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Basel Week Miami ’16 / Openings: Art Basel

Winter in Miami is in name only as beach weather is still in effect. Basel Week Miami is also bringing the heat as galleries and artist are presenting their best works currently to art lovers world wide who have travelled in to experience the fairs and surrounding festivities. On the top of everyone’s list is of course the main fair – Art Basel Miami Beach – and for good reason as 269 blue-chip galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will be presenting the tastiest […]

Openings: Larry Gagosian x Jeffrey Deitch – “DESIRE” @ Moore Building

On November 29th, art dealers Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch opened their second collaborative group exhibition for Basel Week Miami. After successful Unrealism show in 2015 (covered), this year’s edition titled Desire, attracted the creme de la creme of the world collectors with its impressive selection of works. Starting with sculptural works at the very entrance of the unique Moore Building in Miami’s Design District, through paintings in different mediums and formats, to photographs, drawings, video installation and even live models, the show explores modern and contemporary approaches to eroticism in art. […]

Basel Week Miami ’16 / Showing: Ugo Rondinone – “Miami Mountain” @ Collins Park

For those who enjoyed Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Mountains (covered) recent installation on the outskirts of Las Vegas, here is your change to see a miniature version of this during Basel Week Miami. The Bass has acquired “one mountain” so to speak or Miami Mountain to be more exact from the Swiss artist and installed the multicolored sculpture permanently at Collins Park (on the corner of 21st Street and Collins Avenue). Stop by while in town to take in the 42 foot tall tower of brightly colored boulders yourself – […]

Previews: Mr Jago & Eric Haacht – “Working With Explosives” @ Fluorescent Smogg

Fluorescent Smogg at a location in Bristol will shortly be opening a new two-man show with Mr Jago (seen above) and Eric Haacht (seen directly below) entitled Working With Explosives. The exhibition runs from 1st to 4th December and each artist will be showing eight new paintings. Both bodies of work have their roots in abstract expressionism and feature a rich impasto application of paint, but from these foundations the two artists have taken their art in markedly different directions. Mr Jago’s practice is increasingly focused on […]

Showing: Gavin Turk @ Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery is currently showing the first major solo exhibition from British artist Gavin Turk since 2002. Who What When Where How and Why spans twenty-six years of the artist’s career throughout the six gallery spaces featuring over seventy works including new and previously unexhibited work drawn from Hirst’s extensive art collection. Hirst first saw Turk’s work at his Royal College degree show in 1991, where Turk exhibited the iconic Cave, a commemorative blue plaque installation, for which he failed his degree. Since emerging onto the London art […]

Streets: Mehdi Ghadyanloo – “Spaces of Hope” (Boston)

Mehdi Ghadyanloo was recently invited in by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston to paint his first mural in America. The prolific Tehran-based artist worked on the large 70 x 76 foot wall in Boston’s Dewey Square Park (also painted by Os Gemeos in 2012) over the course of tree weeks creating a piece he calls Spaces of Hope, featuring some of his signature surrealist imagery. The Iranian artist decided to paint a line of people holding balloons as they climb a helical staircase to the top where […]

Openings: Stella Im Hultberg – “Hollow Resonance” @ Thinkspace Gallery

A couple of weekends ago, Thinkspace hosted Stella Im Hultberg’s (interviewed) new show in their project room concurrently with Audrey Kawasaki’s solo in the main space. Stella’s new pieces, collectively entitled Hollow Resonance including several acrylic on wood paintings as well as some looser pieces combining ink, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencils. She explains the deeply personal new body of work – “I’ve had about a year’s worth of meandering thoughts and ideas like stream of consciousness, but they all started with my mom having been in a coma for […]

Streets: D*Face // The Unexpected 2016 (Fort Smith) – Part II

As a follow up to the Warpaint mural he painted for The Unexpected event in Fort Smith, Arkansas last month, D*Face (interviewed) added a companion installation at the east entrance to downtown. The creation of the five larger than life arrows from repurposed telephone poles was underwritten by the Choctaw Nation, with the Oklahoma-based tribe also giving the British artist some historical context as well as making sure the design of the arrows was authentic. You can learn more about the installation here and you may also want to see the cowboy themed Bad […]

Openings: Parra – “No Work Today” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Last Thursday, Joshua Liner Gallery held an opening reception for the New York showspace’s solo exhibition with Parra. The world recognized artist and designer presented a new series of twelve works on canvas, ink drawings, and sculpture, collectively titled No Work Today. The new body of work the Dutch artist prepared for this showing is a continuation of his minimalist, simplified visual vocabulary, which is almost entering abstraction. By reducing the form and shape of his character to a bare minimum, the new pieces still carry his signature curvaceous line […]

Openings: Pryce Lee – “Come Fly With Me” @ Castor Gallery

As the last show in their old space on Broome Street in NY, Castor Gallery opened Come Fly With Me last week, a exhibition from Pryce Lee (featured). After including his works in their previous group showing, this is his first solo show with the gallery and second NY solo since his 2014 debut with Anonymous Gallery (covered). For this show, the London-based artist created a series of 14 matching new pieces that work both as a large installation and as individual pieces. Keeping the signature concept of objects crashing into a […]