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Openings: Amanda Charchian – “The Collective Yes” @ Stephen Webster

On Thursday night, Stephen Webster in Beverly Hills hosted the opening for Amanda Charchian’s first-ever solo exhibition, titled The Collective Yes. The show, which is also presented by The Tappan Collective, combines sculpture and photography, exploring the traditions of mysticism, surrealism, and land art to investigate the momentary transcendence of space and time. The word Yes in the show’s title refers to the personal surrender that catalyzes these moments. The artist has chosen to photograph using analog film cameras to achieve results that more accurately […]
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Overtime: July 15 – July 21

More stories from the week ended July 21: Christian Marclay puts images from Maurizio Cattelan’s Toiletpaper mag on windows of Palais de Tokyo. Henri Matisse’s (previously banned) candid views from 1941 on his work & depression set to be published. Finnish museum refuses request from Iraq to return artifacts donated to president by delegation from Iraq. Looted art from Cypriot churches is returned by Germany after they were seized sixteen years ago. China shuts down $88million museum after discovering that it has had scores of […]
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Overtime: July 8 – July 14

More stories from the week ended July 14: Phil Akashi creates Nelson Mandela portrait from 27,000 punches with the Chinese characters 自由 (freedom). RIP: Norman Parish, pioneering dealer of African American art, who died of a brain tumor at age 75. Takashi Murakami has scrapped plans to open a Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Singapore. Fathers4Justice vows to step up attacks on artworks in the UK. Same-sex marriage ruling brings tax benefits for art world professionals. Charles Saatchi getting a divorce from Nigella Lawson after apparent […]
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Lucien Smith – “Scrap Metal” @ Bill Brady KC

One of the most highly-regarded artists currently under the age of 30, Lucien Smith is a name whose work people (and institutions) have been paying much attention to since he graduated Cooper Union. The NY-based youngster has kept a busy schedule in 2013 and while we await his Sept. exhibition at Salon 94 that is set to open in a few months, his explosive second show this year is currently up at Bill Brady KC. There are a few paintings that surround the installation, interacting […]
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Overtime: July 1 – July 7

More stories from the week ended July 7: First fully comprehensive Roy Lichtenstein show opens in Paris. Paris-based Galerie Daniel Templon to open a new space in Brussels in the fall of 2013. Cirque du Soleil performer Sarah Guillot-Guyard falls to death during performance at Las Vegas Ka show. Marc and Andrea Glimcher are divorcing after 10 years of marriage, but will still work together at Pace Gallery. Was Caravaggio a pedophile who made pedophile art and is it OK to show and view these works? […]
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Openings: A New Sculpturalism @ MOCA Geffen

Opening last week at MOCA’s Geffen location was A New Sculpturalism, a show that examines the work of thirty-eight major and emerging practices in contemporary Los Angeles architecture of the past twenty-five years. Well-known legends represented in the show include Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, and Eric Owen Moss, while younger architects, such as Elena Manferdini (Atelier Manferdini), Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich (P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S), and Tom Wiscombe (Tom Wiscombe Design) show off their abilities with three full-scale built projects, or pavilions. This exhibition is part of Pacific […]
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Overtime: June 24 – June 30

More stories from the week ended June 30: National Gallery of Art plans first-ever show with a living African-American artist – Kerry James Marshall. RIP: Monica Ross, who died on the last day of her five-year project, Anniversary—an act of memory. RIP: Bert Stern, who died at the age of 83. Ruth Carter Stevenson House, design: Harwell Hamilton Harris, landscape: Thomas Church – demolished. Oakland housing project reborn as a three-story art installation on the eve of its demolition. Syrian art smuggled from the midst of civil […]
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Showing: Danh Vō – “Go Mo Ni Ma Da” @ The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

Currently on view at The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is a exhibition devoted to Danh Vō, an artist who was born in Vietnam and raised in Denmark. His work and the pieces in this show are highly political and explore liberal societies and the power games and rules that underlie them and the fragile nature of the nation-state idea. Centralized by values expressed through the material, economic, or symbolic, Vō’s practice illuminates the complexity of the relationship between peoples in the […]
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Preview: Maya Lujan @ Carmichael Gallery

It has been awhile since Carmichael Gallery has hosted a artist exhibition and if you are wondering what the reason may be, it’s because they have moved locations to a venue that’s two miles up Washington Blvd from the previous Culver City one. For its inaugural show, the gallery will unveil a solo show by LA-based artist Maya Lujan. For her new series of paintings, the artist researched the history of the new gallery venue (discovered that it used to be a puppet theatre) and […]
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Overtime: June 17 – June 23

More stories from the week ended June 23: Paul McCarthy’s massive White Snow show opens at the Park Avenue Armory. RIP: Seth Siegeblaub, who died at the age of 71 in Basel, Switzerland. RIP: Norbert Schwontkoski who died at the age of 64. Swiss government starts internet portal to help claimants, museums & researchers track art looted by Nazis. First 500 of 4,500 books from disputed Schneerson library to new Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center. Spat over allegedly looted art overshadows Merkel’s Russia visit & event […]