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Streets: Nuart Festival 2019 (Part II)

Last Saturday marked the official opening of the 19th edition of Nuart Festival and we were happy to once again attend the festivities which this year lined up with the local Pride celebrations. Backed up by the great weather, the good vibes from the outdoors were successfully moved into the former brewery tunnels of Tao Scene where Nuart’s indoor exhibition took place. Working around this year’s theme of the festival, Brand new, you’re retro, the works presented here successfully utilized the unique opportunity for the […]

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 […]

Opening: Maya Hayuk – ‘Pareidolia Deep Destroyer’ @ ALICE Gallery

Continuing their long relationship together, Maya Hayuk opened her latest exhibition at ALICE Gallery in Brussels tonight. The new show, entitled Pareidolia Deep Destroyer, employs a broad range of painterly techniques to explore the consciously more organic branch of her practice.   The Brooklyn-based artist’s street work is created in response to the physical form of the host building; but this, in turn, alters how that structure is perceived and the two form a symbiotic relationship where the painting subtly changes the nature of the […]

Streets: Nuart 2019 (Part 1)

As we’ve arrived in Stavanger for the 19th edition of the Street Art phenomenon that is the Nuart Festival, we’re impressed with the amount of work that the participating artists have already put around town. From outdoor pieces on walls, in alleys, or existing sculptures, to indoor installations being built at Tou Scene Center’s old brewery tunnels, the festival which officially kicks off today is looking as promising and as impactful as ever. Working along this year’s theme given by the festival founder Martyn Reed, Brand […]

Interviews: George Morton-Clark

Art historian, writer and curator Hector Campbell recently sat down with British artist George Morton-Clark to discuss his introduction to the development of his artistic practice, his love for animation, artistic influences and creative collaboration. George recently teamed up with art collective and production house Fluorescent Smogg to release his latest limited edition print, released in conjunction with Mirus Gallery. Hector Campbell (HC): Your early work explored the stresses, anxieties and paranoia evident within modern society through abstracted, deconstructed portraits. How do you approach the […]

Showing: Bridget Riley Retrospective @ Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh is currently staging a comprehensive survey of the work of Bridget Riley which gives Scottish viewers the first opportunity to experience the artist’s work at its intended grand scale. The exhibition opens with the London painter’s copy of George Seurat’s Le Pont de Courbevoie and her own post-impressionistic paintings of the Lincolnshire landscape. While this painterly aesthetic appears antithetical to the hard-edged Op art work for which she is known, this provided a springboard and conceptual framework for exploring […]

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 […]

Previews: Giorgiko – “Lux Aurea” @ The Garage

LA-based art duo Darren and Trisha Inouye, better known as Giorgiko, will be opening their international solo debut with The Garage in Amsterdam, a location that perfectly matches their recognizable visual language. Lux Aurea will be opening on September 13th in the presence of the artists and will feature a new series of works directly influenced by the Dutch painterly legacy. Having the chance to present their work in The Garage’s 16th-century carriage house in the historic center of Amsterdam, the art duo compiled a […]