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Craig & Karl’s intervention at Sai Lau Kok Garden in Hong Kong. Image courtesy of Craig & Karl

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Craig & Karl’s Trippy Touch Heats Up a Hong Kong Park

Craig Redman and Karl Maier have brought their exuberant installations to Bangkok shopping centers, Manchester United’s home stadium, and even the covers of Billboard. Now the duo known as Craig & Karl—who split time between New York and London—have landed in Hong Kong’s Sai Lau Kok Garden as part of the city’s Design District. Taking over the park’s upper areas as well as a bridge and balcony, the setting has been almost entirely transformed into a whimsical fantasia of geometric sculptures and bold chromatic hues. The old-meets-new character of nearby Tsuen Wan inspired the trippy graphics, which passersby are welcome to interact with until it closes on September 14.  —Ryan Waddoups

Goodman Gallery owner Liza Essers. Image courtesy of Goodman Gallery

Goodman Gallery, one of South Africa’s leading dealers, is expanding to New York City.

Goodman Gallery, founded in South Africa in 1966, is opening a new outpost in Manhattan on September 6. The move aims to give the gallery’s artist roster from Africa and the global South more exposure in the U.S. market. Unlike its existing spaces in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and London, the New York gallery will serve as an office and viewing room for “focused presentations.” Liza Essers, the gallery’s director, emphasizes that the expansion is geared toward connecting with New York museum representatives, journalists, and critics rather than collectors. The gallery has a storied history of showcasing work from underrepresented artists, especially during South Africa’s apartheid era. The New York location will feature artists like Kapwani Kiwanga, David Koloane, Misheck Masamvu, and Gabrielle Goliath. 

Despite local opposition, Peter Marino aims to build a new public park in Southampton.

Peter Marino, the architect known for dreaming up high-fashion boutiques for luxury brands (and his fair share of controversies), is slated to design a new public park on billionaire John Paulson’s ten-acre estate in Southampton. The project is facing backlash from locals, who argue the affluent area doesn’t need another public space and are concerned about potential traffic issues. Despite the opposition, the Lake Agawam Conservancy, Paulson, and Marino are moving forward with plans for the park, which aims to revitalize the “second most polluted lake” in New York and offer state-of-the-art water treatment facilities.

“Unchecked” (2021–23) by Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood. Image courtesy of Tin Man Art

Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood reveal new paintings that began as album art.

Thom Yorke, Radiohead’s lead singer, and artist Stanley Donwood are showcasing new paintings at London’s Tin Man Art gallery. The duo, who have collaborated on Radiohead’s album art since 1994, produced more than 20 paintings for this exhibition, titled “The Crow Flies Part One.” The artworks feature abstract forms layered over intricate, map-like drawings on vellum, using traditional painting techniques like egg tempera and water-based gouache. The exhibition runs until Sept. 10, with a second part scheduled for Dec. 6–10.

Tremaine Emory has departed Supreme after alleging systemic racism in the company.

Tremaine Emory, who joined Supreme as creative director in February 2022, has stepped down over allegations of systemic racism within the company. His departure comes after the brand’s management allegedly failed to communicate about the cancellation of a collaboration with Black artist Arthur Jafa. Emory’s tenure at Supreme was notable—he oversaw the Spring-Summer 2023 line, which received high praise, and Complex called his most recent collection the label’s “best season in years.” Supreme refuted Emory’s claims, stating the Jafa project hasn’t been canceled. Emory took to Instagram to reiterate his accusations, stating how he was labeled “racially charged” and “emotional” when he brought up systemic racism during a company meeting. He also revealed that James Jebbia, Supreme’s founder, agreed with his points and vowed to make changes within the company.

David Walsh is expanding his Mona museum in Hobart to feature a “dream library.”

David Walsh is expanding his Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Hobart, with a new underground space carved out of a sandstone cliff. The space will house Walsh’s extensive library, which includes rare first editions like Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. The new extension is being designed by Melbourne-based Fender Katsalidis Architects, the same firm behind Mona’s original building. Walsh expects the new space to be completed in two to three years. His wife, artist and Mona curator Kirsha Kaechele, shared on Instagram that the expansion is “coming along beautifully,” noting the “intensity of the sandstone” and “interesting metal deposits” in the tunnel walls.

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