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Streets: Ron English – “Temper Pac” @ Art Gathering LA

Last week, Art Gathering LA, a tattoo convention that also presented artworks from across the globe from over 400 of the world’s leading tattooists, was hosted by the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach. For the inaugural event, Ron English (featured) was invited in to create a piece to mark the occasion. The New York-based artist chose to take one of his signature Temper Tot images and change it up by creating a mashup between the baby hulk and Tupac, the result which he dubbed Temper Pac. Discuss Ron English here.
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Upcoming: Noferin – “Return to Carrara” @ Rotofugi

On June 10th, Noferin will be opening a show in Chicago alongside Jeremiah Ketner at Rotofugi. Returning to the gallery scene for the first time in a few years, the husband & wife duo have prepared a series of whimsical paintings and sculptures featuring some of their well-known characters like Poppy & the Pecanpals. If you are in the area, make plans to check out what the Australia-based artists have created for their fans in the Windy City. Discuss Noferin here.
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Overtime: May 30 – June 5

More stories from the week that ended June 5 (click on bolded words for more information): Sebastian Black discusses his new paintings in Bomb Magazine. RIP: Makiko Futaki, who passed away at the age of 58. RIP: Baroness Marion Lambert, who passed away at the age of 73 after being hit by a bus. Police in Spain arrest seven in relation to the theft of five Francis Bacon paintings from home in Madrid. ARTnews covers censorship issue regarding Darja Bajagić work. The artist replies to curator Aaron […]
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Releases: Josh Keyes – “Goliath” Print

It looks like Josh Keyes (interviewed) is getting ready to make available a print version of his Goliath painting, last seen at Banksy’s Dismaland. Release through Thinkspace, some of the proceeds from the new limited edition will go to benefit Born Free USA, a national animal advocacy nonprofit. Subscribe to Thinkspace’s mailing list here to learn the time and particulars of the upcoming release. *edit* Print will be available on Friday, June 10th (10am PST) on the gallery’s webstore. It will be an edition of 300, measure 18×18 inches, and cost […]
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Openings: Greg Simkins – “Beyond Shadows” @ KP Projects // MKG & Launch LA

Last month, KP Projects // MKG in West Hollywood hosted the opening for the latest solo from Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured). Entitled Beyond Shadows, the new pieces continue the locally-based artist’s surreal explorations of hybrid creatures rendered in a vivid palette. Also included were a some paintings from his series featuring his Stab E. Mack switchblade characters. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Greg Simkins here.
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Upcoming: Jeremiah Ketner – “Nihon Dream” @ Rotofugi

On June 10th, a new solo show from Jeremiah Ketner (interviewed) entitled Nihon Dreams will be opening at Rotofugi in Chicago. The American artist will be returning to the city he called home before moving to Japan, bringing with him whimsical paintings featuring his female and animal characters. No doubt influenced by his interest in Japanese culture as well as his work with customizing toys, the work will be especially appreciated by the clientele that frequent the designer toy store and gallery. Discuss Jeremiah Ketner here.
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Openings: “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose” @ Virginia MOCA

A couple weeks ago, the Virginia MOCA held the opening reception for Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. Celebrating the publication’s decade of excellence bringing coverage of many of the artists you have grown to love here on AM, the group exhibition featured work from artists like AJ Fosik, Audrey Kawasaki, Beth Cavener, Camille Rose Garcia, Gehard Demetz, James Jean, Jeff Soto, Jeremy Geddes, Josh Keyes, Kazuki Takamatsu, Kehinde Wiley, Kris Kuksi, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Ryden, Mars-1, Martin Wittfooth, Nicola Verlato, Olek, Scott […]
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Previews: Jim McKenzie – “Lost Magic” @ Copro Gallery

On June 4th, Copro Gallery in Los Angeles will be presenting the debut solo show from artist and animation commercial director Jim McKenzie. Although the sculptural hybrids from the New York-based artist has a whimsical aspect to them, there is also a darker side to his work. He further explains – “I wanted to showcase the intersection where beauty and sadness intertwine within. I’ve chosen to create contrasting hybrids and though they have these brilliant colors and seemingly majestic qualities, ultimately, they are all outcasts. […]
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Overtime: May 23 – May 29

More stories from the week that ended May 29 (click on bolded words for more information): Terence Koh returns. Koh talks to Artforum. New York Times interviews him. Artinfo writes about the show at Andrew Edlin Gallery. Artsy also covers his return. The Creators Project attends the parade. RIP: Steve Wolfe, who passed away at the age of 66. Darja Bajagić work censored from Omul Negru exhibition. Artsy writes about the culturally suffocating ways that the government treats art exhibitions in Vietnam. Thomas Duncan Gallery will close in […]
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Upcoming: Edwin Ushiro – “Capturing What Still Glimmers” @ Giant Robot 2

On June 18th, Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) will be opening a new solo show at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles. Just in time for summer, Capturing What Still Glimmers features nostalgic imagery from the artist’s youth growing up in Hawaii. Utilizing a unique process and technique, the locally-based painter’s work glows with an ethereal translucent quality that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Discuss this show here. Discuss Edwin Ushiro here.
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