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Finland Honors Gay Icon With Leather Daddy Postage Stamp  
4/16/14 Posted 4/16/14

via Itella Posti I need a Finnish pen pal. This fall Finland's postal service, Itella Posti, is releasing a new series of stamps paying homage to legendary homoerotic illustrator Touko Laaksonen aka Tom of Finland. Laaksonen's iconic hyper-masculine drawings helped give rise to fetish art and made an incredible impact on gay culture. During a career spanning from the '50s to the '70s, Laaksonen produced over 3,500 illustrations challenging sexual norms and popular tropes while giving leather... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Hiroko Sakai  
4/16/14 Posted 4/16/14

(Image: Hiroko Sakai, I Believe, Oil on Canvas; © Hiroko Sakai) Hiroko Sakai (b. Izuka City, Japan) Hiroko Sakai is a Japanese artist, and has been living and working in San Francisco California since 1998. The intense passion that she conveys in her art has inspired deep expressions of emotion in viewers over the years. "San Francisco, with its vibrant arts culture, became my second home and was a source of much inspiration. My differences are my strength and I can combine... [more]

20140411095225-tanaami__collage_book_5_12__1969-1972___1969 Keiichi Tanaami - Collages  
Keiichi Tanaami at Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin > Berlin
May 3rd - July 31st
Posted 4/16/14

Women, erotic scenes, superheroes, robots and comic characters inhabit the glaring, opulent universe of Keiichi Tanaami's collages. Their imagery is intensive, rich in colors and motives, and visually overwhelming. The works presented at the Gallery Gebr. Lehmann in Berlin come from the late 1960s and the early 1970s. They were created shortly after Keiichi Tanaami's stay in the USA and reflect his fascination with the aesthetics of Pop Art and Flower Power. Film industry, music culture and also gr... [more]

20140326233304-00120140327 NGMA and the Amrita Sher-Gill retrospective  
Amrita Sher-Gil at National Gallery Of Modern Art - NGMA Bengaluru > India
March 30th - April 30th
Posted 4/15/14

Let me start with a small proviso which may get me booted out of your reading list. I saw the exhibition at the NGMA in New Delhi. However, given my views on the Bangalore NGMA (, I'm pretty sure the exhibition will be similiar. ah well, here goes nothing.. If theres one painter from India people have heard of, chances are that it's Amrita Sher-Gill. She lived for only 28 years (1913- 1941) across two continents in four countries, was famous for her personal life (... [more]

Mutual Wave Machine Experience at SVC 2014 (via Art Nerd SF)  
4/15/14 Posted 4/15/14

Mutual Wave Machine concept, Courtesy of the Marina Abromovic Institute The Mutual Wave Machine had its U.S. premiere last night at Silicon Valley Contemporary, and Art Nerd San Francisco contributor Ashley Gardini and I had the very first exclusive experience. Conceived from Marina Abramović’s desire to get into her own experience through “brain visualization”, the piece was created by artists Suzanne Dikker and Matthias Oostrik with Peter Burr, Matthew Patterson Curry, Diederik Schoorl, Oliver Hes... [more]

Highlights From Silicon Valley Contemporary (via Art Nerd SF)  
4/15/14 Posted 4/15/14

As the first South Bay art fair Silicon Valley Contemporary was met with a little resistance, but in the end it was highly attended and the art was pretty great. Many visitors left in hopes that SVC would return next year. Here are the pieces we thought about “writing home” about, or better, to you. 1. Kate Gilmore, Rock. Hard. Place., 2012, HD video David Castillo Gallery, Miami This video piece was not only an aesthetic delight (mesmerizing, really) but quite funny and the artist... [more]

Round 2 Showcase Winners Announced  
4/14/14 Posted 4/14/14

The Round 2 Showcase Winners have been selected. Be sure to check them all out here! Stay tuned, the Juried Winners for Round 2 will be announced next week. Round 2 Jurors: Juliette JongmaDirector, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam. Galerie Juliètte Jongma opened its doors in 2004 in the De Pijp area of Amsterdam. The gallery’s focus is on representing a wide range of national and international artists both in an early and a more established stage in their carreer. The gallery represents artists... [more]

20140414223418-photo5_aiweiwei Fighting for Freedom - Four Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum - Reprinted from Woman Around Town  
at Brooklyn Museum of Art > New York
April 14th - April 14th
Posted 4/14/14

Fighting for Freedom – Four New Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum Published on Woman Around Town Sunday, April 13th, 2014 by Mary Gregory on Playing Around Four exhibitions focused on the intersection of art and human rights will be on display this spring and summer at the Brooklyn Museum. The curators have arranged for them to be on view at the same time, to spark a conversation about the way art reflects and effects changes in society. (Top photo: Ai Weiwei, Ai Weiwei in the Elevator When Taken into Custody by the Police, Courtesy of A... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Sherry Wacker  
4/12/14 Posted 4/12/14

(Image: Sherry Wacker, Wild Horse, 2010, 1964 Mustang Grill Emblem on Airbrushed Steel Sheet With Rope Frame, 38 X 48 X 6 Inches; © Sherry Wacker) Sherry Wacker (b. 1950, Baltimore) Horsepowered Memories, airbrushed images combined with car parts and other objects, is my latest series. These works are about the decades of the Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials. The goal of these pieces is to make us feel exploded with the memories of our past and then to think abo... [more]

It's Gallery Weekend Berlin Time! Feature Your Art in Our Special Edition Coverage.  
4/10/14 Posted 4/10/14

As one of the foremost contemporary art events in Germany, Gallery Weekend Berlin lures international collectors, curators, artists, and critics in for two days and nights of non-stop art appreciation. This May fifty of the city’s top galleries will unveil their very best for a frenzied weekend of openings, exhibitions, and parties. Pop the champagne and pick up a canape! Now's your chance to feature your artwork in our Gallery Weekend Berlin Special Edition! FEATURE YOUR... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Claire Reid  
4/9/14 Posted 4/9/14

(Image: Claire Reid, The Squirrel, Oils on Canvas, 20 X 20 X 1.5 Inches; © Claire Reid) Claire Reid (b. 1973, south shields) I am a self taught award winning Artist from Tyne and Wear and I have loved art since I was a young. But it wasn’t until 2011 that I truly went back into art. My work is about things that I love, from trees, scenery to birds and animals and people who have influenced my life. All of my work is oils on canvas and is hand painted. I paint from home as I am agorap... [more]

20140313014942-kunstsammlung_k20_malewitsch_01 A Symbol of a Future World  
Wassily Kandinsky, Kasimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian at K20 GRABBEPLATZ > Worldwide Düsseldorf
April 5th - July 6th
Posted 4/9/14

White is the first thing that strikes one entering the Infinite White Abyss at K20 Grabbeplatz. Not necessarily Kandinsky’s white, although his masterpiece greets the visitor, but rather the white of the exhibition space itself, an island of haute-design white floating in the middle of a black gallery cube. Also, watch your step – the white space is necessarily and symbolically raised just 3 cm above floor level and that edge is (perhaps also symbolically) unmarked. Falling unwarned... [more]

20140409060257-april-image Yes, your review HERE! welcomed.  
Heather Barstow, David Bechtol, Nancy Bechtol, Eric Dinse, Walter Fydryck, Brian Garay, Adam Helman, Kat Van Horn, Laz, Frank Mascenic, Joe Mazzone, Michael Platt, Kirk Rohrbaugh, John Tyszko, James Vellner at Lost Artists Chicago > Chicago
April 12th - April 12th
Posted 4/9/14

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Announcing ArtSlant Prize Round 2 Jurors  
4/8/14 Posted 4/8/14

Announcing the Round 2 Jurors for the ArtSlant Prize 2014 Francesca GavinVisual Arts Editor, Dazed, London. Francesca Gavin is a writer and curator based in London. She is the Visual Arts Editor of Dazed & Confused, a Contributing Editor at, Twin, AnOther and Sleek magazine. Gavin is the author of five books including The Book of Hearts, 100 New Artists and Hell Bound, published by Laurence King. She curated exhibitions at spaces including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris,... [more]

Bavaria Reaches Agreement with Munich Art Hoarder on Schwabing Art Trove  
4/8/14 Posted 4/8/14

Cornelius Gurlitt, photo by Markus Hannich Officials will continue to investigate the “Schwabing Art Trove” for Nazi looted art; pieces not under investigation will be returned “without delay.” Those are the conditions of the agreement reached by Bavarian officials and Nazi-era art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt, who’s been a focus of media attention since officials seized over 1,400 pieces (valued at $1.3 billion) from his home in Munich two years ago. The agreement was... [more]

Sotheby's Hong Kong Sees 9 Record Breaking Sales for Asian Artists  
4/7/14 Posted 4/7/14

Zhang Xiaogang, Bloodline: Big Family No. 3, via Sotheby's A slowing economy does not seem to be stalling demand in China’s growing art market. Sotheby’s Hong Kong closed Saturday with record auction sales totaling $86 million, breaking nine records for Asian artists and bringing the auction house to some $140 million in sales in the first three days of its spring auctions. Included in Saturday’s sales was Contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodline: Big Fami... [more]

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