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Showing: Lucy Sparrow – “Sparrow Mart” @ The Standard, DTLA

The Standard hotel in Downtown LA is currently hosting a big-scale West Coast debut of British artist Lucy Sparrow. As her fifth fully-felted art installation, Sparrow Mart opened doors on August 1st and will stay open for business until the end of the month. We say “open for business” because of the fact that this art installation is a fully functional supermarket, offering a wide range of everyday supplies entirely made from felt and fabric. From bubblegum, fruit and veggies, to different packaging of favorite snacks, […]

Showing: Yayoi Kusama – “With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever (2011)” @ Marciano Art Foundation

For Angeleno’s who missed Yayoi Kusuma’s turn at The Broad (covered) last year, here is your second chance. With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever (2011) features the Japanese artist’s penchant for polka dots in an immersive installation with large fiberglass-reinforced plastic tulips surrounded by floor-to-ceiling red dots. Ranging from over 7 to almost 10 feet tall, the three oversized flowers reinforces the illusion that the viewer has shrunk down to miniature size, an effect amplified by the repeating dots. Photo credit (top image): Charles […]

Recap: Joakim Ojanen – “Year of the Dog” @ Richard Heller Gallery

An exhibition entitled Year of the Dog recently closed at the Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, their second solo from Joakim Ojanen. Featuring a comprehensive selection of the Stockholm-based artist’s ceramics, bronzes, charcoal drawings, and oil paintings, the show focuses in on Ojanen’s cast of characters that seem to be taken from a children’s book or Adult Swim cartoon. The paintings are somewhat abstract and the sculptures are loose, expertly done with a child-like innocence yet unsettling at the same time. Photo credit: Artsy, Richard McKinnon, and Ethan […]

Overtime: July 30 – Aug 5

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): How Leo Castelli changed the art market forever. MoMA PS1’s Klaus Biesenbach, a champion of the Avant-Garde will now lead MOCA Los Angeles. Debate ignites in Los Angeles over MOCA hire. How graffiti artists are fighting back against brands that steal their work. Painting in the age of anxiety. Painting: An (incomplete) survey of the state of the art by Roberta Smith. See the first images of Site Santa Fe’s 2018 ‘Casa […]

Showing: Amabouz Taturo – “A Doll’s House” @ Palais de Tokyo

Recently, those walking by entrance to the Palais de Tokyo in Paris have had their attention drawn to a life size dollhouse installation by Amabouz Taturo (a pseudonym for Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi). The piece is part of the ongoing Childhood: Another banana day for the dream-fish exhibition (title take from a story by J.D. Salinger), that sees a good twenty international artists give their take the theme of the show. Three-level doll’s house constructed from iron and wood can be walked through by guests and features […]

Showing: Alex Chinneck – “Open To The Public” (England)

Over the weekend, another mind-boggling installation was completed by Alex Chinneck in England entitled Open To The Public. Building on the British artist’s series of impossible architectural creations, the abandoned 1960s office building (Brundett House, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PN) was transformed with two enormous zippers “unzipping” the structure. Head over to see it soon if you are in the UK as it will be demolished shortly… Photo credit: Mark Wilmot & Charles Emerson (via Designboom). Discuss Alex Chinneck here.

Upcoming: “Futuregods: Jeff Soto” @ Lancaster Museum of Art & History

This Saturday (August 4th), Jeff Soto (interviewed) will be opening a show at the Lancaster Museum of Art & History entitled Futuregods. Featuring several new paintings and 16 stenciled paintings on paper, the solo by the artist from Riverside, California will be part of a museum-wide theme of eight individual exhibitions that make up The Robot Show. As one of the participants chosen to explore “the place robots have in a contemporary social landscape,” Soto certainly has something to add to the conversation seeing these mechanical creatures have […]

Previews: “2nd Annual Delusional Art Competition” @ Jonathan LeVine Projects

As a followup to last year’s art competition (covered) put on by Jonathan LeVine Projects, the winners of the 2nd Annual Delusional Art Competition will have their works on display tonight at the New Jersey gallery. Just like 2017’s exhibition, this was a great opportunity for us to learn about some interesting new artists. Participating artist include: Alayna Coverly, Amy Guidry, Anthony Solano, Anton Hoeger, Blank William, Risa Tochigi (boogieREZ), Carly Slade, Caroline Pool, Cesar Piette, Cielle Graham, Daniel Coves, Eelco van den Berg, Floria Gonzalez, […]

Previews: “The Moleskine Project VII” @ Spoke Art (NYC)

On August 4th, Spoke Art’s location in NYC will be hosting The Moleskine Project VII, the seventh iteration of the group show curated by artist Rodrigo Luff and gallery owner Ken Harman. The concept behind the show once again is to create a piece of art on the pages of the ubiquitous moleskin notebook used by many artists for sketches, to record ideas, and for studies. Participating artists include: Rebecca Mason Adams, Sergio Barrale, Stephen Bauman, Kelsey Beckett, Daniel Bilodeau, Stephanie Brown, Juan Francisco Casas, Sam […]

Previews: Alex Garant – “Voyage of The Insomniac” @ Thinkspace

This Saturday night (August 4th), Thinkspace in Los Angeles will be opening a new show from Alex Garant entitled Voyage of The Insomniac. The new collection of oil paintings from the Canadian artist were inspired by a recent bout of insomnia and features 13 new pieces representing each hour between midnight and noon, with an extra 13th piece for the 13th hour (the eternity of a sleepless moment). Known for her flickering superimposed portraits, Garant has a perfect new theme to match her imagery, capturing the feeling of being […]