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Previews: Emily Mae Smith – “Feast of Totems” @ Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin)

Tomorrow night (June 9th), a new exhibition from Emily Mae Smith opens to the public at Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin. Entitled Feast of Totems, the show is well named as it features the re-occurring imagery of fruits, droplets, tongues, lips, and teeth that signal a grotesque consumption running through the new body of work. Also seen in multiple paintings is one of the Brooklyn-based artist’s most recognizable motifs, the totemic broom lady posed in familiar positions that harken back to classic paintings in art history. Utilizing a flat […]

Recap: Anthony Iacono – “Talking to Strangers” @ P·P·O·W

Closing at the end of last month in New York, Anthony Iacono’s show at P·P·O·W intrigued us with his provocative subject matter as well as technique. While many of the New York-based artist’s pieces seem to be referencing BDSM fantasies (some more directly with colorful renderings of kinky scenes and some more subtle by incorporating rope or cords into the compositions), the imagery is tempered by his dark humor and the way he never expands the viewer’s field of vision to take in the entire spectacle. Also of interest […]

Previews: Kevin Earl Taylor – “Apex” @ Circle Gallery (Berlin)

On June 23rd, Circle Culture’s Berlin branch will be opening an exhibition with Kevin Earl Taylor, his third with the gallery. Entitled Apex, the new body of work features paintings, works on paper and site-specific installations that seem to explore some the environmental issues facing our world today. Much of the San Francisco-based artist’s imagery documents moments of encounter between different species of the natural world, separated by constructs like glass spheres and pedestals. At the opening reception, author Carl von Siemens will be presenting his book Der […]

Showing: Dran – “Dessin du Jour/Londres”

Dran opened a new pop-up exhibition in London over the weekend entitled Dessin du Jour. As the title suggests, the body of work is dominated by approximately 120 drawings which the artist has been executing on a daily basis in preparation for the show. The pieces individually distill down the small victories and defeats, dreams and doubts and joys and sorrows of everyday life. We see a man marooned on an island encircled and cut-off by gridlocked traffic which speaks to the isolation of modern urban life, […]

Openings: Miss Van Retrospective @ Openspace Gallery

Openspace Gallery in Paris is paying tribute to Miss Van with a special retrospective. The show, curated by Samantha Longhi and Nicolas Chenus, presents more than 90 works from 2003 to today, and is running until June 14th. Spanning across 15 years, the exhibition highlights the French artist’s prolific body of works on paper, wood, and canvas. It’s quite an emotional journey for a viewer as they take a look at her varied sources of inspiration and her signature female characters set in diverse oniric situations. Upon […]

Recap: Augustine Kofie – “MKNZM” @ Swinton Gallery

Last month, Swinton Gallery in Madrid hosted a show from Augustine Kofie (featured) entitled MKNZM (Mechanism). For his first solo exhibition in Spain, the American artist presented a new body of work including  collage on wood, painting on canvas, and etched found clipboards featuring his signature structured yet free-flowing aesthetic. This time around, Kofie centered his work on the oblong shape, using them like belts to link parts of a conceptual machine while working with textures and gradients of a particular palette. Discuss Augustine Kofie here.

Showing: Urs Fischer – “Things” @ Gagosian

With just one sculptural installation dominating Gagosian’s 511 Fifth Avenue space in Manhattan, Urs Fischer makes a bold statement about the nature of life itself. Constructed with aluminum and standing more than 10 feet tall, the life-size rhinoceros seems to absorb an assortment of everyday objects like a rollaway luggage, copy machine, car door and tires, toilet, vacuum cleaner, shovel, and laptop. With this piece, the Swiss-born artist hints that existences itself is “an accumulation, a collective gathering of physical and metaphorical baggage.” This installation is […]

Recap: “XXL #2” @ Montresso Art Space

The Montresso Foundation in Marrakesh, Morocco is currently wrapping up their latest group exhibition which was on view from April 16th to May 31st. Following up their XXL # 1 show in December 2017, XXL # 2 once again consisted of groundbreaking works by four emblematic artists representing the global urban culture. Focusing on the human condition while questioning the space and its relation to artwork, the large scale works by RERO, Hendrik Beikirch, Kouka and David Mesguich, combined for a strong, balanced showcase that engaged every corner of the imposing foundation space. […]

Interviews: BLO – ‘Anywhere, Out Of This Mind’ @ Galerie 42b

Berlin based artist BLO, from the Da Mental Vaporz crew, is currently showing a new exhibition entitled Anywhere, Out Of This Mind at Galerie 42b in Paris. We asked him a few questions to find out more. AM: How long have you been preparing for this show? BLO: After a year experimenting with abstraction, and following my artistic residency in Perpignan (FR) in November/December 2017, I decided to return my focus to figurative painting while exploring fragmented compositions. So, I have been preparing for my current show […]

Recap: Blek le Rat – “Let’s Get Romantic” @ Weinstein Gallery

After sharing photos of the work Blek le Rat got up on the streets of San Francisco, it’s now time to look at the reason he was in town – his show at Weinstein Gallery. Entitled Let’s Get Romantic, the new collection of pieces from what many consider the father of stencil art was influenced by the charm of SF and the memories of his first visit to the city almost 30 years ago. Take a look at more photos from the show as well as a video interview […]