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Previews: Ron English – “NeoNature” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On December 12th, Corey Helford Gallery will be christening their new space in Downtown LA (address TBA) with a solo from Ron English (featured). Two years in the making, the monumental 22 piece collection of works entitled NeoNature explores what could happen down different evolutionary paths or in alternate universes, combining random creatures,elements of the natural world, and pop culture. Present in some of the works is an elaborate mixed media process which involves sculpture & set pieces, photographs, collage, and overpainting with oil. English further elaborates on the […]
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Releases: Masakatsu Sashie – “Blind” Print

Fans of Masakatsu Sashie may be interested to know that Dynamo Editions has just released a print featuring his signature imagery earlier today. Entitled Blind, the image chosen features one of the Japanese artist’s floating globes of man-made objects and structures. The edition is limited to a run of 50, sized at 24 x 28 inches, and costs $225. Head over here if you are interested in adding it to your collection. Discuss Masakatsu Sashie here.
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Previews: “Art Awakens” @ Gallery1988 (West)

Showing on November 14th and 15th at Gallery1988 (West) is one of their most anticipated shows ever – Art Awakens. Set to coincide of course with the release of The Force Awakens movie, the group show will feature work inspired by the Star Wars universe. The event is put on in partnership with Disney, LucasFilm, Bad Robot with the majority of the paintings and prints available exclusively on eBay to benefit UNICEF Kid Power. There are however seven screen prints available at the gallery exclusively over the weekend (more […]
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Releases: James Jean – “Adrift” Print

Starting November 17th at 8:00 AM PST, James Jean (interviewed) will be offering a new print entitled Adrift on his webstore for 24 hours only. The image is taken from the massive piece he painted for the Masterworks show in Long Beach (covered), which he also used the cover of his new book Pareidolia. The print will be signed and numbered with the image size measuring 18 3/4″ tall × 39″ wide and cost $200. If interested, head over here at the appropriate time to add it to your collection. Discuss […]
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Openings: Brian Viveros – “Matador” @ Thinkspace Gallery

This past Saturday night, the “Dirtyland Troops” were out en masse for Brian Viveros’ sold-out solo exhibition entitled Matador at the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City. Along with a new selection of works (seen in our earlier studio visit) that show a more elaborate detailing, fresh palette, and fusion of artistic concepts, the Riverside-based artists also revealed a large collaborative sculpt with Pretty In Plastic entitled Bullheaded and released of his first ever art book (The DirtyLand), which was published by the gallery. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss this show here. Discuss Brian Viveros here.
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Introducing: solidARTy.org

The refugee crisis in Europe is getting bigger by the day and the unsettling images of people walking across the continent in hopes of a new life are putting our humanity to the test. While some artists are producing engaging work commenting on the poor handling of the situation by institutions and certain governments, there are different kind of charities and fundraising projects trying to help the situation. One of the most recent one is solidARTy.org, an online art auction website where street and urban art lovers can […]
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Overtime: Nov 2 – Nov 8

More stories from the week that ended Nov 8 (click on bolded words for more information): Christopher Y. Lew’s essay on Jared Madere, who currently has an exhibition at the Whitney. Tao Hongjing revealed to actually be French man named Alexandre Ouairy, who pretended to be Chinese. Bosch Research and Conservation Project determines two Bosch works may have been painted by imitators. Arts education in Los Angeles public schools severely lacking. Michael Werner accuses Germany of using controversial legislation to generate revenue from cultural industry. Sokari Douglas Camp sculpture […]
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FriendsWithYou x Moncler (Ginza Flagship Store)

Continuing their commercial endeavors, FriendsWithYou recently collaborated with Moncler on a new collection of  jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters featuring their iconic imagery. The line entitled Happy Virus was created to launch the new flagship store in Tokyo in the top-flight Ginza shopping district. Adding in the Los Angeles-based duo’s graphics, plushes, and other design cues to the displays led to an immersive playground for shoppers who stopped by to check out the Italian-French brand’s new space. Discuss FriendsWithYou here.
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Studio Visits: Brian Viveros – “Matador” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Coming up on Saturday night (November 7th), Brian Viveros will be presenting a comprehensive new body of work at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Matador, the exhibition sees the Riverside-based artist further refine his imagery with more time-intensive detailing, drawing ideas from Spanish tradition to infuse his work with a consistency referenced by the title of the show. Along with accenting the imagery with fresh palette choices, Viveros has also embellish his femme fatales with a cross-pollination of different concepts and themes seen throughout his oeuvre. The solo from the American […]
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Releases: Mark Ryden – “Lover’s Eye Brooch”

Continuing his longstanding collaboration with Porterhouse, Mark Ryden recently released the Lover’s Eye Brooch through their webstore. A similar item was given away at the Surrealist Ball during Baby Tattooville, with that prize being an original and this brooch being what looks to be an open edition. Priced at $99, the collectible comes with a  black, foil stamped box with a certificate of authenticity. Head over here if you are interested. Discuss Mark Ryden here.