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Recap: 2019 Complexcon (Long Beach)

Last weekend, the fourth edition of ComplexCon (also see 2016 & 2017 & 2018) Long Beach once again bought together “pop culture, music, art, food, style, sports, innovation, activism, and education” for a unique event. Of course we were there focusing on the art, overseen by Takashi Murakami who once again helped design the brand identity as well as took the opportunity to bring along some of his Kaikai Kiki roster. Take a look at their contributions to this year’s festival as well as photos from other artist’s and their offerings. […]

Previews: “Universes 2” @ The Garage

Following up on a successful group show last year (covered), Sasha Bogojev (the curator) has moved the exhibition to Amsterdam with a new roster of artists for a second iteration. Opening tomorrow night (November 1st) at The Garage, Universes 2 features the work of 13 artists who are “setting a new course for contemporary figuration.” Participating artists are Anna Park, Pedro Pedro, Jonny Green, Kirsten Deirup, So Youn Lee, Baldur Helgason, Ralf Kokke, Maxwell Mcmaster, Trey Abdella, Gosha Levochkin, Elliot Dodd, Jur De Vries, and Royal Jarmon (seen […]

Streets: Shepard Fairey – “Shadowplay” (London)

While in town for his show at StolenSpace, Shepard Fairey (interviewed) painted several murals around London. His third and final piece was entitled Shadowplay (one of the many versions of his Andre the Giant motif) and was painted outside of the Truman Brewery. Playing with halftone and gradient, the wall featured new technical territory for the American artist – looks like it turned out great tho! Photo credit: @zagnutz, @wherethereswalls, @jona231089, and @jonathanfurlong. Discuss Shepard Fairey here.

Releases: Jeremy Geddes – “Wilderness” Print

Available only for a short time more only, a new timed release entitled Wilderness from Jeremy Geddes (interviewed) can be added to your collection if you so choose. Sized at 50cm x 50cm (paper size: 61cm x 63cm), the $215 AUS print featuring one of the Australian artist’s iconic floating astronauts can be purchased here. Discuss Jeremy Geddes here.

Streets: Tomokazu Matsuyama – Houston & Bowery Mural

Created over the course of 14 days, the newest mural from Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) at the iconic Houston & Bowery location is perhaps the most detailed piece painted there to date. Following in the footsteps of long list of worthy artists before him, the locally-based artist with a team of assistants utilized 200 spray cans, approximately 80 gallons of paint, 80 stencils, and 165 markers to cover the 60 x 20 foot wall with a masterpiece featuring Matzu’s special blend of imagery influenced by his cross-cultural heritqge. Photo credit: […]

Showing: Sterling Ruby – “ACTS + TABLE” @ Gagosian (London)

Currently on view at Gagosian’s Britannia Street location in London, ACTS + TABLE features sculptural works from versatile artist Sterling Ruby. For his first showing with the gallery in the UK, the American artist has two series of works on display: ACTS or Absolute Contempt for Total Serenity – urethane blocks with trapped dyes in mid descent placed on top of laminate pedestals that show signs of vandalism (such as scratches, scuff marks, inscriptions, and traces of spray paint) and TABLE – salvaged welding tables affixed with metal pipes, faucets, and frying pans, a sort memorial […]

Previews: Nicoletta Ceccoli – “Relazioni Pericolose” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On November 2nd, Corey Helford Gallery will be opening another showing by Nicoletta Ceccoli (interviewed) with a new body of work entitled Relazioni Pericolose (translated to Dangerous Liaisons). Working with a style that draws from her background as an illustrator, the San Marino, Italy-based artist creates imagery that features characters and subject matter that appear innocent at first but on closer inspection quickly reveal darker themes. She further explains – “These new works embody many of the recurring themes and obsessions that inhabit my universe and reveal my ‘darker sides’. The fear of […]

Previews: “The Flats” @ Tales Of Art Gallery

On October 19th, Tales Of Art Gallery in Imola, Italy will be presenting a new group show entitled The Flats. Curated by Sasha Bogojev and featuring the work of Hilda Palafox, Quentin Monge, Adrian Kay Wong (seen above), Lotte Keijzer, Laura Berger, and Jackson Joyce, the exhibition focuses on artists who “work exclusively with flat, graphic visual language in the analog world of painting.” Take a look at more preview images below…        

Releases: Tristan Eaton – “New Money” Dunny

Returning to reinvent the ubiquitous Dunny whose form he designed 15 years ago for Kidrobot, Tristan Eaton has created the first metal version of the collectible. Entitled New Money, the new chrome finished 5 inch figure features the LA-based artist’s patchwork aesthetic while poking fun at the bling-bling culture. He further explains – “it’s really about sarcastically hyping up the bling of it, you know. Kind of bringing together all these bling stereotypes in a way. There’s gold chains in there, gold teeth…  you know, all those elements of […]

Streets: Life Is Beautiful 2019 (Las Vegas)

This year’s Life Is Beautiful arts and music festival (also see 2016, 2015, and 2014) once again collaborated with JUSTKIDS / Charlotte Dutoit on bringing more public art to downtown Las Vegas. The new works this year include a trompe l’oeil butterfly casing piece from French artist Mantra (seen above), a shadow mural from India’s Daku, the debut wall from Lithuanian artist ​Ernest Zacharevic, one of HOTTEA’s signature hanging installations, something on the former Las Vegas Motel by AKACorleone, and a playful mural from Zosen & Mima Hamada. Take […]