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Showing: Mark Whalen – “Grab Bag” @ Arsham/Fieg Gallery

Arsham/Fieg Gallery in New York currently has a show from Mark Whalen on display entitled Grab Bag. The towering stack pieces are examples of the increasing more sculptural work that he has been experimenting with recently. Whalen further explains – “Lately, I have been formulating new relationships with sculptural work. Grab Bag is a new series of multi-dimensional work that presents non-traditional totems representing life’s folly. The result is familiar juxtapositions of materials, found objects, and everyday stockpiles.” Discuss Mark Whalen here.

Previews: Evah Fan – “Inside, Outside, Come Around” @ Park Life

This Friday (May 24th), Evah Fan will be opening Inside, Outside, Come Around, her new show at Park Life in San Francisco. For this exhibition, the locally-based artist has created a handful of window studies for the gallery space, creating “windows” in a small windowless room. The premise of the new body of work as well as the imagery once again highlights the sense of play and whimsy that can often be seen in Fan’s work. Take a look at some preview images below… Discuss Evah Fan here.

Overtime: May 14 – 20

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Diddy revealed as the buyer of Kerry James Marshall’s record-breaking $21 million painting. New York’s spring art auctions have seen some yawns and some records. In a Warhol smackdown at Christie’s, which $30 million work is the better bet? How Steve Wynn’s $70 million Picasso was punctured and damaged. A $40,000 KAWS print leads Paddle8’s latest street art auction. $45.3 million Basquiat is top lot in $131.6 million Phillips sale of 20th-Century & […]

Showing: KAWS – “SEEING/WATCHING” Sculptures (China)

With the releases of associated products in recent days, fans of KAWS had been eagerly awaiting the unveiling of his SEEING/WATCHING duo of sculptures in China. Perched high above ground level on the Changsha IFS Tower in Hunan, the recognizable BFF and Companion characters from the Brooklyn-based artist were finally introduced to the public last week and sit back to back on the edge of a rooftop terrace. The site-specific installation was produced in collaboration with AllRightsReserved and is accompanied by panels of KAWS’ imagery as well as a display of his […]

Streets: Leon Keer (Netherlands)

Recently in the Netherlands, Leon Keer created five street pieces in memory of M.C. Escher in the city of his birth – Leeuwarden. Painted in the anormorphic style that he has become known for, the Dutch artist thrilled the crowds who gathered to watch his work and provided perfect photo ops for the art lovers. Keer’s chosen source of inspiration was a perfect fit for his mind-bending 3D works with Escher also known for impossible objects and plays on perspective. These works were produced with […]

Interviews: Shepard Fairey x Hublot Timepiece

After series of successful collaborations with different brands and types of products, Shepard Fairey (featured) just revealed his latest joint effort with luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot as the latest addition to their “Hublot Loves Art” series. The American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, and illustrator, was announced as an official brand ambassador during the unveiling of an exclusive new timepiece titled the Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey on May 16th in the East LA neighborhood of Silver Lake. Co-designed with the artist, this model is part […]

Upcoming: “Dreamer, Lover, Maker, Fighter” @ BeinArt Gallery

On June 2nd, a new show group show entitled Dreamer, Lover, Maker, Fighter opens at BeinArt Gallery. The four person exhibition includes paintings and drawings by Brian Viveros, Miles Johnston (seen above), Kari-Lise Alexander and Scott Scheidly, all who create their own form of surreal portraiture. Take a look at more preview images below…    

Releases: Shepard Fairey x Beyond The Streets x Modernica Chair

One of the fun parts of the BEYOND THE STREETS exhibition (covered) is walking through the gift shop to see what unique offerings are available. Some items are now online on their website, including a sweet collaboration between Shepard Fairey (featured) and Modernica, who have a rich recent history of working with artists. The Side Shell Eiffel Chair, infused with OBEY imagery and limited to 500, is just one of the chairs available (also Futura, Basquiat, Keith Haring), so head over here to take a look and add one to […]

Streets: Mar-1 / RAD Napa Project

Following up our previous coverage of the RAD Napa project (curated by Thinkspace and sponsored by The Napa Valley Wine Train), we now have photos from something Mars-1 (featured) painted recently. Creating a mural from his Infinite Tapestry series next to the railroad tracks, the Bay Area-based artist wove multiple globes of his bubbles together on the two part wall. The organic forms really pop against the stark black background, especially when viewed from the train. Photo & video credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Mars-1 here.

Showing: Inka Essenhigh @ Miles McEnery Gallery

Currently on view until May 25th at Miles McEnery Gallery in New York is a new selection of works from Inka Essenhigh. Returning to the medium of enamel, the locally-based artist has created surreal paintings that continue her imagery of flora and fauna frolicking in the woods, with a hint of inclusion of urban elements. Abstract and figurative at the same time, the cartoonish renderings feature a psychedelic Fantasia-like aesthetic that take the viewer into a different world. Photos via the gallery. Discuss Inka Essenhigh here.