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Overtime: Jan 19 – Jan 25

More stories from the week that ended Jan 25 (click on bolded words for more information): Calvin Marcus at C L E A R I N G is an ArtForum critic’s pick. Death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia disrupts 21, 39 Jeddah Arts opening events and programming. Ryder Ripps receives an anonymous threat. Blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of Tutankhamun glued back on with epoxy, causing damage. Emma Sulkowicz attends State of the Union in push for stronger policies against […]
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Upcoming: Kazuki Takamatsu – “Even A Doll Can Do It” @ Dorothy Circus Gallery

On February 14th, Dorothy Circus in Rome will be opening a new solo from Kazuki Takamatsu entitled Even A Doll Can Do It. The Japanese artist will be in attendance for his second showing with the gallery where his new paintings featuring his signature depth map technique will be unveiled. For those in the area, head over on Valentine’s Day to set the mood with his oftentimes erotic and provocative portrayals of his female subjects. You may want to pick up his new monograph and limited edition print while […]
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Releases: Camille Rose Garcia – “The Ghost of G Sharp 7″ Print

Later today, January 23rd at 12 noon PST, Camille Rose Garcia (interviewed) will be releasing a new print through her online store. Entitled The Ghost of G Sharp 7, the 24″ x 30″ giclee will be produced in a run of 100 with hand applied glitter. If you are interested in adding this to your collection for $450, head over here at the appropriate time. Discuss Camille Rose Garcia here.
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Auctions: NURTUREart – Inspired by Andy Warhol @ Paddle8

Currently through January 27, Paddle8 is running an auction to benefit NURTUREart, a non-profit institute dedicated to nurturing new contemporary art by providing exhibition opportunities and resources for emerging artists, curators and public school students. Currently up for bid are works from Richard Colman, Sam Friedman, Ron English, Robert Larson, Caleb Neelon, Erik Parker, Cleon Peterson, Rime, Andrew Schoultz, and Jeff Soto (seen above). Here is what Soto had to say about his contribution – “Warhol was one of my biggest influences coming up as a young […]
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Brendan Monroe Paints Facebook Offices

Like Aakash Nihalani (interviewed) did in 2011 (covered) and how David Choe (featured) famously did (and was rewarded handsomely) in the early days, Brendan Monroe (interviewed) was recently invited in to paint part of the Facebook HQ compound. Working on a large wall, the Bay Area-based artist created a topographical mural with the his signature organic and biological infused imagery. Learn more about the social media giant’s artist program here. Photo credit: John Barnett and the artist. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.
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Previews: “Freaks And Americana” @ CHG Circa

On January 24th, the Corey Helford Gallery will be exploring big top culture with a group exhibition at the CHG Circa location entitled Freaks And Americana. Artists participating include Annie Owens, Beau Stanton, Billy Norrby, Brandi Milne, Bumblebeelovesyou, Carlos Ramos, Colin Christian, David Stoupakis, Eine, Eric Joyner, Greg Gossel, Hueman, John Wentz, Melissa Forman, Michael Hussar, Michael Mararian, Nouar, Ron English (seen above), Sas Christian, SHAG, Sylvia Ji, Tom Bagshaw, Victor Castillo, Yosuke Ueno, Carol Liu, Nicomi Nix Turner, Luke Chueh, Sarah Folkman, Selena Wong, […]
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Openings: “Incantation” @ Roq La Rue

From candlelit backrooms to small forest clearings, Incantation sees Roq la Rue Conjuring up a group show based on ritual and mysticism. Occultism is often seen as heretical to mainstream society, but the beliefs and practices are centuries old and firmly rooted in nature and our surroundings. The exhibition features artwork from over a dozen artists, including a few sculptural pieces like Mandy Greer’s black feathered Huldra Adornment. Other artists took the opportunity to bring the subject matter out of the darkness like Jeff Jacobson’s Opulent Hex and Redd […]
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Openings: Christian Rex van Minnen – “Golden Memes” @ Robischon Gallery

AM recently joined the masses at Robischon Gallery for the January 15th opening of Christian Rex van Minnen’s Golden Memes. The show is a homecoming for the New York-based artist, who brought his grotesque re-imagining of the Dutch Golden Age to Denver. The exhibition includes ten pieces of new work, most large in scale, making the bizarre imagery even more powerful. The show will be on display until March 7th, so stop by for a look yourself if you are in the area. Discuss Christian Rex van Minnen here.
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Studio Visits: Ben Venom

Last year, during a visit to San Francisco, AM got to visit the studio of artist Ben Venom. His unconventional approach to art making through traditional quiltmaking and embroidery practices first caught our eye a few years ago. Using heavy metal iconography in the form of cut-up t-shirts, Venom plays both hard and soft together by recontextualizing heavy imagery with soft fabrics in the form of quilts. Working from his home studio in the Upper Haight, Venom greeted us in a HM t-shirt and baseball cap. He fell into […]
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Overtime: Jan 12 – Jan 18

More stories from the week that ended Jan 18 (click on bolded words for more information): Images from Michael Rey’s solo exhibition at Cherry and Martin up. RIP: Milton Hebald, who died at the age of 97 in West Hollywood, CA. Charlie Hebdo’s new issue after terrorist attack features prophet Muhammad on cover. JR’s images of Charlie Hebdo contributors appear on the streets of Paris. Jean de Boulogne bronze sculpture stolen at Musée des Arts Décoratifs later found in restroom trash can. Joseph Gibbons robs […]
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