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Previews: Kisung Koh – “Way of Life II” @ Thinkspace

This Saturday night (February 2nd), Thinkspace in Los Angeles will be opening a solo exhibition from Kisung Koh entitled Way of Life II. For his first showing in the main space, the Toronto-based artist will be presenting a series of works featuring animal subjects set in an allegorical universe often steeped with a sense of loss and longing. For this particular body of work, the Korean artist will be exploring the necessity of interrelationships in nature intermixing realism with surreal elements.

Diederick Kraaijeveld – “USA in wood from all 50 states”

Diederick Kraaijeveld (featured) last year finished one of his most comprehensive projects – recreating a map of the USA from wood salvaged from each of the 50 states. What started as a personal concept during artist’s frequent visits to the country, extended to a global call to his friends, colleagues, and collectors, to help collect wood from all the US states as well as with passing along their stories. Known for realistic figurative work constructed from carefully cut and assembled wood pieces, the Dutch artist has […]

FOG Design + Art ’19 Recap

Last week was a major one on the annual calendar of the San Francisco contemporary art scene and the event that anchored it all was the FOG Design + Art fair, held at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. Combining the best from all over the world in the categories of visual art and design, the fair featured 53 exhibitors and among them were household names such as Gagosian, Perrotin, Blum & Poe, and David Zwirner. It was also more than a typical fair, as it […]

Previews: “New Classics” @ Galerie C.O.A.

On January 31st, Galerie C.O.A. in Montreal will be opening a group show curated by Sasha Bogojev featuring 11 international artists. Taking inspiration from renowned artistic movements or individual masters, these artists rework what they have learned to create New Classics. Participants include Eleanor Mccaughey, Pablo Benzo, Ted Pim, Erkut Terliksiz, Emilio Villalba, Sean Norvet, Kathy Ager, Julio Anaya Cabanding, Doping-Pong, Aldo Sergio (seen above), and Mathieu Cherkit.

Showing: “KAWS:HOLIDAY” (Taipei)

Over the weekend in Taiwan, fans of KAWS experienced what their counterparts in Seoul felt (covered) when the American artist’s impressive HOLIDAY companion sculpture was revealed. Produced in a sitting position rather then laying down, the 36 meter tall inflatable figure relaxed itself at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei and will be on view through the 27th of this month. Check out more photos of the event made possible with the help of AllRightsReserved & JFJ Productions. Photo credit: @rkrkrk, @songmatin, @cchhii611, @s.yin.h, @nk7, and the artist. Discuss KAWS here.

Overtime: Jan 14 – Jan 20

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Museum workers scramble for cash amid the longest US government shutdown in history. The buzziest and most beautiful museums opening in 2019. MOCA Los Angeles will close its Pacific Design Center location after nearly 20 years. Will the inaugural 2019 Los Angeles edition of Frieze get its big Hollywood break? Felix L.A. Art Fair reveals exhibitors, site-specific projects for Hollywood Roosevelt hotel debut. Art Los Angeles Contemporary announces 2019 exhibitors list. At UNTITLED […]

Jeff Soto for Empellón Al Pastor (New York)

After creating murals for Empellón Taqueria in New York a few years ago (covered), Jeff Soto (interviewed) has returned to paint for another restaurant from chef Alex Stupak. Empellón Al Pastor in the Pod 39 Hotel features three pieces from the Riverside, California-based artist utilizing his signature imagery. Soto explains – “I worked with an eye towards symmetry and math, with organic forms balancing geometric shapes. I put emphasis on complimentary colors that would add to the warm browns and oranges of the wood and tile decor. Chef Alex, being an […]

Previews: Mr. – “Mr.’s Melancholy Walk Around the Town” @ Perrotin (Paris)

Continuing to expand on a recent body of work last seen in Hong Kong (covered), Mr. will be opening a new show tomorrow night (January 19th) at Perrotin Gallery in Paris. Entitled Mr.’s Melancholy Walk Around the Town, the new work from the Superflat movement artist features more of his anime inspired works portraying young girls in a ero-kawaii style, made personal when considering it is billed as a “wider reflection upon solitude, social anxiety, impotence and fear.” Check out more photos of the setup below… Photos courtesy of ©︎2011-2018 […]

Upcoming: “KAWS:HOLIDAY” (Taipei)

Later today in Taiwan, KAWS will be unveiling the next iteration of his KAWS:HOLIDAY program after its debut in Seoul last year (covered). On view at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall between January 19 and 27 in Taipei will be the New York-based artist’s largest work to date, a 36-meter tall inflatable version of his signature Companion figure. Accompanying this public art display will be a series of vinyl figures that mirror the new piece as well as some sweet plates, t-shirts, and totes. Those interested can look to Ding Dong […]

Previews: Mark Dean Veca – “The Troubled Teens (Work of a Decade)” @ Jason Vass

On January 26th, Jason Vass in Los Angeles will be presenting a selection of work from Mark Dean Veca (interviewed), his first solo gallery show in over four years. The Troubled Teens (Work of a Decade) features a carefully curated collection of the locally-based artist’s pop culture-infused paintings created from 2010 – 2019. Often tackling iconic cartoon figures as well as more political charged imagery such as the presidential seal with his contemporary use of Toile du Jouy patterns and his patterned dithering, Dean Veca references art history […]