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Showing: Anselm Kiefer – “Walhalla” @ White Cube (Bermondsey)

Anselm Kiefer returns to the White Cube’s Bermondsey space after an absence of five years for his latest exhibition entitled Walhalla. Superficially, Catch 22 by Joseph Heller appears to be a novel about the Second World War, but scratching beneath the surface reveals a novel about the twentieth century as a whole with critiques of unfettered capitalism, the rise and fall of geo-political powers and our own inevitable mortality. Equally, at first glance, the work of Kiefer can appear to focus on the long, dark shadow cast […]
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Openings: Mark Ryden – “Cámara de las Maravilla” @ CAC Malaga

Last week, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC Malaga) in Spain hosted the first museum retrospective from Mark Ryden (interviewed) entitled Cámara de las Maryville. For those who have seen the exhibition, it certainly has been a House of Wonders with the plethora of small and large-format canvases, drawings, dioramas and sculptures on display for all to enjoy. The show will be on view until the 5th of March so head over for a look yourself if you are in the area, or enjoy more photos below… Discuss Mark […]
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Upcoming: Fulvio Di Piazza – “Entangled” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

On January 7th, Fulvio Di Piazza will be opening a solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York entitled Entangled. The Italian artist is known for his anthropomorphized landscapes where mountains and forests come together to form surreal shapes of things like human faces, whales, and other creatures. These images are often accented by the smoke and fire of volcanic activity, giving his oil paintings a dark dystopian atmosphere. Discuss Fulvio Di Piazza here.
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Releases: Tomokazu Matsuyama Monograph

Recently, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) release a new 109 page monograph featuring images of his intensely colorful work. The Japanese artist’s unique artistic language mixes both the figurative and abstract, inspired by Edo period woodblock prints and paintings as well as his experiences growing up in the States. Included also are photos from the Brooklyn-based artist’s studio and documentation of his more recent showings like his sculptures and public art at Harbour City Hong Kong in 2014 (covered) and his exhibition at Zidoun-Bossuyt Galley in 2015 (covered). Those interested in purchasing the […]
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Upcoming: “Daydreaming with UNKLE Presents…” @ Lazarides Rathbone

On January 20th, James Lavelle will take over Lazarides Rathbone with Daydreaming with UNKLE Presents… THE ROAD: SOHO, a unique exhibition centered on his British music collective UNKLE in anticipation of the forthcoming album THE ROAD. The immersive show (similar to a previous iteration in Hong Kong) will explore music, art and street culture from artists and collaborators like Futura, Doug Foster, John Isaacs, Norbert Schoerner, John Nolan, Nathan Coley, Ben Drury, Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, Dexter Navy, Seamus Farrell and more. Check out all the details here. […]
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Films: Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence

Following a number of screenings across the US this year, Wall Writers has been released on iTunes. The meticulously researched documentary chronicles the birth of graffiti and explains how working class kids wrote their names as an assertion of their existence and their personal identity, distinct from the political and gang graffiti which preceded the movement. This, along with an accompanying book by the same name, is the latest project by Roger Gastman, who previously co-curated MOCA’s landmark Art in the Streets exhibition (covered) and […]
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Streets: Faith47 – “La Petite Mort” Series (India)

While spending about a week in Panjim, India, Faith47 painted a series of works entitled La Petite Mort. Using the imagery of the lotus flower, strikingly contrasted against the gritty streets of the capital city, the South African artist sends a hopeful message to those that happen across her pieces. She further states – “The lotus, while rooted in the mud, blossoms on long stalks floating above the mud. This ability for something so strong and pure growing out of dirty water is symbolic of our […]
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Overtime: Dec 12 – Dec 18

More stories from the week that ended Dec 18 (click on bolded words for more information): Aperture writes about Matthew Brandt’s new works. Palmyra attacked and recaptured by Isil militants and fears are growing over its fate. PULSE cancels New York edition of its far and launches new year-round programming. Heritage auction house sues Christie’s and Collectrium over alleged data theft. Henry Rollins thinks that burning punk rock artifacts and memorabilia is not punk. American Institute of Architects posthumously awards Paul Revere Williams its highest honor. […]
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Upcoming: Junko Mizuno – “Takarabune” @ Nucleus Gallery

Tonight in Los Angeles, Nucleus Gallery will be hosting a new exhibition from Junko Mizuno entitled Takarabune. The solo from the Japanese artist continues her exploration of the pop culture and the spiritual aspects of her country with an emphasis on the Seven Lucky Gods, as referenced by the title of her show. A collection of hand-made head dresses and accessories inspired by Mizuno’s paintings by artist Alston Stephanus will also be on display during the opening. Discus Junko Mizuno here.
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Basel Week ’16 / Openings: Wynwood Walls Exhibition

In addition to the new murals (covered) painted at Wynwood Walls for this year’s Basel Week Miami, Goldman Global Arts also opened an exhibition at the Garden House in the complex. The group show featured original paintings and sculptural works from many of the artists who have been involved with Wynwood Walls in the past. Take a look at more photos from the opening below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Basel Week Miami here.