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Upcoming: Alex Israel – “New Waves” @ Gagosian (Hong Kong)

Tomorrow (May 24th) in Hong Kong’s Gagosian outpost, Alex Israel will be opening his exhibition entitled New Waves. For his first solo in the Chinese city-state, he is taking a truly multi-media approach to presenting work inspired by surfer culture and growing up in the sunny metropolis of Los Angeles. Along with pieces related to his 2017 film SPF-18 (trailer below), there are also some almost sculptural wave logo pieces – also used thematically in the promo animated short for the showing. Israel further explains […]

Streets: Telmo Miel x James Bullough (Berlin)

Spending a week together in Berlin, Telmo Miel and James Bullough worked on a stunning new piece (located Bernburger Straße 35) that blends the work of the street artists together perfectly. Painting the large wall for the Berlin Mural Fest with the “Unity” concept proposed by Urban Nation in mind, the Dutch duo mixed their patchy & segmented imagery with the locally-based Bullough’s glitchy portraiture in a way the matches their styles up amazingly well. Take a look are more photos below… Discuss Telmo Miel here. Discuss James Bullough here.

Previews: Scott Listfield – “ALGORITHM” @ Spoke Art (SF)

Coming up on June 2nd, ALGORITHM from Scott Listfield will open at Spoke Art in San Francisco. The Massachusetts-based painter’s ever present astronaut will be seen wondering the post-apocalyptic landscape of the Bay Area, populated by drones, self driving vehicles, robots. Pondering a future devoid of human life yet teeming with tech allows Listfield to ask questions like – “Just because we can do something, does that mean we should? What is technology without the human component? What kind of problems are we solving?” Interested in […]

Upcoming: Mark Jenkins – “BRD SHT” @ Lazinc

After a provocative installation on the rooftops of London back in March bringing attention to mental health issues and suicide, Mark Jenkins (interviewed) will be returning for an encore at Lazinc. From the looks of things, the American artist has been preparing inside as well as outside for his solo on May 25th (public opening), including placing one of this signature hooded figures fishing for art collectors with a framed picture of a worm in front of the Mayfair gallery. Entitled BRD SHT, the exhibition will include nine sculptural pieces, […]

Openings: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “The Escape Artist” @ KP Projects

Last weekend, Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) opened his latest solo with KP Projects in West Hollywood entitled The Escape Artist. This was also the name of the large showstopper, the locally-based artist’s painting that took center stage while exploring the above and below water creatures of his world. Seen in this new body of work, which is kind of a prequel to some of his shows in the past, are some unusual eggs, the precursors to some of the fantastical bird seen in his imagery. Also making an appearance were […]

Showing: Mark Whalen – “Grab Bag” @ Arsham/Fieg Gallery

Arsham/Fieg Gallery in New York currently has a show from Mark Whalen on display entitled Grab Bag. The towering stack pieces are examples of the increasing more sculptural work that he has been experimenting with recently. Whalen further explains – “Lately, I have been formulating new relationships with sculptural work. Grab Bag is a new series of multi-dimensional work that presents non-traditional totems representing life’s folly. The result is familiar juxtapositions of materials, found objects, and everyday stockpiles.” Discuss Mark Whalen here.

Previews: Evah Fan – “Inside, Outside, Come Around” @ Park Life

This Friday (May 24th), Evah Fan will be opening Inside, Outside, Come Around, her new show at Park Life in San Francisco. For this exhibition, the locally-based artist has created a handful of window studies for the gallery space, creating “windows” in a small windowless room. The premise of the new body of work as well as the imagery once again highlights the sense of play and whimsy that can often be seen in Fan’s work. Take a look at some preview images below… Discuss Evah Fan here.

Overtime: May 14 – 20

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Diddy revealed as the buyer of Kerry James Marshall’s record-breaking $21 million painting. New York’s spring art auctions have seen some yawns and some records. In a Warhol smackdown at Christie’s, which $30 million work is the better bet? How Steve Wynn’s $70 million Picasso was punctured and damaged. A $40,000 KAWS print leads Paddle8’s latest street art auction. $45.3 million Basquiat is top lot in $131.6 million Phillips sale of 20th-Century & […]

Showing: KAWS – “SEEING/WATCHING” Sculptures (China)

With the releases of associated products in recent days, fans of KAWS had been eagerly awaiting the unveiling of his SEEING/WATCHING duo of sculptures in China. Perched high above ground level on the Changsha IFS Tower in Hunan, the recognizable BFF and Companion characters from the Brooklyn-based artist were finally introduced to the public last week and sit back to back on the edge of a rooftop terrace. The site-specific installation was produced in collaboration with AllRightsReserved and is accompanied by panels of KAWS’ imagery as well as a display of his […]

Streets: Leon Keer (Netherlands)

Recently in the Netherlands, Leon Keer created five street pieces in memory of M.C. Escher in the city of his birth – Leeuwarden. Painted in the anormorphic style that he has become known for, the Dutch artist thrilled the crowds who gathered to watch his work and provided perfect photo ops for the art lovers. Keer’s chosen source of inspiration was a perfect fit for his mind-bending 3D works with Escher also known for impossible objects and plays on perspective. These works were produced with […]