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Openings: Takashi Murakami – “Arhat Cycle” @ Palazzo Reale

Four years since Takashi Murakami’s show at Versailles in France (covered), the Japanese contemporary artist just opened a show with a similar kind of atmosphere at Milan’s Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale). Curated by Francesco Bonami and organized by Blum & Poe along with Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd, this is Murakami’s first exhibition in a public space in Italy. For this showing, the leader of the Superflat movement prepared new works presenting styles and techniques developed over the last two years. Juxtapozed against the imposing interior of the former Royal Palace, the entire […]
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Openings: CRASH – “Broken English” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

One of the summer exhibitions that we checked out recently was by Bronx-based graffiti artist Crash, a.k.a. John Matos (featured) at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Entitled Broken English this freshly minted body of work spanned traditional mediums such as canvas and paper, but also highlights Crash’s dexterity as a graffiti master as he worked his painterly street magic to redo a Mini Cooper in his signature style & visual language. This great exhibition will be up until July 26th, so if you’re in NYC, this is a must see. Photo credit: Joe Russo for Arrested Motion. […]
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Openings: “OK, I’ll Rename It” @ Bill Brady KC

Summer has been heating up and of all the group shows popping up as everyone enters the break before fall – Bill Brady in Kansas City has some of the most hotness with a four person showcase. Entitled OK, I’ll Rename It, this exhibition puts together four artistic peers that have shown together in various combinations of galleries & group shows, but this marks the first time Erik Parker, KAWS, Todd “REAS” James and Tomoo Gokita have shared the stage for a smashing demonstration of their creativity. Check […]
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Openings: Chie Yoshii & Casey Curran – “In The Darkness of Mere Being” & “Indeterminate Apotheosis” @ Roq La Rue

In The Darkness of Mere Being, Chie Yoshii’s first solo show, opened at Roq la Rue in Seattle on July 3rd. Titled after a quote from the great Carl Jung, the art explores many of the Swiss psychotherapist’s hypotheses about the psyche and our subconscious – rich colors emerging from the darkened forest to subjects bathed in moon light. Individuality was a large part of Jung’s work in psychology, and is represented here by a different animal in each piece. While some are bold and dominant, […]
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Openings: Jeff Koons – “A Retrospective” @ Whitney Museum

Last weekend, New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art premiered its retrospective of American artist Jeff Koons. Simply entitled A Retrospective, this exhibition bears significant importance to both parties. For the Whitney, it represents the last exhibition to be held at this original location before moving to their new home in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan in the spring of 2015. For Koons, it’s the first time in a career which spans 5 decades in which he’s had a museum show in a city that he calls […]
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Openings: 2501 – “Nomadic Experiment” @ Soze Gallery

After traveling around the world, creating public works in remote places, being involved in mural festivals, and working on various conceptual projects, 2501 is brought his experiences and elements from his travels to Soze Gallery through the Nomadic Experiment solo show. As an essential part of his ongoing Nomadic Experience Project, this show presents the works he has been working on between and while on the road. While having a firmly formed visual language in place, consisting of peculiar line work and strictly geometric use of gold leaf, […]
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Openings: Katrin Fridriks – “Flying Awareness” @ The Lazarides

On the 26th of June, Lazarides Rathbone held a private opening for the solo show of Icelandic conceptual and abstract painter, Katrin Fridriks. The artist, whose captivating work London art lovers could only see at art fairs and group shows so far, finally introduced her work with a large elaborate exhibition that will stay on view until the 24th of July. Supported by Steve Lazarides and Fru Tholstrup, artists Jonathan Yeo and Antony Micallef, and her international collectors and friends from music and art world, Katrin’s show […]
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Openings: Os Gemeos – “A ópera da lua” (The Moon Opera) @ Galpão Fortes Vilaça

Yesterday, the long anticipated return of hometown street art heroes happened in Sao Paulo at Galpão Fortes Vilaça when Os Gemeos opened their solo show. For this exhibition entitled A ópera da lua or The Moon Opera, the Brazilian twins created an immersive experience for their fans consisting of over 30 paintings, wall murals,  three sculptures, and a 3D video installation. The colorful kaleidoscope of surreal images and their signature characters should not be missed if you are in town for the World Cup or otherwise as […]
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Openings: Erica Rose Levine – “Empress” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Last weekend, Thinkspace Gallery hosted the opening for Erica Rose Levine’s show Empress in their project room (the same night as Jacub Gagnon & Brian Mashburn). Using primarily colored pencils, markers, and graphite, the Brooklyn-based artist created portraits of women and their “use of decoration and beauty as power.” The details she is able to achieve is impressive and we suggest you stop by to see the work in person if you are in the area before July 12th. More photos below… Discuss this show here.
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Showing: Mars-1 – “Toward A Distant Dawn” @ Martha Otero Gallery

Mario Martinez aka Mars-1 (featured) recently opened a solo at Martha Otero Gallery entitled Toward A Distant Dawn. The new body of work includes much of the creative output that we have seen from the Bay Area-based artist of late including monochromatic works, his colorful otherworldly paintings, and sculptural representations of his symmetric and geometric visions. Take a look at the photos below although it would be even more rewarding to see the work in person through July 19. Via Platinum Cheese. Discuss Mars-1 here.
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