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Previews: Joao Ruas – “Geist” @ Jonathan LeVine Projects

This Saturday, May 13, Joao Ruas will be opening a solo at Jonathan LeVine Projects in New Jersey entitled Geist. The concept behind the new work, according to the Sao Paulo-based artist, was inspired by The Phenomenology of the Spirit by G. W. F. Hegel, and uses “modern and ancient metaphorical allegories, religious scenes and historical characters to address attempts to change the inexorable universal pendulum of creation and destruction through endless ages. The new paintings look to be great examples of Ruas’ haunting work […]

Films: “BURDEN”

Just released (May 5) in limited New York theaters is BURDEN, a feature-length documentary on Chris Burden. The film, by Timothy Marrinan & Richard Dewey, provides an overview of the artist’s fascinating and controversial life through archival and original footage. It follows his career from architect, to sculptor, to legendary performance artist, and beyond. Famous and familiar faces appear throughout the film, including Ed Ruscha, Larry Gagosian, Larry Bell, and even food critic Jonathan Gold. This documentary is a must-see for anyone interested in art history and […]

Previews: Florian Eymann – “Psyche-Soma” @ Lawrence Alkin Gallery

On May 12th, Lawrence Alkin Gallery will be opening the first London solo show by Florian Eymann featuring  23 original artworks in oil, watercolor and charcoal on paper, and canvas. Psyche-Soma is titled after the brain’s mechanism that is allows thought processing and links within our psyche, and will include an all new body of work created exclusively for this showcase. Eymann has built his reputation on alluring portraiture inspired by the masters, full of purposeful distortions and expressive sections of intense brush strokes and areas of thick impasto. Through such an approach, the […]

Streets: Banksy (Dover)

While the eyes of the world were focused on the results of the French presidential election, Banksy revealed his latest street piece in coastal town of Dover in the UK, just across Calais, France, where he was active 2 years ago (covered). Placed just across the city’s ferry terminal, the area of arrival for those coming from mainland Europe, the large mural shows a man chiseling off one of the stars from the EU flag. The blue flag with its 12 yellow stars has been inspiration for many […]

Overtime: May 1 – May 7

More stories from the week that ended May 7 (click on bolded words for more information): Matthew Marks Gallery exhibiting the last paintings Ellsworth Kelly made before he died. RIP: A. R. Penck, who passed away at the age of 77. RIP: Jordan Vaughn, aka Tead, who passed away at the age of 34. RIP: Stephen McKenna, who passed away in his home in Co Carlow. Matt Furie kills off Pepe the Frog. Man with a knife slashes Christopher Wool painting at Opera Gallery in Aspen. Visions Gallery […]

Previews: KAWS – “FAR FAR DOWN” @ Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Today at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, KAWS will be continuing his bevy of museum exhibitions with a new showing entitled FAR FAR DOWN. The Brooklyn-based artist has prepared a mural of his snoopy inspired black & white abstractions on CAM’s 60-foot long Project Wall, with the the work serving as a backdrop for three new paintings. Also on view in the courtyard will be a pair of bronze companions sculptures in an embrace collectively entitled TOGETHER. Photo credit: KAWS, CAM, and Honor Fraser. Discuss KAWS here.

Faile Ceramic Tile House Installation (Venice)

Recently in Venice, California, Faile (featured) completed an tile installation that wrapped around the facade of one of the housesoff a side street of Abbot Kinney (741 California Avenue). If you recall, the Brooklyn-based duo have worked with tiles before in some of their installations like the Faile Temple (covered). This new 16,000 piece from the two features twelve different motifs in a striking patchwork-like composition that captures cultural history of the area including imagery like a skateboard wheel & nut, Golden State Poppy, Venice Beach basketball court, […]

Showing: Mike Lee – “Rebound” @ Giant Robot

From April 29th until May 18th, Giant Robot 2 welcomes back Mike Lee with another show of his unmistakable oils on paper, mylar and canvas. Rebound continues the body of work from his previous solo with the Los Angeles-based gallery, Repose, and is in particular focused on love. Using the softness of oil as a major feature, his monochromatic images feature faceless and featureless characters in various settings. For this particular exhibition, Lee focused on feelings of ambiguity, reliance, longing, and hope, as a reaction to his personal experiences in the past […]

Openings: Robert Williams – “Slang Aesthetics!” @ Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Last month, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (in association with Thinkspace Gallery) hosted the opening of Robert Williams’ Midwestern debut. Along with some new works, the exhibition introduced to fans in Indiana many of the pieces that others have enjoyed in Los Angeles (covered), Sonoma County, and Santa Fe, (shows which were also entitled SLANG Aesthetics!) Those can make it before the close date of July 23rd will be rewarded with a display of rich and surreal paintings as well as large-scale sculptural works from the champion of the Lowbrow art […]

Previews: “TONDO” @ Spoke Art (SF)

This Saturday night, May 6th, Spoke Art in San Francisco will be opening a new group show entitled TONDO. As the name of the exhibition suggests, over 50 artists were asked to contribute works that were round with creative license to use their own style and imagery. Take a look at examples of the works below (and above from Amy Sol) and make plans to hit the opening if you are in the Bay Area this weekend.