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Showing: Axel Void – “Sehnsucht” @ BC Gallery

Currently at BC Gallery in Berlin, Axel Void has a series of provocative works on display entitled Sehnsucht. The solo show from the Miami-based artist consists mainly of small and large paintings featuring portraits of people with plastic wrapped around their heads as well as some videos (sample here). The idea of the exhibition is to explore the idea of mundanity and the pursuit of purpose in our life, also referenced by the title of the show which comes from the German noun translated as longing, yearning, or craving or in a wider sense […]
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Studio Visits: Yoskay Yamamoto

Earlier this week, AM stopped by the studio of Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed) to see what he has been up to and what he has planned for the future. Along with picking up some of the whimsical Pothead plant holders he is producing through Sunny Side Up Studio, we also enjoyed seeing some of the new paintings he has been working on – many sunsets and polka dots in a beautiful new color palette. Those in Los Angeles can see these pieces at the upcoming Giant Robot Biennale at the Japanese […]
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Hayao Miyazaki Un-retires

Fans around the world were delighted to hear last month that Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki will be working on a ten minute short that will screen exclusively at the Studio Ghibli museum in Japan. His son Goro Miyazaki revealed that his father is bored maintaining the museum and wants to keep busy working on a new three year project that will feature a 3D animation about a caterpillar named Boro. Hopefully this means the man known for producing the highest quality traditional hand-drawn animation will […]
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Upcoming: Cleon Peterson – “Poison” @ Library Street Collective

Provocative painter Cleon Peterson has worked with the Library Street Collective before like during last year’s Art Basel Week in Miami (covered). Their new collaborative effort, a show entitled Poison, will be opening on August 29 at the LSC gallery space in Detroit and will no doubt feature more powerful and barbaric imagery from the former assistant to Shepard Fairey, drawing from his experiences and dark past. Discuss this show here. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.
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Previews: “infra:REAL – The Art of Imaginative Realism” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Tonight at both locations of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, infra:REAL – The Art of Imaginative Realism featuring the work of 37 artists will open. Curated by Patrick Wilshire, artists Allen Williams, Anthony Palumbo, Billy Norrby, Bob Eggleton, Boris Vallejo, Brad Kunkle, Brom, David Palumbo, Donato Giancola, Dorian Vallejo, Eric Velhagen, Greg Hildebrandt, Ian Miller, Jeffrey Watts, Jeremy Mann, Jim Burns, Jim Pavelec, John Harris, John Jude Palencar, Julie Bell, Justin Sweet, Kirk Reinert, Laurie Lee Brom, Marc Fishman, Matthew Stewart, Michael C. Hayes, Michael Whelan, Patrick Jones, […]
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Fashion: Brendan Monroe x Big Bad Wolf Kids Tee Release

Joining artists like Yoskay Yamamoto & James Jean before him, Brendan Monroe has released a shirt with Big Bad Wolf. Priced at $28, parents can affordably get their kids started on an appreciation for art by clothing them with imagery from their favorite artists like these recognizable characters from Monroe. Head over here if you are interested… Discuss Brendan Monroe here.
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Releases: James Jean – “Pescados” Print

On August 8th, James Jean (interviewed) will be offering up another time-limited print on his webstore entitled Pescados. Each one (image size: 8 ⅜″ tall × 6 ¼″ wide, paper size: 11 ⅜″ tall × 7 ¼″ wide) is signed and numbered and will cost $100. The edition size will be determined by the number of orders in a 48 hour window from 12:01 AM PDT on Saturday, August 8th until 11:59 PM on Sunday, August the 9th. Discuss James Jean here.
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Openings: Josh Keyes & Brin Levinson – “Reclamation of Nowhere” @ Antler Gallery

Last week, Josh Keyes (interviewed) returned to the Antler Gallery for a joint showing with Brin Levinson entitled Reclamation of Nowhere. Their imagery meshed nicely together with Keyes’ creatures interacting with what may be a post-apocalyptic urban landscape and Levinson working with the same nature versus man themes but with a different atmosphere. The show runs through the 26th of this month for those in Portland who want to stop by themselves for a look. Discuss Josh Keyes here.
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Overtime: July 27 – Aug 2

More stories from the week that ended Aug 2 (click on bolded words for more information): Sun Yuan and Peng Yu unveil fallen angel sculptural installation, called Angel. RIP: Shigeko Kubota, who died at the age of 77 due to cancer. RIP: Yasuo Minagawa, who died at the age of 69 due to esophageal cancer. Eight year old girl killed in Santa Cruz artist colony by a teen living at the art center. Stepson of Nick Korniloff, founder of the Art Miami fair, missing at sea after boat found […]
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Streets: Ron English (New York)

Back in 2012, we covered the first mural in Manhattan from Ron English (featured) in over 25 years, featuring his signature Temper Tot figure, a play on The Incredible Hulk. Over the last couple days, the New York-based artist has added a pink brother to the original piece on an adjacent wall for the L.I.S.A Project. Located on 114 Mulberry Street in Little Italy, the matching murals are dedicated to English’s kids Zephyr and Mars, the original Temper Tots. Discuss Ron English here.
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