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Upcoming: FriendsWithYou – “Little Cloud” Balloon @ Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Following in the footsteps of artists like KAWS, Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, and Tim Burton, FriendsWithYou will have the honor of contributing a balloon in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. The duo’s signature Little Cloud will be making its biggest appearance yet, as a 30-foot-wide balloon in the famed NYC parade. Symbolizing light and hope, their character will also herald the opening of two shows this month from the locally-based artists – bronze sculptures at The Hole & colorful 3-D plasteline paintings at Arsham/Fieg Gallery. Photocredit: Jeff Sampson/Macy’s/NYTimes & the artists. Discuss FriendsWithYou here. […]

Basel Week Miami ’18 / Previews: Juxtapoz Clubhouse

Art Basel Week Miami is just around the corner, and once again Juxtapoz Magazine is coming to Miami with another edition of their Juxtapoz Clubhouse concept, this time taking over a whole section in downtown Miami. Running sort of an art fair of their own, or an art district if you wish, this year’s event was again organized in collaboration with Mana Contemporary, and will include seven curated storefronts, multiple art installations, as well as a full Mexico City group show and pop-up installation show. Celebrating the impressive […]

Previews: Tavar Zawacki – “SHAPESHIFTING” @ Wunderkammern (Milan)

On November 21st, Wunderkammern’s Milan space will be hosting new show from Tavar Zawacki entitled SHAPESHIFTING. The American artist, who previously guarded his anonymity zealously, produced work prolifically on the streets for years as ABOVE (interviewed), hidden behind his arrow motif. Creating pieces now under his real name has given Zawacki a sense of freedom to explore new directions, something that can be seen in the more dimensional aspect of this exhibition as well as in how he is moving away from his signature arrow (although it does make […]

Videos: Can Guo-Qiang – “City of Flowers in the Sky” (Florence)

Over the weekend, Cai Guo-Qiang launched one of his signature firework performances in the skies above Florence. Entitled City of Flowers in the Sky, the explosive event was inspired by Botticelli’s masterpiece Primavera and heralds the opening of a massive solo exhibition presented by Uffizi Galleries and covering ten interlinked galleries. The solo exhibition from the Chinese artist is entitled Flora Commedia and features sixty of his famous gunpowder paintings in addition to sketches that document the creative process. Like the fireworks above Piazzale Michelangelo to mark the opening of the show, Cai “uses […]

Overtime: Nov 12 – 18

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): David Hockney is now the world’s most expensive living artist. Exclusive PODCAST interview with David Hockney, the world’s most expensive living artist. Multiple records set for black artistst at $362.5 million night at Sotheby’s. Edward Hopper’s “Chop Suey” sells for $91.9 million at Christie’s sale of Ebsworth Estate. Phillips $88.5 million contemporary sale comes up short, with passes on Burri and Pollock. Broadening the sales strategy for Latin American art has been a […]

Showing: “Takashi Murakami In Wonderland” @ Perrotin Gallery (Shanghai)

Last week, Takashi Murakami In Wonderland opened at Perrotin Gallery’s Shanghai location, the Japanese artist’s first solo in China. For his largest gallery show to date in Asia, the Superflat movement founder has chosen to focus on the evolution of his signature “Mr. DOB” character who he states is used as a self-portrait after 20 years of history together. Ranging from single-panel canvases to a large 15-meter-long acrylic painting mounted on an aluminum frame, as well as a monumental 250 cm sculpture, the body of work […]

Previews: Eric Yahnker – “Factory Reset” @ The Hole

For his third showing with The Hole in New York opening tomorrow (November 15th), Eric Yahnker will once again present a series of works that are at times darkly humorous, at times unsettling, and oftentimes both. Factory Reset marks the first time we have seen him use sandpaper as his “canvas,” creating pastel pieces that are critique on America today. Covering political issues, pop culture, and current events with expert wit and in combinations that are wholly unexpected, the artist based in Desert Hot Springs, California has once again assembled a […]

Showing: Emily Mae Smith & Genesis Belanger – “A Strange Relative” @ Perrotin Gallery (New York)

A couple weekends ago, the New York branch of Perrotin Gallery opened a joint exhibition from Emily Mae Smith & Genesis Belanger. A Strange Relative features an intriguing pairing of paintings by Smith and sculptures by Belanger, an amazingly cohesive showing that can be taken as a conversation between the two Brooklyn-based artists. Much attention to detail can be seen in this surreal collaboration, especially in the placement of objects that mirror the imagery in the canvases – an example (seen below) of which is Smith’s take […]

Previews: Maxwell McMaster – “Natural High” @ First Amendment Gallery

On November 17th, Maxwell McMaster will be opening his next solo exhibition with SF-based First Amendment Gallery. The new series of paintings that construct Natural High is directly inspired by Joy of Life (Bonheur de Vivre) by Henri Matisse, presenting a reflection of the artist’s efforts to find peace and optimism for the future For the last couple of years, the Los Angeles-based artist has been producing work which is regularly inspired by his native state and its diversity. Utilizing a highly graphic aesthetic, McMaster uses a particular color […]

Releases: James Jean – “Traveler” Print

Earlier today, James Jean (interviewed) released a new time limited print entitled Traveler on his website. On sale for 24 hours only, the last time you can purchase this for your collection will be tomorrow Wednesday, November 14th at at 7:59 AM PST. Sized at 20-1/2″ × 26″ (image size 18″ × 24″), it comes signed and numbered from Jean and costs $220. Discuss James Jean here.