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Interviews / Showing: Michael Kagan – “Mavericks” @ Tennis Elbow

Continuing their ongoing rich program, which rotates weekly, featuring solo-presentations at their project space (Tennis Elbow), The Journal Gallery in NYC is currently showing work by Michael Kagan (featured). Coinciding with International Surfing Day, which is held annually on the third Saturday of June, the gallery has his all-new series of works titled Mavericks on display through today. We had a chance to chat with the artist about this all-new series of work, and find out a bit about his connection with surfing, the inspiration behind this series […]

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Fool’s Gold” @ Modernism Gallery

Coming up on July 11th, Shawn Huckins (featured) will opening a solo show at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco. Entitled Fool’s Gold, the exhibition will feature 18 works from the Denver-based artist’s The Erasures series, replicated paintings from The White House Art Collection with seemingly randomly painted erasure marks superimposed over top – the familiar gray and white checkered pattern signifies a software’s ‘eraser’ tool has removed the underlying image. Continuing Huckins’ practice of overlaying familiar elements of the modern age over traditional paintings, the new collection of acrylic on […]

Overtime: June 11 – 17

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirror Room’ to arrive in Chicago for the first time. Street artists in the US have more rights than they thought. A very queer street art movement is spreading across the US. Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys launch new art grant, giving 20 artists $5,000 each. LACMA Awards grants to four artists working on innovative, tech-driven projects. ‘World’s Largest’ Banksy art show unauthorized by artist is frowned upon by […]

Recap: Brendan Monroe – “Formations” @ Heath Ceramics (Los Angeles)

Continuing his longstanding collaboration with Heath Ceramics (also see 2014 in LA and 2015 in SF), Brendan Monroe (interviewed) recently held a showing at their Los Angeles showroom. Entitled Formations, the focus of the new body of the work was experimenting with Heath tile’s flat clay surface as a new medium for his organic patterns. Rounding out the exhibition was a selection of framed wall hangings, large and small, along with drawings and blob sculptures, some of which can still be viewed in the gallery space. Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.

Releases: James Jean – “Sun Tarot” Print

Tomorrow (June 12th) starting at 8:00 AM PDT, James Jean (interviewed) will be making a new print available for 24 hours only. Entitled Sun Tarot, this time-limited giclee comes with gold foil accents and custom designed embossments and of course will be signed and numbered. Measuring 27″ tall × 19-1/2″ wide (image size 23-3/4 ″ tall × 17″ wide), this edition based on a painting (seen below) from James’ recent show in Japan (covered) will be available here starting at the appropriate time. Discuss James Jean here.

Overtime: June 4 – 10

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Anthony Bourdain dead at 61 of apparent suicide. Anthony Bourdain bought this ominous John Lurie painting days before he died. Summer preview: the most promising museum shows and biennials around the world. Must-See Art Guide, Seoul: Featuring Xu Zhen, Jacob Kassay, Joris Laarman, and more. Picasso, Warhol & more iconic artists spotlighted in major Australia exhibit. Australia’s largest contemporary art gallery to be built in Melbourne. The Uffizi Gallery gathers some heavy hitters […]

Previews: Emily Mae Smith – “Feast of Totems” @ Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin)

Tomorrow night (June 9th), a new exhibition from Emily Mae Smith opens to the public at Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin. Entitled Feast of Totems, the show is well named as it features the re-occurring imagery of fruits, droplets, tongues, lips, and teeth that signal a grotesque consumption running through the new body of work. Also seen in multiple paintings is one of the Brooklyn-based artist’s most recognizable motifs, the totemic broom lady posed in familiar positions that harken back to classic paintings in art history. Utilizing a flat […]

Recap: Anthony Iacono – “Talking to Strangers” @ P·P·O·W

Closing at the end of last month in New York, Anthony Iacono’s show at P·P·O·W intrigued us with his provocative subject matter as well as technique. While many of the New York-based artist’s pieces seem to be referencing BDSM fantasies (some more directly with colorful renderings of kinky scenes and some more subtle by incorporating rope or cords into the compositions), the imagery is tempered by his dark humor and the way he never expands the viewer’s field of vision to take in the entire spectacle. Also of interest […]

Previews: “LAX/PDX” Curated By Thinkspace @ Antler Gallery

On June 9th, a massive group show will open at Antler Gallery in Portland entitled LAX/PDX. The exhibition is the 13th iteration of an effective way Thinkspace shares their roster of artists around the world by curating exhibitions for their friends at different galleries. You can see a full list of the artists below and some preview images but a few things that caught our eyes included another shark from Josh Keyes (seen above), a timely piece from OakOak, Matthew Grabelsky taking his animals off the subway, Mark Dean […]

Previews: Kevin Earl Taylor – “Apex” @ Circle Gallery (Berlin)

On June 23rd, Circle Culture’s Berlin branch will be opening an exhibition with Kevin Earl Taylor, his third with the gallery. Entitled Apex, the new body of work features paintings, works on paper and site-specific installations that seem to explore some the environmental issues facing our world today. Much of the San Francisco-based artist’s imagery documents moments of encounter between different species of the natural world, separated by constructs like glass spheres and pedestals. At the opening reception, author Carl von Siemens will be presenting his book Der […]
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