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James Jean: Xenograph Preorder & Fundraiser

James Jean (interviewed) recently announced the preorder for his next book entitled Xenograph. Documenting his work from 2010 to 2014, the monograph will pick up where REBUS left off and also features images of his exquisite pen and ink drawings from his  sketchbook. Funds raised for the first printing will go toward the cost of self-publishing for the first time, giving Jean more control over the process. The special box edition has already sold out but all pre-orders of the standard edition will contain a newly designed bookplate, signed and numbered, made […]
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Art Focus: Cinta Vidal

A return to our Art Focus features see our eyes settle on the work of Cinta Vidal. The Spanish artist who works in scenography, mainly paints the massive backdrops at Opera de Sabadell with here time, but it is her personal art or “un-gravity constructions” that interests us. The impossible architecture oftentimes has a Escher-like feel to it, and when combined with everyday objects and people going about their everyday life makes for an interesting dynamic that has the viewer examining the pieces from different angles and perspectives. […]
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Upcoming: Candice Tripp – “Credulous Morons” @ Baltic 39

In celebration of Newcastle’s Late Shows, Candice Tripp (interviewed) will be holding a one night only show at Baltic 39 on May 12th. Based on an extension of the open studio platform, the locally based artist will be exhibiting the work that she creates between shows that often doesn’t see the light of day. Entitled Credulous Morons, the new pieces from Tripp will feature her special brand of deliciously dark imagery. Discuss Candice Tripp here.
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Overtime: April 27 – May 3

More stories from the week that ended May 3 (click on bolded words for more information): Images and information up for Aaron Garber-Maikovska’s exhibition at Greene Exhibitions. RIP: Sabeen Mahmud after she was murdered by gunmen outside her T2F art space. RIP: Jane Farver, who died at 67 while in Venice working with Joan Jonas on her Biennale presentation. Nepal’s historic cultural landmarks severely damaged or destroyed in devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. New York’s Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) to close for good this summer, after operating for a […]
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Streets: Jeff Soto x Maxx242 (Riverside) – Part II

After stopping by to check in on the progress of the joint mural between Jeff Soto (interviewed) and Maxx242 in Riverside, we dropped by a couple days ago to see the finished two-wall piece. The long time friends, collaborators (see Berlin & Luxembourg), and artists who have spent most of their lives in the area hope that this new mural will be the beginning of a new renaissance for public art in this part of Southern California. Head over to University and Lemon yourself for a look if you are close by. Discuss Jeff […]
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Openings: ‘Endangered Species’ @ Mya Gallery (London)

For the group exhibition Endangered Species at the Mya Gallery in London, twenty international contemporary artists have created artworks highlighting animals facing extinction. Participating artists include: Gent 48, Matt Small, Pam Glew, Labrona, Luke Chueh, JADE, Shark Toof, SatOne, Andrey Adno, Angry Woebots, Eismann, Txemy, Jason Redwood, 3ttman, Pantonio, Fintan Magee, Odisy, SozyOne, Morik1 and Uriginal. From the Puma featured by British artist Pam Glew, the Monarch Butterfly by SatOne to the Killer Whale by American illustrator Luke Chueh or the Orangutan by Matt Small, each artist depicted […]
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Openings: Shawn Huckins – “The American _ _ tier” @ Goodwin Fine Art

AM was on hand for the April 17th opening reception of The American _ _ tier solo show from Shawn Huckins (see the recent studio visit here) at Goodwin Fine Art in Denver. There is an almost universal appeal to period specific portraits, as is evident in their prominence in museums and noteworthy collections. The real brilliance of Mr. Huckins’ work is adding a lighthearted element to this gorgeous portraiture, giving the viewer permission to enjoy a piece of work that without the addition of text could seem stuffy or overly serious, […]
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Overtime: April 20 – April 26

More stories from the week that ended April 26 (click on bolded words for more information): Images and press release for Jamian Juliano-Villani’s Crypod show a JTT gallery. The exhibition is a critic’s pick at Artforum. RIP: A. Alfred Taubman, who died at the age of 91 of a heart attack. A look at his art collection and what may become of the works in it. Robert V. Gentile questioned again about Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist after he is arrested. James Meyer sentenced to 18 […]
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Upcoming: “Triumvirate” & Mako Miyamoto – “Speculative Hunting” @ Gauntlet Gallery

Tonight (April 25th) in San Francisco, Gauntlet Gallery has two shows opening up – one a group exhibition, one a solo entitled Triumvirate & Speculative Hunting respectively. As referenced by the name of the show, Triumvirate sees Akira Beard, Alex Garant, Fab Ciraolo, Graham Curran, Jason Bryant, Justin Kane Elder, Phil Noto, Rebecca Adams, Roland Tamayo (seen above) and Sam Lamott were asked to create three works meant to be viewed as a mini-series. On a related note, at least to Tamayo’s work, the second exhibition (curated by AM’s […]
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Upcoming: “Endangered Species” @ Mya Gallery

Tonight in London (April 24), the Endangered Species group exhibition opens to the public at Mya Gallery where 20 artists were challenged to depict one species under the threat of extinction. Participants include Gent 48, Matt Small, Pam Glew, Labrona, Luke Cheuh (seen above assigned the Killer Whale), JADE, Shark Toof, SatOne, Andrey Adno, Angry Woebots, Eismann, Txemy, Jason Redwood, 3ttman, Pantonio, Fintan Magee, Odisy, SozyOne and Morik1, and Uriginal. Ten percent of the proceeds of each artwork sold will be donated to World Land Trust (an international conservation charity) who […]
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