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Showing: Travis Louie – “Biodiversity” @ Roq La Rue

Last week in Seattle, Travis Louie (interviewed) opened a new show at Roq La Rue entitled Biodiversity. Taking the title to the extreme, the New York-based artist has included real and imaginary creatures into the variety and variability of life on Earth, all rendered in his unique technique. Typically posing his characters in Victorian garb, Louie’s meticulously painted portraits mimic the aesthetics of vintage photography, despite the surreal imagery. A carefully constructed and entertaining backstory usually accompanies each piece, an example of which corresponds to the painting above – “The reluctant […]

Previews: The BLAB Show // 14th Annual @ Copro Gallery

Tonight’s opening at Copro Gallery in Los Angeles marks the 14th annual iteration of the BLAB! show, a group exhibition curated by Monte Beauchamp. Featuring a roster of artists familiar to our readers, the showing also always introduces us to works from new artists that we have never seen before. Participants this year include Ana Bagayan, Adrian Cox, Alex Graham, Andrew Hem, Annie Owens, Adam Wallacavage, Bennett Slater, Bill Mayer, Blair Dawson, Brandi Milne, Bruno Pontiroli (see above), Buck Shanty, Cathie Bleck, Chris Mars, Christopher Buzelli, Clare […]

Previews: Kenny Scharf – “Optimistically Melting!” @ Honor Fraser Gallery

Tonight in Los Angeles, Kenny Scharf (interviewed) will be unveiling a new body of work entitled Optimistically Melting! at Honor Fraser Gallery. The California-born artist, who first made his name on the streets of New York four decades ago, has prepared a few series of works for this exhibition. First on the list are a set of paintings featuring his signature trippy and cartoonish imagery, but applied to a motif he has rarely explored before – still life. Like the rest of the show, there is a sense […]

Showing: Casey Gray – “Still Blue Skies” @ Direktorenhaus

Showing since the beginning of summer, Still Blue Skies at Direktorenhaus in Berlin features a new collection of paintings and sculptures from Casey Gray. Taking a cue from 17th century Dutch and Flemish masters, the mainly acrylic spray paint and fluid acrylic on panel pieces from the San Francisco-based artist are multi-layered, full of color, and reveals a deft touch with the trompe l’oeil technique – “a metaphor and coping mechanism for the superficiality and disillusion of the digital age.” Created with everyday objects and “artifacts mined from the depths […]

Upcoming: KAWS – “Companionship in the Age of Loneliness” @ NGV

On September 20th, KAWS’ newest museum show will open its doors to the public at the National Gallery of Victoria. Entitled Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, the exhibition will give his fans down under a chance to see paintings of abstracted cartoon subjects drawn from pop-culture animations and large scale sculptures of his iconic XX-eyed characters. Included in the showing will be newly commissioned monumental sculpture from the American artist (his largest bronze sculpture to date) as well as KAWS: PLAYTIME,  “a special exhibition for children that illuminates […]

Upcoming: Emily Mae Smith – “Avalon” @ Galerie Perrotin (Tokyo)

On August 28th, Emily Mae Smith will be opening her first show in Japan at the local branch of Galerie Perriton. Entitled Avalon, the exhibition will no doubt include pieces like the one above (Gleaner Odalisque) that feature the American artist’s signature broom figure as well as other works that reference a range from the history of painting (ie: Symbolism, Surrealism, and Pop Art) to Art Nouveau graphics to animation. Underlying all of Smith’s work are subtle feminist ideals of which “Exhibit A” is her choice of […]

Upcoming: Persue – “Wet Paint Shanghai”

Coming up on August 13th, Dave Persue will be bringing his series of paintings utilizing MTA “WET PAINT” signs as a canvas to China. Wet Paint Shanghai will feature the New York-based artist’s work as well as those of his collaborators, many of which share his background in graffiti and love for the New York’s subway train system as inspiration. Participants including Eric HAZE, REVOLT, WANE, 123KLAN (SCIEN & KLOR), WOW123, RATH, XEME, JAYFLOW, Mike Giant, CARATOES, Tristan Eaton, HASLR, DEZIO, CAN2, PANDEMIC, KEO, MAST, SPOT, Greg […]

Showing: Urs Fischer – “Error” @ Brant Foundation Art Study Center

Through the end of September, a monumental show from Urs Fischer is on view at the Brant Foundation’s space in Greenwich, Connecticut. Entitled Error, the solo exhibition features works by the Swiss-born artist from the last two decades including large-scale sculptures and paintings (four of which are new paintings created digitally on an iPad). The New York-based artist’s versatile practice is on full display with pieces ranging from his famous hanging raindrop installation to a decaying life-size cabin built from loaves of bread, expandable foam, and wood. Take a look […]

Previews: “Ace Of Spades, Queen of Diamonds” @ Roq La Rue

Tonight (August 7th) in Seattle, Roq La Rue will be celebrating their 21st anniversary with a group show entitled Ace Of Spades, Queen of Diamonds. It’s hard to believe it’s really been that many years for one of the rare galleries that have made it past two decades showing a genre of art that we love – so congrats to them. Participating artists Peter Ferguson, Travis Louie, Marion Peck, John Brophy, Lola Gil, Chris Berens, Jean Labourdette, Isabel Samaras, Casey Weldon, Camille Rose Garcia, D. Allan Drummond, […]

Streets: Shepard Fairey (New York)

Shepard Fairey (interviewed) recently unveiled a mural featuring his iconic imagery on the rooftop of Great Bowery, a fashion and art agency collective in Manhattan. Wrapped around a water tower (one of our favorite things to see painted), the piece entitled Power & Equality was meant to celebratet the LES Girls Club and board member Rosario Dawson for everything they do in the neighborhood. The project brings things full circle for Shep as he was one of the young vandals to tag up the landmark graffiti spot back in […]