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Showing: José Parlá – “The Awakening” @ Yuka Tsuruno Gallery

Over the weekend, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery opened up a solo exhibition from José Parlá entitled The Awakening. For his third showing with the gallery, the New York-based artist has created a new body of work while the US has been experiencing significant social unrest. Part of a series of works which are all protests paintings, Parla’s graffiti inspired imagery and textured layers reflect the fabric of the cities where this upheaval is taking place. Some accompanying words from the artist – “awakening hindsight, envisioning reason, camouflage writing against gaslighting, blooms of […]

Previews: Daniel Arsham – “Relics of Kanto Through Time” @ NANZUKA

Tomorrow (June 9th) in Tokyo, the next chapter of Daniel Arsham’s collaboration with the Pokémon company will continue with an exhibition opening at NANZUKA. Relics of Kanto Through Time continues the New York-based artist unique practice of “future archeology”, this time used on fictional creatures, recreating the Pokémon with pyrite, selenite, volcanic ash, glass and obsidian. This new body of work was teased a couple month ago with the release of the Pikachu collectibles and Arsham’s collection with Uniqlo (covered). Discuss Daniel Arsham here.

Showing: Jonathan Chapline – “Hunter Gatherer” @ NANZUKA

Last week in Tokyo, NANZUKA hosted the first solo showcase in Asia by the Brooklyn-based Jonathan Chapline featuring 10 new paintings and two three-dimensional works. Utilizing a combination of computer based skills and traditional mark making, the American artist has populated his paintings with increasing clusters of his signature croquis drawing-like characters, a process of quickly sketching the human body, distilling it to the simplest elements. These works from Chapline are balanced nicely by two lovely large-scale multicolored sculptures, bringing his subjects off the wall and into our world. […]

Previews: Barry McGee – “Potato Sack Body” @ Galerie Perrotin (Tokyo)

Following up on his show at Perrotin (Hong Kong) at the end of last year, Barry McGee is opening a solo at the gallery’s Tokyo space today. Entitled Potato Sack Body, the exhibition features many of the San Francisco-based artist’s familiar caricatures, geometric patterns, and text rendered on a series of multi-panel paintings, framed works, individually painted ceramics and bottles, and repurposed found objects. In association with this showing, McGee will be releasing a new zine as well as collaborating with BEAMS to release a range of limited edition […]

Upcoming: Emily Mae Smith – “Avalon” @ Galerie Perrotin (Tokyo)

On August 28th, Emily Mae Smith will be opening her first show in Japan at the local branch of Galerie Perriton. Entitled Avalon, the exhibition will no doubt include pieces like the one above (Gleaner Odalisque) that feature the American artist’s signature broom figure as well as other works that reference a range from the history of painting (ie: Symbolism, Surrealism, and Pop Art) to Art Nouveau graphics to animation. Underlying all of Smith’s work are subtle feminist ideals of which “Exhibit A” is her choice of […]

Showing: James Jarvis – “Throw-ups” @ NANZUKA

Opening last week, Throw-ups at NANZUKA in Tokyo marks James Jarvis’ (interviewed) first solo showing in Japan in the last four years. The exhibition continues the British artist’s laser-cut wooden relief works that were last seen earlier this year in Paris (covered), but also features a wide range of techniques including new spray paintings, colored acrylic panels, a bronze sculptural work, and of course drawings. For Jarvis, daily drawing forms the basis of his practice and those figurative musings are where his signature characters originate and then evolve into […]

Openings: Keiichi Tanaami – “Tanaami x adidas Originals” @ Nanzuka

Over the weekend, Nanzuka in Tokyo presented a special show in association with adidas Originals from the legendary Keiichi Tanaami featuring his special mix of surreal imagery influenced by childhood memories such as the Great Tokyo Air Raid of World War II. The new body of work includes 16 new works on canvas, with many that feature the brand’s famous “Trefoil” logo and several new three-dimensional works. Following the exhibition, a “ADICOLOR X TANAAMI” 9 item collection will be released in March including versions of the 3-stripes California T-shirt, […]

Hajime Sorayama x Dior – “Pre-Fall 2019 Menswear Show”

Thursday night in Tokyo, Hajime Sorayama took his signature fembots to the next level with a 39-foot-tall sculpture that took center stage for Dior’s pre-fall 2019 menswear show, towering over the laser-lit catwalk. Creative director Kim Jones’ second collection for the European luxury goods company follows in the artistic footsteps of his debut effort where he tapped KAWS to create a 32-foot-tall statue made of flowers for the Spring/Summer 2019 campaign. No less stunning, Sorayama’s contribution was a 20,000 pound representation of the “idealized female figure in robotic form, a […]

Previews: Eric Haze – “360°” @ 16 Shibuya

Later tonight in Tokyo, Eric Haze (featured) will be opening a show at 16 Shibuya entitled 360°. Put on with support from HUF, the exhibition from the New York-based artist will include 10 new paintings and a series of archival design works from current and past collaborations with the streetwear company. Still rocking his iconic stars and arrows, the renowned graffiti and designer will also be creating an installation for the event. Discuss Eric Haze here.

Showing: Javier Calleja – “Do Not Touch” @ Nanzuka

Last night in Japan, NANZUKA opened Javier Calleja’s first solo show in Tokyo at their space in Shibuya. Entitled Do Not Touch, the new body of work from the Spanish artist draws from inspirations like his love for manga, the imagery of Magritte, and his time spent working with Yoshitomo Nara. Along with large and small canvases featuring his his big eyed characters and associated text, the whimsical exhibition was set up nicely with some big sculptures, a larger than life sketchbook installation, and a scribble […]