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Nuart ’18 / Streets: Snik

Two weeks before the official start of the 18th edition of world-renowned Nuart Festival in Stavanger, exciting news is already arriving from the Norwegian oil capital. Taking this year’s theme to heart, Space Is The Place, and the festival’s aim to encourage artists to  to get off the beaten track and work outside the framework of the festival, art duo Snik created two new pieces, one of which was painted in the arrivals hall of Stavanger airport. Known for their intricate, hand-cut stencil works, Snik has seriously […]

Overtime: Aug 20 – 26

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): RVCA’s “Now & Then” exhibit honors the artists and a movement that changed art. How Damien Hirst’s $200 million auction became a symbol of pre-recession decadence. Lévy Gorvy aims for “sweet spot” with a $400 million show. Three years on, we look at the strange legacy of Banksy’s Dismaland. ‘A critical juncture’: Richard Koshalek on MOCA’s future under Klaus Biesenbach. Could the art-finance industry offer museums some much-needed options? Christie’s is selling […]

Previews: Horacio Quiroz – “Polarities” @ Booth Gallery

On September 7th, Horacio Quiroz’s show will open at Booth Gallery in New York, featuring 12 surreal new works on canvas and a large installation with 34 works on paper. Entitled Polarities, the stateside debut exhibition from the Mexican artist introduces his grotesque imagery to art fans in the US, a selection of tortured portraits that hint at the struggles within. He further explains – “My work is a reflection on the human condition, linked intimately to my psychological and therapeutic evolution. I view the body as […]

Showing: Alicia McCarthy & Group Show @ V1 Gallery

For her second showcase with V1 which opened recently in Copenhagen, Alicia McCarthy created a fresh body of work featuring her iconic waving patterns and rainbow-like creations. Painted mostly on found and repurposed objects or faded paper sheets, these hypnotic creations are done using a variety of uncommon art techniques. Often leaving an obvious or hidden personal mark or note, the Mission School stalwart makes unorthodox, personal pieces that expresses her raw urge to create as it relates to her experiences. McCarthy also used this opportunity […]

Previews: Soey Milk – “Inflorescence” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On September 8th, Soey Milk’s second solo show (see 2015) with Corey Helford Gallery opens in Los Angeles. Collectively entitled Inflorescence, the vibrant new body of work features over 20 paintings and drawings (which served as studies for the paintings). The new pieces serve as markers for significant moments in Milk’s life, made all the more personal with her friends as source material (as well as what looks to be some self-portraits). The exhibition also sees the locally-based artist continue to explore the use of embedded objects as a medium, with […]

Previews: “Creença (Belief)” Group Show @ Konvent Zero

Following the developments in an abandoned convent located about one hour outside of Barcelona, we recently decided to visit the ongoing Creença (Belief) art residency. Curated by Axel Void, through his new platform Void Projects, in close collaboration with the Konvent Zero art center, this unique project involved around 50 international artists who participated over the period of 2 months. Planned as a self-sufficient initiative which would provide artists the opportunity to work in a creative and motivating environment, the program turned into an utopia-come-true […]

Showing: Barry McGee – “Little Savage” @ Eighteen

Back in Danish capital after two years when he last exhibited his work alongside Todd James (covered), Barry Mcgee recently opened his debut solo with Eighteen gallery. Showing for the first time in this new Copenhagen space, the legendary artist constructed an immersive installation that took over the entire gallery, floor to ceiling, entrance door to emergency exit. With artworks being displayed everywhere from hidden corners above doorways to the backs of pedestals scattered through the place, the space was temporarily transformed into L. Fong Healing Arts Center. Showcasing […]

Overtime: Aug 13 – 19

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Artists are entrepreneurs. We should compensate them accordingly. Banksy learns about a bootleg show of his work in Moscow and responds in a very Banksy way. One of Philly’s oldest art collectives, Space 1026, to lose its home of 20 years. Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery honors Aretha Franklin. JR on creating public art, his Perrotin Gallery show, and why he wants to remain secretive. After protest and months of negotiations, the MoMA […]

Upcoming: YESNIK x Jaybo – “For Better or Worse” (LA Popup)

From September 7-9, YESNIK and Jaybo will be holding a joint popup exhibition in Los Angeles at F-U (For the Unconventional). The two artists have collaborated in the past before (see Amsterdam 2017), sharing a background in 80s and 90s underground street culture and design and now taking similar artistic paths towards an increasingly abstract aesthetic. For his part, the San Diego-based YESNIK will be presenting new pieces from his recent series of suggestively figurative compositions, created from textures, colors, and shapes taken from the natural […]

Showing: Javier Calleja – “Fake is the future” @ Galerie Zink

Currently with Galerie Zink in Hamburg (Barlach Halle K), Javier Calleja has a show on view entitled Fake is the future. Including canvasses, works on paper and mural paintings from the Spanish artist, the solo features cartoonish portraiture certainly inspired from his time working under the tutelage of Yoshitomo Nara. Open to the public for a few days only, the exhibition sees Calleja put in some time adding spheres of colors to the walls that match up with the backgrounds of his paintings, visually merging them with the space. Photo […]