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Overtime: Feb 26 – March 4

More stories below (compiled with the help of YESNIK) from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Kaws’ Small Lie figure installation at Hamad International Airport in Qatar (photo credit: @dash.jpg). 39 must-see gallery shows in New York this March. Russell Crowe “The Art Of Divorce” auction. What’s driving nonprofits into the art world’s arms. 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2018 exhibitor list revealed. Artists Space NY adds Barbara Gladstone to the board. Former Artforum Editor Michelle Kuo joins MoMA as curator. […]

Recap: Matsukatsu Sashie – “Kaleidoscope” @ KP Projects

Today was the last day to see Masakatsu Sashie’s excellent Kaleidoscope at KP Projects in Los Angeles, an exhibition that sees him continue exploring works that have a distinctive surreal yet post-apocalyptic feel. The solo show from the Japanese artist allowed him present a series of paintings of his signature amalgamations of urban structures, the most recognizable being his suspended globes. On display also was a sweet sculptural work, a three dimensional representation of his orbs. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: @bshigeta, @bunnie_gram, […]

Streets: Jen Stark – “Tunnel Vision” (Los Angeles)

Recently in Los Angeles, Jen Stark unveiled an outdoor public sculpture commissioned by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and curated by LeBasse Projects. Entitled Tunnel Vision, the 20ft x 5ft x 5ft installation features a cascading series of ring shapes that bring to mind her paper cut pieces when viewed directly on, utilizing the same vivid colors and familiar forms. From the opposite end, the sculpture follows a black and white gradient adding another unique perspective. As part of the ROAM series of temporary art installations, the piece will be on view […]

D*Face x Triumph Motorcycles Custom Bikes

Recently, D*Face (interviewed) completed a series of three custom bikes for Triumph Motorcycles featuring some of his distinctive imagery. Drawing on his own love for motorcycling, the British artist paid his repects to the long history of the largest British motorcycle manufacturer by hand-painting the iconic bikes himself. If you head over to Triumph’s website and book a test ride of a Triumph Modern Classic between February 26th and April 30th, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of the unique hand-painted bikes. Discuss D*Face here.

Upcoming: James Jean – “Azimuth” @ Kaikai Kiki Gallery

On April 6th, James Jean (interviewed) will be opening a new show in Tokyo at Kaikai Kiki Gallery. Continuing to work with Takashi Murakami to present his work to Japanese collectors (see 2015), the American artist has prepared a series of new works collectively entitled Azimuth. One of the highlights will certainly be some new stained glass works (the triptych Portals seen here) that Jean recently revealed last weekend. Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta and the artist. Discuss James Jean here.

Overtime: Feb 1 – Feb 25

More stories below (compiled with the help of YESNIK) mostly from February (click on bolded words for more information): Frieze to launch Los Angeles art fair at Paramount Studios in 2019. 5Pointz graffiti artist awarded $6.7 million for destroyed murals. Developer is planning to appeal. Another San Francisco art fair will target the ever-elusive tech industry collector. How the glitz and excess of the 1980s shaped contemporary art. Art storage facilities offer a new model for galleries priced out of Chelsea. For NY artist’s struggling […]

Streets: Andrew Hem (Italy)

A few months ago in Italy, Andrew Hem (interviewed) spent some time painting a stunning new mural for the Memorie Urbane. The multi-story piece created over several days in Fondi features one of his characters painted in his usual cartoonish style with what appear to be references to paintings of religious symbolism and iconography. Take a look at more detailed photos as well as some in-progress shots below… Photo credit: Flavia Fiengo. Discuss Andrew Hem here.

Streets: Vhils x Shepard Fairey – “American Dreamers” (Los Angeles)

Last July, when Shepard Fairey (featured) held an exhibition at Underdogs in Lisbon, of which Vhils (interviewed) is a cofounder, the two got together for a sweet collaborative mural (covered). This week, it’s Vhils who will be opening a show in Shep’s home base of Los Angeles and once again the two renowned street artists have pooled their efforts on a stunning new piece at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake (with the support of Branded Arts). It’s always interesting to see how the Portuguese artist’s unique mark-making blends with more traditional methods […]

Openings: Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh – ‘Future History’ @ Gagosian (London)

Coinciding with London Fashion Week 2018, Superflat master Japanese artist Takashi Murakami continued his collaboration (covered) with American creative designer Virgil Abloh and presented a series of joint works entitled Future History at the Gagosian Gallery in London. The exhibition runs until April 7th and features large-scale paintings, sculptures and an installation drawing references to Abloh’s signature Off-White motifs alongside Murakami’s iconic cast of anime characters, reflecting incisively on the signs of the current times. Amongst the works, visitors can enjoy the sculpture Life Itself, a kind of architectural […]

Interviews / Previews: Vhils – “Annihilation” @ Over The Influence (Los Angeles)

On 23rd of February, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils will be presenting his first solo show in the US, marking the launch of Over The Influence Los Angeles, an impressive 7,000 square foot gallery in the city’s Arts District. Created over the course of two years, Annihilation consists of an all new body of work inspired by the Portuguese artist’s fascination with the erosion of cultural uniqueness within the saturated environments of contemporary urban society. Known for presenting the connection between people and urban environments using uncommon techniques […]