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Openings: Hajime Sorayama @ Jacob Lewis Gallery

Last night, Jacob Lewis Gallery held the opening reception for their inaugural show with Hajime Sorayama. A few weeks after announcing his representation, the Chelsea-based gallery revealed his newest body of work featuring his signature Sexy Robots. The 10 new acrylic paintings and one sculpture were created around the idea of re-inventing American icons. From Hollywood starlets to pop culture idols (fashion and music stars), the Japanese artist presented his vision of these characters as one of his retro-future pinups. Examples include Kate Moss shown as a bionic Playboy bunny, Elvis Presley as […]

Releases: Chet Zar – “The Meeting” Print

In association with his current DY5TOPIA show at Copro Gallery, Chet Zar (interviewed) has released a new print entitled The Meeting. Based on a painting from the exhibition of the same name, the image shows a group of the Los Angeles-based artist’s creepy characters getting together to discuss some secret objective. Produced in a run of 55, there is an offer to personalize the 19″ x 13″ giclée with a drawing by Zar tomorrow Saturday, October 29, at the gallery if ordered online for $100 before the signing (3-7 pm). […]

Previews: Scott Listfield – “Anthropocene” @ Antler Gallery

Tonight in Portland, Antler Gallery will be opening two person show entitled Anthropocene featuring the work of Scott Listfield and Brin Levinson. The title of the exhibition refers to the epoch in Earth’s history where human activity has become the dominant force of change on our planet, something Listfield took to heart as he painted his signature astronaut while thinking about our increasing reliance on technology and decline in the biodiversity on our earth. Discuss Scott Listfield here.

Previews: Hajime Sorayama @ Jacob Lewis Gallery

Starting on October 28th at Jacob Lewis Gallery, the surreal robotic works of Hajime Sorayama will grace the walls of the New York showspace and will open for public consumption. Along with paintings more in line with the Japanese artist’s trademark sexy robot aesthetic like Kate Moss reimagined as an automaton Playboy Bunny, on display will also be popular pop culture icons transformed into their mechanical forms as well as sculptural rendition. Via Juxtapoz. Discuss Hajime Sorayama here.

Previews: “BAD DADS VII” @ Spoke Art (New York)

In what has become an annual tradition at Spoke Art, an art show tribute to the films of Wes Anderson will be opening on October 28th. Just in time for Halloween, BAD DADS VII will open up at their new New York location in the Lower East Side (210 Rivington St) so come decked out in your best costume to win some prizes and of course to enjoy some art (tickets here). Enjoy some preview images here like the sweet piece by Reuben Negron seen above.

Openings: Sean Mahan – “Rendered Problematic” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Alongside Sandra Chevrier (interviewed) showing in the main space (covered) of Thinkspace in Los Angeles, Sean Mahan also presented a small solo show in the project room. Entitled Rendered Problematic, the new work from the painter from Florida continued his portraits of children rendered in soft pastels along with nostalgic touches like “vintage palettes handle records, dated appliances, and classic sewing machines.” Mahon further explains this exhibition – “I chose the title Rendered Problematic because it was descriptive of both the rendered illustration style and the conceptual ideas I wanted […]

Overtime: Oct 17 – Oct 23

More stories from the week that ended Oct 23 (click on bolded words for more information): FIAC expands into the Petit Palais with performance section and sculpture park. Artinfo has a preview of the fair. Artnet’s choices for the top booths at the fair. Artnet has a FIAC sales report and The Art Newspaper also has one. [Image above: Joe Bradley at Petit Palais] RIP: Kengiro Azuma, who passed away at the age of 90. Andrew J. Hall may have bought a number of Leon Golub fakes […]

Upcoming: Natalia Fabia – “Rainbeau Samsara” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On November 5th, Natalia Fabia (interviewed) will be opening a new show at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, her first solo in four years. Entitled Rainbeau Samsara, the spelling seemingly a reference partially to her daughter, much of the new work we have seen brings her fashionable subjects into the natural world and “explores sequential cycles of life, known in Sanskrit as Samsara.” The locally-based painter often stages photoshoots of her friends which she uses for reference, sprinkling in some sparkles, shiny things, candy colored landscapes, unicorns, a burlesque style and other favorite […]

Releases: Mark Drew – “Deez Nuts” Prints

One of Australian artist and graphic designer Mark Drew’s most popular series of works are his genius mashups of the Peanuts comics and 90s rap. These paintings collectively entitled Deez Nuts were originally covered by us in 2013 when he had a showing at his China Heights Gallery in Sydney. For those who missed it, some of these images featuring some classic hip hop phrases and Schulz’ iconic characters are available as prints here. Discuss Mark Drew here.
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James Jean Prints // David Choe’s Mangchi Final Tour

As with many things in life, it pays to know the right people. With what is promised to be the final tour kicking off soon for David Choe’s band Mangchi, they will be giving out free prints featuring the artwork behind the group to attendees. As you may well know, some of the artwork for the band is from Choe’s friend James Jean (interviewed), so if you want a shot at something unique for your walls that won’t come up for sale, you may consider buying tickets to […]
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