Rue). One of her ongoing series of shows, Lush Life, will be brought to life again with contributions from Lauren Levato Coyne, Peter Ferguson, Laurie Hogin (seen above), Jeff Jacobson, Redd Walitzki, John Brophy, Tyler Thrasher, Travis Louie, and Laurie Lee Brom. Take a look at more preview images below…

Streets: Kenny Scharf (Los Angeles)

Recently in Culver City, California, Kenny Scharf (interviewed) was able to paint some of his signature characters on the sides of a building overlaid over a colorful background of drips. It looks like while there, he also took time to continue his series of what he calls Karbombz where he paints the outside of a lucky fan’s automobile. Take a look at more photos as well as a video below… Photo and video credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Kenny Scharf here.

Previews: Tim Doyle – “UnReal Estate V” @ Spoke Art (New York)

Continuing his long time collaboration (see 2012, 2013, 2014) with Spoke Art, Tim Doyle will be opening a new solo show on May 6th at their New York location for the first time. UnReal Estate V sees the artist based in Austin, Texas return to subject matter he and his fans know well – creating his versions of “locations from cinema and televisions’s most popular cult classics, re-imagining their locales in his signature illustrative style.” As you can see from the preview images here, he […]

Overtime: April 24 – April 30

More stories from the week that ended April 30 (click on bolded words for more information): RIP: Vito Acconci, who passed away at the age of 77. Jerry Saltz writes about the artist. RIP: Chris Oh, who passed away at the age of 35. RIP: Bill Fisher, who passed away at the age of 59. Doubts over whether Berlin can afford a MoMA of its own. Metropolitan Museum of Art considering charging a mandatory admission fee to tourists. Tate criticized for soliciting donations from staff towards Nicholas […]

Showing: Haroshi – “GUZO” @ Nanzuka gallery

Nanzuka Gallery in Tokyo recently opened the long awaited solo by local artist Haroshi (featured). After many successful shows worldwide, Guzo is the first major exhibition for the artist in his hometown. For this showing, the Japanese artist worked on a new concept and created a series of over 20 figurines carved from salvaged skate decks. After trying several different techniques of repurposing old skateboards over the years, Haroshi went back to the original concept of compressing multiple boards together and then using the resulting solid wooden slab as carving material. Through […]