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Studios Visits: Mike Dargas @ Opera Gallery (London)

We recently visited the studio of painter Mike Dargas as he prepares for his upcoming solo show at Opera Gallery in London from 6 – 20 July (curated by Jean-David Malat). Born in 1983 in Cologne, he started drawing and making paintings with oil paint from a very young age. In his early twenties, the German artist built himself a solid reputation in the tattoo scene and won numerous prizes and awards. Drawing his inspiration from masters like Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giger, Dargas studied various techniques […]

Recap: Rose Beton Festival (Toulouse)

Curated by Tilt, the second edition of the Rose Beton Festival in Toulouse (FR) paid tribute to the graffiti scene. The festival kicked off with an exhibition at Chateau d’Eau featuring the iconic photographs by Martha Cooper  & Henry Chalfont (interviewed) as well as emerging photographer Sylvain Fargot. The Musee des Abattoirs is then taken over with installations by Boris Tellegen (covered), Mist, and Craig Costello while Tilt brought back his Voyage Retour car installation that he created during his recent residency at Jardin Rouge in Marrakech. Legendary  Futura painted over […]

Openings: Yayoi Kusama @ Victoria Miro

Victoria Miro in London is currently hosting a new exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Yayoi Kusama. Spanning the gallery’s three locations and waterside garden, the exhibition features new paintings, pumpkin sculptures, and immersive room experiences, all made especially for this showing. This is the artist’s most extensive exhibition at the gallery to date, and it is the first time mirror rooms have gone on view in London since Kusama’s major retrospective at Tate Modern in 2012. Her iconic dots patterns, pumpkins and mirror rooms are a lifelong exploration of the […]

Showing: Jeff Koons – “Now” @ Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery just opened Now, a solo from American artist Jeff Koons. While the Parisian institution Centre Pompidou dedicated a major retrospective to the the artist in 2015 in Paris (covered), this new showing is the first major UK exhibition to be devoted to Koons since the Serpentine Gallery’s 2009 show, Jeff Koons: Popeye Series. Spanning thirty-five years of the artist’s career, it features thirty-six paintings, works on paper and sculptures dating from 1979 to 2014. Drawn from Hirst’s collection, a number of these works have […]

Showing: DMV @ Villa Alliv (Marseille)

After a two week residency at Villa Alliv, JAW, BLO and KAN of the Da Mental Vaporz crew (DMV) are showing their collaborative artworks. The three artists have invaded the space with canvasses as well extending their imagery to the walls and ceilings, blending their own distinctive style from abstract and impulsive to pointillism and precision with the results being  vibrant and energetic compositions. Photos courtesy of Villa Alliv. Discuss DMV here.

Openings: Katrin Fridricks – Macrocosm @ Lazarides

Icelandic conceptual artist and abstract painter Katrin Fridriks (covered) returns to Lazarides Rathbone in London for a new solo exhibition entitled Macrocosm. Along with the 2014 installation Perception of the Stendhal Syndrome – Gene&Ethics Master Prism with a giant magnifying glass, the exhibition features a whole new body of works, with canvases bursting with vibrant and swirling energetic coloured shapes of splashing paint. The role of the magnifying glass is to enhance the intensity of the experience of being overwhelmed by the artwork, evoking a phenomenon that is […]

Showing: Charming Baker – ‘Sweet Nothing’ @ S|2

Sotheby’s contemporary art gallery in London S|2 is currently housing an exhibition (running until May 27th) of new works by Charming Baker (covered) entitled Sweet Nothing. The solo includes canvases, a series of studies on paper, and large scale drawings. Known to purposefully damage his work by drilling, cutting and even shooting it, the British artist intentionally puts into question the preciousness of art and the definition of its beauty, adding to the emotive charge of the work he produces. Working towards his new exhibition, he has described his overriding […]

Highlights: 6th Edition Marrakech Biennale

Presided by Amine Kabbaj and curated by Reem FADDA, the sixth edition of the Marrakech Biennale is a festival with the mission to build bridges between the cultures through the arts, inspiring outstanding artists from all over the world to create work that responds to the magical environment of Marrakech. Concentrated within Marrakech’s central historical sites of the El Bahia and El Badii palaces, Dar Si Saïd museum, Menara Pavilion, and Koutoubia Mosque and its surrounding minaret and cistern, the event offers visitors an immersive experience between the […]

Openings: Yoshitomo Nara – “New Works” @ Stephen Friedman Gallery

Yoshitomo Nara recently returned  to the Stephen Friedman Gallery in London for a fourth exhibition of new works. This show features new paintings on canvas, paintings on cotton mounted wood panel and the largest collection of new drawings on paper. Adolescent characters and animals are depicted with nuanced considerations of alienation, anger and curiosity. Juxtaposed with slogans and often salty language, they are at once cheeky, vulnerable and threatening. Nara mentions “This solo exhibition is comprised of ‘paintings’ (on canvas), ‘billboard paintings’ (patched cotton mounted on wood panel) […]

Upcoming: Antony Micallef – ‘Raw Intent’ @ Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong)

Antony Micallef (interviewed) will be opening his first solo in Asia on May 13th at Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong. The British artist will present a new series of paintings and studies that explore the relationships of the mechanics of artistic intent, representation, and the use of paint as a material for expressing emotions. The title of the exhibition, Raw Intent, refers to a seemingly unmediated yet highly conscious process of manipulating the material during the act of painting. By presenting an unidentifiable figure in the painting, […]