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POW! WOW! Long Beach ’16 / Openings: “Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension” @ LBMA

A couple weekends ago, in association with POW! WOW! Long Beach, a massive group show opened at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension was presented by the museum in collaboration with Thinkspace & POW! WOW!, a followup on last year’s debut showing (covered) with another amazing series of installations and murals from a new roster. Not only did fans in the beach city get to see murals from some of their favorite artists (covered), but also a high quality selection of work in a museum […]
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Showing: FriendsWithYou – “Light Wave” @ Santa Monica Pier

Currently showing at the Santa Monica Pier through September 8th (7-10pm on Thursdays) is a new installation from FriendsWithYou. Light Wave is the collective’s largest installation to date and was created in partnership with the iconic pier’s Twilight Concert Series as well as Snapchat. The huge inflatables and play with light creates a magical setting for beachgoers enjoy through the rest of summer. Discuss FriendsWithYou here.
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Overtime: July 18 – July 24

More stories from the week that ended July 24 (click on bolded words for more information): Yanyan Huang – Giardino del Tempo at Tomorrow Gallery featured by Mousse Magazine. RIP: Mladen Stilinović, who passed at the age of 69 after battling a serious illness. RIP: Billy Name, who passed away at the age of 76. When he turned Andy Warhol’s Factory silver. RIP: Carlos Nine, who passed away at the age of 72. Jeff Koons’ studio lays off 14 workers. Met Museum might let go of as much as 100 […]
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Previews: “Cluster” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Starting on August 3rd at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, some of their established as well as new artists will be presenting work in a new group show. Entitled Cluster, the exhibition gave the participants a chance to interpret the idea of cluster or to arrange a grouping of their work to display. Included on the roster will be Amandine Urruty, Anton Vill, Ben Tolman, Charlie Immer (seen above), Drew Leshko, Gary Mellon, Gary Taxali, Luke O’Sullivan, Marco Mazzoni, Nicomi Nix Turner, Ron English, Sam Gibbons, Smithe One, […]
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Controversy Surrounding The South Park 20th Anniversary Show Censorship

Tonight, the South Park 20th Anniversary Show held in conjunction with San Diego Comic-Con unveiled works from artists asked to create works influenced by the animated series. Included here are some of the pieces painted for the exhibition, but the two first ones from Paul Insect (above) and Andrew Schoultz (directly below) were allegedly censored by the South Park Public Relations Team. We find it strange that an irreverent show that is and has embraced controversial topics in the past would decide to block works created in the […]
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Releases: Ian Francis – “Revolving Cage” Print

Lazarides just announced the release of a new print from Ian Francis (featured) entitled Revolving Cage. The image is taken from a painting he submitted earlier this year for the gallery’s 10 year anniversary show (covered) and features the British artist’s melding of photorealistic and abstract imagery. Available in a run of 100 and sized at 50 cm x 70 cm, the signed and numbered edition costs £175.00 and can be purchased here. Discuss Ian Francis here.
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Showing: Mr. – “Sunset in My Heart” @ Lehmann Maupin

Currently at the New York outpost of Lehmann Maupin, Sunset in My Heart from Japanese artist Mr. will be display through August 12th. For this new body of work, the former protégé of Takashi Murakami has created a series of anime and otaku culture inspired pieces painted on distressed and sullied canvases, accented by graffiti. This technique of first burning his canvases and then leaving them on his studio floor to collect dirt and debris is inspired by his interest in the Italian art movement “Arte […]
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Upcoming: “Juxtapoz x Superflat” @ Pivot Art

Set to coincide with the Seattle Art Fair, Juxtapoz x Superflat is a group exhibition with an impressive roster curated by the arts & culture magazine and Takashi Murakami himself. The show running from  August 4-7 at Pivot Art will feature work from Chiho Aoshima, Urs Fischer, Kazunori Hamana, James Jean (previewed in this article), JH Kagaku, Friedrich Kunath, Takashi Murakami, Kazumi Nakamura, Otani Workshop, Mark Ryden, David Shrigley, Katsuya Terada, a selection from Toilet Paper Magazine, Yuji Ueda, He Xiang Yu, Zoer & Velvet, Trenton […]
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Installs: Ai WeiWei “F Lotus”, Vienna

In his continuing effort to raise awareness about the refugee crisis, Ai Weiwei recently installed a new piece at Vienna’s Belvedere Palace as a part of his first solo exhibition in Austria, translocation – transformation . Titled F Lotus the piece consists of 201 rings with 5 life jackets on each, floating like lotus flowers and forming a big letter F. After installing 14,000 jackets on the columns Konzerthaus Berlin of in Berlin in February (covered), the Chinese artist once again wanted to bring attention to what is happening on the shores of EU. […]
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Releases: Kevin Cyr – “4 Queens” Print

Kevin Cyr recently released a print through Dynamo Editions entitled 4 Queens in a low edition of 25 featuring some of his signature distressed and graffiti covered vehicles.  Interestingly enough as you can see from the photos below, the van started blank before the Brooklyn-based artist starts his hand embellishing process. The print is sized at 16 x 20″ and costs $375 here for those interested in adding it to their collection. Discuss Kevin Cyr here.
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