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Basel Week Switzerland ’16 / Recap: Scope Art Show

Moving closer to its big brother, the Scope Art Show is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in Basel at a new location three blocks away from the main fair (covered – part 1, part 2). The new space at Clarahuus includes three floors divided between 85 international exhibitors and 10 breeder program galleries. The international feel of this year’s edition is confirmed with exhibitors hailing from four continents and over twenty countries including China, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Italy, Iran, Russia, Turkey, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, […]
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Openings: Meghan Howland – “Your Magic Is Real” @ Roq La Rue

Hailing from Portland, Maine, Meghan Howland (pictured left below) made the trek to the Pacific Northwest for her Your Magic Is Real exhibition (on display until July 2nd) at Roq la Rue, which will be one of the last before the gallery closes its doors in September. The exhibition features several colorful oil paintings alongside charcoal drawings on paper. Thick brushstrokes enable the paintings to be resolved from a few feet away as the human form melds with fauna and their surroundings. Subjects emerge from […]
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Openings: James Bullough – “Breaking Point” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Last month, at the same time as Curiot’s immersive showing at Thinkspace Gallery, the Berlin-based James Bullough also presented an all new set of works. Collectively entitled Breaking Point, the new paintings are classic examples of the American artist’s fragmented portraiture. Inspired by “moments in life, good or bad, that hit like a flash, break you down and rearrange your parts, when everything seems to change in an instant,” Bullough’s new pieces feature his levitating characters, rendered with glitchy overlapping segments. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss James Bullough here.
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Openings: Jedediah Voltz – “Somewhere Small” @ Virgil Normal

Back in April, Virgil Normal in Los Angeles hosted a brief showing of miniature “tree” houses from Jedediah Voltz. His whimsical structures embedded in the branches of common household plants (such as succulents) featured a high level of detail to include tiny furniture, pots, rugs, and other accessories. As a creative outlet for his commercial prop making experience, the series of tiny domiciles is obviously a labor of love, something his audience appreciated leading to an almost sold out opening night. Discuss Jedediah Voltz here.
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Openings: 1010 – “Serendipity” @ 10 A.M. ART

10 A.M. ART gallery is currently showing the first Italian show (June 4 – July 2) by 1010 as part of a wider cultural project. Along with displaying his new body of abstract works titled Serendipity, the project also includes a large mural painted on the gallery building at 31 Via Barrili, Milan. The Germany-based street artist has gathered recognition with his effective use of perspective and creating artificial holes or portals. Primarily working in large scale, his murals can be found anywhere from Hawaii, Miami and […]
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Openings: Curiot – “Warped Passage” @ Thinkspace Gallery

On May 28th, Thinkspace Gallery opened a new solo show by Favio Martinez aka Curiot, along with solo shows by James Bullough and UR New York. For his third solo show with the gallery, the Michoacán artist prepared a collection of new paintings, two new digital editions, an adventurous installation, as well as an offsite mural completed for the RFK Schools project with Branded Arts. Warped Passage features one of the gallery’s most intense install takeovers ever as the Curiot painted the walls and floors of the gallery, blending […]
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Openings: Greg Simkins – “Beyond Shadows” @ KP Projects // MKG & Launch LA

Last month, KP Projects // MKG in West Hollywood hosted the opening for the latest solo from Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured). Entitled Beyond Shadows, the new pieces continue the locally-based artist’s surreal explorations of hybrid creatures rendered in a vivid palette. Also included were a some paintings from his series featuring his Stab E. Mack switchblade characters. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Greg Simkins here.
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Openings: Yayoi Kusama @ Victoria Miro

Victoria Miro in London is currently hosting a new exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Yayoi Kusama. Spanning the gallery’s three locations and waterside garden, the exhibition features new paintings, pumpkin sculptures, and immersive room experiences, all made especially for this showing. This is the artist’s most extensive exhibition at the gallery to date, and it is the first time mirror rooms have gone on view in London since Kusama’s major retrospective at Tate Modern in 2012. Her iconic dots patterns, pumpkins and mirror rooms are a lifelong exploration of the […]
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Openings: Peter Ferguson – “Lifeboats of a Sinking Witch” @ Roq La Rue

For several years now, Peter Ferguson has left his his Canadian homeland to deliver a sold out, or nearly sold out show to the Roq La Rue Gallery.  2016 is no exception and Lifeboats of a Sinking Witch is another journey to the illustrator’s fantastic world. Seemingly painted under twilight, each piece is completed with a vintage frame and several are adored with a title face plate. Discuss Peter Ferguson here.
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Openings: Katrin Fridricks – Macrocosm @ Lazarides

Icelandic conceptual artist and abstract painter Katrin Fridriks (covered) returns to Lazarides Rathbone in London for a new solo exhibition entitled Macrocosm. Along with the 2014 installation Perception of the Stendhal Syndrome – Gene&Ethics Master Prism with a giant magnifying glass, the exhibition features a whole new body of works, with canvases bursting with vibrant and swirling energetic coloured shapes of splashing paint. The role of the magnifying glass is to enhance the intensity of the experience of being overwhelmed by the artwork, evoking a phenomenon that is […]