Flash Back to the ’70s with John Wesley

A pop art pioneer whose works are equally minimal and surreal, Los Angeles-born, idiosyncratic painter John Wesley is back on view in his 34th solo show in New York since 1963. Rather than presenting new pieces this time around, however, Wesley’s show at Fredericks & Freiser offers a fresh look at seminal paintings from the early 1970s, a playful period in the artist’s quirky body of work. His “superflat” pictures— created long before Takashi Murakami coined the term — portray vampires, soldiers, perverts, vamps, and slaves. With a succinct style and limited palette, Wesley’s psychologically charged images capture whimsical moments that are ultimately timeless. … Read More

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Reiner Riedler’s Fake Holidays

Snow skiing in Dubai? Discovering Mount Rushmore and the US Capital building in China? These are the strange scenarios and simulations that occupy the photographs of Reiner Riedler. The Austrian documentary photographer turned his camera on the illusory worlds of theme parks in Asia, Europe, and the US with startling results. A dynamic solo show in Vienna and a new coffee-table book flaunt his images of virtual worlds and manmade paradises. … Read More

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Erik Parker’s Psychedelic Headcases

A visionary painter inspired by underground comics, graffiti, hip-hop, noise music, and conspiracy theories, as well as the art of Picasso, Bacon, and Basquiat, Erik Parker makes portraits of fantastical characters that are frightening in physical appearance and visually compelling in color and form. His current show at Faurschou in Copenhagen focuses completely on heads, which exquisitely exploit both psychological and psychedelic realms. … Read More

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Gender Check: Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe

Shows that examine the roles we play as men and women in contemporary society are fairly common in the West, but prior to the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, little was known about how Eastern European artists were handling this topic. Social realism depicted men and women in Eastern Europe in the role of the heroic worker; in the 1960s, “unofficial art” began to question that reality. Gender Check, at Vienna’s Museum of Modern Art, considers the development of male and female roles in art since that time. … Read More

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CIRCA ’10: Art in Puerto Rico

Art fairs, for the most part, took a holiday break after Art Basel Miami Beach, but now they’re back in full force. Three international fairs kick off the new year this weekend: Art First Bologna 2010 in Italy, CIRCA Puerto Rico ’10 in San Juan, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary. Art First, which is back for its 34th edition, boasts 270 exhibitors, and the new Art LA Contemporary has a strong line-up with 56 galleries; but we’re putting our chips on CIRCA ’10 — and not just because gambling is legal in Puerto Rico. … Read More

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Art Cinema: The World Beyond YouTube

Video art was a suspicious, outsider’s medium not long ago. To be sure, it has paradigms, heroes, and conventions — which new generations are feeling confident enough to subvert — but from the ancient perspective of the art-historical canon, it’s an adolescent. Perhaps due to this aura of youthfulness, or maybe because video-based art is very like tiny, short movies, we can’t get enough of it. And at the center of all the fuss is Remote Viewing curator and Art Cinema author Paul Young, whose current LA exhibition culled from the LOOP Video Art Fair is the equivalent of an indie blockbuster. … Read More

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Demons, Yarns & Tales: Tapestries by Contemporary Artists

A means of artistic production that has fallen by the wayside because of cost and conservationist concerns, tapestry is a historical medium that yields rich results. Every now and then, someone invests the time and money to commission artists to reinvent this age-old art form, but few have approached it on the ambitious scale of Banners of Persuasion, a London-based art organization that recently charged 15 contemporary artists with turning their best imagery into woven works of art. Previously previewed in London and Miami, a selection of these exquisite editions is now on view at James Cohan Gallery in New… Read More

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Blurred Boundaries: Art Meets Fashion in Two Dynamic Shows

Artists and fashion designers are continuously inspiring one another. Artists draw on fashion photography and designs as sources to integrate into their work and manipulate, while designers tap painters and sculptors for new patterns and forms. Two dynamic shows — Dress Codes at New York’s International Center of Photography and The Art of Fashion at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam — currently explore the blurring of boundaries between these creative fields. … Read More

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Gerhard Richter: A Master of Abstraction

Arguably the greatest living painter working today, Gerhard Richter is a master of every style and genre of the medium. Richter is a recognized contributor to pop art, minimalism, neo-expressionism, photo-realism, and abstraction who has made portraits, landscapes, and still-lives. A major retrospective of Richter’s large abstract paintings traveled to two cities in Germany last year, and now New York’s Marian Goodman Gallery hosts his latest experiments with abstraction. … Read More

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Looking Back: Five Years of Artkrush Covers

Artkrush launched in March 2005 with a mission to cover the most innovative art and design coming out of cultural capitals worldwide. We’ve featured art fairs, biennials, and roundups of recent trends; reviewed shows from Mumbai to Moscow; highlighted the hottest emerging talents; interviewed the day’s sharpest artists, designers, and curators; and reported on breaking art and design news and essential publications. Looking back, to mark the end of the decade and our own first half-decade, we’ve compiled five years of Artkrush covers into a sparkling, new slideshow. … Read More

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