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 […]
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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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Last weekend, north San Diego saw the opening of YESNIK’s latest solo show at the LUX Art Institute in Encinitas. On view through the end of March, the museum exhibition features paintings, sculpture, and murals where the locally-based artist reimagines the textures, colors, and shapes of the natural world into abstract totemic compositions. The work is a continuation of his recent direction where he explores “societal fragmentation through the invention of figures made of vibrant colors and flat shapes, taking on dimensionality as they teeter in […]
Showing through the end of this week at Joshua Liner in New York is Riusuke Fukahori’s Goldfish Blossoms. For his third and largest solo yet with the gallery, the Yokohama-based artist has produced a wide selection of his signature acrylic and resin paintings of goldfish. Swimming in Japanese household objects and handmade vessels, the fish appear astonishingly three dimensional with the artist’s layered resin painting technique leading to an illusion of depth and realism. Coupling this skill in tricking the eye with Fukahori’s playful choice of items to house the freshwater […]
Coming up on March 2nd, Thinkspace in Los Angeles will continue to show Kevin Peterson with a new exhibition entitled Wild. Known for his beautiful paintings of children passing through urban environments with their animal companions, the Houston-based painter looks to not be deviating from this formula for his new body of work. Those who want to own some art from him now can purchase a new print (seen below) from him this Friday, January 18th at 10 am PST from the gallery’s webstore. Discuss Kevin Peterson here.