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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Upcoming: Underdogs x Fat Boy Slim”Smile High Club” @ Underdogs Gallery

Following the collaborative multimedia work created by Vhils and Fat Boy Slim for London’s Iminente Festival 2018 (covered), Underdogs Gallery in Lisbon once again teamed up with the famed English DJ, musician, and record producer for their next exhibition, Smile High Club. Opening on 21 June, this banger of a show is curated by Fat Boy Slim AKA Norman Cook and is entirely focused on his passion for the iconic smiley image. Originally designed by Harvey Ball in 1963, the smiley face has been referenced […]

Previews: “LAX / SFO III” // Curated By Thinkspace @ Heron Arts

On June 15th, Thinkspace will be curating another show in the Bay Area at Heron Arts. LAX / SFO III will the the third iteration of the group show that asks artists from the New Contemporary Art movement to each contribute 12″ x 12″ pieces. Participants include: ABCNT, Abigail Goldman, Adam Caldwell, Ador, Alex Garant, Alex Yanes, Alexandra Manukyan, Alvaro Naddeo, Amy Sol, Anthony Hurd, Anthony Solano, Apex, Benjamin Garcia, Baldur Helgason, Brian Mashburn, Caratoes, Carl Cashman, CASE, Casey Weldon, Clare Toms, Collin Van Der Sluijs, Craig […]

Upcoming: Jen Stark – “Dimensionality” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

On June 20, Jen Stark inaugural solo exhibition with the Joshua Liner Gallery will open in New York. Dimensionality features paintings, sculptures, installations, and a mural from the Los Angeles-based artist that highlight her mastery of seductive patterns and a vivid color gradients. As the title of her show suggests, she imbues her works with complex layers and rich textures, granting a sense of dimension to her pieces, of a prime example of which can be seen above. Discuss Jen Stark here. View this post on […]

Overtime: June 3 – June 9

Banksy’s anti-Brexit message at the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition (photo: David Parry). Cindy Sherman talks ahead of a major show in London at the National Portrait Gallery. A closer look at Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock, a luxurious residency program in Senegal. A review of the new Francis Bacon show at the Gagosian in London. Spencer Tunick creates nude installation in front of Facebook and Instagram’s New York HQ. Did he appropriate the work of feminist artist Micol Hebron? Facebook will re-examine nudity policies. Urs Fischer’s new exhibition […]

Releases: Aron Wiesenfeld – “The Bridge” Print

Based on a haunting painting from Aron Wiesenfeld’s recently closed show in Pasadena (covered), his latest print features a girl on a snow covered bridge midway between two worlds. The Bridge is time limited release and is available here now until 7:59 AM PDT on Friday, June 7th, never to be produced again. Measuring 22″ tall × 34″ wide, the print comes signed and numbered and costs $190. Head over here if you want to add it to your collection. Discuss Aron Wiesenfeld here.

Showing: “MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI” @ Tai Kwun Contemporary

Over the weekend, Tai Kwun Contemporary opened an expansive new show from Takashi Murakami entitled MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI. Taking over all the galleries at the art center, the over 60 paintings and sculptures on display represent different facets of the Japanese artist versatile practice. Included in the exhibition are paintings that range from his his large-scale post-apocalyptic works to his optimistic flower pieces to his contemplative Enso works alongside sculptures, videos works, custom carpets & wallpapers. Also on view new for the first time are Murakami’s various outlandish costumes that […]

Overtime: May 27 – June 2

Ellsworth Kelly stamps released by USPS this week. Photo by @Yngaling. Banksy’s Port Talbot stencil to be moved to a gallery. Another stellar addition to INSA’s GIF-iti series of works. KAWS last collaboration with Uniqlo ignites a frenzy. Quatre Caps reinterprets classic still life paintings to highlight plastic pollution. Charlie Adlard, comic artist behind The Walking Dead series to have exhibition in hometown. Original drawing for the first-ever cover of Tintin could fetch over $1m at auction. Nine curators share their favorite wall colors to display […]

Josh Sperling Commissioned Wall Installation

Josh Sperling recently made a great case for living with art with a new installation featuring his signature geometric forms. The project was especially challenging because each squiggle was constructed to perfectly fit the 16 degree curve of the wall. The commissioned piece was apparently arranged by Sorry We’re Closed in Brussels and mirrors some of the large site specific wall hangings the New York-based artist creates for his exhibitions. Photo credit: @dianearques. Discuss Josh Sperling here.

Recap: REVOK – “SPECTRE” & “DREAM” Performance (Detroit)

Last weekend in Detroit, imagery from REVOK’s Spirograph & Tape Loops series enveloped a series of musical performances creating a truly immersive experience for the audience. Presented by the Library Street Collective and The Detroit Sessions, the events featured Roberto González-Monjas on violin accompanied by pianist Ivan Moshchuk, and the voice of Tunde Olaniran, backed by pianist Kaleb Waterman and choir (Talicia Campbell, Adrian Davis, Tiffany Marshall, Jamiliah Minter, Gully G. Que, Tamara Wallace, Jennifer Cole, Paris Mason, Tekhoyia Kirkland and Dequindre Williams) at a repurposed cathedral and the Detroit […]

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Staring At The Sun” @ Foster/White Gallery

On June 6th, Foster/White Gallery in Seattle will be presenting a new show from Shawn Huckins (featured) entitled Staring At The Sun. Featuring two distinct bodies of work that share references to American paintings from The White House Art Collection as well as those held in prestigious museums nationwide, the work is a reflection of how the Denver-based artist sees politics in our currently divided country. The Erasures series features replicas of historical paintings superimposed by the familiar gray and white checkered pattern signifying where a software’s ‘eraser’ tool has […]