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Previews: Kevin Peterson – “Remnants” @ Thinkspace

Tonight in Los Angeles, Kevin Peterson will be opening his second solo show (see 2012) with Thinkspace Gallery bringing with him a new body of work entitled Remnants. The Houston-based artist’s portraiture sets the innocence of his subjects and their animal companions against oftentimes desolate urban backgrounds. This contrasting overlap of two different worlds places his characters in a narrative where their courage and strength can shine through. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss this show here. Discuss Kevin Peterson here.
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Previews: Greg Simkins for “Praeteritum Nunc Futurum” @ Merry Karnowsky

This Saturday night (December 13th), the Merry Karnowsky Gallery will be giving fans a look towards the future with a group show entitled Praeteritum Nunc Futurum. Featuring artists who will be doing big things with the Los Angeles showspace, the roster includes Todd Carpenter, devNgosha, Andrew Hem, KMNDZ, Travis Louie, Nathan Ota, Lezley Saar, Jeff Soto, Nicola Verlato, Edward Walton Wilcox, Mark Whalen, William Wray, and as you can see from the photos here – Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured). Take a look at more in-progress shots of The Gobbler painting […]
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Upcoming: Soey Milk – “SINAVRO” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On December 13th, Soey Milk will be presenting a new body of work at the Corey Helford Gallery featuring oil on canvas as well as pencil and watercolor on paper works. Entitled SINAVRO, which is a pure Korean word translated loosely to mean “to progress slowly, almost imperceptibly,” the name of the show nicely describes the growth of the young artist’s imagery and technique. Take a look at another image below… Discuss Soey Milk here.
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Openings: Ron English – “Evolutionary Alternatives” @ Tribeca Grand Hotel

Prior to traveling down to Basel Week Miami, Ron English (featured) unveiled a unique installation at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Entitled Evolutionary Alternatives, this showcase curated by Natalie Kates Projects focused on Ron’s camouflage animal motif and brought it to life in the main concourse of the hotel with life sized sculptures of the deers painted to blend in with the foliage in the lobby. It was a great take on nature’s evolutionary defense mechanism cross pollinated with visual design. A special Dinogrenade edition was also released at the event […]
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Previews: Lola – “The Younger” @ 80 Forty Gallery

This Saturday night (December 13th) in Los Angeles at 80 Forty Gallery, Lola will be opening the first solo we have seen from her since 2012 (covered). The new body of work entitled The Younger sounds to be deeply personal for the artist as it explores her childhood memories and documents her mental, physical, and spiritual journey through art and life. Fans will be interested to know that she has added oil painting to her repertoire and also housed each piece in antique, vintage, or hand built […]
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Basel Week Miami ’14: Aqua

Another fair we visited while in Miami was the tenth edition of Aqua. Featuring emerging and mid-career artists, the unique setting was a classic South Beach hotel that opened its rooms to collectors and exhibitors for the duration of Basel Week Miami. One of the pleasant surprises we stumbled upon was the piece seen above from Travis Louie (interviewed) that sees him using color for the first time in his signature series of works (exhibited by William Baczek). See all our coverage of Basel Week Miami here. Discuss […]
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Releases: Jim Houser – “Fusillade” Print

Philadelphia-based artist Jim Houser recently released a new print through Contemporanea in Spain entitled Fusillade. The name of the five color screen print is certainly appropriate as it features a cloud of arrows (some hand painted) that is often seen in Houser’s pieces as well as his installations. Measuring 16 x 16″ with a 1″ border, it comes in an edition of 50 (10 APs) and available here for those interested. Discuss Jim Houser here.
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Upcoming: Sam Flores – “A Light in the Darkness” @ Fifty24SF

Tonight in San Francisco, Sam Flores will be opening a new show at Fifty24SF entitled A Light in the Darkness. Coinciding with the Lower Haight Art Walk, the exhibition will feature new paintings on canvas and drawings from the locally-based artist. As you can see from the preview image above, his signature characters and their animal friends continue to hold an important part of his imagery. Flores further states – “The continuous theme in my work is ‘balance.’ The balance of good vs. evil, light […]
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Basel Week Miami ’14 / Streets: Shepard Fairey x Cleon Peterson

Every year during Basel Week Miami, AM always spends some time in the Wynwood district checking out the activity as street and graffiti artists put in the time to beautify the area. For 2014, the predominant facilitators in the area, Wynwood Walls, decided to focus on The Art of Collaboration. One of the standouts was this joint effort painting four sides of a building by Los Angeles-based artists and coworkers Shepard Fairey (featured) and Cleon Peterson. Take a look at how their imagery melded perfectly together in […]
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Previews: Gary Baseman – “The Door Is Always Open” @ K11 (Shanghai)

Continuing to tour the world, Gary Baseman (interviewed) and his The Door Is Always Open has reached Shanghai. Opening tonight with over 500 pieces of art and art objects, his fans in China will enjoy some of what other collectors saw back in Taipei & Los Angeles. Stop by for a look yourself through March 5th… Discuss Gary Baseman here.