Sotheby’s teamed up with Banksy’s, former agent Steve Lazarides from Lazarides gallery, in order to set up an unauthorized retrospective exhibition of works by the internationally renowned artist. Even admitting that the artist would “hate” this show, the gallerist and the curator of the show chose mostly works from the period when they worked together, which will all be available for sale, priced between £4,000 and £500,000.. Fans of elusive British artist will have a chance to see some of his most iconic works in person including sculptures, crude oil paintings, […]
More stories from the week that ended June 8 (click on bolded words for more information): Benjamin Redford draws a portrait of the entire internet. Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche claims responsibility in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting. Katara Art Center to close at the end of the month due to loss of funding. Three allegedly-Islamist men steal a portion of John Latham’s God is Great (#4) work at Portikus. Patrick Vialaneix may face ten years in prison for conspiring to sell stolen Rembrandt he was obsessed with. […]
Next Thursday (June 12th), Joshua Liner Gallery in New York will be opening a show from Thomas Campbell, his first with the gallery. Featuring painting, sculpture, original bronzes, and hand sewn works, Ampersand will let the California-based artist further explore the use of the gourd and its symbolism throughout his visual language. He states: “I feel there is a natural correlation between what I do and what I draw, [my drawings have] similar lines to the structure of gourds. I have been really drawn to them […]
Last weekend, Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco opened a new show from Scott Hove entitled Master of Rapacity. Featuring his signature faux cake sculptural works, the exhibition was thematically based on what one would see in the house of a corporate bigwig’s house. Hove states: “America is currently undergoing a very decisive and quiet transition to corporate oligarchy, the government becoming more and more acquiescent to corporate policy. Corporate policy is by nature rapacious, and could not give a fuck about nature or your feelings. […]
Last week, AM stopped by M+B Gallery in Beverly Hills to check out the current show featuring work from Aurel Schmidt and the late Pierre Molinier. The unexpected pairing actually worked out quite nicely thematically combining Schmidt’s exquisite, twisted, and creative drawings of human anatomy with the French artist’s erotic photomontages. Head over before it closes on June 21st to see it yourself if you are in the Los Angeles area – it will be worth your time. Some installation shots via the gallery. Discuss Aurel Schmidt here.
On the 21st of June, CHG Circa in Culver City will be hosting the opening of a new show (see 2013) from Kazuki Takamatsu entitled Spiral of Emotions. Using a combination of digital and more traditional mediums, the ghostly portraits are created with depth map techniques and a layering process. The x-ray like paintings features adolescents and children, textured in graduated spirals, oftentimes juxtaposed against symbols death and violence – his portrayal of the youth or “lost generation” in Japan. Discuss this show here. Discuss Kazuki Takamatsu here.
Rustam Qbic is a Russian artist that’s been firmly making his way through the artworld with his rich surrealist canvases, illustrations and murals. Recently, he spent couple of days working on this large commissioned mural in Moscow that was painted using acrylic and spraypaint. Based on one of his drawings, this dreamy image shows a little boy sitting in a giant lotus flower above the city, working on his computer. Possibly addressing the issues of alienation through use of computers, internet and social media, Qbic’s image has both a beautiful […]
Currently at the Upper East Side location (20 East 79th Street) of Skarstedt Gallery in New York, a new body of work from Lucien Smith is on display through June 27th. Collectively entitled Tigris, the 11 large-scale paintings are part of a new series of paintings inspired by on of the first work of art that he can recall, Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa, an image of which hung in the wall of his classroom. The title reflects both the ancient body of water, and […]
Only few months after creating his first ever outdoors mural for their event in Honolulu (covered), James Jean (interviewed) was invited to join the POW! WOW! family at their first edition of POW! WOW! Taiwan. Designated an old rugged wall at the Taipei Zoo, the Taiwanese American visual artist fought the elements and created this impressive mural titled Paradise. Using house paint, lacquer, spray paint, and oil, he painted this fantastic 43′ x 17′ piece showing “Taiwanese macaques tumble in a paradise/prison of man’s making.” Giving a sharp […]
Tomorrow night (June 5th), Roq La Rue in Seattle will be opening a solo show from Andy Kehoe entitled Inner Mystic. The paintings as well as some of the more sculptural & dimensional pieces he has been working on of late all feature his signature autumn hues, and see his woodland creatures continue their adventures whether they be by the light of day or by moonlight. He describes his new series by saying “I love creating a world steeped in mystery and mysticism, and it’s really up […]