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Streets: Crystal Wagner // UNIQA Art Lodz (Poland)

Following up on an amazing collaboration between Etam Cru and Robert Proch in Poland, Crystal Wagner was the next artist invited in by UNIQA Art Lodz to beautify the city. The new installation (created from wire armature, rip-stop water proof and UV protective nylon, cable ties) for the urban art program curated by Michał Bieżyński (of Lodz Murals) is entitled Hyperbolic and looks like it’s devouring the building. The site specific installation is located on Piotrkowska Street (the city center of Lodz) and will be on view for at least three months. Wagner further adds – […]

Openings: Blaine Fontana & David Rice – “Chromagrain” @ Svper Ordinary

Portland residents David Rice and Blaine Fontana besieged the Mile High City recently with their latest show Chromagrain at Svper Ordinary Gallery. Residents of Denver are familiar with what these two are capable of together as their collaboration mural was one of the featured pieces at last year’s Colorado Crush street art festival. A scant 12 months later they are back in Denver, this time with close to 15 new pieces all featuring their signature imagery & geometry combinations, welcomed by a large crowd of enthusiastic fans. Discuss Blaine […]

Rewind: June 4 – Sept 19

It’s been a while since our last Rewind feature, so here are some videos from the art world that may help you catch up a little. First up are some short animations that Joan Cornella created that perfectly bring his witty comic-strip paintings to life in all their NSFW glory. If interested, you can check out the Spanish artist’s YouTube page here to stay up to date on his latest videos. Other videos to watch include: A look at a recent mural from ABOVE. POW! WOW! Long Beach […]

Upcoming: Kehinde Wiley – “Lamentation” @ Petit Palais

On October 20th, Petit Palais in Paris will be opening up a new exhibition from Kehinde Wiley entitled Lamentaion. For his first solo show in France, the African American artist will be presenting ten pieces (stain glass works and paintings), some created in his signature style of posing anonymous youths from urban centers in the same way the subjects in classical portraiture. For this showing in particular, Wiley will continuing his use of religious iconography including a reference for the first time to the Virgin Mary. […]

Openings: Conor Harrington – “Watch Your Palace Fall” @ Pace London

After nine months of preparation, Conor Harrington (interviewed) has opened a solo exhibition entitled Watch Your Palace Fall at Pace Gallery London in Soho. Continuing his narrative of politically charged oil paintings, the locally-based artist rendered fights between military male characters dressed in 18th century uniforms, with all the rage and thirst for power evident in their visages. The chase for power is certainly timeless and draws references to the contemporary political climate, as illustrated in Sluggers Paradise (2016), a large diptych featuring a tug of war and coloured to represent the classic blue and red of […]

Overtime: Sept 12 – Sept 18

More stories from the week that ended Sept 18 (click on bolded words for more information): Blum & Poe website has images up for its Henry Taylor exhibition. LA Times profiles Henry Taylor’s exhibition space Henry Taylor’s. RIP: Ruth Braunstein, who passed away at the age of 93 after a short illness. RIP: Greta Friedman, who passed away at the age of 92. She was nurse kissed in iconic V-J Day photo. Mark Moore Gallery in Culver City will close at the end of the year. Art16 art fair cancels its […]

Previews: Daniel Arsham – “Circa 2345” @ Galerie Perrotin (New York)

Tomorrow night (September 15th) in New York, Daniel Arsham will be opening a show at Galerie Perrotin entitled Circa 2345. The exhibition will be the locally-based artist’s 11th solo with the gallery, but his first in their NYC branch. As the title suggests, he will be continuing his signature brand of “fictional archeology” where current day objects are created in the way that future generations would see them when they unearth them. In this new body of work, Arsham has added colors to his normal black & white […]

Upcoming: Todd James – “We Are One” @ Galería Javier López

Galería Javier López & Fer Francés are starting their new exhibition season with a new show by Todd James entitled We Are One. For the American artist otherwise known as REAS, his third solo ever in Madrid will open on the 15th of September, exactly three years after his last exhibition there (covered), and six years since his first showing with the gallery (covered). The exhibition includes a selection of acrylic works on canvas utilizing a bold and bright palette that explore current themes of protests, invasions, and bailouts through subtle irony. Both the subjects of the new pieces, and the title […]

Previews: Ryan Hewett – “Order” @ Unit London

Following the successful preview show earlier this year (covered), Ryan Hewett (interviewed) is back with The Unit London for his solo. Opening on the 29th of September, the exhibition will introduce a new direction that the South African artist has taken with his work and approach. Slightly stepping away from spontaneous construction and deconstruction and a deliberately chaotic working process, the new works are cleaner, more restricted and thought through. Solid color backgrounds, carefully chosen tones of paint, smooth gradients, perfect circles and use of masking tape for […]

Showing: Wayne White – “I’M HAVING A DIALOGUE WITH THE UNIVERSE AND YOU’RE JUST SITTING THERE” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Last week, Joshua Liner Gallery became the venue for Wayne White’s new solo entitled I’M HAVING A DIALOGUE WITH THE UNIVERSE AND YOU’RE JUST SITTING THERE. Transforming the New York showspace by taking over the walls with sculptural cutouts and murals, he then strategically embedded his paintings in place to complete the effect. The artist known for his witty word paintings (and his set and puppet designs for Pee-wee’s Playhouse) even transformed sections into what looked to be huge vintage painting – just like the ones he overlays his text onto. Photos via the artist […]