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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.
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Basel Week Miami ‘ 15 / Streets: Seawalls Recap

Last week, we brought you a look at the collaborative effort (photos here) between Li-Hill and James Bullough in the Wynwood District during Basel Week Miami. Other artists also painted murals for Pangeaseed’s Seawalls series (curated by Urban Nation) including Never Crew, Sepe, and Onur & Wes21 (who combined for the nice wall seen above). Take a look at more pieces below… Discuss Basel Week Miami here.
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Releases: James Jean – “Wave Skull” Plate & Print

Over the weekend, This Is A Limited Edition released a new collaboration entitled Wave Skull with James Jean (interviewed) featuring a collectors dinner plate & print combo. Each piece is produced in fine bone china with real gold embellishments and comes hand-signed, just like the print. The sets come in an edition of 333 and costs £99.00. Head over here if you want to add it to your collection or perhaps send it to someone in time for Christmas. Discuss James Jean here.
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Streets: Banksy (Calais “Jungle” Refugee Camp)

Today on the interwebs, Banksy shared his latest series of works created at the migrant encampment in Calais, France. The timely stenciled pieces that appeared in the so called “jungle” refugee camp features commentary on the crisis like the one seen above reminding us that Steve Job’s biological father was a Syrian migrant. The elusive street artist further states – “We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world’s most profitable […]
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Previews: “Pandora’s Box” @ AFA (New York)

This Saturday night (December 12th) in New York, AFA Gallery will be opening a group exhibition entitled Pandora’s Box. The show features a diverse list of artists including Jean Pierre Arboleda, Anne Bachelier, William Basso, Ray Caesar, Bill Carman, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Yoko d’Holbachie (seen above), Rebecca Dautremer, Lin Esser, Jessica Joslin, Marie Larkin, Stan Manoukian, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Kirk Reinert, Dorian Vallejo, and Jennybird Alcantara. Check out some more preview images below…