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KAWS Designs Trophy For SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Nascar Race

Continuing to raise his profile and to familiarize the general public with his signature imagery, KAWS has teamed up with NASCAR to design the trophy for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 coming up at the Kansas Speedway on May 9th (although it might be delayed due to the weather). With Nickelodeon signed up as the title sponsor for the Sprint Cup race, the renaming of the event opened the door for a perfect partnership with the Brooklyn-based artist whose work re-imagines pop culture with his special aesthetic, with […]
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Previews: Travis Louie – “Archive of Lost Species” @ Roq La Rue

Tonight in Seattle (May 7th), Travis Louie (interviewed) will be revisiting Roq La Rue for another showing of his vintage photography inspired paintings of imaginary creatures, created in a style self-described as a kind of “cryptozoology.” Entitled Archive of Lost Species, the fresh new pieces are a collection of fantastical characters, unique in their size and circumstance, many posing next to their human counterparts. Head over for a look yourself if you are in the area and make sure to read the stories associated with each painting written by Louie himself. Discuss Travis […]
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Previews: PDXFLASH @ Compound Gallery

This evening (Thursday 7th May) Compound Gallery opens a multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing showcasing the city of Portland, Oregon in a unique way through the combined mediums of fine art and tattoo art. PDXFLASH: An exhibition of Portland inspired tattoo flash is curated by Conrad Crespin, who asked the participating artists to produce tattoo flash inspired by Portland. The contributing artists come from a variety of backgrounds but with the unifying connection of the locale and creative drive. Each artist has ties to Portland and make their marks in the realms of […]
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Previews: Erin M. Riley – “Darkness Lies Ahead” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Tomorrow night (May 7th) at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, Erin M. Riley (interviewed) will be opening a solo show entitled Darkness Lies Ahead. Recently acquiring a two person loom which she is using herself has allowed the Brooklyn-based artist to take her work to a whole new level with her largest works to date – over eight feet wide. The fresh weavings will focus mainly on two of her series of works: the Selfies featuring portraiture sourced from young women on the internet as well as […]
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Previews: Luke Chueh – “Headspace” @ Rotofugi

Like his show there in 2012 (covered), the paintings from Luke Chueh’s (interviewed) upcoming show at Rotofugi were created with the location in mind. The Los Angeles-based artist has taken one of his repeating motifs and fully fleshed it out for his one and only solo exhibition of the year set to open on May 8th at the designer toy boutique in Chicago. Not only is this image of his “sad bear” taking off his head as if it was a costume revealing its true inner self (seen above […]
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Streets: ROA (Jersey City)

As mentioned in our interview with ROA last month leading up to his solo (covered) at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, the prolific street artist also had plans to paint a mural in New Jersey while in the area. The Belgian artist made good on his word recently with this new piece on a building owned by Mana Contemporary located near the approach to the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City. Continuing his portraiture of animals in various stages of anatomical dissection, he chose the skeleton of the […]
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Recap: artMRKT San Francisco 2015

Last week, the fifth edition of Art Market San Francisco welcomed a record 25,000 visitors to Fort Mason Festival Pavilion over the five days it was open to the public. A wide range of works were on display at premier contemporary and modern art fair in the Bay Area including works from Kevin Earl Taylor (seen above) as well as many familiar and new names to our readers. Take a look at a photo recap below… Photo credit: Ken Harman.
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James Jean: Xenograph Preorder & Fundraiser

James Jean (interviewed) recently announced the preorder for his next book entitled Xenograph. Documenting his work from 2010 to 2014, the monograph will pick up where REBUS left off and also features images of his exquisite pen and ink drawings from his  sketchbook. Funds raised for the first printing will go toward the cost of self-publishing for the first time, giving Jean more control over the process. The special box edition has already sold out but all pre-orders of the standard edition will contain a newly designed bookplate, signed and numbered, made […]
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Releases: DALeast – “egariM” Print

Marking the upcoming Main Street exhibition at the Mohammed VI Museum (MMVI) of modern and contemporary art in Rabat, Morocco, Print Them All just announced the release of a limited edition by DALeast (interviewed). As one of the participants of this big expo, the Chinese artist recently spent a couple of days at Idem Studio in Paris, producing his first fine art lithograph. The edition is based on a painting from his last NYC show The Laten Photon (covered) at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Produced as a 10-color lithograph, this […]
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Art Focus: Cinta Vidal

A return to our Art Focus features see our eyes settle on the work of Cinta Vidal. The Spanish artist who works in scenography, mainly paints the massive backdrops at Opera de Sabadell with here time, but it is her personal art or “un-gravity constructions” that interests us. The impossible architecture oftentimes has a Escher-like feel to it, and when combined with everyday objects and people going about their everyday life makes for an interesting dynamic that has the viewer examining the pieces from different angles and perspectives. […]