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Overtime: Sept 12 – Sept 18

More stories from the week that ended Sept 18 (click on bolded words for more information): Blum & Poe website has images up for its Henry Taylor exhibition. LA Times profiles Henry Taylor’s exhibition space Henry Taylor’s. RIP: Ruth Braunstein, who passed away at the age of 93 after a short illness. RIP: Greta Friedman, who passed away at the age of 92. She was nurse kissed in iconic V-J Day photo. Mark Moore Gallery in Culver City will close at the end of the year. Art16 art fair cancels its […]

Releases: James Jarvis x Case Studyo – “AMPHORA” Vase

Case Studyo recently added a new product to their rapidly expanding line of artist collaborations with something they worked on with James Jarvis (interviewed). AMPHORA is a limited edition (run of 100) vase that features one of the British artist’s recognizable cartoon characters that is a play on the title of the piece (derived from the Greek “ampiphoreus” meaning “bearer”). You can head over here if you want to learn how to add it to your collection. Discuss James Jarvis here.
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Upcoming: Ozabu – “彷徨 (Wander)” @ Thinkspace Gallery

This Saturday night (September 17th), Ozabu will be opening a small show in the project room of Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City. Entitled 彷徨 (Wander), the new body of work from the Japanese artist will consist of nine detailed drawings on paper featuring her subjects and their strange interactions with the natural world. She further explains the new pieces – “I’ve always pulled inspiration from the things that I’ve felt and my experience with a bit of Japanese extract. I experienced the death of an important […]
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David Stoupakis x Joe Hill – “The Fireman” Limited Editions

David Stoupakis was asked recently to work on the limited editions of Joe Hill’s The Fireman book and boy did he deliver. Working in more color than he usually does, the New York-based painter used his artistic vision to beautifully bring to life scenes from the story about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion. The dust jacket, slipcase, and interior illustrations from Stoupakis are featured on the lettered tray case edition (run of 26 – sold out) and limited slipcased edition (run of 1000) copy of the book, […]


Last week, Joshua Liner Gallery became the venue for Wayne White’s new solo entitled I’M HAVING A DIALOGUE WITH THE UNIVERSE AND YOU’RE JUST SITTING THERE. Transforming the New York showspace by taking over the walls with sculptural cutouts and murals, he then strategically embedded his paintings in place to complete the effect. The artist known for his witty word paintings (and his set and puppet designs for Pee-wee’s Playhouse) even transformed sections into what looked to be huge vintage painting – just like the ones he overlays his text onto. Photos via the artist […]
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Previews: Mark Dean Veca – “New Works” @ JAUS

On September 16th, Mark Dean Veca (interviewed) will be opening a two person show (along with Kiel Johnson) in Los Angeles at JAUS. Veca will be contributing some acrylic on canvas works that take his signature pop culture inspired imagery for a twirl. By twisting his subject matter, created with his signature patterns, into clusters of repeating motifs, he seems to bringing further abstraction to his aesthetic. Discuss Mark Dean Veca here.

Overtime: Sept 5 – Sept 11

More stories from the week that ended Sept 11 (click on bolded words for more information): David Shrigley’s Memorial, his largest sculpture so far, installed in Central Park’s Doris C. Freedman Plaza. RIP: Emilio Prini, who passed away at the age of 73. 38 ex-workers, including art handlers and auctioneers, from the Drouot auction house get jail time for thefts. Çanakkale Biennial cancelled for 2016 due to hostile climate towards artists and journalists in Turkey. Michael Shvo charged with tax evasion on art and luxury purchases in New […]
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Upcoming: Atsuko Goto – “An Empty Idol” @ Lower Akihabara

Tonight (September 9th) in Tokyo, Atsuko Goto will be opening a new solo show at Lower Akihabara. Entitled An Empty Idol, the exhibition includes ethereal mix-media paintings from the locally-based artist featuring her signatures portraiture which draws inspiration from the Shinto religion. The subjects of the Japanese artist’s imagery are in tune with nature with birds, butterflies, flora, and animals nesting and interacting with their hair and faces. Discuss Atsuko Goto here.
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Releases: James Jean – “Chang’e” Print

In celebration of another Chinese holiday (also see CNY), James Jean (interviewed) will be releasing a new print for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Entitled Chang’e, the edition will be time limited for 24 hours from 8:00 AM PDT on Thursday, September 15th and ending at 7:59 AM PDT on Friday, September 16th. Priced at $200 and sized at 25.5″ x 20″, the new print can be purchased here at the appropriate time. Discuss James Jean here.

Openings: Jeff Gillette – “Dismayland Nord” @ Nuart Gallery

One of the events that marked the official opening of this year’s Nuart Festival on the 8th of September was the opening of Jeff Gillette’s solo show at Nuart Gallery. For Dismayland Nord, the Detroit-based artist brought his iconic “dismayland” imagery to the idyllic city of Stavanger in Norway. As it was his first Scandinavian solo, Gillette prepared a brand new body of work for the exhibition. Along with signature collages and paintings that mix the post-apocalyptic imagery of broken down amusement parks and modern world slums, he also created a […]
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