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Openings: Barry McGee – “China Boo” @ Ratio 3

After an interval of seven years, Barry McGee is back at Ratio 3 in San Francisco and this time he brought along 50 of his friends to join him. This particular show had a few surprises and whole lot of what we love about the Bay Area legend such as painted signs, geometric paintings, customized surfboards, painted bottles, sketches, and photography. The main gallery hosted the man known as Twist’s work with the vacant store next door converted to the L. Quan – Check Cashing & Healing Arts Centre for all […]

Overtime: Nov 2 – Nov 8

More stories from the week that ended Nov 8 (click on bolded words for more information): Christopher Y. Lew’s essay on Jared Madere, who currently has an exhibition at the Whitney. Tao Hongjing revealed to actually be French man named Alexandre Ouairy, who pretended to be Chinese. Bosch Research and Conservation Project determines two Bosch works may have been painted by imitators. Arts education in Los Angeles public schools severely lacking. Michael Werner accuses Germany of using controversial legislation to generate revenue from cultural industry. Sokari Douglas Camp sculpture […]

Showing: Usugrow – “Organic Contrast” @ Diesel Art Gallery

Showing for one more week through November 13th is Usugrow’s show at Diesel Art Gallery in Shibuya. Entitled Organic Contrast, the exhibition features the Japanese artist’s distinctive mix of calligraphy and Los Angeles “cholo” culture. The exhibition is the locally-based artist’s first solo in Japan in the last 10 years and includes nearly 40 artworks, some of which show a new direction. Photo credit: Miki Matsushima. Discuss Usugrow here.

Showing: Rodrigo Branco – “Efígie” @ Homegrown Galeria

We have been following Rodrigo Branco for a while now, and after seeing him paint a lovely portrait mural in the Swiss alps recently (covered), it’s great to see him having a solo show at Homegrown Galeria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Opened on 8th of October, Efígie (effigy) includes seven signature portrait pieces created for this show using mixed mediums such a acrylic and spray paint on canvas. This series is an ode to times passed when portraits and busts represented the soul of the person. Both expressive and almost abstract […]

Streets / POW! WOW! Japan 2015: Recap

Last month, the POW! WOW! crew completed the first leg of their Asia tour by hitting up Tokyo with live art, installations, and musical performances. The inaugural edition of POW! WOW! Japan featured work from Mark Dean Veca, Case, Colasa, Cook One (seen above), Kamea Hadar, Frankie Cihi, Jay Shogo, Hitotzuki (Kami & Sasu), Luise Ono, Dave Kinsey, Fafi, Ben Horton, Usugrow, Yoshiyasu Tamura, BAKIBAKI, Takizo, and Shizentomotel. As we speak, a new set of artists have moved on to the second part the event – […]

FriendsWithYou x Moncler (Ginza Flagship Store)

Continuing their commercial endeavors, FriendsWithYou recently collaborated with Moncler on a new collection of  jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters featuring their iconic imagery. The line entitled Happy Virus was created to launch the new flagship store in Tokyo in the top-flight Ginza shopping district. Adding in the Los Angeles-based duo’s graphics, plushes, and other design cues to the displays led to an immersive playground for shoppers who stopped by to check out the Italian-French brand’s new space. Discuss FriendsWithYou here.

Art Focus: Parasite

Parasite’s series of Black Things paintings utilize found & existing paintings and prints as a canvas where traditional works are over-painted with brutal new geometries. The original context of the source paintings are changed and subverted with distorted volumes and masses of ‘anti-image’ to create a new vocabulary. Portions of the original image are retained by the Poland-based artist as he plays with our sense of perception – depth and dimension present a renewed allegory that emphasizes unfamiliar details within the framing of the existing image. Equally, his outdoor […]

Upcoming: “Pigskin” @ Stay Gallery

Tomorrow (November 6th) in Downey, California, 32 artists will be presenting works at Stay Gallery inspired by the NFL team they were assigned to by curators Jenna Gibson and Jeff McMillan. Pigskin will feature the work of Lee Bakofsky, Charles Bakofsky, Nicole Bruckman, Soey Milk, Owen Freeman, Sean Norvet, Christine Wu, Grace Young, Elliot Brown, Jeff Smith, Joe Vaux, Erin Burell, Kwanchai Moriya, John Paul Altamirano, Gary Musgrave, Noel Marie III, Ken Garduno, Jason Snyder, Harrison Freeman, George Thompson, Celeste Byers, Jim Salvati, Thomas Broersma, Tory Lin, […]

Upcoming: James Turrell @ Kayne Griffin Corcoran

This Sunday (November 8th, 4-6pm), James Turrell will be opening a new exhibition with Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles, his fifth showing with the gallery. The works slated to be on display from the master of light and space include three large scale Elliptical Glass pieces, mesmerizing apertures of frosted glass that have LEDs behind that are programmed to cycle through different colors over the course of 2.5 hours, and a series of prints that document his installation Aten Reign at the Guggenheim back in 2013. […]

Streets: Conor Harrington x JAZ // O.bra Festival (Sao Paulo)

Last month, Conor Harrington (interviewed) & Franco Fasoli aka JAZ got together to paint a wall in Brazil for the O.bra Festival (also see Titi Freak, Brusk, and INTI x Alexis Diaz). Painted over the course of 10 days in Sao Paulo, the mural measuring 37 m high and 10 m wide featured an interesting composition of two horse and riders rendered in each artist’s characteristic style. The piece references different conflicts in Latin America, the Paraguayan War, and the subjugation of native people. Photo Credit: Martha Cooper, Clarissa Pivetta, and artists. Discuss Conor […]