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Streets: D*Face / Branded Arts (Los Angeles)

Before leaving Los Angeles, UK native D*Face (interviewed) decided to create one more mural for his fans to add to the piece (covered) on the side of the building that that housed his popup show (covered). Mirroring one of the originals that was featured in his exhibition, the new image shows one of his characters looking into the rear-view mirror as he’s driving down a lonely stretch of road. This new public work from the British street artist was arranged courtesy of Branded Arts. Photo credit: Ross Morrison. […]
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Previews: Travis Louie – “Strange Visitors” @ AFA (New York)

On October 17th, the New York location of AFA will be hosting new works from Travis Louie (interviewed) entitled Strange Visitors. The showing continues the painter’s fascination with the look of vintage photographs as well as imaginary creatures, and his amazing melding of the two disparate interests leading to impossibly realistic looking “shots” of otherworldly characters. Further described in Louie’s own words – “This show features paintings of goblins who change their appearance to sneak up on us, faeries who are imagined by children who don’t want […]
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Showing: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Outside Looking In” @ Lesley Kehoe Galleries

After a recent landmark showcase at Harbour City in Hong Kong (covered), Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) headed to Melbourne for his next project. Outside Looking In at Lesley Kehoe Galleries is the second exhibition in their Spring Series focusing on Japanese artists living and creating in New York, making Matzu a perfect choice, especially when considering the East meets West nature of his work. The show, which runs through October 25th, features a selection of Matsuyama’s colorful and kinetic paintings as well as sculptural works which demonstrate nicely his signature aesthetic of putting a […]
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Streets: Conor Harrington / L.I.S.A. Project (New York) – Part II

In between setting up for his popup show in New York (more on this later), Conor Harrington (interviewed) took advantage of the hospitality from the L.I.S.A. Project to leave a mark on the streets of the Big Apple (Broome & Lafayette Street). After sharing the first mural with you here, we now have shots of the second piece he was able to work on. Take a look at more in-progress photos below… Photo credit: Joe Russo for Arrested Motion. Discuss Conor Harrington here.
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Baby Tattooville ’14: Late Night Live Painting With Rick O’Brien

Burning the midnight oil, surprise guest Rick O’Brien invited us in to see some live model painting at Baby Tattooville last night. Working his two subjects through different poses, the portrait painter loosely laid forms onto his canvas as attendees watched. Taking into account the lateness of the hour, the rumored haunted nature of this particular room at the top of the Mission Inn, and the costumed nature of the models, the session was certainly something to remember from this year’s event. See full coverage of this […]
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Previews: Date Farmers – “Shit Ain’t Funny” @ Ace Gallery

Returning to the massive Ace Gallery showspace in Beverly Hills after a successful solo there in 2010 (covered), the Date Farmers will be opening another exhibition tonight entitled Shit Ain’t Funny. Hailing out of the Coachella Valley, the two collaborative artists whose real names are Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez will be presenting works that deal with social and political issues of the working class. The themes explored are near and dear to their hearts, not surprising after considering the blue-collar community where they are based. They […]
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Baby Tattooville ’14: Secret Store

Every edition of Baby Tattooville includes a “Secret Store” where attendees (in order of their seniority at the event) are allowed to purchase art merchandise and even original works form the participating artists. The highlight of this year’s setup were paintings that were used for this year’s print set including an stunning piece from Joe Sorren (seen above). Take a look below at more shots of what was available… See full coverage of this year’s event here. Discuss Baby Tattooville here.
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Previews: Usugrow – “Inkflow” @ Fifty24SF

Tomorrow night (October 4th) in San Francisco, Inkflow will mark the return of Usugrow to Fifty24SF after showing there in 2007 and participating in a group show with his Shinganist crew back in 2009 (covered). Along with presenting his Bay Area fans with his distinctive original work filled with ornate calligraphy and his recognizable skull motif, the Japanese artist will also be releasing a new book titled USUGROW: Works 2007-2013 in association with Upper Playground. Discuss Usugrow here.
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Scott Scheidly – “The Pinks 2″ @ Spoke Art

Continuing his signature series of works that we last saw in 2013 (covered), Scott Scheidly will be returning to San Francisco for a show opening tomorrow night, October 4th. Held at the sister gallery (Hashimoto Contemporary) to where he exhibited last, The Pinks 2 will see the Florida-based artist explore the cultural and social perceptions of color and symbology by painting well known characters in pop culture and history that are typically masculine with a more flamboyant aesthetic. Head over for a look at these unconventional and satirical portraits […]
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Showing: Kehinde Wiley – “The World Stage: Haiti” @ Roberts & Tilton

Continuing his long relationship with the Culver City gallery, Kehinde Wiley is currently showing at Roberts & Tilton, his fifth solo there. Entitled The World Stage: Haiti, the new work follows the same successful formula from previous exhibitions while sourcing from a new locale. Carrying on his series of paintings of disadvantaged youth from different international locales (Jamaica, Israel, France, India, Brazil, Lagos, Dakar, China, and Sri Lanka) posed as if in classical paintings, the new work draw attention to the people of Haiti and its history. Created with Wiley’s signature aesthetic, ideas […]