Jake & Dinos Chapman, often referred to as the Chapman Brothers, are English artists known for their subversive humor and provocative work often dealing with themes of violence and death. What caught our attention recently was a new epic miniature landscape composed of four encased diorama entitled The Sum of All Evil that they created for their current show Chicken at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev. The brothers often utilize historical references and inspiration from some of their favorite artists like Hieronymus Bosch and Francisco de Goya in their work, with this piece being no different. Take a […]
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More stories from the week ending Feb 24: It turns out some of Charles Krafft’s work was not supposed to be ironic after all, and he shockingly appears to be a white nationalist who believes Holocaust is a deliberately exaggerated myth. France making one of its biggest efforts to trace Jewish owners of artworks stolen by the Nazis during WWII. Jewish Museum of Vienna acknowledges it may be in possession of hundreds of items looted during the war. Fire on top floor of building at Pratt […]
Another mural we watched go up during POW WOW Hawaii was a joint effort from Yoskay Yamamoto, Jeff Hamada, Wu Yue, and Andrea Wan. Situated next to a small park in the Kaka’ako district, the piece meshed the talents of all four artists who hail from different parts of the world – Los Angeles, Vancouver, Paris, and Berlin. Take a look at some more detailed pics below… Discuss POW WOW here.
Italian artist and illustrator Marco Mazzoni opened a solo show last night with Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan, Italy. As we mentioned in the preview for this show, this is Marco’s 1st solo show in a city where he has been working and living in for years. Along with medium-scale colored pencil paper drawings, moleskin paper drawings, and a site-specific installation that was announced for this show, the artist had another three mini moleskine books exhibited with three drawings that matched the theme and the spirit of this show. […]
Last month, Mark Dean Veca (featured) opened a new solo show at the Cristin Tierney Gallery entitled Made For You And Me. The mostly new series of paintings explore the LA-based artist’s interpretation of the collapse of the “American Dream” and the corruption of ideals in this country, seen through the lens of his re-imagining of pop culture. Included are images of the monopoly man, riffs on the American flag, a hanging pegasus Mobil logo, and more – all rendered with Dean Veca’s modernized “Toile de Jouy” technique. Take a look at […]
Sam Wolfe Connelly (seen above) recently opened his solo show titled Nocturne at Roq La Rue. Film-like grain permeates his graphite drawings, with subject matter lending itself heavily to the eeriness of a moonlit night spent in the woods, where whispers can be heard if you listen hard enough. Interspersed between them are oil paintings, predominated in orange and red hues, which pull the viewer out of the trance that the monotone pieces create. A couple conte on mylar pieces are also added to mix, and […]
After a relaxing week in Hawaii filled with art, great food, and friends we haven’t seen in awhile, it’s time to share with you photos of some more of the murals that went up for POW WOW 2013. One of the collaborative pieces that seemed to work well for this year’s event was from Nychos and Jeff Soto (interviewed). With both artists who have some of the more painterly techniques there, the combination of their imagery meshed quite nicely on this large wall. Discuss POW WOW here. […]
Returning to Australia for another series of solos (like in 2011) in Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, Kozyndan will be showing at the different locations of Outre Gallery on March 8th, March 15th, and March 22nd respectively (RSVP here). Look for new original work from the duo like their popular panoramics typically infused with local flavor, like Bathers’ Friday in the CBD (partial shot above) as well as limited edition offerings. Discuss Kozyndan here.
More stories from the week ending Feb 17: Richard Jackson makes his mark on OCMA as his long-awaited retrospective opens this weekend. The LA Times profiles the artist. RIP: Richard Artschwager dies at age 89 following a recent stroke. Woman vandalizes iconic Delacroix Painting at the Louvre, tagging “AE911″ on it. France to return seven Old Master paintings looted from Jewish families during WWII. Henri Matisse painting stolen in 2000 from a museum in Venezuela will soon be returned to the country. Police raid Bill […]
Odd Future leader Tyler, The Creator recently released images (three of them) that will be used for the cover art of his new album – Wolf. One of these versions was created by none other than Mark Ryden, who if you remember has had experience with album cover design (Michael Jackson’s Dangerous). Fans of the painter and rapper will have the opportunity to pick up the album on April 2nd. Via The World’s Best Ever. Discuss Mark Ryden here.