Posts Tagged ‘First Look’

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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TG bros down with the master, Chuck Close at his "Champion Carnival" opening...

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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STREET LIFE///JR ON THE LOOSE IN DELHI, INDIA

March 19, 2009  |  art, Graffiti, India, Lance Armstrong, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Supertouch buddy JR continues his global street art installation, "28MM: WOMEN" campaign with a new residency in Delhi, India. He checks in with us from the ancient city this week with a sneek peek at his latest handiwork. Fresh off an epic run of installations in Cambodia and Kenya, JR will no doubt have claimed all of Delhi as his personal outdoor art gallery by the time this new stage of his grand global plan is complete. Stay tuned to ST for more updates from the road...

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NYC///MUST SEE SHOW///RYAN McGINNESS’ “WORKS” AT DEITCH PROJECTS

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

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Graphic artist turned fine art phenom RYAN McGINNESS unleashed his latest campaign of visual shock and awe at DEITCH PROJECTS last week with the opening of his epic (and refreshingly straightforwardly-titled) "Works" exhibition. Timed to coincide with the release of his retrospective Rizolli book of the same name, the show finds the young artist in peak form working in an array of different media from his trademark heavily layered silk-screened icon paintings to fluid graphic sculptures in a dazzling spectrum of color and fluid form. Of course the opening was a who's who of NYC's downtown hipster elite and with pieces moving at a quick pace it seems that good art indeed beats a dead economy every time. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///ARMORY HIGHLIGHT: CAMILLE ROSE GARCIA’S “AMBIEN SOMNAMBULANTS” AT SCOPE

March 12, 2009  |  Armory, art, First Look, News, NYC  |  Comments Off

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"Don't Think About Doom," and "The End" make for a masterpiece of mixed messaging...

Another artist undeterred by the recent downturn in the art market at this year's annual ARMORY art fair was Supertouch homegirl CAMILLE ROSE GARCIA, whose solo "Ambien Somnambulants" show of new paintings and drawings was a major crowd pleaser at JONATHAN LEVINE's eponymous booth at SCOPE. While her goth girl aesthetic tendencies can sometimes be perceived as a downer, this year, her spooky cobwebs and Snow White-gone-wrong dreamscapes seemed impossibly cheery. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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SPAIN///FIRST LOOK///TAKASHI MURAKAMI AT THE GUGGENHEIM BILBAO

March 12, 2009  |  art, First Look, Japan, Murakami, News, Openings, Spain, Video  |  Comments Off

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As Japanese Pop Art master TAKASHI MURAKAMI's retrospective "© Murakami" show continues on its epic world tour, the grandiose GUGGENHEIM BILBAO museum plays host to its latest and most daunting stop to date. Settling into the swooping Frank Gehry-skinned art palace, the show—fresh off its recent stop in Frankfurt, Germany—replicates its general outlay previously established at the initial MoCA LA, and Brooklyn Museum stops, but this time the artist's epic painted and sculptural works are finally housed in a venue as aesthetically compelling as the whole of Murakami's oeuvre. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///FIRST LOOK///YOSHITOMO NARA ROCKS MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY

March 11, 2009  |  art, First Look, Japan, Nara, News, Openings, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Japanese art sensation (he’s bigger than Murakami in his native land) YOSHITOMO NARA brought some much-needed heat to NYC last week with his eponymous new show of paintings, drawings and large-scale constructions at MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY. Forming the centerpiece of the exhibition is a pair of large “Smurf houses” that double as mini art studios that were executed in conjunction with installation artists GRAF, who, together with Nara form the collective YNG (Yoshitomo Nara + Graf). Constructed from reclaimed wood, the forms of the two immense sculptures recall stylized tannenbaums, with their roof shingling evoking exaggerated tree needles. Small cutout windows and hanging lights punctuate the sculptures, providing them with the feel of a house or some surreal abode. The structures are hollow and present interiors replete with drawings and paintings all created in the artist's hand, and with a multitude of stuffed animals from fans selected by the artist. Though Nara has previously exhibited these types of moveable spaces before, the dwellings in this exhibition have a quieted sentiment to them. Each object within feels carefully considered in its placement. The frenzy of personal effects including photographs, CDs and beer cans, all evoking the turmoil and inspiration in the artist studio, has been removed. Instead the stillness of the structures, with their looming spires, presents a protective shell to the interiors. Though possible to peer into the structures and glimpse their holdings, they cannot be entered and the viewer must be content to remain on the exterior. The paintings, rendered on both canvas and wooden billboards, depict lone portraits of dreamy-eyed figures. Pencil and colored pencil drawings on found envelopes and discarded papers similarly parse the psychological landscape of their subjects. A dedicated rock fanatic Nara’s opening included live performances by Japanese bands by OORUTAICHI and M.A.G.O., proving that normally stuffy Gotham art openings can indeed rock and or roll. Nara is yet another artist participating in the "Stages" charity art show to benefit LANCE ARMSTRONG's anti-cancer LIVESTRONG foundation during his run in this year's Tour de France. Keep an eye on ST for more details coming soon. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///OPENINGS: MARS-1’S “NUCLEAR MYSTIC” AT JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY

February 24, 2009  |  art, News, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Mario keeps the ladies entertained with his futuristic visions...

The undisputed master of Sci-Fi abstract psychedelia, San Francisco-based painter MARS-1 (aka: Mario Martinez) continues to amaze with a new series of kaleidoscopic paintings and bronze sculptures in his new "Nuclear Mystic" show that just opened at Chelsea art hotspot JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY. Perhaps the most distinguishing aspect of Martinez' work is the painstaking detail that goes into each painting anchoring his seemingly abstract compositions with a seemingly incongruous dose of meticulous rendering. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///FIRST LOOK: KAWS’ “THE LONG WAY HOME” AT HONOR FRASER GALLERY

February 22, 2009  |  art, Feature, First Look, Graffiti, KAWS, LA, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

kawshf1.jpg KAWS' anxiously anticipated new show “The Long Way Home,” opened its doors to an absolutely massive crowd at HONOR FRASER gallery in LA last nite, with a queue that wrapped entirely around the block (and then some) for the duration of the frenzied two-hour opening. KAWS' incredibly well behaved legion of faithful followers did their best to make the Brooklyn-based artist feel welcome in his first west coast solo exhibition that featured new paintings (the largest of which went to collector and Supertouch buddy Lance Armstrong), sculptures, a 20" solid bronze Chum figure and a new series of "Kurfs" and Spongebob package paintings that were spoken for well before the opening festivities kicked off.

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