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A Riot of Color at Art Basel Miami 2015

Out of This World, 1945 by Hans Hofmann. Collection of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. Gift of Dr. Paul Lambert Schmitz.

Out of This World, 1945 by Hans Hofmann. Collection of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU.
Gift of Dr. Paul Lambert Schmitz.

“The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color,” ~Hans Hofmann (1880-1966).

Headlining Miami’s Art Basel season this year is the exhibition Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU.

This Sunday’s Miami Herald ushered in Miami Art Week with a sweeping, two-page feature about the exhibition by George Fishman, read the lead story here.

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Hans Hofmann in front of his mural at 711 Third Avenue in New York City. Photo by Gene Lesser.

A towering figure among postwar New York School painters, Hans Hofmann is famed for his push/pull spatial theories and dynamic approach to color.

“Hans Hofmann was the linchpin for Abstract Expressionism, and the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU is thrilled to bring this first-ever show about Hofmann’s mural works to Miami for Art Basel season,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the museum’s director.

“Walls of Color provides valuable context for the history of collaboration between architects, artists and developers. A touchstone in a city like Miami. This aspect of Hofmann’s career will shed light on the wide-ranging ambitions of one of the most seminal artists of the 20th century,” adds Dr. Pomeroy.

This exhibition was organized by the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, with the support of the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust.

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Photos taken at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU.
Mural fragments, studies and sketches in the exhibition Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann.
The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust (WorldRedEye/Alejandro Chavarria)

Hofmann nurtured some of the most esteemed artists of the 20th century including:  Lee Krasner, Larry Rivers, Joan Mitchell, Red Grooms, Ray Eames and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Everyday Abstraction in Latin American Art

On Tuesday, Nov. 17. at 8:30pm REDCAT & SPACE present Abstraction and the Everyday in Latin American Art

Soto-Diaz, Mariángeles


Hosted will be distinguished Latin American artists Emilio Chapela, Rubén Ortiz-Torres and Mariángeles Soto-Díaz in conversation and moderated by SPACE Art Collection Chief Curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill along with REDCAT Gallery Director and Curator Ruth Estévez. 

The discussion is free of charge. Click here for free tickets.

 REDCAT 631 W 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012


This discussion is part of Abstraction in Action, a series of events on the subject of Contemporary Abstraction and its relevance across cultures, focusing in particular on Latin America, created through the SPACE Art Collection, which is housed at newly-debuted SPACE Headquarters in Irvine, California and is an integral division of SPACE, a visionary platform that unites entrepreneurship, art and technology.

SPACE Art Collection is the only collection in the United States focused on post 1990s Latin American Abstraction and is committed to inspiring and expanding the understanding of Latin American Abstraction within the global context. Please visit


John Felix Arnold ‘From Here’ to NYC

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Joseph Gross Gallery presents From Here, an exhibition of new works by Oakland, CA based artist John Felix Arnold III. This is Arnold’s first solo show with Joseph Gross Gallery. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on November 5th at 548 W. 28th St. from 6 to 9 p.m.

New Works by John Felix Arnold III
Exhibition Dates: November 5-25, 2015
Opening Reception: November 5th | 6-9 p.m.

From Here is a turning point in Arnold’s career. These stark pieces define themselves sharply against Arnold’s previously maximalist, densely detailed work in painting, collage, print, sculpture, and installation. This time around, Arnold is working by paring down. Utilizing twelve mixed-media pieces on wood panels and paper, he’s created a series that builds off of his earlier style by the process of effacement; a release of past convention necessary to regeneration.

Arnold is working within and simultaneously against his trademarks. Many pieces remain rooted in an older style of painting, but done-over in white paint, the ghosts of letterforms, panels from Akira, and giant robots linger in the background behind raw, red pastels and scribbled automatic writing. Others are dustbunny-like voids, black holes in the psyche that seem to tunnel themselves out of their frames.

The divergence in Arnold’s recent work is a direct outcome of intense personal growth for the artist. Created quickly in a two-month period, these smaller, more controlled pieces offer a sense of loss and isolation, but also that of trajectory and possibility – a departure from his past work exploring a post-apocalyptic vision between the organic and the mechanic. From Here addresses an entirely new kind of painting for the artist alongside his fresh worldview.

About the Artist
John Felix Arnold III was born in Durham, North Carolina and grew up moving between Durham and New York City. He graduated Pratt Institute in 2002 with a BFA in Communication Design and in 2006 moved to study Graduate Printmaking at San Francisco Art Institute. He has shown with SFMOMA, the Luggage Store Gallery, The Shooting Gallery, Joseph Gross Gallery, Spoke Art, BRIC Arts, and was a Spes-Lab Residency artist in Tokyo. He currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.

About Joseph Gross Gallery
Joseph Gross Gallery represents a stable of contemporary artists who exemplify the gallery’s commitment to pioneering genres and mediums. Located in the Chelsea art district of New York City, the gallery is the second New York space founded by Joseph Gross, a dealer working in both primary and secondary markets since 2005 who also founded ArtNowSF in San Francisco in 2005 and ArtNowNY in Chelsea in 2012. Joseph Gross is known for curating exhibitions that challenge convention and bring the most cutting edge images and ideas by today’s most exciting contemporary artists to the fore.

Blurred Lines: Public and Private Boundaries of Artist William Powhida

The Charlie James Gallery Downtown Los Angeles Presents William Powhida – MEDITATIONS
From the Artist’s Desk October 13th, 2015:
Nearly a decade ago I authored an artistic persona in the form of ‘William Powhida’ to critique and satirize the seemingly incompatible class relations in the art world. While my early works were framed in drawings and paintings that borrowed forms from traditional print media, I later began to blur the boundary between my public and private ‘character’ through social media, particularly Twitter. The Twitter platform was perfectly suited to short quips, prescriptive statements, and immediate judgments about the economy, politics, and of course, art. By using the platform for shit-talking, antagonizing other art world figures, and generally embodying the character ‘William Powhida’, any critical distance between life and work slowly eroded into a kind of generic oppositional and contrarian voice. The character ‘William Powhida’ on Twitter was not so different from the artist William Powhida as critical troll.
This convergence of my personal views and that of my fictional character have also mirrored the unsettling alignment of my critique of the art world and the trajectory of my art career. Despite the critical attitudes in the work, my reliance on sales and expectations for traditional forms of artistic success have diminished the very possibility of legitimate critique.
My new body of work for Charlie James is centered around a conversation both visual and textual between myself, ‘William Powhida’ (my bad idea), aesthetics (other people’s bad ideas), and the prevalence of the object in a post-internet (tech’s bad ideas), socially mediated / market oriented art world (Capitalism’s bad ideas). This ambivalent discourse is composed through a series of paintings that draw text fragments from my Twitter archive between 2009 and the present as well as a series of self-reflective You/I statements on paper.
William Powhida (b. 1976, New York) lives and works in New York. He studied painting at Syracuse University and earned an M.F.A. from the Hunter College program. He has exhibited internationally in New York, Los Angles, Seattle, London, Madrid, Miami, Chicago, Copenhagen, Austria, Dublin, and the Canary Islands. Recent shows include Unretrospective at Platform Gallery, Overculture at Postmasters Gallery, and Bill by Bill at Charlie James Gallery. His work has been discussed in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Art News, Artinfo, Artnet, Hyperallergic, Art F City among others. He has enjoyed and endured residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and Casa Maauad in Mexico City.
William Powhida will have his first solo museum show in the Fall of 2016 at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT.

Please Do Not Enter America’s Horror Hotel


Please Do Not Enter the one-of-a-kind curator of exclusive, contemporary art & design pieces in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles went behind the scenes this year on the set of  AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL starring LADY GAGA to talk about the unique production design of the Golden Globe FX Series. Featured are the first original artworks ever to be included in the show’s production, for artworks by Paris-based artist Arik Levy in the ominous Cortez Hotel.

We’re featuring the video here just because it’s a truly opulent example of how different art forms spectacularly influence and compliment one another and lead in to the American Horror season.  Who’s going Gaga this Halloween?

Video and still image courtesy of FX Networks and Arik Levy Studio

Jeff Tse’s Natural Beauty

Jeff Tse, Natural Beauty, Art

Opening Friday, November 6, in anticipation of the forthcoming photography book featuring his Tse Nature series, Jeff Tse will be exhibiting select works at Warehouse 416 in Oakland, CA. The opening reception will take place from 6-10pm during the Oakland Art Murmur First Fridays.

Tse defines his work as a play of light and form. He strives to create imagery that parallels sculpture more so than the two-dimensional photograph. A driving force in his work is his desire to translate subliminal aesthetic forms into imagery that is timeless and flawless. Whether shooting figurative subjects, couture, or the natural world, Tse’s ability to exemplify the splendor found in the natural shape and form of his subject, transcends the medium in which he does so. In NATURAL BEAUTY, works from the artist’s Tse Nature and Beauty series—shown in diptychs—demonstrate their individual strengths, while mirroring the aesthetic beauty of the other.

NATURAL BEAUTY showcases the varying forms of grace that can be found in the natural world—whether in the grooves of grain in a tree’s surface, or the curves and lines of the human form. The work highlights the aesthetic qualities of the subject matter, while providing an avenue for viewers to explore their own values surrounding notions of beauty and the importance of our natural surroundings. Tse’s goal is for the images to not only inspire others to recognize their sumptuousness, but also to understand the importance of the preservation of our natural environment. As part of Tse’s commitment to the nature that inspires his imagery, he donates a portion of sales to the Point Lobos Foundation, supporting Point Lobos State Natural Reserve—where many of his photographs are taken.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 6-10pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, November 14, 2-4pm
Exhibition: November 6 – 21, Saturdays, 1-5pm, or by appointment

Warehouse 416
416 26th Street
Oakland CA 94612

Jeff Tse, art

Jeff Tse grew up in Hong Kong and New York City. Picking up the camera as an adult, he quickly achieved acclaim as a successful sports photographer, publishing photographs of celebrity athletes—including Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton. Seeking to refine his imagery to a purer state, he moved to beauty and fashion photography, developing an enduring aesthetic that crosses genres. Having spent time living and working in Northern California, coupled with the artist’s couture history, Tse’s motivation is to highlight the organic beauty and simplicity found in his subjects. The artist’s latest series focuses on beauty found in the natural world. Inspired by great Naturalists such as Edward Weston and Georgia O’Keeffe, he takes on a widely varying set of subjects—from boletus and stone, to succulents and sand. Tse carefully selects specific objects, in the same manner in which a sculptor would choose the finest clay with which to work—those from which he can evoke inordinately pleasing forms. Tse’s work is found in major corporate, public, and private collections. His imagery has appeared in Elle, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure and Marie Claire, among others, with clients including Dior, John Frieda, Covergirl, and Fredric Fekkai.
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It Came to a Complete Stop…

Hovercraft Doggy has fascinated us for years with some of the most mind-blowing Art, Architecture, Design, Photography on the web.  No less today, we culled their pages for inspiration.  This one called “Complete Stop” definitely had its effect.

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