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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″, […]

Overtime: Feb 1 – Feb 25

More stories below (compiled with the help of YESNIK) mostly from February (click on bolded words for more information): Frieze to launch Los Angeles art fair at Paramount Studios in 2019. 5Pointz graffiti artist awarded $6.7 million for destroyed murals. Developer is planning to appeal. Another San Francisco art fair will target the ever-elusive tech industry collector. How the glitz and excess of the 1980s shaped contemporary art. Art storage facilities offer a new model for galleries priced out of Chelsea. For NY artist’s struggling […]

Streets: Andrew Hem (Italy)

A few months ago in Italy, Andrew Hem (interviewed) spent some time painting a stunning new mural for the Memorie Urbane. The multi-story piece created over several days in Fondi features one of his characters painted in his usual cartoonish style with what appear to be references to paintings of religious symbolism and iconography. Take a look at more detailed photos as well as some in-progress shots below… Photo credit: Flavia Fiengo. Discuss Andrew Hem here.

Streets: Vhils x Shepard Fairey – “American Dreamers” (Los Angeles)

Last July, when Shepard Fairey (featured) held an exhibition at Underdogs in Lisbon, of which Vhils (interviewed) is a cofounder, the two got together for a sweet collaborative mural (covered). This week, it’s Vhils who will be opening a show in Shep’s home base of Los Angeles and once again the two renowned street artists have pooled their efforts on a stunning new piece at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake (with the support of Branded Arts). It’s always interesting to see how the Portuguese artist’s unique mark-making blends with more traditional methods […]

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 […]

Showing: Belin, Jaz and Lek – “Main Street” @ Rouen

After a previous edition in the largest museum of contemporary art in North Africa, the Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat, Morocco, the exhibition Main Street is now touring to Rouen in France . Three international artists Belin, Franco Fasoli, Lek are creating monumental installations within the Hangar 107. Spanish artist Belin painted a reclining nude with his ‘post neo-cubism’  style, while French artist Lek applied his signature geometric shapes directly onto the glass windows, and Argentinean artist Jaz created a colourful poetic narrative. The exhibition is running until April 3rd. Photos […]

Installation: Leandro Erlich – “Sous le Ciel” @ Le Bon Marché

Recently in France, Leandro Erlich reimagined Le Bon Marché’s signature escalators, utilizing his penchant for illusory installations. Following in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei, Edoardo Tresoldi, and Chiharu Shiota, who have all transformed the interiors of the famed Parisian department store, the Argentinian artist added a twist to the escalator’s exterior as well as set up lights inside that changed depending on the hour and season. Rounding out the site-specific work entitled Sous le Ciel (after an Edith Piaf song) are mirrors that create an infinite optical illusion as […]

Previews: Adrian Cox – “Terra Incognita” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On February 24, Corey Helford Gallery in downtown Los Angeles will be hosting the opening of a new solo from Adrian Cox. Entitled Terra Incognita, the new showing sees the St. Louis-based painter add spectral forces to his narrative, adding tension as they are in opposition to his signature hybrid beings. Cox further states – “I’ve continued to expand on the mythological narrative of the Border Creatures, a race of hybrid beings that populate my work. The paintings in this show chronicle a time of conflict in […]