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Last year we first mentioned the thrilling New York-based Greek artist Panos Tsagaris. To our great excitement, the 14th of this month marked the day that the work of the artist crossed the ocean and travelled to Brussels once more (after his show at BOZAR), where it is being exhibited at Pascaline Smets’ inspirational Stems Gallery. Given the moniker ‘apocatastasis’, the exhibition features two series of works; on the one hand the truly incredible ‘Golden Newspapers’ works on paper, next to a group of dark shaded abstract paintings. Despite its differences, the two series are very connected – aesthetically and conceptually – inspired by the same search for the emanation of the Divine which is the great motivation in all of Tsagaris’ creations. Combining a societal arena of great relevance in subject-matter (the financial crisis in Greece) and immaculate style, Tsagaris’ works are a hybrid of extraordinary aesthetics and a sharp thought-provoking frame, making it the epitome of what in our eyes great contemporary art could (or should) be. read more…

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We recently discovered the beautiful work of Glasgow School of Art graduate Euphrosyne Andrews, who’s not just blessed with a first name reminding of an ancient Greek goddes, but also with a remarkable talent in creating incredible motifs which she applies in multiple numbers on different materials. Motivated by the modern conflict between the ornamental motif and the multiple, Andrews plays with typical procedures applied in traditional print methods; always aiming to change the traditional process by incorporating techniques inspired by modern printmaking, searching for a unique contemporary hybrid between decorative and fine arts. Subsequently, in the exhibition of her work, she underlines her vision by presenting her processes on various materials, ranging from textile to paper, creating the best possible framework on the intersection between the applied and fine arts, where her work can be fully appreciated. read more…

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We continue to stay in Japan, bringing you another Japanese artist whose exceptional work we recently discovered – in this case through a feature by the always inspirational Phases Magazine. Although the excellently curated platform almost always succeeds in curating captivating imagemakers, the work of photographic artist Yuichiro Higashiji stands out in the most subtle way possible. Reminding us strongly of the work of another photographic imagemaker which we hold in the highest esteem; Adam Jeppesen, the Japanese photographer’s works from the principle of reproducing his images to the point of fading. In this proces a fascinating dynamic is instilled through which his – in the case of his ‘Everybody Knows, Nobody Knows’ series – grainy black and white representations come to life and fade away, almost mimicking the way affect and memory are sometimes stimulated in the brain. As a result the series of images by Higashiji become their own profound kind of projection on anyone who takes the time to really indulge in the images. read more…

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During the weekend of the 5th of February, Amsterdam will welcome a new initiative by the name of MONO JAPAN. The debuting event organized by the Japan Cultural Exchange offers a stage to acclaimed Japanese masters of traditional practices next to the new generation of ambitious and enthusiastic creators from the country famous for its craftsmanship and design vision. The inspirational new platform has curated a diverse selection of exhibitors, presenting their products which range from pottery, washi (paper), textile, clothing and furniture to teas, sakes and art in the iconic rooms of the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy. Out of this beautiful lot of ambassadors of the Land of the Rising Sun we particularly love the work of multidisciplinary artist Ryo Okamoto, who is present with fellow artist Daimon Kanno, to introduce his totally unique, yet very Japanese vision on contemporary art. read more…

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As much as we love elegant well-balanced design, it are those makers who create with a similar precision, but always inhabiting a certain element of friction, who continue to stand out rather than loose real relevance over time. Among the artist who have proven to be just that; exquisitely precise but always finding ways to be represent friction into in their case timeless sculptural creations based on animals and nature – full of humor – are the French artist duo Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, who have inspired us with their timeless work since we discovered it through the Yves Saint Laurent art sale in 2009. Following a retrospective exhibition in 2009, inspired by the death of François-Xavier, last month on the 12th of December, the Paris-based Galerie Mitterrand opened another grande exhibition devoted to extraordinary work of Les Lalanne, celebrating 40 years of collaboration between the artists and Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand, and 25 years with the gallery. This exhibition is the opportunity to discover (or rediscover­) the art works of this internationally renowned, extremely talented couple of sculptors. read more…

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Giacometti — At AnOther

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Although the project was first presented (to great critical acclaim and public amazement) in 2012 at The Barbican in London, last November’s (second) reprise of the extraordinary ‘Rain Room’ by Random International at LACMA in Los Angeles continues to be one of our clear favorites in sensory design, being some of the most gracious construction we’ve encountered in the last few years. The London-based innovative studio brought its installation to LA via Shanghai, where it was also shown – partly simultaneously with its presence in the USA – during the last months of 2015, proving interest in the work to be worldwide. The highly elegant ‘Rain Room’ is an immersive environment of perpetually falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. It offers visitors an opportunity to experience what is seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain. The creation presents a respite from everyday life and an opportunity for sensory reflection within a responsive relationship. read more…

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Last month we discovered the extraordinary ‘Yo + Yo’ project by New York-based Brazilian typographic artist and graphic designer Yomar Augusto. The start of the new project leads all the way back to a period between 1960 and 1962, during which Augusto’s father was deployed to the Gaza Strip as part of the United Nations emergency force where he combined his work as a soldier with photography. The insightful images he shot there show the daily life inside the military compound, the region and numerous charismatic self portraits of the young lieutenant. As fans of vintage photographs with a beautiful weathered look these images really appeal to us to begin with, but Yomar’s vision to hybridize his personal talents with their shared passion for photography makes ‘Yo + Yo’ a next level project of a son who’s father died when he was 5 years old. Having printed the photographs on 1 meter wide paper, Yomar adds a distinct layer of both typography and graphics, giving the images a strong new meaning, both on the mentioned deep personal level, but even more as remarkable imagery with an extraordinary raw aesthetic. read more…

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On this wonderful day right at the beginning of the new year – but more importantly at the start of the life of a beloved newborn (!) – we will begin our writings in 2016 with a great find of some months ago. With a newfound introspective focus on what really inspires us, rather then just sharing those projects which are universally considered to be relevant or influential, we turn to the art painting once more. British artist Kes Richardson gained international recognition in the first years of the century through his hard-edged, graphic paintings based on internet pornography, followed by a phase of more abstract imagery of female bodies. Yet, for some years now he has moved all the way beyond most familiar shapes into the geometric abstract, through which he really caught our attention when we discovered his incredible ‘Garden Paintings’ series, which was presented to the public by London-based Fold Gallery in 2013. read more…

The amazing work of Germans Ermičs, as shared on Arcademi 

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We discovered the talented Dutch painter Jurre Blom when his work was exhibited in last Summer’s graduation show of the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. Clearly standing out in the multi-story building filled with fine art graduate work, the captivating realistic paintings of Jurre even proved to be amongst our favorites from all Dutch academies, if not the favorite. The artist, being a child of the digital era, creates work directly representing remarkable scenes he finds on the internet. With an endless stream of photographs being unleashed every day, this field of inspiration proves to serve him endlessly. Rather unusual frames portraying familiar situations, often-times evoking a sense of awkwardness or discomfort, but always succeeding to intrigue – the photographs Blom selects are personal insights found through numerous chains of visually similar image searches through Google images, starting from his personal database of photographs of ‘in between’ moments. Keep an eye on this highly promising name! read more…

Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing’s icebergs for COP21at Place du Panthéon, Paris – as seen on purple ART

Roberto Almagno’s wood sculptures defy all sense of gravity. as shared on Wallpaper*

The amazing Daniel Arsham forms broken figure from crystal and volcanic ash. As shared on Designboom

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Through the insightful feature by our friends over at yatzer, we couldn’t but notice the incredible retrospective on one of the most important contemporary multidisciplinary artists from Belgium; Jan Fabre. Thirty years ago him and gallery holder Mark Deweer started an impressive collaboration, which is translated into the exhibition ’30 Years / 7 Rooms’, celebrating these thirty years of collaboration for another two weeks at Deweer Gallery in Otegem, Belgium. It extends over all the exhibition spaces of the gallery and is divided into seven themed rooms, built especially for the occasion. ’30 Years / 7 Rooms’, in this way, presents a broad overview of the first historic objects, drawings, sculptures and installations, up to the latest works. The exhibition offers an exceptional opportunity to become acquainted with the most important groups of works in the oeuvre of Jan Fabre in a unique dramaturgy, created especially by the artist. A must visit! read more…

The Man who Bears the Cross: Inside the Creative Mind of Jan Fabre as shared on Yatzer

Check out Be Paper, a new place to get some really nice prints to cover the walls.

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On the 17th of November, London-based The Redfern Gallery opened the third solo exhibition by one of our favorite contemporary British painters, Danny Fox. The new work of the self-taught St. Ives-born and London-based artist has moved on to become less calligraphic, more solid, but maintaining his signature fluidity. The inspiration for Danny’s paintings continues to have strong roots in the heritage of the European Masters, where the subject matter still is the artist’s unique non-sentimental vision of cowboys, indians, strippers, cavalryman and those (like himself) who like to drink more than they should. The color palette is as punchy as before, applied more solid compared to his older eclectic works, still grabbing one’s gaze by the horns and sucking it into the little narratives they portray. With Danny’s star rising in the art world, part of the new works were created through new friends like painter Patrick Heron, who invited him to stay in his old St. Ives studio and a period in Los Angeles, in which he always maintained his fast paced production of some of the most exciting work being created today. read more…

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We are very inspired by the incredible ‘Atmosphere’ series of Chili-born, Berlin-based Macarena Ruiz-Tagle. The images of the artist are immaculately painted on paper, resembling color field paintings to perfection. Each of the works show a different mix of pigments that plays with the viewers’ perception and mood, being the result of an extensive physical movement training process of meticulously hand made accumulation of gradual degrees of saturation. When observed from close, there is a detailed pigmentation of the paper, and from a distance, the color vibration appears to the eye in an effort to focus the wandering mesmerizing tinted-air surface with blurry edges, forming a perfect vision of what the incredibly talented artist sees as atmospheres. read more…

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On the 31st of October the Paris-based gallery Air de Paris opened ‘Love is Never Enough’ by the exciting art collective Claire Fontaine, presenting a new selection of works revolving around the emotional bankruptcy of our times. The title of the exhibition suggests that our need for love is almost unlimited and it cannot be satisfied by the current configuration of society but also that in our world, more than ever before, good intentions cannot be carried out without material means. The exhibition tackles the issues of exclusion and inclusion, security and fear, through the conceptual use of diverse medias. When in Paris make sure to catch the exhibition by one of the more exciting contemporary collectives active, before it closes at the end of December. read more…

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In these troubled times with some people from different ends strongly engaged in polarizing the world, the inspirational work of Moroccan-born Najia Mehadji, who spent most of her childhood and teenage years in Paris, should be seen as the perfect union between the cultures of the East and the West. Since we encountered the extraordinary paintings of the Paris- and Lamssasa-based artist we’ve been very inspired by her intellectual approach, fine technique and remarkable focus on and play with form. Her most recent series named ‘Enroulement’ inhabits everything -the familiar living and generative network of volumes floating on the canvas- which makes Najia Mehadji an undisputed favorite of ours in contemporary painting and living proof of the intrinsic value of cultural exchange rather than aggressive isolation. If only more people would see this… read more…

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At the end of this Summer, British artist Pryce Lee’s first solo show in Amsterdam opened at The Garage. The new and highly anticipated body of work named ‘Ceasefire’ sees the artist explore the meaning of ceasefire, the culturally charged term after which the show is named. Both in its appeal by politicians and in its definition, ceasefire has become an ambiguous and often murky term. With this new installation Lee thrusts the question of its meaning centre stage by invoking icons of peace and war to explore the intent and meaning of a word that has become increasingly part of political parlance while its outcomes have become less clear. When in Amsterdam make sure to see this extraordinary show! read more…

Daniel de Paula showcases collection of rock samples in São Paulo – as shared on Wallpaper* Magazine