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Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism
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Overtime: Dec 23 – Dec 29

More stories from the week that ended Dec 29 (click on bolded words for more information): Kanye West gives Kim Kardashian a Hermes bag painted by George Condo for Christmas. RIP: Eliseo Garza Salinas, who died at age 68 due to murder. Calders heirs lose $20mil. fraud lawsuit against the estate of his longtime dealer, Klaus Perls. About the Ghent Altarpiece, which is the most stolen artwork of all time. US pressures German government to return a trove of Nazi-looted artwork to rightful owners. French […]
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Showing: Candice Tripp & Wes Walker – “I’M NEVER SHOPPING HERE AGAIN!” @ Black Rat Projects

On view earlier this month at the Black Rat Projects in London was an interesting collaborative show from Candice Tripp (interviewed) and Giles Walker (known for his immersive robotic installations). IʼM NEVER SHOPPING HERE AGAIN included the surreal, dark paintings & sculptural pieces from Tripp as well as some animatronic magic from Walker. The exhibition was hard to capture with photos (although there are some for you to peruse below) so we have included a video to give you a better idea of what went down. Photo credit: Natasa Leoni. Discuss Candice Tripp here.
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Art Focus: Ruben Pang

Bringing back our Art Focus feature, we want to introduce you to the work of Ruben Pang. The Singaporean artist uses a unique technique with oil and alkyd, mixing in some sandpaper and layering (learn more in an inteview here), which results in these beautiful and ghostly images. Most of his work resolves around portraiture, re-imagined with what appears to be cosmic energy and kinetic vibrations. He is represented by Chan Hampe Gallery who recently hosted his solo show last month. Discuss Ruben Pang here.
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Overtime: Dec 16 – Dec 22

More stories from the week that ended on Dec 23 (click on bolded words for more information): Sam Falls’ show at T293 in Rome opened on the 17th. RIP: Frank Lobdell, who lived until the age of 92. RIP: George Rodrigue, who died of cancer at the age of 69. RIP: Günther Förg, who died on his 61st birthday. RIP: Al Godstein, who died at the age of 77 of renal failure. Beijing Poly International Auction may pose a formidable challenge to much needed reform in […]
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Openings: “Winter Group Show” @ Bradbury & Blanchard

Christmas is often an opportune time for galleries to pull out all the stops for blockbuster group exhibitions, and Sheffield’s Bradbury & Blanchard has done just that with their Winter Group Show. The artist run space celebrates the end of its first year in existence with a salon-style exhibition featuring a selection of artists from across the globe and with work across a wide variety of mediums, and in the spirit of Xmas, everything is course for sale and available for immediate pick up. Great for […]
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Openings: “Kobe Prelude Experience” @ Nike Vault

Nike Vault at the STAPLES Center recently launched The Kobe Prelude Experience. For eight weeks, they are showcasing Kobe inspired artwork by different artists, and every Saturday they will unveil a new piece. Each piece is tied to a key moment in Kobe’s career. LA-based artist, Allison “Hueman” Torneros, unveiled the first piece in the eight part series the other night. Nike commissioned her to create a surreal piece inspired by his 81 point game. Torneros explains, “I wanted my artwork to portray the energy he […]
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Openings: Chris Berens – “Nensha” @ Megumi Ogita

Dutch painter Chris Berens recently opened his long awaited first ever solo show in Japan at the Megumi Ogita Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo. Nensha was artist’s only show for 2013 and he created a completely new body of for it, which was strongly inspired by Japanese culture, tradition and life style. The entire process began with a visit Japan earlier this year, painting on the new pieces through the year, and finally opening a show on the 7th of December, which was captured by the film crew […]
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Signings: Mark Ryden @ Taschen Store (Hollywood)

What better way to ring in the holidays than with one of your favorite artists – Mark Ryden. Like his signing in New York from earlier this year, the low brow luminary will be autographing two of his recent monographs at the Taschen store in Los Angeles (Farmer’s Market location, December 23rd, 7-9pm, RSVP: E.holguin@taschen.com) . The newer of the two, The Gay 90s, published by Rizzoli, illustrates the works included Ryden’s 2010 exhibition The Gay 90s: Old Thyme Art Show at Paul Kasmin Gallery (covered) while Pinxit by Taschen is a more comprehensive overview of […]
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Overtime: Dec 9 – Dec 15

More stories from the week that ended Dec 15 (click on bolded words for more information): Do Ho Suh creates a home within a home at the MMCA in South Korea. Adrian Procop, final suspect in Dutch art heist, arrested in Britain. A drug dealer tells what happens in Miami during Art Basel. Jack Armstrong has been accused of drugging and raping a woman after a night out in Beverly Hills. Despite record prices, broader art market is in the doldrums, according to experts who […]
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Preview: Brian Viveros & Dan Quintana – “Desensitized 13″ @ Copro Gallery

Those who attended the SCOPE Art Fair during Art Basel Week in Miami will have gotten a preview already of Brian Viveros’ (featured) & Dan Quintana’s joint showing opening tomorrow night at Copro Gallery in Los Angeles. Desensitized 13 reprises their collaborative efforts back in 2010 three years later with new work that will give their fans a chance to see a further refinement and evolution of their style. The surreal femme fatales from Viveros and the fantastical portraiture of Quintana certainly mix well together and will be on display in individual works, sculpture, and collaborative works […]