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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 […]

Showing: YESNIK @ LUX Art Institute

Last weekend, north San Diego saw the opening of YESNIK’s latest solo show at the LUX Art Institute in Encinitas. On view through the end of March, the museum exhibition features paintings, sculpture, and murals where the locally-based artist reimagines the textures, colors, and shapes of the natural world into abstract totemic compositions. The work is a continuation of his recent direction where he explores “societal fragmentation through the invention of figures made of vibrant colors and flat shapes, taking on dimensionality as they teeter in […]

Showing: Riusuke Fukahori – “Goldfish Blossoms” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Showing through the end of this week at Joshua Liner in New York is Riusuke Fukahori’s Goldfish Blossoms. For his third and largest solo yet with the gallery, the Yokohama-based artist has produced a wide selection of his signature acrylic and resin paintings of goldfish. Swimming in Japanese household objects and handmade vessels, the fish appear astonishingly three dimensional with the artist’s layered resin painting technique leading to an illusion of depth and realism. Coupling this skill in tricking the eye with Fukahori’s playful choice of items to house the freshwater […]

Upcoming: Kevin Peterson – “Wild” @ Thinkspace

Coming up on March 2nd, Thinkspace in Los Angeles will continue to show Kevin Peterson with a new exhibition entitled Wild. Known for his beautiful paintings of children passing through urban environments with their animal companions, the Houston-based painter looks to not be deviating from this formula for his new body of work. Those who want to own some art from him now can purchase a new print (seen below) from him this Friday, January 18th at 10 am PST from the gallery’s webstore. Discuss Kevin Peterson here.

Overtime: Jan 7 – Jan 13

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): The definitive guide to the key art fairs taking place around the world in the first half of 2019. Three ways art history needs to change in 2019. The five trends that will shape the art market in 2019. 15 Los Angeles artists to watch in 2019. Your guide to the best shows at London gallery-share Condo. Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro dissolves Ministry of Culture. What happened to the Catholic Church’s […]

Showing: Daniel Arsham – “Static Mythologies” @ Ron Mandos Galerie

Currently in Amsterdam, Daniel Arsham just opened a show entitled Static Mythologies at Ron Mandos Galerie featuring a diverse selection of works. Along with the European debut of his immersive installation Lunar Garden, the American artist has also included examples of his eroded sculptures and the newer masked sculptures. This exhibition coincides with his soon to be opened show at the Moco Museum. Photo credit: @SashaBogojev Discuss Daniel Arsham here.

Showing: Erik Parker – “New Soul” @ Mary Boone Gallery

A couple nights ago, Erik Parker’s new show opened at Mary Boone Gallery’s 5th Avenue space in New York. New Soul is a fresh body of work dominated by the locally-based artist’s series of tondos, his first time working with circular canvases. Utilizing his signature saturated palette, Parker has created lush landscapes with pools of water framed with vegetations spilling from the edges, with the view offered like peering into a hidden cartoon paradise. Also seen in the selection of works are face paintings, augmented […]

Previews: Josh Sperling – “Big Time” @ Perrotin (New York)

Right on the heels of his showing just at the end of last year at Perrotin Seoul, Josh Sperling opened a new exhibition tonight at the gallery’s New York location. Big Time once again continues his exploration of geometric forms and can can be considered somewhat of a homecoming for the American artist as he lives and works in Ithaca. Created on shaped canvases, Sperlings expressive squiggles, angular shapes, and sinuous curves combine to form clusters of works that are oftentimes informed by the architecture in which it is […]

Overtime: Dec 31 – Jan 6

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Nicola L., an overlooked female pioneer of the Pop Art movement, has died at 81. Nicola L. leaves behind a legacy of fearless, offbeat sculpture. 19 unmissable museum shows to see in Europe in 2019. PODCAST: The Best of 2018 by Charlotte Burns. Arty films and books to watch out for in 2019. 11 places to travel for creative inspiration in 2019. January gallery shows to see around the world. The largest […]

Showing: Emily Mae Smith @ Consortium Museum

A couple weeks ago in Dijon, France, the Consortium Museum opened the first ever institutional exhibition devoted to Emily Mae Smith. Bringing together about forty artworks made between 2014 and 2018 from private collections, the show gives a nice overview of the American artist’s recent output. Enjoy some more photos below but the video is a must watch as Smith talks in-depth about various aspects of her imagery like the importance of the female form in her work (sometimes addressed subtly), how her signature anthropomorphic broom figure started, […]