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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 […]

Previews: Invader – “Into The White Cube” @ Over The Influence (LA)

Tomorrow night (November 17th), Over the Influence will be opening a solo show from the internationally-renowned street artist known as Invader, his first in Los Angeles after a hiatus of 13 years. Into The White Cube will be a survey exhibition, an overview of the French artist’s achievements from the past two decades working with his distinctive medium of choice. Along with historic pieces, there will also be new mosaics, some referencing the City of Angels and some which have made a recent appearance in the surrounding streets as […]

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 […]

Showing: “Mickey: The True Original” Exhibition (New York)

As we mentioned a couple days ago, the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition has opened in New York, celebrating the 90th birthday of one of the most iconic cartoon characters in history. The show is filled with photo-ops, including an amazing piece (seen above) from Daniel Arsham inspired by Thru the Mirror, a Mickey Mouse cartoon short film from 1936 and a Mickey Mouse-themed Cosmic Cavern from Kenny Scharf. The immersive 16,000 square-foot exhibition will be on view through February 10th so add it to your art-going itinerary now. […]

Previews: Tauba Auerbach – “A Broken Stream” @ Paula Cooper Gallery

Tonight at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, Tauba Auerbach will be returning to open a show entitled Broken Stream featuring video, sculpture, drawing and painting. Despite the diverse range of techniques and mark-making, the New York-based artist’s work is always rooted in the way mathematics and physics, and science intersect with art. Anchoring the new exhibition are two beautiful installations centering on her work with glass, one with rods mirroring the helices and waves seen in nature and one seen through freestanding lenses flanking either side. Rounding out the […]

First Look: KAWS – “GONE” @ Skarstedt Gallery

With the public opening of the heavily anticipated exhibition from KAWS set for tomorrow in NYC, here is a first look at what will be on display at Skarstedt Gallery. GONE features new abstracted paintings that at this point only subtly references the XX and iconic cartoonish characters that used to figure so prominently in the Brookyn-based artist’s work. These vibrantly colored compositions are paired nicely with four new large-scale bronze sculptures ranging from the familiar repositioned (like his head down Chum or smaller Companion sitting on a pedestal) […]

Recap: ComplexCon 2018

Last weekend in Long Beach, the third edition of ComplexCon (also see 2016 & 2017) welcomed in sneakerheads, art enthusiasts, creatives, and tastemakers to an event billed to bring together “pop culture, music, art, food, style, sports, innovation, activism, and education.” Dominating the event was Takashi Murakami, who once again helped design the brand identity and released some of the most sought after collectibles for this year’s festival. Aside from the Japanese artist’s obvious presence, there were plenty of other art-related drops to get art fans excited – take […]

Showing: Todd Schorr – “Atomic Cocktail” @ Virginia MOCA

Showing through the end of the year at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Atomic Cocktail from Todd Schorr (featured) is an expansive new exhibition featuring iconic paintings pulled from various collections, new works that have never been shown to the public, sculpture, and preparatory studies. Drawing from influences ranging from artists Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, and Salvador Dali, as well as the early animated cartoons of Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, underground comics best exemplified by Zap, and classic films from the 1930’s such as King Kong […]