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Jeff Soto for Empellón (New York)

Earlier this month, Jeff Soto (interviewed) painted (with the assistance of his brother and sister-in-law) an impressive two-wall mural at Empellón in New York. Invited in by one of his long-time fans and chef Alex Stupak (seen below) to infuse his surreal imagery onto the walls of his West Village outpost, the California native chose to highlight the rooster as well a group of pottery growing imagined plants and succulents. The artwork was part of a remodel of the taqueria is largely symbolic, with themes of family, life and death, and nature. […]

Openings: Mando Marie – “Long Ways” @ Svper Ordinary

It was a grey, rainy Friday night on April 15th when Denver’s Svper Ordinary unveiled the newest body of work from stencil artist and Denver resident Mando Marie (also known as Amanda Marie). The new work contains number of new images and themes, but features the nostalgia and narrative elements that she is best known for. Long Ways is a homecoming for the RMCAD graduate, returning to Colorado after a string of successful exhibitions across Europe and at White Walls in San Francisco. The show will be on display until […]

Overtime: April 18 – April 24

More stories from the week that ended April 24 (click on bolded words for more information): NY Mag visits Vito Schnabel’s apartment. They also tour Adelaide de Menil’s place. RIP: Richard Smith, who passed away at the age of 84. RIP: Huang Zhuan, who passed away at the age of 58 after a battle with cancer. Picasso works among those stolen from the corporate collection of Portigon AG. Wilma “Billie” Tisch realizes after several years that her $1mil. Picasso is missing and being sold in Fl gallery. Bankruptcy […]

Previews: Katrin Fridriks – “Macrocosm” @ Lazarides

After a showing in Berlin (covered) in 2014 and joining the 56th International Venice Biennale Arte (covered) in 2015, Katrin Fridriks will be showing soon at Lazarides Rathbone. For her second solo with the London gallery (opening in May), the Icelandic abstract and conceptual artist will be presenting a different version of one of her most recognizable pieces – Perception of the Stendhal Syndrome – Gene&Ethics Master Prism. Entitled Macrocosm, the exhibition is focused on the Fridriks’ exploration of the correspondences between the two dimensions – macro and microcosm. By allowing […]

Upcoming: Tom Sach – “Boombox Retrospective, 1999–2016″ @ Brooklyn Museum

Tomorrow night (April 21st) in New York, Tom Sachs will be sharing his collection of bricolage sculptural pieces inspired by the iconic boomboxes of the 70s and 80s (also see SXSW ’15). Boombox Retrospective, 1999–2016 at the Brooklyn Museum features eighteen works that illustrate the sculptor’s ability to recreate everyday objects with re-purposed materials. Activating the space, the pieces will be programmed with playlists that go on sequentially throughout our public hours. Discuss Tom Sachs here.
Harland Miller, Hell Its Only For Ever, 2016, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Peter Mallet

Previews: Harland Miller – “Tonight We Make History (P.S. I Can’t Be There)” @ Blain|Southern

For his first solo show in Germany, Harland Miller is coming back to Berlin, a city where he first encountered paintings that use text as an integral part of their composition in the mid 80’s. Tonight We Make History (P.S. I Can’t Be There) at Blain|Southern includes new large-scale paintings that incorporate his own designs, as well as some classics from the famous Penguin Books series. Some of the new over three meter high paintings are inspired by the abstract geometrical covers of popular psychology books of the 60s […]

Showing: Okuda – “AsiAfricalism” @ Kallenbach gallery

From the 1st of April through the 1st of May, Okuda San Miguel will be showing his AsiAfricalism solo show at Kallenbach gallery in Amsterdam. Inspired by the exoticism of individuals that the Spanish artist has met during his journeys, unusual portraits mixed with his recognizable vibrant visual language dominate the showcase. AsiAfricalism includes one sculptural piece, series of four abstract works and five portraits packed with the patterns, bright colors and sharp shapes Okuda has been known for. By using geometry and playing with formats, the street artist creates surrealist imagery that […]

Openings: “Moleskin V” @ Spoke Art

Earlier this month, Spoke Art in San Francisco hosted the opening of Moleskin V. Curated by gallery owner Ken Harman and Sydney-based artist Rod Luff, the fifth edition of the group show featured artists Bagger43, Brandon Boyd, Lindsey Carr, Kim Cogan, J.A.W. Cooper, Camilla D’Errico, Nicolas Delort, Cannon Dill, Hollis Dunlap, Jeremy Enecio, Valentin Fischer, Jayde Fish, Vanessa Foley, Reinier Gamboa, Greg Gandy, Alex Garant, Jessica Hess, Brandon Holt, Stella Im Hultberg, Mary Iverson, Miles Johnston, Justin “Coro” Kaufman, Hope Kroll, So Youn Lee Sergio Lopez, Travis Louie, Alex Louisa, […]

Previews: Jedediah Voltz – “Somewhere Small” @ Virgil Normal

This Saturday (April 23rd), Jedediah Voltz will be opening a show at Virgil Normal in Los Angeles that highlights his special skill of creating miniature “tree” houses wrapped around common household plants like succulents. Drawing on his commercial prop making experience, his pieces for Somewhere Small are whimsical tiny habitats that include tiny furniture, pots, rugs, and other accessories that you would see in a dwelling. He further states – “Building miniatures for stop motion always leaves me with a huge bin of scrap balsa, basswood, and various […]

Showing: Danny van Ryswyk – “Tender Loving Darkness” @ Roq La Rue

Now showing until the end of the month at Roq La Rue, Danny van Ryswyk’s Tender Loving Darkness is a showcase in cutting edge technology and the painting techniques of yore. Ryswyk uses a 3D computer program to render his creations digitally. The digital render is then 3D printed into something than can be physically painted. Antique bases and glass domes house each piece, connecting the past and present even further. Also, over a dozen digital prints line the walls of the gallery and you […]