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Previews: Case – “Power of Movement” @ Galerie m|u|c|a

Saturday night, May 3rd, m|u|c|a (Munich Urban and Contemporary Art) will be presenting a new show from Case. Entitled Power of Movement, the exhibition features two repeating motifs – hands & pigeons, also often seen in the German street artist’s public works. As a master of the spray can and a member of the Maclaim crew, known for their photorealistic technique, you can expect some great pieces from Case that deal with how his chosen symbols for this exhibition relate to freedom, power, and politics. Discuss Case […]
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Previews / Videos: Mark Ryden – “The Gay 90s: West” @ Kohn Gallery

This Saturday, May 3rd, Kohn Gallery’s amazing new space will be hosting Mark Ryden’s long awaited West Coast continuation of his Gay 90s series of works that started back in 2010 in New York (covered). Along with his largest work to date, the masterful Los Angeles-based painter will be presenting new works and it appears (as seen in the installation shots below) some important older work as well. Rounding out the show will be something that will prove to be quite popular, an intricate motorized diorama […]
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Previews: Martin Wittfooth & Jean Labourdette – “De Anima” @ Roq La Rue

Tomorrow night, the first of May, the Roq La Rue gallery in Seattle will be hosting a new showing from Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) and Jean Labourdette entitled De Anima. The exhibition features the duo exploring the environmental, social, and spiritual impact of our technological advances. Fans will be in for a treat as both artists’ works are a joy to see in person – Martin’s oil paintings featuring animal characters rendered in his signature rusty palette (seen above) and Labourdette’s whimsical paintings on custom shaped surfaces. Discuss this […]
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Previews: Ai Yamaguchi – “Shinchishirin” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Last we heard from Ai Yamaguchi, it was 2012 and she was exhibiting her work in Hong Kong (covered). Come May 8th, the Japanese painter will again be in the spotlight with her first exhibition with the Joshua Liner Gallery and her first New York solo show since 2002. Entitled Shinchishirin, the title is a combination of words taken from ancient Japanese poems that collectively expresses” how the seeds of your heart get planted into the ground and grow into a forest of poetry.” Her depictions […]
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Coachella Walls ’14 / Streets: Andrew Hem

Earlier this month, we brought your attention to a mural that El Mac painted for the Coachella Walls project in the historic Pueblo Viejo area. As noted, the actual city of Coachella does not derive any revenue from the annual music and arts festival and remains a poor farming community. Date Farmers, who call the area their home, curator Medvin Sobio, and the city want to bring attention to this by sponsoring a series of public murals – which brings us to the next wall we want to spotlight from Andrew Hem. The Cambodian […]
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Showing: Kenji Nakayama – “Études” @ 4th Wall Project

The 4th Wall Project opened the first major Boston solo show earlier this month from Japanese artist Kenji Nakayama. Departing from his typical work, the Beantown-based painter has produced a series focused on shapes, lines, textures, and colors collectively entitled Études. The forty nine pieces on display are informed by his background in sign-painting as well as the art of pinstriping – the art of decorative  painting that  Nakayama spent the last decade mastering. The number of works references the period of days for mourning observed […]
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Openings: Torey Thornton – “Oh, Strange, That’s Your Name” @ Galerie TORRI

Earlier this month, Galerie TORRI in Paris opened Oh, Strange, That’s Your Name, a new solo from Torey Thornton. Although best known for his mixed-media pain­tings on large woo­den pa­nels, this exhibition focuses on a parallel series of works on paper from the young New York-based artist. For fans in the area, the showing runs through May 10th, and for those in Los Angeles, look for a display of his works at OHWOW later this year. Photo credit: Karl Hab. Discuss Torey Thornton here.
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Previews: Von – “Elsewhere” @ KK Outlet

On May 1st, KK Outlet in London will be presenting new drawings from Von (interviewed) entitled Elsewhere, based on photographs shot by Dan Sully. Readers of AM will already be familiar with the UK-based Von’s work as we have shared his imagery with you multiple times in the form of print giveaways (last being in 2013). For this showing, he has created portraiture in reaction to the way technology has creeped into our daily routine, rendered in his signature mixture of both abstract and detailed. Take a […]
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Previews: Jolene Lai – “Play” @ Thinkspace Gallery

On Saturday night, April 26th, Jolene Lai will be presenting five new works in Thinkspace Gallery’s project room (an encore to her showing there in 2013). Entitled Play, the new collection of paintings demonstrate the Los Angeles-based artist’s unique world, filled with whimsical and adventurous scenes seemingly taken directly from a fairytale or surreal dream. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Jolene Lai here. Discuss this show here.
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Previews: Josh Keyes – “Entwined” @ Antler Gallery

Tomorrow night, April 24th, the Antler Gallery in Portland will be presenting some new work from Josh Keyes (interviewed), in a joint showing with Neil M. Perry entitled Entwined. For his part, Keyes will be continuing the series of work last seen in his online showing (covered) earlier this year in his new style, bringing his imagery all the way to the edge of the painting surface. Take a look at another piece from the show below… Discuss Josh Keyes here. Discuss this show here.