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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Overtime: Apr 1 – 7

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): KAWS painting of ‘The Simpsons’ sells at Sotheby’s for $14.7 million after being estimated at $1 million. What sold at Art Basel in Hong Kong. The artists everyone was talking about during Art Basel in Hong Kong. A KAWS for concern and Asian market analysis—on the ground on Hong Kong. How collector demand impacts an artwork’s value. The online art market grew 9.8% in 2018—and other key takeaways from the 2019 Hiscox […]

Previews: Mark Whalen – “Ramble Ramble” @ Over The Influence (Los Angeles)

On April 13th, Over The Influence’s Los Angeles space will be hosting new sculptures and wall reliefs from the locally-based Mark Whalen (featured) with a show entitled Ramble Ramble. The Australian-born artist has been focusing on his three dimensional work of late, taking the heads of the gender-fluid figures from his paintings and stacking them in totemic multi-colored compositions. Created from cast aluminum, the intriguing pieces play with reality and feature different textures while appearing to balance with various balloon and air-filled objects. Discuss Mark Whalen here.

Openings: Austin Lee – “Feels Good” @ Deitch Projects (New York)

Currently in New York, Deitch Projects has a show on view from Austin Lee featuring a series of paintings and sculptures. Entitled Feels Good, the new work continues the locally-based artist’s practice of combining both digital (including VR) and traditional techniques to create luminous candy-colored paintings and distinctive distorted sculptures. The upper level of the SoHO space is dedicated to a selection of new portraits that he paints from life with an airbrush – of visitors to his studio during the past several years. As referenced by the title of the […]

Openings: “KAWS : ALONG THE WAY” @ HOCA (Hong Kong)

Earlier this week, KAWS : ALONG THE WAY opened at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation, a survey looking back at one decade of the American artist’s work. Coinciding with the beginning of Basel Week Hong Kong as well the reveal of his floating public sculpture (covered) in Victoria Harbour, the show features 37 paintings and sculptures featuring some of the Brooklyn-based artist’s most iconic characters like the Companion and Chum. On view through April 14th, the exhibition will give fans of artist an […]

Previews: Booooooom x Thinkspace – “Seeing Red”

Coming up on March 30th, Thinkspace Gallery will be hosting a group show entitled Seeing Red. Curated by Booooooom founder and Vancouver-based artist Jeff Hamada, the exhibition features 12″ x 12″ works from artists who were asked to incorporate the color red. Participants include: Aaron De La Cruz, Alessandra Maria, Alex Roulette, Alice Fennessy, Alina-Ondine, Andrea Wan, Andrew Schoultz, Andrew Tavukciyan, Andy Busc, Angela Gram, ASKEW, Audrey Kawasaki, Bagger 43, Ben Bauchau, Bráulio Amado, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Brendan Monroe, Caratoes, Céline Ducrot, Cinta Vidal, Daniela Carvalho, Drew […]

Overtime: Mar 18 – 24

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Art Basel Hong Kong (29-31 March) is now a firm fixture on Asia’s art calendar. Here’s a rundown of the highlights to see during Art Basel Hong Kong. Persue launches “Wet Paint” exhibition in Tokyo’s Basement Ginza. Ahead of Gallery Weekend Beijing, a run-down of the best exhibitions in China’s capital. Asia’s most innovative and interesting institutions from Hong Kong to Japan. Amid a gloomy economic forecast and political tensions, Art Dubai […]

Releases: “KAWS : Holiday” (Hong Kong) Merchandise

Like his previous projects from the Holiday series in Korea (covered) & Taiwan (covered), the reveal of KAWS’ large scale intervention in Hong Kong (covered) will include some associated merchandise. Featuring most prominently will be plush versions of the American artist’s signature Companion figure in the usual three colorways (brown, grey, and black). Also available will be the floating figure & inflatable from the last release as well as some site-specific t-shirts, tote bag, and cushion. Head over to DDT Store at 6pm PST today if […]

Showing: Sage Vaughn – “Bouquet” Installation @ Great Park Neighborhoods (Irvine)

Stopping by the Great Park Neighborhoods planned development in Irvine, California recently, Sage Vaughn left an installation from his “Bouquet” series for residents to enjoy on the Art Walk of Cadence Park. The three dimensional representation of the Los Angeles-based artist’s signature wildflower imagery was made possible with the help of LeBasse Projects and was created with the thought that he always wanted to make garden sculptures that don’t take away from the nature around them, pieces you can look through as much as you look at. Photo credit: […]

Upcoming: “KAWS : HOLIDAY” (Hong Kong)

Continuing a project that has toured Asia starting last year in Korea (covered) which moved on to Taiwan (covered) earlier this year, KAWS will unveiling another large scale inflatable version of his Companion figure in Hong Kong on March 22nd. Fans in Chinese metropolis have been eagerly awaiting his next public project since they were introduced to the Brooklyn-based artist’s work back in 2014 with an installation at Harbour City (covered). They will get their chance for more tomorrow at 2:15 pm looking out at Victoria Harbour […]

Overtime: Mar 11 – 17

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): The much-hyped Chinese art market’s best days may already be gone. The boom in pop-up galleries is only just getting started. 7 art-historical treasures for sale at TEFAF Maastricht. Powerful collectors open up in TEFAF Maastricht’s Chinese art market report. The bookseller who supplied Sister Wendy a copy of Mapplethorpe’s ‘X Portfolio’ is selling her library. Bid me up before you go-go: sun goes down on George Michael’s art collection at Christie’s. […]