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Palms Hotel Suite Designed By Damien Hirst

After unveiling an impressive 620 million “Dust to Gold” renovation last year featuring over 150 artworks placed throughout the hotel, the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas recently added a hotel suite designed by Damien Hirst. The 9,000-square-foot two-story sky villa which they call the “Empathy Suite” features pieces from the British artist embedded throughout the living space. Signature motifs like his butterflies, dots, and pharmaceuticals, range from references like graphics on the linens, carpet, and furniture, to original works like his formaldehyde shark tank and medicine cabinet pieces. […]

Overtime: Feb 25 – Mar 3

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): 5 standout New York exhibitions to see this March (Derrick Adams at Luxembourg & Dayan above). Must-see exhibitions during NYC’s Amory week. London’s Masterpiece fair to expand to Hong Kong with Fine Art Asia. Carmen Herrera sells for $2.9 million setting new record at Sotheby’s charity auction. Sotheby’s sales rose 16% in 2018, with private sales topping $1 billion. New records set for Signac and Caillebotte at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern sale. […]

Streets: Tristan Eaton – “Monster Wall” @ Universal Studios (Los Angeles)

Over the course of a few weeks, Tristan Eaton recently finished painting a mural on backlot of Universal Studios featuring five of their iconic monsters. The 50-by-200-foot piece looks to be the LA-based artist’s best work yet and is a good example of the aesthetic his fans have grown to love including his signature patchwork style, attention to detail, and his use of references (he was able to explore Universal’s secret archive and view all of the original posters and ephemera from all of the monster movies). The wall, a massive soundstage […]

Previews: Aya Takano – “UNIO MYSTICA” @ Perrotin (New York)

Tonight, Aya Takano is opening her first solo with Galerie Perrotin in New York with a show consisting of eight oil paintings, more than 50 drawings, one skateboard deck painting, and one paper clay sculpture. Entitled UNIO MYSTICA, the new body of provocative work from the Japanese artist continues to push the limits of her narrative by “exploring sexuality as an expression of the union between the soul and the divine.” Many of the new pieces feature her instantly recognizable manga-inspired young girls in the erotic embrace with different creatures, which […]

Showing: “A Pathology of Hope” – Addam Yekutieli @ Gordon Gallery

Gordon Gallery in Tel Aviv is currently showing A Pathology of Hope, a major comeback solo from Addam Yekutieli aka Know Hope in his hometown after 4 years. The artist whose career started on the streets  when he was 18, is now back with his most recent and arguably strongest body of work which is presented as a large scale index of drawings, sculptures, found objects, texts, assemblages, and conceptual pieces. The entire gallery space is transformed into an encompassing installation in which Know Hope’s signature […]

Showing: Takashi Murakami – “GYATEI²” @ Gagosian (Los Angeles)

GYATEI², a new solo show from Takashi Murakami, opened last month at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. The exhibition title comes from the Buddhist Hannya Shingyo (Heart Sutra), an incantation often chanted by Zen groups before or after a meditation and translates roughly to “gone, gone, gone beyond, gone completely beyond, enlightenment, svāhā.” Eastern religions are only one of the many inspirations that the Japanese artist draws on, as can be evidenced by what has been included in this diverse body of work – examples include his signature DOB […]

Studio Visits: Austin Lee – “Feels Good” @ Deitch Projects (New York)

New York will have another show to look forward to next weekend (March 9th) when Austin Lee opens a solo entitled Feels Good at Deitch Projects in New York. Fusing digital techniques with traditional painting, the locally-based artist has prepared a series of large pieces, many of them with his signature blur effect. Along with these works, he has also included some of his distinctive sculptural forms as well as a group of new portraits that he paints from life with an airbrush – from visitors to his […]

Previews: “FEMME” @ Juxtapoz Projects

Tonight (March 1) in New Jersey at Juxtapoz Projects / Mana Contemporary, a group show presented in association with Spoke Art will be opening featuring over 40 artists. Entitled FEMME, the exhibition curated by Dasha Matsuura explores themes of sex and sexuality from the femme and female perspectives. Take a look at more preview images below…

POW WOW ’19 / Streets: Shepard Fairey

Last month in Honolulu, Shepard Fairey (interviewed) created a mural for this year’s edition of POW! WOW! Hawaii. Attending the street art festival for the first time, the American artist decided to address  global warming and preserving the environment for future generations with his new piece entitled Golden Future? Working through his birthday, the wall was completed with the help of his mural crew and featured his distinctive palette and imagery. Photo credit: @jonathanfurlong. Discuss Shepard Fairey here.

Previews: Lola Gil – “Thirsty” @ Roq La Rue

On March 8th, Roq La Rue in Seattle will be presenting a new body of work from Lola Gil entitled Thirsty. For her first solo showing with the gallery, the Los Angeles-based artist will be continuing her method of “Narrative Escapism” with a focus on the themes of drought and climate change as well as the insatiable lust for life and creation as referenced by the title of the show. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss this show here. Discuss Lola here.