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Openings: Swoon – “Submerged Motherlands” @ Brooklyn Museum

It’s been a long time coming and finally Swoon (interviewed) unveiled her massive installation at the Brooklyn Museum. Entitled Submerged Motherlands, this exhibition ties together many themes by the talented and dedicated artist from Red Hook. As previewed in her extensive installation preparation (here), Swoon created a site specific visual environment for all to enjoy. Taking advantage of the grand 72 foot rotunda of the museum, Swoon puts nature at the center with an awe inspiring 70 foot tree sculpture, adorned with reaching roots and a sweeping […]
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Previews: Von – “Elsewhere” @ KK Outlet

On May 1st, KK Outlet in London will be presenting new drawings from Von (interviewed) entitled Elsewhere, based on photographs shot by Dan Sully. Readers of AM will already be familiar with the UK-based Von’s work as we have shared his imagery with you multiple times in the form of print giveaways (last being in 2013). For this showing, he has created portraiture in reaction to the way technology has creeped into our daily routine, rendered in his signature mixture of both abstract and detailed. Take a […]
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Previews: Da Mental Vaporz – “The Wall” @ BC Gallery

Members of the French street-art collective Da Mental Vaporz  are currently in Berlin, working hard on their upcoming collaborative exhibition, The Wall, opening on the 26th of May at BC gallery. The show will include a display of works in the two spaces of the gallery, as well as two large public murals that can be seen in the surrounding area. The idea behind the exhibition and its title is to pay respect to “the most passionate part of most urban contemporary artists today” – THE WALL. […]
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Showing: Mike Kelley @ The Geffen Contemporary (MOCA)

Currently on view at MOCA’s Geffen location is a retrospective by one of the most influential and important artists of our generation – Mike Kelley. Consisting of work in almost every artistic medium, including sculpture, painting, drawings on paper, performance, music, video, mosaic, and photography, the show is the largest to date for Kelley and includes 250 pieces that span his entire career. Originally organized in 2012 by Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, the retrospective then traveled to the Centre Pompidou in Paris before coming to New […]
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Previews: “This Crazy Life” @ New Image Art

An upcoming group show brings together the work of Gregory Bojorquez, Patrick Martinez, and Michael Vasquez. The pieces in This Crazy Life depict inner-city urban life and culture through a variety of paintings, photographs and mix-media pieces. Explore the people, scenes, and themes that run throughout this exhibition at New Image Art in West Hollywood starting on April 26, from 7-10pm.
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Previews: Jolene Lai – “Play” @ Thinkspace Gallery

On Saturday night, April 26th, Jolene Lai will be presenting five new works in Thinkspace Gallery’s project room (an encore to her showing there in 2013). Entitled Play, the new collection of paintings demonstrate the Los Angeles-based artist’s unique world, filled with whimsical and adventurous scenes seemingly taken directly from a fairytale or surreal dream. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Jolene Lai here. Discuss this show here.
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Previews: Josh Keyes – “Entwined” @ Antler Gallery

Tomorrow night, April 24th, the Antler Gallery in Portland will be presenting some new work from Josh Keyes (interviewed), in a joint showing with Neil M. Perry entitled Entwined. For his part, Keyes will be continuing the series of work last seen in his online showing (covered) earlier this year in his new style, bringing his imagery all the way to the edge of the painting surface. Take a look at another piece from the show below… Discuss Josh Keyes here. Discuss this show here.
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Openings: “SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot” @ Oakland Museum of California

Last weekend, the Oakland Museum of California opened a new exhibition, entitled SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the art and culture magazine Giant Robot. Along with a diverse selection of GR branded paraphenalia and publications, artists who have been involved with them over the years contributed original artwork as well as some wall murals. Fans saw a diverse collection of works from artists like Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, Luke Chueh, Hamburger Eyes, Andrew Hem, James Jean, kozyndan, Masakatsu Sashie, Shizu Saldamando, Rob Sato, Amy Sol, Deth P. Sun, Adrian Tomine, and David Choe. Congrats to Eric Nakamura […]
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Streets: Nychos (Oakland)

Austrian street artist and a member of the The Weird Crew from Europe, Nychos, recently spent a few weeks in San Francisco. His temporary residency consisted of working on his solo show at Fifty24SF, painting several murals around the city, and even doing some free tattoo sessions. His exhibition, Street Anatomy, had a busy opening night last Friday, and right after that he moved his tools and started working on this gigantic mural in downtown Oakland. Covering a massive concrete wall, the heavy metal loving graffiti […]
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Showing: Ryan Schneider – “Ritual for Letting Go” @ Two Rams

A relatively new and fresh gallery in the Lower East Side of NYC, Two Rams (headed by Tali Wertheimer and Brandon Coburn), currently has a show by the young and talented painter Ryan Schneider. The exhibition, Ritual for Letting Go, features large-scale paintings that combine elements of painting and drawing with creative techniques such as layering pigment and paints and scratching in the compositions. The show explores interests and themes such as spirituality, magic, and the mysteries of the night and the truths that the […]
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