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More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Tania Bruguera, Marilyn Minter, Trevor Paglen, and others to create political billboards ahead of US midterms. Outraged by Kavanaugh confirmation, social media users cite the vengeful women of art history. How the Swedish mystic Hilma af Klimt invented Abstract Art. Why AbEx painter Philip Guston’s return to figuration enraged the art world. Joan Mitchell on how to be an artist. Roberta Smith remembers dealer Phyllis Kind. Chinese artist and Netflix star Cai Guo-Qiang […]

Upcoming: Todd “REAS” James – “Natures Candy” @ NANZUKA

Saturday night (October 13th) in Tokyo, Todd James aka REAS will be opening a solo at NANZUKA entitled Natures Candy. The ncw body of work that will be on display looks to continue the recent direction the American artist has taken with his version of “interior paintings.” Utilizing a vibrant palette, these new pieces are still instantly recognizable and feature familiar visual language such as his voluptuous nudes and cartoonish aesthetic. Also, what will certainly excite fans of the renowned NYC graffiti artist is the return of an […]

Streets: Andrew Hem // UPEART (Finland)

Recently in Oulu, Finland, Andrew Hem (interviewed) completed by far the hardest mural he’s ever painted due to the challenging texture of the wall. Created for multi-city UPEA street art festival, Crystal Blue from the American artist has a pixelated feel to it due to the tiny rocks on the surface of the wall. Using masterful gradients of of red and orange in the background, the stunning piece really stands out from the surroundings. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Hannu Uusitalo, the artist, and the festival. Discuss Andrew Hem […]

Previews: “Lush Life 6” @ Roq La Rue

Tonight in Seattle, Roq La Rue celebrated their re-opening after a two year hiatus with a group show entitled Lush Life 6. Like the previous iterations of the exhibition, artists were free to interpret the theme as they saw fit. Participants this year included Camille Rose Garcia, Josie Morway, Lola Gil, Casey Curran, Kazuki Takamatsu, Brandi Milne, Bella Ormseth (seen above and below), Sarah Leea Petkus, Rebecca Chaperon, Kai Carpenter, and Kari-Lise Alexander. Discuss this show here.

Streets: World Roundup (Sept 2018)

It’s been a long while since our last Streets World Roundup but we felt like sharing so here’s a look at some recent street art. Headlining things is this clever series of handpainted sequential billboard takeovers from Mobstr (interviewed). Not sure where these pieces are located, but presumably in the UK somewhere. Wherever they are, the text-based work is a prime example of his wittiness, talent for placement, and minimalistic aesthetic. Other public art that caught our eyes last month include pieces from JR (Germany), AlfAlfA (Spain), Andrew […]

Previews: Josh Keyes & Lisa Ericson – “Tempest” & “Border Crossing” @ Thinkspace

On October 13th, Thinkspace Projects in Los Angeles will be opening a duo show from Josh Keyes and his life partner, Lisa Ericson. Presenting complementing bodies of work titled Tempest and Border Crossing respectively, the Portland-based artist couple will be revealing their environmental & socio-political views & concerns in the form of meticulously rendered hyperrealistic paintings. Keyes’ newest body of work continues his post-apocalyptic imagery depicting the aftermath of the ongoing environmental crisis. The new pieces are dominated by a single, usually animal character, wandering through a setting that […]

Previews: “Universes” @ Tales Of Art Gallery

On October 13th, Tales Of Art Gallery in Imola, Italy will be opening a group show curated by Sasha Bogojev entitled Universes. The eclectic roster of artists have diverse range of artistic practice and mark-making but all share an interest in rendering the surreal and figurative. Participants include Ador, Ana Barriga, Calvin Wong, Giorgiko (seen above), Edgar Plans, Kobusher, Peter Chan, Peter Opheim, Peter Schenck, and Super Future Kid.

Previews: Dabs Myla – “THINGS THAT CAN’T BE SEEN” (LA Popup)

On October 20th, Dabs Myla will be opening a new show curated by Roger Gastman in Los Angeles (8070 Beverly Blvd). Entitled THINGS THAT CAN’T BE SEEN, the new body of work includes over 20 large scale interior and floral paintings, works on paper, handmade ceramics, and an installation. The husband and wife duo further explain – “we wanted to bring our subconscious thoughts to life in this new body of work and have spent the past two years exploring and painting these ideas, broadening the scope […]

Previews: “Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of The Mushroom” @ Compound Gallery

On October 20th, Compound Gallery in Oakland will be opening a group show curated by Hi-Fructose Magazine that is a tribute to the “friendly, deadly, tasty, hallucinogenic, phallic, alien, and legendary mushroom.” Participants include Andrew Schoultz, Naoto Hattori, Chuck Sperry, Annie Owens, Steven Cerio, Marion Peck, Mark Ryden (seen above), Travis Louie, Travis Lampe, Attaboy, Isabel Samaras, Michael Campbell, Martin Ontiveros, Gary Taxali, Michael Reedy, Nicomi Nix Turner, Mark Dean Veca, Ferris Plock, Jennybird Alcantara, Yoko d’holbachie, Skinner, Brandi Milne, Marco Mazzoni, Kii Arens, Graham Yarrington, […]

Showing: Barry McGee – “SB Mid Summer Intensive” @ MCA Santa Barbara

A couple weeks ago, we had the opportunity to attend an artist talk from Barry McGee at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara where his solo is currently on view through this weekend. SB Mid Summer Intensive features an expansive selection of paintings, photographs, drawings, and sculptural objects from the renowned San Francisco-based artist. Those familiar with McGee’s work will know his attention to detail in the installation of his exhibitions is an artform in and of itself. This showing continues in that vein with clusters of […]