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Upcoming: Nuart Aberdeen 2020

Longer days and warmer temperatures among other things mean that Nuart Aberdeen is about to take place once again in Scotland’s Granite City. For the fourth consecutive year, the creative force behind Nuart Festival (teamed up with their local partners Aberdeen Inspired and the Aberdeen City Council) will challenge the cultural narrative of the city otherwise most popular for its uniformed Victorian-era architecture and grey granite. After a successful three years, production of a series of groundbreaking public murals, installations, and intervention, and overwhelming support of the […]

Recap: Bo Rune Madsen – “Bule Boy Ammer Verden (Mensh)” @ Galleri Benoni

Last month at Galleri Benoni in Copenhagen, a show featuring the work of Bo Rune Madsen was on view entitled Bule Boy Ammer Verden (Mensh). The Danish artist is best known for his role as founder of the alternative rock band Mew, one of the most critically acclaimed bands to come out of Scandinavia, but has moved on to focus on his art since he left the band in 2015. The new body of work is like a “portrait exhibition that revolves around shapes and colors, as a representation […]

Openings: José Parlá – “It’s Yours” @ Bronx Museum

Nobody captures the fabric of the urban environment like José Parlá – the textures, layers, and traces left by city dwellers. It’s Yours (inspired by T La Rock’s song of the same name) is the Cuban-Ameircan artist’s first solo museum exhibition in New York City, and well deserved, seeing as he has spent years documenting the walls and surfaces of the boroughs with his abstraction and graffiti-inspired calligraphy. On view through August 16th at the Bronx Museum, the show features large-scale paintings, Parlá’s sketchbooks and drawings from age ten […]

Releases: James Jean x Suarez – Jewelry Collection

James Jean (interviewed) has always had a thing for jewelry (see OVM line) and high fashion (i.e. 3.1 Phillip Lim & Prada) To that end, the Los Angeles-based artist has collaborated on a new collection with Joyería Suárez (you may remember D*Face’s line with the Spanish brand back last year) featuring designs inspired by his artwork and palette. Check out some of the intriguing creative process can be ween in the video below and head here to see the whole collection. Discuss James Jean here.

Showing: Todd “REAS” James – “Warm Welcome” @ Eighteen Gallery

Following up on his show there in 2018 (covered), Todd “REAS” James recently opened another solo at Eighteen Gallery in Copenhagen entitled Warm Welcome. Continuing to work on interior spaces in his signature cartoonish style, the NYC-based artist has inserted iconography of a certain era of youth in some of the new paintings – posters and record sleeves of artists like RUN DMC, Iron Maiden, De La Soul, Slayer, Wu Tang, B-52s and such luminaries of that time. James has also created some pieces in black and white, a contrast […]

Showing: Mike Lee – “Sunny Days” @ Over The Influence (Los Angeles)

Currently showing through the end of March at Over The Influence’s space in Los Angeles, Sunny Days is Mike Lee’s debut solo with the gallery. Working through various stages of his upbringing through a series of rooms, his paintings and sculptures featuring his signature minimalistic and monochromatic renditions of human forms are meant to confront specific memories. Fleshing out some of his compositions typically only focused on the locally-based artist’s bulbous characters with some background elements brings more depth and richness to this new body of work, an […]

Previews / POW! WOW! Hawaii ’20: Thinkspace – “Exploring The New Contemporary Movement VII”

Continuing to collaborate with POW! WOW! Hawaii (2020 edition started this weekend), Thinkspace will putting their Exploring The New Contemporary Movement VII group show at Wade Warehouse (449 Cooke Street) on view from February 11-15. Over 100 artists were asked to create something on 12″x 12″ panels for the exhibition including Aaron De La Cruz, ABCNT, Abigail Goldman, Adam Caldwell, Ador, Alex Garant, Alex Pardee , Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Andrew Schoultz, AngelOnce, Anthony Ausgang, Anthony Hurd, Anthony Solano, Atomik, Baldur Helgason, Bier en Brood, Brad Woodfin, […]

Showing: Jonathan Chapline – “Hunter Gatherer” @ NANZUKA

Last week in Tokyo, NANZUKA hosted the first solo showcase in Asia by the Brooklyn-based Jonathan Chapline featuring 10 new paintings and two three-dimensional works. Utilizing a combination of computer based skills and traditional mark making, the American artist has populated his paintings with increasing clusters of his signature croquis drawing-like characters, a process of quickly sketching the human body, distilling it to the simplest elements. These works from Chapline are balanced nicely by two lovely large-scale multicolored sculptures, bringing his subjects off the wall and into our world. […]

Previews: Casey Gray – “I Can Taste The Sun” @ Hashimoto Contemporary (SF)

Tonight in San Francisco, Hashimoto Contemporary will be opening a new show from Casey Gray entitled I Can Taste The Sun. For this exhibition, the locally-based artist has included a series of his modern takes on still life paintings, works on paper that celebrate the simple joys of life, and some of his wavy wood sculptures. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Casey Gray here.

Previews: Barry McGee – “Potato Sack Body” @ Galerie Perrotin (Tokyo)

Following up on his show at Perrotin (Hong Kong) at the end of last year, Barry McGee is opening a solo at the gallery’s Tokyo space today. Entitled Potato Sack Body, the exhibition features many of the San Francisco-based artist’s familiar caricatures, geometric patterns, and text rendered on a series of multi-panel paintings, framed works, individually painted ceramics and bottles, and repurposed found objects. In association with this showing, McGee will be releasing a new zine as well as collaborating with BEAMS to release a range of limited edition […]