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Previews: Masakatsu Sashie – “External Effect” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Showing concurrently with Glenn Barr’s upcoming solo at Jonathan LeVine Gallery starting October 15th will be an exhibition from Masakatsu Sashie entitled External Effect. The Japanese artist’s work is influenced by the concept of “the balanced aquarium,” described by Nobel Prize winner Konrad Lorenz in his book King Solomon’s Ring: New Light on Animal Ways. Sashie sees parallels between the self-sustaining environment of the fish tank with the world we live in now where we are struggling to maintain stability in our lives while surrounded by consumerism, globalism and environmentalism. These […]

Previews: Glenn Barr – “Invisible World” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

On October 15th, Glenn Barr will be opening a new solo show with Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York. The new body of work features paintings that look like stills from old movies created with the Detroit-based artist’s signature pulp art aesthetic. Continuing to explore some of his favorite subjects like retro space travelers and hauntingly beautiful women inspired from cult films of the 1960s and 70s, Barr has prepared compositions on paper and wood for the exhibition.  Barr further states – “Fiction. Written on the page or visualized […]

Upcoming: Mark Ryden – “Diversiform” @ Hidari Zingaro

On October 15th, Mark Ryden (interviewed) will be opening a show at Hidari Zingaro, the gallery of Takashi Murakami who has been a long time fan of his work. Diversiform will only be an exhibition of rare editions from the veteran of the lowbrow movement, but will give fans in Tokyo a rare opportunity to see his imagery in person. The exhibition will run through the 1st of November. Discuss Mark Ryden here.

Openings: Allison Sommers & Ozabu – “Bruxism” & “彷徨 (Wander)” @ Thinkspace

A couple weekends ago, Allison Sommers (interviewed) & Ozabu opened their shows at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City. Bruxism in the main space was an immersive solo from Sommers featuring her increasingly abstracted meaty subject matter at times housed in various paraphernalia, completed by an installation that was like a record of how the new pieces were conceived and completed. In the project room, Ozabu presented nine new works collectively entitled 彷徨 (Wander), her debut solo with the gallery, with details that need to be seen in person to be appreciated. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss […]

Overtime: Sept 26 – Oct 2

More stories from the week that ended Oct 2 (click on bolded words for more information): Conceptual Fine Arts discusses Michael Rey’s show at ZERO. RIP: Nils Erik Gjerdevik, who passed away suddenly at the age of 54. RIP: Shirley Jaffe, passes away at the age of 93. Candice Hopkins writes an Elegy for Annie Pootoogook (1969–2016). Render Stetson-Shanahan stabs roommate Carolyn Bush to death. Both artists were recent Bard graduates. Activists in Russia force closure of Jock Sturges’s show over child porn. Police investigating whether Annie Pootoogook’s […]

Previews: Deth P. Sun – “Hocus Pocus” @ Giant Robot 2

This Saturday, October 1st, Giant Robot 2 will be opening a new show from Deth P. Sun entitled Hocus Pocus. On view through October 19th will be more of his acrylic on wood paintings featuring his beloved cat adventurer. Along with vivid colors and renderings of lush flora, the whimsical pieces from Sun feature his character shrunk down in size in comparison to his surroundings while on its explorations. Discuss Deth P. Sun here.

Previews: Jeff Soto – “Graffiti” @ Bunsen Goetz Galerie

Tomorrow night (September 30th) in Germany, Jeff Soto (interviewed) will be opening a new solo at Bunsen Goetz Galerie in Nuremberg, a followup to his show there with his friend in 2013 (covered). Entitled Graffiti, the exhibition references the roots of his artistic expression and will include large works on unstretched canvas and smaller stencil based paintings on wood. In the new body of work, the American artist will also presenting some more experimental pieces, a elaboration of the flowers seen in his imagery which take inspiration from […]

Streets: Cleon Peterson // Nuit Blanche Paris @ Eiffel Tower

Following in the footsteps of Shepard Fairey (featured) of creating art at the Eiffel Tower (covered), Cleon Peterson has done something Mr. Obey has never had the opportunity to do – painting the first mural ever directly below the famed monument. Created for this year’s Nuit Blanche in Paris (organized by Palais de Tokyo), the piece is entitled Endless Sleep, a reference to the famous late-night cultural festival. The circular piece features the Los Angeles-based artist’s signature figures inspired by Greco-Roman frescos sans the usual provocative imagery. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.

Previews: Christian Rex van Minnen – “Enantiodromia” @ Gallery Poulsen

On October 14th, Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen will be opening Enantiodromia, a new solo from Christian Rex van Minnen (featured). The show will include 12 new pieces, produced for this exhibition, and will stay on view until November 11th. Two years since his last solo with the gallery (covered), the NYC-based artist is back with a whole new body of work that includes oil paintings, as well as monotype prints and for the first time – ceramic sculptures. The main concept behind the show is to focus on the tendency of things to […]

Overtime: Sept 19 – Sept 25

More stories from the week that ended Sept 25 (click on bolded words for more information): Karon Davis’ Pain Management at Wilding Cran exhibition images are up on the gallery’s website. RIP: Annie Pootoogook, who passed away at the age of 47. Her death is being investigated. RIP: Jan Statman, who passed away at the age of 81 after being involved in a vehicular accident. RIP: Wilf Roberts, who passed away at the age of 75 following an illness. RIP: Hassan Sharif, who passed away at the age of 65 […]