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Upcoming: Matzu // Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Oh Magic Night” @ HOCA Foundation

After a high profile showing at Harbour City Hong Kong in 2014 (covered), Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) will be returning the the Asian city-state for an exhibition with the HOCA Foundation. Oh Magic Night, which sounds like o-maji-nai in Japanese, directly translated as good luck charm, will be a survey of the Brooklyn-based artist’s work expounding on themes of “mythological guardians, fictional tableaux and ornate abstraction.” Hosted at Shop B104 – 305, The Pulse (No. 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong) starting March 19, the show will include over 50 works including […]

Upcoming: POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017

POW! WOW! Hawaii will be making its return for 2017 with a new roster of artists (international and local) as well as fresh new programming and art shows. Running from February 11th to the 18th, the festival will features live painting of public murals and installation mainly in the Kaka’ako neighborhood along with a block party alongside the Honolulu Night Market, an exhibition curated by Thinkspace at the Honolulu Museum of Art, a print show with Detroit-based 1xRun, artist talks, Saving Banksy documentary premiere, “Art to the Pitch” […]

Previews: Ben Tolman – “WELTSCHMERZ” @ Gallery Neptune and Brown

Gallery Neptune and Brown in Washington, DC, will be holding the opening reception (5-7pm) tomorrow night (January 28th) for Ben Tolman’s new solo show. Collectively entitled WELTSCHMERZ, or WORLD PAIN in German, the new detailed drawings (ink and gouache on paper) from the locally-based artist tries to draw attention to ideas like corporate greed, dirty politics, and poverty. The compositions and imagery seem to take influence from artists like Hieronymus Bosch and M.C. Escher and must be seen in person to fully appreciate. Discuss Ben Tolman here.

Showing: Henry Gunderson – “Shoes Etc.” @ 247365

Currently at 247365 in New York, Henry Gunderson has a show on view entitled Shoes Etc consisting of five new paintings and a sculpture. For his second solo with the gallery, the talented young artist presents his shoe ecosystem paintings as the main attraction, each one centered on a theme or idea. Rounding out the exhibition is a sculpture hanging from the ceiling along with a shoe drive to support Shoes For All, giving visitors a chance to donate footwear to a good cause. Discuss Henry Gunderson here.

Previews: “Miyazaki Art Show” @ Spoke Art (San Francisco)

On February 4th, Spoke Art’s San Francisco location will be hosting a group show celebrating the films of Japanese film-maker and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Over fifty artists will be contributing works inspired by the Studio Ghibli director’s classic films such as My Neighbor Totoro (seen in the artwork above by Monica Garwood). Other artists include Eric Althin, Zard Apuya, Ana Aranda, Ryan Berkley, Laura Bifano, Eric Bonhomme, Ivonna Buenrostro, Rovina Cai, Elsa Chang, Tracie Ching, JAW Cooper, Rhys Cooper, Deangus, Emily Dumas, Jonathan Edwards, Tom Eglington, Jayde Fish,  Sam Gilbey, […]

Overtime: Jan 16 – Jan 22

More stories from the week that ended Jan 22 (click on bolded words for more information): Phaidon writes about Theaster Gates’ show at Regen Projects. RIP: James S. Ackerman, who passed away at the age of 97. RIP: Edward Krasinski, who passed away at the age of 79. RIP: Tony Dunn, who passed away at the age of 57. RIP John Watkiss, who passed away at the age of 55. Pyotr Pavlensky seeks political asylum in France after being accused of sexual assault in Russia. ISIS fighters […]

Previews: “Psychological Realism” @ Booth Gallery

The first exhibition of the 2017 for Booth Gallery will be a group exhibition entitled Psychological Realism. Opening tomorrow night (January 21st), the show will explore the intricacies of identity through the eyes of Sergio Barrale, Daniel Bilodeau, Rune Christensen, Jesse Draxler, Erik Jones, Maria Kreyn, Adam Miller, Jean-Paul Mallozzi, David McLeod, Henrik Uldalen, and Jonathan Viner. Seen above is a something from McLeod as he ups the ante on his paint on glass works by utilizing multiple overlapping planes of glass.

Releases: Jeremy Geddes – “FALL” Print

Starting on January 23rd, 9am Melbourne time, Jeremy Geddes (interviewed) will be offering up a timed release print for only 24 hours. Entitled FALL, the image features another one of the Australian painter’s iconic floating astronauts. The edition size will depend on the number of people ordering it in the 24 hour period of time and will not be sold again. As the size is smaller than usual (image is 39cm wide x 39cm high, paper size 42cm x 44cm), the price is more affordable at US$97 (approx. […]

Showing: Cleon Peterson – “VICTORY” @ Galerie Du Jour

Building on the momentum of his high profile mural at the Eiffel Tower last year (covered), Cleon Peterson has opened a new solo at Agnés B’s Galerie du Jour in Paris. Entitled VICTORY, the new body of work features sculptures and paintings of his instantly recognizable black and white characters entangled in vicious cycles of violence. He further explains – “This show explores the hedonistic triumphs of those who recognize themselves as victorious in the unfolding mirror of history. Their right to pleasure hinges on their projection of pain onto the […]

Previews: Paco Pomet – “Un Breve Fulgor (A Brief Glare)” @ Galería My Name’s Lolita Art

On the 26th of January, Galería My Name’s Lolita Art in Madrid will be opening a new solo by Paco Pomet. It’s been 10 years since his first show with the gallery, and after showing his work more than 15 times, both in Spain and internationally, this will be artist’s 1st return to Madrid after his most recent international successes – back in 2015 Pomet was included in Banksy’s Dismaland project (covered) and last year he was invited to take part in Juxtapoz x Superflat touring museum exhibition (covered). Un Breve […]