OPENINGS | DFACE AT ABOVE SECOND GALLERY AND EVISU FLAGSHIP, HONG KONG

May 22, 2014  |  art, Streets  |  Comments Off

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British street artist and Stolen Space London proprietor D*Face made his own run on Hong Kong during last week's Art Basel HK fair with a solo show, Honestly Dishonest at Above Second Gallery and an art installation at the Evisu HK flagship store. Featuring the painter's trademark remixed imagery, both shows exemplified the Mr Face's postmodern Read More

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ON EXHIBIT | THE GIANT “IRON PANDA” SCULPTURE AT K11 ART MALL FOR ART BASEL HONG KONG

May 22, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Currently towering over Hong Kong shoppers—and ready for some hardcore Kung Fu—is the six-metre-tall "Iron Panda," an installation by Beijing artist Bi Heng, at the K11 art mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong as part of the K11 Art Foundation’s “Art Nova 100”, a collaboration with Art Basel, showcasing the works of Read More

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FAIR PLAY | THE SUPERTOUCH ART BASEL HONG KONG 2014 RECAP

May 21, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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This year's annual installment of Art Basel Hong Kong wrapped up last week, eating up all the spare change in Asia at the same time the Frieze fair and giant sales at Christie's, Sotheby's, and Phillips looted the pockets of New York's ruling class in a giant global art market money grab. Of course, the usual suspects were Read More

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ART & COMMERCE | “GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN”: DAMIEN HIRST’S GILDED MAMMOTH FOR CHARITY

May 20, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Say what you will about Damien Hirst as an artist—and there's always a lot to be said—but his generosity within the art world is legendary and is at the root of his latest sculpture, a prehistoric three-meter high Wooly Mammoth skeleton dipped in gold and encased in a giant gold-plated Read More

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OPENINGS| LUCIEN SMITH’S CAMOUFLAGE PAINTINGS IN “TIGRIS” AT SKARSTEDT GALLERY, NYC

May 20, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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The resurgence of camouflage as a major theme in modern fashion has been a long-developing trend that's only intensified in recent years with the vintage vietnam "tiger camo" pattern being the most revered of the innumerable designs, especially in the world of streetwear. Bringing this trend to the formalized art world is 25-year-old Brooklyn-based artist Lucien Smith whose new show of 11 large scale tiger camo paintings titled Tigris opened Read More

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ART MARKET | RAYMOND PETTIBON HITS THE MILLION DOLLAR MARK AT SOTHEBY’S

May 19, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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As familiar blue chip names like Koons, Warhol, and Basquiat continued their assault on the wallets of the world's most conspicuously consuming oligarchs at massive auctions at the big houses in NYC last week, it was nice to see a piece by OG punk artist Raymond Pettibon surpass the million dollar mark for the first time as part of the Read More

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FIRST LOOOK | INSIDE TODD JAMES’ “SECRET GARDEN” AT GALLERIA PATRICIA ARMOCIDA, MILAN

May 19, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Following his recent New York show in March that saw him working a bit more loosely & experimentally, Todd James' current show, Secret Garden that opened in Milan at Galleria Patricia Armocida last week sees the artist returning his focus to familiar subject matter, exploring the visual themes of naked girls & Somali pirates with renewed vigor. In this round of works, however, Read More

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MUST-SEE | NEW WORK BY GLENN BROWN AT GAGOSIAN GALLERY, NYC

May 15, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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In the midst of a prolonged cycle of deep indulgence of saccharine Pop imagery in the art world (we're guilty as charged ourselves), British painter Glenn Brown provides the antidote with his utterly masterful expressionist works currently on display in an eponymous show that opened last week at Gagosian Gallery in NYC.

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ON EXHIBIT | UP CLOSE WITH JEFF KOONS’ $28 MILLION DOLLAR POPEYE

May 15, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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This has been an epic week of decadent indulgence in the art world with heavy-hitting contemporary art auctions at Sotheby's, Christie's, and Phillips bringing in record prices for blue chip artists after a weeklong feeding frenzy at Frieze NY set the tone for uninhibited spending. Chief among those prime movers is the Prince of Pop, himself, Jeff Koons, whose 2009 masterpiece Popeye, a gorgeous gleaming, Read More

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OPENINGS | SAM FRIEDMAN’S “EASY” AT LIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE, DETROIT

May 14, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Much is made in the press these days about Detroit's current cultural renaissance, and at the center of that action is Matt Eaton's Library Street Collective gallery where Sam Friedman's gorgeous show of vivid new abstracts debuted last week. Titled Easy, the new body of work continues his current Read More

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