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Streets – Upfest (2018) Bristol

Upfest returned to celebrate its 10th anniversary recently with approximately 350 artists from across the globe leaving their mark on the streets of Bristol. A central theme across the whole weekend was the 100 years which have passed since some women first got the right to vote in the UK. For example, Jody Thomas‘ gold-masked figure takes the meek and victimized Little Red Riding Hood from Victorian fairytales and recasts her as someone who is both eminently capable and confidently self-assured. The festival also saw The London Police bring their […]

Overtime: Aug 6 – 12

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Sterling Ruby creates new artworks for concurrent exhibitions in Belgium. San Francisco’s new transit center features public art by Jenny Holzer, Julie Chang, and Ned Kahn. NADA cancels its New York City fair to shift focus to supporting member galleries. Here are all the galleries heading to Art Berlin’s new home in Tempelhof Airport. Sotheby’s disappointing earnings highlight risk of art market’s overreliance on trophy lots. Sotheby’s and Steve Lazarides team up […]

Showing: Art Safiental 2018

After a successful debut in 2016, Art Safiental 2018 is underway – a biennale that sees artists create installations and projects throughout the Safien Valley in Switzerland. On view through October 17th, the artwork “questions, explores and revises the historical term Land Art” based on this year’s theme (HORIZONTAL – VERTICAL). Accompanied by a hiking map, a visit by adventurous art lovers promises stunning views and an experience like no other that will bring to mind a dialogue with landscape and nature. This year’s curator (Johannes […]

Previews: Javier Calleja – “Fake is the future” @ Galerie Zink

On August 16th, Javier Calleja will be opening a new show at Galerie Zink in Hamburg entitled Fake is the future. The fresh work from the Spanish artist, who apprenticed with Yoshitomo Nara, evokes a similar aesthetic his own version of cartoonish wide eyed children. Featuring 10 new artworks ranging from canvasses, works on paper, and mural paintings the exhibition promises to be an immersive experience challenging attendees to ask “if the reality we perceive is truthful or otherwise, manipulated and disguised.” Discuss Javier Calleja here.

Previews: “Fresh Blood” @ Backwoods Gallery

Tonight (August 10th) in Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, the Backwoods Gallery will be introducing some artists new to their space in a group exhibition entitled Fresh Blood. The participating artists are all Australian and includes Georgia Hill, Minna Leunig, Tom Gerrard, Al Stark, Robert Bowers (seen above), Matthew Fortrose, Tristan Kerr, James Dodd, and Jack Rowland. Check out some more preview images below…

Releases / Signings: Todd Schorr – “Neverlasting Miracles” @ KP Projects

Coming up on August 18th (5pm – 8pm), KP Projects in Los Angeles will be hosting the release and signing event ([email protected]) for Todd Schorr’s (featured) most comprehensive monograph to date – Neverlasting Miracles. Along with getting the locally-based artist’s autograph, attendees will be able to enjoy some new paintings in preparation for his upcoming exhibition at MOCA Virginia (opening September 21st) where this majestic 69” x 84” piece entitled No Solar Power For Fairyland can be seen. Discuss Todd Schorr here.

Showing: Lucy Sparrow – “Sparrow Mart” @ The Standard, DTLA

The Standard hotel in Downtown LA is currently hosting a big-scale West Coast debut of British artist Lucy Sparrow. As her fifth fully-felted art installation, Sparrow Mart opened doors on August 1st and will stay open for business until the end of the month. We say “open for business” because of the fact that this art installation is a fully functional supermarket, offering a wide range of everyday supplies entirely made from felt and fabric. From bubblegum, fruit and veggies, to different packaging of favorite snacks, […]

Showing: Yayoi Kusama – “With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever (2011)” @ Marciano Art Foundation

For Angeleno’s who missed Yayoi Kusuma’s turn at The Broad (covered) last year, here is your second chance. With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever (2011) features the Japanese artist’s penchant for polka dots in an immersive installation with large fiberglass-reinforced plastic tulips surrounded by floor-to-ceiling red dots. Ranging from over 7 to almost 10 feet tall, the three oversized flowers reinforces the illusion that the viewer has shrunk down to miniature size, an effect amplified by the repeating dots. Photo credit (top image): Charles […]

Recap: Joakim Ojanen – “Year of the Dog” @ Richard Heller Gallery

An exhibition entitled Year of the Dog recently closed at the Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, their second solo from Joakim Ojanen. Featuring a comprehensive selection of the Stockholm-based artist’s ceramics, bronzes, charcoal drawings, and oil paintings, the show focuses in on Ojanen’s cast of characters that seem to be taken from a children’s book or Adult Swim cartoon. The paintings are somewhat abstract and the sculptures are loose, expertly done with a child-like innocence yet unsettling at the same time. Photo credit: Artsy, Richard McKinnon, and Ethan […]

Overtime: July 30 – Aug 5

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): How Leo Castelli changed the art market forever. MoMA PS1’s Klaus Biesenbach, a champion of the Avant-Garde will now lead MOCA Los Angeles. Debate ignites in Los Angeles over MOCA hire. How graffiti artists are fighting back against brands that steal their work. Painting in the age of anxiety. Painting: An (incomplete) survey of the state of the art by Roberta Smith. See the first images of Site Santa Fe’s 2018 ‘Casa […]