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Previews: Esao Andrews – “The Gilded Age” @ Thinkspace Gallery

In a little over a week’s time, Thinkspace Gallery will be opening up an epic joint exhibition from Esao Andrews, Aaron Horkey, and Joao Ruas entitled The Gilded Age. With such gifted artists showing together, each has pushed the others to create some of their best output yet. For his part, Andrews has painted a series of works that his fans will be sure to love featuring some of his trademark use of a kaleidoscope of colors, haunting landscapes, and gothic surreal imagery. Take a look at more preview images below and […]
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Upcoming: “Something Over El Arco Iris: Chicano Landscapes; 1971 – 2015″ @ Museum of Latin American Art

Starting on September 19th, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach will be opening their doors on Something Over El Arco Iris: Chicano Landscapes; 1971 – 2015, an exhibition that features work from Southern California-based Chicano artists. The roster includes a selection of paintings, drawings, photographs, mixed media works and rare studies from Carlos Almaraz, Yolanda González, Gronk, Wayne Alaniz Healy, Ramses Noriega, Frank Romero, Jamex and Einar de la Torre, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, Shizu Saldamando, Roberto Gutíerrez, Jose Ramirez, and Ana Serrano. In addition, […]
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Previews: The Tenth Annual BLAB Show @ Copro Gallery

Hard to believe, but on September 12th, the tenth annual BLAB Show will open at Copro Gallery in Los Angeles. This year’s exhibition will feature work from Ryan Heshka, Natalia Fabia, Femke Hiemstra (seen above), Travis Louie, SHAG, Jana Brike, Lola Gil, Matt Dangler, Olivia, John Brophy, Andy Kehoe, Marc Burckhardt, Joanne Nam, Dan May, Shaun Berke, Chet Zar, Travis Lampe, Owen Smith, Cathie Bleck, Chris Peters, Brendan Danielsson, Chris Buzelli, Tim O’Brien, Tin, Jessica Joslin, Jared Joslin, Greg Clarke, Craig Larotonda, Yoko D’Holbachie, Matthew Schommer, Chris […]
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Openings: Dan Quintana – “Diffused” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Over the weekend, Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco hosted the opening of Dan Quintana’s lastest solo show. Entitled Diffused, the exhibition featured a dozen new oil paintings and several charcoal drawings on paper from the Los-Angeles based artist centered mainly around his ghostly portraiture, beautiful female characters surrounded by an aura of abstract elements. Rounding out the show was a large one off rug designed by Quintana with his imagery in mind. Photo credit: Odell Hussey. Discuss this show here. Discuss Dan Quintana here.
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Openings: Cleon Peterson – “Poison” @ Library Street Collective

Over the weekend, the Library Street Collective hosted the opening for a new show from Cleon Peterson in Detroit. Poison features new paintings featuring nightmarish scenes of violence and gore, nothing new to fans of the former assistant to Shepard Fairey. What is new though are the sculptural editions that Peterson has included in the new body of work, a natural next step to bringing his provocative imagery to life. Photo credit: Sal Rodriguez. Discuss this show here. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.
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Upcoming: “LAX / LHR” @ Stolenspace

This Thursday night, September 3rd, is the opening reception for LAX / LHR, a continuing series of shows (also see Hong Kong, SF, Berlin, Detroit) curated by Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. This iteration will be co-curated by Stolenspace and held at their London showspace featuring the usual format of 12″ x 12″ works from each artist. Participants contributing 12″ x 12″ pieces include Aaron Nagel, Adam Caldwell, Alex Yanes, Alexis Diaz, Allison Sommers, Amanda Marie, Andrew McAttee, Andy Kehoe, Angry Woebots, Anthony Clarkson, Arth Daniels, Atsuko Goto, Baghead, Beau Stanton, Bec Winnel, […]
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Overtime: Aug 24 – Aug 30

More stories from the week that ended Aug 30 (click on bolded words for more information): The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art acquires and installs site-specific outdoor Jack Pierson work. RIP: Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud, who died at her own hand at the age of 76. Tributes pour in. Islamic State destroys ancient temple of Baal Shamin in Syrian city of Palmyra using explosives. Satellite images confirm the destruction. UN’s cultural agency says that it is a war crime. A look at the extent of Isil’s antiquities trafficking. Isil bulldozes parts of […]
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Streets / Update: Josh Keyes @ Forest For The Trees (Portland)

You may recall our previous coverage of the annual Forest For The Trees mural festival in Portland (see 2013, 2014). This year’s edition is well underway now and includes a lineup of Josh Keyes (seen here working what looks like a larger version of his The Collector painting), Andrew Hem, Blaine Fontana, Insa, Joram Roukes, Low Bros, Rustam Qbic, and Troy Lovegates, just to name a few. If you are anywhere in the area, head over to show your support (locations here) or you can follow the progress […]
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Upcoming: FriendsWithYou x Netflix – “True & the Rainbow Kingdom”

Slated for release in early 2017 is a new animated series on Netflix from FriendsWithYou called True & the Rainbow Kingdom. Those familiar with the Los Angeles-based collective’s imagery will agree that their characters and visual language would be perfect for a kids show. Now with the help of Pharrell Williams’ creative venture i am OTHER, Home Plate Entertainment, and GURU Studios, the story created will center on a girl name True with the target being the preschool set. FWY further states – “As artists, we really had no […]
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Studio Visits: Brendan Monroe – “Morphology” @ Heath Ceramics (San Francisco)

Last week, AM had the opportunity to visit Heath Ceramics in San Francisco where Brendan Monroe (interviewed) was hard at work in the upstairs workshop on an upcoming show. Opening September 25th in the ceramics studio and store’s Bay Area Boiler Room, Morphology will reveal months of work the Oakland-based artist has put in testing his limits with larger pieces, carefully choosing glazes, and bringing to life (in three dimensions) concepts and elements of his visual language. Judging from what we saw as well as his show at the Los Angeles Heath […]
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