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Studio Visits: Zio Ziegler

Only six years since his graduation with a BFA in painting from RISD and five years since debut solo show in LA, Zio Ziegler has established himself as an important figure in contemporary and urban art world. Whether through his murals around San Francisco,  Tokyo, Los Angeles, London or Milan, or through paintings shown in galleries and fairs worldwide, he’s been steadily paving his way with prodigious dedication and unmistakable intricately patterned visual language. We recently talked with him about what he is working on these days and what stage his artistic […]

POW! WOW! Hawaii ’16 / Previews: Exploring The New Contemporary Movement” @ Honolulu Museum of Art School

This Sunday, POW! WOW! Hawaii (more info here) kicks off with a re-occurring show curated by Thinkspace at the Honolulu Museum of Art School entitled Exploring The New Contemporary Movement (see 2016 & 2015 & 2014). As in the past, the format is 12 x 12″ works, leading to a visually congruent display of artworks, some of which were inspired by island life. Oak Oak will also be presenting an installation as part of the exhibition and Shok-1 will be the featured artist. Participating artists this year include: Aaron Li-Hill, ABCNT, Alex Garant, Alex Yanes, Amy Sol, Baghead, Brian M. Viveros, Brian Washburn, Brooks Salzwedel, […]

Releases: James Jean – “Lapins d’Amour” Print

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, James Jean (interviewed) will be offering up a new print entitled Lapins d’Amour. The signed and numbered time-limited edition will be available for 24 hours starting at 8:00 AM PST on Tuesday, February 14th and ending at 7:59 AM PST on Wednesday, February 15th and then never sold again. Featuring a holographic finish in the rabbits’ ears and on the embossment, the print has an image size of 10″ x 15-15/16″ and paper size of 13-7/16″ x 18-15/16″. The image was originally created for AIDES, the […]

Streets: RETNA // The Beauty Project (Mexico City)

Recently in Mexico City, RETNA (featured) was invited in to create public art for The Beauty Project México. Painting his distinct script at the Cuauhtemoc building in the Tlatelolco neighborhood, the Los Angeles-based writer spent a few days working on the 21 story twin structures, his tallest intervention to date. Other artist who will be joining the project in the upcoming weeks include Alexis CILER, Olivia Steele, Saner, AEC (Interesni Kazki), Ericailcane and others. Discuss RETNA here. Photo credit: Victor Ceballos, Toni Francois, Fifty24MX, and the artist.

Previews: Jose Parla – “Roots” @ SCAD Museum

As we mentioned when we covered Jose Parla’s show at YoungArts during Basel Week Miami, the work was going to travel to the SCAD Museum of Art in 2017. That exhibition, entitled Roots, opened today in Georgia at the Savannah College of Art and Design with works ranging from mid-sized canvases and sculptures to large-scale paintings. The Cuban-American artist has created a series of work that represent everything from Cuba’s history to his personal memories and experiences while utilizing his signature textures, urban calligraphy, and palette. Discuss Jose Parla here.

Recap: LA Art Show 2017

Last month, the LA Art Show retuned to Downtown Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center featuring work from artists, galleries, and institutions all around the world. For the first time they included some on-site programming from eight SoCal art institutions including the Broad, the Getty, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Autry Museum of the American West, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, as well as the UCLA […]

Upcoming: Evan Hecox – “The Long Way” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

On February 9th, Joshua Liner Gallery will present fresh work from Evan Hecox collectively entitled The Long Way. His fourth solo with the New York showpace features a set of fifteen new works on paper inspired by a recent road trip through the Southwestern region (documented in the video below) where he encountered desert landscapes, Taos Earthships, The Rio Grande Gorge, lonesome church ruins and Dennis Hopper’s grave. The new pieces feature elements often seen in the Denver-based artist’s oeuvre – typography, geometric shapes, collaging – but also sees Hecox using […]

Showing: Jonas Wood Mural @ MOCA (Los Angeles)

Recently at the MOCA in Los Angeles, a large-scale vinyl reproduction of Jonas Wood’s imagery was put up on the museum’s 5,400 square-foot facade. Rearranging segments of his watercolor painting Still Life With Two Owls from 2014, the mural introduces passerby’s to common elements of the locally-based artist’s modern takes on still lifes – plants, ceramics, collage-like compositions. The installation at the Grand Avenue location will be on view for roughly a year with the idea to rotate in work from different artists in a continuing […]

Upcoming: Mark Ryden x American Ballet Theatre – “Whipped Cream”

With his major retrospective still showing in Spain (covered), Mark Ryden (interviewed) has unveiled a side project he has been working on for quite some time. For the past year, the American artist has been busy designing the costumes and sets for a new ballet called Whipped Cream by renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky for the American Ballet Theater. The two-act show featuring a “young boy who overindulges at a Vienna pastry shop and falls into a surreal delirium” will premiere on March 15th at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts […]

Overtime: Jan 30 – Feb 5

More stories from the week that ended Feb 5 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex Becerra’s first solo show at Shane Campbell Gallery opens. RIP: Saloua Raouda Choucair, who passed away at the age of 100. RIP: Dore Ashton, who passed away at the age of 88. Louvre Museum evacuated and closed after man attacked a patrolling soldier near the museum’s entrance. Vjeran Tomic, aka Spider-Man, goes on trial for his heist of Modern Art Museum in Paris in May 2010. Court testimony reveals more about […]