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Showing: Jonathan Chapline – “Virtual Window” @ Hawkins Ferry House

Jonathan Chapline recently unveiled a unique exhibition entitled Virtual Window, which was staged at the Hawkins Ferry House, built to display the namesake’s collection of modern art on the shores of Lake St. Clair. Working off a selection of historical images, blueprints and present day images of the architectural space as well as Ferry’s collection (most of which was posthumously donated to the Detroit Institute of Art), the Brooklyn-based artist created four large paintings, a diptych portraying elongated arched windows, and a sculpture inspired by Giacometti’s Standing […]

Streets: Conor Harrington // London Mural Festival

Right on the heels of a recently finished mural from D*Face, Conor Harrington (interviewed) has completed his contribution to the first ever London Mural Festival. Touching on themes of nationalism, the Irish-born artist goes big with his familiar flag and colonial imagery in Greenwich (71 Trafalgar Rd, SE10 9TS) with this new wall. Just a 10 minute bike ride from his home, Harrington really did a phenomenal job with palette and details of this piece… Photos via Global Street Art & @streetartatlas. Discuss Conor Harrington here.

Previews: Lola Gil – “Window Journey” @ Roq La Rue

Returning to Roq La Rue in Seattle, Lola Gil has a new show opening tomorrow night (October 8) entitled Window Journey. Continuing with a style she calls “Narrative Escapism”, the new works are filled with tension while mixing different painting techniques in the same piece. The influence of the anxiety and fear that grips our world is evident in the nine new paintings from the American artist, including some burning imagery that is surely influenced by the wildfires that seem to have affected different parts of […]

Showing: Emily Mae Smith – “Kin” @ Simone Subal Gallery

A few weeks ago, Simone Subal Gallery in New York opened a new show from Emily Mae Smith entitled Kin. Much of the American artist’s reoccurring motifs can be seen in the new work – the anthropomorphic broom, teeth, references to the female form, the bespectacled face – carefully chosen imagery that has made appearances in her painting practice for the last decade. Underlying all of Smith’s work are sly references to feminist ideals, which combined with her homages to different art movements, point out the lack of […]

Showing: Jean Jullien @ Lyon Contemporary Museum of Art

Today in France, the Lyon Contemporary Museum of Art opened a new group exhibition group entitled Comme un parfum d’aventure which included the works of Jean Jullien, Marina Abramović, Guillaume Bijl, Jean Dubuffet,  Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Yoko Ono, Erwin Wurm and many more. For his part, Jullien has created an installation which he named Digressions pariétales – paintings set against the backdrop of drawings and texts. Take a look at the photos below… Photo credit: Alice Gallery Discuss Jean Jullien here.

Showing: Javier Calleja – “Sooner Or Later” @ Bill Brady Gallery

For his debut solo show in the US, Javier Calleja has prepared a series of paintings (some of the biggest canvases he produced to date) as well as a large totemic sculpture featuring a stack of his cartoonish heads. Sooner Or Later is an exhibition from the Spanish artist that was planned for earlier in the year at Bill Brady Gallery in Maimi, but had been postponed until now because of the global pandemic. The scale of the work perhaps is a way to celebrate the win of […]

Videos: Cai Guo-Qiang – “The Birth of Tragedy”

Last weekend in Cognac, France, Cai Guo-Qiang livestreamed a colorful daytime explosion event on the Charente to honor the universal values of resilience, courage, and hope in the face of the global pandemic. Inspired by Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy, the 15-minute fireworks event in three acts (commissioned to mark Hennessy X.O’s 150th anniversary) required twenty thousand shots of fireworks which were launched from 150 oak barrels floating on the river. Says Cai Guo-Qiang, “We are now entering a new chapter of humankind’s strenuous odyssey. The signal […]

Showing: Aya Takano – “Let’s Make The Universe A Better Place” @ Perrotin (Seoul)

Currently at the Perrotin space in Seoul, Aya Takano has a new selection of sixteen drawings and ten works on canvas on view in a show entitled Let’s Make The Universe A Better Place. Inspired by a visit to girls’ schools in Korea, the Japanese artist sees herself in the students in uniform – “under strict rules and conformity, homogeneous thoughts and beliefs are encouraged.” This has lead Takano to take a new direction for her instantly recognizable manga-inspired young girls, turning the focus on emotional and interpersonal relationships as […]

Openings: Hush @ Galerie Itinerrance

Last weekend in France, Galerie Itinerrance was able to open to the public with their first exhibition since the pandemic started. For his first solo show in Paris, Hush (interviewed) prepared a series of works that continues his exploration of feminine sensuality through the lens of his east meets west aesthetic. Taking inspiration from various influences, The London-based creates his portraiture by layering in patterns and graffiti-based elements into the composition leading to the unique feel of his imagery. Photo credit: HUSH/Galerie Itinerrance. Discuss Hush here.

Showing: Michael Johansson – “Cubic” @ Changwon Sculpture Biennale

For the currently showing Changwon Sculpture Biennale, Swedish artist Michael Johansson (featured) was invited to create an installation at Yongji Park. Unable to travel to Korea because of the pandemic, the sculptor known for his real life Tetris-like installations, had to design the piece from afar and then supervise the sourcing of local objects and assembly of the artwork. Cubic gives new life to everyday items, a perfectly fitted multiple container-high stack that is “a materialization of the rebirth of the useless and the discarded.” Photo credit: @417stevie & […]