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Previews: Kehinde Wiley – “A New Republic” @ Seattle Art Museum

Starting on February 11th, the Seattle Art Museum will be hosting a solo exhibition from contemporary portrait painter Kehinde Wiley. A New Republic will feature a selection of the American artist’s work that could be said to be a remix of Old Master paintings where the classic European subjects are typically replaced by young urban men of color, playing with ideas of power and breaking down stereotypes. If interested, you can find more details of the show here, including associated events. Discuss Kehinde Wiley here.
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Previews: Eric Joyner – “Sweet Dominion” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On February 20th, robots and donuts will be making their appearance in scores at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. They are of course the favorite subjects of Eric Joyner’s (interviewed) whimsical paintings and will be again for his new body of work entitled Sweet Dominion. If these metal automatons and classic American fried desserts are something something you enjoy, we’ll see you at the opening. Discuss Eric Joyner here.
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David Choe Seeking Artists For Next Igloo Hong Project

After an enlightening trip to Cambodia for the first David Choe (featured) funded Igloo Hong Project with Aryz, Esao Andrews, James Jean, and El Mac, it sounds the he’s looking for more artists for the next trip. You can see him soliciting for artists to join him here, as well as posting up his designs for helmets for the next project. Discuss David Choe here.
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LA Art Show ’16 // Previews: Copro Gallery

With this year’s LA Art Show fast approaching, Copro Gallery has prepared their booth with some works from artists on their roster including Mark Garro, Amandine Urruty, Laurie Lee Brom, Joe Sorren (seen above), Lola, Victor Safonkin, Kazuhiro Tsuiji, Jeff Gillette, Alexandra Manukyan, Mark Setrakian, Akihito Ikeda, Lauri Hassold, Robert Connett Paintings, Travis Louie, Olivia, Nikko Hurtado, among others. Take a look at some more preview images below…
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Showing: Marcel Dzama & Raymond Pettibon – “Forgetting the Hand” @ David Zwirner Gallery

Currently at the 533 West 19th Street location of David Zwirner in New York, collaborative works collectively entitled Forgetting the Hand by Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon are on display. This is the first time the two locally-based artists have worked together and their modified exquisite corpse technique of swapping a series of drawings to work on where part of what the other person did is concealed leads to some interesting results. Discuss Marcel Dzama here. Discuss Raymond Pettibon here.
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Releases: Futura x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II collection

Starting next month, the Futura Chuck Taylor All Star II collection from Converse will be releasing at specialty retailers, Converse stores and online at Converse.com. This project with the NY graffiti legend will be the first artist collaboration with the redesigned Chuck Taylor All Star from the American shoe company. As you can see, the Brooklyn-based artist’s signature aesthetic can be seen featured on the sneaker (hi-top and the ox), apparel and accessories collection. Via Highsnobiety. Discuss Futura here.
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Streets: Jasper Wong // Designed on Surface

Designed on Surface is a project Jasper Wong worked on recently with Microsoft, spanning 17 cities in 12 countries. Over the course of 5 weeks, the founder of POW WOW brought together a roster of artists including Mulga, Wonderlust, Noir, Bao, Pablito Zago, Andrea Wan, Andreas Preis, Frankie Cihi, Akmal, Persue, Odeith, Ink & Clog, Rosh333, Ano & Bounce, Lucas Aoki, Mon, Bakibaki, Cook One, Usugrow, Dragon76, Luise One, and Jay Shogo to paint walls inspired by the mantra “Do Great Things.” Take a look at more details […]
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Shepard Fairey Residence For Sale

Ever wonder what the the house of a successful artist like Shepard Fairey (featured) looks like? Tastefully appointed and filled with his iconic imagery apparently – according to photos from the recently listed residence for sale in Los Feliz. It can be had for $1,835,000, but no word as to whether the art will be included. Take a look at more photos below… “Residence of iconic American artist, Shepard Fairey, a 1929 Mediterranean home tells a story; a language of love and HOPE. 4 Beds 3 […]
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Basel Week Miami ’15 / Streets: Nychos

Another artist that left their mark on the streets during Basel Week Miami last year was anatomical enthusiast Nychos. The Austrian artist celebrated his birthday during the week of art festivities by leaving this burner behind in Wynwood Cafe entitled Strike Eagle, finishing despite being stopped by the police for a few days. The mural featuring his translucent spray technique was organized by INOPERABLE with support from Montana Cans. Photo credit: Brave Antics, Gully Art, and Diana Larrea. Discuss Basel Week Miami here. Discuss Nychos here.
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Art Focus: DU Kun

This week’s Art Focus is on artist DU Kun and his surreal portraits of Chinese rock stars rendered as temples built into the sides of mountains and cliffs. The faces of each subject is assembled with a mystic combination of elements such as air, earth, and water leading to a god-like temple structures overlooking their own fiefdoms and worshippers (not unlike how recording artists have rabid fan communities). The series entitled Gods of Rock Festival can in part be attributed to his own interest in music […]
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