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Upcoming: Mark Ryden – “Diversiform” @ Hidari Zingaro

On October 15th, Mark Ryden will be opening a show at Hidari Zingaro, the gallery of Takashi Murakami who has been a long time fan of his work. Diversiform will only be an exhibition of rare editions from the veteran of the lowbrow movement, but will give fans in Tokyo a rare opportunity to see his imagery in person. The exhibition will run through the 1st of November. Discuss Mark Ryden here.

Releases: SABER x 1849 Wine – “Iris” Bottle

Following up on his sold out Au Jus, Triumph, and Anonymous collaborations with the 1849 Wine, SABER (interviewed) recently released another bottle he designed for the wine company. Iris is of a 2013 vintage, a pinot noir “rich with dark cherry aromas accented with notes of violets and spice, supported by toast and the faint smoke from the barrel.” The label features imagery taken from the graffiti artist’s Tool of Dissent painting, a burst of colors created in his distinctive urban calligraphy. The first 100 fans who purchase a bottle will […]

Setup: Swoon – “The Light After” @ Library Street Collective (Detroit)

Along with unveiling an installation at the Detroit Institute of Arts (covered) while in the Motor City, Swoon (interviewed) will also be opening a solo show at Library Street Collective on October 10th. The Light After will be an immersive exhibition covering approximately 2,500 square feet of gallery walls and ceilings with hundreds of hand-cut paper and Mylar elements. With the transition between life and death in mind, the show will be divided into the a “tunnel” section as well as a “light at the end of the tunnel” area entitled […]

Openings: Allison Sommers & Ozabu – “Bruxism” & “彷徨 (Wander)” @ Thinkspace

A couple weekends ago, Allison Sommers (interviewed) & Ozabu opened their shows at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City. Bruxism in the main space was an immersive solo from Sommers featuring her increasingly abstracted meaty subject matter at times housed in various paraphernalia, completed by an installation that was like a record of how the new pieces were conceived and completed. In the project room, Ozabu presented nine new works collectively entitled 彷徨 (Wander), her debut solo with the gallery, with details that need to be seen in person to be appreciated. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss […]

Streets: Life Is Beautiful 2016 (Las Vegas)

For this year’s Life Is Beautiful arts and music festival, JUSTKIDS / Charlotte Dutoit once again put together a worthy roster to add their unique talents to the outdoor vistas of downtown Las Vegas. We initially shared Bezt from Etam Cru’s piece with you a couple days ago, but other artists for 2016 included Shepard Fairey, Dulk, Tristan Eaton, Crystal Wagner, Amanda Parer, Martin Whatson, Mark Drew, Justin Favela, Fafi, and Felipe Pantone who created an amazing mural with added 3D elements (seen above). Take a look at photos of all […]

Overtime: Sept 26 – Oct 2

More stories from the week that ended Oct 2 (click on bolded words for more information): Conceptual Fine Arts discusses Michael Rey’s show at ZERO. RIP: Nils Erik Gjerdevik, who passed away suddenly at the age of 54. RIP: Shirley Jaffe, passes away at the age of 93. Candice Hopkins writes an Elegy for Annie Pootoogook (1969–2016). Render Stetson-Shanahan stabs roommate Carolyn Bush to death. Both artists were recent Bard graduates. Activists in Russia force closure of Jock Sturges’s show over child porn. Police investigating whether Annie Pootoogook’s […]
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Upcoming: POW! WOW! Japan 2016

Following up a successful inaugural event (covered) last year in Tokyo, POW! WOW! Japan is back with the 2016 (October 17-22) edition in a new location. Hitting the streets of Kobe (on Rokko Island) will be a roster of artists including Persue, Push, Sam Rodriguez, Cinta Vidal, John “Prime” Hina, Kami and Sasu of Hitotzuki, Ryuichi Ogino, Jun Inoue and Kensuke Takahashi. Along with the public art (paint sponsors Benjamin Moore Japan and Montana Cans) planned for a school campus, residential area and at a skatepark, there […]
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Openings: Ryan Hewett – ‘Order’ @ Unit London

South African artist Ryan Hewett (interviewed) has returned to London for a new solo show at The Unit London entitled Order featuring a new series of expressive and semi-abstract portraits. Depicted figures include himself as well as Egon Schiele, Marcel Duchamp, Lucien Freud, Samuel Beckett, and Audrey Hepburn. Unlike his 2015 solo show Untitled in which he created deliberately chaotic and semi-abstract portraits of famous figures, the new body of work is more planned and focused with abstract strokes and a textured pasto technique. Photos: Butterfly Art News  Discuss […]
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Streets: Bezt // Etam Cru – “The Sleeping Knight” (Las Vegas)

Last week in Las Vegas, Bezt from Etam Cru painted a lovely new mural entitled The Sleeping Knight for the Life Is Beautiful Festival. Curated by JUSTKIDS, artists from all over the world came to leave their mark on Sin City including one half of the Polish street art duo. Painting a boy asleep in church juxtaposed by the stain glass image of a knight in armor slaying a dragon, one can almost imagine the dream he must be having. Discuss Etam Cru here. Photo credit: JUSTKIDS, @eltipoese, […]

Previews: Seonna Hong – “In Our Nature” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

In about a week, Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco will be presenting a new solo from Seonna Hong (interviewed). Entitled In Our Nature, the new body of work from the Los Angeles-based artist will continue to expand on her expressionistic landscapes, acrylic works on canvas as well as small vignettes on paint chips. The scenes usually involve her human and animal subjects interacting with environments created from abstract and loose elements. The exhibition will be on view from October 8 to the 29th. Discuss this show here. Discuss Seonna Hong here.