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Jensen Karp (G1988) and Weird Al

Openings: “Is This Thing On? 2″ @ Gallery 1988 – Melrose

Last week, the Gallery 1988 in Melrose hosted the second rendition of Is This Thing On?, a group show featuring artwork that pays tribute to famous comedians and their craft. Hosted by Weird Al Yankovic, the showspace was packed with fans of comedy and art who wanted to see their favorite standups like Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, and more get their due. Check out all the pieces here and also take a look at more photos by Richard Brooks from the opening after the […]

Update: Faith47 & DAL

South Africa-based artists and newlyweds Faith47 and DAL recently sent over some images of their studio space as well as some things they have been working on. Besides their constant presence on the streets with their murals, they are also scheduled to make an appearance at Carbon next month and have a joint show in Melbourne at the Rtist Gallery in April. Take a look at more photos after the jump…

Openings: Masakatsu Sashie – “Invisible Hand” @ Mizuma Gallery

A new exhibition from Masakatsu Sashie recently opened  up at the Mizuma Gallery in Tokyo featuring five new works from the Japanese artist. The title of the show, Invisible Hand, is taken from Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations and is a term used to describe the self-regulating nature of the marketplace into which, by trying to maximize their own gains, individual ambition benefits society. A fitting choice as his work always touches on topics political in nature, especially imagery of a post-apocalyptic world mixed […]
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Preview: Cai Guo-Qiang – “Sky Ladder” @ MOCA (Los Angeles) – Part III

Last Friday, one of China’s most famous contemporary artists finished creating his last commissioned gunpowder drawing for his upcoming exhibition, Sky Ladder, at the Los Angeles MOCA. Cai Guo-Qiang’s third explosive effort (see our coverage of first and second sessions) resulted in Childhood Spaceship, a monumental piece (13′ x 108′) that featured imagery and memories that have sparked the artist’s curiously as a youth. For our readers who weren’t able to attend these sessions, make sure you head over for the public outdoor explosion event, […]

Streets: Mark Jenkins – “Living Layers” @ Wunderkammern (Part II)

As you saw in our first teaser article, Mark Jenkins (interviewed) has been busy in Rome working the streets and preparing for his show at Wunderkammern opening this Saturday night, March 17th. This exhibition, Living Layers, will no doubt feature much of the work that has been popping up around the Italian city and leaves us excited to see what the opening holds. Take a look at the other pieces after the jump…

ESPO & Faile for New York Magazine

For those of you who have seen the annual “Best of New York” issue from New York Magazine at the newsstands, you may or may not have recognized the design. This year’s cover artist is none other than Steve “ESPO” Powers. Like the WK Interact cover for Wired Magazine that didn’t end up happening, sometimes it’s nice to see what could have been. The other two finalists were Faile and The Heads Of State. See their designs after the jump…

Openings: Jim Houser – “As Quiet As Itʼs Kept” @ Lebasse Projects

Another show we visited in Culver City on Saturday night was Jim Houser’s showing at LeBasse Projects. Featuring meticulously constructed installations of his paintings and sculptural items, As Quiet As Itʼs Kept put on display the Philly artist’s signature patchwork of favorite items, creatures, words, symbols that for this exhibition was inspired by the impact of fatherhood and explores and the new responsibilities faced. Take a look at more photos from the opening by ©Carlos Gonzalez after the jump…
"A Thousand Years" Photograph: Damien Hirst and Science Ltd/Prudence Cuming Associates

Preview: Damien Hirst Retrospective @ Tate Modern

After an unprecedented showing at all eleven worldwide Gagosian Gallery locations of his The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 exhibition (all of which we toured), Damien Hirst turns his attention to his next major showing, a mid-career retrospective at the Tate Modern. Things have certainly come full circle for the “love him or hate him” British artist as he had famously stated in the past when asked about an exhibition at the very museum – “No way. Museums are for dead artists. I’d never show my […]
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Openings: Amy Sol – “Numina” @ Corey Helford

On Saturday night, painter Amy Sol (interviewed) unveiled works she created for Numina, her newest solo at the Corey Helford Gallery. Featuring 10 acrylic on wood panel pieces, the show was inspired by the world “numinous,” chosen not necessarily for it’s meaning but also for the shape and sound of the word itself. The title seemed to be a worthy starting point as her new paintings are steeped in mystery, magic, and narrative wonder while showing a progression of the Las Vegas-based artist’s signature soft palette, delicate washes, […]

Preview: Todd Schorr – “Neverlasting Miracles” @ Merry Karnowsky

This Saturday night, March 17th, Todd Schorr (featured) makes a return to Merry Karnowsky with a new selection of paintings collectively entitled Neverlasting Miracles. As with his showing in 2009 (covered) at the same gallery, the masterful Los Angeles-based painter will be exploring themes of our evolution (or de-volution), the human condition, sardonic views of modern society and pop culture, all rendered beautifully with an obvious gift for composition. ©Carlos Gonzalez stopped by to snap some teaser photos for your enjoyment.  See them all after […]