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Streets: Leon Keer // Murals In The Market (Detroit)

For the fourth edition of Murals In The Market, anamorphic street artist Leon Keer recently finished a piece entitled Urban Colonization. Painted on a decrepit building around Detroit’s Eastern Market, the wall featuring the Dutch artist’s considerable 3D skills (aided with some sculptural additions aka painted tires) deals with some of the controversy surrounding the city’s water drainage rate or “rain tax.” He states – “Seems like the water shutoffs and massive drainage charge in Detroit has been set up to seize poor people’s homes and land to […]

Showing: Sam Friedman – “Flesh of the Gods” @ Over The Influence (Hong Kong)

Friday night in Hong Kong, Sam Friedman opened his first solo show in Asia at Over The Influence. Entitled Flesh of the Gods, the American artist unveiled a series of canvases inspired by natural landscapes, which he deconstructs and revises into hazy abstract compositions. Through the use of colorful gradients, Friedman is able to create intriguing hints of caves, light tunnels, beaches, sunsets, and other elements of natural scenery in his works. Photo credit: @fedtan, @mmmmetaphor, @kurmanix, the gallery, and the artist. Discuss Sam Friedman here.

Showing: Mr. @ Perrotin Gallery (Hong Kong)

Recently in Hong Kong, Perrotin Gallery opened a solo show from Mr. entitled People misunderstand me and the contents of my paintings. They just think they are nostalgic, cute, and look like Japanese anime. That may be true, but really, I paint daily in order to escape the devil that haunts my soul. The said devil also resides in my blood, and I cannot escape from it no matter how I wish. So I paint in resignation. On view from the Japanese artist are a […]

Openings: Shepard Fairey – ‘Force Majeure’ @ MMOMA (Moscow)

With a career approaching its 30th anniversary, Shepard Fairey (interviewed) has just opened a new exhibition titled Force Majeure at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (organized with RUArts Foundation, curated by MMOMA and Wunderkammern Gallery with the collaboration of Artmossphere). The exhibition is an historical overview of his career to date, showcasing the evolution of his body of work spanning three decades – from politics, commercial messaging, subversion, social constructs, environment,  to war and peace – but also showcases many of Fairey’s artworks reflecting the profound influence […]

Art Focus: Invader – The Elegant Nexus

Invader’s work is made from conventional, individual tiles whose simplicity and uniformity belies the intangible mass of history, knowledge, and experience with which these mosaics are imbued. The artist’s practice is intimately associated with both graffiti and video games, which have proven to be two of the most dominant and enduring strands of youth culture over the last half-century. Out on the streets, graffiti has had a bigger impact than almost any other art movement in history;1 while indoors, gamers have clocked up billions of plays on […]

Upcoming: Jonas Wood – “Tennis Court Drawings” @ Shane Campbell Gallery

For an exhibition opening in Chicago on September 26th, Jonas Wood will be focusing in on subject matter he has worked on the past that draws from his experience as a sports fan. Entitled Tennis Court Drawings, the new body of work to be displayed at Shane Campbell Gallery will consist entirely of 24 renderings of famous tennis courts. Using photos taken on his phone as reference while watching the tennis matches on TV, Wood has created four sets of drawings representing the Grand Slam tournaments which can distinguished in part […]

Showing: Todd “REAS” James – “Electric Ritual” @ Alice Gallery

Entitled Electric Ritual, the currently showing selection of new paintings from Todd James is his third solo (see 2010, 2015) with Alice Gallery in Brussel. The vibrant new pieces from the New York-based artist continue his explorations of interiors while including some signature elements like his curvaceous nudes, war planes, and vivid color palette. Also included are some more abstract creations, with hints of shapes and forms from his familiar visual language. Discuss Todd “REAS” James here.

Previews: Mike Lee – “I’ve Missed You” @ The Garage

Amsterdam’s The Garage will be opening the European debut show from Mike Lee on the 29th of September. I’ve Missed You will be American artist’s first solo exhibition in Europe after successfully introducing his work in Tokyo (covered) and Hong Kong (covered) last year. We’ve been following Lee’s work since his early shows with Giant Robot (back in 2015), while he was still working with pencils on paper and are excited to see him taking over the art world with his cheerful monochromatic oils. Regularly depicting sphere-based […]

Overtime: Sept 10 – 16

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Three shows coming up from Ai Weiwei in Los Angeles starting at the end of the month. Interview with Conor Harrington about his new show “The Story of Us & Them” at Heni Gallery. Street artist Revok and H&M settle dispute over an ad that featured his work without permission. Inside his London studio, Mark Wallinger contemplates our desire for self-reflection and recognition. The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation has opened with an […]

Showing: Madsaki – “French Fries with Mayo” @ Galerie Perrotin (Paris)

Last week, Galerie Perrotin opened a solo show from Madsaki entitled French Fries with Mayo, the first time the Japanese artist has exhibited in Paris. On view are mostly pieces featuring his wife as his muse and pieces from his signature Wannabe series, crude imitations done in spray paint that initially can be be seen as critiques on masterworks from art history, but in actuality are his “attempts to use laughter and humor as both distraction and therapy for his internal turmoil.” To prepared for the exhibition, he […]