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Streets: Cleon Peterson // Nuit Blanche Paris @ Eiffel Tower

Following in the footsteps of Shepard Fairey (featured) of creating art at the Eiffel Tower (covered), Cleon Peterson has done something Mr. Obey has never had the opportunity to do – painting the first mural ever directly below the famed monument. Created for this year’s Nuit Blanche in Paris, the piece is entitled Endless Sleep, a reference to the famous late-night cultural festival. The circular piece features the Los Angeles-based artist’s signature figures inspired by Greco-Roman frescos sans the usual provocative imagery. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.
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Previews: Christian Rex van Minnen – “Enantiodromia” @ Gallery Poulsen

On October 14th, Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen will be opening Enantiodromia, a new solo from Christian Rex van Minnen (featured). The show will include 12 new pieces, produced for this exhibition, and will stay on view until November 11th. Two years since his last solo with the gallery (covered), the NYC-based artist is back with a whole new body of work that includes oil paintings, as well as monotype prints and for the first time – ceramic sculptures. The main concept behind the show is to focus on the tendency of things to […]
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Overtime: Sept 19 – Sept 25

More stories from the week that ended Sept 25 (click on bolded words for more information): Karon Davis’ Pain Management at Wilding Cran exhibition images are up on the gallery’s website. RIP: Annie Pootoogook, who passed away at the age of 47. Her death is being investigated. RIP: Jan Statman, who passed away at the age of 81 after being involved in a vehicular accident. RIP: Wilf Roberts, who passed away at the age of 75 following an illness. RIP: Hassan Sharif, who passed away at the age of 65 […]
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Previews: Martin Wittfooth – “Archaic Revival” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On the 1st of October, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles will be opening a new solo from Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) entitled Archaic Revival. The new series of paintings, some large-scale, continue to examine humans and their impact on the environment thru the lens of his majestic animal subjects. Also included in the exhibition from the New York-based artist will be his first sculptures in bronze, limited edition versions of his unique artistic vision. In discussing his new work, Wittfooth states title of the show is  “borrowed from late […]
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Rewind: June 4 – Sept 19

It’s been a while since our last Rewind feature, so here are some videos from the art world that may help you catch up a little. First up are some short animations that Joan Cornella created that perfectly bring his witty comic-strip paintings to life in all their NSFW glory. If interested, you can check out the Spanish artist’s YouTube page here to stay up to date on his latest videos. Other videos to watch include: A look at a recent mural from ABOVE. POW! WOW! Long Beach […]
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Overtime: Sept 12 – Sept 18

More stories from the week that ended Sept 18 (click on bolded words for more information): Blum & Poe website has images up for its Henry Taylor exhibition. LA Times profiles Henry Taylor’s exhibition space Henry Taylor’s. RIP: Ruth Braunstein, who passed away at the age of 93 after a short illness. RIP: Greta Friedman, who passed away at the age of 92. She was nurse kissed in iconic V-J Day photo. Mark Moore Gallery in Culver City will close at the end of the year. Art16 art fair cancels its […]
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Releases: James Jarvis x Case Studyo – “AMPHORA” Vase

Case Studyo recently added a new product to their rapidly expanding line of artist collaborations with something they worked on with James Jarvis (interviewed). AMPHORA is a limited edition (run of 100) vase that features one of the British artist’s recognizable cartoon characters that is a play on the title of the piece (derived from the Greek “ampiphoreus” meaning “bearer”). You can head over here if you want to learn how to add it to your collection. Discuss James Jarvis here.
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Upcoming: Ozabu – “彷徨 (Wander)” @ Thinkspace Gallery

This Saturday night (September 17th), Ozabu will be opening a small show in the project room of Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City. Entitled 彷徨 (Wander), the new body of work from the Japanese artist will consist of nine detailed drawings on paper featuring her subjects and their strange interactions with the natural world. She further explains the new pieces – “I’ve always pulled inspiration from the things that I’ve felt and my experience with a bit of Japanese extract. I experienced the death of an important […]
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David Stoupakis x Joe Hill – “The Fireman” Limited Editions

David Stoupakis was asked recently to work on the limited editions of Joe Hill’s The Fireman book and boy did he deliver. Working in more color than he usually does, the New York-based painter used his artistic vision to beautifully bring to life scenes from the story about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion. The dust jacket, slipcase, and interior illustrations from Stoupakis are featured on the lettered tray case edition (run of 26 – sold out) and limited slipcased edition (run of 1000) copy of the book, […]
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Showing: Wayne White – “I’M HAVING A DIALOGUE WITH THE UNIVERSE AND YOU’RE JUST SITTING THERE” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Last week, Joshua Liner Gallery became the venue for Wayne White’s new solo entitled I’M HAVING A DIALOGUE WITH THE UNIVERSE AND YOU’RE JUST SITTING THERE. Transforming the New York showspace by taking over the walls with sculptural cutouts and murals, he then strategically embedded his paintings in place to complete the effect. The artist known for his witty word paintings (and his set and puppet designs for Pee-wee’s Playhouse) even transformed sections into what looked to be huge vintage painting – just like the ones he overlays his text onto. Photos via the artist […]
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