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Basel Week Switzerland ’16 / Recap: Scope Art Show

Moving closer to its big brother, the Scope Art Show is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in Basel at a new location three blocks away from the main fair (covered – part 1, part 2). The new space at Clarahuus includes three floors divided between 85 international exhibitors and 10 breeder program galleries. The international feel of this year’s edition is confirmed with exhibitors hailing from four continents and over twenty countries including China, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Italy, Iran, Russia, Turkey, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, […]

Streets: Phlegm // Cities of Hope (Manchester)

Last month, nine artist headed to Manchester in the UK to participate in Cities of Hope, a project put together by Vestige, a not for profit social justice organization that uses the arts to inspire action on the social issues. The goal was for each link each artist to a local charity that fights for the lives that are affected on their chosen issue. Phlegm didn’t have to travel far from Sheffield to paint his piece for the event in support of Ancoats Dispensary Trust, a […]

Overtime: June 13 – June 19

More stories from the week that ended June 19 (click on bolded words for more information): Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Floating Piers opens in Italy on Lake Iseo. RIP: Bill Berkson, who passed away at the age of 76 due to a heart attack. RIP: Gillett Griffin, who passed away due to natural causes at the age of 87. The art world responds to the mass shooting tragedy in Orlando. Casey Nocket pleads guilty to several acts of vandalism in national parks for painting on rock formations. David Nahmad adamant […]

Showing: KAWS : GISWIL @ More Gallery

Coinciding with the start of Basel Week Switzerland, an exclusive opening night on June 12th was held for KAWS’ latest solo showing. Three years since his debut show with the gallery (covered), the New York-based artist is back in Giswil for another exclusive showcase with More Gallery. This time around, the American artist again used the unique industrial setting indoors to present his large scale works. The picturesque mountain area seemed like the perfect setting to introduce his latest work from his series of large wooden sculptures titled Together. Featuring two of […]
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Showing: Tom Sachs – “Tea Ceremony” @ Noguchi Museum

Tom Sachs’ current exhibition (through July 24) is unprecedented in the 30 year history of the Noguchi Museum in that he is the first artist to be awarded a solo at the institution other than the original founder. The collection of works are the American artist’s homage to the ancient Japanese tradition of chanoyu, the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea. Created in his signature bricolage technique, the objects Sachs has engineered together from novel materials include a tea garden (complete with bonsai tree & koi pond), tea room, and the […]

Previews: Edwin Ushiro – “Capturing What Still Glimmers” @ Giant Robot 2

Tomorrow night at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles, Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) will be opening a new solo show entitled Capturing What Still Glimmers. Employing a laborious and unique technique (mark making and painting, then scanning and outputting to acrylic, Lucite or Plexiglass and then painted once again), the locally based artist is able to achieve a luminosity and ethereal quality to his work. The dream-like effect only enhances the nostalgic feel to his imagery as it harkens back to the experiences of his youth and the myths of Hawaii where he once resided. […]

Basel Week Switzerland ’16 / Highlights: Art Basel (Part II)

After our initial overview from the main fair for Basel Week Switzerland, we’re bringing you the second part of our highlights from this year’s Art Basel – from bustling booths of world’s biggest galleries to sneak peeks from their back rooms. While the first part of our coverage was mostly from the ground level, the second part includes mostly works on view on the first floor of the Switzerland’s largest exhibition site. With the event bringing quality artworks from every part of the globe, the general public patiently queued […]
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Showing: Peter Gronquist – “Refuge” @ Joseph Gross Gallery

Currently on view at Joseph Gross Gallery in Chelsea, NY is Refuge, a solo exhibition featuring thirteen works by Peter Gronquist. The show includes all-new pieces that combine creative uses of material, such as LED lights, shaped frames, and silk flowers, with traditional painting techniques. The pieces interact with the viewer both spatially, with paintings that appear to be falling on top as they look up, such as with Master Cleanse, and visually, with its pleasant rich blue gradient. Glitch 1 and 2 appear to allude […]

Openings: Dran – “Tiens” @ Adda Gallery

After almost six years silence from solo shows, broken only with an unusual, performance art exhibition at POW in London (covered), Adda Gallery in Brussels recently opened the long awaited exhibition by Dran. The French artist has put on display his latest paintings and unpublished drawings from 2015 to 2016 in a big comeback titled Tiens. Weeks ahead of the show, his army of followers and collectors were impatiently waiting to see the new works as well as the new print and accompanying book. Known for his […]

Basel Week Switzerland ’16 / Highlights: Art Basel (Part I)

46 years since art gallerists Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt of Basel created an international art fair, the world’s leading art event opened its door to the general public on the 16th of June. The fair was created with an idea to connect the world’s premier galleries and their patrons, as well as serve as a meeting point for the international art world, and this year, 280 of the world’s leading galleries are showing works from over 4,000 different artists. Ranging from modern […]