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Overtime: Aug 24 – Aug 30

More stories from the week that ended Aug 30 (click on bolded words for more information): The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art acquires and installs site-specific outdoor Jack Pierson work. RIP: Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud, who died at her own hand at the age of 76. Tributes pour in. Islamic State destroys ancient temple of Baal Shamin in Syrian city of Palmyra using explosives. Satellite images confirm the destruction. UN’s cultural agency says that it is a war crime. A look at the extent of Isil’s antiquities trafficking. Isil bulldozes parts of […]
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Releases / Signings: Kelsey Brookes – “Psychedelic Space” Book @ Quint Gallery

Psychedelic Space is the soon to be released book from Kelsey Brookes from Gingko Press that explores his last three years of work. The 216 page hardcover documents his more recent paintings, spanning four solo shows, the explosive patterns that are his artistic vision of molecular structures of the psychedelic nature. The monograph has some interesting additions like “gatefold spreads, a sticker sheet, and a clear molecular overlay on his stunning “LSD” piece, along with a booklet bound within and glow-in-the-dark cover text.” To mark this […]
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Openings: Banksy – “Dismaland” (Evening View)

If you’ve been following our visit to the UK to experience Banksy’s theme park Dismaland in the UK, you probably think you’ve see it all. But what’s a true to form artistic replica of Disney’s magic kingdom if it doesn’t work at night? Besides isn’t that when the magic is suppose to truly happen? Well, we stuck around to catch the “Bemusement Park” transform during the August 21st evening VIP session. Disappoint it did not as Banksy and company hit their mark to build a corporate playland, complete with a full drumming […]
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Showing: Lucas Price – “Dumb Poetry” @ Lazarides

On 1the 4th of August, Lazarides Rathbone gallery officially opened a major solo exhibition by Lucas Price aka Cyclops entitled Dumb Poetry. Both artist and the gallery used his debut appearance at this space to put together an impressive, coherent show. In his last show with Lazarides (covered), Price was mostly showing his portraiture work. This time however, he decided to present his version of still life works, a direction he hinted at last time. Both through sculptures, installation and oils, the new body of work features recurring images […]
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Studio Visits: Brendan Monroe – “Morphology” @ Heath Ceramics (San Francisco)

Last week, AM had the opportunity to visit Heath Ceramics in San Francisco where Brendan Monroe (interviewed) was hard at work in the upstairs workshop on an upcoming show. Opening September 25th in the ceramics studio and store’s Bay Area Boiler Room, Morphology will reveal months of work the Oakland-based artist has put in testing his limits with larger pieces, carefully choosing glazes, and bringing to life (in three dimensions) concepts and elements of his visual language. Judging from what we saw as well as his show at the Los Angeles Heath […]
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Upcoming / Videos: Jen Stark x Miley Cyrus for VMA’s

Continuing to collaborate artists that speak to a new generation of viewers (see KAWS & Dabs Myla), MTV has tapped the visual language of Jen Stark for 2015’s VMA. Working with host Miley Cyrus on this year’s award show, the Los Angeles-based artist looks to be integrating her recognizable psychedelic & colorful imagery in animations, video spots (example below), ads, and artwork for the stage, among other things.  You can catch it all this Sunday night, August 30th. Discuss Jen Stark here.
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Upcoming: Mars-1 Sculptures @ Burning Man

Taking his bronze sculptures to the next level, Mars-1 (featured) has prepped three massive new pieces for this year’s Burning Man. The eclectic week-long annual event in Northern Arizona has seen the San Francisco-based artist’s organic imagery before (see 2010), but nothing in three dimensions. Take a look at some glimpses below of what else awaits travelers at the end of the month. Photo credit: Furtherrr, Jacob Just, and the artist. Discuss Mars-1 here.
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Overtime: Aug 17 – Aug 23

More stories from the week that ended Aug 23 (click on bolded words for more information): Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room” is one of the works that will be on display when The Broad opens. RIP: Alan Fertil, who died at the age of 33 after accidentally falling off a roof. RIP: Khaled al-Asaad, who died at the age of 82 due to beheading after refusing to lead Isis to antiquities. RIP: Melva Bucksbaum, who died at the age of 82. She was suffering from cancer. Roman altar, estimated […]
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Previews: Geoff McFetridge – “It Looks Like It Says” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Coming up on September 10th, Joshua Liner Gallery will be unveiling ten works on canvas and numerous smaller works on paper from Geoff McFetridge. It Looks Like It Says will be the Los Angeles-based artist’s first solo with the New York showspace and continues his signature aesthetic of simplifying forms, utilizing matte colors, and playing with perspective. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Geoff McFetridge here.
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Banksy – “Dismaland” @ Tropicana (Weston Super Mare – UK), The Galleries

Along with main attractions (covered) of the fairground such as the game of tipping an anvil with a ping pong ball, sculptures and installations by Banksy scattered around the site, Dismaland has a large art gallery. Obviously, we’re not talking about the white cube kind of presentation, which is referenced by the ruined white walls in the main space, but still, this exhibition “comprise the finest collection of contemporary art ever assembled in a North Somerset seaside town.” The gallery show begins with Jenny Holzer’s electronic […]
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