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Showing: Jenny Saville – ‘NOW’ @ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh has recently mounted the first major UK survey of the work of British figurative painter Jenny Saville. The exhibition spans a 25 year period demonstrating her progression from a prodigious undergraduate at the country’s leading art school to perhaps one of the most accomplished living painters of the human form.   While studying at the Glasgow School of Art, Saville felt conflicted by both her love of the history of art and her aversion to the […]

Previews: Jose Parla – “Echo Of Impressions” @ Ben Brown Fine Art (London)

Echo Of Impressions is set to open on October 3rd at the London branch of Ben Brown Fine Arts, a new solo show from Jose Parla. The new large-scale abstract paintings and sculptural pieces from the New York-based artist continue his practice of documenting his observations of the urban space, referencing these memories to create works that mimic the textures and colors of the cityscape. Parla’s work goes deeper than just exploring the “physical impressions left around the city by time and passers-by” as he also taps into […]

Interviews: Carl Cashman

Art historian Hector Campbell recently sat down with British artist and gallerist Carl Cashman to discuss the creation of his distinctive artistic style, his early artistic influences, love of collecting, and the frustrations he felt as an artist which led to the founding of Semi Skimmed Gallery, whose second group exhibition opens at BSMT Space in Dalston, London on September 6th, and runs until Sept 12th. Hector Campbell (HC): You’ve become renowned for your geometric optical art, particularly since you coined the word ‘Neometry’ in […]

Nuart ’18 / Streets: Snik

Two weeks before the official start of the 18th edition of world-renowned Nuart Festival in Stavanger, exciting news is already arriving from the Norwegian oil capital. Taking this year’s theme to heart, Space Is The Place, and the festival’s aim to encourage artists to  to get off the beaten track and work outside the framework of the festival, art duo Snik created two new pieces, one of which was painted in the arrivals hall of Stavanger airport. Known for their intricate, hand-cut stencil works, Snik has seriously […]

Previews: Horacio Quiroz – “Polarities” @ Booth Gallery

On September 7th, Horacio Quiroz’s show will open at Booth Gallery in New York, featuring 12 surreal new works on canvas and a large installation with 34 works on paper. Entitled Polarities, the stateside debut exhibition from the Mexican artist introduces his grotesque imagery to art fans in the US, a selection of tortured portraits that hint at the struggles within. He further explains – “My work is a reflection on the human condition, linked intimately to my psychological and therapeutic evolution. I view the body as […]

Previews: “Creença (Belief)” Group Show @ Konvent Zero

Following the developments in an abandoned convent located about one hour outside of Barcelona, we recently decided to visit the ongoing Creença (Belief) art residency. Curated by Axel Void, through his new platform Void Projects, in close collaboration with the Konvent Zero art center, this unique project involved around 50 international artists who participated over the period of 2 months. Planned as a self-sufficient initiative which would provide artists the opportunity to work in a creative and motivating environment, the program turned into an utopia-come-true […]

Showing: Barry McGee – “Little Savage” @ Eighteen

Back in Danish capital after two years when he last exhibited his work alongside Todd James (covered), Barry Mcgee recently opened his debut solo with Eighteen gallery. Showing for the first time in this new Copenhagen space, the legendary artist constructed an immersive installation that took over the entire gallery, floor to ceiling, entrance door to emergency exit. With artworks being displayed everywhere from hidden corners above doorways to the backs of pedestals scattered through the place, the space was temporarily transformed into L. Fong Healing Arts Center. Showcasing […]

Showing: Javier Calleja – “Fake is the future” @ Galerie Zink

Currently with Galerie Zink in Hamburg (Barlach Halle K), Javier Calleja has a show on view entitled Fake is the future. Including canvasses, works on paper and mural paintings from the Spanish artist, the solo features cartoonish portraiture certainly inspired from his time working under the tutelage of Yoshitomo Nara. Open to the public for a few days only, the exhibition sees Calleja put in some time adding spheres of colors to the walls that match up with the backgrounds of his paintings, visually merging them with the space. Photo […]

Streets – Upfest (2018) Bristol

Upfest returned to celebrate its 10th anniversary recently with approximately 350 artists from across the globe leaving their mark on the streets of Bristol. A central theme across the whole weekend was the 100 years which have passed since some women first got the right to vote in the UK. For example, Jody Thomas‘ gold-masked figure takes the meek and victimized Little Red Riding Hood from Victorian fairytales and recasts her as someone who is both eminently capable and confidently self-assured. The festival also saw The London Police bring their […]

Showing: Art Safiental 2018

After a successful debut in 2016, Art Safiental 2018 is underway – a biennale that sees artists create installations and projects throughout the Safien Valley in Switzerland. On view through October 17th, the artwork “questions, explores and revises the historical term Land Art” based on this year’s theme (HORIZONTAL – VERTICAL). Accompanied by a hiking map, a visit by adventurous art lovers promises stunning views and an experience like no other that will bring to mind a dialogue with landscape and nature. This year’s curator (Johannes […]