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Openings: “PDFW” @ Slow Culture

Last month Slow Culture moved from LA’s Highland Park to Chinatown, and on March 4th, they opened the PDFW: Performance. Drawing. Film. Writing. group show by THE DFW crew. Curated by Barry Mcgee and made possible with support from Obey and Vans, the show marks a new phase for the secret international art club that is DFW. Established as an art gallery, Slow Culture’s new space is meant to provide artists with a workspace and studio to help foster new projects, workshops, and installations. With their general idea being to present everything from visual artists to musicians […]

Openings: Tomoo Gokita – “On Paper” @ Bill Brady Gallery / Johnson Trading Gallery

On March 4th, Johnson Trading Gallery in NYC hosted a Bill Brady event – a pop up show by Tomoo Gokita. Coinciding with Armory Week, the show titled On Paper includes smaller works on paper by the renowned Japanese artist. The 12 pieces in the show are all figurative black and white pieces based on vintage portrait images, similar to the ones he presented with the gallery in Miami last December (covered). Using exclusively monochrome colors, Gokita’s works have a strong vintage feel which is further emphasized by the traditional […]

Openings: Seen – “OLD NEW YORK” @ Buckshot Gallery

A couple weekends ago, Buckshot Gallery in Los Angeles opened a solo show from graffiti legend SEEN. OLD NEW YORK features a series of abstract works on canvas as well as free-hand graffiti works that he created while in Paris, including a nice touch of using unexpected materials such as metal frames from the Parisian rooftops. As anticipated, the reception saw an outpouring of support from fans as well as local writers and graffiti artists. Photo credit: Birdman Photos.

Openings: Jonathan Viner – Strange Math @ Roq la Rue

Earlier this month, Roq la Rue hosted it’s first opening of 2016 with Jonathan Viner’s Strange Math.  This marks a new less-is-more approach for the Seattle gallery, focusing on one artist a month, with a couple group exhibitions during the year. The show from the Brooklyn-based artist provided a great start to the new year with the large paintings filling the main floor of the gallery. Bright neon-like colors have infiltrated Viner’s usual muted color pallet, giving the paintings their own glow.  Provocative subject matter and […]
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Openings: “Still Here, A Decade of Lazarides” (London)

Until 24th March 2016, Lazarides is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a group exhibition Still Here – A Decade of Lazarides in London. Celebrated and pioneering artists who have helped shape the gallery are taking over the three floors of the Rathbone space. The illustrious roster included 3D, Aiko, Anthony Lister, Antony Micallef, Banksy, Brett Amory, Chloe Early, David Choe, Doug Foster, Faile, Frank Laws, Gary Taxali, Herbert Baglione, Hush, Ian Francis, Invader, Joe Rush, Jonathan Yeo, JR, Karim Zeriahen, Katrin Fridriks, Know Hope / Addam Y, […]

Openings: KAWS @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park

As we previously mentioned, KAWS is currently in UK where he is officially opening his first UK museum exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the 6th of February. The show was revealed for selected museum members and fans of NY-based artist on the 5th of February, and we just received these exclusive preview images from the event, shot by WillNYC. With the focus of the show being on his sculptural work, a direction of his oeuvre that began with the release of his first vinyl toy back in […]

Openings: Hajime Sorayama @ NANZUKA Gallery

Last weekend in Tokyo, renowned creator of the “sexy robot” Hajime Sorayama opened a solo show at NANZUKA Gallery. Along with a couple sculptural representations of his erotic automatons, the Japanese artist also introduced a new series of works inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her famous quote – “An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine.” Take a look at more photos from the exhibition below… Artwork: ©Hajime Sorayama (courtesy of NANZUKA). Photo credit: Intelligence & NANZUKA (installation shots). Discuss Hajime Sorayama here.
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LA Art Show ’16: Recap

Last week, the LA Art Show was in town for another go around bringing in more than 120 galleries representing 22 countries. The 2016 edition was the 21st iteration of the fair, but third year for a special section of the event entitled Littletopia (see 2014, 2015). Our coverage will mainly focus on this area, led off by the Jeff Gillette designed entrance inspired by his participation in Banksy’s Dismaland. Photo credit: Birdman Photos.

Openings: Shag – “Jungle Drums” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Last week in Los Angeles, Shag (interviewed) brought a little retro chic to the new Corey Helford Gallery location with his latest solo entitled Jungle Drums. Along with his signature paintings featuring a nostalgic look back when mod characters hung out sipping martinis, the downtown LA showspace also featured tiki sculptures, a mid-century decor, as well as a large wall covered with his imagery. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Shag here.
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Openings: Tauba Auerbach – “Projective Instrument” @ Paula Cooper Gallery

On January 9th, Tauba Auerbach returned to Paula Cooper Gallery in New York for a brand new exhibition. Entitled Projective Instrument, the show plays off the 1915 treatise Projective Ornament by the American architect & theosopher Claude Bragdon in which the author outlines a system for drawing four-dimensional ornament on a two-dimensional plane. Building upon this century old thesis, Auerbach further empowers projective geometry and recasts the “Ornament” as “Instrument,” thereby rendering it an active tool rather than mere representation. This results in a diverse series of works that includes paintings, sculptures and music […]