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Upcoming: Andy Kehoe – “Fantastical Romanticism” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

On June 25th, a solo show from Andy Kehoe will open at New York’s Jonathan LeVine Gallery. The new body of work from the Pittsburgh-based artist entitled Fantastical Romanticism has been in-progress for at least a year now so we are anxious to see what new ideas he has been working on. Those who attend the opening can expect to see more of his mystical creatures in Autumn-tinged natural settings, painted with a technique that gives the work dimensionality. Discuss Andy Kehoe here.

Releases: Gary Baseman x Coach Hand Painted Jackets & Totes

Since we first reported (in 2014) on Gary Baseman (interviewed) and his work with Coach, the American luxury fashion company has certainly further expanded their collaboration with the Los Angeles-based artist. One of the more recent spinoffs are a set of 10 unique hand-painted jackets & totes that have become available. These wearable art pieces were created to celebrate Baseman’s new Collaboration Collection with Stuart Vevers, the Creative Director of Coach. Discuss Gary Baseman here.

Overtime: June 6 – June 12

More stories from the week that ended June 12 (click on bolded words for more information): Spike Art Magazine’s photographs from Berlin Biennale. Artnet looks at the standout performances at the Berlin Biennale. RIP: Tunga, who passed away at the age of 64 due to cancer. RIP: John Margolies, who passed away at the age of 76 due to pneumonia. RIP: Frank Wagner, who passed away at the age of 58. Fahmi Reza charged with violating media laws by depicting Malaysian PM Najib Razak as a clown. Ugo Rondinone’s Seven […]

Previews: Jeff Gillette – “Post Dismal” @ Lawrence Alkin Gallery

Ten months since Dismaland (covered) opened its doors to the public, the artist that inspired the whole project, Jeff Gillette, will be opening his first UK solo show on June 24 at Lawrence Alkin Gallery. Post Dismal will include 15 new paintings continuing the post-apocalyptic imagery that juxtaposes Disney images with scenes of slums, despair, and ruin. Back in the 1990s, Gillette got inspired by the German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, and his pessimist views. This influence resulted with the concept of taking the things people love and imposing the worst-case scenario to them. The […]

Streets: Andreas Englund // Urban Nation (Berlin)

Painting over the course of five days for Urban Nation, Andreas Englund’s latest creation is a clever take on Rodin’s sculpture The Kiss. Pairing the iconic piece from the French sculptor with his own Voyeur sculpture, the two part mural (at Bülowstraße 93) executed with an expert three-dimensional perspective is a striking piece with commentary on modern society. Take a look at more in-progress photos below… Discuss Andrew England here.

Streets: Ron English – “Temper Pac” @ Art Gathering LA

Last week, Art Gathering LA, a tattoo convention that also presented artworks from across the globe from over 400 of the world’s leading tattooists, was hosted by the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach. For the inaugural event, Ron English (featured) was invited in to create a piece to mark the occasion. The New York-based artist chose to take one of his signature Temper Tot images and change it up by creating a mashup between the baby hulk and Tupac, the result which he dubbed Temper Pac. Discuss Ron English here.

Upcoming: Noferin – “Return to Carrara” @ Rotofugi

On June 10th, Noferin will be opening a show in Chicago alongside Jeremiah Ketner at Rotofugi. Returning to the gallery scene for the first time in a few years, the husband & wife duo have prepared a series of whimsical paintings and sculptures featuring some of their well-known characters like Poppy & the Pecanpals. If you are in the area, make plans to check out what the Australia-based artists have created for their fans in the Windy City. Discuss Noferin here.

Overtime: May 30 – June 5

More stories from the week that ended June 5 (click on bolded words for more information): Sebastian Black discusses his new paintings in Bomb Magazine. RIP: Makiko Futaki, who passed away at the age of 58. RIP: Baroness Marion Lambert, who passed away at the age of 73 after being hit by a bus. Police in Spain arrest seven in relation to the theft of five Francis Bacon paintings from home in Madrid. ARTnews covers censorship issue regarding Darja Bajagić work. The artist replies to curator Aaron […]

Releases: Josh Keyes – “Goliath” Print

It looks like Josh Keyes (interviewed) is getting ready to make available a print version of his Goliath painting, last seen at Banksy’s Dismaland. Release through Thinkspace, some of the proceeds from the new limited edition will go to benefit Born Free USA, a national animal advocacy nonprofit. Subscribe to Thinkspace’s mailing list here to learn the time and particulars of the upcoming release. *edit* Print will be available on Friday, June 10th (10am PST) on the gallery’s webstore. It will be an edition of 300, measure 18×18 inches, and cost […]

Openings: Greg Simkins – “Beyond Shadows” @ KP Projects // MKG & Launch LA

Last month, KP Projects // MKG in West Hollywood hosted the opening for the latest solo from Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured). Entitled Beyond Shadows, the new pieces continue the locally-based artist’s surreal explorations of hybrid creatures rendered in a vivid palette. Also included were a some paintings from his series featuring his Stab E. Mack switchblade characters. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Greg Simkins here.