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Openings: “Major Work” @ Chandran Gallery

Earlier this month, Chandran Gallery in San Francisco opened a show curated by Andrew Schoultz entitled Major Work. The locally-based artist carefully selected a roster of participants that included himself, Alicia McCarthy, Aaron Noble, Kelsey Brookes, Revok, James Marshall (Dalek), Sam Friedman, Eric Yahnker, Mark Dean Veca, Saber, Hilary Pecis, Tim Biskup, Eric White, and Allison Schulnik. The premise behind the exhibition was for each artist to contribute a large-scale piece that they felt capture the essence of their work. The resulting show was quite stunning, as evidenced by […]
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Releases: Candice Tripp – “Sally” Masks

Earlier this year, you may have noticed some of the delicate mask sculptures Candice Tripp (interviewed) created for her show in Newcastle. These facial disguises are a reoccurring motif in her imagery and her characters can be seen cavorting around with them on in her dark narratives. Luckily for fans of the UK-based artist who took a liking to these, she has started a timed release for six versions of these masks that can be ordered here until noon on January 21st (GMT). Each piece will be […]
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Art Focus: Mika Nitta

For our latest Art Focus feature, we draw your attention to Japanese artist Mika Nitta and her delicate works. The Nara-based illustrator draws a world where her girl characters and their creature friends live together in harmony in dream like, ethereal settings. She currently has a few pieces in an online show at ondo online if you want to check it out. Discuss Mika Nitta here.
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Upcoming: Tauba Auerbach – “Projective Instrument” @ Paula Cooper Gallery

Kicking off the art year for 2016 is the highly anticipated return of Tauba Auerbach to the gallery scene after a hiatus of four years. She talks about the reasons behind her break in a nice interview with SFAQ, (so you can check that out) and used the time off to create Diagonal Press. Projective Instrument opens at Paula Cooper in New York on January 9th and will feature “glass sculptures, 3D printed sculptures, new paintings, weavings, a library and a small series of concerts by […]
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Greg “Craola” Simkins – “Stormy Knight” Skateboard

This seems to be an appropriate time to remind people of the collaboration between Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) and 500 Skateboards seeing as tonight is when the Force Awakens. The full specs can be found here, but each cruiser collab, which the Los Angeles-based artist entitled Stormy Knight, comes with a COA and is produced in an edition of 500. Head over here if you want to add this to your collection. Discuss Greg “Craola” Simkins here.
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Upcoming: Audrey Kawasaki // VNA 32 Release Party @ Thinkspace Gallery

This Saturday night (6-9 pm), VNA Magazine will be holding a release party at Thinkspace for the limited edition boxset for issue #32 with the cover going to Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed). Each screen-printed set comes complete with a screen-printed sleeve, enamel badge and signed mini giclée print. Stamped and numbered in an edition of 150, these will be offered at the Culver City showspace at the event but also some will be held back for an online drop at a later date. Discuss Audrey Kawasaki here.
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Showing: Mark Ryden – “Dodecahedron” @ Paul Kasmin Gallery

Last week, the Paul Kasmin Gallery (293 Tenth Avenue location) unveiled a new solo from Mark Ryden featuring his first-ever bronze sculpture, eight new paintings, drawings, color studies, and a new porcelain edition. As he mentioned in our recent interview, the theme of his exhibition could be described as “the soul confronting its physical form,” with the Dodecahedron symbolizing a bridge between the physical world and the intangible realm. Stop by for a look if you can, the new works are exquisite, especially his largest painting to date (seen above). Discuss this show here. […]
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Upcoming: Linnea Strid – “Love Me When I’m Gone” @ Thinkspace Gallery

For one of their first exhibitions of 2016, Thinkspace has given their project room space to the hyper-realistic works of Linnea Strid. Love Me When I’m Gone opens on January 23rd and will be the second showing by the Swedish artist at the Culver City gallery. Her imagery often belies a fascination with water as it splashes, drips, or runs in rivulets around the human form, all rendered with oil in hard to believe detail. Discuss this show here. Discuss Linnea Strid here.
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Openings: Ron English – “NeoNature” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Over the weekend, Corey Helford Gallery christened their new space in Downtown LA with a solo from Ron English (featured) that has been two years in the making. Entitled NeoNature, the new body of work features an imaginative menagerie of strange creatures and different evolutionary paths mixed in with some pop culture references. Visitors also enjoyed new sculptural works from the Mr. Popaganda, some of which were embedded in immersive environments. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Ron English here.
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Releases: JR – “Migrants, Walking New York City” Print

Earlier this year, we shared with you the special project that the New York Times Magazine collaborated on with  JR (interviewed) for their Walking New York issue. That cover that resulted from that endeavor has now been released by the French “photograffeur” as a 8 color lithograph through Social Animals. Migrants, Walking New York City will be produced in a run of 180 and cost 800,00 € to add to your collection. Learn more about the reasons and concept behind the image here. Discuss JR here.