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Previews: Sepe – “Dying Surfer Meets His Maker” @ Lawrence Alkin Gallery

Lawrence Alkin Gallery will be opening a 2nd solo show by Sepe on the 5th of October at their space in SOHO, coinciding with Frieze Week in London. Titled Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, this body of work was directly influenced by the important social movements and major shifts in this past year, and the effects on the Polish artist both personally and to his friends globally. Without a certain narrative that he was building the show around, Sepe developed a much more dynamic, unpredictable, or even […]

Openings: Mike Lee – “I’ve Missed You” @ The Garage

On 29th of October, The Garage in Amsterdam opened the long-awaited EU debut show of Mike Lee titled I’ve Missed You, created as a direct response to the immigrant family separation issues and what some consider to be the inhumane policies of the current US administration. The gallery’s compact space, a 17th-century storage warehouse in the heart of Dutch capital, turned out the be the perfect setting for the latest series of Lee’s atmospheric black and white canvases. After a successful introduction in Asia earlier this year, the NY-based […]

Openings: Conor Harrington – ‘The Story of Us and Them’ @ HENI Gallery

Conor Harrington (interviewed) recently returned to London with a new solo exhibition entitled The Story of Us and Them at HENI Gallery. Fascinated by art history, especially from the Renaissance and Baroque era, the Irish born artist combines classical oil painting techniques and graffiti influences to explore patriotism and contemporary social-political themes. The exhibition features 12 new large-scale works featuring two fictional male figures dressed in ornate uniforms fighting each other and brandishing their bright coloured flags as weapons. “The works are set against a background of a fictional nation state and […]

Showing: Tomokazu Matsuyama – “No Place Like Home” @ Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery

Last week, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery in Luxembourg opened its door to their third solo show from Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) featuring a new series of paintings and sculpture. Entitled No Place Like Home, the exhibition continues the Brooklyn-based artist’s exploration of identity, a reflection of an upbringing that included influences from diverse cultures. The pieces on display draw from multiple references – interiors from lifestyle and home decor magazines, the exterior natural world from traditional Asian painting masterpieces, and the humans taken from fashion publications like Vogue – leading to […]

Album Covers: Kris Kuksi x T.I. – “Dime Trap”

Even without the unveiling of album cover for rapper T.I.’s new album thru Kris Kuksi’s social media recently, fans of the sculptor will have recognized the characteristic aesthetic utilized. Dime Trap will feature one of Kuksi’s surreal assemblages, created from found objects, hand sculpted elements, and for the first time, involve 3D modeling. Take a look at more of the details below.. Discuss Kris Kuksi here.

Streets: Leon Keer // Murals In The Market (Detroit)

For the fourth edition of Murals In The Market, anamorphic street artist Leon Keer recently finished a piece entitled Urban Colonization. Painted on a decrepit building around Detroit’s Eastern Market, the wall featuring the Dutch artist’s considerable 3D skills (aided with some sculptural additions aka painted tires) deals with some of the controversy surrounding the city’s water drainage rate or “rain tax.” He states – “Seems like the water shutoffs and massive drainage charge in Detroit has been set up to seize poor people’s homes and land to […]

Showing: Sam Friedman – “Flesh of the Gods” @ Over The Influence (Hong Kong)

Friday night in Hong Kong, Sam Friedman opened his first solo show in Asia at Over The Influence. Entitled Flesh of the Gods, the American artist unveiled a series of canvases inspired by natural landscapes, which he deconstructs and revises into hazy abstract compositions. Through the use of colorful gradients, Friedman is able to create intriguing hints of caves, light tunnels, beaches, sunsets, and other elements of natural scenery in his works. Photo credit: @fedtan, @mmmmetaphor, @kurmanix, the gallery, and the artist. Discuss Sam Friedman here.

Showing: Mr. @ Perrotin Gallery (Hong Kong)

Recently in Hong Kong, Perrotin Gallery opened a solo show from Mr. entitled People misunderstand me and the contents of my paintings. They just think they are nostalgic, cute, and look like Japanese anime. That may be true, but really, I paint daily in order to escape the devil that haunts my soul. The said devil also resides in my blood, and I cannot escape from it no matter how I wish. So I paint in resignation. On view from the Japanese artist are a […]

Openings: Shepard Fairey – ‘Force Majeure’ @ MMOMA (Moscow)

With a career approaching its 30th anniversary, Shepard Fairey (interviewed) has just opened a new exhibition titled Force Majeure at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (organized with RUArts Foundation, curated by MMOMA and Wunderkammern Gallery with the collaboration of Artmossphere). The exhibition is an historical overview of his career to date, showcasing the evolution of his body of work spanning three decades – from politics, commercial messaging, subversion, social constructs, environment,  to war and peace – but also showcases many of Fairey’s artworks reflecting the profound influence […]

Art Focus: Invader – The Elegant Nexus

Invader’s work is made from conventional, individual tiles whose simplicity and uniformity belies the intangible mass of history, knowledge, and experience with which these mosaics are imbued. The artist’s practice is intimately associated with both graffiti and video games, which have proven to be two of the most dominant and enduring strands of youth culture over the last half-century. Out on the streets, graffiti has had a bigger impact than almost any other art movement in history;1 while indoors, gamers have clocked up billions of plays on […]