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Previews: Maxwell McMaster – “Natural High” @ First Amendment Gallery

On November 17th, Maxwell McMaster will be opening his next solo exhibition with SF-based First Amendment Gallery. The new series of paintings that construct Natural High is directly inspired by Joy of Life (Bonheur de Vivre) by Henri Matisse, presenting a reflection of the artist’s efforts to find peace and optimism for the future For the last couple of years, the Los Angeles-based artist has been producing work which is regularly inspired by his native state and its diversity. Utilizing a highly graphic aesthetic, McMaster uses a particular color […]

Rewind: Nuart 2018

It’s been 2 months to date since the 2018 edition of Nuart festival officially started (covered), and the filming crews that were documenting it all are still putting out some amazing footage from the event. Namely, FifthWall TV, who were capturing the action and getting artists and panel members to say a few things about the festival and this year’s theme, as well as MZM Projects who did a series of four films so far, providing us an extensive look into some of the most interesting […]

Releases: Lu Pingyuan – “Look! I’m Picasso!” Figure

We first noticed the works of Lu Pingyuan at this year’s Art Basel HK (covered), where he successfully introduced his Look! I’m Picasso! body of work. Half a year later, the Chinese artist has created a limited edition figure of one of the characters from the series, which will be available soon. The entire series was inspired by a single scene from the Toy Story movie in which Mr. Potatohead ends up with his features all twisted and says “Look! I’m Picasso!” This particular line triggered Pingyuan to think about the […]

Showing: Dadara – “Life Inside a Pixel” @ KochXBos

Amsterdam’s KochXBos gallery recently opened a solo exhibition by local art hero, Dadara. Life Inside a Pixel is the long-awaited exhibition from the famou illustrator, designer, cartoonist, painter, and performance artist, built around the ideas and experiences from his Solipmission Installation at Burning Man 2017. For the aforementioned installation, the Dutch artist and his team were locked inside a black box in the desert for the duration of the event. Inspired by everyday life and the perception of reality through the screens of our phone and computers, […]

Upcoming: Inès Longevial – “Je Suis Une Couleur” @ Chandran Gallery

Tonight, the 19th of October, Inès Longevial will be presenting her first solo showcase in San Francisco with Chandran Gallery. On view through November 21, Je Suis Une Couleur (I Am Color) will be introducing her diverse oeuvre consisting of new oil on canvas paintings, oil with graphite on paper works, process sketches and ceramics to the Bay Area. Growing up in the picturesque southwest of France, the Paris-based artist bases her oil painting on two principal themes – femininity and nature. Taking the ever present floral […]

Upcoming: Festival Iminente 2018, London

After a successful third edition in Lisbon back in September, Festival Iminente will be coming back to London’s Old Truman Brewery for the second time between the 19th and 21st of October. Designed as a materialization of the creative movement and multicultural atmosphere that is flourishing in the Portuguese capital by founders and curators, Vhils and Underdogs Gallery, the festival aims to combine new music with new art. One of the highlights of the recent event in Lisbon was the unannounced DJ set by legendary DJ, Fatboy […]

Previews: Josh Keyes & Lisa Ericson – “Tempest” & “Border Crossing” @ Thinkspace

On October 13th, Thinkspace Projects in Los Angeles will be opening a duo show from Josh Keyes and his life partner, Lisa Ericson. Presenting complementing bodies of work titled Tempest and Border Crossing respectively, the Portland-based artist couple will be revealing their environmental & socio-political views & concerns in the form of meticulously rendered hyperrealistic paintings. Keyes’ newest body of work continues his post-apocalyptic imagery depicting the aftermath of the ongoing environmental crisis. The new pieces are dominated by a single, usually animal character, wandering through a setting that […]

Interview: Yasha Young (Urban Nation, Berlin)

Last weekend marked the official opening of the second large exhibition of Urban Nation, Berlin’s unique and world’s museum of urban contemporary art. Featuring works by 50 artists from around the globe, including some of our favorites such as DALeast, Damien Hirst, Herakut, Jeff Soto, João Ruas, Sergio Garcia, Shepard Fairey, SHOK-1, Swoon and Vhils, the event also included the open studios of UN’s newest art residency program. We had a chance to sit and chat with Yasha Young, the director and curator of UN, and talk about […]

Previews: Sepe – “Dying Surfer Meets His Maker” @ Lawrence Alkin Gallery

Lawrence Alkin Gallery will be opening a 2nd solo show by Sepe on the 5th of October at their space in SOHO, coinciding with Frieze Week in London. Titled Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, this body of work was directly influenced by the important social movements and major shifts in this past year, and the effects on the Polish artist both personally and to his friends globally. Without a certain narrative that he was building the show around, Sepe developed a much more dynamic, unpredictable, or even […]

Openings: Mike Lee – “I’ve Missed You” @ The Garage

On 29th of October, The Garage in Amsterdam opened the long-awaited EU debut show of Mike Lee titled I’ve Missed You, created as a direct response to the immigrant family separation issues and what some consider to be the inhumane policies of the current US administration. The gallery’s compact space, a 17th-century storage warehouse in the heart of Dutch capital, turned out the be the perfect setting for the latest series of Lee’s atmospheric black and white canvases. After a successful introduction in Asia earlier this year, the NY-based […]