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Upcoming: “Potatostamp – 15 Years of Prints by Jeff Soto” @ Volcom Gardens

This Saturday, May 27th, Jeff Soto (interviewed) will be opening a retrospective of his screenprinted gig posters and fine art prints from the last 15 years. Hosted at Volcom Gardens in Austin thru June 18th, the exhibition will be Soto’s first in Texas and will be include over 60 pieces, spanning from 2002 to 2017.  Many will be available for purchase, along with show and fine art editions of the Grim Reaper, his newest print. Discuss Jeff Soto here.  

Studio Visits: James Jean

As we mentioned before, James Jean (interviewed) has a live and work space in West LA near Little Osaka. Called Hide Out, the house has already won multiple awards including the A+ Award from Architizer and the Honor Award for Residential Adaptive Reuse from AIA LA. The design of the remodel by Dan Brunn Architecture includes features like a 12′ x 14′ pivot door, a Japanese tea room inspired library, and wood stairs created by using an algorithm to calculate the most optimized curve based on a selection of […]

Overtime: May 15 – May 21

More stories from the week that ended May 21 (click on bolded words for more information): Yusaku Maezawa bids record-breaking $110.5mil. on Basquiat painting at Sotheby’s auction. Time’s Money section profiles the collector. CNBC has more on him. RIP: Lee Hall, who passed away at the age of 82. Kenya makes it to the Venice Biennale, despite receiving no money from its government for its pavilion. Raining fake Random International Rain Rooms in China. Two Ron English sculptures removed from outside department store in Shanghai within hours of […]

Openings: “Flourish” @ Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Over the weekend, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona hosted the opening of Flourish, a group show curated by Thinkspace Gallery. Over 100 artists contributed to the exhibition but the standouts for us were the murals from Esao Andrews and Nosego as well as a sweet hanging installation from Felipe Pantone. Full roster of artists includes: 1010, Aaron Nagel, Alex Garant, Alexis Diaz, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Bec Winnel, Benjamin Garcia, Cinta Vidal, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Curiot, Daniel Bilodeau, David Cooley, David Rice, Derek Gores, Dulk, Erik Siador, Ernest Zacharevic, Fernando Chamarelli, Frank Gonzales, Ian […]

Releases: Mark Ryden – “Princess Praline and Her Entourage” Print

With his upcoming New York show featuring artwork from the ballet (covered) he worked on with the American Ballet Theater opening on May 20th, Mark Ryden (interviewed) will also be releasing an associated print on May 19th. Princess Praline and Her Entourage looks to be an image taking from some of Ryden’s concept art from his set and costume design work. The print will be produced in a run of 1000, measuring 13.5″ x 39″, and will be priced at $250 (a portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Ballet Theatre). Head […]

Recap: Brendan Monroe – “Mammatus” @ Curator’s Cube

Earlier this year, Brendan Monroe (interviewed) held a showcase in Japan at Curator’s Cube entitled Mammatus. The exhibition in Tokyo featured several of the American artist’s distinctive ceramic sculptures and some of his organic black and white patterned drawings, which were complemented nicely with a wall mural. Take a look at more photos of the event below… Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.

Overtime: May 8 – May 14

More stories from the week that ended May 14 (click on bolded words for more information): Heather Hart installation at Storm King Art Center turns a roof into a stage. RIP: Jack Tilton (1951–2017). The British Museum sees rise of pencil graffiti on its ancient sculptures, raising concerns about monitoring. Jersey City residents criticize offensive murals commissioned by city and demands proper vetting process. Questioning the Venice Biennale’s nation-state design. Is the Venice Biennale too commercial? Victor Ehikhamenor accuses Damien Hirst of copying well-known ancient Nigerian work, Head of Ife. […]

Upcoming: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “No Strings” @ KP Projects Gallery

Returning for a 6th solo show with KP Projects Gallery in Los Angeles, Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) will be unveiling a new collection of surreal paintings on May 20th ([email protected]) featuring his fantastical creatures and characters. Entitled No Strings, the new body of work includes references to the story of Pinnochio as well as the idea of escaping reality. Simkins further states – “In painting this show, I found myself examining my own life and insecurities while looking at my role as a father and seeing my sons make […]

Recap: Art Market San Francisco 2017

A couple weeks ago the seventh edition of Art Market San Francisco returned to the Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion to the delight of collectors and art fans in the Bay Area. Featuring works from artists working with an international selection of 80 different galleries, the event looked to have something for everyone. Check out some of the highlights from the photos below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos.

Previews: “Flourish” @ Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

On May 12th, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum will be opening Flourish, a group show curated by Thinkspace Gallery. Continuing to promote what they call the New Contemporary Art Movement, the exhibition features work from 1010, Aaron Nagel, Alex Garant, Alexis Diaz, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Bec Winnel, Benjamin Garcia, Cinta Vidal, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Curiot, Daniel Bilodeau, David Cooley, David Rice, Derek Gores, Dulk, Erik Siador, Ernest Zacharevic, Fernando Chamarelli, Frank Gonzales, Ian Francis (seen above), Icy and Sot, James Bullough, Joel Daniel Phillips, Jolene […]