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First Look: KAWS – “GONE” @ Skarstedt Gallery

With the public opening of the heavily anticipated exhibition from KAWS set for tomorrow in NYC, here is a first look at what will be on display at Skarstedt Gallery. GONE features new abstracted paintings that at this point only subtly references the XX and iconic cartoonish characters that used to figure so prominently in the Brookyn-based artist’s work. These vibrantly colored compositions are paired nicely with four new large-scale bronze sculptures ranging from the familiar repositioned (like his head down Chum or smaller Companion sitting on a pedestal) […]

Previews: “ELYSIUM” @ Thinkspace Gallery

This Saturday evening (November 10th), Thinkspace Gallery will be opening a group show featuring Audrey Kawasaki, Atsuko Goto, Fuco Ueda, (seen above), Jolene Lai, and Stella Im Hultberg. Following in the vein of previous all women exhibitions (see 2007 & 2011) at the Los Angeles showspace, ELYSIUM will highlight the talents of the five artists, who all share a penchant for paintings strong female protagonists as well as an Asian background which informs their work. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss this show here.   […]

Recap: ComplexCon 2018

Last weekend in Long Beach, the third edition of ComplexCon (also see 2016 & 2017) welcomed in sneakerheads, art enthusiasts, creatives, and tastemakers to an event billed to bring together “pop culture, music, art, food, style, sports, innovation, activism, and education.” Dominating the event was Takashi Murakami, who once again helped design the brand identity and released some of the most sought after collectibles for this year’s festival. Aside from the Japanese artist’s obvious presence, there were plenty of other art-related drops to get art fans excited – take […]

Showing: Todd Schorr – “Atomic Cocktail” @ Virginia MOCA

Showing through the end of the year at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Atomic Cocktail from Todd Schorr (featured) is an expansive new exhibition featuring iconic paintings pulled from various collections, new works that have never been shown to the public, sculpture, and preparatory studies. Drawing from influences ranging from artists Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, and Salvador Dali, as well as the early animated cartoons of Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, underground comics best exemplified by Zap, and classic films from the 1930’s such as King Kong […]

Rewind: Nuart 2018

It’s been 2 months to date since the 2018 edition of Nuart festival officially started (covered), and the filming crews that were documenting it all are still putting out some amazing footage from the event. Namely, FifthWall TV, who were capturing the action and getting artists and panel members to say a few things about the festival and this year’s theme, as well as MZM Projects who did a series of four films so far, providing us an extensive look into some of the most interesting […]

Overtime: Oct 29 – Nov 4

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Ahead of midterms, artists diversify Norman Rockwell’s ‘Four Freedoms’ with help from Rosario Dawson. From coast to coast, here’s how artists are mobilizing before the midterm elections. Artist Michele Pred uses art and community to encourage voting, bringing a feminist art parade to NY. Women’s march 1968: Bev Grant and the art of protest. Why Hilma af Klint’s occult spirituality makes her the perfect artist for our technologically disrupted time. Hungary’s radical […]

Previews: KATSU – “Drone” @ Diane Rosenstein Gallery

Tonight at Diane Rosenstein Gallery in Los Angeles, the evolution of graffiti will be on view with a new solo show from one of the most subversive artists out there – KATSU. Entitled Drone, the exhibition continues the New York-based writer’s experimentation with incorporating technology into his work with paintings created by using a mountable remote sprayer on a quadcopter drone. The proof of technique of which was most famously seen in a video that went viral where he vandalized Kendall Jenner’s face on a Calvin Klein Jeans billboard […]

Previews: Travis Louie – “Curious Organisms” @ KP Projects

Tonight in Los Angeles, Travis Louie (interviewed) will be returning to KP Projects for a solo show featuring his distinctive surreal take on vintage photography. Entitled Curious Organisms, the new exhibition sees the New York-based artist continue his unique portraiture of anthropomorphic characters, real world creatures or of the more imaginary sort, oftentimes posing them in Victorian style garb. Giving his strange subjects an unexpected air of dignity, Louie is able to recreate the gelatin-silver feel of early daguerreotype photographs by painstakingly applying acrylic paint in transparent layers like watercolors. […]

Upcoming: Banksy @ World Travel Market London

Making a surprise announcement of his participation in World Travel Market London, Banksy recently posted up a piece he will be putting on display at the event next week. The replica separation barrier from the elusive British artist will be on display at the Palestine stand, a promotion for his Walled Off hotel in the troubled region. Stop by for a look yourself if you are in the area because in addition to this stellar example of his work for you to lust after, he will also be “giving […]

Previews: Mark Drew // Spoke Art @ ComplexCon ’18

Starting tomorrow, ComplexCon in Long Beach will have much in store for art fans amongst the music, fashion, and sneakers on display. One of the artists to be featured in Spoke Art’s booth will be Mark Drew, who will be presenting some of the Peanuts comics and 90s rap lyric mashups that he has become known for. Combining pop culture and hip hop, the Tokyo-based artist’s work certainly seems tailor-made of the event. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Mark Drew here.