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Openings: Zeng Fanzhi @ Gagosian (Hong Kong)

Since the Gagosian Gallery opened a branch in Hong Kong earlier this year, some international heavy hitters like Damien Hirst and Richard Prince have already graced their walls with solo shows. For their most recent exhibition, which opened a couple weeks ago, a more local star, Zeng Fanzhi, was the feature attraction. The retrospective draws from work in the last 20 years with some pieces culled from the Chinese artist’s personal collection, tracing his career of exploring the human figure with his powerfully introspective paintings. […]
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Preview: “I Want My Music Video Art Show” @ Meltdown

Tonight in Hollywood, the Meltdown Gallery will be hosting a group show celebrating 25 years of music videos with over 100 artists scheduled to participate including Aaron Jasinski, Aunia Kahn, Catherine Brooks, Chet Zar, Chrystal Chan, Dan Barry, Dan Quintana, Jeff Ramirez, Jessica Ward, Kid Zoom, Luke Chueh, Maxx242, Paul Chatem, Roland Tamayo, Scott G. Brooks, Scott C, and more. I Want My Music Video Art Show is curated by music video director Chris Marrs Piliero and pop-satirist Dave MacDowell, with the artists free to […]
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Showing: Adam Neate – “Dimensional Paintings” @ Elms Lester

Earlier this week, Elms Lesters hosted the opening for a set of new works collectively and aptly entitled Dimensional Paintings from the inventive Adam Neate (interviewed). While his landmark solo in 2009 at the same London gallery introduced his fans to the new textures and three-dimensional aspects of his new work, this latest exhibition shows a maturity, refinement, and comfort in the technique that is evident in the impressive depth and complexity of the pieces currently on view. More photos by Smarthype after the jump…

Nuart Festival ’11: Dan Witz

After reviewing the contributions of Escif, Vhils, David Choe & DVS-1, Herakut, and Phlegm to this year’s Nuart Festival, we can now report on yet another artist, Dan Witz, that made the flight all the way to Norway to get in on the action. The versatile street and gallery artist, who recently had a show in New York, installed his signature WTF series of works, which are updated version of his In Plain View and Kilroy Variations public interventions. He even included some updated old […]

PULSE Los Angeles ’11: Joshua Liner Gallery

After giving you an overview of the inaugural PULSE Los Angeles fair earlier in the week, we now focus in on a couple of the individual booths. First up is New York’s Joshua Liner Gallery, who was mainly representing Kris Kuksi and his intricate assemblages, Greg Lamarche (interviewed) who worked on a mural for the event, and Dave Kinsey who also painted an impressive wall at the Standard while in town. More photos taken for us by Carlos Gonzalez after the jump…

Preview: “In the Wake of Dreams” @ Thinkspace

It’s been four years since these four artists first exhibited together at the Compound Gallery in a show entitled Four Dreams. This Saturday night, October 8th (5-8 pm), at Thinkspace, Stella Im Hultberg, Mari Inukai, Audrey Kawasaki, and Amy Sol reunite for In the Wake of Dreams as each artist reflects back on the progress they have made in their painting technique and composition since that group show in Portland long ago. AM has for you an exclusive first look at the print set that will […]

Openings: Michael Leavitt – “The Art Army Royalty” @ Jonathan Levine Gallery

Several weeks ago, showing alongside Dylan Egon, the The Art Army Royalty of Michael Leavitt (interviewed) were on full display at New York’s Jonathan LeVine gallery. The solo show was made up entirely of Michael’s signature sculptural tributes to artists featuring a melding of their eerily accurate portraits and features of their work. Artists like Ai Weiwei, Damien Hirst, and Lucian Freud were all free game for his special interpretations. You can see all the individual pieces here, but take a look at more opening […]

Streets: Blu (Greece)

As Greece moves towards an inevitable default, likely pulling the rest of the world into a double-dip recession, Blu lands in town to give his special commentary on the subject. There seems no end to his Euro road trip as he has made his way to and from countries and cities like Italy, Bologna, Palestra, Jesi, Krakow, Poznań, Fabriano, Cologne, Grottaglie, Valencia, Italy, and Spain again. Now, he hits another home run with this poignant new mural that proves once again a painting is worth a thousand […]

Nuart Festival ’11: Phlegm

Another great curatorial choice for Nuart Festival is rising star Phlegm, who traveled from his home base of Sheffield for this year’s event. For his part, he painted a nice mural on the side of a derelict building featuring his signature affection for all things airborne and also filled an entire room with his creatures and characters in a strange, almost evolutionary, lineup. More photos after the jump thanks to Henrik Haven…

Videos / Contests: Schwartzman x Baldessari for Pacific Standard Time

Starting in October 2011, 60 cultural institutions across Southern California will be joining forces to support Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. from 1945 to 1980 with programming, events, and exhibitions that tell the progression of the L.A. art scene as well as the worlds of music, film and architecture. As part of the associated awareness campaign, a series of videos have been launched including one where Anthony Kiedis takes Ed Ruscha on a ride down Sunset Blvd. Well, the unexpected pairings continue with the […]