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Update: Mark Ryden (Hong Kong)

Currently in Hong Kong, Mark Ryden (interviewed) has a striking new sculptural piece on view in the foyer of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Entitled Dodecahedron–Quintessence 132, the twelve-faced piece features symbolic imagery on each side including the all-seeing eye that the Lowbrow artist is known for. Ryden further explains – “Quintessence 132 is a sculptural piece that continues my interest in the Dodecahedron. I have been numbering my paintings and sculptures since my first major solo exhibition in 1998. This is number 132. On this piece, I […]

Recap: Matsukatsu Sashie – “Kaleidoscope” @ KP Projects

Today was the last day to see Masakatsu Sashie’s excellent Kaleidoscope at KP Projects in Los Angeles, an exhibition that sees him continue exploring works that have a distinctive surreal yet post-apocalyptic feel. The solo show from the Japanese artist allowed him present a series of paintings of his signature amalgamations of urban structures, the most recognizable being his suspended globes. On display also was a sweet sculptural work, a three dimensional representation of his orbs. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: @bshigeta, @bunnie_gram, […]

Previews: Amy Sol – “Bird of Flux” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Tomorrow night (March 3rd), Amy Sol (interviewed) returns to Thinkspace after an interval of almost two years (see 2016) for the opening of her latest solo show. Bird of Flux looks to be a more introspective body of work featuring the Nevada-based artist’s female characters and their animal companions in mainly melancholic twilight and night settings, which is also reflected in her choice of a more muted palette. Rounding out the exhibition will be her first forays into sculpture, bringing her imagery to life in 3D form. […]

Upcoming: James Jean – “Azimuth” @ Kaikai Kiki Gallery

On April 6th, James Jean (interviewed) will be opening a new show in Tokyo at Kaikai Kiki Gallery. Continuing to work with Takashi Murakami to present his work to Japanese collectors (see 2015), the American artist has prepared a series of new works collectively entitled Azimuth. One of the highlights will certainly be some new stained glass works (the triptych Portals seen here) that Jean recently revealed last weekend. Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta and the artist. Discuss James Jean here.

Previews: Nuart Aberdeen 2018

After successful inaugural event in 2017 (covered), Nuart Aberdeen just announced that their second edition that will run from April 12th to April 15th. Developed by the team behind the legendary Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Norway, in collaboration with Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council, the idea of this project is to produce fresh public artworks by the most interesting and relevant creatives in the niche, but even more to “activate and inspire an emergent local scene whilst encouraging creative collaborations with twin city Stavanger.” With […]

Showing: “Pardon My Language” @ Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery

Showing through this weekend at Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery in Luxembourg is a group show curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed). Entitled Pardon My Language, the exhibition includes work from Matzu as well as from Wim Delvoye, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Robert Lazzarini, Jayson Musson, and Alison Elizabeth Taylor. The showing from the artists with diverse styles and art-making techniques explore how “globalization has changed our perception of cultural identity and how ‘identity’ is shifting and changing in the 20th/21st century.” Discuss Tomokazu Matsuyama here.

Releases: Alex Gross – “#monalisa2018” Print

Alex Gross (interviewed) just released a new print entitled #monalisa2018 thru his webstore. The image is taken from a recent painting that continues his exploration of the effects of social media and consumerism in our lives, but through the lens of a hypothetical modern version of Leonardo da Vinci’s muse. The contrast between such a well known character from the past and the technology and fashion of today is quite striking. The edition is limited to 75 (in addition to 10 AP’s), sized at 28″ x 21.5″, […]

Showing: Travis Louie – “The Present Past” @ Creatura House

Showing at the just opened Creatura House in Seattle, Travis Louie (interviewed) currently has a small selection of paintings and drawings on view. Entitled The Present Past, the exhibition at the former Roq La Rue owner Kirsten Anderson’s new gallery features Louie’s depiction of endangered animals in his vintage photo-like Victorian style. For the first time, he has painted the eyes in color “illuminating that these species are still alive and need support and protection.” A portion of the proceeds will go towards Anderson’s non-profit – Creatura Wildlife […]

Openings: Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh – ‘Future History’ @ Gagosian (London)

Coinciding with London Fashion Week 2018, Superflat master Japanese artist Takashi Murakami continued his collaboration (covered) with American creative designer Virgil Abloh and presented a series of joint works entitled Future History at the Gagosian Gallery in London. The exhibition runs until April 7th and features large-scale paintings, sculptures and an installation drawing references to Abloh’s signature Off-White motifs alongside Murakami’s iconic cast of anime characters, reflecting incisively on the signs of the current times. Amongst the works, visitors can enjoy the sculpture Life Itself, a kind of architectural […]

Interviews / Previews: Vhils – “Annihilation” @ Over The Influence (Los Angeles)

On 23rd of February, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils will be presenting his first solo show in the US, marking the launch of Over The Influence Los Angeles, an impressive 7,000 square foot gallery in the city’s Arts District. Created over the course of two years, Annihilation consists of an all new body of work inspired by the Portuguese artist’s fascination with the erosion of cultural uniqueness within the saturated environments of contemporary urban society. Known for presenting the connection between people and urban environments using uncommon techniques […]
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