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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Previews: Dabs Myla – “THINGS THAT CAN’T BE SEEN” (LA Popup)

On October 20th, Dabs Myla will be opening a new show curated by Roger Gastman in Los Angeles (8070 Beverly Blvd). Entitled THINGS THAT CAN’T BE SEEN, the new body of work includes over 20 large scale interior and floral paintings, works on paper, handmade ceramics, and an installation. The husband and wife duo further explain – “we wanted to bring our subconscious thoughts to life in this new body of work and have spent the past two years exploring and painting these ideas, broadening the scope […]

Upcoming: Jonathan Chapline – “Material Memory” @ The Hole

This Thursday, October 11th, The Hole in NYC will be opening a new show from Jonathan Chapline. Entitled Material Memory, the exhibition will highlight the Brooklyn-based artist’s melding of digital and traditional techniques to create pieces with a unique aesthetic. Each work typically begins with some simple line drawings which he then fleshes out on the computer into more complex compositions with shading and color gradients. He then takes this digital file and converts it to analogue by hand painting the images onto canvas. Chapline […]

Overtime: Sept 31 – Oct 7

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): The 18 best booths at Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Brooklyn Museum director Anne Pasternak joins #metoo debate. What Judy Chicago’s work reveals about the toxicity of masculinity. Jenny Saville painting sells for $12.4 million at Sotheby’s London, breaking record for living female artist. Rare Richter’s a bust, but Christie’s moves $25.9 million Bacon & a $21 million Fontana at London sales. Christie’s to auction works by Grenfell victim Khadija Saye. The de Koonings found […]

Releases: James Jean – “Azimuth” Catalog

On October 9th at 8 AM PDT, James Jean (interviewed) will be releasing the catalog for his show last year at Kaikai Kiki Gallery. Azimuth will include the artwork, installation photos, and process images from the exhibition in Japan, as well as ancillary works created in the same period. The exquisite book, which includes many thoughtful details, is limited to 1000 copies, comes signed, and includes an afterword by Takashi Murakami. Taking things to the next level, James will also be offering three slipcase editions with custom-engineered cloth cases with a magnetic enclosure that […]

Showing: Kaili Smith // Thinkspace Gallery @ Moniker Art Fair

Another show to check out at the Moniker International Art Fair in London is a solo from Kaili Smith at the Thinkspace Gallery booth. The new series of “Le Petit Prince” paintings from the  Netherlands-born and Australia-raised artist deal with the issues of youth criminality through the lens of his experience hearing the famous childrens’ story from his French mother as a child. Smith, who himself spent jail time for graffiti while young, wanted to present works that explore the perspective of the children who find […]

Upcoming: Tom Sachs – “Swiss Passport Office” @ Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (London)

Coinciding with Frieze Week in London, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac will be hosting a 24h live performance (starting October 5th at 6 pm), Swiss Passport Office, by American artist Tom Sachs. Those wishing to participate can purchase a passport for €20 (no British pounds will be accepted) and have their photo added with their name hand typed. By choosing Switzerland, Sachs wants to make “the ultimate status nationality, representing wealth, neutrality and freedom” available to all in world where issues like Brexit, Syria and Trump’s immigration policies all […]

Showing: Ai Weiwei – “Life Cycle” @ Marciano Art Foundation

Last weekend, the Marciano Art Foundation opened an new expansive show from Ai Weiwei, his first major institutional exhibition in Los Angeles. Entitled Life Cycle, the showing includes old and new pieces, as well as a reworking of older concepts and techniques from the Chinese artist. The centerpiece is his sculptural response to the global refugee crisis, a massive boat made from bamboo used in traditional Chinese kite-making. Suspended above this is Windows, mythological figures crafted from bamboo and silk along with pieces referencing the life and works of the artist, all of […]

Previews: Sepe – “Dying Surfer Meets His Maker” @ Lawrence Alkin Gallery

Lawrence Alkin Gallery will be opening a 2nd solo show by Sepe on the 5th of October at their space in SOHO, coinciding with Frieze Week in London. Titled Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, this body of work was directly influenced by the important social movements and major shifts in this past year, and the effects on the Polish artist both personally and to his friends globally. Without a certain narrative that he was building the show around, Sepe developed a much more dynamic, unpredictable, or even […]

Openings: Mike Lee – “I’ve Missed You” @ The Garage

On 29th of October, The Garage in Amsterdam opened the long-awaited EU debut show of Mike Lee titled I’ve Missed You, created as a direct response to the immigrant family separation issues and what some consider to be the inhumane policies of the current US administration. The gallery’s compact space, a 17th-century storage warehouse in the heart of Dutch capital, turned out the be the perfect setting for the latest series of Lee’s atmospheric black and white canvases. After a successful introduction in Asia earlier this year, the NY-based […]

Releases: Shepard Fairey x Zummo x SJC – Rise Above Limited Edition Snare

Combining art, music, and craft, Shepard Fairey (interviewed) has teamed up with Frank Zummo of Sum 41 and SJC Drums to create a custom drum. The Rise Above Limited Edition Snare will be produced in a run of 25, come with a signed (by Shep, Zummo, and Mike Ciprari of SJC) and numbered COA, and cost $999. Sales start at October 1st, 2018 (noon PST) and will be available through SJC’s website and select authorized dealers with a portion of the sales going towards a scholarship for students at Silverlake Conservatory of […]