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

Last week we introduced to you The Crystal Ship festival that just took off on the streets of Ostend in Belgium. The second edition of the event produced an impressive selection of fresh public pieces, showing the consistent and recognizable curatorial efforts with very few exceptions. Among 20 international and local artists, some of our personal standout pieces include the large wooden assemblage by Strook. Although not usually working in public, the Belgian artist created one of the more impressive pieces for the festival. The 9m high […]

Upcoming: Mark Ryden – “The Art Of Whipped Cream” @ Paul Kasmin Gallery

On May 20th, Mark Ryden (interviewed) will be opening a solo show in New York featuring artwork from the ballet (covered) he worked on with the American Ballet Theater. Entitled The Art Of Whipped Cream, the exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery will feature drawings, sketches and paintings made during the production of Whipped Cream. The opening will coincide nicely with the New York debut of the ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House on May 22nd where the giant of the Lowbrow Art Movement designed the backdrops, props and costumes. Fans in the […]

Upcoming: Haroshi – “Guzo” @ Nanzuka

On April 22nd, Haroshi (featured) will be opening a solo show at Nanzuka in Tokyo entitled Guzo. For his first exhibition with the gallery in Shibuya, the locally-based artist has created 20 of his distinctive sculptures made from “salvaged” skate decks. The Japanese artist has long immersed himself in skate culture and has worked with brands like HUF and the skatepark The Berrics. His artwork is just an extension of his love for the sport with this new body of work including what looks to be something new from […]

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 […]
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