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Overtime: April 7 – April 13

More stories from the week that ended April 13 (click on bolded words for more information): Truong Tran uses old pornography and nature magazines to protest Hirst’s use of butterflies. RIP: Alan Davie, who died at 93, a day before his retrospective was due to open at Tate Britain. Hong Kong police search landfill for $3.7mil. painting dumped by cleaners at Grand Hyatt hotel after auction. Matisse’s painting Sitting Woman, part of Gurlitt trove, now subject to two competing claims. Authorities returning the artwork trove […]
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Showing: Mario Wagner – “A Glow That Transfers Creativity” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Last week, the Hashimoto Contemporary welcomed Bay Area artist Mario Wagner (featured) into their space for a showing entitled A Glow That Transfers Creativity. The solo exhibition consisted of paintings, collage-based installation, and animations displayed on old tube televisions. Taking a mixed media approach, the German born artist reinterprets images he finds in a variety of methods resulting in a style that is both retro and futuristic at the same time. Take a look at more photos below… Discuss Mario Wagner here. Discuss this show here.
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Aaron Li-Hill – “Here Now” @ Portsmouth Museum of Art

A couple weekends ago, the Portsmouth Museum of Art hosted a two day only event entitled Here Now. The showcase featured the work of Aaron Li-Hill and Judith Ann Braun, who both produced site specific installations. For his part, the New York-based Li-Hill created one of his kinetic fencer murals, augmented by a loosely constructed scaffold of material. Taking advantage of the space currently being renovated, the kinetic installation with the reflecting water produced a striking image. Photos via artist except portrait by Bear Kirkpatrick. Discuss Aaron […]
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Upcoming: “SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot” @ Oakland Museum of California

From our recent coverage of a showing at GR2, you already know that this is the 20 year anniversary of art and culture magazine Giant Robot. SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot at the Oakland Museum of California, opening on April 19th, continues the celebration with a group show featuring artists Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, Luke Chueh, Hamburger Eyes, Andrew Hem, James Jean, kozyndan, Masakatsu Sashie, Shizu Saldamando, Rob Sato, Amy Sol, Deth P Sun, Adrian Tomine, and David Choe, seen above painting a large mural. Other artist working on walls include Sean Chao and Andrew Hem. Rounding out the exhibition […]
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Releases: Jeff Soto – “Seeker Friends Elements: Life” Print

Earlier this year, we introduced you to the Seeker Friends Elements series from Jeff Soto (interviewed). A continuation of his Seeker Friends prints, the set of nine total timed editions will have a new addition, Life, on Thursday at noon PST, and will be available for 24 hours until noon PST on Friday after which no more will be sold. Sized at 6″ x 6″ on sustainable plywood, the new print will be available for $30 at the aforementioned time at Prints On Wood. Discuss Jeff Soto here.
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Rewind: Dec 23 – Mar 7

It’s been a while since our last Rewind feature so it’s time we introduce some videos to you. You may remember last month when we shared the #WithSyria campaign that launched on March 13, the third year anniversary of the conflict and resulting death & destruction in the country. If you remember, Banksy lent his famous “Girl With Red Balloon” iamge to the cause, but there was also a video produced that can be seen below as well as on the #WithSyria website. Other worthy […]
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Upcoming: Thinkspace – “LAX / TXL” & Project M/4 (Berlin)

Coming up on May 17th, a group show curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace will open in Berlin as part of Project M/4 (also see M/3) with Urban Nation. Entitled LAX / TXL,  the exhibition (located at Buelowstrasse 97) will feature a diverse lineup of artists including Aaron Nagel, Adam Caldwell, Alex Yanes, Alexis Diaz (aka La Pandilla), Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Andrew Hem, Andrew Schoultz, Anthony Clarkson, Ariel DeAndrea, Bec Winnel, Brendan Monroe, Brett Amory, Brian Mashburn, Brian M. Viveros, Bumblebee, C215, Camilla d’Errico, Carl Cashman, Christine Wu, […]
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Tracey Emin’s Work On Display At The Cosmopolitan Hotel (Las Vegas)

Like last year in New York City’s Time Square, Tracey Emin’s work is currently on display in another high profile location. The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, a hotel known for its commitment to the arts, are displaying images of the UK artist’s neon love notes on its giant LED sign outside as well as on other indoor and outdoor marquees. The animated glowing letters appear for about three minutes every hour which Emin hopes will “gives viewers a moment to reflect on love amid the hustle and bustle […]
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Openings: Aakash Nihalani – “Vantage” @ Wunderkammern

On Friday, 4th of April, Wunderkammern Gallery in Rome opened the first Italian solo show by Aakash Nihalani. Famous for his street installations and works that play with geometry, perspective and optical illusion, the NYC-based artist created a whole new body of work for this show. More similar to his recent street interventions, the new work is even flatter but at the same time even more dimensional and interactive. And, it’s his ability to create such contradictory effects that makes his art so special and curious. Focusing […]
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Overtime: March 31 – April 6

More stories from the week that ended April 6 (click on bolded words for more information): A look at Phyllida Barlow as her Tate Britain commission opens. RIP: Mon Levinson, who died at the age of 88. Antony Micallef describes decision not to display his work on London tube station posters as censorship. Art school in Chile plans to promote Nazi ideology and make widespread use of the swastika. Protesters shower Guggenheim museum visitors with cruel labor confetti from above. Applications fall by over 20% […]