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Showing: KAWS – ‘Blackout’ @ Skarstedt (London)

Earlier this week, KAWS opened his first solo UK exhibition at Skarstedt Gallery in London. The show entitled Blackout presents two new bronzes and 10 new paintings that combine elements of his readily identifiable iconography with an increasing level of abstraction. Throughout his career, KAWS has embraced mass media culture as a valid and vital form of communication. Globalization has made cartoons like Spongebob and The Simpsons universally known and imbued them with the ability to transcend economic, cultural and linguistic borders in a way […]

Interviews: Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey (interviewed) officially became a household name in 2008 when he created the Obama Hope poster. But even years before that, the South Carolina-born artist already had a notorious reputation for his André the Giant Has a Posse sticker that transformed into the now legendary OBEY GIANT art campaign. Through his career, Fairey has addressed critical topics such as climate change, the Me Too movement, world politics, while basically reinventing the way people see art and the urban landscape. On October 5th, his series of shows around […]

Streets: Tauba Auerbach – “2020” (San Francisco)

Over the course of a few weeks, Tauba Auerbach was able to complete stunning mural in San Francisco with the help of a two man crew. Situated in the Tenderloin and arranged with the help of Luggage Store Gallery, the wall sees the locally-based artist step out of her comfort zone (like with NY Fireboat project) to create something special, what she calls her largest painting ever. Entitled 2020, the piece features patterns no doubt inspired by some function of math and physics, which Auerbach takes to […]

Moniker UK ’19 / Previews: Josh Keyes @ Thinkspace Gallery

With this year’s Moniker Art Fair in the UK opening soon, it’s time to look at some of the art soon to be on display. First up is a mini solo show from Josh Keyes (interviewed) showing with Thinkspace Gallery featuring his acrylic and panel pieces that deal the effects of humanity on our environment. Reoccurring themes and motifs abound in the new work including his renderings of statues, the natural world, underwater scenes, as well as juxtaposing graffiti in usual locations. Take a look at more preview images below… […]

Showing: Morgan Blair – “I’m Holding A Sword. And An Axe. I’m Gonna Do Nothing” @ The Hole

A few days ago in New York, The Hole opened up a new exhibition from Morgan Blair entitled I’m Holding A Sword. And An Axe. I’m Gonna Do Nothing. Like many young artists, her work is informed by internet culture, where she sources her imagery for her abstract paintings as well as where she draws from to create the long nonsensical titles to her pieces (like for one above – Broth Was the First to Abandon Our Commonly Held Ethos Around the Mini Bekeychained Bottles of Extra Virgin […]

Showing: Alex Chinneck – “Alphabet Spaghetti”

Yesterday, master of impossible architectural creations, Alex Chinneck, unveiled his latest series of works across the UK. Entitled Alphabet Spaghetti, the new urban interventions takes an idea he has used before and applies it to the classic British post box. The three knotted pieces were installed in Norborough Road in Tinsley, Sheffield, outside Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy, in Margate, Kent, as part of Margate Now Festival, and outside Caxton Works in Canning Town, London. The British artist plans for the pieces to travel to different locations (although the one in London is permanent). […]

Openings: Ian Francis – “The Call Of The Void” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Last weekend, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles welcomed in Ian Francis (featured) for another showing in their downtown space featuring a stunning new selection of mixed media works. Entitled The Call Of The Void, the exhibition highlights the British artist’s mastery with blending photorealistic and abstract elements in imagery inspired by the visual style of modern computer games. He further explains –  “The phrase ‘call of the void’ refers to the strange sensation when you’re at a great height and gravity seems to begin pulling you at an […]

Showing: Jose Parla – “Textures Of Memory” (Hong Kong)

Currently at the HOCA Foundation and Ben Brown Fine Arts and in Hong Kong, Jose Parla has a comprehensive showing over the two venues entitled Textures Of Memory. The exhibition includes 12 paintings and sculptures created from 2004 t0 2018 as well as a new series of works from 2019 by the Cuban American artist, all fine examples of the complex and rich, textures and layers of his work overlaid with graffiti influenced scrawl. Always inspired by the urban environment, Hong Kong is a fertile source of material for the New […]

Releases: KAWS – “GONE” Figures

Later today (Sept 24th), 12 noon Eastern Time to be exact, KAWS will be releasing his latest vinyl collectible on his website. Modeled after a monumental new bronze sculpture recently revealed at his museum show at the National Gallery of Victoria, GONE will be offered in three different color ways. The sculpt first created for his show last year in New York (covered) features the Brooklyn-based artist’s famous Companion figure holding one of his BFF characters in a way that harkens back to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Discuss KAWS here.

Showing: Robert Lazzarini – “The Return Of The Real” @ USF Contemporary Art Museum

On view through December 7th at the in USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa Bay, The Return Of The Real features the eye bending work of Robert Lazzarini (and Rodrigo Valenzuela). The New York-based artist distorts reality with his sculptural “re-presentations”, encouraging viewers to question what they’re seeing in our “era increasingly dominated by fabricated fears, alternative facts and fake news.” Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: @tpilote, Art In Your Ear, the artist and gallery.