Posts Tagged ‘First Look’

ON EXHIBIT | NEW WORK BY MARK RYDEN AT RED TRUCK GALLERY, NEW ORLEANS

September 16, 2014  |  art  |  No Comments

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If you're lucky enough to be in New Orleans through the end of the month you can catch a glimpse of this beautiful new Mark Ryden painting, on display at Red Truck Gallery as part of their current Small Indignities group show also featuring work by Marion Peck, and Camille Rose Garcia, among others. Read More

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BEST IN SHOW | DOUG AITKEN “STILL LIFE” AT REGEN PROJECTS, LA

September 15, 2014  |  art  |  No Comments

Visionary LA artist Doug Aitken has returned to Shaun Regen's venerable Regen Projects gallery with his latest dazzler of a show, Still Life, that is one of the city's few must-see exhibitions  of the season. Spanning a variety of media encompassing photography, sculpture, publications, sound, and Read More

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SUMMER VIBES | CASEY GRAY “OF LAND AND SEA” AT CIRCUIT 12, DALLAS

September 15, 2014  |  art  |  No Comments

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We can't get enough of San Francisco-based painter Casey Gray's work here at Supertouch, and his current show Of Land & Sea at Dallas' Circuit 12 gallery does nothing to lessen our enthusiasm. Working exclusively with acrylic spray paint, Gray has developed a distinct approach to contemporary painting that is uniquely Read More

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FIRST LOOK | KAWS “MAN’S BEST FRIEND” AT HONOR FRASER, LA

September 15, 2014  |  art, Uncategorized  |  No Comments

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Long time Supertouch buddy KAWS  has become a true force of nature in the art world in recent years. Emerging from his early roots in animation and graffiti in the 90s to reign over streetwear and the vinyl toy industry in the 2000s, the artist known to his parents as Brian Donnelley is now a major player in the art world. This meteoric ascendency is due in large part to his prodigious and unrelentingly stunning Read More

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FAILE’S FUEL, FANTASY, FREEDOM AT GALLERY ERNST HILGER, AUSTRIA

August 5, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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The Brooklyn-based collaborative street & fine art duo of Patrick McNeil andPatrick Miller (aka: "The Patricks", aka: Faile) brought their distinctive style to Austria when their newest show, Fuel, Fantasy, Freedom opened at Gallery Ernst Hilger in Vienna late last month. For this exhibition, the work  delves into the uncanny realm of Read More

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FIRST LOOK | TAKASHI MURAKAMI’S ARHAT CYCLE PART II AT PALAZZO REALE, MILAN

August 5, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Opening last week at the historic Palazzo Reale in Milan was the second installment of the master of Japanese Pop, Takashi Murakami's latest series of works that first debuted at Blum & Poe in LA in April of 2013.  Titled Ahrat, the cycle of paintings on view continues Murakami’s newest mode of painting, developed for his Read More

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FIRST LOOK | KAWS’ “OHHH…” AT KAI KAI KIKI GALLERY, TOKYO

May 2, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Supertouch buddy KAWS (aka: Brain Donnelley) opened his show of new paintings, "Ohhh...", today at fellow artist Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo. The exhibition features a beautiful array of large and small canvases showcasing his current artistic mode of character abstraction in which the artist deconstructs his animated subjects like Spongebob and Astro Boy into their core geometric components before scrambling the parts to create cartoon collages of vivid color and form that transcend the representational works of his previous series. Read More

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LA///OPENINGS///FIRST LOOK: YI CHEN’S GORGEOUS “BEAUT-ESQUE” AT HONOR FRASER GALLERY

April 13, 2009  |  art, First Look, LA, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Beijing-born and Queens, NY-based Chinese artist YI CHEN is a rising force in the world of modern figurative painting. His newest show "Beaut-Esque" that opened its doors at Culver City hotspot HONOR FRASER GALLERY this Saturday nite was full of gorgeous, color-dense examples of his playful and expert signature style full of playful references the modern masters (Picasso and Hockney spring immediately to mind), and loads of painting chops to spare. The artist uses culturally mediated images from advertisements and fashion magazines as inspiration for his work and sees his paintings and collages as metaphors for hybrid, mutated concepts of beauty borne from a global popular culture. This concept of hybridization and mutation formulate a tense balance in his work, combining enticing beauty and repelling grotesqueries that result in magnetic paintings. Chen begins his creative process by assembling collages of human (and sometimes mammalian) facial features cut out from popular fashion magazines. These collages of perfect/imperfect specimens are the foundation of his work. Like an artistic scientist, he disregards race, gender and age and selects individual characteristics and reconstructs them to form a new human species. These collages then become the figurative models for his lushly rendered oil paintings. All art-crawling denizens of the Southland should consider this essential viewing. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///FIRST LOOK: PHIL FROST’S “PAPERWEIGHT” AT JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY

April 6, 2009  |  art, Graffiti, News, NYC, Openings, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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This weekend in NYC saw the return of one of the city's most elusive artists to the formal gallery scene when Supertouch's own PHIL FROST premiered his new solo show "Paperweight" at JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY. Creating over 65 works on paper—the majority of which clocked in at a comfy and affordable 22" x 30"—the show was an explosion of color (and white out) from the so-called "street artist", who, despite gaining notoriety for first plying his trade on city walls, has strived to elude the misnomer in his professional career. A show of this kind has never before been mounted for Phil, whose imagery usually begins on canvases before spilling over onto all matter of physical ephemera, from baseball bats and footballs, to old mattresses, glass bottles, BMX bikes, and even suitcases, and proved to be an amazing spectacle in its well contained uniformity. Of course, Frost's fanbase was out in numbers to greet their art hero and art collector and onetime funnyman MIKE MEYERS even patiently waited his turn in line for a photo with Philly Phil followed by chants of "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy," obviously not in reference to his performance in "The Love Guru." HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///FIRST LOOK///TOMOO GOKITA’S “CHAMPION CARNIVAL” AT ATM GALLERY

March 19, 2009  |  art, News, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Perpetually one of our favorite young artists, Japanese painter TOMOO GOKITA never ceases to amaze with his unique and fluidly executed monotone visions. Moving effortlessly between pure abstract and his more recognizable hybrid figurative style, Gokita has created a beautiful body of solemn new work for his enthusiastically titled "Champion Carnival" show at NYC's top-notch ATM GALLERY. Notoriously tight-lipped about his aesthetics and their meaning, the artist as always manages to maintain an air of unfettered mystery about his ghostly works by shunning self-reverent manifestos and self-penned dissertations, choosing instead to observe one of the modern world's most underrated virtues: silence. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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