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ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND

By Tom Ran

Published: April 18, 2014 under Art

Margaret Kilgallen Left: "Untitled" 2000; Right:  "Untitled" 2000

Photo: Margaret Kilgallen

An exhibition for the late Margaret Kilgallen is few and far between. An exhibition for a group of artist that she was a part of is almost non existent. Kilgallen and a few of her contemporaries were part of an art group during the early 1990s that has come to be known as the Mission School. During that period, they neither called themselves that or considered it a movement. They were like minded, collaborative, and brought together a creative energy that would have been regarded as outsider art. Their artwork has been widely embraced by institutions and collectors. Over a decade later, an exhibition that features five artist from that school are part of an exhibition titled ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND: MISSION SCHOOL. Over 125 works by Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri will be on view at Grey Art Gallery at NYU. The exhibition opened yesterday and will be up till July 12th.

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Coming Soon by Kim Gordon

By Tom Ran

Published: April 18, 2014 under Art

Kim Gordon at the Fitzpatrick-Leland House where her latest exhibition <i>Coming Soon</i> is held.

Photo: Gagosian Gallery

Contemporary Art in a mid-century modern environment, that’s the setting for Kim Gordon’s latest exhibition. Rather than a white wall gallery, Coming Soon takes over the famed Fitzpatrick-Leland House designed by Rudolph Schindler located in Laurel Canyon. The environment in which it’s shown is so much a part of the work itself. The exhibition is part of Gordon’s Design Office project, a practice she began in 1980. It’s a reflective process in which the artist intervenes into the lifestyle of a client, where objects are placed haphazardly in a "lo-fi aesthetic.” Her Wreath Paintings are displayed throughout the house some properly mounted to the wall while other rest on the floor as if the installation had been unfinished. This imperfect setting is meant to evoke an active workspace, an evolving situation that hearkens back to the title itself. Remnants of the paint still adorn the floors, Gordon worked in the basement of the house for two weeks to create the body of work. Though her paintings are categorized as wreathes they take on other natural forms, whether they be an eclipse, a nucleus of a storm, or the pupil within the iris, its left for interpretation. “Coming Soon” is presented by the Gagosian Gallery and will be on view till April 26th.

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Stephen Powers Drawings

By Tom Ran

Published: March 26, 2014 under Art

A sample illustration from Stephen Powers.

Photo: Stephen Powers

Stephen Powers, the lyrical wordsmith known for his Love Letter murals to cities and bodega-like signs has shown publicly, on the streets, and privately, in galleries for well over a decade. Though Jeffrey Deitch exhibited his work throughout the aughts he was never represented by any gallery. So he’s been able to take on art sales on his own, managing the prices himself through his Icy Signs shop in Brooklyn and online through newsletters. Yesterday he sent out an email offering hand sketches in his familiar style of clustered phrases. Powers is a master of quotable nuggets like “your ever after is all I’m after” or “everything is shit except you my love.” His word phrases are filled with blocky lettering, supplemented with literal and figurative illustrations. He’s selling his sketches for $500 a piece. Email him at espoprints@gmail.com if you’re interested.

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Geoff McFetridge / MOVE

By Tom Ran

Published: March 19, 2014 under Art

Left: MOVE a group show curated by Rich Jacobs; Right: "The Trap" by Geoff McFetridge

Photo: Rich Jacobs and Geoff McFetridge

A couple of art shows of note for our readers in Copenhagen and LA. Meditallucination is the latest solo exhibition from Geoff McFetridge at V1. He continues to explore his minimal style using flat hues and composition. The exhibition will showcase 13 new paintings on canvas and opens this Friday, March 21st. Artist Rich Jacobs has been curating his MOVE art shows for well over a decade and in turn had cultivated a scene and discovered many new artists. The latest MOVE takes place at & Pens gallery in Culver City. The exhibition opened Saturday and will be on view till April 8th.

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Zim&Zou

By Tom Ran

Published: March 18, 2014 under Art

Paper works from Zim&Zou

Photo: Zim&Zou

Paper sculptures aren’t recognized or treated as a respectable art form, maybe because of its ephemeral nature or it’s association with childhood crafts. However, there are artists that are creating some incredible forms with the material. Irving Harper, the legendary designer that worked under George Nelson published a book on his paper sculptures last year and a younger generation of artists are following suit. Zim&Zou are among the standouts in this field. They’re creating intricately sculpted and detailed works with a temporary material. (via Colossal)

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works From the Collection of Alexis Adler

By Tom Ran

Published: March 4, 2014 under Art

Untitled (Transistors)

Photo: Christie's

From 1979 to 1980, Alexis Adler and Jean-Michel Basquiat were roommates in a small East Village Apartment. She worked at a biology lab and he was still an unknown artist. They were an odd couple that made it work for about a year. His canvas was the surface of everything in the apartment. From bathroom doors and walls to the clothes on their backs. After 35 years, Adler has decided to part with much of the collection. Through Christie’s she will be auctioning off 39 works from that time. Sweatshirts, jumpsuit, notes, and many untitled pieces of work will be sold online. The auction will be accompanied with an exhibition where you will be able to see first hand all the pieces as well as others that will not be a part of the sale. Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works From the Collection of Alexis Adler will be on view now until March 28th. The online auction will conclude on the 17th. (via NYPost)

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Photo: Rose Callahan

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