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Openings: Conor Harrington – ‘The Story of Us and Them’ @ HENI Gallery

Conor Harrington (interviewed) recently returned to London with a new solo exhibition entitled The Story of Us and Them at HENI Gallery. Fascinated by art history, especially from the Renaissance and Baroque era, the Irish born artist combines classical oil painting techniques and graffiti influences to explore patriotism and contemporary social-political themes. The exhibition features 12 new large-scale works featuring two fictional male figures dressed in ornate uniforms fighting each other and brandishing their bright coloured flags as weapons. “The works are set against a background of a fictional nation state and […]

Interviews: Benjamin Murphy

Art historian Hector Campbell recently sat down with artist and co-founder of Delphian Gallery, Benjamin Murphy, to discuss the history of the gallery, his own unique approach to curation, their inaugural Open Call exhibition, and their upcoming exhibition with Florence Hutchings, Seating Arrangement. Hector Campbell (HC): Delphian Gallery has existed in one manifestation or another since 2013’s ‘Group Collective are Kunsts’ exhibition, could you explain how the gallery first came about? And how it has subsequently evolved into its current model? Benjamin Murphy (BM): My […]

Showing: Tomokazu Matsuyama – “No Place Like Home” @ Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery

Last week, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery in Luxembourg opened its door to their third solo show from Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) featuring a new series of paintings and sculpture. Entitled No Place Like Home, the exhibition continues the Brooklyn-based artist’s exploration of identity, a reflection of an upbringing that included influences from diverse cultures. The pieces on display draw from multiple references – interiors from lifestyle and home decor magazines, the exterior natural world from traditional Asian painting masterpieces, and the humans taken from fashion publications like Vogue – leading to […]

Previews: Kent Williams – “Zoetic Trinity” @ Evoke Contemporary

After successful showings at EVOKE Contemporary back in 2013 (covered) and 2015 (covered), Kent Williams will be opening another solo on Friday night (September 28th) at the New Mexico gallery. ZOETIC TRINITY: Paintings, Drawings & Photographs features the richly textured work from the Los Angeles-based artist that bridges the gap between “his interest for representation (especially relating to the figure) and abstraction (or expressive/emotive mark-making).” He further explains – “The work in the exhibition, or my work in general has always been about or related to life – my life, the people […]

Previews: Erik Jones // Spoke Art @ Moniker International Art Fair (London)

Continuing to expand on his color infused portraiture, Erik Jones has prepared a surreal new body of work for the upcoming Moniker International Art Fair in London. Scheduled to be shown at the Spoke Art booth from October 4-7, the new vibrant paintings feature some of his familiar geometric patterns surrounding his subjects, but it seems like some of the palette has bled into their bodies and limbs. Elongated legs and arms (ala Mr. Fantastic or Elastigirl) seem to be sprouting from his characters, blending abstract […]

Overtime: Sept 17 – 23

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Jeffrey Deitch left MOCA amid controversy. Now he’s returning to L.A. to launch a gallery on his own terms. United Talent Agency Fine Arts head Josh Roth dies at 40. The American architect and theorist Robert Venturi has died at the age of 93. Geta Brătescu, the Romanian multidisciplinary artist, has died at age 92. A Los Angeles federal judge allows Adrian Falkner aka Smash 137’s lawsuit against GM to move forward. […]

Upcoming: Josh Keyes & Lisa Ericson – “Tempest” & “Border Crossing” @ Thinkspace

Coming up on October 13th, Thinkspace will be opening separate solo shows from artist couple Josh Keyes (interviewed) and Lisa Ericson. Both of the Portland-based artists’ work reference the environmental issues our world faces, something that will be evident again when they unveil new paintings in Los Angeles. Keyes’ imagery (seen above) often features a post-apocalyptic world where creatures are confronted by the results of actions by humans, often creating tension by bringing nature into an urban setting while Erison (seen below) has been continuing to explore […]

Showing: Sam Friedman – “Flesh of the Gods” @ Over The Influence (Hong Kong)

Friday night in Hong Kong, Sam Friedman opened his first solo show in Asia at Over The Influence. Entitled Flesh of the Gods, the American artist unveiled a series of canvases inspired by natural landscapes, which he deconstructs and revises into hazy abstract compositions. Through the use of colorful gradients, Friedman is able to create intriguing hints of caves, light tunnels, beaches, sunsets, and other elements of natural scenery in his works. Photo credit: @fedtan, @mmmmetaphor, @kurmanix, the gallery, and the artist. Discuss Sam Friedman here.

Showing: Mr. @ Perrotin Gallery (Hong Kong)

Recently in Hong Kong, Perrotin Gallery opened a solo show from Mr. entitled People misunderstand me and the contents of my paintings. They just think they are nostalgic, cute, and look like Japanese anime. That may be true, but really, I paint daily in order to escape the devil that haunts my soul. The said devil also resides in my blood, and I cannot escape from it no matter how I wish. So I paint in resignation. On view from the Japanese artist are a […]

Openings: Shepard Fairey – ‘Force Majeure’ @ MMOMA (Moscow)

With a career approaching its 30th anniversary, Shepard Fairey (interviewed) has just opened a new exhibition titled Force Majeure at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (organized with RUArts Foundation, curated by MMOMA and Wunderkammern Gallery with the collaboration of Artmossphere). The exhibition is an historical overview of his career to date, showcasing the evolution of his body of work spanning three decades – from politics, commercial messaging, subversion, social constructs, environment,  to war and peace – but also showcases many of Fairey’s artworks reflecting the profound influence […]