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Opening: Mark Whalen – “Stranded” @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Earlier this month, the Merry Karnowsky Gallery unveiled new work by artist Mark Whalen. Titled Stranded, this recent exhibition by the Australian artist shows him delving into both familiar and new ground. Recognizable themes such as the different aspects of human interaction in limited environments are present again in this new exhibition. However, Whalen also shows how these themes can be re-interpreted through the cultural traditions of ceramic vessels and pottery, which highlights a new aspect in his technique. The show will be displayed through the end of the week […]
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Previews: Ai Yamaguchi – “Shinchishirin” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Last we heard from Ai Yamaguchi, it was 2012 and she was exhibiting her work in Hong Kong (covered). Come May 8th, the Japanese painter will again be in the spotlight with her first exhibition with the Joshua Liner Gallery and her first New York solo show since 2002. Entitled Shinchishirin, the title is a combination of words taken from ancient Japanese poems that collectively expresses” how the seeds of your heart get planted into the ground and grow into a forest of poetry.” Her depictions […]
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Previews: Scott Greenwalt & Smith|Allen – “Degeneration / Regeneration” @ Loakal Art Gallery

Opening on Friday, May 2nd at Loakal Art Gallery is Degeneration/Regeneration, featuring works by Scott Greenwalt and Smith|Allen and curated by Nastia Voynovskaya. Both sets of artists are based in Oakland and whilst their practices each use very different media, the outcomes and investigations of their work explore similar territory: natural phenomena as filtered through the contemporary imagination in the digital age. Smith|Allen (above) comprises sculptor and installation artist Stephanie Smith and architect and designer Bryan Allen. The duo creates 3D-printed installations that respond to their […]
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Publications: Alex Lukas – “SAIII, JS, JT” Zine

Chicago-based artist Alex Lukas recently released a new self-published art book in the form of SAIII, JS, JT. The 56-page book contains a selection of different print mediums including color and B&W photocopy with risograph pages, with a number of fold-out spreads. SAIII, JS, JT is the fifth book in his ongoing series of publications titled by random and hard to pronounce found graffiti slogans. Previous titles have been VIID, DMM, RTMA, ANFX. They all incorporate a wide variety of printing techniques and contain drawings, photographs, installation […]
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Showing: Dylan Egon – “American Holy Relics” @ Jonathan LeVine

Opening alongside Dan Witz (covered) at Jonathan LeVine Gallery was Jersey City based artist Dylan Egon. The show entitled  American Holy Relics explores themes such as American values, biotechnology, conspicuous consumption, and the shifting line between art & commerce. Dylan marries art and design with an appreciation for American culture and craftsmanship. Many components that we’ve seen in our studio visit with Egon were on display. The exhibition includes mixed media works on panel, ready-made sculptures, sound installations and unique object creations. One in particular that caught […]
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Overtime: April 21 – April 27

More stories from the week that ended April 27 (click on bolded words for more information): Ryan McGinley shown by Team Gallery at Paris Photo LA, which opened this weekend. RIP: Robert Olsen, who died at the age of 44 from a probable heart attack. Vogue not working with Terry Richardson after new allegations (denied by Richardson) by Emma Appleton. A vandal uses razor to damage Arezoo Moseni’s work in a exhibition at Gallery 61. Jose Carlos Bergantiños Diaz arrested after being suspected of dealing […]
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Armory Week ’14: ADAA Art Show

During Armory Week, one can view some of the most prestigious paintings and storied names in art at the ADAA Art Show. Held annually at the Park Avenue Armory (featured), this smaller fair showcases some significant artistic gems by hosting some of the most elite galleries out there. Taking a quick stroll around is not really an option as almost every booth features neck breaking artwork from older, as well as newer generation notables, such as Rothko, Haring, Condo, Turrell, Calder, Finch, Lewitt, Auerbach, Lichenstein, […]
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Openings: Dan Witz – “NY Hardcore” @ Jonathan LeVine

Brooklyn-based artist Dan Witz recently opened a show consisting of a fresh series of paintings at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Entitled NY Hardcore, this exhibition featured a new body of work that utilized his skills of old master painting techniques depicting hyper-realistic subjects. We experienced a healthy mix of portraiture and his high-energy mosh pit paintings that have been long enjoyed. This long-standing series is inspired by his experience in the early 80s, performing in post-punk noise bands during the downtown NY scene. The mosh pit paintings […]
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Showing: Kenji Nakayama – “Études” @ 4th Wall Project

The 4th Wall Project opened the first major Boston solo show earlier this month from Japanese artist Kenji Nakayama. Departing from his typical work, the Beantown-based painter has produced a series focused on shapes, lines, textures, and colors collectively entitled Études. The forty nine pieces on display are informed by his background in sign-painting as well as the art of pinstriping – the art of decorative  painting that  Nakayama spent the last decade mastering. The number of works references the period of days for mourning observed […]
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Openings: Torey Thornton – “Oh, Strange, That’s Your Name” @ Galerie TORRI

Earlier this month, Galerie TORRI in Paris opened Oh, Strange, That’s Your Name, a new solo from Torey Thornton. Although best known for his mixed-media pain­tings on large woo­den pa­nels, this exhibition focuses on a parallel series of works on paper from the young New York-based artist. For fans in the area, the showing runs through May 10th, and for those in Los Angeles, look for a display of his works at OHWOW later this year. Photo credit: Karl Hab. Discuss Torey Thornton here.