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Overtime: April 3 – April 9

More stories from the week that ended April 9 (click on bolded words for more information): Carol Vogel writes about Damien Hirst’s Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable at the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana. Artnet has the first images from the show. Artnet reviews the show. The Art Newspaper also takes a look, as does The Telegraph. Damien Hirst talks about the cost of the show. More images from the exhibition from Artribune. Photograph above by: Irene Fanizza RIP: Glenn O’Brien, who passed away at the age of […]

Releases: James Jean – “Udon II” Print

After the his recent self-sponsored billboard went up near his studio in the Little Osaka area in Los Angeles, James Jean (interviewed) has announced a print release of the image. Udon II will be a time-limited edition starting 8:00 AM PDT on Monday, April 10 and ending at 7:59 AM PDT on Tuesday, April 11. Sized at with an image of 20 7/8″ tall × 18 1/2″ wide and paper at 23 1/2″ tall × 20 1/2″ wide, this can be purchased at the appropriate time here. Hopefully, some of the […]

Upcoming: Damien Hirst – “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” @ Palazzo Grassi / Punta della Dogana

Opening to the public later today in Venice at Palazzo Grassi & Punta della Dogana is the grand spectacle that is Damien Hirst’s first major show of new work in 10 years. Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable features 190 works fashioned to look like they were salvaged from the ocean floor (including what look like photos of the process). The back story features a tale of lost treasure from all over the world and different time periods that was sunk thousands of years ago, which you have […]

Streets: The Crystal Ship Festival (Belgium) – Part I

On the 1st of April, the second edition of The Crystal Ship Festival officially started in the Belgian coastal city of Oostende. The launch of the event was marked with the arrival of the six meters tall Inflatable Refugee sculpture by Belgian art collective Schellekens & Peleman (seen above).  This striking piece balancing on the border of public art, dadaism and interventionism, has travelled around Europe, from Denmark to Venice. Its arrival at Oostend’s Montgomery Dock is a continuation of the artists’ efforts to raise awareness about […]

Openings: Casey Gray – “Double Knotted” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Last weekend, Double Knotted, Casey Gray’s first solo show with Hashimoto Contemporary opened in San Francisco. The new body of work from the locally-based artist continues his explorations of still life with his unique technique utilizing spray paint and hand-cut masking (check out the video below). Gray’s carefully curated selection of objects are arranged into vibrant compositions, a masterful example being the large 8 x 6 foot showstopper piece. If you look carefully at the collection of eclectic items, you can even see a little Barry McGee bottle. […]

Releases: Aron Wiesenfeld – “Eva” Print

Starting tomorrow (April 6th) at 10 am PST, Aron Wiesenfeld will be releasing a new print entitled Eva. The time-limited edition will be available for 7 days from that point forward for $135. The print has an image size of 20 x 24 inches & a paper size of 23 x 26 inches and features some of the the haunting and atmospheric imagery that the San Deigo-based artist is known for. Head over here at the appropriate time if you are interested. Discuss Aron Wiesenfeld […]

Streets: James Jean Billboard (Little Osaka, Los Angeles)

Recently in the Little Osaka area in Los Angeles, James Jean (interviewed) unveiled a billboard he sponsored with his artwork in honor of an area where he has frequented for food and inspiration. He further explains – “Udon II was created specifically for a billboard in Sawtelle Japantown in Los Angeles. Also known as ‘Little Osaka,’ this historic area is filled with all sorts of Asian culinary delights. I’ve been going to Sawtelle for many years, and while waiting in line for ramen, I would always […]

Overtime: March 27 – April 2

More stories from the week that ended April 2 (click on bolded words for more information): RIP: James Rosenquist, who passed away at the age of 83. RIP: Yevgeny Yevtushenk, who passed away at the age of 84. RIP: Julian Stanczak, who passed away at the age of 88. RIP: Gilbert Baker, who passed away at the age of 65. RIP: Robin O’Hara, who passed away at the age of 62. RIP: Beau Dick, who passed away at the age of 61. RIP: Daria Deshuk, who passed away […]

Releases: Enoc Perez // 1800 Tequila Essential Artist Series

The eighth edition of the Essential 1800 Artist Series features the artwork of Enoc Perez. This annual series was started by 1800 Tequila as a way to showcase art in a non-traditional medium and has featured the artwork of such luminaries as Basquiat and Haring. This year, Perez highlights individual cities on each bottle, spotlighting them as cultural epicenters through his refined style. The cities and sites he has chosen are: the U.N. Building in NYC, a California shoe store in La Habana (the bottle we have featured in this post), the Alma Bank […]

Recap: Luke Chueh – “Blood On My Hands” @ Secret Fresh Gallery

A couple weeks ago in Manila at Secret Fresh Gallery, Luke Chueh (interviewed) successfully opened his first solo show in the Philippines. Entitled Blood On My Hands, the work on display included paintings, customized sculptural pieces of various sizes, limited edition releases, as well as toys. Fans of his work will probably recognize the title as referring to the oftentimes blood soaked paws of his iconic sad bear character, an extension of the Los Angeles-based artist himself. Chueh further explains – “Blood On My Hands is my debut […]