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Previews: Patrick Martinez – “Buy Now Cry Later” @ Public Functionary

Opening on Friday, Nov 15, is a solo show by Patrick Martinez at Public Functionary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Buy Now, Cry Later includes eighteen all-new works by the artist, including his signature neon signs and mixed-media paintings. The pieces feature pop-culture, music, and societal subjects that explore the contemporary crises of today. Having first previewed the show in Los Angeles, the Midwest will receive the full-on immersive experience for themselves – the third show ever at Public Functionary. Discuss Patrick Martinez here.
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Quam Odunsi – “The Reagents” @ Design Matters Gallery

Quam Odunsi’s second solo exhibition at Design Matters Gallery in Los Angeles, The Reagents (previewed), recently closed and we have images from the exhibition installation for you here. The show highlighted the artist’s versatility in media and included sculptures, photographic prints, signature collages, silkscreen works, video, and paintings on canvas from images taken on analog (the artist’s preferred recording medium) Super8, 35mm, 120mm, and Polaroid film. This body of work sees Odunsi transforming himself into the role of a government surveillance official who takes his […]
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Overtime: Nov 4 – Nov 10

More stories from the week that ended on Nov 10 (click on bolded words for more information): Newly completed piece from James Jean – Enoki II – on three canvases, sized at 72″ x 90″ Nazi-looted art valued at over a billion dollars discovered in Munich apartment during raid. Bavarian authorities handling case under sharp criticism. Family spots their painting on TV and puts in a claim. Knoedler and Company may have knowingly bought fakes. Cornell University to return 10,000 ancient tablets that may have […]
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Previews: Mat Collishaw – “The Last Meal on Death Row” @ Stephen Webster

On Thursday, Nov. 7, Stephen Webster (in its No Regrets lounge) in Beverly Hills, CA will open a show of works by Mat Collishaw featuring his Last Meal on Death Row works. This series features meticulously-arranged staged photography still lifes based on death row inmates’ last meals before they are executed. The eerie subject of the images conflict with the style in which they are depicted: 17th century Vanitas paintings –  a manner traditionally used to explore the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, […]
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Overtime: Oct 28 – Nov 3

More stories from the week that ended Nov 3 (click on bolded words for more information): Space Invader reportedly arrested in NY for putting up street work (as shown above). RIP: Arthur C. Danto dies at the age of 89. RIP: Karin Higa, who died at 47 due to cancer. Dutch museums have identified 139 artworks that may have been looted during the Nazi era. Max Stern’s heirs announced the recovery of a painting he lost 76 years ago, but they lose two others. 1,300 […]
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Overtime: Oct 21 – Oct 27

More stories from the week that just ended (click on bolded words for more info): David Cerny flips off Czech president with his floating sculpture pointed at Prague castle. RIP: Anthony Caro passes away at the age of 89. David Franklin resigns as director at Cleveland Museum after affair, suicide, and missing cell phone. Mayor Bloomberg grants Metropolitan Museum of Art right to charge mandatory admission of $25 or more. Damien Hirst artworks censored for sensitive audiences in China and Qatar to avoid controversy. Nigel […]
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Overtime: Oct 14 – Oct 20

More stories from the week that ended Oct 20 (click on the bolded words for more info): Pieter Brueghel the Younger painting unknown to the world for 400 years will be shown at Frieze Masters. RIP: Carter Wellborn, who died at the age of 86 due to a heart attack. RIP: Leslie Sacks, who died at the age of 61 due to cancer. Heirs of seller who sold Klimt Frieze at huge discount pressing Austria to return it to family. Two poster collections, including work […]
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Overtime: Oct 7 – Oct 13

More stories from the week that ended Oct 13 (click on bolded words for more information): Andrew Russeth writes about The 2013 Carnegie International. (above: artwork by Wade Guyton). Graham Ovenden thrown in jail for two years and three months for sexual offenses against children. Leonardo da Vinci painting of Isabella d’Este lost for centuries found in Swiss bank vault. Heirs of Jewish art dealers say their forefathers were pressured into selling trove in 1935 by the Nazis. David Edwards, brother of Francis Bacon’s closest friend sold […]
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Releases: Jason Jaworski – “1000 Miles” Project and Zine Collection

Los Angeles is famously known, substantiated or otherwise, as a city that is impossible to walk. You must have a car and everyone drives everywhere. That’s why heavy traffic is such a fundamental feature of LA. While pondering “comminuted substances of existence” and inspired by the binary code of 1s and 0s that account for all of today’s digital technology, Jason Jaworski organized, in collaboration with MOCAtv, a 1000 mile walk performance throughout Los Angeles over the course of 100 days, completing 10 miles per day. Throwing a dart on […]
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Streets: Cyrcle. x Woodkid (Los Angeles)

The always productive Cyrcle. crew has blessed Los Angeles with another epic mural. This time, on a wall provided by Branded Arts, the boys collaborated with Woodkid on a piece that is located on the hotbed art gallery Hollywood intersection of Santa Monica Blvd and Highland. Although it features the visual artists working with a musician, rather than being a marketing piece for a new album release or a advertisement, the work explores the aesthetic and concept of his music. It rewards followers and fans […]