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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Overtime: Apr 15 – 21

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Witnessing the catastrophic fire of Notre-Dame. How should France rebuild Notre Dame? The cultural battle over the meaning of the Notre Dame fire. Can ‘Assassin’s Creed’ help rebuild Notre Dame? The 7 of the most precious relics that survived the blaze at Notre Dame. What sold at this years Dallas Art Fair. Is the photography market sleepy or just getting started? Phillips auction house could reset Mark Bradford record again. Why Jeff Koons’s […]

Showing: Oli Epp – “Contactless” @ Richard Heller Gallery

Oli Epp’s debut solo in the U.S. is currently showing at the Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Contactless, the new body of work from the British artist feature his amoeba-like characters and explore ideas of human relationships, technology and consumer culture. Provoking thought as well as eliciting laughs with dark humor, Epp’s paintings feature strange interactions with objects and references to brands and pop culture, all created through process that includes drawing, photoshop, and painting on canvas. Photo credit: Coeval Magazine, the artist, and […]

Releases: Keiichi Tanaami – “GOLDFISH GIRL” Stool

Case Studyo recently unveiled a collaboration they worked on with Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami entitled GOLDFISH GIRL. The resulting stool looks like it comes straight out of one of the renowned artist’s psychedelic paintings and features much of what makes Tanaami’s work so distinctive – a garish palette, surreal touches like the exposed frontal lobe, and a bold graphic style. Produced in a run of 12 + 3 AP’s, the now sold out 55 cm x 45 cm x 30 cm sculptural edition features meticulous woodworking & screen painting. […]

Previews: Julio Anaya Cabanding – “Unstolen” @ Tales Of Art Gallery

After introducing Julio Anaya Cabanding’s work at a group exhibition (covered) earlier this year in Montreal, curator Sasha Bogojev will be presenting the debut solo show (opening on April 27th) from the Spanish artist in Italy. Hosted by Tales Of Art Gallery in Imola and organized in partnership with Musei Civici di Imola, Unstolen will feature Cabanding’s studio work which mirror the trompe-l’oeil remakes of classic old-masters that he places on the streets. Some of this public art will be seen in photographs at the exhibition alongside […]

JR Transforms Louvre Pyramid Creating Optical Illusion

Returning to the Louvre almost three years after his debut groundbreaking installation (covered), JR (interviewed) has created another large scale optical illusion centered on the museum’s iconic glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei and completed in 1989. Devised in honor of the structure’s 30th anniversary, the piece titled The Secret of the Great Pyramid required the help of 400 volunteers pasting 2000 strips of paper in the main courtyard. Lasting only one weekend, the ephemeral installation from French artist was able to make the pyramid appear to extend […]

Overtime: Apr 8 – 14

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): This hip-hop producer’s Basquiat could be a hit at Phillips in May. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s new $650-million building was approved. Can a museum for progressive artists have an arms-manufacturer vice-chairman? Guggenheim ‘decommissions’ conceptual and Minimalist works over questions of authenticity. Salvador Dalí Museum in Florida plans $38 million expansion. Patronage without pretension abounds at the 2019 edition of the Dallas Art Fair. Art Basel to unite across continents […]

Showing: Tomoo Gokita – ‘Untitled’ @ Massimo De Carlo (London)

Over the last month, Massimo De Carlo Gallery has been hosting Tomoo Gokita‘s first London exhibition. In Gokita’s post-conceptual paintings, meaning is not so much ambiguous as it is deliberately absent. The focus is entirely on the aesthetic form and the only thing that matters is the acrylic gouache which clings to the surface of the canvas. The brushwork, which ranges from velvety soft to richly expressive, creates works which are arresting on a purely visual level. The trademark use of monochrome throughout his practice purposefully harnesses the […]

Showing: James Jean – “Eternal Journey” @ Lotte Museum

Last week, the Lotte Museum in Seoul unveiled an expansive retrospective entitled Eternal Journey featuring the art of James Jean (interviewed). The exhibition features over 500 works from the American artist including pieces from his time as a comic book artist, sketchbooks, videos, digital art, and sculptures like a new eight foot tall stained glass obelisk. The  highlight of the show though has the be the room with a series of large scale paintings, prime examples of Jean’s fantastical artistic vision and unparalleled imagination. Photo credit: Giant Robot, […]

Showing: Revok – “depersonalization-derealization” @ Library Street Collective

Last weekend in Detroit, Revok opened his latest solo show at Library Street Collective featuring selections from three distinctive bodies of work – his Instrument Exercises, Tape Loop Paintings, and Spirographs – along with some self portraits. Entitled depersonalization-derealization, the exhibition makes use of his graffiti roots but repurposed, oftentimes with custom tools for creating large scale abstract canvases. The title refers to a type of dissociative disorder, something that Revok experiences with the constant numbing onslaught of horrific news and media overstimulation. He further states – “I think the work […]

Showing: Alex Chinneck – “A sprinkle of night and a spoonful of light”

For this year’s Milan Design Week, Alex Chinneck has unveiled another one of his impossible architectural creations – sort of a followup to something he built last year in his native England (covered). Entitled A sprinkle of night and a spoonful of light, the new sculptural intervention that involves the front of an entire building is his most ambitious project to date. Produced in partnership with IQOS, the new seventeen meter wide piece unzips the side of the facade, leading to an illusion of the whole structure is coming apart. […]