Italian artist Marco Mazzoni recently crossed the pond to exhibit at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Entitled Animanera (Italian for “black soul”), this show explores the dark themes of social ailments currently plaguing his home country of Italy. Utilizing his signature style of combining organic shapes & textures with chiaroscuro contrasts in light and shadow, Marco created ten works of amazing color pencil works that balances portrait and still life. Check out the detailed goodness below. Discuss Marco Mazzoni here.
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Opening alongside of Andy Kehoe (covered) at Jonathan LeVine Gallery is his peer Souther Salazar. The exhibition, titled Souvenirs, is a look at Salazar’s artistic version of the Trading Tortoise project. Utilizing a selection of media and ranging from new paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations, Souther reflects on the journey with his wife Monica Choy. The two recently collaborated in a tortoise-shaped trading post where fans from over 30 different cities around the US to interacted and traded objects. Check out the cool show below. Discuss Souther […]
Last Wednesday marked the return of Faile’s Les BALLETS de FAILE to the New York City Ballet at the Lincoln Center. After an epic tower installation for their first showing (covered) at the same venue for the NYCB art series kick off, the duo Patricks premiered a new body of work that consisted of their signature prayer wheels. Each hand-carved prayer mini-totem is a hand painted gem. Faile took back the massive entry way with a grid of the spinning piece. The collective also unveiled a second […]
Andy Kehoe recently returned to New York for his third solo show with Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Entitled Luminous Reverie, this show explores the idea of experiencing a lucid moment while drifting along in a daydream. We enjoyed the works, which continued the new direction that he premiered during a show in Los Angeles last year (covered). Again, Kehoe explores the technique of painting layers upon layers of resin and creating a natural 3-D visual element for the viewers to enjoy. This show will be up until […]
The Brooklyn Museum recently held its annual benefit gala to raise funds for the institution’s programming. This year, the theme was The Brooklyn Artist’s Ball and 18 Brooklyn-based artists were invited to install their vision and transform a 40-foot-long table into a specially created work of art that will be on view for one night only at the exclusive dinner and after party. The esteemed list of artists that included Njideka Akunyili, Daniel Arsham, Jules de Balincourt, FAILE, Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw, Joey Frank, […]
New York’s Japan Society recently hosted an exhibition looking at the graphic impact of Japanese prints on art in the contemporary age. Entitled Edo Pop, this showcase playfully juxtaposed traditional ukiyo-e woodblock prints from such masters as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with current New York contemporary artists, such as Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) and Aiko. This was a rare opportunity for people to experience the traditional woodblock artwork created as early as the 1700’s. In addition, Aiko applied her unique stencil technique to an entire room, where […]
During Frieze Week, Pace Gallery held the much anticipated opening for Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. The solo exhibition is Nara’s first with the blue chip gallery since joining its esteemed roster in 2011. For his first return to New York City after his comprehensive retrospective at the Asia Society, the Nara pulled no stops and displayed a well-rounded series that included works on canvas, bronze, and paper. Also this body of work included pieces that made it from his Japanese museum exhibitions at the Yokohama […]
Last week, Bristol based painter Ian Francis (featured) returned to New York for a solo exhibition with Joshua Liner Gallery. Entitled Season 1 Episode 0, this new body of work dives deeper into Francis’ fascination with contemporary television, exploring both the reality and unreality of the storylines that captivate legions of fans around the world. Long known for his ability to combine elements of abstract & figurative in both paintings & drawing, Ian shows another level of dreamy dimensions in the artwork created for this […]
New York artist Andrew Kuo recently made his debut solo exhibition with Chelsea’s Marlborough Gallery. Entitled You Say Tomato, the new body of work features a combination of beautifully rendered geometric abstractions with the empirical precision of an x-y graph. Mr. Kuo not only gives the viewers visually engaging paintings, but also tugs at their heart strings with a chart system of emotions that one goes through while engaging in everyday past times such as watching TV, listening to music, or taking a road trip. […]
Opening alongside SABER (covered) a couple weeks ago was the New York-based artist Rostarr (featured). Premiering an entirely fresh body of work for his solo debut with the gallery, the Brooklyn native wowed the packed opening night crowd at the NY Opera Gallery. Utilizing his unique graphically charged visuals, Ro gave us a look at his new direction which held both metallic and oxidized textures, which paired nicely with his tribal-esqe repetitious optical vocabulary. It ended up being a very energizing showcase that exemplified the range and […]