7 MUST-SEE ART EXHIBITIONS IN FEBRUARY 2022

PAUL LASTER, GALERIE MAGAZINE, February 8, 2022

From emerging talents to discover to seasoned practitioners experimenting with new techniques, these shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles are not to be missed.

 

In a new column, Galerie scours commercial galleries across the U.S., from New York to Chicago, San Francisco to Los Angeles, to present the art exhibitions that shouldn’t be missed each month. Highlighting painting, photography, sculpture, drawing and ceramics, this month’s must-see shows take you from coast to coast, while delving deeper into America’s creative capitals for noteworthy art that lift the spirits and engage the mind.

 

Tomokazu Matsuyama at Kavi Gupta in Chicago

Constructing lusciously detailed paintings that reflect a global, intercultural community of nomadic people, of which he is a part, Tomokazu Matsuyama draws upon the consumerist nature and celebrity focus of American Pop art mingled with the more decorative Edo period aesthetics of his native Japan in his imagatively shaped-canvases. For “The Best Part About Us,” his first solo show with Kavi Gupta, the New York-based artist portrays a cast of young, fashionable characters in dreamy, floating world environments. In his recent paintings, stylishly dressed hipsters pose in colorful, flora-and-fauna-filled, manga-like realms, while his larger-than-life stainless-steel sculptures dissect the figures by pulling them apart and then strikingly restructuring them, like the robotic Transformer toys from our not-too-distant past. Through March 19.

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