Recently at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, official paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled at a special ceremony. For the first time in the gallery’s history, African American artists were commissioned by the president and first lady for the portraits with Kehinde Wiley working with the Mr. Obama and Amy Sherald capturing Mrs. Obama’s likeness. In these charged times, it was especially fitting to choose artists in which the politics of race have figured prominently in their past work. Photo credit: Gabriella […]
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On February 9th, Yoshitomo Nara will be opening a show at Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo. Entitled Drawings: 1988-2018 Last 30 Years, the exhibition looks to be a retrospective of the Japanese artist’s drawings as well as the beginning of the gallery’s representation of Nara seeing as they will also be hosting a solo booth of his work at Art Basel Hong Kong in March. Discuss Yoshitomo Nara here.
With this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii fast approaching, it’s time to preview the annual associated Exploring The New Contemporary Movement group exhibition (see 2017 & 2016 & 2015 & 2014) curated by Thinkspace. The fifth iteration of the group exhibition will open on February 11th and will once again be held at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, featuring a larger 24″ x 24″ format. Participants for 2018 include Adam Caldwell, Alex Yanes, Alvaro Naddeo, Andrew Schoultz, Anthony Ausgang, Anthony Clarkson, Bezt, Bordalo II, Brooks Salzwedel, Carl Cashman, Casey Weldon, Christopher Konecki, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker , […]
Recently in New York, a new showing from Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) finished its run at Arsham Fieg Gallery entitled Afternoon Delight. Displayed in the concept space on the second floor of KITH’s new flagship store, the new body of work featured the New York artist’s vibrant and colorful paintings as well as a sculptural piece that sees influence and techniques from both from his Japanese roots and American cultural upbringing. This particular exhibition looked to include more provocative themes and was “an exploration of how different social and cultural changes […]
For those who like to collect their own stash of bottles featuring the artwork of their favorite artists, Jen Stark has just released a design she collaborated with Las Jaras Wines on. Emblazoned on the side of the Napa Valley vineyard’s 2016 Pétillant Naturel Sparkling Rosé is one of the artist’s signature psychedelic patterns on a holographic label. Reasonably priced at $42, head over here if you are interested in purchasing it. Discuss Jen Stark here.
From January 20th to February 25th, Galleria Varsi in Rome will be showing Vexillum Transparent (Transparent Flag), a solo show by Daniel Muñoz – SAN. Back to Italy eight years since his show in Milan, the Spanish artist is introducing his latest body of drawing-based work that reflects on human beings on the move and the way these movements affect society and individuals. Known for pictorial, installation-based and participatory public art projects, Muñoz has been focused on the investigation of the collective dimension of public space since […]
On February 8th, YESNIK EVAD aka Dave Kinsey will be presenting more work that explores the abstract direction he has taken recently with opening of his show with Cécile Granier de Cassagnac at Jules Maeght Gallery. Entitled Subliminal Sanctuary, the joint exhibition in San Francisco will see the American artist and French painter put on display their approach on portraying of outdoor landscapes with Granier de Cassagnac’s ethereal watercolors striking a nice contrast with Kinsey’s earth-toned totemic acrylic and collage works. Discuss Dave Kinsey here.
Currently at Ratio 3 in San Francisco, Ryan McGinley has on view his latest showing with the gallery entitled Paradiso. The new set of photos from the New York-based artist are prime examples of his signature aesthetic, celebrations of the human form in stunning natural settings. His latest works are the result of photography sessions in upstate New York during the winter and fall seasons, what look to be worthy additions to his much loved Road Trip series. Images via the gallery. Discuss Ryan McGinley here.
Rutger Brandt Gallery in Amsterdam is currently showing the first solo show by the Anna Bittersohl in the Netherlands. You Grow in Your Garden marks the continuation of the her interests in observations and memories as the base for human existence and the truth. Through her recent work, Bittersohl developed a more unrestricted visual language that deconstructs the elements that form her images, mostly inspired by the ways that environment and present life affects the way we remember the past. From small picture of berries seen as secret treasures […]
On the 1st of February, Vroom &Varossieau Urban Contemporary Art in Amsterdam will be presenting the first Dutch show of the collaborative works by French artists L’Atlas and Tanc. After working side by side for more than 15 years, Substances will introduce the unique union of color and contrast, and the juxtaposition of Tanc’s expressive visual language against L’Atlas’ strict structures. On view from the 1st of February until the 17th of March, this exhibition is fully focused on the harmony of their distinctive styles within their collaborative works. Giving […]