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Palms Hotel Suite Designed By Damien Hirst

After unveiling an impressive 620 million “Dust to Gold” renovation last year featuring over 150 artworks placed throughout the hotel, the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas recently added a hotel suite designed by Damien Hirst. The 9,000-square-foot two-story sky villa which they call the “Empathy Suite” features pieces from the British artist embedded throughout the living space. Signature motifs like his butterflies, dots, and pharmaceuticals, range from references like graphics on the linens, carpet, and furniture, to original works like his formaldehyde shark tank and medicine cabinet pieces. […]

Streets: Tristan Eaton – “Monster Wall” @ Universal Studios (Los Angeles)

Over the course of a few weeks, Tristan Eaton recently finished painting a mural on backlot of Universal Studios featuring five of their iconic monsters. The 50-by-200-foot piece looks to be the LA-based artist’s best work yet and is a good example of the aesthetic his fans have grown to love including his signature patchwork style, attention to detail, and his use of references (he was able to explore Universal’s secret archive and view all of the original posters and ephemera from all of the monster movies). The wall, a massive soundstage […]

Previews: Aya Takano – “UNIO MYSTICA” @ Perrotin (New York)

Tonight, Aya Takano is opening her first solo with Galerie Perrotin in New York with a show consisting of eight oil paintings, more than 50 drawings, one skateboard deck painting, and one paper clay sculpture. Entitled UNIO MYSTICA, the new body of provocative work from the Japanese artist continues to push the limits of her narrative by “exploring sexuality as an expression of the union between the soul and the divine.” Many of the new pieces feature her instantly recognizable manga-inspired young girls in the erotic embrace with different creatures, which […]

Showing: Takashi Murakami – “GYATEI²” @ Gagosian (Los Angeles)

GYATEI², a new solo show from Takashi Murakami, opened last month at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. The exhibition title comes from the Buddhist Hannya Shingyo (Heart Sutra), an incantation often chanted by Zen groups before or after a meditation and translates roughly to “gone, gone, gone beyond, gone completely beyond, enlightenment, svāhā.” Eastern religions are only one of the many inspirations that the Japanese artist draws on, as can be evidenced by what has been included in this diverse body of work – examples include his signature DOB […]

Studio Visits: Austin Lee – “Feels Good” @ Deitch Projects (New York)

New York will have another show to look forward to next weekend (March 9th) when Austin Lee opens a solo entitled Feels Good at Deitch Projects in New York. Fusing digital techniques with traditional painting, the locally-based artist has prepared a series of large pieces, many of them with his signature blur effect. Along with these works, he has also included some of his distinctive sculptural forms as well as a group of new portraits that he paints from life with an airbrush – from visitors to his […]

Previews: “FEMME” @ Juxtapoz Projects

Tonight (March 1) in New Jersey at Juxtapoz Projects / Mana Contemporary, a group show presented in association with Spoke Art will be opening featuring over 40 artists. Entitled FEMME, the exhibition curated by Dasha Matsuura explores themes of sex and sexuality from the femme and female perspectives. Take a look at more preview images below…

POW WOW ’19 / Streets: Shepard Fairey

Last month in Honolulu, Shepard Fairey (interviewed) created a mural for this year’s edition of POW! WOW! Hawaii. Attending the street art festival for the first time, the American artist decided to address  global warming and preserving the environment for future generations with his new piece entitled Golden Future? Working through his birthday, the wall was completed with the help of his mural crew and featured his distinctive palette and imagery. Photo credit: @jonathanfurlong. Discuss Shepard Fairey here.

Previews: Lola Gil – “Thirsty” @ Roq La Rue

On March 8th, Roq La Rue in Seattle will be presenting a new body of work from Lola Gil entitled Thirsty. For her first solo showing with the gallery, the Los Angeles-based artist will be continuing her method of “Narrative Escapism” with a focus on the themes of drought and climate change as well as the insatiable lust for life and creation as referenced by the title of the show. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss this show here. Discuss Lola here.

Releases: D*Face – “I Am Saurez” Jewellery Collection

D*Face (interviewed) recently collaborated on a special project with Joyería Suárez incorporating some of his iconic imagery into a jewellery collection. Whether featuring tools of his trade (spray can & tip), actual sculptural pieces in miniature form (Peace Gun), or his iconic wings, the necklaces and rings created with the prestigious Spanish brand are a perfect extension of the British artist’s aesthetic. Shop the entire collection here. D further explains – “The intricate pieces that make up this collection mirror a variety of my own work […]

Previews: Kevin Peterson – “Wild” @ Thinkspace Gallery

This Saturday night (March 2nd), Kevin Peterson will once again be showing with Thinkspace in Los Angeles, reprising his practice of juxtaposing children and their animal companions in urban environments. Evoking a sense of hope and despair at the same time with his imagery, the Houston-based artist’s work presents an interesting dynamic. This particular body of work entitled Wild explores “themes of protection and marginalization, staging wild animals, ironically, in the humanizing and civilizing charge of caregivers.” Along a range of oil on panel pieces in various sizes, the Peterson […]