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Preview: Bumblebee’s Lemonade Stand Installation and “Morning Air” Print Release

For those fortunate enough to be in Southern California this time of year, Bumblebee will be presenting a one day pop-up installation this Sunday, August 11th on the world-famous Venice Beach Boardwalk. Bumblebee’s Lemonade Stand will not be serving citrus beverages, but instead will have artwork for sale (see preview images below) and also an exclusive print release. The exact location has not yet been locked down due to changes in available spots on the boardwalk, so please follow @bumblebeelovesyou on Instagram for updates regarding […]
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Preview: Alvaro Ilizarbe – “Surveying” @ Martha Otero Gallery

On August 10, Martha Otero Gallery will host and open Surveying, a solo exhibition of recent works by Alvaro Ilizarbe. Fresh off his large scale mural in Chicago for The Arts Initiative and with a keen interest in the earth’s landscape, the artist will present insightful new paintings on topographical tectonic plate-shaped panels and a site-specific installation that consists of amorphous sculptural wall structures that lead through a passageway of patterned wallpapers representing the elements in the earth’s stratum. Surveying seeks to capture the shifting energy and […]
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Overtime: July 29 – Aug 4

More stories from the week ended Aug 4: Jerry Vile makes statement in Detroit using giant Crisco can next to Joe Louis fist sculpture. The city removes the street piece quickly, unfortunately. Ashes found in stove in owned by mother of suspected Rotterdam art thief contained fragments of paintings. NYPD attempts to censor anticipated Park Avenue art project about free speech. James Franco criticizes LA for losing Jeffrey Deitch, who resigned himself from his position at MOCA. Los Angeles Downtown News wants Jeffrey Deitch out […]
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Showing: Michael Shields – “The Anatomy of LA” @ Martha Otero Gallery

Currently on view at Martha Otero Gallery and presented by Converse and Union Los Angeles is a photo exhibition and first edition book release, exploring the social and physical themes of Los Angeles and its neighborhoods by photographer Michael Shields. Taken from inside a LAPD helicopter, Shields’ photographs focus on the physical environment of the greater Los Angeles area and on the resulting social patterns within the city, rather than the beach and glamor, fun-in-the-sun summer shots typically taken of LA. Through these wide shots […]
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Overtime: July 22 – July 28

More stories from the week ended July 28: Shepard Fairey full-wrapped buses courtesy of L.A. Fund unveiled in Los Angeles. RIP: Walter De Maria, who died of a stroke at age 77. RIP: Ronnie Cutrone, who died at the age of 65. What happened during MOCA’s board meeting in which Jeffrey Deitch resigned. Christopher Knight guests on Air Talk, discussing the Deitch resignation. William Poundstone provides the local perspective on why Deitch did not work out in LA. A look at what Deitch may be […]
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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? […]