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Recap: Art Basel Switzerland 2019

Last week, the art world once again congregated in Switzerland at the art fair that start it all – Art Basel. The picturesque Swiss town saw collectors, dealers, curators, and others gather to see the most exciting artworks from the top galleries in the world all displayed at the same venue. Take a look above at an excellent example of Austin Lee’s work in the Peres Projects booth as well as other things that caught our eye in the set of photos below… Photo credit: Sasha […]

Upcoming: Underdogs x Fat Boy Slim”Smile High Club” @ Underdogs Gallery

Following the collaborative multimedia work created by Vhils and Fat Boy Slim for London’s Iminente Festival 2018 (covered), Underdogs Gallery in Lisbon once again teamed up with the famed English DJ, musician, and record producer for their next exhibition, Smile High Club. Opening on 21 June, this banger of a show is curated by Fat Boy Slim AKA Norman Cook and is entirely focused on his passion for the iconic smiley image. Originally designed by Harvey Ball in 1963, the smiley face has been referenced […]

Previews: “The Visions of Graces” @ Roq La Rue

Tomorrow night (June 13th), Roq La Rue in Seattle will be opening a three person show from Kari-Lise Alexander (seen above), Syd Bee, and Laurie Lee Brom. Entitled The Visions Of Graces, the exhibition features paintings from three Northwest painters who imbue their feminine imagery with surreal and dark elements as well as an atmosphere of mystery. Check out some more preview images below…                    

Previews: “LAX / SFO III” // Curated By Thinkspace @ Heron Arts

On June 15th, Thinkspace will be curating another show in the Bay Area at Heron Arts. LAX / SFO III will the the third iteration of the group show that asks artists from the New Contemporary Art movement to each contribute 12″ x 12″ pieces. Participants include: ABCNT, Abigail Goldman, Adam Caldwell, Ador, Alex Garant, Alex Yanes, Alexandra Manukyan, Alvaro Naddeo, Amy Sol, Anthony Hurd, Anthony Solano, Apex, Benjamin Garcia, Baldur Helgason, Brian Mashburn, Caratoes, Carl Cashman, CASE, Casey Weldon, Clare Toms, Collin Van Der Sluijs, Craig […]

Upcoming: Jen Stark – “Dimensionality” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

On June 20, Jen Stark inaugural solo exhibition with the Joshua Liner Gallery will open in New York. Dimensionality features paintings, sculptures, installations, and a mural from the Los Angeles-based artist that highlight her mastery of seductive patterns and a vivid color gradients. As the title of her show suggests, she imbues her works with complex layers and rich textures, granting a sense of dimension to her pieces, of a prime example of which can be seen above. Discuss Jen Stark here. View this post on […]

Overtime: June 3 – June 9

Banksy’s anti-Brexit message at the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition (photo: David Parry). Cindy Sherman talks ahead of a major show in London at the National Portrait Gallery. A closer look at Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock, a luxurious residency program in Senegal. A review of the new Francis Bacon show at the Gagosian in London. Spencer Tunick creates nude installation in front of Facebook and Instagram’s New York HQ. Did he appropriate the work of feminist artist Micol Hebron? Facebook will re-examine nudity policies. Urs Fischer’s new exhibition […]

Streets: Super A – “Resonance” (Boston)

Last month, The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston invited another artist to paint a mural on the MassDOT building in Dewey Square Park. Super A follows in the footsteps of Mehdi Ghanyooloo (2o16) and Os Gemeos (2012) with a pair of Barn Swallows breaking out of a glass cloch that fit perfectly in the architectural confines of the structure. Entitled Resonance, the wall from the Dutch artist “questions the social, political, and emotional systems that confine our freedom.” Photo credit: @heksr, @rosekennedygreenway, @darby1980, @jannek, @kaysarahsarah, @wickedimagery, @susanwadlington, […]

Showing: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “LET THE OUTSIDE IN” @ KP Projects

Currently at KP Projects in Los Angeles, another solo showing from Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) is on view until June 15th. Entitled LET THE OUTSIDE IN, the new body of work from the locally-based artist continues his world building and furthers the rich mythology behind his narrative. Along with some familiar characters, Simkins has introduced a few others like his hero the “Defender of the Outside” Kitron as well as the Starry Knights. Take at more photos as well as some footage from the opening below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos, […]

Releases: Aron Wiesenfeld – “The Bridge” Print

Based on a haunting painting from Aron Wiesenfeld’s recently closed show in Pasadena (covered), his latest print features a girl on a snow covered bridge midway between two worlds. The Bridge is time limited release and is available here now until 7:59 AM PDT on Friday, June 7th, never to be produced again. Measuring 22″ tall × 34″ wide, the print comes signed and numbered and costs $190. Head over here if you want to add it to your collection. Discuss Aron Wiesenfeld here.

Showing: “MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI” @ Tai Kwun Contemporary

Over the weekend, Tai Kwun Contemporary opened an expansive new show from Takashi Murakami entitled MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI. Taking over all the galleries at the art center, the over 60 paintings and sculptures on display represent different facets of the Japanese artist versatile practice. Included in the exhibition are paintings that range from his his large-scale post-apocalyptic works to his optimistic flower pieces to his contemplative Enso works alongside sculptures, videos works, custom carpets & wallpapers. Also on view new for the first time are Murakami’s various outlandish costumes that […]