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Showing: Emily Mae Smith & Genesis Belanger – “A Strange Relative” @ Perrotin Gallery (New York)

A couple weekends ago, the New York branch of Perrotin Gallery opened a joint exhibition from Emily Mae Smith & Genesis Belanger. A Strange Relative features an intriguing pairing of paintings by Smith and sculptures by Belanger, an amazingly cohesive showing that can be taken as a conversation between the two Brooklyn-based artists. Much attention to detail can be seen in this surreal collaboration, especially in the placement of objects that mirror the imagery in the canvases – an example (seen below) of which is Smith’s take […]

Previews: Maxwell McMaster – “Natural High” @ First Amendment Gallery

On November 17th, Maxwell McMaster will be opening his next solo exhibition with SF-based First Amendment Gallery. The new series of paintings that construct Natural High is directly inspired by Joy of Life (Bonheur de Vivre) by Henri Matisse, presenting a reflection of the artist’s efforts to find peace and optimism for the future For the last couple of years, the Los Angeles-based artist has been producing work which is regularly inspired by his native state and its diversity. Utilizing a highly graphic aesthetic, McMaster uses a particular color […]

Releases: James Jean – “Traveler” Print

Earlier today, James Jean (interviewed) released a new time limited print entitled Traveler on his website. On sale for 24 hours only, the last time you can purchase this for your collection will be tomorrow Wednesday, November 14th at at 7:59 AM PST. Sized at 20-1/2″ × 26″ (image size 18″ × 24″), it comes signed and numbered from Jean and costs $220. Discuss James Jean here.

Showing: “Mickey: The True Original” Exhibition (New York)

As we mentioned a couple days ago, the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition has opened in New York, celebrating the 90th birthday of one of the most iconic cartoon characters in history. The show is filled with photo-ops, including an amazing piece (seen above) from Daniel Arsham inspired by Thru the Mirror, a Mickey Mouse cartoon short film from 1936 and a Mickey Mouse-themed Cosmic Cavern from Kenny Scharf. The immersive 16,000 square-foot exhibition will be on view through February 10th so add it to your art-going itinerary now. […]

Overtime: Nov 5 – 11

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): A guerrilla artist puts up her own wall labels at the Met to expose male artists’ bad behavior. Do museum wall labels hide artists’ misogyny? Gauguin and Picasso protested at Met. You may think you know Warhol, but his Whitney retrospective holds many surprises. There has been no greater artist since Andy Warhol than Andy Warhol. Everything is Connected: Art and conspiracy at the Met Breuer. The 10 best booths at Art021 Shanghai […]

Previews: Tauba Auerbach – “A Broken Stream” @ Paula Cooper Gallery

Tonight at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, Tauba Auerbach will be returning to open a show entitled Broken Stream featuring video, sculpture, drawing and painting. Despite the diverse range of techniques and mark-making, the New York-based artist’s work is always rooted in the way mathematics and physics, and science intersect with art. Anchoring the new exhibition are two beautiful installations centering on her work with glass, one with rods mirroring the helices and waves seen in nature and one seen through freestanding lenses flanking either side. Rounding out the […]

Releases: James Jean – “90th Anniversary Mickey & Minnie Mouse Sculpture Set”

Tomorrow (November 10) between 11am-1pm, James Jean (interviewed) will be signing and releasing the Mickey & Minnie Mouse limited edition sculpture set at BAIT Los Angeles to celebrate the 90th birthday of the two Disney cartoons. Created with Good Smile Company, the project transforms the two iconic characters into porcelain succulents frozen in time, shedding and regrowing petals after decades of constant evolution. Produced in an edition of 500, with a $1500 price tag for each set, these figures can also be purchased online here along with a blind box figure set […]

First Look: KAWS – “GONE” @ Skarstedt Gallery

With the public opening of the heavily anticipated exhibition from KAWS set for tomorrow in NYC, here is a first look at what will be on display at Skarstedt Gallery. GONE features new abstracted paintings that at this point only subtly references the XX and iconic cartoonish characters that used to figure so prominently in the Brookyn-based artist’s work. These vibrantly colored compositions are paired nicely with four new large-scale bronze sculptures ranging from the familiar repositioned (like his head down Chum or smaller Companion sitting on a pedestal) […]

Recap: ComplexCon 2018

Last weekend in Long Beach, the third edition of ComplexCon (also see 2016 & 2017) welcomed in sneakerheads, art enthusiasts, creatives, and tastemakers to an event billed to bring together “pop culture, music, art, food, style, sports, innovation, activism, and education.” Dominating the event was Takashi Murakami, who once again helped design the brand identity and released some of the most sought after collectibles for this year’s festival. Aside from the Japanese artist’s obvious presence, there were plenty of other art-related drops to get art fans excited – take […]

Overtime: Oct 29 – Nov 4

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Ahead of midterms, artists diversify Norman Rockwell’s ‘Four Freedoms’ with help from Rosario Dawson. From coast to coast, here’s how artists are mobilizing before the midterm elections. Artist Michele Pred uses art and community to encourage voting, bringing a feminist art parade to NY. Women’s march 1968: Bev Grant and the art of protest. Why Hilma af Klint’s occult spirituality makes her the perfect artist for our technologically disrupted time. Hungary’s radical […]