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Openings: Axel Void – “Nobody” @ Athen B. Gallery

On May 7th, Athen B. Gallery opened a solo show by Axel Void at their pop-up location (222 Broadway St.) in Downtown Oakland. As a tribute to regular people, paying homage to mundanity and the everyday life, Nobody is built around the life story of Alvie Morris. Alejandro Hugo Dorda Meys aka Axel Void has been known for painting large murals of anonymous people by taking random photos from the Internet as a reference. A couple of years ago, he created a mural with an image of a young boy with glasses in Atlanta and few […]

Showing: Louise Bonnet – “Paintings” @ Mier Gallery

Mier Gallery in West Hollywood is currently showing the first solo exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Louise Bonnet. The exhibition simply titled Paintings opened on April 23rd and will stay on view through June 4th. The show includes six large paintings and several drawings on paper showing Bonnet’s recognizable visual language and imagery. Her cartoon-like characters with no facial expressions feature exaggerated proportions of body parts that instead convey feelings of melancholy, nostalgia, and displacement. Hidden behind Ramones-like haircuts, they are telling their stories through over sized hanging noses and body […]

Overtime: May 2 – May 8

More stories from the week that ended May 8 (click on bolded words for more information): Max Frintrop exhibition opens at Lyles & King. Text and images are up. RIP: Marisol, who passed away at the age of 85 due to pneumonia. RIP: Carl Fredrik Reutersward, who passed away at the age of 81 after being treated for pneumonia. Illma Gore says that a Trump supporter punched her in the face for her anti-Trump artwork. FBI goes digging in search for stolen Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist works. Fire at Rosemarie […]

Showing: Parra – “I can’t look at your face anymore” @ Ruttkowski;68

Ruttkowski;68 in Cologne, Germany is currently showing I can’t look at your face anymore, a solo by Pieter Janssen aka Parra. For his second exhibition with the gallery, the Dutch artist, illustrator and designer created an all new body of work consisting of canvases, sculptures and objects. Inspired by the phenomenon of selfies and the creation of edited selves in social media, the pieces in the show are focused on obscuring the face. This idea is noticeable on all the works produced for the show – canvas characters are hiding behind each other […]

Basel Week Switzerland ’16 / Upcoming: Daniel Arsham

For Art Basel in Switzerland coming up in June, Daniel Arsham will be presenting his signature “fictional archeology” to fans and collectors in Basel with a twist. While mainly working in black and white in the past due in part to his colorblindness, the Brooklyn-based artist received specially made lenses that corrected this problem last year and has recently been experimenting with works in color. This set of basketballs were crafted out of Blue Calcite Crystal and represent how artifacts from our time might look in the […]

Openings: Yoshitomo Nara – “New Works” @ Stephen Friedman Gallery

Yoshitomo Nara recently returned  to the Stephen Friedman Gallery in London for a fourth exhibition of new works. This show features new paintings on canvas, paintings on cotton mounted wood panel and the largest collection of new drawings on paper. Adolescent characters and animals are depicted with nuanced considerations of alienation, anger and curiosity. Juxtaposed with slogans and often salty language, they are at once cheeky, vulnerable and threatening. Nara mentions “This solo exhibition is comprised of ‘paintings’ (on canvas), ‘billboard paintings’ (patched cotton mounted on wood panel) […]

Showing: Andrew Schoultz – “Age of Empire” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Age of Empire, a new solo from Andrew Schoultz opened last week at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York. The exhibition features painting and work on paper referencing patterns in history like war, natural disasters, and globalization as well as social, political, and economic crises. The detailed pieces included in the show are his instantly recognizable collage – like compositions, filled with chaotic explosions of color and imagery, and are accompanied by a site-specific installation. Schoultz further explains the installation – “Perhaps the standing pillar works under the theme that after all, […]

Upcoming: Antony Micallef – ‘Raw Intent’ @ Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong)

Antony Micallef (interviewed) will be opening his first solo in Asia on May 13th at Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong. The British artist will present a new series of paintings and studies that explore the relationships of the mechanics of artistic intent, representation, and the use of paint as a material for expressing emotions. The title of the exhibition, Raw Intent, refers to a seemingly unmediated yet highly conscious process of manipulating the material during the act of painting. By presenting an unidentifiable figure in the painting, […]

Showing: Marilyn Minter – “Pretty/Dirty” @ Orange County Museum of Art

Earlier this month, Marilyn Minter opened a new show at the Orange County Museum of Art entitled Pretty/Dirty. The retrospective features over 25 paintings made between 1976 and 2015, three video works, and several photographs that highlight the American artist’s focus on society’s obsession with feminine beauty. Included are her iconic and lush works that focus on various eroticized parts of the female body like the feet, lips, and eyes. The exhibition will be on view through July 10th. Photo credit: James Ng for Arrested Motion. Discuss Marilyn Minter here.

Previews: Axel Void – “Nobody” @ Athen B. Gallery

On May 7th, Athen B. Gallery will host a pop-up solo by Axel Void. Titled Nobody, the exhibition will open at 222 Broadway St. in Downtown Oakland at 7pm. The Miami-born artist, whose real name is Alejandro Hugo Dorda Meys has been known for dark, often figurative works that mixes text, classical painting and drawing. Meys also creates large murals on the street, which like his gallery work, regularly addresses social issues and the everyday problems of regular people while pointing out injustice and cruelty. Following that path, the show is based on life of Alvie […]