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Upcoming: ESPO – “Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull)” @ Brooklyn Museum

On November 20th, Steve “ESPO” Powers (featured) will be unveiling a site-specific installation for the Brooklyn Museum that he’s calling Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull). The immersive environment will transform the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery with signage and paintings styles that are unique to the seaside community and will also feature the works of Justin Green, Matt Wright, Mike Levy, Dan Murphy, Mike Lee, Mimi Gross, Alexis Ross, Sean Barton, Eric Davis, and Tim Curtis. Discuss Steve “ESPO” Powers here.

Previews: Aurel Schmidt – “Blast Furnace of Civilization” @ Half Gallery

Tonight in New York, Aurel Schmidt will be opening a new solo show at Half Gallery from 6-8pm. Blast Furnace of Civilization is the latest installment for the American artist’s ongoing series of works exploring the madness of capitalism. Along with her trusty colored pencil drawings, Schmidt will also be unveiling her first ever painted ceramics in this exhibition. Discuss Aurel Schmidt here.

“Art Awakens” Star Wars Charity Auction

Last week, we shared with you the Art Awakens charity show put on in partnership with Disney, LucasFilm, Bad Robot over the weekend by Gallery1988 (West) featuring artwork inspired by the Star Wars universe. These have all now been put on eBay with the auctions ending in about seven days. With UNICEF Kid Power to benefit from the sales, you do some good and prep for the impending release of The Force Awakens movie by heading over here to bid on some art. Participating artists include: 100% Soft, Aaron Jasinski, Alex Pardee, Andrew Degraff, Andrew […]

Je Suis Paris

In the aftermath of the horrible attacks that happened on Friday 13th in Paris, the art community once again responded with what it does best – transferring the emotions and messages in an original visual form. Whether they are French or not, they all have some sort of special connection with the “capital of the arts.“ From Danish master of paper drawings and folds, Huskmitnavn (top photo), Paris-based Seth Globepainter who painted one of his kid characters writing Parisian motto “Fluctuat nec mergitur (Tossed but not sunk)”, to legendary mastermind behind the Obey […]

Overtime: Nov 9 – Nov 15

More stories from the week that ended Nov 15 (click on bolded words for more information): Unorthodox show at the Jewish Museum includes work by Park McArthur, Jamian Juliano-Villani, and others. The 2015 Paris Photo fair has closed early due to recent terrorist attacks in the city. RIP: Ernst Fuchs, who died at the age of 85. RIP: Wojciech Fangor, who died at the age of 92. RIP: Cengiz Çekil, who died at the age of 70. Sotheby’s explains why it had to have the Taubman collection and […]

Streets: Borondo – “Fer Llenya” (Barcelona)

Last month, Borondo painted a new mural in his native country of Spain for this year’s Open Walls Conference. Situated in Barcelona, the piece entitled Fer Llenya has local significance as it references castells, human towers built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia. Take a look at more photos of the wall below and if you are lucky enough to be in the area, the location of the mural can be found here. Discuss Borondo here.
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Previews: Ron English – “NeoNature” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On December 12th, Corey Helford Gallery will be christening their new space in Downtown LA (address TBA) with a solo from Ron English (featured). Two years in the making, the monumental 22 piece collection of works entitled NeoNature explores what could happen down different evolutionary paths or in alternate universes, combining random creatures,elements of the natural world, and pop culture. Present in some of the works is an elaborate mixed media process which involves sculpture & set pieces, photographs, collage, and overpainting with oil. English further elaborates on the […]

Releases: Masakatsu Sashie – “Blind” Print

Fans of Masakatsu Sashie may be interested to know that Dynamo Editions has just released a print featuring his signature imagery earlier today. Entitled Blind, the image chosen features one of the Japanese artist’s floating globes of man-made objects and structures. The edition is limited to a run of 50, sized at 24 x 28 inches, and costs $225. Head over here if you are interested in adding it to your collection. Discuss Masakatsu Sashie here.

Showing: Takashi Murakami -“Ensō” @ Kaikai Kiki Gallery

Currently on view through November 21st at the Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo is a show from Takashi Murakami entitled Ensō. Presented by Galerie Perrotin, the popup exhibition is planned to run concurrently with the Japanese artist’s 500 Arhats at the Mori Art Museum and continues his exploration on themes seen in Zen Buddhism. The Ensō (literally circle) symbolizes emptiness, unity and infinity, and you can see that the motif is used repeatedly in this new body of work. Interestedly enough, Murakami has also been using spray paint, oftentimes juxtaposed over his […]

Releases: SHOK-1 // “X-Fly” Prints

British artist SHOK-1 recently released a series of X-Fly prints with Fruit, Bluebottle, and Fire variations. Mimicking his characteristic freehand x-ray spray technique from the streets, each of them are sized at 66 x 44 cm, limited to an edition of 50, and cost £140.00 with a discount if you buy all three as a set. The British artist further explains – “Like graffiti, flies are often perceived in a negative way but they can be very beautiful.” Discuss SHOK-1 here.