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Openings: Hajime Sorayama @ NANZUKA Gallery

Last weekend in Tokyo, renowned creator of the “sexy robot” Hajime Sorayama opened a solo show at NANZUKA Gallery. Along with a couple sculptural representations of his erotic automatons, the Japanese artist also introduced a new series of works inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her famous quote – “An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine.” Take a look at more photos from the exhibition below… Artwork: ©Hajime Sorayama (courtesy of NANZUKA). Photo credit: Intelligence & NANZUKA (installation shots). Discuss Hajime Sorayama here.
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Upcoming: Cleon Peterson – “The Judgement” @ PLUS ONE

Tonight in Antwerp, Cleon Peterson will be presenting a new exhibition at PLUS ONE entitled The Judgement. The showing will feature, for the first time in Europe, a large scale sculpture from the provocative American artist – a three dimensional representation of the chaotic and brutal imagery seen in his work. Curated by Case Studyo, who have collaborated with him on sculptures and editions in the past, the solo show will also feature his violent paintings filled with clashing figures, tormentors and victims, made all the more […]
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Previews: Jonathan Viner – “Strange Math” @ Roq La Rue

Tomorrow night (February 4th), a new solo show will open at Roq La Rue from Jonathan Viner. Strange Math features eight new paintings from the Brooklyn-based artist that continues his nostalgic look back at his youth with his subjects dressed the part while utilizing an era-appropriate palette. His oil on canvas pieces which focus on the the stylish men and glamourous women of the time almost seem like snapshots from period movies with its cinematic compositions. Discuss Jonathan Viner here.
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Releases: Mark Ryden – “Surrealist Plate”

Those who followed our coverage of Baby Tattooville last year probably remember one of the prized possessions attendees received during the event – a plate designed by Mark Ryden (interviewed). Featuring his iconic imagery, the “Surrealist Plate” was used during the special dinner prepared for the Surrealistic Ball (covered) he hosted with Marion Peck on the final night. Porterhouse has now made this collectible plate available starting on 8 am on February 12th for $250. Details can be found here. Discuss Mark Ryden here.
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LA Art Show ’16: Recap

Last week, the LA Art Show was in town for another go around bringing in more than 120 galleries representing 22 countries. The 2016 edition was the 21st iteration of the fair, but third year for a special section of the event entitled Littletopia (see 2014, 2015). Our coverage will mainly focus on this area, led off by the Jeff Gillette designed entrance inspired by his participation in Banksy’s Dismaland. Photo credit: Birdman Photos.
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Previews: Alex Garant – “Wakefulness” @ Spoke Art

Coming up on February 4th, Spoke Art Gallery will be opening a new show from Alex Garant entitled Wakefulness. The Toronto-based painter is known for her double-exposed portraiture, lending a surreal quality to her subjects. This fresh collection of paintings utilizes a over-saturated vivid palette, part of her goal to overstimulate the viewer with her imagery. She further explains this new body of work – “I went through a big introspection as I was started Wakefulness. It has been suggested that human beings are not awake […]
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Overtime: Jan 25 – Jan 31

More stories from the week that ended Jan 31 (click on bolded words for more information): Ken Johnson reviews the Flatlands show at Whitney Museum of American Art. Above: Jamian Juliano-Villani. RIP: Thornton Dial, who passed away at the age of 87. RIP: Yon Pich, who passed away at the age of 81 from complications of an infection. RIP: Howard Koslow, who passed away at the age of 91. First trial to arise from Knoedler Gallery’s forged artworks features Rothko painting bought by Domenico De Sole and his family. WSJ also […]
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Dan May – “Daily Creature Project”

The Daily Creature Project is a continuing series of studies that Dan May (interviewed) has been creating every day. Each one features one of the surreal, hairy subjects that the northern Michigan-based artist has been known to paint. The drawings are then posted to his online shop at a random time every day and available for purchase immediately. Take a look at some examples below… Discuss Dan May here.
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Showing: Cleon Peterson – “Purity” @ The Space (Hong Kong)

For the entire month of January, Cleon Peterson has an exhibition open in Hong Kong at The Space in Sheung Wan (210 Hollywood Road) with the support of Over The Influence. Entitled Purity, the new body of work features his distinctive barbaric imagery of black and white figures fighting each other and among themselves. Although you may think the title of the show looks toward the light, the American artist actually thinks purity is one of the most evil things he can think of. He explains […]
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Upcoming: Camille Rose Garcia – “Animus Chrysalis Mortis” @ Roq La Rue

Coming up in March, Seattle’s Roq La Rue will be hosting a new show from Camille Rose Garcia (interviewed). From what we have seen from sneak peeks on her Instagram, fans will be in for a treat as there are some large scale works planned all rendered with a eye-catching palette. The opening will be on March 3rd. Discuss Camille Rose Garcia here.