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Screenings: Takashi Murakami – “Jellyfish Eyes” @ Ace Hotel (Los Angeles)

This Friday night, the newly renovated Ace Hotel in Los Angeles will be hosting a screening of Takashi Murakami’s debut movie Jellyfish Eyes. The live-action feature film, the origins of which Murakami dreamt up over 10 years ago, will be shown at the historic theatre at the downtown hotel. It looks like there are tickets still available, including the premium package which includes the official Jellyfish Eyes book and a limited edition new sculpture produced by the artist for this event only. Learn more about the film in […]
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Interviews: Lori Earley – “The Devil’s Pantomime” @ Opera Gallery (New York)

The Opera Gallery in New York is set to open a solo show from Lori Earley on June 7th marking her successful return after a long hiatus. Entitled The Devil’s Pantomime, her largest exhibition to date featuring 34 new paintings comprises of surreal portraits of her characteristic females. We talk to her about a reason why her women may look the way they do, her struggles with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and more in the interview below. Check out the Q&A’s as well as preview images and make plans to […]
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Basel Week HK ’14: Art Basel Hong Kong – (Part I)

After bringing you a first look at Art Basel Hong Kong a couple weeks ago, we now return with a more comprehensive look at the premier art fair in Asia. The four day event saw over 65,000 visitors peruse the art work brought by 245 galleries from 39 countries to the gateway city-state between East and West. The event is always an eye opener for us as we get to learn about new exciting artists from Asia while still enjoying some of the more familiar […]
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Project M/4 (Berlin) – Part II

We recently brought you a look at artists at work on the Urban Nation’s Project M/4 in Berlin, curated by Thinkspace. Participants including Andrew Schoultz, C215, Curiot, Fernando Chamarelli, Glenn Barr, Joao Ruas, Low Bros, Nosego, Word To Mother, Alexis Diaz (aka La Pandilla), Karl Addison, and Dabs Myla were asked to create large window murals as well as working on the facade of the building. Some of these artist along with many others were also asked to participate in a group exhibition (more on this […]
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Previews: Ana Bagayan – “Children of the Sun” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Tomorrow night in Los Angeles, the Thinkspace Gallery will be hosting the opening of Ana Bagayan’s (interviewed) newest solo show. Children of the Sun features paintings and drawings that are inspired by her fascination with our sun and the worlds around it with the title of the show referring to Ancient Armenia, before the introduction of Christianity. Based on the preview images, we think attendees will appreciate the mysterious and otherworldly feel of these new works. Discuss this show here. Discuss Ana Bagayan here.  
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Streets: COPE2 – Bowery & Houston Mural

Last week, the iconic corner of Bowery & Houston in New York saw a new mural take shape as COPE2 took over the location. Featuring his well known bubble tags and associated graf elements, the wall was soon filled with letterings from the NYC writer on a richly textured background. Stop by to see the colorful mural for yourself if you are in the area and also take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Joe Russo for Arrested Motion. Discuss COPE2 here.
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Openings: Walton Ford – “Watercolors” @ Paul Kasmin

The last time we were able to experience Walton Ford’s work in person in New York was in 2011 when he blew us away with his surreal portraits of King Kong as well as his well known naturalistic paintings. This time around, the American artist’s return to Paul Kasmin Gallery featured large scale watercolors of his chosen creatures in unusual and and ironically unnatural urban and outdoor settings. As per his usual practice, the pieces were embellished with notes, but for the first time included musings from the […]
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Banksy’s Webby Awards Acceptance Video

Last week, the 18th annual Webby Awards named Banksy the Person of the Year in a surprise move. Of course, the elusive street artist was not on hand to accept the distinction awarded for excellence on the internet. The honor accorded Mr. B was a testimony to how well-known his art has become and how skillfully he is able to manage his online presence. This fact along with other things were mentioned tongue-in-check in an acceptance video the Bristol bomber released about his recent “art residency” in New […]
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Recap: artMRKT San Francisco

Last week, Bay Area art fans saw the annual Art Market San Francisco come through town. The international art fair held at the Festival Pavilion – Fort Mason Center had galleries, artists, and collectors alike taking advantage of the one week of the year where art was in especially in focus in SF. We have for you a small sample of what was on display for those who missed it, including the work or Joel Daniel Phillips (above) seen at the Hashimoto Contemporary booth. Photo credit: Ken Harman.
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Upcoming: Matthew Palladino @ Garth Greenan Gallery

Tonight in Chelsea, the locally-based Matthew Palladino (interviewed) will be opening a new show at Garth Greenan Gallery. We last enjoyed his work in New York back in 2011, and fans who attended that showing and plan to be present tonight will see that his work has evolved since to include three-dimensional elements to his repertoire. The same explorations of ideas of perspective can be seen in these new pieces as well Palladino’s well-honed sense of humor. Discuss Matthew Palladino here.