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Previews: Matzu // Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Oh Magic Night” @ HOCA Foundation

Starting March 19th, to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong, the HOCA Foundation will be presenting a new solo from Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) featuring “mythological guardians, fictional tableaux and ornate abstraction.” Entitled Oh Magic Night, the exhibition at Shop 305, The Pulse (No. 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay) will see the Brooklyn-based return to the city-state after an impressive installation at Harbour City Hong Kong in 2014 (covered). The Japanese artist takes a bicultural approach to creating imagery, in techniques chosen, and as well as in selecting the concepts and themes […]

Upcoming: Tomoo Gokita – “Holy Cow” @ Taka Ishii Gallery

On March 18th, Tomoo Gokita will be back at Tokyo’s Taka Ishii Gallery for his third solo that will include 15 new paintings. Holy Cow will be a chance for the artist to show how his work progressed in the last 5 years since his last show with the gallery. Inspired by old printed matter and photographs from American professional wrestling and Mexican pornography magazines of the 1960s and 1970s, Gokita’s visual language can be characterized as the collaged reconstruction of found images. This particular exhibition will […]

Overtime: March 6 – March 12

More stories from the week that ended March 12 (click on bolded words for more information): RIP: Howard Hodgkin, who passed away at the age of 84. RIP: Bill Leak, who passed away at the age of 61. Visitor attacks and smashes bottle over security guard’s head at Met Museum. Chaos during Louvre’s current Vermeer exhibition as large crowds and threat of strikes by security staff ensue. Anti-oil activists stage protest performance at Louvre, calling for museum to drop sponsorship deal with Total. German police raid […]

Installation: Banksy’s – “Walled Off Hotel” Bethlehem (Update)

One week since Banksy’s latest & arguably one of his strongest stunts to date was revealed to the public, we’ve received the first official photographs of The Walled Off  Hotel in Bethlehem (covered). With local visitors enjoying the quiet space in an otherwise loud and turbulent area, these images give us an even closer look at the hotel premises, including the artworks which the infamous artist created & installed in the former pottery workshop building. The installation had a VIP opening on March 4th with Sir Elton John remotely playing the lobby piano […]

Showing: “Interferences: Contemporary Op and Kinetic Art” @ GR Gallery (NY)

Currently at the GR Gallery location in New York, a group show featuring Felipe Pantone, Gilbert Hsiao, Nadia Costantini, and Sandi Renko is on view thru April 16th. The exhibition entitled Interferences: Contemporary Op and Kinetic Art brings together four artists from Europe and America who draw their influence from the long history of a visual artform that uses elements of optical illusion. Their modern takes on the style see them also master form, color, and linework while putting their own unique take on the aesthetic. […]

Showing: Austin Lee – “Serious Works” @ Kaikai Kiki Gallery

On March 3rd, Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Motoazabu, Tokyo, opened a debut Japan solo exhibition by American artist Austin Lee. Serious Works is sort of a parody title for a show that consists of paintings and sculptures done in Lee’s colorful, naive style. For this showcase, the NYC-based artist created an extensive installation within the gallery space. His large animal mural and chess board floor pattern make an eclectic environment in which his playful and poppy imagery feels at home and well presented. His sculptural piece titled Duo, a bubble gum-like […]

Updates: Pejac – “Redemption” Series

Redemption is the title of the newest series of monochrome pieces that Pejac recently worked on in his studio. Consisting of six new pieces created with pencil and ink on pressed wood panels, they once again show the artist’s unique way in perceiving the world and finding inspiration in most unexpected places. After creating countless public works in which he incorporates the elements of the surroundings, the Barcelona-based artist found a way to paint studio works in a similar manner. Using the common pressed wood panel as the […]

Releases: Adam Neate – “PORTRAIT no.1” Edition

Adam Neate (interviewed) just released one of his peculiar dimensional paintings as a handmade multiple edition in collaboration with Elm Lesters Painting Rooms. Using variety of techniques and the highest standard of materials, the artist and the gallery managed to produce a striking edition of classic Neate portraits. This edition sees him stepping away from the series of expressive and abstract portraiture that the Brighton-based artist introduced as his first dimensional work back in 2009. Extensively refining the concept over the years, he produced a whole body of work […]

Studio Visits: Nick Walker x Crash x Bio – “The Collaborations”

AM recently had the pleasure of stopping by the studio of legendary graffiti writer & artist Crash (featured) at his Bronx work space. Crash was not alone as Bio (Tats Cru) & Nick Walker (interviewed) joined him in one of many work sessions as the three artists prepared for their group exhibition featuring newly created artwork. As the title of the show indicates, The Collaborations builds on a concept which started over two years ago on the Lower East Side where Nick, Crash & Bio created a mural on Elizabeth street, […]

Streets: Nychos (Melbourne)

Recently in Melbourne, Nychos got up big with a new mural on Easey Street in Collingwood entitled Anatomy of a Kangaroo and painted in his signature dissected style. Making good use of his time, the Austrian artist will also be opening a show on March 10th at Juddy Roller entitled Monochrome Organism as well as unveiling a sculpture project, The Dissection of Sigmund Freud. In addition, the Vienna-based street artist will be holding workshops while in Australia (for booking and more information on the course in Sydney click here for Melbourne click here). […]
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