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Upcoming: KAWS (VR Experience) @ New York Public Library

Tomorrow, January 29th (1-4pm), at the New York Public Library, Visionaire will unveiling its latest virtual reality experience featuring the work of KAWS. Visitors will be able to don VR goggles to begin a studio visit with the Brooklyn-based artist which soon transforms into “a 360 degree overload of swirling colors, dancing characters, sweeping perspective and mischievous behavior.” The project was created to celebrate  M&M’s 75th anniversary with the full video to be released later on M&M’s YouTube and visionaireworld.com. *edited – earlier, the article mistakenly said the event was today, […]
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Upcoming: Matzu // Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Oh Magic Night” @ HOCA Foundation

After a high profile showing at Harbour City Hong Kong in 2014 (covered), Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) will be returning the the Asian city-state for an exhibition with the HOCA Foundation. Oh Magic Night, which sounds like o-maji-nai in Japanese, directly translated as good luck charm, will be a survey of the Brooklyn-based artist’s work expounding on themes of “mythological guardians, fictional tableaux and ornate abstraction.” Hosted at Shop 305, The Pulse (No. 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong) starting March 19, the show will include over 50 works including paintings and […]
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Upcoming: POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017

POW! WOW! Hawaii will be making its return for 2017 with a new roster of artists (international and local) as well as fresh new programming and art shows. Running from February 11th to the 18th, the festival will features live painting of public murals and installation mainly in the Kaka’ako neighborhood along with a block party alongside the Honolulu Night Market, an exhibition curated by Thinkspace at the Honolulu Museum of Art, a print show with Detroit-based 1xRun, artist talks, Saving Banksy documentary premiere, “Art to the Pitch” […]
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Previews: Ben Tolman – “WELTSCHMERZ” @ Gallery Neptune and Brown

Gallery Neptune and Brown in Washington, DC, will be holding the opening reception (5-7pm) tomorrow night (January 28th) for Ben Tolman’s new solo show. Collectively entitled WELTSCHMERZ, or WORLD PAIN in German, the new detailed drawings (ink and gouache on paper) from the locally-based artist tries to draw attention to ideas like corporate greed, dirty politics, and poverty. The compositions and imagery seem to take influence from artists like Hieronymus Bosch and M.C. Escher and must be seen in person to fully appreciate. Discuss Ben Tolman here.
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Showing: Henry Gunderson – “Shoes Etc.” @ 247365

Currently at 247365 in New York, Henry Gunderson has a show on view entitled Shoes Etc consisting of five new paintings and a sculpture. For his second solo with the gallery, the talented young artist presents his shoe ecosystem paintings as the main attraction, each one centered on a theme or idea. Rounding out the exhibition is a sculpture hanging from the ceiling along with a shoe drive to support Shoes For All, giving visitors a chance to donate footwear to a good cause. Discuss Henry Gunderson here.
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Streets: Bezt (Etam Cru) x Natalia Rak // RAD Napa Project

Bezt from Etam Cru and Natalia Rak recently combined forces to kick off the RAD Napa project (curated by Thinkspace) by creating a new mural entitled Knocking On Heaven’s Door. The Polish artists soldiered through moments of pouring rain in California’s Napa Valley over the course of 12 days to paint their first collaborative wall together. The ongoing multi-year program will see more artists joining in to beautify 1.7 miles of the rail and bike corridor which will become the first art district in the Napa Valley. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Etam […]
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Previews: “Miyazaki Art Show” @ Spoke Art (San Francisco)

On February 4th, Spoke Art’s San Francisco location will be hosting a group show celebrating the films of Japanese film-maker and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Over fifty artists will be contributing works inspired by the Studio Ghibli director’s classic films such as My Neighbor Totoro (seen in the artwork above by Monica Garwood). Other artists include Eric Althin, Zard Apuya, Ana Aranda, Ryan Berkley, Laura Bifano, Eric Bonhomme, Ivonna Buenrostro, Rovina Cai, Elsa Chang, Tracie Ching, JAW Cooper, Rhys Cooper, Deangus, Emily Dumas, Jonathan Edwards, Tom Eglington, Jayde Fish,  Sam Gilbey, […]
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Showing: Patrick Martinez – “All Season Portfolio” @ Charlie James Gallery

Currently at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, Patrick Martinez has a new versatile body of work on display entitled All Season Portfolio. The new pieces presented range from his signature hip hop influenced (now with socially conscious slogans) neon signage to his newer series satirizing Pee Chee Portfolios of our youth, oftentimes replacing the athletes with victims and imagery of police brutality, Take a look at more photos from the exhibition below and visit for yourself before it closes on February 18th. Via ARTnews. Discuss this show here. Discuss Patrick Martinez here.
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Previews: “Psychological Realism” @ Booth Gallery

The first exhibition of the 2017 for Booth Gallery will be a group exhibition entitled Psychological Realism. Opening tomorrow night (January 21st), the show will explore the intricacies of identity through the eyes of Sergio Barrale, Daniel Bilodeau, Rune Christensen, Jesse Draxler, Erik Jones, Maria Kreyn, Adam Miller, Jean-Paul Mallozzi, David McLeod, Henrik Uldalen, and Jonathan Viner. Seen above is a something from McLeod as he ups the ante on his paint on glass works by utilizing multiple overlapping planes of glass.
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Upcoming: Josh Reames – “Texting While Driving” @ Bill Brady

Tomorrow night (January 21st) in Miami, Josh Reames will be unveiling a new body of work at Bill Brady Gallery. Entitled Texting While Driving, the new paintings continue the Brooklyn-based artist’s representations of the randoms streams of information that cross our path in the course of a day. This effect is achieved by the different floating images, art historical references, and everyday objects that he compiles together while using a wide variety of mark making. Rounding out the show will be traffic cone sculptures in variety of colors, […]
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