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FOG Design + Art ’19 Recap

Last week was a major one on the annual calendar of the San Francisco contemporary art scene and the event that anchored it all was the FOG Design + Art fair, held at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. Combining the best from all over the world in the categories of visual art and design, the fair featured 53 exhibitors and among them were household names such as Gagosian, Perrotin, Blum & Poe, and David Zwirner. It was also more than a typical fair, as it […]

Showing: Andre x Futura – “Chez Nous” @ Danysz Gallery (Paris)

André & Futura have joined forces for a unique collaborative show at Danysz Gallery in Paris with their signature pictorial characters. Aptly entitled Chez Nous, the exhibition presents a series of unseen works where they answer each other and merge their energetic painterly gestures. Futura’s otherworldly characters, such as the Pointman, echo Saraiva’s whimsical Mr A. dancing figures, as if their pictorial alter egos were enjoying themselves as much as both artists did in this adventure. The show is on view until the 9th of […]

Previews: “New Classics” @ Galerie C.O.A.

On January 31st, Galerie C.O.A. in Montreal will be opening a group show curated by Sasha Bogojev featuring 11 international artists. Taking inspiration from renowned artistic movements or individual masters, these artists rework what they have learned to create New Classics. Participants include Eleanor Mccaughey, Pablo Benzo, Ted Pim, Erkut Terliksiz, Emilio Villalba, Sean Norvet, Kathy Ager, Julio Anaya Cabanding, Doping-Pong, Aldo Sergio (seen above), and Mathieu Cherkit.

Showing: “KAWS:HOLIDAY” (Taipei)

Over the weekend in Taiwan, fans of KAWS experienced what their counterparts in Seoul felt (covered) when the American artist’s impressive HOLIDAY companion sculpture was revealed. Produced in a sitting position rather then laying down, the 36 meter tall inflatable figure relaxed itself at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei and will be on view through the 27th of this month. Check out more photos of the event made possible with the help of AllRightsReserved & JFJ Productions. Photo credit: @rkrkrk, @songmatin, @cchhii611, @s.yin.h, @nk7, and the artist. Discuss KAWS here.

Overtime: Jan 14 – Jan 20

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Museum workers scramble for cash amid the longest US government shutdown in history. The buzziest and most beautiful museums opening in 2019. MOCA Los Angeles will close its Pacific Design Center location after nearly 20 years. Will the inaugural 2019 Los Angeles edition of Frieze get its big Hollywood break? Felix L.A. Art Fair reveals exhibitors, site-specific projects for Hollywood Roosevelt hotel debut. Art Los Angeles Contemporary announces 2019 exhibitors list. At UNTITLED […]

Previews: “CONJOINED VS. GROTESQUE” @ Copro Gallery

Tonight in Los Angeles, Copro Gallery will be opening a group show curated by artist Chet Zar (interviewed) and collector, author, musician Jeremy Wagner. Entitled CONJOINED VS. GROTESQUE, the show slanted towards the dark arts will continue Zar’s series of shows mainly featuring sculptural work as well as painting and drawings from fine artists, motion picture and music industry artists, and special F/X technicians. Take a look at some images below and head here for the full preview. Discuss Chet Zar here.

Jeff Soto for Empellón Al Pastor (New York)

After creating murals for Empellón Taqueria in New York a few years ago (covered), Jeff Soto (interviewed) has returned to paint for another restaurant from chef Alex Stupak. Empellón Al Pastor in the Pod 39 Hotel features three pieces from the Riverside, California-based artist utilizing his signature imagery. Soto explains – “I worked with an eye towards symmetry and math, with organic forms balancing geometric shapes. I put emphasis on complimentary colors that would add to the warm browns and oranges of the wood and tile decor. Chef Alex, being an […]

Previews: Mr. – “Mr.’s Melancholy Walk Around the Town” @ Perrotin (Paris)

Continuing to expand on a recent body of work last seen in Hong Kong (covered), Mr. will be opening a new show tomorrow night (January 19th) at Perrotin Gallery in Paris. Entitled Mr.’s Melancholy Walk Around the Town, the new work from the Superflat movement artist features more of his anime inspired works portraying young girls in a ero-kawaii style, made personal when considering it is billed as a “wider reflection upon solitude, social anxiety, impotence and fear.” Check out more photos of the setup below… Photos courtesy of ©︎2011-2018 […]

Upcoming: “KAWS:HOLIDAY” (Taipei)

Later today in Taiwan, KAWS will be unveiling the next iteration of his KAWS:HOLIDAY program after its debut in Seoul last year (covered). On view at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall between January 19 and 27 in Taipei will be the New York-based artist’s largest work to date, a 36-meter tall inflatable version of his signature Companion figure. Accompanying this public art display will be a series of vinyl figures that mirror the new piece as well as some sweet plates, t-shirts, and totes. Those interested can look to Ding Dong […]

Previews: Mark Dean Veca – “The Troubled Teens (Work of a Decade)” @ Jason Vass

On January 26th, Jason Vass in Los Angeles will be presenting a selection of work from Mark Dean Veca (interviewed), his first solo gallery show in over four years. The Troubled Teens (Work of a Decade) features a carefully curated collection of the locally-based artist’s pop culture-infused paintings created from 2010 – 2019. Often tackling iconic cartoon figures as well as more political charged imagery such as the presidential seal with his contemporary use of Toile du Jouy patterns and his patterned dithering, Dean Veca references art history […]