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Openings: Gary Baseman – “The Door is Always Open” @ Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei

Last month, Gary Baseman (interviewed) opened a comprehensive retrospective show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. Entitled The Door Is Always Open, the exhibition mirrored the delightful showing of the same name last year in Los Angeles (covered). Along with over 500 selected pieces, his largest collection of work in one place yet, the opening also included an art performance with his “WildGirls” with a new dance and musical composition. Check out more photos below… Discuss Gary Baseman here.
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Releases: Audrey Kawasaki – “Ponderer” Print

Tomorrow, July 29th at 10 AM PST, Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) will be releasing a new print through Thinkspace Gallery. Entitled Ponderer, the image is taken from a painting shown with the gallery during her mini solo at SCOPE Miami last year (covered). Produced in a run of 250, the hand signed and numbered edition will be sized at 17 x 28 inches and cost $250 each. Head over here at the appropriate time tomorrow (PayPal only) if you want to add this to your collection. Also, […]
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Overtime: July 21 – July 27

More stories from the week that ended July 27 (click on bolded words for more information): Azuma Makoto sends bonsai tree, orchids, lilies and other plants into the stratosphere, suspended in a balloon. RIP: Otto Piene, who died at the age of 85. Should Britain do more to protect cultural objects and sites during time of war? The Shrine of Jonah/Mosque of Yunus (Nineveh, Mosul, Iraq) has been destroyed, allegedly by ISIS. Group of artists destroy Beuys sculpture to use as ingredient in liquor, which they […]
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Streets: Jeff Soto (Los Angeles)

Last week, Riverside native Jeff Soto (interviewed) headed to Los Angeles to paint a mural (invited by Juxtapoz) for Converse and their Wall to Wall program. Set in South Central L.A. on Slauson Avenue where some of his ancestors originally settled, Soto decided to do something as a tribute to them. Working on the piece over the course of two days, he decided to go with one of his familiar owl motifs. He states: “The Owl is a symbol of age and experience, a matriarch or patriarch of the […]
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Upcoming: Alex Gross – “Future Tense” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Continuing his long history with Jonathan LeVine Gallery (see 2012, 2010), painter Alex Gross (interviewed) is preparing for his fourth solo with the New York showspace. Set to open on October 9th, Future Tense will feature a new series of oil paintings and mixed media works that will continue to explore ideas of how modern society relates to technology and our consumer culture. As always, the Los Angeles-based artist will present his artistic visions beautifully rendered in well composed paintings combining different elements drawn from various influences. […]
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Art Focus: Jessica Stoller

Our next Art Focus feature is on sculptor Jessica Stoller and her provocative porcelain works. Her ornate, Rococo-influenced creations take a traditional medium and add a modern twist to it. The mix of decadent foods, masked characters, signs of decay, BDSM references, voluptuous body parts – all piled to together – challenge the viewer to find beauty in the grotesque. Some of her most effective work comes in the form of still lifes, but instead of painted, are composed of a selection of her unexpected deviant sculptures […]
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Sketchbook: James Jean

Fans of James Jean (interviewed) may remember his recent work with Linkin Park on the cover of their new album (covered). While wokring on the concepts and fleshing out the imagery for that project, the gifted artist filled up one of his sketchbooks with some pretty amazing drawings. Take a look at more photos over on Hypebeast as well as some more samples below… Photo credit: Sean Marc Lee / Hypebeast. Discuss James Jean here.
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Upcoming: Gary Baseman – “Mythical Creatures” Kickstarter Launch

Tonight in Los Angeles, Gary Baseman (interviewed) will be launching his kickstarter for Mythical Creatures, a documentary about the artist and his career by David Charles. Held from 8pm – 10pm at Canter’s Deli / The Kibitz Room, the donation event will also feature a set from Moby but requires an RSVP (RSVP@garybasemandoc.com). The premise behind the film – “After the recent passing of his parents, Gary was compelled to dive deep into his heritage and tell their tragic experience during the Holocaust in their hometown village in […]
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Overtime: July 14 – July 20

More stories from the week that ended July 20 (click on bolded words for more information): Profile of The Mistake Room and a look at Korakrit Arunanondchai exhibition there. RIP: Seymour Slive, who died at 93 after battling cancer. RIP: Otto Piene, who died in a taxi at the age of 86. One of the world’s greatest art collections in private hands in all likelihood is a hoax. Ronald Lauder urges Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum to return Pissarro painting looted by Nazis. Three paintings in Prussian Cultural Heritage […]
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Update: Joel Rea

Since our Art Focus on painter Joel Rea, he has since exhibited with Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York as well as released prints of two of his popular images – Moment of Truth & Elevation. Currently, the Australia-based artist has a new piece (seen above), The Final Pieces, showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales which was nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Sulman Prize. Fans in Melbourne can also catch new work from Rea at the Gallery One booth during the Melbourne Art Fair […]
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