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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 […]

Previews: Rone – “Empire” Project (Melbourne)

Following up on his The Omega Project from 2017 (covered), Rone has taken that idea to the next level by creating an immersive installation in an abandoned Burnham Beeches art deco mansion in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. Entitled Empire, the new undertaking from the Australian street artist near his homebase of Melbourne sees him paint his signature portraiture on the walls of the 12 room property. Created over the course of 12 months, the project combines art, vision, sound, light, botanical design and scent to take audiences […]

Previews: Camille Rose Garcia – “Web Of Stars” @ Corey Helford Gallery

This Saturday night (February 23) at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, Camille Rose Garcia (interviewed) will be unveiling a new body of work entitled Web Of Stars. The exhibition features a selection of small paintings featuring her familiar palette, signature cast of characters, gothic feel, and Mexican culture-inspired elements. Garcia’s psychedelic new pieces include touches of cosmic imagery and references the interconnectedness of the universe, from the largest planets to the tiniest insects. Discuss Camille Rose Garcia here.

POW WOW ’19 / Previews: “My Neighbor Hayao” @ Ala Moana Center

As part of this year’s POW! WOW! HAWAII, Spoke Art will be presenting a group exhibition entitled My Neighbor Hayao. The tribute show to the Hayao Miyazki features work from over 100 international artists (like Dan Mumford above) each contributing an interpretation of their favorite Miyazaki films, characters and scenes. This special weekend-only showing will be on view inside Ala Moana Center (unit 1234) from February 13-17.