In the interest of keeping it light for summer, I decided to focus on art that evokes the beach. These pieces are deep, but all optimistic in tone and intention.

Tyson Reeder, Surf Shop

TYSON REEDER

Mr. Reeder’s Surf Shop caught my eye at the Independent fair. Tyson really is trying to have fun with his ordinary, day-to-day life observations. His figurative and abstract paintings are vivid and buoyant. He has fun with the power of art.

Canada
333 Broome Street
New York City
212-925-4631
canadanewyork.com

Alex Prager

ALEX PRAGER

Prager’s hugely popular series, Face in the Crowd, includes images that appear to have been taken on the beach. Really, they were taken on a soundstage. Each character, emotion, position, and dress is intentional. It is somewhat comical but also shows a disconnect among humans in our current media-overloaded culture.

Lehmann Maupin
407 Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Central, Hong Kong
852-2530-0025

536 West 22nd Street
New York City
212-255-2923
lehmannmaupin.com

Josh Smith, Untitled: 2014

JOSH SMITH

Who doesn’t love gazing at intensely colored palm trees? Josh Smith’s Unsolved Mystery show explored repetition of forms, colors, and themes. The palm tree paintings are at once abstract, but also common, easily reproduced patterns. Josh Smith seeks to create a conversation between originality and reproducibility in much of his work.

Massimo De Carlo
Via Giovanni Ventura 5
Milan
39-02-7000-3987

55 South Audley Street
London
+44 (0)20-7287-2005
massimodecarlo.com

Robin Rhodes, Breaking Waves

ROBIN RHODE

Robin Rhode was born in South Africa and is now based in Berlin. His work transforms urban environments into optimistic narratives. Breaking Waves, for example, has him surfing on a wall in the middle of the city. This piece is actually featured in U2’s video for “Every Breaking Wave.”

Lehmann Maupin
407 Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Central, Hong Kong
852-2530-0025

536 West 22nd Street
New York City
212-255-2923
lehmannmaupin.com

Kenny Scharf

KENNY SCHARF

This image was in Kenny’s recent show, Born Again, at Honor Fraser Gallery. Kenny explained he genuinely intends for art to be fun, and that he was very excited about this series. Many of us are familiar with his cartoonish characters. Here, he places them in unexpected landscapes originally painted by unknown artists. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

Honor Fraser
2622 South La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles
310-837-0191
honorfraser.com
Xx Lottie Dottie