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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Upcoming: YESNIK x Jaybo – “For Better or Worse” (LA Popup)

From September 7-9, YESNIK and Jaybo will be holding a joint popup exhibition in Los Angeles at F-U (For the Unconventional). The two artists have collaborated in the past before (see Amsterdam 2017), sharing a background in 80s and 90s underground street culture and design and now taking similar artistic paths towards an increasingly abstract aesthetic. For his part, the San Diego-based YESNIK will be presenting new pieces from his recent series of suggestively figurative compositions, created from textures, colors, and shapes taken from the natural […]

Showing: Javier Calleja – “Fake is the future” @ Galerie Zink

Currently with Galerie Zink in Hamburg (Barlach Halle K), Javier Calleja has a show on view entitled Fake is the future. Including canvasses, works on paper and mural paintings from the Spanish artist, the solo features cartoonish portraiture certainly inspired from his time working under the tutelage of Yoshitomo Nara. Open to the public for a few days only, the exhibition sees Calleja put in some time adding spheres of colors to the walls that match up with the backgrounds of his paintings, visually merging them with the space. Photo […]

Previews: “Kiss and Tell” @ RJD Gallery

This Saturday (August 18th), RJD Gallery in the Hamptons, will be opening a group show featuring the works of Mary Jane Ansell (seen above), Andrea Kowch, and Kris Lewis. Although their styles and choice of mediums vary, their skills with hyperrealism are evident in paintings as is their penchant for giving the imagery a touch of surrealism. Take a look at more preview images below…

Previews: “Fresh Waves” – SWIM Gallery

Continuing their longtime tradition of promoting and showcasing young and emerging artists related to SF, Luggage Store Gallery in SF have been working on their latest project titled SWIM gallery. The space will be showcasing their newest exhibition Fresh Waves, curated by Auguste Somers ,from August 18th until September 8th. The upcoming group show will be featuring eight artists, many of whom are showing with SWIM for the first time. These young creatives are characterized by their immediate, unrestricted approach to creating work, and themes […]

Rewind: 2018

It’s time for another Rewind feature as we have saved up some art-related videos from the last year that might interest you. Leading things off is a closer look at KAWS collaboration with Dior for their Men’s Summer 2019 Show and his large scale BFF sculpture made with flowers. Other notable videos include: KAWS talks about his recent collaboration with Dior. Victor Castillo’s Hollywood Dreams. Mark Ryden talks more about the album cover he worked on for Michael Jackson. A look at a new mural from Faith47 […]

Overtime: Aug 6 – 12

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Sterling Ruby creates new artworks for concurrent exhibitions in Belgium. San Francisco’s new transit center features public art by Jenny Holzer, Julie Chang, and Ned Kahn. NADA cancels its New York City fair to shift focus to supporting member galleries. Here are all the galleries heading to Art Berlin’s new home in Tempelhof Airport. Sotheby’s disappointing earnings highlight risk of art market’s overreliance on trophy lots. Sotheby’s and Steve Lazarides team up […]

Showing: Art Safiental 2018

After a successful debut in 2016, Art Safiental 2018 is underway – a biennale that sees artists create installations and projects throughout the Safien Valley in Switzerland. On view through October 17th, the artwork “questions, explores and revises the historical term Land Art” based on this year’s theme (HORIZONTAL – VERTICAL). Accompanied by a hiking map, a visit by adventurous art lovers promises stunning views and an experience like no other that will bring to mind a dialogue with landscape and nature. This year’s curator (Johannes […]

Previews: Javier Calleja – “Fake is the future” @ Galerie Zink

On August 16th, Javier Calleja will be opening a new show at Galerie Zink in Hamburg entitled Fake is the future. The fresh work from the Spanish artist, who apprenticed with Yoshitomo Nara, evokes a similar aesthetic his own version of cartoonish wide eyed children. Featuring 10 new artworks ranging from canvasses, works on paper, and mural paintings the exhibition promises to be an immersive experience challenging attendees to ask “if the reality we perceive is truthful or otherwise, manipulated and disguised.” Discuss Javier Calleja here.

Previews: “Fresh Blood” @ Backwoods Gallery

Tonight (August 10th) in Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, the Backwoods Gallery will be introducing some artists new to their space in a group exhibition entitled Fresh Blood. The participating artists are all Australian and includes Georgia Hill, Minna Leunig, Tom Gerrard, Al Stark, Robert Bowers (seen above), Matthew Fortrose, Tristan Kerr, James Dodd, and Jack Rowland. Check out some more preview images below…

Showing: Lucy Sparrow – “Sparrow Mart” @ The Standard, DTLA

The Standard hotel in Downtown LA is currently hosting a big-scale West Coast debut of British artist Lucy Sparrow. As her fifth fully-felted art installation, Sparrow Mart opened doors on August 1st and will stay open for business until the end of the month. We say “open for business” because of the fact that this art installation is a fully functional supermarket, offering a wide range of everyday supplies entirely made from felt and fabric. From bubblegum, fruit and veggies, to different packaging of favorite snacks, […]