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Showing: KAWS – ‘Blackout’ @ Skarstedt (London)

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 […]

Interviews: Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey (interviewed) officially became a household name in 2008 when he created the Obama Hope poster. But even years before that, the South Carolina-born artist already had a notorious reputation for his André the Giant Has a Posse sticker that transformed into the now legendary OBEY GIANT art campaign. Through his career, Fairey has addressed critical topics such as climate change, the Me Too movement, world politics, while basically reinventing the way people see art and the urban landscape. On October 5th, his series of shows around […]

Streets: Tauba Auerbach – “2020” (San Francisco)

Over the course of a few weeks, Tauba Auerbach was able to complete stunning mural in San Francisco with the help of a two man crew. Situated in the Tenderloin and arranged with the help of Luggage Store Gallery, the wall sees the locally-based artist step out of her comfort zone (like with NY Fireboat project) to create something special, what she calls her largest painting ever. Entitled 2020, the piece features patterns no doubt inspired by some function of math and physics, which Auerbach takes to […]

Moniker UK ’19 / Previews: Andrew Hem @ Thinkspace Gallery

Later this week, the Moniker Art Fair in London will be the venue for Andrew Hem’s (interviewed) latest solo showing. Presented by Thinkspace Gallery, the new acrylic paintings from the American artist continues his use of a vivid palette while painting imagery inspired by his heritage, travels, and street culture. This new body of work also sees Hem further explore his recent fascination with the meta “painting within a painting” motif which you can see above as well in other pieces below. Discuss Andrew Hem here.

First Look: Banksy – “Gross Domestic Product” (Greater London)

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 […]

Moniker UK ’19 / Previews: Josh Keyes @ Thinkspace Gallery

With this year’s Moniker Art Fair in the UK opening soon, it’s time to look at some of the art soon to be on display. First up is a mini solo show from Josh Keyes (interviewed) showing with Thinkspace Gallery featuring his acrylic and panel pieces that deal the effects of humanity on our environment. Reoccurring themes and motifs abound in the new work including his renderings of statues, the natural world, underwater scenes, as well as juxtaposing graffiti in usual locations. Take a look at more preview images below… […]

Previews / Videos: SNIK – “Ephemeral” @ The Crypt Gallery

Following their showcase at Moniker Art Fair during London’s Frieze week, British artist duo SNIK will be presenting a solo exhibition entitled Ephemeral at The Crypt Gallery from 17- 20 October 2019. As with their first solo exhibition, the show will present and push forward their signature work done exclusively with original hand-cut stencils. Active for over a decade, Laura Perrett and Nicholas Ellis are well known in the world of Street Art for creating large scale outdoor murals, as well as paintings on canvas, sculptures, and limited […]

Showing: Morgan Blair – “I’m Holding A Sword. And An Axe. I’m Gonna Do Nothing” @ The Hole

A few days ago in New York, The Hole opened up a new exhibition from Morgan Blair entitled I’m Holding A Sword. And An Axe. I’m Gonna Do Nothing. Like many young artists, her work is informed by internet culture, where she sources her imagery for her abstract paintings as well as where she draws from to create the long nonsensical titles to her pieces (like for one above – Broth Was the First to Abandon Our Commonly Held Ethos Around the Mini Bekeychained Bottles of Extra Virgin […]

Showing: Tom Sachs – “Timeline” @ Schauwerk Sindelfingen (Germany)

Over the weekend, Schauwerk Sindelfingen in Sindelfingen opened the first retrospective exhibition in over 15 years in Germany from American artist Tom Sachs. A master of the DIY aesthetic, the New York-based artist is known for using his unique bricolage technique to remake motifs influenced by everyday culture, the consumer world, and history with common materials and found objects. Along with many of his instantly recognizable pieces, Sachs has also designed a large-format sculpture specifically for the museum: the twin towers of the World Trade Center before September 11, […]

Showing: Alex Chinneck – “Alphabet Spaghetti”

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). […]