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Dr. Lakra at the Drawing Center, New York

by Suzanne on February 23rd, 2011

Untitled (Murcielago y Demonio) by Dr Lakra, ink on vintage magazine, 2006 - click to enlarge

Gary Baseman's been doing it, Fumie Sasabuchi's been doing it, but I don't think anyone would want to argue that, at the moment, Dr. Lakra a.k.a. Jeronimo Lopez Flores (previously featured here) is the true king of the darkly tattooesque vintage mag reworks.

From this Friday until the end of April, New York's Drawing Center will be celebrating the doctor in a solo show of works on paper simply entitled Dr. Lakra. Details below.

Untitled (Muneca de Porcelana) by Dr Lakra, ink on porcelain doll, 2006 - click to enlarge

On show: Feb 25 - April 24, 2011

Address: The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10013, tel: 212-219-2166, email: info@drawingcenter.org | Map & Directions

Gallery hours: Wed: 12 – 6 PM, Thu: 12 - 8 PM, Fri - Sun: 12 - 6 PM

Preview show

Ray Caesar et al. at Jonathan LeVine's Anniversary Show

by Suzanne on March 17th, 2010

Arabesque by Ray Caesar, 2009

March seems to be the month for anniversary shows.

In Berlin, Strychnin just celebrated the 7 Year Itch, in Santa Monica, Hi-Fructose Magazine is currently holding celebrations for its 5th birthday (more later) and in New York, Jonathan LeVine who started out in Philly with Tin Man Alley, celebrates 5 years of hard slave work for the lowbrow / pop-surrealist / neo-fantastic / eye-candy / super-flat / christ-i-don't-know-what-to-call-it-anymore art.

The line-up is impressive and eclectic, to say the least. From urban art luminaries such as Blek Le Rat, Shepard Fairey, Calma and Invader over to sculpture and assemblage art represented by Adam Wallacavage and AJ Fosik on to the "classics" of christ-i-don't-know-what-to-call-it-anymore art like Ray Caesar, Ron English, Xiaoqing Ding, Scott Musgrove, Dave Cooper, Gary Baseman, Esao Andrews, Isabel Samaras, James Jean and further on to the phantasmagoric horrorscapes of Chris Mars and the subculture photo-realism of Dan Witz.

So yes, there's something for everyone!

... and hopefully, CAEK! (^_^)

Returns of the Day by Ray Caesar, 2009

On show: February 27 - March 27, 2010

Address: Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10011, USA, tel: 212-243-3822 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM

Featured artists (selection): Adam Wallacavage, AJ Fosik, Andrew Brandou, Andy Kehoe, Chris Mars, Dan Witz, Dave Cooper, Eric White, Erik Mark Sandberg, Esao Andrews, Gary Baseman, Isabel Samaras, James Jean, Miss Van, Ray Caesar, Ron English, Scott Musgrove, Stephan Doitschinoff (aka Calma), Xiaoqing Ding

Preview & opening photos

... and in totally unrelated news, I'm relieved and happy to say that I finally found the perfect male homo sapiens sapiens: Voilà! Sexeh!

Gary Baseman invades Spain & Italy

by Suzanne on June 29th, 2008

Nudestudy by Gary Baseman, 2007, mixed media

It seems Gary Baseman has set out to conquer the Italo-hispanic art world with his sugar rush-inducing oeuvre of doom (I haven't added "of doom" to anything in a while).

The show - peculiarly titled Knowledge Comes from Gas Release - will feature nearly 50 new works and is due to open Thursday at Iguapop Gallery in Barcelona, Spain.

Sadly, I haven't found any artwork previews on either Gary's nor Iguapop's site yet. Please keep checking both sites for further information.

According to Juxtapoz, The Baseman will then travel to Rome for a live painting performance at the Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo (Saturday, July 12) and to sign toys, books and new-born babies at MondoPOP Gallery (Sunday, July 13).

Below are the details for the Iguapop show.

Opening reception: Thursday, July 3, 2008

On show: July 3 - August 2, 2008

Opening times: Mon: 5 - 9 PM, Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 2:30 PM / 5 - 9 PM

Address: Iguapop Gallery & Shop, Comerç 15, 08003 Barcelona, Spain, tel:+34 933 100 735

Artist's website