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Openings: Kenny Scharf – “Born Again” @ Honor Fraser Gallery

Over the weekend, Honor Fraser Gallery in Culver City presented new works from Kenny Scharf (interviewed) collectively entitled Born Again. The latest solo from the American painter includes a diverse sampling of his oeuvre including new pieces on reclaimed artwork, assemblages, videos and collages, as well as an installation. The show runs through April 4th if you want to check it out in person, or enjoy the photos below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Kenny Scharf here.
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Openings: Jessica van der Weert – “Flipside” @ Hoxton Gallery

In conjunction with Beautiful Crime and Eddie Lock, photographer Jessica van der Weert presents FlipSide, the culmination of an incredible two year project shooting some of the world’s biggest and most influential dance music producers and DJs, following their passions away from music. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of tinnitus and funds for the British Tinnitus Association. The exhibition features 28 DJs and Music Producers, including Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, Example, Adam F, Carl Cox, Boy George, DJ Fresh, Zane Lowe, Shy FX, Chase & […]
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Alex Chinneck – “Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together”

British artist Alex Chinneck has put together another mindbending installation  a little different than the modified structures we have seen from him before (see melting & upside-down house). Created in a car park at London’s Southbank Centre, the piece features what appears to be a peeling away asphalt surface with a car still on top of it but upside down. Sadly, Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together was only on view through February 25th but enjoy the photos below… The Hackney-based artist states – “While I am most excited by […]
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Overtime: Feb 23 – March 1

More stories from the week that ended March 1 (click on bolded words for more information): First Jeff Koons public art sculpture acquired by a city to go up in front of new arena in downtown Sacramento. RIP: Leonard Nimoy, who died at the age of 83. The famous actor was also a photographer, collector, and arts supporter. RIP: Edward Albers, who died at the age of 59 after a fire in his apartment building. Previously missing Picasso painting resurfaces after it is shipped to […]
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Studio Visits / Previews: Kenny Scharf – “Born Again” @ Honor Fraser Gallery

Tonight at Honor Fraser Gallery, Kenny Scharf (interviewed) will be presenting his latest solo exhibition to his fans in Los Angeles. The new showing promises to be a diverse one, ranging from a fresh set of paintings, a selection of rarely shown early videos and collage, to his never exhibited before assemblages. The new Born Again series sees the Scharf repurposing and painting over discarded artwork, which you can see him working on in the studio visit photos here. Also rounding things out will be a series of installations where the aforementioned videos will […]
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Previews: “Ema Show” @ Hellion Gallery

On March 5th, Hellion Gallery’s Portland location will be opening a group exhibition featuring works created on small wooden plaques called “Ema” on which Shinto worshipers write their prayers or wishes. Most of the artists like Stella Im Hultberg (above) used the plaques to paint on but some went took a more novel sculptural approach. Participants include Brendan Monroe (US), Tadaomi Shibuya (Japan), Mary Iverson (US), Dave Macdowell (US), Anandine Urruty (France), Skinner (US), Eric Wert (US), Stella Im Hultberg (US), Maryanna Hoggatt (US), Josh Keyes (US), AJ […]
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Showing: Dave Kinsey – “Ashes to Ashes” @ Die Kunstagentin

With his current solo show now on view at Die Kunstagentin in Cologne, Germany, Dave Kinsey (featured) is continuing to explore a more abstract body of work, which was first introduced at his Detroit solo show back in October 2014 (covered). The pieces introduced through Ashes To Ashes are hugely influenced by the very basics, the essential elements of nature – water, dirt, rock, wood. Living in the Sierra Nevada mountains was the greatest inspiration for the artist, so this show “represents the personal impressions of his surroundings and his exploration of […]
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Openings: Chris Berens & Patrick Kelly – “Nethermoor” & “Elusive Object” @ Roq La Rue

It has been four years since Chris Berens last showed solo at Roq La Rue.  Nethermoor, as the show is titled, is based on Michael Ende’s book, Die Unendliche Geschichte, or as many may know it, The Neverending Story.  The show opening however, wove a story all its own. Bad weather on the East coast and shipping issues caused havoc with the large exhibition, resulting in an open without the art. While Chris and his wife traveled from Amsterdam to be in attendance, the art […]
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Studio Visit: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Come with me” @ Gallery Wendi Norris

While preparing for his next big solo at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) recently hosted a studio visit from prolific art patron Swizz Beatz. While one of the pieces glimpsed in the New York-based artist’s workspace will end up in the record producer’s collection, the photos sent us reveals some of what Matzu has been working on for Come with me, his planned third solo with the Bay Area gallery. The exhibition opening on March 12th will feature paintings rendered in his signature aesthetic […]
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Viewpoints / Recap: Dran – ‘Public Execution’ pop up show in Soho, London (Part II)

AM recently covered the opening and first week of the last show by Dran, which was hosted by Pictures On Walls and closed on Saturday 21 February. The uniqueness of Public Execution is that it was produced by the artist — bit by bit and in public view — over the course of its duration. A white space filled with spraypainted images of blank canvases on Day 1 evolved into a picture-rich multicoloured venue on Day 17, the grand finale. Some visitors have referred to […]
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