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Overtime: June 30 – July 6

More stories from the week that ended July 6 (click on bolded words for more information): The Guardian reviews Barbara Kruger’s show at Modern Art Oxford. RIP: Madeleine Gekiere, who committed suicide at the age of 95. John D. Re accused of selling over 60 forged Jackson Pollock paintings to private collectors and on eBay. The band Unfathomable Ruination to play in sealed box until they run out of oxygen. SUV crashes into Addonis Parker’s studio in Miami. Indian art market plagued by fakes. Another […]
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Openings: 2501 – “Nomadic Experiment” @ Soze Gallery

After traveling around the world, creating public works in remote places, being involved in mural festivals, and working on various conceptual projects, 2501 is brought his experiences and elements from his travels to Soze Gallery through the Nomadic Experiment solo show. As an essential part of his ongoing Nomadic Experience Project, this show presents the works he has been working on between and while on the road. While having a firmly formed visual language in place, consisting of peculiar line work and strictly geometric use of gold leaf, […]
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Previews: Erik Jones – “Motion” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Tomorrow night (July 5th) in San Francisco, Erik Jones will be opening his debut solo show at Hashimoto Contemporary. Entitled Motion,  the new collection of paintings from the Brooklyn-based artist are figurative renderings seen through a veil of geometric expressionism. A wide variety of techniques are used in his mix-media portraits including his skill wtih watercolor, colored pencil, oil paint, and wax pastels leading to a rich and layered effect. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss this show here.
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Ryan McGinley : Happy Fourth of July!

As our readers in America get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, here are some works from Ryan McGinley (who recently showed in Hong Kong) to start things off. Taken from his firework series of photographs, the combination of the sparklers and the human forms is one of his most iconic images. So, have a happy Independence Day and stay safe out there. Discuss Ryan McGinley here.
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Streets: Vhils (Portugal)

Only a couple days before the opening of his first museum show, Dissection, Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils finished this large outdoor piece in front of the Museu da Electricdade where the show will be held. As the last in a series of large works he created through the city, the final 360 degrees piece Panorama on the round water tank is one of his most elaborate ones yet. By transferring his scratched paper collage technique onto this large building, Vhils surely lifted up the quality of his work to another level. […]
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Spaces: The KAWS Studio

Followers of KAWS and his pop culture infused abstractions have always been impressed with his clean lifework and impeccable attention to detail. Taking a look at his Brooklyn studio, designed by Wonderwall in 2013, one can see similarities in the street turned contemporary artist’s taste in architecture. The light-infused and wide open work space will definitely come in handy as he prepares for his show in Los Angeles, coming up in a couple months. Via Hypebeast. Discuss KAWS here.
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Upcoming: Audrey Kawasaki @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

It will be a little over three years when Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) returns to the Merry Karnowsky Gallery, the site of her show in Los Angeles in 2011 (covered). Judging from these in progress shots, the new body of work will continue her series of exquisite female portraits on wood, letting the surface speak to her as she incorporates the grains and textures. The opening is scheduled for August 2nd and will also feature work from Tara McPherson & Deedee Cheriel on the same night. Discuss […]
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Streets: D*Face (Hong Kong)

During our time in Hong Kong for Basel HK, one of the outdoor treats we saw were the works of British artist D*Face (interviewed). Although he was only in town for a few weeks to installing his exhibition at Above Second Gallery (covered), it’s astonishing how the artist managed to fit in time for some work on the streets in the bustling city where East meets West. Oh, did we mention that it was pouring rain almost every day during the trip? Quite a feat in the […]
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Upcoming: KAWS @ Honor Fraser

On September 13th, the fans of KAWS in Los Angeles will get what they have been waiting for the last several years – a solo show form the Brooklyn-based artist in the City of Angels. Held at Honor Fraser, the site of his last exhibition in LA (covered here & here), the showing will feature the street turned contemporary artist’s increasingly complex pop culture influenced abstractions. Take a look at this in-studio shot of the work in progress… Discuss KAWS here.
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Openings: Katrin Fridriks – “Flying Awareness” @ The Lazarides

On the 26th of June, Lazarides Rathbone held a private opening for the solo show of Icelandic conceptual and abstract painter, Katrin Fridriks. The artist, whose captivating work London art lovers could only see at art fairs and group shows so far, finally introduced her work with a large elaborate exhibition that will stay on view until the 24th of July. Supported by Steve Lazarides and Fru Tholstrup, artists Jonathan Yeo and Antony Micallef, and her international collectors and friends from music and art world, Katrin’s show […]