Unless required for work or family reasons, many Londoners balk at the prospect of journeying to the other side of their city. Localism or laziness are often at play. So if you ever wish to check the status of your relationship with a Londoner, there’s a simple test we believe is about 50% reliable: In case that person is based in West London, suggest meeting up for drinks in East London (or vice versa). And if they live north of the River Thames, invite them […]
Category Archives: Sculpture
Earlier this week, KAWS opened his first solo UK exhibition at Skarstedt Gallery in London. The show entitled Blackout presents two new bronzes and 10 new paintings that combine elements of his readily identifiable iconography with an increasing level of abstraction. Throughout his career, KAWS has embraced mass media culture as a valid and vital form of communication. Globalization has made cartoons like Spongebob and The Simpsons universally known and imbued them with the ability to transcend economic, cultural and linguistic borders in a way […]
An unusual new housewares “store” called Gross Domestic Product opened overnight in the south London town of Croyd0n. Turns out Banksy has now confirmed that the elaborate art installation is his, an attempt to hold off a greeting card company from seizing legal custody of his name by creating his own range of merchandise. The showroom on view for two weeks and featuring its own security guards will never open its doors, with all eventual sales being conducted online. No word yet on exactly what, when, or how […]
Yesterday, master of impossible architectural creations, Alex Chinneck, unveiled his latest series of works across the UK. Entitled Alphabet Spaghetti, the new urban interventions takes an idea he has used before and applies it to the classic British post box. The three knotted pieces were installed in Norborough Road in Tinsley, Sheffield, outside Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy, in Margate, Kent, as part of Margate Now Festival, and outside Caxton Works in Canning Town, London. The British artist plans for the pieces to travel to different locations (although the one in London is permanent). […]
Currently at the HOCA Foundation and Ben Brown Fine Arts and in Hong Kong, Jose Parla has a comprehensive showing over the two venues entitled Textures Of Memory. The exhibition includes 12 paintings and sculptures created from 2004 t0 2018 as well as a new series of works from 2019 by the Cuban American artist, all fine examples of the complex and rich, textures and layers of his work overlaid with graffiti influenced scrawl. Always inspired by the urban environment, Hong Kong is a fertile source of material for the New […]
Later today (Sept 24th), 12 noon Eastern Time to be exact, KAWS will be releasing his latest vinyl collectible on his website. Modeled after a monumental new bronze sculpture recently revealed at his museum show at the National Gallery of Victoria, GONE will be offered in three different color ways. The sculpt first created for his show last year in New York (covered) features the Brooklyn-based artist’s famous Companion figure holding one of his BFF characters in a way that harkens back to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Discuss KAWS here.
On view through December 7th at the in USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa Bay, The Return Of The Real features the eye bending work of Robert Lazzarini (and Rodrigo Valenzuela). The New York-based artist distorts reality with his sculptural “re-presentations”, encouraging viewers to question what they’re seeing in our “era increasingly dominated by fabricated fears, alternative facts and fake news.” Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: @tpilote, Art In Your Ear, the artist and gallery.
Tonight in Los Angeles, Kenny Scharf (interviewed) will be unveiling a new body of work entitled Optimistically Melting! at Honor Fraser Gallery. The California-born artist, who first made his name on the streets of New York four decades ago, has prepared a few series of works for this exhibition. First on the list are a set of paintings featuring his signature trippy and cartoonish imagery, but applied to a motif he has rarely explored before – still life. Like the rest of the show, there is a sense […]
Showing since the beginning of summer, Still Blue Skies at Direktorenhaus in Berlin features a new collection of paintings and sculptures from Casey Gray. Taking a cue from 17th century Dutch and Flemish masters, the mainly acrylic spray paint and fluid acrylic on panel pieces from the San Francisco-based artist are multi-layered, full of color, and reveals a deft touch with the trompe l’oeil technique – “a metaphor and coping mechanism for the superficiality and disillusion of the digital age.” Created with everyday objects and “artifacts mined from the depths […]
On September 20th, KAWS’ newest museum show will open its doors to the public at the National Gallery of Victoria. Entitled Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, the exhibition will give his fans down under a chance to see paintings of abstracted cartoon subjects drawn from pop-culture animations and large scale sculptures of his iconic XX-eyed characters. Included in the showing will be newly commissioned monumental sculpture from the American artist (his largest bronze sculpture to date) as well as KAWS: PLAYTIME, “a special exhibition for children that illuminates […]